These five tracks, recorded at the Japzitaly benefit concert in Milan in May 2012, are the result of a first time meeting of percussionist Andrea Centazzo, alto saxophonist/clarinetist Akira Sakata, and double bassist Kiyoto Fujiwara. The trio came about as a kind of happy accident, having been put together to fill an opening left by a cancellation. Though unplanned, the match turned out to be a good one.
The most striking feature of this fully improvised music is its implicit sense of structure and rich development of timbre. Fujiwara binds the ensemble together through his sensitive use of counterpoint (Bridge #2), subtle chordal underpinning (Bridge # 4), and discreet employment of extended techniques (Bridge #1). Centazzo’s array of pitched and unpitched percussion provides a vivid gamut of color, while Sakata’s expressive reedwork—and impassioned, wordless vocals on Bridge #4—stands at the emotional center.
Burning Ambulance issue 6 is available now. This issue features a cover story on trumpeter Arve Henriksen, analyzing his solo career and his work with Supersilent; interviews with sound artist Reto Mäder (RM74, Ural Umbo, Sum of R), Bloody Panda frontwoman turned solo artist Yoshiko Ohara, Dutch grindcore/jazz sax-drums duo Dead Neanderthals, Robert Hampson (of the recently reunited Loop, Main, and sometimes Godflesh) and French black metal duo Spektr; a profile of Brazilian saxophonist and painter Ivo Perelman; an in-depth essay on the life and work of Plugz, Cruzados and Tito & Tarantula leader Tito Larriva; and a history of 1970s blaxploitation horror films. Contributing writers include Clifford Allen, MacDara Conroy, Phil Dyess-Nugent, Leonard Nevarez, and Leonard Pierce.
The idea of a collaboration between the idiosyncratic New York multimedia artist Laurie Anderson and the Kronos Quartet, a musically omnivorous San Francisco ensemble, seems so obvious that you wonder why it never happened before now. “Landfall,” a new 70-minute piece Ms. Anderson designed to perform alongside Kronos, came to Montclair State University here on Friday night, as part of that institution’s reliably invigorating Peak Performances series.