The spheres alluded to in the title of this new release by Colombian sound artist Miguel Isaza are metaphorical objects meant to suggest the creation of a sense of space through the medium of sound.
The basic material out of which this single long track was constructed is a series of place- and object-specific field recordings. Isaza then took the source recordings and ran them through granular and spectral processing in order to obtain something at once rooted in and freed from its circumstances of creation. As a result his sound sources are largely unrecognizable outside of the sometimes discernible sonic signatures of the metallic objects he recorded. Beginning with a low frequency drone, the composition moves through an always-changing range of sounds suggestive of any number of things: Crickets or turning wheels, microtonal tubular bells, bull roarers, a glockenspiel in the distance. Much of this is couched on a deeply resonant foundation, which at times can take the form of an overtone-rich undercurrent.
One may or may not imagine oneself within a spherical space while listening, but Spheres is nonetheless a work that can be enjoyed purely for the variety and quality of sounds it puts forth.
SUMMER 2012: Interview with DAN WARBURTON ; In Print: Tacet No.1: Who Is John Cage? ; On Monotype: Dörner, Dafeldecker & Johansson / Toshimaru Nakamura & John Butcher / eRikm & Michel Doneda / If, Bwana & Dan Warburton / LZH+H ; Can ; On Clean Feed: Boris Hauf / Steve Lacy / Rafael Toral & Davu Seru / Elliott Sharp / Joe McPhee and Ingebrigt Haker Flaten ; On Bo-Weavil: Hession / Wilkinson / Fell; On ESP : Frank Wright / Frank Lowe ; On Edition Modern: Iancu Dumitrescu & Ana-Maria Avram ; VINYL SOLUTION: Concern / Failing Lights / FvRTvR / Margarida Garcia / Carlos Giffoni / Ryu Hankil, Hong Chulki, Nick Hoffman / Metamono / Nicholas Szczepanik / Tomutonttu ; JAZZ & IMPROV: John Butcher & Mark Sanders / Lucio Capece / Stephen Cornford / Coppice / Cremaster / Freestyle Band / Charles Gayle / Glacial / Anna Homler & Sylvia Hallett / Andrea Neumann & Bonnie Jones / Alan Silva & Burton Greene / Fukushima! / Marzette Watts / Veryan Weston, Ingrid Laubrock & Hannah Marshall ; ELECTRONICA / FIELD RECORDINGS: Rodolphe Alexis / Thanos Chrysakis & Wade Matthews / Yannick Dauby / Robert Hampson / Michael Pisaro & Toshiya Tsunoda ; Editorial: Lighting Out For The Territories
14 YEARS IN THE MAKING!!!
High Zero is the premier festival of improvised experimental music on the East Coast, being fully devoted to new collaborations between the most inspired improvisers from around the world. This year treat your cortices to what Wire magazine calls “an utterly confounding yet utopian vision of musical possibilities.”
Now MORE High Zero than ever!!! Our usual four nights of concerts will this year be augmented by three nights of film, dance and discussion – that’s one FULL WEEK of mind-altering experimental culture.
Schedule of Events:
Sept. 17th: Experimental film and video at the Charles Theater
Sept. 18th: Dance at 2640 Space
Sept. 19th: Symposium at the Windup Space
Sept. 20th-23rd: Main concerts at the Theater Project
Lea Bertucci (bass clarinet) New York
John Blum (piano) New York
Thomas Dimuzio (electronics) San Francisco
Flandrew Fleisenberg (percussion) Boston
Darius Jones (saxophone) New York
Mazen Kerbaj (trumpet) Beirut
Walter Kitundu (invented instruments) San Francisco
Tom Nunn (invented instruments) San Francisco
Angela Sawyer (voice, toys, electronics) Boston
Davindar Singh (baritone saxophone) Boston
Wilfrido Terrazas (flute) Mexico City
Suzanne Thorpe (flute, electronics) New York
Mario de Vega (electronics) Berlin
Jennifer Walshe (voice, ideas) London
Home Team: Shelly Blake-Plock (recordings)
Jeff Carey (computer)
John Dierker (saxophone, clarinet)
Owen Gardner (violoncello, guitar)
Ayako Kataoka (dance, electronics)
Duncan Moore (drums, miscellany)
Stewart Mostofsky (electronics)
Paul Neidhardt (percussion)
Nick Podgurski (drums) Jimmy Joe Roche (analog synth, video)
Margaret Rorison (projections)
M.C. Schmidt (electronics)
Lily Susskind (dance)
Khristian Weeks (preparations)
Very excited to announce that my sextet will be premiering a new evening-length compostion, Navigation Abstract, at two gigs next week, September 12 at Johnny D’s in Somerville MA, and September 15 at the Jazz Gallery in NYC. I can’t tell you how happy making music with this group makes me, hopefully you’ll be able to hear it in the new piece.
9/12/12: At Johnny D’s (17 Holland St, Davis Sq, Somerville) we’ll be playing a double bill with the Eric Hofbauer Quartet (Eric’s group at 8pm, the sextet at 9:30). A rare chance to launch some new music in my old Boston-area stomping grounds.
9/15/12: The Jazz Gallery gig (co-presented by the Festival of New Trumpet Music, incredible stuff all month long, check it out) will be my only NYC concert as a leader this season, so please come support (sets at 9pm and 10:30pm). We’ll be joined by special guest Chad Taylor, for a double drum kit extravaganza. (Bonus quiz: A seven-piece, two-drummer sextet!?! Bill Lowe had deja vu. The first three folks to email me the reason why can choose either a free ticket to the show or any CD of mine as a prize!) We’ll be touring it in Ann Arbor and St. Louis in November, then returning to New England (Boston, Western MA, and New Haven) for some final gigs in December before recording. Full details below.
Some more fun fall news. A bunch of concerts with Anthony Braxton: celebrating Roulette’s first anniversary in Brooklyn on September 13, touring Europe in October, and playing the Kennedy Center on December 15. Other upcoming gigs: an interface with the Association for Improvising Musicians in Toronto, and gigs with Jason Kao Hwang, the Hybrid 10tet, and the Chicago-meets-NYC supergroup Living by Lanterns. Details below, or check my website calendar for full details.
ANLA COURTIS / OKKYUNG LEE / C. SPENCER YEH / JON WESSELTOFT – Cold / Burn
EYVIND KANG – Visible Breath
TOM RECCHION – Proscenium
THE HAND TO MAN BAND – You Are Always On Our Minds
YONI KRETZMER 2BASS QUARTET – Weight
AARON DILLOWAY / JASON LESCALLEET – Grapes And Snakes