Edgetone Records New Releases and Tour Dates

Tom Nunn 1
Tom Nunn 1 (Photo credit: michaelz1)

From Edgetone Records:


Winter 2013 releases from Edgetone Records

T. D. Skatchit and Company
Ear of the Storm

EAR OF THE STORM – This turbulent piece is based on an extended skatchbox arrangement inspired by the wild rhythms of tornados, hurricanes and thunderstorms and features a diverse group of musicians. The listener is in the ear of storm, where music is born out of the elemental noise only to be whisked away by the wind. Multiple musical scenarios, characters and abstractions present themselves within the different phases and sonic locations in the storm. Each of 17 musicians added their musical reflection and resolve to the path of this skatch tornado. AFTER THE STORM – Tracks 2-14 feature various artists from the large piece to fill out this project

Tom Nunn – skatchbox
David Michalak – skatchbox
Guest Artists
Aurora Josephson- voice, Bob Marsh – voice, Kyle Bruckmann – English Horn, Bruce Ackley – Bb clarinet
Rent Romus – alto saxophone, accordion, Phillip Greenlief – tenor saxophone, Tom Djll – Trumpet
Polly Moller – bass flute, Thollem McDonas – piano, Scott Looney – piano, Gino Robair – energized surfaces
Jacob Felix Heule – Percussion, Doug Carroll – cello, Jonathan Segel – violin, Tony Dryer – contra bass,
Tim Perkis – electronics

Nunn, Crossman, McGee
Plastic Critters

When Allan Crossman suggested he write something for chamber orchestra and one of Tom Nunn’s instruments, he found it an intriguing challenge. He had never performed music specifically written for one of his instruments and wasn’t sure what instrument would work well with a chamber orchestra. Eventually he chose the Sonoglyph built in 1992 because of its wide sonic range. In working on “Plasticity,” Mr. Nunn discovered some new techniques and used “tailed” plastic combs as well as hands, guitar pics and metal rods. The orchestra’s performance inspired another friend and composer, Mike McGee, to write the other compositions on this album, “Critter and Box on the Rocks.” Mr. Nunn’s instruments are designed for improvisation, and free improvisations are also found on this CD in addition to “Plasticity” and “Critter,” illustrating how such instruments can also work well with traditional instruments in written compositions.

Tom Nunn -T-Rodimba Mothic Crustacean
Blake McGee – Bb clarinet, Lexicon MX200 Effects Processor
The San Francisco Composers Chamber Orchestra; Mark Alburger – Conducting

Edgetone artist performances and releases coming up

Feb 8, 8PM THOLLEM MCDONAS @ Transfiguration Community Music series
3900 Alameda De Las Pulgas San Mateo, CA

Feb 14, 8PM TRI-CORNERED TENT SHOW @ Luggage Store Gallery
1007 Market St. @ 6th Street SF

Feb 16, 8PM JOE LASQO @ Trinity Chapel
2320 Dana Street Berkeley CA 94704

Feb 16, 8PM THOLLEM MCDONAS @ The Bootleg Theater
2220 Beverly Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90057

Feb 19, 8PM THOLLEM MCDONAS @ Grand Star Jazz Club
943 N.Broadway Los Angeles, CA 90012

Feb 20, 8PM RENT ROMUS‘ LORDS OF OUTLAND @ Berkeley Arts
Berkeley Arts, 2133 University Ave. Berkeley, CA

Feb 21, 8PM TOM NUNN, DAVID MICHALAK, also RENT ROMUS w/Key West drone unit Luggage Store Gallery 1007 Market Street San Francisco, CA

Berkeley Arts, 2133 University Ave, Berkeley, CA
Feb 22, 8PM THOLLEM MCDONAS @ San Francisco State Univ. w/ Hafez Modirzadeh

March 1, 8PM Plastic Critters CD Release Show @ Turquoise Yantra Grotto
32 Turquoise Way, San Francisco, CA 94131

Coming to the ISSUE Project Room

From New York’s ISSUE Project Room:

Sat, February 9, 2013 – 8:00pm
‘New Shorts’ featuring Hotel Elefant
at The Actor’s Fund Arts Center, 160 Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn
Experiments in Opera has commissioned ten composers to each write a ten-minute opera to be premiered by the contemporary music ensemble Hotel Elefant. ‘New Shorts’ brings a diverse group of composers together to expand the boundaries of opera, including Robert Ashley, Jason Cady, Joe Diebes, Ruby Fulton, and many more.

