AMN Reviews: Banabila & Machinefabriek – Banabila & Machinefabriek (self-released)

English: Michel Banabila Nederlands: Michel Ba...
English: Michel Banabila Nederlands: Michel Banabila (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Machinefabriek´s latest and perhaps most logical collaborator is sound artist Michel Banabila. Aside from sharing a hometown, Rotterdam, the soundworlds they respectively inhabit provide the perfect infrastructure for smooth integration. Both have mastered many of the trickiest dialects of experimental electronics, from mellifluous, ingenuously textured ambient to glottal noise sputtering to make sense. This self-titled self-release has an immediacy that reflects its creation in a very short time, with a flurry of file-swapping in October of last year.

It´s a shame they haven´t given it a title, because the nine-track, forty-minute suite, from the wheezy harmonium of “Ascend” to the elegant denouement of “Descend”, definitely tells a story of some kind, with a pleasing narrative curve and some dramatic hairpin turns. “Slow Wave I” is foamy with plucked guitar and computer glitches that lap lazily at a pebbled beach. “Dead Air” is long, drawn out and troubling and “Frost” captures a blizzard inside a snow globe. “Slow Wave II” initiates a second half which makes you woozy with gongs, singing bowls and singing birds briefly discernable through an ambient fog that, hit by a sudden chill turns into spiky, sparky precipitation. Somehow, we end up dry and cozy inside an electronic church at the end.

Stephen Fruitman

Music and More Reviews

The Rudresh Mahanthappa's Gamak with David Fiu...
The Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Gamak with David Fiuczynski (Photo credit: Pati-G [Pati Gaitan])
From Music and More:

Mostly Other People Do The Killing – Slippery Rock (Hot Cup, 2013)
Rudresh Mahanthappa – Gamak (ACT, 2013)
Peter Brotzmann Chicago Tentet – Walk, Love, Sleep (Smalltown Superjazz, 2012)

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

Tim Berne
Tim Berne (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Jim Black Trio (Monday) Jim Black is known as a drummer of convulsive intensity and a bandleader rooted in the protocols of noise-rock. But on “Somatic” (Winter & Winter), his most recent album, he leads an acoustic trio much like this one, which has Teddy Klausner on piano and Chris Tordini on bass. Joining as a featured guest is the alto saxophonist Tim Berne, Mr. Black’s former bandleader in Bloodcount, a heavy-gauge fixture of the 1990s downtown scene. At 8 and 9 p.m., Shapeshifter Lab, 18 Whitwell Place, Park Slope, Brooklyn,; $10 cover. (Chinen)

Vijay Iyer Trio (Friday through Sunday) The standout jazz album of 2012, at least by critical consensus, was “Accelerando” (ACT), a brilliant second effort from this aerodynamic trio. Led by the pianist Vijay Iyer and featuring the bassist Stephan Crump and the drummer Marcus Gilmore, the group strikes a balance of cleverly reframed cover tunes and vertiginously propulsive originals, finding endless traction in changeable rhythm. At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., with an 11:30 set on Friday and Saturday, Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan, (212) 576-2232,; $30, $25 on Sunday. (Chinen)

David Virelles and Continuum (Tuesday through Feb. 3) A freethinking young Cuban pianist, Mr. Virelles released one of last year’s best and most intriguing albums: “Continuum” (Pi), an ever-shifting amalgam of ancient folklore and avant-garde protocol. Next week Mr. Virelles presents this project at the Village Vanguard, where he has worked in bands led by the saxophonists Chris Potter and Mark Turner. He’ll have the same rhythm section as on the album: the bassist Ben Street, the percussionist-poet Román Díaz, the venerable drummer Andrew Cyrille. And on Thursday only, he’ll welcome a distinguished guest: the multi-reedist and composer Henry Threadgill. At 9 and 11 p.m., Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village, (212) 255-4037,; $25 cover, with a one-drink minimum. (Chinen)

Classical Music Listings From The New York Times

English: Witold Lutosławski, Polish composer
English: Witold Lutosławski, Polish composer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


New York Philharmonic (Friday and Saturday) Lorin Maazel, a former music director of the Philharmonic, returns to lead the ensemble in a dark-hued program built around Shostakovich’s “Symphony No. 5.” Jennifer Koh brings her piercing intelligence to Lutoslawski’s “Chain 2: Dialogue for Violin and Orchestra,” and Tchaikovsky’s “Romeo and Juliet” overture adds a dab of sweetness. preconcert talk at 7 p.m., concert at 8, Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, (212) 875-5656,; $29 to $59. (da Fonseca-Wollheim)

Quicksilver (Tuesday) This six-member period-instrument ensemble brings the delightfully excessive virtuosity of the 17th-century German avant-garde to the Morgan Library with a program of music in the Stilus Fantasticus, “instituted to display genius,” in the words of the mathematician Athanasius Kircher. Preconcert talk begins at 7 p.m., concert at 7:30, 225 Madison Avenue, at 36th Street, (212) 685-0008, Ext. 560,; $45, $35 for members. (da Fonseca-Wollheim)

John Hollenbeck on Tour in the U.S. and Europe

Upcoming tour dates from John Hollenbeck:

Friday, February 1, 2013
J.A.S.S. with Samuel Blaser, Alban Darche, and Sebastien Boisseau @ Le Petit faucheux
12 rue Léonard de Vinci, Tours, (France)

Saturday, February 2, 2013
Orchestre National de Jazz playing John Hollenbeck’s SHUT UP AND DANCE repertoire @ WDR Festival 3 JazzFest
Köln, (Germany)

Sunday, February 3, 2013
JUNK BOX w Satoko Fujii & Natsuki Tamura @ Kulturzentrum Dieselstrasse
Dieselstrasse 26, Esslingen, (Germany)

Thursday, February 14, 2013
Orchestre National de Jazz playing John Hollenbeck’s SHUT UP AND DANCE repertoire @ LE THÉÂTRE DE LORIENT
Place de l’Hôtel de Ville, Lorient, (France)

Saturday, March 2, 2013
w Fred Hersch: My Coma Dreams @ Miller Theatre at Columbia University
2960 Broadway, New York, NY (United States)

Friday, March 8, 2013
Ensemble Cairn “Un Cairn à John Hollenbeck” @ Théâtre d’Orléans
Boulevard Pierre Ségelle, Orléans, 45002 (France)

Saturday, March 9, 2013
Ensemble Cairn “Un Cairn à John Hollenbeck” @ Le Petit faucheux
12 rue Léonard de Vinci , Tours, 37000 (France)

Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Bob Brookmeyer Memorial @ TBA
TBA, Köln, (Germany)

Saturday, March 23, 2013
CLAUDIA QUINTET ( + Ran Blake, John Medeski & friends :: NEC faculty/alumni feature) @ Symphony Space
2537 Broadway, New York, NY