MACHINEFABRIEK / Stroomtoon (Nuun Climax)
THOMAS HEBERER’S CLARINO / Cookbook (Red Toucan)
WILL SAMSON / Balance (Karaoke Kalk) STORMY SIX / L’Apprendista (Warner Music Italia)
STEPHAN MATHIEU / Coda (for WK) (12k – merci à/thanks to Dense Promotion)
MARK FELL / Sentielle Objectif Actualité (editions Mego – merci à/thanks to Dense Promotion)
MAGDA MAYAS & CHRISTINE ABDELNOUR / Myriad (Unsounds – merci à/thanks to Dense Promotion)
DANIEL SARID, ARIEL ARMONI & IGOR KRUTOGOLOV / Live at Levontin 7 (Auris Media)
STORMY SIX / Cliché + Pinocchio Bazaar (Warner Music Italia)
DEAD CAN DANCE / Anastasis (4AD)
DOMINIC LASH & CHRIS CUNDY / Two Plump Daughters: Music for Double Bass & Bass Clarinet (Creative Sources)
KANE IKIN / Sublunar (12k – merci à/thanks to Dense Promotion)
VIOLETA DE OUTONO / Espectro (Voiceprint Brazil)
STORMY SIX / Un biglietto del tram (Warner Music Italia)
The past sixty or so years have seen an enormous expansion in the sound range that can be solicited from conventional instruments. Nowhere has this augmentation of sonic possibilities been more dramatic than in the case of the double bass. The instrument has provided the occasion for everything from the extension of techniques used to produce pitch, to techniques and supplements designed to produce a more texturally-oriented approach. It is research into the latter possibility that is pursued on this new CD by PascAli.
PascAli is the duo of American Sean Ali and Franco-German Pascal Niggenkemper, both of whom play prepared double bass. The twenty-two tracks presented here are brief pieces meant to show the sheer diversity of sounds that can be produced by acoustic basses properly prepared. And that diversity is truly fascinating.
The CD literally begins at the bottom. The first track is an improvisation for the instruments’ endpins—squeaking as they’re loosened and tightened, whispering as they’re bowed. Subsequent highlights include “How Long Does It Take Styrofoam to Become Earth Again?” which is a hissing of white noise as the bassists bow Styrofoam; “Witch Tricks,” with its spiccato (bouncing) bowing and squeaking pulse evolving into overpressured bowing and percussive strikes; and the sparse pizzicato and metallic sounds of “Japanese Garden.”
This is acoustic musique concrete that pushes physicality to the forefront of both the players’ relationship to their instruments and to the listener’s experience of the sound. But not everything here is abstract sound. There also is music at the core of even some of the most unconventional tracks, as the bass’s function as a resonating chamber frequently meets with the sympathetic vibration of strings as the instrument is struck or its various parts manipulated. And there are tracks that involve overtly pitched sounds, such as the swooping microtonal glissandi of “Chinese Mask” or the repeating figures of “Buzzing Bees.”
The brevity of the tracks allows PascAli to present the greatest variety of sound, and works overall to give the recording a pleasantly kaleidoscopic—and yes, enjoyable–feel. As such the CD is an intelligent introduction to two innovative bassists’ approach to expanding the double bass’s soundworld.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2012 @ 8:00 PMBUY TICKETS
Ha-Yang Kim + JACK Quartet
JACK Quartet performs THREADSUNS by Ha-Yang Kim
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2012 @ 8:00 PMBUY TICKETS Zeena Parkins + Ne(x)tworks Ensemble w/ JACK Quartet
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2012 @ 8:00 PMBUY TICKETS
Zeena Parkins + Ne(x)tworks Ensemble w/ JACK Quartet
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2012 @ 8:00 PMBUY TICKETS
Chris Cochrane w/ mbiraNYC, Manhattan Samba, and Chris Rael
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2012 @ 8:00 PMBUY TICKETS
Roulette Celebrates One Year in Brooklyn – Anthony Braxton “Two Ensembles (NYC) 2012″
Roulette and Tri-Centric Foundation present a rare NYC performance of Anthony Braxton.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2012 @ 8:00 PMBUY TICKETS
[INTERPRETATIONS] Tim Brady “24 Frames” // David Behrman “My Dear Siegfried”
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2012 @ 8:00 PM
Skeletons Big Band Album Release Party
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2012 @ 5:00 PMBUY TICKETS
Shakuhachi Exploration with Kinya Sogawa
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2012 @ 8:00 PMBUY TICKETS
Sean Noonan’s “A Gambler’s Hand” Music for Drum Set and Double String Quartet featuring Momenta Quartet
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2012 @ 8:00 PMBUY TICKETS
[Ear Heart Music presents] Opening Party: Ear Heart Music meets Artisanal Brooklyn!
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2012 @ 8:00 PMBUY TICKETS
Composer/Choreographer: Susan Hefner & Michael Evans “Another Happy Accident”
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.
Locrian & Christoph Heeman – s/t (2012)
Frank Rosaly – Centering and Displacement (2012)
Wadada Leo Smith / Louis Moholo Moholo – Ancestors (2012)
Asva / Phillipe Petit – Empires Should Burn (2012)
Kapustin Yar – Trithemius (2012)
Kalle Kalima / K-18 – Out to Lynch (2012)
The White Spot – Way Out Northwest (2012)