AMN Picks of the Week: Jeremiah Cymerman / Barry Altschul / Farthest South / Rudresh Mahanthappa

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Rudresh Mahanthappa 011 (Photo credit: ramon moratalla)

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.

Jeremiah Cymerman – Sky Burial (2013)
Barry Altschul – The 3dom Factor (2013)
Farthest South – Omens & Talismans (2013)
Rudresh Mahanthappa – Gamak (2013)

Free Jazz Blog Reviews

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From Free Jazz:

Frank Lowe – The Loweski (ESP-Disk, 2012) ****½
William Hooker Strings 3 – A Postcard From The Road (New Atlantis, 2012) ***½
Gerd Dudek – Day & Night (Psi Recordings, 2012) ****
Aaron Dilloway & Jason Lescalleet – Grapes and Snakes (PAN, 2012) ***½
The Kandinsky Effect – Synesthesia (Cuneiform, 2013) ****
Christine Abdelnour, Bonnie Jones, Andrea Neumann – As:Is (Olof Bright, 2012) ***½
Cremaster & Angharad Davies – Pluie Fine (Potlatch, 2012) ****
ChipShop Music with Toshimaru Nakamura – Protocol (Mathka, 2012) ****
The Fish – Moon Fish (Clean Feed, 2012) ***
Various Artists – Rusk (Fenêtre & Loyal, 2012) ***½
Mark Solborg – 4+4+1 (ILK 2012) ****½
Mats Gustafsson: Bengt (Utech, 2012) ****

Carla Kihlstedt and ICE in Chicago Previewed

English: Carla Kihlstedt performing with Sleep...

From the Chicago Reader:

Violinist, vocalist, and composer Carla Kihlstedt has traversed styles and defied hierarchies for her entire career. She came into her own in the Bay Area in the mid-90s and now lives near Boston, teaching improvisation at the New England Conservatory of Music. You may know Kihlstedt as a member of wild San Francisco art-rock band Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, or as a trusted collaborator of veteran experimental guitarist Fred Frith. She maintains the improvising project Minamo with Japanese free-jazz pianist Satoko Fujii, and in the projects that she masterminds she often draws from literature—in 2008 she presented Necessary Monsters, inspired by the work of Jorge Luis Borges, at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art.

Upcoming New York Shows

From New York’s Super Coda:

FRIDAY, February 15th.
7 – 11:30p at SPECTRUM
121 Ludlow st. buzz 2.
15$ donation at the door.

7p – open mic to elect a potential host for the remainder of the evening
8p – performances
11p – open jam involving the night’s performers.

This Variety Night Experiment, co-curated by Matt Dallow and Valerie Kuehne, features a reunion of the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players, contortions by the Amazing Amy with Valerie Kuehne accompanying, trans-human art songs by Jonathan Wood Vincent, improvised narratives by Dave Treut, performance art by Hiroshi Shafer, a curious duo by Hans Tammen and Miguel Frasconi, techno accordion by Matt Dallow and more!


A night of Improvised and Experimental Music
WEDNESDAY, February 13th.
104 Meserole st. in Williamsburg
10$ donation at the door.
beer available by donation, kindly sponsored by Brooklyn Brewery.

9p – Flandrew Fleisenberg (percussion) with Loren Groenendaal (dance)
10p – Joe Hertenstein/Todd Neufeld/Sean Conly

Hertenstein, Neufeld, and Conly will be choosing their name based on responses from the audience at this very show! Be here and change the future!

Tri-Centric Orchestra – New Compositions (Brooklyn) 2013

Violinist Jason Kao Hwang performing on 18 Nov...

From Brooklyn’s Roulette:

Sunday, April 21, 2013 @ 8:00 pm

The Tri-Centric Orchestra kicks off its new Commissioning Program, premiering three new works for large ensemble by the composers Jason Kao Hwang, Nicole Mitchell and Kamala Sankaram.

The Tri-Centric Orchestra was founded by Anthony Braxton for the recording of the opera Trillium E in the spring of 2010. The project brought together an extraordinary community of creative artists: a family of artists 60-musicians strong, equally comfortable improvising and interpreting the most rigorous notation, wholly committed to pursuing a new American music. The group has grown into a permanent entity, dedicated to performing the large ensemble works of Braxton and similarly forward-thinking composers, as well as developing the composers and conceptualists within its own ranks.

Matthew Shipp Interview

avant-garde pianist Matthew Shipp
avant-garde pianist Matthew Shipp (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From All About Jazz:

The trio is Shipp’s main vehicle. It is, by turns, his midnight train, his slow boat to China and a way of flying home. It takes a hike, rides a bike and covers lots of ground. It sails and it soars. And who can better describe it than the ensemble proprietor himself?

“One thing I learned from my 16 years in the David S. Ware Quartet is the importance of a unit really being a unit,” says Shipp. “I knew that before David, but he reinforced that idea. In these days, often because of economic need, so many musicians function as journey people. And there is nothing wrong with that—and often great music is produced—but there is something about a band that has made a commitment to develop a music together, where the band becomes a lifestyle.”