AMN Picks of the Week: FPR / Eric Moe / Kneebody / Anthony Braxton

English: Jon Raskin live at Saalfelden 2009 It...

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.

FPR (Frank Gratkowski / Phillip Greenlief / Jon Raskin)  – All at Once (2013)
Eric Moe – Meanwhile Back at the Ranch (2013)
Kneebody – The Line (2013)
Anthony Braxton – Quartet (Hamburg) 1981

Coming to the ISSUE Project Room

English: A self-portrait photograph by and of ...
English: A self-portrait photograph by and of Rhys Chatham. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From New York’s ISSUE Project Room:

Thursday, October 3rd – 8:00pm
Oren Ambarchi
Okkyung Lee & Michelle Boulé
$20 / $15 members & students

Australian composer and multi-instrumentalist Oren Ambarchi works with simple constructs and parameters, exploring an idea over an extended duration and patiently teasing every nuance and implication from each texture. His prolific output is hailed for its intricate harmonic patterns, carefully tended arrangements, and surrender to the physicality of sound.

A collaborative duo of two highly individualistic improvisers returns to ISSUE: dancer Michelle Boulé and cellist Okkyung Lee. Together, they push to the edge of sonic and choreographic boundaries into an atmospheric and sculptural consciousness, gradually penetrating and mapping out a spontaneously defined performance space. The elements that constitute the space of this collaboration— music, dance and light—become objects set into motion by the vehicle of improvisation where perception of form shifts, and a new dimension of performance opens.

Friday, October 4th – 8:00pm
Ken Vandermark & Nate Wooley
Jacques Demierre & Vincent Barras
$15 / $12 members & students

Chicago Saxophonist Ken Vandermark and New York trumpet stalwart Nate Wooley have worked together with a variety of collaborators, and this evening, for the first time, they strip all third parties away. This new raw and intimate duo promises an organic combination of jazz tradition, free improvisation, and modern composition.

Jacques Demierre and Vincent Barras have collaborated for decades, creating a diverse body of sound performances exploring ties between language and the mind. Tonight they present bh n (a), drawing on the work of Ferdinand de Saussure, and anatomical poems, which speculate on the primitive language that flows out of the open mouth.

Saturday, October 5th – 8:00pm
Bill Orcutt
Jon Mueller
$15 / $12 members & students

Former guitarist and founder of the noise/punk rock duo Harry Pussy, Bill Orcutt’s solo sound is a hiccup-stuttered reimagining of blues guitar. One can hear familiar Southern folk scales between Orcutt’s jagged solo acoustic phrases, pushing melodies into unresolved fragments that eventually come unmoored in vast and satisfying note-torrents.

Active since the mid-80s, avant-percussionist Jon Mueller’s contemplative, dense minimalism is truly singular– engaging a physical dialog between situation and material. Called “an audacious ringleader for new music” (Pitchfork), Mueller’s output spans post-rock, to free improv, to less classifiable forms. Tonight he plays solo.

Coming Up:
Thursday, October 10th – 8:00pm
Yasunao Tone / Talibam!

Friday, October 11th – 8:00pm
Francesco Tristano / Byron Westbrook

Saturday, October 12th – 8:00pm
Barbara Sukowa & The X-Patsys / Rhys Chatham
at The Kitchen

Sacramento’s Source of the Avant-Garde

From the Sacramento Press as story of the area’s avant-garde past:

From 1967 to 1973, Sacramento was home to the world’s most respected journal of avant-garde music and art, called Source Magazine. The late 1960s were a period of dramatic social change in the worlds of art and music. During this era, groups of like-minded artists gathered in a few cities that became epicenters of creativity. San Francisco’s “Summer of Love” in Haight-Ashbury was one such epicenter, as was Paris during the uprisings of May 1968, or the East Village in Manhattan via Andy Warhol’s “Factory” scene. Sacramento’s epicenter of cutting-edge music was located in the basement of a Victorian home in Midtown’s Poverty Ridge neighborhood, where Source was produced.

John Zorn Fills Metropolitan Museum With Music

John Zorn (cropped version)
John Zorn (cropped version) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


One of the most noteworthy aspects of Zorn@60, the extensive concert series with which the composer, bandleader and DIY impresario John Zorn has celebrated his 60th birthday, is the diversity of institutions where those concerts have taken place. While Mr. Zorn spent his 40th birthday at the Knitting Factory and his 50th at Tonic, this year he has taken over some of the city’s most significant bastions of high culture: Lincoln Center, the Guggenheim Museum, the Miller Theater and more.

ShapeShifter Lab in October

Ari Hoenig at Moers Festival, June 2006, Germany
Ari Hoenig at Moers Festival, June 2006, Germany (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Selections from New York’s ShapeShifter Lab:

Oct 3
Fighter Planes and Praying Mantis

Alex Weiss- saxophones/electronics/voice
Eyal Maoz– guitar
Dmitry Ishenko- bass
Ches Smith- drums
Rick Parker- trombone/electronics
Oct 3
ICONOCLAST + The Second State

Julie Joslyn: Alto Saxophone, Violin, Live electronics, Vocals
Leo Ciesa: Drums, Keyboards

The Second State
Larry Roland on bass,
Bruce Eisenbiel on guitar,
Andrew Lamb on sax
William Hooker on drums
Oct 3
Daniel Koren ‘The Most Important Thing’