Mon, February 11, 2013 – 8:00pm
Choi Joonyong + Hong Chulki
at 155 Freeman St., Brooklyn (Greenpoint)
Choi Joonyong and Hong Chulki have been leading figures in the emerging experimental music community in Seoul for the last 15 years. Hong, known for his cartridgeless turntable, and Choi, who works with the mechanical sounds of playback devices, perform duo for our first concert at 155 Freeman.

Sat, February 16, 2013 – 8:00pm
Alex Waterman: Diagesis/Mimesis
at 155 Freeman St., Brooklyn (Greenpoint)
Alex Waterman presents a set of new solo works for amplified cello, radios, found sounds, and assorted strings. A rare outing for this renowned performer, the event marks his first solo performance in two years. Cameron Keith Gainer’s “Luna del Mar”, a short film featuring a soundtrack by Waterman, opens the evening.


Sat, February 23, 2013 – 4:00pm
Aki Onda & Paul Clipson
at 155 Freeman St., Brooklyn (Greenpoint)
Cassette musician Aki Onda collaborates with a San Fransisco based filmmaker Paul Clipson for his final performance of the 2012 Artist-in-Residence series. An investigation of personal, intuitive spaces, Onda and Clipson render images and sounds as if a fragmented journey of landscapes and memories.


Sat, February 23, 2013 – 8:00pm
Aki Onda & Paul Clipson
at 155 Freeman St., Brooklyn (Greenpoint)
Cassette musician Aki Onda collaborates with a San Fransisco based filmmaker Paul Clipson for his final performance of the 2012 Artist-in-Residence series. An investigation of personal, intuitive spaces, Onda and Clipson render images and sounds as if a fragmented journey of landscapes and memories.

Ingrid Laubrock / Tom Rainey duo @ JACK in Brooklyn February 25th

Ingrid Laubrock

From Relative Pitch:

February 25th Two sets 8pm Ingrid Laubrock Tom Rainey duo.  9:30pm set Ingrid Laubrock Tom Rainey with special guests Ben Gerstein and Dan Peck

At JACK in Brooklyn 505 1/2 Waverly Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11238 Between Fulton and Atlantic in Clinton Hill (C or G train to Clinton-Washington).

Ingrid Laubrock has worked with Evan Parker, Veryan Weston and Jason Adasiewicz; she is also the leader of Sleepthief and Anti-House. Tom Rainey has worked with Tim Berne, Marc Ducret and Craig Taborn, and he leads a trio with Ingrid Laubrock and Mary Halvorson.


Rudresh Manthrappa in Buffalo, NY Reviewed

Rudresh Mahanthappa 1

From All About Jazz:

In saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa‘s case, he begins by meshing traditional music from India along with influences ranging from the Middle East to the East Village, from blues, progressive rock to funk and just about anything else you might care to name. The results are stunning in their sonic diversity, striding across genres with a clearly focused intensity that astonishes and unnerves in equal measure. Gamak is a ferociously talented quartet, featuring composer and front man Mahanthappa on alto saxophone, along with guitarist David Fiuczynski, bassist François Moutinand drummer Dan Weiss playing in support.

Seaprog Festival This June In Seattle

Thinking Plague in 1998 From the left: Dave Ke...

Seaprog is a new festival celebrating the avant end of progressive rock.

Thinking Plague

Thinking Plague explores the frontiers where rock, folk, jazz and modern symphonic music meet. Through these explorations, the band has created “a genre of music unto itself, eclectically derivative in a bold way and spectacularly innovative in the old-fashioned sense of genuine originality” (Andy Watson – Journal Wired Summer/Fall 1990). Founded in 1982 by guitarist and composer Mike Johnson, and bassist, drummer and producer Bob Drake, the band has undergone numerous personnel changes, while members have performed with some of the leading avant-progressive artists in the world, including Présent, 5UUs, the Science Group, Hamster Theatre, Hughscore, Caveman Shoestore, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, Peter Blegvad, Amy Denio, Janet Feder, Underground Railroad, Claudia Quintet, and others. Thinking Plague has released eight albums, including a live CD and a re-mastered re-release of their first two LPs on one CD, as well as contributions to various compilations. They were featured in the recent documentary Romantic Warriors II: Rock in Opposition, and they have performed at various major avant-progressive festivals in North America and Europe, including Rock In Opposition (France 2012), Gouveia Art Rock (Portugal 2008), MIMI (France 2000), NEARFest (USA 2000), ProgDay (USA, 1999) and others. Legendary Henry Cow drummer Chris Cutler said of Thinking Plague: “Every now and then a landmark group emerges. Thinking Plague in my opinion belongs in that category. Being an interesting group isn’t a matter of learning to imitate some favourite bands’ style, it’s having an original musical vision and the skills to bring it into being; it’s breaking new ground. That’s why Thinking Plague qualifies in my book.”

