Lost Civilizations in DC

LOST CIVILIZATIONS (Photo credit: IntangibleArts)

From DC’s Lost Civilizations:

On September 4, the Lost Civilizations experimental music project (http://goo.gl/sctvj), joined by Amanda Huron (https://soundcloud.com/weed-tree), will be sharing the bill with the divine Flo Anito (http://www.floanito.com/) and Zach Parkman (http://www.reverbnation.com/zachparkman) at Adams Morgan’s iconic Chief Ike’s Mambo Room (http://www.chiefikes.com/), located at 1725 Columbia Road in Adams Morgan (Phone: (202) 332-2211 ; map: http://goo.gl/maps/v15oa).

Order of performance:
8:00 Zach Parkman
9:00 Flo Anito Band
10:00 Lost Civilizations experimental music project

The Lost Civilizations experimental music project is a collaboration between Mike Sebastian and T. A. Zook (basscello, lap steel guitar; misc. instruments) which began in 2008. Although it is essentially a duo, when schedules permit, Doug Kallmeyer (bass & electronics), Jerry Busher (percussion) and Emily Chimiak (violin) frequently join us in performance. Performances by the Lost Civilizations experimental music project are totally unscored, unrehearsed and extemporaneously improvised on the spot. For the September 4 performance, the Lost Civilizations experimental music project is pleased that experimental drummer extraordinaire Amanda Huron will be sharing the set.

For those who have yet to experience the Lost Civilizations experimental music project, here are recordings and reviews of five recent performances:

http://bit.ly/12Bpi85 (December 18, 2012 performance at Dynasty Ethiopian Restaurant (featuring Fugazi’s Jerry Busher (drums), Doug Kallmeyer (bass and electronics) and Emily Chimiak (violin)); reviewed at http://pinklineproject.com/article/lost-civilizations-experimental-music-project-sonic-circuits-dynasty-ethiopian-restaurant:

http://goo.gl/wPJ4x (March 5, 2013 performance at 9th & Beats, with Doug Kallmeyer, Jerry Busher & Emily Chimiak); review (excerpted from http://dcrocklive.blogspot.com/2013/03/jacco-gardner-janel-anthony-lost.html):

http://goo.gl/JLBiC (March 24 performance at DC9: video: https://vimeo.com/jamalahmed/lost-civilization; review (excerpted from http://dcrocklive.blogspot.com/2013/03/lost-civilizations-onward-chariots.html ):

http://goo.gl/AugSs — April 22, 2013 performance at Arlington’s Galaxy Hut w/ Lucio Meregon on guitar. From http://www.loop243.com/blog/36-mid-atlantic-loop :

http://goo.gl/jQgDgZ June 8 performance at Studio 1469.

http://goo.gl/xcO0m June 15 performance at Del Ray’s St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub.

AMN Reviews: Workshop Concert at Café Oto

Workshop Concert at Café Oto [Matchless MRCD87]

In 1999 AMM percussionist Eddie Prevost founded what was to become a long-running weekly workshop in improvisation in London. After its move to the Café Oto, the series instituted a monthly workshop concert. This CD captures the workshop concert that took place on Monday 21 May 2012, curated by Seymour Wright. Wright invited a sextet of musicians which, in addition to Prevost on percussion, included Jennifer Allum on violin, Ute Kanngiesser on cello, Grundik Kasyansky on theramin and electronics, Dimitra Lazaridou-Chatzigoga on zither, and Daichi Yoshikawa on electronics.

The first improvisation on the disc is a 34 minute long round robin of duets involving all six participants. The substance of the piece arises from the textural contrasts afforded by the various pairings—strings with electronics, electronics with electronics, strings with percussion. Beginning with a stab of violin and short bursts of electronics, the improvisation winds its way through episodes of extended string technique, bowed metal, and a sometimes abrasive undertow of electronic sound. The round robin is followed by five shorter improvisations featuring different trio combinations. Here again the main focus is on the contrast of textures. The first trio, for instance, featuring Allum, Kasyansky and Prevost, combines the jangling of metal objects, plaintive notes from the violin, and the surge and rush of electronics. The fourth track’s trio of violin, cello and zither contrasts bow articulations and range, and adds to the mix the rougher, creaking sounds of pressured strings. The louder, more aggressive sound of the closing trio is bathed in a quasi-industrial ambience of rubbed, scraped and struck metal and feedback.

