AMN Reviews: Sounding the Deep – Return to the Quiet (Sonic Meditations)

Sonic Meditations is the small home to big, celestial music by Justin Wright´s Expo 70 and other spacious, psychedlic drone artists. Sounding the Deep, hitherto a similarly deep droney solo project, expands into a decidedly earthbound trio of acoustic guitar, upright bass and drums, while contracting to focus on the small and nearby for Return to the Quiet. David Williams´ folk baroque thinks like Anglo-Celtic revivalists Bert Jansch and Martin Carthy, though he can also landscape flamenco-tinged Alhambras. Out of the Kansas City dust, a lucid dream of lush and leafy emerald fancy.

Stephen Fruitman

Newsbits: Rent Romus Release / Sonic Circuits at the Kennedy Center / Pittsburgh Shows / League of Composers in NY

Edgetone Records is releasing Truth Teller by Rent Romus‘ Life’s Blood. The group also comes to Oakland’s Duende on 9/25.

A live video of a Sonic Circuits performance at the Kennedy Center is available.

Music on the Edge is back at work bringing great ensembles to Pittsburgh. This year’s season will open October 5th with a double quartet concert featuring Stockholm’s Ensemble Son and New York’s Either/Or. The two contemporary music groups will combine forces to present a concert made entirely of premiere performances. The program includes Dark Flow by Either/Or cofounder and pianist Richard Carrick, Herabouts by Ensemble Son trombonist Ivo Nelson, and works by Keeril Makan (Letting Time Circle Through Us), Lisa Streich (PAPIROSN), and Zeena Parkins (Circles and Squares). Several of the works will explore spatial relationships, sometimes by placing the performers in different parts of the performance space; sometimes by having different elements of the music unfold on independent, yet interconnected, timelines.

The Italian Academy and the League of Composers/ISCM present Modernism through a Northern Italian Lens World premieres by Giacomo Manzoni, Daniele Venturi, Peyman Farzinpour, Martin Boykan and John McLachlan with works by Dina Koston, Georg Friedrich Haas, Robert Martin and Fred Lerdahl featuring Cygnus Ensemble with guest artists Elizabeth Farnum, Bodies Electric and Sheer Pluck Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 7pm, The Italian Academy, Columbia University, 1161 Amsterdam Avenue justsouth of W. 118th Street, New York, NY.

Mark Taylor Interview

From The Tri-Centric Foundation:

In the Tri-Centric Commissioning Series, featured composers are asked to write or newly adapt a composition for the Tri-Centric Orchestra. One of the composers on 9/24 at Roulette is Mark Taylor whose rich creativity knows no bounds. As a performer, Mark has worked with jazz legends such as Max Roach, Henry Threadgill and Muhal Richard Abrams, and pop icons like BeBe Winans and Michael Bolton. As a composer, he has composed for theater, dance, and film. Here, he describes his new composition “It’s Not Like He’s Never Been There Before” and talks candidly about putting his horn down, changing directions and expanding options, and what it means to be an older musician with experience.