For Trevor Dunn making music is all about pleasing himself and it’s a philosophy that has yielded a long and progressive career. Understanding that an artist can’t please everyone, Dunn is contented to be his own audience, having faith that someone out there will enjoy the music he makes. It’s worked out well so far. Dunn has played with Tom Waits, John Zorn and is a key member in pioneering bands like Mr Bungle and Fantomas, most recently taking the bass reigns with Tomahawk. With a penchant for genre blending, Dunn never lets this element of his career define him and is comfortable playing it straight. Metal, jazz or classical, it’s all just music to Dunn and he’ll do with it what he pleases.
The League of Composers is holding a competition: The League of Composers/ISCM-US Section Composers’ Competition is open to all composers with United States citizenship or legal residence. The winner will receive a $500 cash prize and possible performance in New York City. Up to five additional finalists may also be selected. There are no stylistic limitations. Works must be between 5 and 20 minutes in length, although closer to 10 minutes is encouraged, to increase the likelihood that the piece will be programmed on a League/ISCM concert. Submitted works may be for solo instrument, small ensemble, or any combination up to a chamber orchestra, voice, multiple vocalists, chorus, opera and additional media, and/or electronic components.
The Examiner writes about the possible end of John Zorn’s Filmworks project.
ANDREW MCPHERSON / Secrets of Antikythera (Innova)
JERI-MAE G. ASTOLFI / Here (and there) (Innova)
KAMIKAZE / Alpha (Unit Records)
SALIM GHAZI SAEEDI / namoWoman (Salim Ghazi Saeedi)
DAO DE NOIZE / Kalam (Psychonavigation – merci à/thanks to John Bourke P.R.)
COLIN WEBSTER, MARK HOLUB & SHEIK ANORAK / Languages Live at Vortex (Gaffer Records – merci à/thanks to Dense Promotion)
TAKAMOVSKY / In Streams (Etymtone – merci à/thanks to Dense Promotion)
SIMON WHETHAM / Never So Alone (Crónica – merci à/thanks to Dense Promotion)
MARTEAU ROUGE / Noir (Gaffer Records – merci à/thanks to Dense Promotion)
GIUSEPPE IELASI & KASSEL JAEGER / Parallel/Grayscale (editions Mego – merci à/thanks to Forced Exposure)
TOMAHAWK / Oddfellows (Ipecac)
MARY ELLEN CHILDS / Wreck (Innova)
DAVID FENECH / Grand Huit (Gagarin Records – merci à/thanks to Dense Promotion)
BROKEBACK / Brokeback and the Black Rock (Thrill Jockey – merci à/thanks to Dense Promotion)
REGINA DÜRIG, CHRISTIAN MÜLLER, FRANK HEIERLI & BENI WEBER / Inventuren (Deszpot)
MARC LARDON / Mörder in der Pulvermühle (Deszpot)
ARTISTES VARIÉS-VARIOUS ARTISTS / $100 Guitar Project (Bridge Records)
BARRY ALTSCHUL / The 3dom Factor (TUM Records – merci à/thanks to Braithwaite & Katz)
PERE UBU / Lady from Shanghai (Fire Records)