AMN Reviews: Poppy Ackroyd – Escapement (Denovali)

London-bred, Edinburgh-based performer and composer Poppy Ackroyd solo debuts with flair and moxie. A member of Hidden Orchestra, she is classically trained on piano and violin, and on “Escapement” she plays the former both as intended and as a percussion instrument. Fiddling with the inside of the piano is often to stick your hand in a can of avant worms but Ackroyd keeps it simple, using it as an oversize rhythm box, and whether with fingers, drumsticks, e-bows or plectrums, she draws sweetness from within.

A true solo effort in the proper sense of the word – aside from playing the violin and piano (which she bought and restored), she taught herself how to record and produce (on just one microphone – impressive) and did so home alone, although the final mastering was done by the ever-dependable Nils Frahm in Berlin. Ackroyd plays with sunny clarity and oozes affection toward her piano and her often-multitracked violin. “Escapement” adds up to sheer escapism, melodious and effervescent. Even a more introspective piece like “Lyre” is open and shared, turned outward. Some rain falls in Scotland, some birds twitter by the “Glass Sea” in the Outer Hebrides, and this charming album just whizzes by with the breeze in its hair.

http://www.denovali.com/poppyackroyd/escapement

Stephen Fruitman

Chicago Scene: March 9 – March 23

Fred Lonberg-Holm in 2002
Fred Lonberg-Holm in 2002 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is a weekly overview live performances in the Chicago area.  Contact us if you’d like your shows listed.

March 9:

7:30PM at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago, 312.280.2660 ($28-$10)
Caught: The Wide Open
Fifth House Ensemble — music by Zorn, Shostakovich, Burhans

9:00PM at Heaven Gallery, 1550 N Milwaukee, 2nd Fl, 773.342.4597
Jim Baker, Michael Zerang
Katie Young, Jim Baker, Frank Rosaly

March 10:

10:00PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont, 773.709.1401 ($7)
Mars Williams, Mike Reed

March 11:

10PM Skylark 2149 S. Halsted St., Chicago
Marquis Hill Blacktet

9:00PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444
Extraordinary Popular Delusions : Jim Baker, Mars Williams, Brian Sandstrom, Steve Hunt

March 12:

10:00PM at The Whistler, 2421 N Milwaukee (Free)
Stirrup : Fred Lonberg-Holm, Nick Macri, Charles Rumback

March 13:

6:30PM at the Empty Bottle, 1035 N Western, 773.276.3600 ($5)
Articular Facet Series
Fred Longberg-Holm, Michael Zerang, Ayako Kato, Asimina Chremos
Crispest Harmonics
Chicago Scratch Orchestra

10:00PM at the Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia, 773.227.4433 ($12)
Dave Rempis, Mars Williams, Harrison Bankhead, Hamid Drake

March 14:

9:00PM at Elastic, 2830 N Milwaukee, 2nd Fl, 773.772.3616
Larry Ochs, Don Robinson

March 16:

7:00PM at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington, 312.744.6630
Frank Rosaly improvises with “Prairie” by Shawn Decker

8:00PM at a house concert
Center for Advanced Output EAST presents:
Jarrett Gilgore, Jaimie Branch
Lotte Anker, Fred Lonberg-Holm
contact me at live@now-is.org for details

8:00PM at Experimental Sound Studio, 5925 N Ravenswood, 773.769.1069 ($10)
Outer Ear Series
NbN Trio : Nora Barton, Billie Howard, Nomi Epstein

9:00PM at the Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia, 773.227.4433 ($12)
Darin Gray Solo
Jim Becker, Joe Adamik
Jim Becker, Joe Adamik, Glenn Kotche, Darin Gray

March 17:

10:00PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont, 773.709.1401 ($7)
Danny Fox Trio with Chris van Voorst van Beest, Max Goldman
Jaimie Branch, Jarrett Gilgore, Anton Hatwich, Frank Rosaly

March 18:

