Touching Extremes Reviews

From Touching Extremes:

DANIEL MEYER GRØNVOLD / HÅVARD VOLDEN – Daniel Meyer Grønvold / Håvard Volden
ALEXANDER FRANGENHEIM – The Knife Again
OPEN GRAVES with STUART DEMPSTER – Flight Patterns
COLIN POTTER – Ancient History
THOMAS TILLY & JEAN-LUC GUIONNET – Stones Air Axioms
DENNIS GONZÁLEZ / JOÃO PAULO – So Soft Yet
TURN AROUND NORMAN – We Turn Around
THE BEAUTIFUL SCHIZOPHONIC AND YUI ONODERA – Night Blossom
BIRCHALL / BRICE / MARKS TRIO – Spitting Feathers

Free Jazz Blog Reviews

Mats Gustafsson
Mats Gustafsson (Photo credit: neofob)

From Free Jazz:

Alex Ward and Lol Coxhill – Old Sights, New Sounds (Incus 2011) ****
Lama – Oneiros (Clean Feed, 2011) *****
Kieran Hebden, Steve Reid, Mats Gustafsson – Live At The South Bank (Smalltown Superjazzz, 2011) *****
Swedish Azz-Azz Appeal (Not Two, 2011) ***
Mats Gustafsson, Paal Nilssen-Love & Mesele Asmamaw – Baro 101 (Terp Records, 2012) ***½
Fire! with Jim O’Rourke – Released! (Rune Grammofon, 2011) ****

Festival de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville (FIMAV) Partial Schedule

Joey Baron
Joey Baron (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

FIMAV, which takes place May 17-20 this year, has released the following partial schedule. The remaining acts are soon to be announced.

BILL LASWELL / RAOUL BJÖRKENHEIM MORGAN ÅGREN
« Blixt »
(USA, Finland, Sweden) WP

JOE MORRIS / MIKE PRIDE / JAMIE SAFT
« The Spanish Donkey »
(USA) CP

PHIL MINTON
« Feral Choir »
(England, Quebec) QP
With a choir of 40 Quebec singers

JOHN ZORN
« Nova Express »
(USA) WP
With Joey Baron, Trevor Dunn, John Medeski, Kenny Wollesen and John Zorn

JOHN ZORN
« The Concealed »
(USA) WP
With Joey Baron, Trevor Dunn, Mark Feldman, Erik Friedlander, John Medeski, Kenny Wollesen and John Zorn

ENSEMBLE SUPERMUSIQUE
« Bruit court-circuit »
(Quebec) WP
With Michel F Côté, Guido Del Fabbro, Jean Derome,
Émilie Girard-Charest, Joane Hétu, Danielle P Roger, Alexandre St-Onge, Vergil Sharkya’ and Martin Tétreault

WADADA LEO SMITH
« Ten Freedom Summers »
(USA) CP
With Anthony Davis, John Lindberg, Susie Ibara, Pheeroan Aklaff, Jesse Gilbert and Wadada Leo Smith

MATANA ROBERTS
« Gens de couleur libres »
(USA, Quebec, Canada) QP
With Thierry Amar, Fred Bazil, Xarah Dion, Ellwood Epps, Lisa Gamble, Gitanjali Jain, Dave Payant, David Ryshpan, Jason Sharp, Joshua Zubot and Matana Roberts

MUHAL RICHARD ABRAMS / GEORGE LEWIS / ROSCOE MITCHELL
(USA) QP

John Zorn in Troy Reviewed

John Zorn (cropped version)
John Zorn (cropped version) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From timesunion.com:

A rule of thumb in experimental music – call it if a defense if you like – is that sounds can be produced from an instrument by any means so long as the instrument is not damaged. The avant garde composer and improviser John Zorn illustrated this on Tuesday night at EMPAC as he employed all aspects of an alto saxophone to make a world of blasts, squeaks, honks, whistles and roars. Sometimes he just clicked the keys.

Hear/Now Festival of New Sound in Pittsburgh

DJ Spooky at the Sundance Film Festival, 2003....
DJ Spooky at the Sundance Film Festival, 2003. Español: DJ Spooky en el Festival de Sundance de 2003. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater:

Friday & Saturday, April 13–14

Kelly Strayhorn Theater, in collaboration with Alia Musica, presents Pittsburgh’s only festival dedicated to new music and sound arts. From the traditional to the obscure, Hear/Now showcases the diversity and breadth of music today.

This two-day festival brings together the most noteworthy acts in the constantly evolving genre of new music—which is by nature unpredictable and experimental—in an intimate and up-close setting. Some of the best and most talented musicians from Pittsburgh and beyond perform the full spectrum of new music: from ensembles to soloists, electronic to instrumental. Experience the evolution of music and discover what’s out there.

Hear/Now features Grammy Award-winning flutist Tim Munro, NYC-based contemporary composer DJ Spooky, acclaimed concert pianist Conor Hanick, experimental instrumentalist and vocalist Pamela Z alongside Alia Musica, Dave Eggar, ELCO, Host Skull, and many others.

Artists will perform select works from accomplished and noteworthy national/international composers including: Edgar Varese, Morton Feldman, John Cage, Mathew Rosenblum (PGH), George Tsontakis, Philip Glass, and Eric Moe (PGH) among others. Featured local composers are: Mark Fromm, Federico Garcia, Sean Newkom, and John Arrigo-Nelson.

Co-curated by Alia Musica
Sponsored by WYEP 91.3 FM and Iron City Sound

Iron City Sound, presented by Iron City Beer, fosters the advancement of local musicians, spotlights regional and national acts in Pittsburgh, and blends our hometown music culture and Iron City beer into one mighty, satisfying groove. Complementary Iron City Beer products will be available only to patrons of legal drinking age.

Additional promotional support from Nakturnal (www.nakyouout.com)

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Hear/Now Festival of New Sound
Friday, April 13 and Saturday, April 14
Single Program: $10 advance / $15 door
Festival Pass: $50 gen. public / $35 students & artists