AMN Reviews: Blind Date Quartet – Blind Date Quartet

Blind Date Quartet: Blind Date Quartet [GPE Records]

The Blind Date Quartet—named for the fact that their first gig together was something of a blind date, in that it was the first time they’d played together as a quartet—is a free improv ensemble notable for an approach that demonstrates the wide range of possibilities open to instruments most often associated with the orchestral or chamber music traditions.

The group, consisting of Angelika Sheridan on flutes, violinist Ulrike Stortz, cellist Scott Roller, and John Hollenbeck on percussion, makes full use of their instruments’ broad spectrum of colors. This chromatic richness is particularly apparent in the timbral contrast of violin and flute. Though both instruments cover the same general pitch range, the difference in timbres makes for a sound relationship at once oppositional and reciprocal. Although not often found in the company of these chamber music instruments, Hollenbeck’s complement of drumkit and other percussion adds an essential element often manifesting as an edge or toughness balancing out the more naturally lyrical sounds of the flute and violin. Added to the mix is a cello that frequently contributes the piquant seasoning of fragmented tone sequences and extended techniques.

The recording opens with the aptly titled Speed Date, which serves as a brief, spiky prelude to what follows. Tarentology’s opening melody features Angelika Sheridan’s flute, which settles in over a drone rich in overtones from Scott Roller’s cello and a galloping underlying rhythm from percussionist John Hollenbeck. Hollenbeck’s playing in fact often serves as the backbone to the pieces, as for example in Update or in Harvesting, where snare and brushes work to create a propulsive feeling. This is enhanced by Ulrike Stortz’s pizzicato violin and Roller’s cello, which alternates between pizzicato and arco figures; gradually, the piece evolves into a conversation between flute and cello. Percussion again sets the tone for Dry Bone Mobile, a clacking, skittering piece full of staccato strings and struck things that sounds exactly like the object named in the title. Truth or Dare, by contrast, opens with well-spaced stabs of strings and flute and develops into a kind of improvised serialism notable for changes in tempo and mood afforded by the musicians’ deeply attentive interplay. The textural pointillism of Sequel brings this satisfying set to a close.

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Creative Differences in December

Eric Vloeimans (trumpet)
Eric Vloeimans (trumpet) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Baltimore’s Creative Differences:

CREATIVE DIFFERENCES – DECEMBER CONCERTS

SUNDAY DECEMBER 2
Jason Robinson’s Janus Ensemble: Tiresian Symmetry

Jason Robinson (tenor and soprano saxes, alto flute)
JD Parran (alto and contra bass clarinets, tenor sax)
Doug Yates (alto sax, bass clarinet)
Bill Lowe (bass trombone, tuba)
Marcus Rojas (tuba)
Liberty Ellman (guitar)
James Ilgenfritz (bass)
George Schuller (drums)
Ches Smith (drums, glockenspiel)

SATURDAY DECEMBER 8
Unfold Ordinary Mind
Ben Goldberg, contra alto clarinet
Ellery Eskelin, tenor saxophone
Rob Sudduth, tenor saxophone
Nels Cline, guitar
Ches Smith, drums

UPCOMING CONCERTS

DEC 15 – Frode Gjerstad w.Jon Rune Strøm,Paal Nilssen-Love

DEC 22 – Kinan Azmeh, Eric Vloeimans & Florian Weber plus Lafayette Gilchrist (@ 2640 Space)

DEC 29 – Creative Differences end of year party featuring Lafayette Gilchrist with New Volcanoes.

December at Le Poisson Rouge

The main stage of (le) Poisson Rouge.
The main stage of (le) Poisson Rouge. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From New York’s Le Poisson Rouge:

Mon., December 03, 2012 at 6:00 PM
Bruce Brubaker and Nadia Sirota: New York release show for Nico Muhly‘s “Drones”
w/ music of Nico Muhly and Philip Glass

Sat., December 08, 2012 at 6:30 PM
Os Mutantes
w/ an event within Carnegie Hall’s “Voices from Latin America” festival
psychedelic rock

Sun., December 09, 2012 at 7:30 PM
Os Mutantes
w/ an event within Carnegie Hall’s “Voices from Latin America” festival
featured
psychedelic rock

Wed., December 19, 2012 at 6:30 PM
Max Richter
w/ ensemble LPR performing “Recomposed” by Max Richter – Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” , Daniel Hope (violin) , and presented by Le Poisson Rouge in association with Wordless Music

Thu., December 20, 2012 at 6:30 PM
Max Richter
w/ ensemble LPR performing “Recomposed” by Max Richter – Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” , Daniel Hope (violin) , and presented by Le Poisson Rouge in association with Wordless Music

Sat., December 29, 2012 at 11:00 PM
Official Phish After Party: Cyro Baptista‘s Beat The Donkey with very special guests Jennifer Hartswick, Natalie Cressman and James Casey from The Trey Anastasio Band & featuring Hassan Hakmoun
w/ Edom and Todd Clouser’s A Love Electric

Scott Amendola on Tour

Scott Amendola
Scott Amendola (Photo credit: 1yen)

Tour dates from drummer Scott Amendola:

December 6, 2012 Triple Door
Seattle, WA
Charlie Hunter & Scott Amendola
Charlie Hunter – 7-string Guitar
Scott Amendola – drums

December 7, 2012 Mississippi Studios
Portland, OR
Charlie Hunter & Scott Amendola
Charlie Hunter – 7-string Guitar
Scott Amendola – drums

December 8, 2012 Green Frog
Bellingham, WA
Charlie Hunter & Scott Amendola
Charlie Hunter – 7-string Guitar
Scott Amendola – drums

December 9, 2012 Capilano University
Seymour Creek Indian Reserve, CANADA
Charlie Hunter & Scott Amendola
Charlie Hunter – 7-string Guitar
Scott Amendola – drums

December 11, 2012 Van Duzer Theater
Arcata, CA
Charlie Hunter & Scott Amendola
Charlie Hunter – 7-string Guitar
Scott Amendola – drums

December 12, 2012 Harlow’s
Sacramento, CA
Charlie Hunter & Scott Amendola
Charlie Hunter – 7-string Guitar
Scott Amendola – drums

December 13, 2012 Duende
Oakland, CA
Charlie Hunter & Scott Amendola
Charlie Hunter – 7-string Guitar
Scott Amendola – drums

December 14, 2012 The Mint
Los Angeles, CA
Charlie Hunter & Scott Amendola
Charlie Hunter – 7-string Guitar
Scott Amendola – drums

December 15, 2012 The Mint
Los Angeles, CA
Charlie Hunter & Scott Amendola
Charlie Hunter – 7-string Guitar
Scott Amendola – drums

December 16, 2012 Dana Street Roasting Company
Mt. View, CA
Charlie Hunter & Scott Amendola
Charlie Hunter – 7-string Guitar
Scott Amendola – drums

December 17, 2012 Kuumbwa Jazz Center
Santa Cruz, CA
Charlie Hunter & Scott Amendola
Charlie Hunter – 7-string Guitar
Scott Amendola – drums

December 18, 2012 Hopmonk Tavern
Sebastopol, CA
Charlie Hunter & Scott Amendola
Charlie Hunter – 7-string Guitar
Scott Amendola – drums

December 19, 2012 The Independent
San Francisco, CA
Charlie Hunter & Scott Amendola
Charlie Hunter – 7-string Guitar
Scott Amendola – drums