AMN Picks of the Week

Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that has caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended.

Juan Antonio Nieto – The Voice Inside (2012)
Vincent Bergeron – Elle avait raison Hathor (2012)
Chris Welcome – Electronic Music 2002-2011 (2012)
Robert Rich – Ici et Maintenant: Live in Paris, May 12 1989 (Live Archive Volume 1)

Reviewers Wanted

Do you like weird music? Do you like to write about it?

Avant Music News is currently looking to expand its selection of reviews. Particularly, we’d like to take on 2-3 additional reviewers.

To be clear, these are not paid positions, nor will there be any long term commitments from any party. However, if you’d like to have your words read by our audience of 1,000 or so people who are really into avant-garde music, this might be a good opportunity.

Avant Music News covers modern classical, free jazz, avant rock, ambient, noise, and various other types of music, especially the type that defies categories. Lately, I’ve been getting tons of promo material and requests to review this material. I don’t write reviews personally, but I include the releases that fit the scope of the site in my AMN Picks of the Week.

Currently a couple of kind individuals are submitting reviews. I’d like to have a few more folks signed up. I will be able to provide digital copies of full albums for reviewers’ consideration.

If interested, please drop me an email with a little info about yourself, the type of music you prefer, and (if possible) a writing sample. Thanks!

Ensemble Dal Niente Wraps Up Season in Chicago On June 9

Deutsch: Salvatore Sciarrino, italienischer Ko...
Deutsch: Salvatore Sciarrino, italienischer Komponist, piazza der Stadt Città di Castello, Italien. English: Salvatore Sciarrino, Italian composer, at the piazza of Città di Castello, Italy. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Ensemble Dal Niente:

Ensemble Dal Niente performs a major world premiere by American composer Aaron Einbond plus dramatic, sensuous, exciting works by Aperghis, Sciarrino, and Anderson, three incredibly distinctive European composers

Saturday, June 9, 2012, 7:30 PM
Tickets: $20 general, $10 students, available at the door
Nichols Concert Hall
1490 Chicago Ave.
Evanston, IL 60201

Michael Lewanski, conductor
Amanda DeBoer Bartlett, soprano
Mark Buchner, double bass

Georges Aperghis (b.1945): La Nuit en Tête (2000) for solo soprano and sextet
Salvatore Sciarrino (b.1947): Esplorazione del bianco (1986) for solo bass
Aaron Einbond (b.1978): Without Words (2012) for solo soprano, ten musicians, and electronics (WORLD PREMIERE)
Salvatore Sciarrino: Esplorazione del bianco II (1986) for flute, bass clarinet, guitar, and violin
Julian Anderson (b.1967): Khorovod (1994) for chamber orchestra

Aaron Einbond is one of today’s most distinguished and promising young American composers. Dal Niente is thrilled to present the world premiere of his new piece, which was commissioned for the ensemble by the Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University. Einbond’s music mixes field recordings, original electronic effects, and instrumental technique of startling originality and dynamic range. Ensemble member Amanda DeBoer Bartlett will be the featured solo voice in the center of Einbond’s masterfully constructed maze of vivid sounds.

DeBoer Bartlett will also be the soloist in Greek composer Georges Aperghis’s La nuit en tête, a scintillating, frenetic psychodrama awash in a swirling, hazy rainbow of ghost colors. This noisy dreamscape contrasts beautifully with the music of Salvatore Sciarrino, who conjures drama and tension through the gradual layering of small sounds atop a field of pure silence. Sciarrino’s set of pieces entitled Esplorazione del bianco are perfect examples of his magical approach to sound and evocation of the secret voices of nature.

Julian Anderson is one of Britain’s most celebrated composers, but his work is too rarely performed in the U.S. His Khorovod for chamber orchestra is inspired by the bustling energy and melodic language of eastern European folk dances. Anderson transforms these melodies into a dizzying whirlwind of symphonic color and rhythmic drive: the perfect capstone for Dal Niente’s stellar 2011-12 season.

Ensemble Dal Niente has made Chicago its home since its founding in 2004. With a growing international reputation for virtuosic musicianship and fearlessly eclectic programming, the ensemble will present two concerts at the famous New Music Courses in Darmstadt, Germany, in July 2012. Next season in Chicago, the ensemble will premiere a new work for octet, electronics, and synced video projection by Minneapolis composer Noah Keesecker. The project was awarded a major grant by the American Composers Forum and the Jerome Foundation.

All About Jazz Reviews

Robert Fripp
Robert Fripp (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From All About Jazz:

John Zorn
Nosferatu (Tzadik)

Dialogues Trio with Julian Siegel
Twinkle Twinkle (Babel)

Elliott Sharp Trio
Aggregat (Clean Feed Records)

Toma Gouband
Courant des Vents (Psi)

AYCH / Jim Hobbs / Mary Halvorson / Taylor Ho Bynum
As The Crow Flies (Relative Pitch Records)

Robert Fripp
Robert Fripp / Andrew Keeling / David Singleton: The Wine of Silence (DGM Live)

Ablaye Cissoko / Volker Goetze
Amanke Dionti (Motema Music)

Yoni Kretzmer 2Bass Quartet
Weight (OutNow Recordings)

Jeff Parker
Bright Light in Winter (Delmark Records)

Mike Reed
People Places and Things: Clean On The Corner (482 Music)

Wadada Leo Smith‘s Mbira
Dark Lady of the Sonnets (TUM Records)

Umbrella Music Through May 31

Nate Lepine at the Hideout, Chicago IL
Nate Lepine at the Hideout, Chicago IL (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Chicago’s Umbrella Music:

May 16
SET I: Rempis/Abrams Duo
SET II: Rempis/Baker/Abrams/McBride
The Hideout

May 17
European Jazz Meets Chicago : Emil Strandberg

May 20
Mike Reed’s People, Places and Things
Hungry Brain

May 23
SET I: Lonberg-Holm/Reid Duo
SET II: Mythic Birds
The Hideout

May 24
SET I: Nate McBride
SET II: Nick Mazzarella Trio

May 27
SET I: Bishop/Falzone/Young/Reid
SET II: Nate Lepine Trio
Hungry Brain

May 30
In The Country
The Hideout

May 31
SET I: Paul Giallorenzo
SET II: Jason Stein Quartet