Vision Festival Day 1 Reviewed

From NYTimes.com:

he festival’s opening night, on Monday, felt at times like a shake-up. It’s being held in Brooklyn this year — at the new-music hub Roulette, on Atlantic Avenue — after a longtime association with the Lower East Side of Manhattan. And the first proper group to appear on this year’s bill only underscored that sense of dislocation.

This Weekend at Bowerbird

From Philadelphia’s Bowerbird:

FREE EVENT
Bernard Parmegiani‘s De natura sonorum

Friday, June 15th

@ The Rotunda
4014 Walnut St

8pm. FREE.

Building on the acoustic investigations of his teacher Pierre Schaeffer, the founder of musique concrete, French composer Bernard Parmegiani creates what he calls “acousmatic music” — a kind of sonic art conceived especially for presentation through loudspeakers, designed to invoke powerful mental images through the pure play of disembodied sound. Parmegiani’s 1975 composition De natura sonorum is an unrivaled masterpiece in this genre. Each of the work’s 12 movements is an etude in which opposing sonic properties–percussive versus sustained tones, or synthetic versus natural–are played against each other in a highly refined counterpoint of acoustic forms. At once playful and imposing, sensual and cerebral, De natura sonorum leads the listener on a unique exploration of the nature of sound.

LAUNCHES SATURDAY
SOUND PLACES

Overview
Sound Places is a “virtual” sound art project that allows participants to create freely re-mixable, site-specific audio pieces using Google maps, iPods and smartphones. Sound Places will take place during the entire Commotion Festival, June 16 – 30, and will feature a series of short audio pieces, each of which is directly related to or inspired by a specific location or area in the Point Breeze, Gray’s Ferry, and South of South Street neighborhoods.

Participating artists are: Claire Niebergall, Nick Krill, George Korein, Toisha Tucker, Daniel Perelstein, Laine Godsey, Murmuration, Brendan McGeehan, Team Hungrymonsters, Maria Dumlao, Jesse Kudler, and Newton.

The full project will be available here on June 16.Or you can try in tree at our launch event:

SOUND PLACES LAUNCH EVENT
Saturday, June 16, 5-7pm, FREE
Zion Hill Memorial Baptist Church
South 27th Street and Ellsworth Street
Philadelphia, PA 19146

Including Free Pitruco Pizza

FOR MORE INFO
http://commotionphilly.org/kick-off

Newsbits: Zappa Catalog / Red Hook Jazz Fest / Golia

Frank Zappa
Frank Zappa (Photo credit: Lord_Henry)

Frank Zappa’s catalog is apparently being released again, this time by the Zappa family, as the rights to it has reverted to them. Not sure how essential it will be to have yet another reissue of these recordings, but at least they will be available for download.

Part of the Red Hook Jazz Festival is reviewed.

More on Vinny Golia in LA is available.

A major free jazz fest takes place in London this weekend.

Touching Extremes Reviews

Doran, Stucky, Studer & Tacuma play the music ...

From Touching Extremes:

D’INCISE – Arpenter
PAUL HUBWEBER – Loverman
WILL GUTHRIE – Sticks, Stones & Breaking Bones
ANDREA FERRARIS / MATTEO UGGERI – Autumn Is Coming, We’re All In Slow Motion
MATTEO UGGERI / LUCA MAURI / FRANCESCO GIANNICO – Pagetos
DITTERICH VON EULER-DONNERSPERG / ASMUS TIETCHENS / THOMAS KÖNER – Untitled
ANNA HOMLER & SYLVIA HALLETT – The Many Moods Of Bread And Shed
RAY ANDERSON / HAN BENNINK / CHRISTY DORAN – A B D

Free Jazz Blog Reviews

Trumpeter Peter Evans
Trumpeter Peter Evans (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Free Jazz:

Henry P. Warner, Earl Freeman, Philip Spigner: Freestyle Band (NoBusiness, 2012) ****
Evan Parker, Okkyung Lee, Peter Evans – The Bleeding Edge (Psi, 2011) *****
Atomic- Here Comes Everybody (Jazzland Recordings, 2011) ****
Noah Bernstein – Six (self-released, 2012) ****
Joe McPhee/Eli Keszler – Ithaca (8mm, 2012) ****
Art Bailey Trio – Quiet As A Bone (HRL Records, 2012) ***½
Anders Nilsson – Night Guitar (Soundatone, 2012) ****

Tonight and Friday at the Supercoda

Sxip Shirey standing with a pair of ancient he...
Sxip Shirey standing with a pair of ancient headphones and mess of musical toys on the ground. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From New York’s thesupercoda:

WEDNESDAY June 13th (tonight) at Spectrum – 121 Ludlow st., second floor.

