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.

Beyond Sensory Experience – Modern Day Diabolists (2012)
Shrine – Somnia (2012)
Starring – ABCDEFG-HIJKLMNOP-QRSTUV-WXYZ (2012)
Number None – Strategies Against Agriculture (2012)
Clint Listing – In the Minds of Madness (2012)
Catatumbo – Catatumbo (2012)

Washington D.C. Performances this Weekend

A few random D.C. shows:

Two performances by the Lost Civilizations experimental music project w/Doug Kallmeyer (bass) and Jerry Busher (percussion) on May 19 @ Artomatic — details: http://upcoming.yahoo.com/event/8846365

A performance by the Morris, Sebastian and Zook Ensemble on May 19 @ Back Alley Theatre (opening for Travis Laplante (Little Women)(solo sax) and Peter Evans (solo trumpet) — details: http://upcoming.yahoo.com/event/8854120

A performance by the Lost Civilizations experimental music project on May 20 @ Galaxy Hut, opening for Brooklyn’s Loop 2.4.3 — http://upcoming.yahoo.com/event/8608648.

Jeb Bishop & Tim Daisy in Columbia, South Carolina

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The Columbia Free Times previews two concerts featuring this duo, and profiles them as well.

Trombonist Jeb Bishop and drummer Tim Daisy first started playing together in the Chicago Improvisers Group, a monthly meeting of large group of then-young guns (its ranks included, at times, familiar to Columbia players such as Aram Shelton, Jason Roebke, Fred Lonberg-Holm and Dave Rempis) curated by Bishop from 1999 to 2002. Both have logged time with avant-garde titan and MacArthur genius Ken Vandermark’s Vandermark 5 ensemble.

Coming to the Vortex Jazz Club

British saxophonist Evan Parker performing liv...
British saxophonist Evan Parker performing live at Spicejazz, London (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From London’s Vortex Jazz Club:

Thur 17 | 8.30pm

Deco Heart featuring Evan Parker

Working at the edge of jazz, contemporary classical and New York downtown improv, Deco Heart is a duo featuring legendary violist Mat Maneri and the acclaimed Transylvanian expat pianist Lucian Ban. With special guest saxophonist Evan Parker.

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Sun 20 | 8.30pm

Mopomoso – free improvisation night

Mopomoso’s 21st anniversary year continues with an international line-up presenting some of the best in free improvisation.

Giorgio Albanese / Ricardo Tejero

From Italy, accordionist Giorgio Albinese was noted as the most talented musician at the Umbria Jazz festival in 2009 and awarded a full scholarship to Berklee college of music. There followed collaborations with a.o John Tchicai, Steve Potts, Kent Carter, Gianni Lenoci and William Parker (with whom he has recently recorded a CD).

From Spain, saxophonist Ricardo Tejero is well known to listeners in his adopted city of London, where his intelligent approach makes him a highly valued contributor to the scene. His international connections have seen him playing in the USA, South America and Europe and he has recently returned from a Japanese tour. A real pleasure.

Sylvia Hallett / Anna Homler

Excellent Anglo-American duo whose CD ‘The Many Shades of Bread and Shed’ is released to coincide with this appearance. Hallett’s atmospheric violin, electronics and ‘all things bowed’ never cease to enthrall and makes her an ideal partner for Californian vocalist Homler’s ‘landscapes of the imagination’.

Kay Grant / Matthew Ostrowski / John Russell / Dave Solomon

New York-based Matthew Ostrowski is a pioneer of electronic arts with an ‘interest in density of microevents, rapid change, and using technology to stretch the bounds of perception and experience’. Joined by the fiery London based trio of Kay Grant (voice), John Russell (guitar) and Dave Solomon (drums), three musicians whose playing should need no introduction, we can expect a set of rapidly shifting and surprising exchanges underpinned by a shared sense of musical purpose. Not to be missed!

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Mon 21 | 8.30pm

Catatumbo album launch

‘Catatumbo’ are Ingrid Laubrock (tenor), Olie Brice (double bass) and Javier Carmona (drums). They play freely improvised music, combining melodic interaction with driving free jazz and textural explorations. This gig will be the launch of their debut album, recorded live at the Vortex and released on Babel records.

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Wed 23 | 8.30pm

Sol6

Join us for this special night in the Vortex’s 25th year. Joyful, unruly, lyrical and muscular, Sol6 is a masterful chamber-hybrid of cabaret, punk, deep groove and free improvisation. Led by UK pianist Veryan Weston and Dutch Ex-punk bass guitarist, Luc Ex, with Ingrid Laubrock (sax), Hannah Marshall (cello), Mandy Drummond (viola) and Tony Buck (drums), Sol6 combine radical improvisation with compositions by Ex and Weston and songs by Charles Ives, Eric Satie, Burt Bacharach, Kurt Weill and Hans Eisler. Bacharach like you’ve never heard him before.

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Mary Halvorson residency
Thur 24 | 8.30pm

Evan Parker invites Mary Halvorson. Saxophonist Evan Parker’s monthly free improvisation residency, with John Edwards (bass), invite special guest, guitarist Mary Halvorson to join them.

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Fri 25 | 8.30pm

Mary Halvorson

Critics have called Brooklyn-based guitarist/composer Mary Halvorson “NYC’s least-predictable improviser” (Howard Mandel, City Arts), “the most forward-thinking guitarist working right now” (Lars Gotrich, NPR.org) and “one of today’s most formidable bandleaders” (Francis Davis, Village Voice). Tonight she joins forces with renowned British musicians Liam Noble (piano), Rachel Musson (saxophone) and Ben Davis (cello) for a brand new collaboration.

Rocket Science

A collaborative improvising quartet, assembled by trumpeter Peter Evans, and featuring three of his favourite instrumental innovators – saxophonist Evan Parker, pianist Craig Taborn and computer musician Sam Pluta. Each player has broadened the previously known boundaries of his chosen instrument and married this craft to a refined musical sensitivity.

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Sun 27 | 8.30pm

Deep Joy Quartet

The Deep Joy Quartet features Paul Dunmall on sax, Paul Rogers on bass and two drummers – Mark Sanders and Miles Levin. The group was formed for the Birmingham Memorial Concert for Tony Levin and features Tony’s son Miles as one of the drummers. The contrasting styles of Miles and Mark Sanders, driving on saxophonist Paul Dunmall supported by Paul Rogers’ amazing bass playing, makes this a very exciting band and one that exemplifies the excellence of British free jazz playing.