7:30PM at Myopic Books, 1564 N Milwaukee, 773.862.4882
Bill MacKay, Fred Lonberg-Holm

9:00PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444
Extraordinary Popular Delusions : Jim Baker, Mars Williams, Brian Sandstrom, Steve Hunt

10PM Skylark 2149 S. Halsted St., Chicago
Dave Miller Group

March 20:

8:00PM at Studio 914, 914 N California ($10 suggested donation)
Studio 914 New Music Fest
Caroline Davis Quartet with Mike Allemana, Matt Ferguson, Jeremy Cunningham
John Goldman, Justin Thomas, Josh Ramos, Marcus Evans
Dave Miller Trio with John Tate, Devin Drobka, special guest Jeff Parker

10:00PM at the Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia, 773.227.4433 ($8)
Fred Lonberg-Holm’s Lightbox Orchestra, with Josh Berman, Nick Mazzarella, Dave Rempis, Keefe Jackson, Albert Wildeman, Jason Roebke, John Niekrasz, Michael Zerang, Peter Maunu

March 21:

7:30PM at The Project Room, 217 W Huron
Mirrors II : Luminous Garden
Fonema Consort — music by Pascal Dusapin, Morton Feldman, Kaija Saariaho, Scott Scharf

9:00PM at Elastic, 2830 N Milwaukee, 2nd Fl, 773.772.3616 ($8)
Jeremiah Cymerman Solo
Jeremiah Cymerman, James Falzone, Brian Labycz

9:00PM at Café Mustache, 2313 N Milwaukee, 773.877.3327
Marc Riordan, Frank Rosaly
Brian Labycz, Josh Berman

March 23:

8:00PM at Experimental Sound Studio, 5925 N Ravenswood, 773.769.1069 ($10)
Outer Ear Series
Volcano Radar : Elbio Barilari, Julia A Miller, Harrison Bankhead, Avreeayl Ra

9:00PM at Heaven Gallery, 1550 N Milwaukee, 2nd Fl, 773.342.4597
Jeremiah Cymerman Solo
Jeremiah Cymerman, James Falzone, Fred Lonberg-holm, Jason Roebke

For more information, such as show times and directions, as well as upcoming performances, see:

http://now-is.org/
http://www.ratchetmusic.com
http://www.umbrellamusic.org
http://www.mcachicago.org
http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/chicago_culturalcenterschedule.html
http://www.skylarkchicago.com
http://www.hideoutchicago.com
http://www.elasticrevolution.com
http://www.myopicbookstore.com/music.html
http://www.lampo.org
http://dalniente.com
http://iceorg.org/events/category/chicago
http://www.emptybottle.com/

AMN Picks of the Week: Brice Catherin / Hungry Cowboy / Kandinsky Effect / Konstrukt and Brotzmann

Peter Brötzmann at "Sonore" concert,...

 

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.

 

Brice Catherin – Number 3 (2013)
Hungry Cowboy – Dance (2013)
The Kandinsky Effect – Synesthesia (2013)
KonstruKt and Peter Brötzmann – Dolunay (2011)

 

Monsieur Délire Reviews

Frame Quartet

From Monsieur Délire:

KLAUS TREUHEIT TRIO / Beyond (KTMP)
ABDUL MOIMÊME / Mekhaanu: La forêt des mécanismes sauvages (Insubordinations)
QUEIXAS / Eye of Newt (Insubordinations)
THE JAZZFAKERS / Here is Now (Alrealon)
NU CREATIVE METHODS / Superstitions (Music à la coque)
KLAUS TREUHEIT / Beach Crossing (KTMP)
KLAUS TREUHEIT / Kaurismaetic (KTMP)
SWANS / The Seer (Young God)
DEAD COUNTRY feat. ALFRED 23 HARTH / Gestalt et Death (Al Maslakh Recordings)
VERNERI POHJOLA & BLACK MOTOR / Rubidium (TUM Records – merci à/thanks to Braithwaite & Katz)
EDWARD RICART & TIM DAISY / Yiu Ja Ley (eh?)