Hughscore Revisited

In 1995, influential bassist and composer Hugh Hopper started a fruitful collaboration with a group of American musicians calling themselves Caveman Shoestore. Blending the names, they released an album called Caveman Hughscore, and eventually settled on the name Hughscore, releasing two more albums. When Hopper died in 2009, he left behind a number of pieces that were intended for the Hughscore project, and we are proud to present some of the original members for the public debut of this music.


“Arcane, full of energy, beyond styles…”: so the music of Jolanda has been defined, “… when she plays, it looks like she’s conducting a little imaginary orchestra between her fingers and her voice”. Jolanda’s songs tell about inner landscapes, restless astronauts, mirror reflexes, faceless children, shadows, memories in a parade, nightmares and ghosts. On stage, always a few steps from Jolanda, is Demian Endian (guitar, arranger). Jolanda plays musical box, toy piano, kalimba and typewriter as well.


Moraine is an omnivorous Seattle-based instrumental quintet led by guitarist Dennis Rea and featuring violinist Alicia DeJoie, woodwind player James DeJoie, bassist Kevin Millard, and drummer Tom Zgonc. With its several writers and full complement of ace instrumentalists arrayed in striking combination, Moraine has built a reputation as one of the most electrifying and original instrumental rock bands anywhere, winning over listeners around the globe with its unique amalgam of art rock, forward-thinking jazz, world music, and more. Moraine has been enthusiastically received by audiences ranging from jazz aficionados to metalheads to progressive rock enthusiasts


Trimtab was started in Minneapolis, MN in 2001. The band was comprised of Jim Anton on bass, Tim Glenn on drums, and Jason Goessl on guitar. Trimtab is currently playing shows around Seattle and working on a new record at Parlour Trick Studios, due out in 2012. The new group features Phil Cali on bass and Brian Oppel on drums along with Jason Goessl on guitar. All compositions are inspired by the lectures, inventions, and architecture of R. Buckminster Fuller.

Monkey Bat

“Monkey” and “Bat” are two unrelated species that would not naturally be found inhabiting the same body. In the same way, the band Monkey Bat combines acoustic and electric, intense and beautiful, complex and simple into a kind of music that is all their own. With their first album, Springtime Love, in the can and expected to be released in the spring of 2013, they’re already at work on their second album.

Alex’s Hand

An experimental jazz rock collective based out of Seattle, Washington. And have been described as: “spiky punk funk”(the Stranger), “Equally unsettling and groovy, prime evidence for Alex’s Hand’s penchant for avant-pop experimentation.”(http://seattle.thedelimagazine.com/), and “the soundtrack to your fucked up drug trip.” (Seattle Weekly)


Dissonati is a Seattle-based prog-rock band, favoring the darker side of the genre, more Van Der Graaf Generator than Genesis, but really only like Dissonati. They released their debut CD, Reductio ad Absurdum, in 2012 to warm reviews in the progressive rock community.

Operation ID

Operation ID has been variedly called anything from “jazz” to “progressive rock” to “man rock” to “thought-rock” to the self-christened “bionic synth-pop.” What began as duets between members Ivan Arteaga (saxophone/clarinet) and Jared Borkowski (guitar) in a University of Washington basement quickly expanded to include Evan Woodle on drums and David Balatero on bass, playing improvisation-heavy, free jazz-influenced compositions. Rob Hanlon soon joined on keyboards. With their current lineup complete, Operation ID oriented themselves toward a more through-composed musical landscape, transitioning from a purely instrumental outfit into one that more and more incorporates solo and group vocals by all five members of the band. Their first album, Legs, released on Table & Chairs, reflects the changes that have occurred throughout the entirety of Operation ID’s first two years of existence. The album more than hints at the band’s current direction. As Operation ID continues to compose and rehearse new music to play in their frequent Seattle-area shows, their fanbase and music horizons both continue to grow.


Although Zhongyu, the band, is relatively new to the world, its seeds stretch back several decades. It started as a recording project for the compositions of Jon Davis, which defy categorization by combining qualities of progressive rock, jazz, space rock, chamber music, and Asian traditional music. These compositions are the result of years of listening to challenging music, and strive to present balance: between complexity and simplicity, noise and silence, beauty and terror, energy and calm.

AMN Picks of the Week: Curtis Hasselbring / Rob Mazurek / Anthony Braxton / Guapo

Anthony Braxton
Anthony Braxton (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.

Curtis Hasselbring – Number Stations (2012)
Rob Mazurek Octet – Skull Sessions (2013)
Anthony Braxton – Sax Quintet (New York) 1998 (1998)
Guapo – History of the Visitation (2012)