The Super Coda presents Amy X Neuberg, Todd Reynolds, Matthew Silver, Felix Morelo, Joseph Keckler, Valerie Kuehne, live in concert. Free improvisations and performance art to stir your inner Sphynx. Each of these artists, respectively, have traveled to Mercury and back…, and live to tell the tale and somehow miraculously avoid setting off metal detectors every time they fly cross country for their plethora of shows. Please, come join us in engaging, unwinding, digesting, expanding, contracting, and conflating syntax with semantics, tonally or otherwise.
This concert will take place on Wednesday, June 13th at Spectrum (Glenn Cornett’s new new Space, 121 Ludlow), doors at 7:30, performances shortly thereafter.
I plan to bring some sort of tempting dessert involving marzipan. Please feel free to do the same. And without further ado, the lineup:

Amy X Neuburg – (composer / vocalist / live electronics performer) has developed a unique career bridging the boundaries between classical, experimental and popular musics. Her ‘avant-cabaret’ songs combine her interests in poetry and language, expressive use of music technology (with an emphasis on live looping), and exploration of multiple genres using the many colors of her four-octave vocal range. As soloist she has performed at venues as diverse as the Other Minds and Bang on a Can new music festivals, the Berlin International Poetry Festival, the Wellington and Christchurch Jazz Festivals (NZ), electronic music festivals, colleges, clubs and concert halls throughout the US and abroad. (It may also be mentioned that Amy is in town for a limited time, catching her before she returns to San Fransisco is highly advised.)
http://www.amyxneuburg.com/

Todd Reynolds – Todd Reynolds, violinist, composer, educator and technologist is known as one of the founding fathers of the hybrid-musician movement and one of the most active and versatile proponents of what he calls ‘present music’. The violinist of choice for Steve Reich, Meredith Monk, Bang on a Can, and a founder of the string quartet known as Ethel, his compositional and performance style is a hybrid of old and new technology, multi-disciplinary aesthetic and pan-genre composition and improvisation. Reynolds’ music has been called “a charming, multi-mood extravaganza, playful like Milhaud, but hard-edged like Hendrix” (Strings Magazine), and his countless premieres and performances of everything from classical music to Jazz to Rock‘n’Roll seem to redefine the concert hall and underground club as undeniably and unavoidably intertwined. He has just released his double CD set, Outerborough on Innova Recordings, featuring InSide, a collection of his own music, paired with OutSide, music written by a veritable who’s who of contemporary composers.
http://toddreynolds.com/

Sxip Shirey – is a composer and performer who lives in New York City. His music is beautiful, surprising, deep and will twist your head right around. Ecstatic melody, unimaginable sounds and deep sexy beats played Industrial Flutes, Bullhorn Harmonicas, Regurgitated Music Box, Triple Extended Pennywhistls, Miniature Hand Bell Choir, Obnoxiophone, Glass Bowls With Red Marbles, human beat box and a clutch of curious objects. (this description is, very much the tip of the iceberg. Check out this gentleman’s site)
http://www.sxipshirey.com/

Matthew Silver – Is the best performance artist in the world. http://www.maninwhitedress.com/

Felix Morello – Felix Morelo is a Colombian American artist living in New York City. He is best known for his chalk drawings, free advice, and paintings. http://felixmorelo.wordpress.com/

Joseph Keckler – is a singer and artist whose work takes form in music, interdisciplinary performance, video, and written narrative. He is interested in staging conversations among different art forms. He was born in Michigan, in one of several towns that begin with the letter P and orbit the relative metropolis of Kalamazoo. He went on to train in painting and classical voice and move to New York City. Joseph’s concerts and performances have recently been presented by SXSW Music, The New Museum for Contemporary Art, Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater, La MaMa ETC, NP Contemporary Art Center, SF MOMA, Abrons Art Center and many other venues across the country and abroad. He has been awarded residencies at MacDowell Artist Colony and Yaddo Artist Colony. Joseph’s E.P, Featured Creatures was released last year in Italy by Transeuropa. He is currently working on musical projects, videos, and a collection of stories.
http://www.josephkeckler.com/

Valerie Kuehne – Valerie Kuehne is an electrically charged virtuoso of all purpose cello. Dynamic performer, fearless improviser, songwriter, vocalist, and classically trained connoisseur of Bach and Britten, Valerie can be found playing incessant shows in NYC, where she devotes formidable heart, intellect, creativity, and time to cross-pollinating sundry genres. Armed with finesse, Valerie is impressively present on stage, rendering poignant punctuations of changeable emotional weather. In any setting, her instrument aches with human implications and fiendish alien fuel.
http://www.dreamzoo.bandcamp.com/

FRIDAY June 15th at Vaudeville Park – 26 Bushwick ave.

Joey Molinaro and Valerie Kuehne assault and seduce their violin and cello/voice alongside Amy X Neuberg (SF) and Hazel Ra (brooklyn) and Jane Gabriels (Montreal) and Vaudeville Park’s founder Ian M. Colletti. A fantastical array of unique performers.

NYC-based compose…r, violinist, and fiddler Joey Molinaro first gained attention as a member of the seven-piece experimental chamber-grind outfit “Basilica.” As an acoustic or electric solo artist, he conjures a torrent of riffs over a two-boot foot percussion flurry. The set includes seventeen Discordance-Axis-inspired songs and several new pieces with vocals. http://www.joeymolinaro.com/

Valerie Kuehne is an electrically charged virtuoso of all purpose cello. Dynamic performer, fearless improviser, songwriter, vocalist, and classically trained connoisseur of Bach and Britten, Valerie can be found playing incessant shows in NYC, where she devotes formidable heart, intellect, creativity, and time to cross-pollinating sundry genres. Armed with finesse, Valerie is impressively present on stage, rendering poignant punctuations of changeable emotional weather. In any setting, her instrument aches with human implications and fiendish alien fuel.