AMN Reviews: Beresford Küchen & Solberg – Three Babies

Steve Beresford
Steve Beresford (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Beresford Küchen & Solberg: Three Babies [PM 19]

This release captures the excitement and risk-taking of a trio performance recorded live at Café OTO. The three tracks, featuring Steve Beresford (piano and objects), Martin Küchen (sopranino saxophone) and Ståle Liavik Solberg (drums and percussion), document the being-in-the-moment of free improvisation free of edits and second guessing.

The group’s improvisational voice tends toward the aural likeness of a shifting mosaic, as fragmentary phrases and clusters of sounds and tones are assembled, disassembled, and put back together again in a different order. Küchen’s acute sopranino sax supplies a spikiness effectively complemented by Beresford’s restless exploration of the piano, while Solberg’s percussion undergirds the sound with a rumbling continuo or sporadic punctuation as needed. As with the best free improvisation, all three musicians interact with an organic sympathy, leaving each other openings or lending support as the unfolding situation demands.

Keiji Haino at Issue Project Room and Whitney Museum Reviewed

Keiji Haino, Cafe Oto, London 9.4.11


Keiji Haino lives among the class of improvisers who roam so far from what we usually call form — meaning, basically, rules — that they make you question whether what they’re doing is music…In America, where he performs infrequently, he’s mostly been known for playing electric guitar loudly and singing gesturally, charismatically, in Japanese or with wordless sounds: sometimes solo, and often as part of a kind of free-rock, pan-tonal power trio called Fushitsusha.

The Fuse Factory’s May Frequency Fridays: Yaktronix + glacial23 + Burleson/Ryan/Quinn + Samuel Hoar

From Columbus’s Fuse Factory:

Our May 2013 Frequency Fridays show features electronics and sound artist Yaktronix (TX), electronic musician glacial23 (CLE), experimental jazz improv trio Brett Burleson/Ryan Jewell/Aaron Quinn (CMH) and experimental sound artist Samuel Hoar (CMH). Date: Friday, April 5, 2013. Location: Wild Goose Creative (2491 Summit St. 43202). Admission: $10, $15 for 2. Doors open 8pm. Our Frequency Fridays 2012-2013 season is supported by a grant from the Greater Columbus Arts Council.

About the performers:

Yaktronix aka Kyle Evans (MFA, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago) is a sound designer, computer musician, electronic instrument creator, and realtime video performer. While his educational background was focused toward experimental music and sound art, his collective artistic work ranges from music technology development to multimedia installation. He has invented many electronic musical and video instruments ranging from studio-based synthesizers and performance-based computer interfaces to electronic modifications and augmentations to acoustic instruments. His performances and installations commonly explore the relation between modern and obsolete technologies, breaking and repurposing, and the dialogue between performer and technology. His recent work has focused on utilizing the hidden capabilities and potentials of the now obsolete CRT television and the process of effectively bringing new life to a dead technology. He has performed and presented his work throughout the United States and Europe including transmediale 2013 in Berlin, the 2010 International Computer Music Conference (ICMC) at Columbia University in New York, the 2012 Dallas Video Festival at the Dallas Museum of Art, Dimanche Rouge #19 in Paris, the 2012 Vancouver New Music Festival, the 2011 Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival in Chicago, and the 2011 & 2012 GLI.TC/H festivals in Chicago. He won second prize in the Guthman New Musical Instrument Competition 2012 at the Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology for his collaborative project Cracked Ray Tube. His work has been presented in several publications including Popular Science Magazine and Hand Made Electronic Music by Nic Collins.

Sam Harmon (aka glacial23) has been producing electronic music in some form or another since sometime in the 1990s. For the past few years he has been exploring the use of DIY electronic instruments to produce something approximating dance music. He started the Glacial Communications label around 2002 to release material by himself and others.

Guitarist Brett Burleson has performed and recorded in a diverse array of musical circumstances. He has played with jazz groups that range from big band to bebop to avant-garde free improvisation as well as rock, pop and blues bands. Standout performance experiences include over a dozen shows in 2008 and 2009 with Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Michelle Shocked. He has performed in jazz clubs and festivals throughout the United States and continues to be an active member of the Central Ohio music community. As an educator, he is on the faculty at Capital University Conservatory of Music (since 2002), Ohio Wesleyan University (since 2003), Denison University (since 2009) and The Ohio State University (since 2009). He was also on faculty at Kenyon College from 2002-2008.

Aaron Quinn (b. 1986 Stamford, CT) is an active guitarist in the Midwest region. While attending high school at the acclaimed School for Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati, and the Conservatory of Capital University in Columbus, he honed his musical ability with persistent study of iconic figures ranging from Oliver Messiaen to Trent Reznor. While attending Capital University, he studied under Stan Smith (among others), and has been growing as a musician, as well as a person ever since. Aaron’s recent studies have been centered around the chamber music of Toru Takemitsu, Spectralism, Bud Powell, and Balinese ceremonial funeral music of the gamelan ensembles.

Ryan Jewell is a musician, improviser and sound artist currently living in Columbus, Ohio. He studied percussion and electronic composition techniques at Capital University and has since studied drum set with Susie Ibarra and tabla with Dr. Lowell Lybarger. In addition to being a frequent traveler of the US, he has toured extensively as a soloist and collaborator in Europe, United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia. Jewell has also performed at a number of international festivals including the SOWIESO 1 and Les Sciences Bruitistes festivals in Paris, the International Noise Conference in Miami, SXSW in Austin, Neon Marshmallow in Chicago and the Kraak Festival in Brussels. He has had the honor to perform, collaborate and record with a diverse array of artists such as Greg Kelley, C. Spencer Yeh, Nate Wooley, Christine Sehnaoui, Bhob Rainey, Jandek, Mike Shiflet, Envenomist, Larry Marotta, Vic Rawlings, Fossils, Rafael Toral, Psychedelic Horseshit, Pink Reason, Jason Zeh, Wasteland Jazz Unit, and many more.

All About Jazz Reviews

Craig Taborn (Prezens, at the Vortex (London) ...
Craig Taborn (Prezens, at the Vortex (London) 13/1/08) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From All About Jazz:

John Medeski
A Different Time (Sony Masterworks)

Various Artists
Various Artists: Rework_ Philip Glass Remixes (Orange Mountain Music)

Last Chapter of Dreaming (Moonjune Records)

Charnett Moffett
The Bridge (Motema Music)

The Engines
Other Violets (Not Two Records)

Paul Giallorenzo Trio
3 (NotTwo Records)

Craig Taborn Trio
Chants (ECM Records)

Evan Parker
Vaincu.Va! Live at Western Front 1978 (Western Front)