This Week at the ISSUE Project Room

From New York’s ISSUE Project Room:

04/04 @ 8:00pm
Artist-in-Residence: Sergei Tcherepnin with Woody Sullender

Artist-in-Residence Sergei Tcherepnin and Woody Sullender construct sites for listening, touching, and direct engagement with sonic material. Their temporary architecture of tactile speakers disperses the duo’s live electronic music in performance. In April, they will present their largest-scale piece yet: a work that will include rooms within rooms, difference tone doorways, and listening tables. As objects and bodies are reorganized in space, musical and physical structures will emerge and disappear.
ISSUE’s Artist-in-Residence program is made possible, in part, through generous support from the Jerome Foundation, the Suzanne Fiol Memorial Fund, and with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

04/05 @ 8:00pm
The New Monuments + Marcia Bassett & Samara Lubelski Duo + Lasse Marhaug

Release party for Marcia Bassett & Samara Lubelski’s album Sunday Night, Sunday Afternoon on Graham Lambkin’s KYE label. Improv trio The New Monuments (C. Spencer Yeh, Ben Hall, and Don Dietrich) and Oslo-based noise artist Lasse Marhaug will both perform on the same evening.

Newsbits: Bowie / Mazurek / Zappa / Brotzmann / Kaiser

Dweezil Zappa in Denmark with Zappa Plays Zapp...

A recent DC performance with Joseph Bowie and others is reviewed.

The first performances of Rob Mazurek‘s Pulsar are previewed.

Dweezil Zappa is interviewed about playing in Australia.

Issue 21 of Monk Mink Pink Punk is out, featuring an interview with Lisa Kucharski, a Chicago sound artist, an archive of 9 rare cassettes made by Gerard Klauder, and reviews of experimental/noise/free improvised CDs.

Destination Out has four unreleased Peter Brotzmann albums up for free streaming.

Jeff Kaiser‘s April 4 San Diego performance is previewed.

The 5 degrees of Laurie Amat at New York’s Supercoda

From thesupercoda:

Laurie Amat – fiercest vocalist that I know, extraordinary human, and former tourmate to the Residents, will be in NYC next Thursday, April 5th for a very special performance at Vaudeville Park. Here’s how it will work. Laurie will present a group of her choosing, then perform a short improvisation with the following 4 performers/ensembles, all, for the record, that she has never heard before. Also, for the record, these performers/ensembles will perform sets of their own.

Taka Kigawa – The New York Times says, “Mr. Kigawa’s feat deserves the highest praise, especially since it was combined with such alacrity and sensitivity to the musical material … brilliantly done … a careful and serious-minded musician, quietly poetic and considerate”. The New Yorker says, “Unbelievably challenging program. Kigawa is a young artist of stature.” He is, in the opinion of many that I know and trust, the best concert pianist actively performing at this time.

Bernd Klug – will be performing as a Cupreous Donkey, his project for solo bass and electronics. Currently residing in New York and Vienna, Klug works as a double bass player in a wide variety of contemporary contexts with a focus on improvisation. His solo work focuses on the world inside the double bass: the bow, the body, and room frequencies lay the groundwork for a radical reduction of both the composer-performer’s role and the traditional musical narrative.

FAHEY – is the new duo project of Jeremy Gustin and William Graefe. These fellows infuse comedy, virtuosity, and youth in an ecstatic mix of drums, sax, and entrancement. This particular project combines original compositions with those of, you guessed it, John Fahey.

Natura Morta – is the improvised trio of Sean Ali (bass), Carlo Costa (drums), and Frantz Loriot (viola). dedicated to exploring musical structures and relationships through collective all-acoustic improvisation. The Brooklyn-based ensemble creates acoustic sound-sculptures and sonic landscapes through the use of nontraditional techniques and instrumental preparations. The musical range of the trio stretches from heated silences to relentless drones to frantic hyperactivity. Natura Morta crafts a single sound into a stillness that gains density and momentum from an unwavering insistence upon non-development. It’s music is an experience that traumatizes as it soothes, cleanses as it soils, and wounds as it heals.

and of course – LAURIE AMAT: Laurie Amat is an acclaimed vocalist, improvisational performer, experimental composer and teacher. Her approach to singing is informed by broad experience including pop, rock, traditional and inventive opera, spoken word, video, dance, theatre and performance art.

Ms. Amat’s talent for inspiring upcoming vocalists and other artists stems from her focus on the power of the voice as an instrument to convey a pure expression of direct human emotions and story through technique, raw talent and experimentation. She has performed pure-voice, site-specific resonant space pieces internationally in such traditional venues as concert halls, museums and galleries, cathedrals and alternative spaces including castles, bunkers, cisterns, rivers and concrete overpasses. She is also well known for her solo and collaborative performances throughout Europe, including projects with The Residents, Czech scholar/keyboardist Mirek Vodražka and the Sad Song Singers (Deutsch Nepal and Der Blutarsch).

Dusted Reviews

Scottish singer Alasdair Roberts at a concert ...
Scottish singer Alasdair Roberts at a concert in Berlin. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Dusted:

Artist: Masaki Batoh
Album: Brain Pulse Music
Label: Drag City

Artist: Ferran Fages
Album: For Pau Torres
Label: Organized Music from Thessaloniki

Artist: Chicago Trio
Album: Velvet Songs: To Baba Fred Anderson
Label: RogueArt

Artist: Mairi Morrison & Alasdair Roberts
Album: Urstan
Label: Drag City