New England Conservatory 2013/14 Season

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Highlights from the New England Conservatory coming season:

2013-11-21 Music of Dave Holland and other residency events
Visiting artist-in-residence bassist/composer Holland will lead NEC students in a performance of his music.

2014-02-02 Tanya Kalmanovitch

2013-04-14 Music of John Zorn and other residency events
This concert will feature NEC’s Contemporary Improvisation students as the culmination of Zorn’s residency at NEC.

2014-04-17 Sun Ra Centennial
Ken Schaphorst leads the NEC Jazz Orchestra in a celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Sun Ra’s arrival day with many of his classic compositions including “A Call for All Demons,” “Brainville,” “Planet Earth,” “Saturn” and “Space is the Place.

AMN Reviews: Carl Testa – Iris

Carl Testa: Iris [Lockstep LKSTP 023]

This new release from New Haven bassist /composer Carl Testa offers a highly listenable take on the active interface of solo double bass and live electronics.

The four tracks here—totaling a too-brief 37 minutes or so—were recorded live in the studio, with Testa improvising on double bass routed through a sampling and granulating computer program of his own design. Overall, the pieces tend toward a kind of constructivism in which cascading complexities of sound are built up from simple starting elements such as a single tone from an open string, or percussive strikes. From these elements the sound ramifies in several directions, turns back in on itself, accumulates and reemerges transformed, though with the core still recognizable.

For example Early Bright, the opening track, begins with the accelerating pulse of the bow bouncing on the open G string; pitches divide, echo and accumulate into a shimmering foundation for a Lydian-flavored improvisation that evolves into the grinding sound of overpressured bowing and an emphatically rhythmic pizzicato. The initial taps and handstrikes of Diffracted build up into a rumbling subtext before moving to a rapid vibrato and an emergent theme constructed around a descending glissando, while And Engulfed closes the recording with a flowing melody that undergoes a labyrinthine process of metamorphosis.

In sum, a well-done excursion into electroacoustic improvisation that never subordinates musicality to experimentation.

AMN Picks of the Week: Anthony Braxton / Christian Zanesi / Sunn O)))

Anthony Braxton
Anthony Braxton (Photo credit: digital_freak)

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.

Anthony Braxton – Quartet (FRM) 2007 Vol. 3
Anthony Braxton – Quartet (FRM) 2007 Vol. 4
Christian Zanési – Le Paradoxe de la Femme-poisson
Sunn0))) – Agharti Live 09-10 (2011)
Sunn0))) / Nurse with Wound – The Iron Soul Of Nothing (2011)

All About Jazz Reviews

Joe McPhee & Decoy
Joe McPhee & Decoy (Photo credit: encosion)

From All About Jazz:

Lol Coxhill & Michel Doneda
Sitting on Your Stairs (Emanem)

Trespass Trio + Joe McPhee
Human Encore (Clean Feed Records)

Wadada Leo Smith and Tumo
Occupy the World (TUM Records)

Esa Helasvuo
Stella Nova (TUM Records)

Sao Paulo Underground
Beija Flors Velho E Sujo (Cuneiform Records)

Bill Frisell
Big Sur (Okeh)

Steve Dalachinsky / Joelle Leandre
The Bill Has Been Paid (Dark Tree Records)

Taran’s Free Jazz Hour Podcast 15/2013

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English: Japanese avant-garde jazz pianist and composer Satoko Fujii (藤井郷子) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Taran’s Free Jazz Hour:

Leo Records
the Art of the Duet: Ivo Perelman, Ts/ Matt Shipp, P

the Edge: Ivo Perelman, Ts/ Matt Shipp, P/ Mike Bisio, B/ Whitt Dickey, Dr

New Amsterdam
the Julius Eastman Memory Depot: Jace Clayton, P/ David Friend & Emily Manzo, P/ Arooj Aftab, Vo

Leo Records
Did You Hear Something?: Luca Aquino, Tp, Flghrn, Elec/ Andrea Bolzoni, G, Elec/ Dario Miranda, B, Elec/ Daniele Frati, Dr, Perc

Libra | Circum
Spring Storm: Satoko Fujii, P/ Todd Nicholson, B/ Takashi Itani, Dr

Tornado: Christian Pruvost, Tp/ Natsuki Tamura, Tp/ Satoko Fujii, P/ Peter Orins, Dr

Creative Sources
Colophony: Jon Rose, Vln/ Meinrad Kneer, B/ Richard Barrett, Elec

What It Is?: the Kahil El’zabar Quartet

Peter Van Huffel
Howl: Peter Van Huffel, as/ Roland Fidezius, B/ Rudi Fischerlehner, Dr, Perc

Michiel Braam
Ebraam: Michiel Braam, Keyb/ Pieter Douma, Bass G/ Dirk-peter Kölsch

D’istante3: Blaise Siwula, as, Ts, Bcl/ Giancarlo Mazzu, G, Dr/ Luciano Troja, P

Samuel Hallkvist
Variety of Loud: Samuel Hallkvist, G/ Feat. Pat Mastelotto/ Pete Drungle/ Mai Ueda, Vo/ Stefan Pasborg, Dr/ Brian Close

L’ennui Riot: Gonçalo Lopes, Scl, Bcl/ Johannes Krieger, Tp/ Eduardo Lala, Tbn/ Ricardo a. freitas, Bass G/ Raimund Engelhardt, Tabla, Perc

Upcoming Pittsburgh New Music Net Shows

From Pittsburgh New Music Net:

PNME Special: The Electroacoustic Flutist Featuring Lindsey Goodman
July 24, 2013
8:00 pm
City Theatre
Lindsey Goodman is revered int he new music community for her flawless performances and commissioning of groundbreaking works for flute and electroacoustics. She presents a wide-ranging exploration of this exciting repertoire for this PNME special performance.
I Will Not Be Sad In This World, 
Eve Beglarian
 Jeffrey Nytch/Jessica Hand
Other Voices,
 Grant Cooper
Among Fireflies,
 Elainie Lilios
The Road From Hana,
 Rob Deemer
Fan Favorite Work, TBA

Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble 2013, Concert 3
July 26, 2013
8:00 pm
July 27, 2013
8:00 pm
City Theatre
PNME’s third concert includes ensemble favorites Pierre Jalbert and Kieran MacMillan.
Catch In The Turn,
 Randall Bauer
 David Liptak
Wild Ambrosia,
 Pierre Jalbert
Song Of The Mouse People,
 Martin Bresnick
Round 7:30, 
Kieren MacMillan
Lonesome Roads, Dan Visconti

Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble 2013, Concert 4
August 2, 2013
8:00 pm
August 3, 2013
8:00 pm
City Theatre
Don’t miss the final Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble concert of the season including a new work by Symbiotic Collusion’s resident composer Sean Neukom.
Sean Neukom
NY Counterpoint, 
Steve Reich
Vicki Ray
Pillaging Music, Nico Muhly
And Legions Will Rise,
 Kevin Puts