A workshop has something of the nature of a sketchbook—often, it’s a channel for work not made with public presentation in mind. But it does allow a view into the essential processes of creation, in this case listening and responding. And for that, this CD is a valuable document as well as the occasion for a listening experience interesting in its own right.




August 24, 2013
Minamo, The Stone
Carla Kihlstedt Satoko Fujii

August 24, 2013
Satoko Fujii Large Ensemble, The Stone
Andrew D’Angelo Christian Pruvost Curtis Hasselbring Dave Miller Josh Sinton Natsuki Tamura Peter Orins Petr Cancura Rene Hart Satoko Fujii

August 21, 2013
Satoko Fujii Trio, The Stone
Dave Miller Rene Hart Satoko Fujii

August 17, 2013
Alan Wilkinson Dag Erik Knedal Andersen Kim Johannesen Ola Høyer

August 17, 2013
Dr Kay and his Interstellar Tone Scientists, MIR, Oslo
Adrian Fiskum Myhr Alan Wilkinson Andreas Wildhagen Dag Erik Knedal Andersen Harald Lassen Joe Williamson Kasper Værnes Kristoffer Eikrem Mette Rasmussen Paal Nilssen-Love Ståle Liavik Solberg Tore Flatjord Øyvind Brække

August 17, 2013
Lasse Marhaug, Joe Williamson, Ståle Liavik Solberg, Cappelens Forslag, Oslo
Joe Williamson Lasse Marhaug Ståle Liavik Solberg

August 17, 2013
Morten Gunnar Larsen & Han Bennink, MIR, Oslo
Han Bennink Morten Gunnar Larsen

August 17, 2013
Terrie Ex & Paal Nilssen-Love, MIR, Oslo
Paal Nilssen-Love Terrie Hessels

August 16, 2013
Eivind Opsvik Solo, MIR, Oslo
Eivind Opsvik

August 16, 2013
Ketil Gutvik Kristoffer Alberts Okkyung Lee, MIR, Oslo
Ketil Gutvik Kristoffer Alberts Okkyung Lee

August 16, 2013
Receptacles with Alan Silva, MIR, Oslo
Alan Silva Anton Toorell Dennis Egberth Joe Williamson

August 16, 2013
The Tradition Trio, MIR, Oslo
Alan Silva Johannes Bauer Roger Turner

August 15, 2013
Frode Gjerstad, Børre Mølstad, Roger Turner, MIR, Oslo
Børre Mølstad Frode Gjerstad Roger Turner

August 15, 2013
Mats Gustafsson, Günter Christmann, Paul Lovens, MIR, Oslo
Günter Christmann Mats Gustafsson Paul Lovens

Musique Machine Reviews

From Musique Machine:

Gog – Ironworks
Roro Perrot & Son Héroroïne – Ta bouche de fraise me rend si sauvage
Elainie Lillios – Entre Espaces
The Byron Allen Trio – Self Titled
Carach Angren – Death Came Through A Phantom Ship
Burning Red Ivanhoe – Canal Trip – An Anthology 1969–1974

David Toop at the Totally Huge New Music Festival Reviewed

From RealTime Arts:

Just as Van Eyck drew on an iconographic tradition of depicting readers lost in beatific contemplation on the Ghent altarpiece, so Toop drew on a shared—though less explicitly understood—sonic vocabulary to depict moments of midnight lucidity in his performances for the ICMC and the Totally Huge New Music Festival. While including iconographic sound symbols (the rustling of pages or a dog snoring), this vocabulary also included more abstract qualities that enabled Toop to include sounds of widely divergent origins in the same musical atmosphere.