Emmy Nominated composer Daniel Koren sits by the piano, while the video and its projected figures functions as the rest of the ensemble.
In a bizarre, yet provoking way, Daniel reveals his stream of conscious, making a virtuosic act that redefines comedy and live music.
Oct 4
Rob Garcia 4
8:15 – Stranahan/Zaleski/Rosato
9:30 – Rob Garcia 4

8:15 – Glenn Zaleski Trio
9:30 – Rob Garcia 4
Rob Garcia 4
Noah Preminger, Tenor Saxophone
Dan Tepfer, Piano
Chris Lightcap, Bass
Rob Garcia, Drums

Glenn Zaleski Trio
Glenn Zaleski, Piano
Rick Rosato, Bass
Craig Weinrib, Drums
Oct 5
Matt Panayides

Matt Panayides-guitar/comp.
Rich Perry-tenor
Robert Sabin-bass
Jeremy Noller-drums

Oct 6
The Coastal Suite

Alan Blackman, piano
Donny McCaslin, sax
Rogerio Boccato, percussion
Max Murray, bass
Frank Russo, drums
Oct 9
Little (i) Music presents a double CD release event:

7pm Mary LaRose “Reincarnation”

Mary LaRose – vocals with string quartet,
Chris Lightcap(bass),
Matt Wilson(drums)
Jeff Lederer (clarinet, arrangements)

8:15p Swing n’ Dix

Jeff Lederer(reeds), Bob Stewart(tuba), Curtis Hasslebring-trombone, Matt
Wilson(drums) playing their post-modern take on trad jazz.
Oct 11
CD release event for Zevious‘ »Passing Through The Wall » on Cuneiform Records
8:15 Sonar
9:30 Zevious

Stephan Thelen,
Bernhard Wagner,
Christian Kuntner,
Manuel Pasquinelli

Mike Eber,
Johnny Deblase,
Jeff Eber
Oct 12
Prog/Fusion Night
7pm – Ethan Meixsell
8:15pm – Ad Astra
9:30pm – Eric Wollman Trio

Oct 14
Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord

Jon Lundbom, guitar
Jon Irabagon, saxophones
Bryan Murray, saxophones
Moppa Elliott, bass
Dan Monaghan, drums
Matt Kanelos, keyboard

Oct 18
Celestial Ascension Unending…

Celestial Ascension Unending… Celebrating the Great JOHN TCHICAI
Memorial Concert at ShapeShifter Lab

Amiri Baraka â Alexander Weiss â Ben Young â Dmitry Ishenko â Garrison Fewell
Lou Grassi â Ches Smith â Alan Roth â John Ehlis â Charlie Kohlhase â Adam Lane
Peter Apfelbaum â Steve Swell â Warren Smith â Steve Dalachinsky â Diane Moser Charles Gayle â Charlie Hunter â Adam Rudolph â Reggie Nicholson â Golda Solomon Michael T.A.Thompson â Will Connell â Larry Roland â Phylisha Villanueva E.J. Antonio â Rosi Hertlein and more…
Oct 19
Brad Shepik/Gord Grdina/Michael Blake

Brad Shepik Solo

Gordon Grdina Trio
Gordon Grdina. Guitar, Oud
Kenton Loewen, Drums
Mark Helias, Bass

Michael Blake Quintet
Michael Blake – sax
Ryan Blotnick – guitar
Michael Bates – bass
Greg Ritchie – drums
Landon Knoblock – piano
Oct 22
DJ ƧhapeƧhifter

FUNG Chern Hwei, violin
Vicky CHOW, piano
Ha-Yang KIM, cello
Jeremiah CYMERMAN, clarinet
Oran ETKIN, clarinet
Stephanie RICHARDS, trumpet
Michael BATES, double bass
George SPANOS, drums
Oct 25
Joel Harrison 19: Infinite Possibility

Woodwinds: Ole Mathisen, Rob Scheps, LIsa Parrot, Ben Kono, Tom Christenson, Michel Gentile
Trombones: Andy Clausen, Matt McDonald, Brian Drye, and Ben Staap (tuba)
Trumpets: Sam Hoyt, Taylor Haskins, Dave Smith, Justin Mullens (French Horn)
Mick Rossi (piano), James Shipp (vibes), Kermit Driscoll (bass), Vinnie Sperazza (drums)
Oct 30

Collectif Koa “Colors & Cells” feat. Ari Hoenig
with Alfred Vilayleck (bass)
Samuel Mastorakis (vibraphone)
Jerome Dufour (saxophones)
Ari Hoenig (drums)

Darcy James Argue and His Steampunk Big Band

English: Darcy James Argue, moers festival 2009
English: Darcy James Argue, moers festival 2009 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


His 18-piece ensemble, which he calls Secret Society, isn’t your granddad’s big band. The liner notes of his first album, Infernal Machines (2009), are set in the typeface of a Victorian political pamphlet and state that the sessions were “recorded ‘twixt the 15th and 17th of December in the Year of Our Lord MMVIII.” The musicians’ names are listed under the heading “Co-Conspirators,” with Argue identified as “Composer, Conductor, Ringleader.” Clearly, Argue, who’s 38, has his playful side, but the persona he’s crafted is no mere affectation. It’s an integral aspect of the music. He describes his group as a “steampunk big band,” after the genre of postmodern fiction that tells futuristic stories that take place in the distant past.