Newsbits: Klein and Guarino Jr / ECM Album Covers / Beefheart in Amsterdam

Benjamin J. Mansavage Klein and Louis Guarino Jr have released a duo album of experimental trumptet and tuba recordings.

The New York Times writes about ECM‘s album covers.

From the Captain Beefheart Radar Station, The World of Captain Beefheart is a special concert featuring Gary Lucas with the 60 piece Metropole Orchestra performing symphonic Beefheart. Date: Sunday 17th February 2013, Venue: the main hall of Amsterdam’s Paradiso. Special guest vocalist for the night is legendary Nona Hendryx, who is also a big Beefheart fan.

AMN Reviews: Earl Howard – Granular Modality

Earl Howard, at Moers Festival 2007
Earl Howard, at Moers Festival 2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Earl Howard: Granular Modality [New World Records 80728-2]

Composer Earl Howard, four of whose pieces are featured on this fine recent release from New World Records, creates a variety of music characterized by a blend of predetermined structure and improvisational elements. Howard, who is perhaps best known for his work with Anthony Davis, Gerry Hemingway, Georg Graewe and other adventurous improvisers, not only composed the works collected here but plays on all four as well. For, like La Monte Young and Terry Riley, Howard is an accomplished improvising performer in addition to being a composer, and is featured here on alto saxophone as well as on the Kurzweil K2600 synthesizer.

Howard’s influences are wide ranging, covering, in addition to modern composition, jazz and film soundtracks. The latter in particular seems to have provided a kind of model for producing narrative continuity through episodic disjunction, a paradoxical trait characteristic of the work for electronics.

Three of the four pieces here are solo performances by Howard, the other being a duet for Howard on synthesizer and Miya Masaoka on koto. The two solo electronics tracks consist of montages of sound color juxtaposing diverse frequencies and textures to create a constantly changing audio tissue of dynamic weave. These pieces are more about timbral than pitch relationships, although pitched sequences are by no means absent from them. 2455 for solo alto saxophone features Howard employing an array of extended techniques including multiphonics and microtones in a performance balancing nuanced transformations of timbre and pitch.

The CD’s duet, Crupper, is a sparsely beautiful piece in which Masaoka’s koto is shadowed by Howard’s sound processing. Masaoka sets up melodic fragments to which Howard responds, all the while leaving expansive stretches of open space. The piece develops as Masaoka introduces extended techniques such as bowing the strings and tapping the koto’s body for percussive effects. The duet unfolds at a deliberate pace and is as starkly compelling as a winter treeline against a pale blue sky.

AMN Picks of the Week: HMWWAWCIAWCCW? / Julia A. Miller / Koboku Senju / Particle Being Trio / Zac Nelson

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.

Julia A. Miller – Solo Variations (2012)
Koboku Senju – Joining the Queue to Become One of Those Ordinary Ghosts (2013)
Particle Being Trio – Post Terrestrial Vol. 1 (2012)
Zac Nelson – Charbroile (2012)
Insub Meta Orchestra – Archive #1 (2012)

* The full name of HMWWAWCIAWCCW? is “How Much Wood Would a Woodchuck Chuck If a Woodchuck Could Chuck Wood?”

January at Roulette

English: Matana Roberts, moers festival 2010
English: Matana Roberts, moers festival 2010 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From New York’s Roulette:

TUESDAY, JANUARY 8, 2013 @ 8:00 PM

The Barry Altschul 70th Birthday Bash & C.D. Release Party + BRAHMA Reunion
Renowned free jazz drummer Barry Altschul celebrates his 70th Birthday and a c.d. release with performances by The 3dom Factor and BRAHMA.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 10, 2013 @ 7:00 PM

MEREDITH MONK: A Benefit For Roulette
A Benefit to help raise funds for Roulette featuring “Magician of the Voice” Meredith Monk and an honoring of ASCAP Vice President Frances Richard

MONDAY, JANUARY 14, 2013 @ 8:00 PM

Lea Bertucci “Respire” • Jerome Foundation Residency Performance
Developed during her Jerome Foundation Residency, Lea Bertucci premieres her new work, Respire, for chamber ensemble and 4-channel synthesis.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2013 @ 8:00 PM

Ear Heart Music Series – Trio Kavak and the Claremont Trio: Music, Art, and Poetry
The Ear Heart Series continues with the renowned Claremont Trio, featuring works from their repertoire.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 18, 2013 @ 8:00 PM

Matana Roberts’ Coin Coin
Multi-media composer Matana Roberts shares her new performance work, Coin Coin, based on the genealogical research of a distant Louisiana relative.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 20, 2013 @ 8:00 PM

The Whammies Play the Music of Steve Lacy featuring Han Bennink
An all-star sextet of improvisers from the Chicago, Boston and Amsterdam creative music scenes revive the music of the late saxophone iconoclast Steve Lacy. …
THURSDAY, JANUARY 24, 2013 @ 8:00 PM

INTERPRETATIONS – Ekmeles Vocal Ensemble // Pheeroan akLaff Ensemble
Ekmeles Ensemble presents works by Cassidy, Jacobs, Johnston, & Karchin; Pheeroan akLaff Ensemble premiers new works featuring photo installation and voice….
FRIDAY, JANUARY 25, 2013 @ 8:00 PM

