AMN Picks of the Week: John Butcher / Dahlia’s Tear / Morris, Fernandez, Wooley / Leandre, Bourdellon

English: Joëlle Léandre Français : Joëlle Léandre

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.

John Butcher – Trace (2010)
Dahlia’s Tear – Dreamsphere (2012)
Joe Morris / Agusti Fernandez / Nate Wooley – From the Discrete to the Particular (2012)
Joëlle Léandre / Jerome Bourdellon – Evidence (2012)

AMN Reviews: Brice Catherin – Number 3

Brice Catherin: Number 3 [pan y rosas pyr072]

Composer Brice Catherin’s new release contains two different versions of his composition Number 3—the first for solo piano, and the second for violin and chamber ensemble. Both were recorded live at St Francois church in Lausanne, Switzerland in May 2010.

The version for solo piano, energetically performed by Viva Sanchez-Morand, builds tension with a steady, rapid pulse running up and down the registers in tightly contained waves. Sanchez-Morand’s use of the pedal creates a constant undertow of sound that functions as a quasi-drone centering the piece and serving as a pivot for the work’s signature jittery movement up and down the keyboard. She maintains momentum throughout the performance’s fourteen-plus minutes—no small feat of physical stamina—until the gradual slowing with which the piece ends.

The version for violin and chamber orchestra, while recognizably akin to that for solo piano, is distinctively different from it nevertheless. Here the solo violin, played by Rachel Kolly D’Alba, conveys the nervous energy essential to the piece. The drone comes out in the accompanying instruments’ long-sustained tones, which are passed back and forth among the sections. The makeup of the ensemble is biased toward the lower register—it includes the unusual complement of four double basses in addition to tuba and bassoon—which provides something of a counterpart to the pedaled left hand of the piano version.

Although the large-scale compositional elements of Number 3 are audibly constant across both takes, the variety is in the details. And it’s nice to have these two performances in which that variety is allowed to flourish.

Taran’s Free Jazz Hour Podcast 06/2013

English: Rent Romus performing at the San Fran...
English: Rent Romus performing at the San Francisco Community Music Center (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Taran’s Free Jazz Hour:

Noel Taylor
Border Patrol: Niko Meinhold, P: Noel Taylor, Cl

Gregg Simpson
New Orchestra Quintet, Complete Recordings 1978-79

the 3dom Factor: Barry Altschul, Joe Fonda, Jon Irabagon

Rubidium: Veneri Pohjola & Black Motor

Engraved in the Wind: Nicole Mitchell

Temps Libre: Stefan Christoff, Brahja Waldman, Peter Burton

Slippery Rock: Mostly Other People Do the Killing

the Exit Door Leads in: Kongrosian with Guests

There Now: Josh Berman & His Gang

Tiresian Symmetry: Jason Robinson & Band

Garbo and Other Godesses of Cinema: Icompani

Florian Wittenburg
Sympathetic, Asymmetric-new Music for Piano: F. wittenburg, Nico Huijbregts, Daan Vandewalle

Artefacts: F. wittenburg, Electronics

Thee Unhip: Rent Romus‘ Lords of Outland