AMN Reviews: Anton Lukoszevieze – For Fred Sandback

Fred Sandback
Fred Sandback (Photo credit: Squish_E)

Anton Lukoszevieze: For Fred Sandback [Absence of Wax]

This brief but intriguing recording by cellist/composer Anton Lukoszevieze is a kind of memorial in sound to the late Fred Sandback, an American Minimalist artist best known for space-defining sculptures consisting of stretched yarn. Lukoszevieze encountered Sandback’s work at a retrospective exhibition while the former was on fellowship at Cambridge a few years ago. The cellist was affected deeply enough by Sandback’s art to interpret one of Sandback’s non-sculptural works—a painting of horizontal lines that appeared on the cover of the exhibition catalogue–as the basis for a score. Lukoszevieze then performed the composition multiple times on cello. This fifteen minute track is the result of the overdubbing of his performances.

As performed, the work is built on the sonorities of the cello’s open strings and harmonics. Lukoszevieze creates an undulating, at times ghostly sound that integrates mostly related pitches into a weave of shifting consonances and dissonances. It’s possible to track individual lines and hear slowly bowed tones, sometimes roughly textured, sometimes penetratingly played sul ponticello. Each part in isolation is almost tentative; stacked up, the parts produce a layering effect that manages to avoid muddiness or an overly opaque thickness.

It’s easy to imagine a kind of parallel between the vibrating strings of Lukoszevieze’s cello and the individual threads of yarn Sandback used to delineate corners and other spatial features of the rooms he worked in. In each case the material serves the ambiguous purpose of enclosing and yet leaving open the environment in which it’s situated, whether that environment consists of three-dimensional physical space or the sonic space of pitch relations.

AMN Picks of the Week: Braxton / Cook / Poole / Wiems / Rach / Resect Sextet

Anthony Braxton playing a contrabass saxophone
Anthony Braxton playing a contrabass saxophone (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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.

Anthony Braxton – Echo Echo Mirror House (NYC) 2011
Coat Cooke / Joe Poole – Conversations (2012)
Coat Cooke / Rainer Wiems – High Wire (2012)
Martin Rach – Ex XFSc (2012)
Respect Sextet – Respect in Yule (2012)



December 9, 2012
Jeff Davis Trio with special guest Samuel Blaser, IBeam
Eivind Opsvik Jeff Davis Russ Lossing Samuel Blaser

December 9, 2012
Michael Attias Anders Nilsson Dave Ambrosio Peter Nilsson, IBeam
Anders Nilsson Dave Ambrosio Michael Attias Peter Nilsson

December 9, 2012
Samuel Blaser Michael Bates Harris Eisenstadt, IBeam
Harris Eisenstadt Michael Bates Samuel Blaser

December 5, 2012
Joelle Leandre Hommage a John, Roulette
Dominique Boivin Joelle Leandre Kevin Norton

December 4, 2012
DJ Spooky Antartica Excerpt, Angel Orensanz Foundation
Adrianna Mateo DJ Spooky

December 4, 2012
Four Solos, Angel Orensanz Foundation
Christian McBride Henry Grimes John Zorn Roy Campbell

December 4, 2012
Hamiet Bluiett Charles Gayle Christian McBride William Parker Jason Kao Hwang Cooper-Moore, Angel Orensanz Foundation
Charles Gayle Christian McBride Cooper-Moore Hamiet Bluiett Jason Kao Hwang William Parker

December 4, 2012
Joe Lovano Judi Silvano William Parker Billy Martin, Angel Orensanz Foundation
Billy Martin Joe Lovano Judi Silvano William Parker

December 4, 2012
Joe McPhee Rob Brown Miya Masaoka Ben Gerstein Mark Helias Qasim Naqvi Amiri Baraka, Angel Orensanz Foundation
Amiri Baraka Ben Gerstein Joe McPhee Mark Helias Miya Masaoka Qasim Naqvi Rob Brown

December 4, 2012
John Forte and Friends, Angel Orensanz Foundation
Brian Satz Chris Eddleton David Bailis John Forte

December 4, 2012
Marshall Allen Milford Graves Henry Grimes, Angel Orensanz Foundation
Henry Grimes Marshall Allen Milford Graves

December 4, 2012
Milford Graves & Joe Lovano, Angel Orensanz Foundation
Joe Lovano Milford Graves

December 4, 2012
The Under Line Benefit, Angel Orensanz Foundation
Fay Victor Patricia Nicholson Parker

December 4, 2012
Yoshiko Chuma Project, Angel Orensanz Foundation
Jason Kao Hwang Roy Campbell Yoshiko Chuma

Steve Coleman Interview

Steve Coleman in Paris, July 2004
Steve Coleman in Paris, July 2004 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Critical Improv:

While working on a study on the relation between improvisation and language, I asked saxophonist Steve Coleman to participate in a Berlin-New York phone interview. Although I was well aware of how outspoken and eloquent an artist Coleman is (an amateur saxophonist myself, I had taken Steve’s improvisation class at U.C. Berkeley, where he taught from 2000 to 2002), I was taken by surprise by Steve’s endurance. After two hours, I ran out of fresh tape. Luckily I found some old ones to overdub, as Steve kept unfolding his philosophy of cosmic energy, as well as his ideas on improvisation, language, structure, freedom and innovation, often making his points with the help of highly personal anecdotes. Still going strong after four hours non-stop, Steve explained his motivation: “If we’re going to do this, we better do it right.”

Musique Machine Reviews

Mats Gustafsson at "Sonore" concert,...
Mats Gustafsson at “Sonore” concert, Lviv (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Musique Machine:

Arktau Eos – Unworeldes
Astro / Creation Through Destruction – Split
Ich Bin N!ntendo & Mats Gustafsson – Self Titled
Dead Body Collection – This Is The Hell That You Created For Me
Arkhamin Kirjasto – Torches Ablaze
The Vomit Arsonist – Go Without
Trapist – The Golden Years
Eugene S. Robinson and Philippe Petit – Last of the Dead Hot Lovers
Chaos Echoes – Tone of Things to Come
Kreng – Works for Abattoir Fermé 2007 – 2011

Coming to Seattle

From Seattle’s Wayward Music Series:

FRI. 12/14, 8 PM – Jarrad Powell and friends realize John Cage’s unpublished score STEPS: A Composition for a Painting to be Performed by Individuals or Groups (1989), and vocalist Jessika Kenney performs Fontana Radif, a version of Cage’s Fontana Mix adapted for Persian vocals – with dancer Beth Graczyk and others

SAT. 12/15, 8 PM – fundraiser for publication of REAL BOOK; pianist Gust Burns performs selections from his recent collection of scores made by erasing material from popular jazz songs in The New Real Book – solo and quartet with Paul Kikuchi, Carmen Rothwell, Jacob Zimmerman

FRI. 12/21, 6:30 meet up, 7 PM start – Nonsequitur, Seattle Composers’ Salon, and Joshua Parmenter present Phil Kline’s Unsilent Night – a sonic procession through the streets of Wallingford for boom box orchestra. Everyone is welcome to participate!

SAT. 12/22 – Danse Perdue, butoh performance

SAT. 12/29 – Ask the Ages