Alvin Curran • Fake Book
The benevolently irreverent and pioneer of experimental music, Alvin Curran, performs his recent work, Fake Book, sampling sounds from past compositions and memories….
SUNDAY, JANUARY 27, 2013 @ 8:00 PM

The Joshua Shneider Love Speaks Orchestra – “One Hour To Madness And Joy”
The 19-piece ‘Joshua Shneider Love Speaks Orchestra’ interpret the music and arrangements of Joshua Shneider, including a premier of Shneider’s “Madness and Joy”….
THURSDAY, JANUARY 31, 2013 @ 8:00 PM


DMG Newsletter December 28th, 2012

Deutsch: Rudi Mahall, Bassklarinettist, Deutsc...
Deutsch: Rudi Mahall, Bassklarinettist, Deutschland (Germany) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From DMG:

The Group with Ahmed Abdullah/Marion Brown/Billy Bang/Sirone/Fred Hopkins/Andrew Cyrille – 1985 Live!

John Butcher & Mark Sanders! Kidd Jordan/Harrison Bankhead/Warren Smith! Alexander Hawkins/Louis Moholo! Michael Blake Trios! Ingebrigt Haker Flaten Double-Bass Solo!

William Hooker/Chris DiMeglio/Adam Lane! Ingrid Laubrock/Mary Halvorson/Kris Davis/John Hebert/Tom Rainey! Die Enntauschung: Rudi Mahall & Axel Dorner! Oliver Lake/Nils Wogram/Christian Weber/Deiter Ulrich! Sudo Quartet: Joelle Leandre/Carlos Zingaro/Sebi Tramontana/Paul Lovens!

Jurg Wickihalder Orchestra! Min Xiao-Fen/Satoshi Takeishi! Lajos Dudas Trio! Clare Fischer Orchestra! Morton Feldman! Gyorgi Ligeti! Karlheinz Stockhausen! Bonnie Kane & Scott Prato’s Big Plastic Finger! Ghost Trees! Baba Scholae!

Four Decades of Bob Downes Open Music! Mick Barr and Krallice! Crimson’s Larks’ CD+DVD set! John Fahey ’60s Takoma 6 LP Box Set! Body-Gate-Head! Michael Pollard! Brad Rose’s The North Sea!

Missy Mazzoli! Luc Ferrari! Ivo Malec! Olivier Messiaen! Frederic Acquaviva CD+DVD! Duke Ellington ’67 Live! Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids 3CD Box! Fifty Foot Hose! Brainbox! Kluster Live ’71! Ahora Mazda!


The DMG Free Weekly In-Store Performance Series Continues With:

Sunday, December 23rd:
7pm: DMG’s First Annual Happy Holiday Party – Food, Drink and Musical Guests! Featuring ELLIOTT SHARP & HIS MYSTERIOUS TRAVELERS!

Sunday, December 30th:
No In-Store! We Need a Break! Happy New Year to All..and get Smashed!

Sunday, January 6th, 2013 Double-Header:
6pm: THOMAS HEBERER & STEVE SWELL! Trumpet & Trombone Duo!
7pm: GAIN LUIGI DIANA / BEN GERSTEIN / MIKE PRIDE – Laptop/Trombone/Drums!

Sunday, January 13th Double-Header:
6pm: JAMES ILGENFRITZ DUO – Acoustic Bass & ?!
7pm: Two Basses Hit: JD PARRAN & KEVIN RAY – Bass Clarinet & Contrabass!

Sunday, January 20th Double-header:
7pm: GUILLERMO GREGORIO – Clarinets & Electronics!

Sunday, January 27th Double-Header:
6pm: ALAN SONDHEIM / AZURE CARTER / CHRIS DIASPARRA! Weird Ethnic Instruments / Vocals / Saxes! ESP & Fire Museum Recording Artists!
7pm: HANS TAMMEN / JOHN GROSS / JONAS TAUBER / BILLY MINTZ! Analogue Synth / Tenor Sax / Bass / Drums!

Sunday, February 3rd Double-Header:

Sunday, February 10th:
6pm: ANDY HAAS – Sax & Electronics & KEN ALDCROFT – Guitar; CD Release Celebration!

Sunday, February 17th:
6pm: FEDERICO UGHI – Drums & JEFF SNYDER – Electronics!

Sunday, Feb 24th:
6pm: KARL 2000: DANIEL ROVIN – Tenor Sax / AUSTIN WHITE – Bass / DAVE MILLER – Drums!

December Point of Departure

Alvin Lucier
Alvin Lucier (Photo credit: Laertes)

From Point of Departure:

Page One: a column by Bill Shoemaker

Sunrise Studio: All Music Is Greater than the Sum of Our Selves: by Ed Hazell

A Fickle Sonance: a column by Art Lange

The Book Cooks:
You’ll Know When You Get There: Herbie Hancock and The Mwandishi Band
by Bob Gluck(The University of Chicago Press; Chicago)
Music 109: Notes on Experimental Music
by Alvin Lucier (Wesleyan University Press; Middletown, Connecticut)

Far Cry: a column by Brian Morton

James Falzone: The Already and the Not Yet: an interview with Troy Collins

Moment’s Notice: Reviews of Recent Recordings

Lefty Hobbyists and Junketeers: by Kevin Whitehead

Ezz-thetics: a column by Stuart Broomer

Travellin’ Light: Tony Bevan