AMN Reviews: C. Reider & C. Hodges – Four Improvisations

C. Reider & C. Hodges: Four Improvisations [open sound group]

This early 2013 offering from the Open Sound Group is, just as its title rather modestly states, four improvisations by sound artists C. Reider and C. Hodges, performed and recorded at various dates between 2010 and 2012. Throughout, Reider and Hodges employ various combinations of electronic and acoustic sound sources to produce soundscapes of a starkly intriguing beauty.

The first track is an entrancing twenty-four minute improvisation of metal (Hodges) and metal and electronics (Reider). Beginning with the shimmer of echoing metallic sounds, it unfolds into washes of electronic tones spreading out in long cycles. As the piece develops, long and short cycles of sound—grounded in echoes and drones—phase in and out. At the heart of it all are the sonic properties of metal as it is struck, scraped and rubbed. Reider and Hodges leave stretches of space between the sounds in order to structure the piece with a resonant, open architecture. Metal serves as the foundation for the third improvisation as well, with Hodges credited with “shake tines” and Reider with “tall tines.” The emergent sound is reminiscent of irregularly struck bells with long decay times and pauses between soundings. The second track, a pulsing, drone-based piece, has Hodges on guitar and Reider on voice and electronics, while the very brief closing improvisation, sounding like the rush of air through a wind tunnel, is wryly credited to Hodges on “ottoman” with Reider “listening.”

This is a deeply absorbing work of nuance and finely-drawn timbral contrast.

Newsbits: Steve Lehman Interview / William Parker in St. Louis / ICE in NY Tonight / Cuffe, Soddell, Brown in Melbourne / Soundspace in Austin

William Parker
William Parker (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Jeremiah Cymermann interviews Steve Lehman on his podcast.

William Parker‘s In Order To Survive Quintet will appear Friday October 25, 2013, 7:30 PM, at the Mad Art Gallery, 2727 S. 12th Street, St. Louis, MO.

ICE will celebrate the release of their recording of Xenakis pieces on October 16 at the Spectrum, 121 Ludlow, Manhattan, NY.

At Melbourne’s Avantwhatever, Alex Cuffe (Self made instruments), Thembi Soddell (Sampler), and Nigel Brown (Accordion) will perform at The Alderman, 134 Lygon St., Brunswick, Wednesday October 30.

Coming to the University of Texas Austin on October 20, Soundspace is a dynamic concert series that brings together musicians and other creatives from all corners of Austin’s artistic community for simultaneous performances throughout the museum. SoundSpace: Graphic Notation will feature music from composers who have worked with graphic representations of musical compositions through the ages, beginning with a special performance of Anthony Braxton’s Composition No. 19.

November Frequency Fridays in Columbus

From The Fuse Factory:

Our November 2013 Frequency Fridays show features electronic musician TEXTBEAK (CLE), experimental electronic musician Diamondbody (CMH), dark ambient electronic musician Central Inhabitants (CMH) and sound artists Becky Grajeda and Jessica Speer (CHI). Date: Friday, November 1, 2013. Location: Wild Goose Creative (2491 Summit St. 43202). Admission: $10, $15 for 2. Doors open 8pm. Our Frequency Fridays 2013-2014 season is supported by a grant from the Greater Columbus Arts Council.

About the performers:

Mike Textbeak has a long history in electronic music with his releases on labels such as Tundra Dubs (San Francisco), Lasergun (Berlin), Post_Religion, Bleak (Vienna), Pale Noir (Madison, WI), Vaatican Records (France), Xynthetic (Canada), 21/22 Corp, Swishcotheque (UK), Colin Johnco (France), and many more. He co-owns the Philtre Com imprint with co-conspirator Claus Muzak aka Lucas Kuzma of The Strange Agency (musical instrument iPhone iPad app company). He was commissioned for mixing the Precarious mix for Disaro Records, a mix for Ritual Chicago, Hip Hop Break It Radio out of Houston, the official Grim Harvest Halloween 2012 Mixtape for Мишка with actor Omar Doom (Inglorious Basterds), XLVR for the clothing company NVR MND, the massive 5 hour 3 part COVENFVCK mix, mixes for Pulse Radio (UK), PBS (Australia), Clan Destine Records (UK), and AMDISCS label in the Czech Republic among many others. His band Bath was featured on the “Why Be Blake When You Can Be Bleak?” compilation on the Bleak label with industrial legends Coil, Attrition, Sleepchamber, Nocturnal Emissions, and Portion Control. He has opened for Larry Tee, Nitzer Ebb, Light Asylum, Test Department, Skin Town (Nick Turko of Zola Jesus), Meat Beat Manifesto, and The Legendary Pink Dots to name a few. He has remixed many artists including Tamara Sky (DJ/Model Lil Death LA) and ∆AIMON (Tundra/Artoffact).From the early ‘90s Columbus, Ohio electronic music scene, when Mike was a member of Body Release with Titonton Duvante (Residual Records), Todd Sines (Frankie, Planet E, Peacefrog, YORE, Seventh City), and Charles Noel (aka ARCHETYPE, ARCH_TYP…21/22 Corp, Bag Pak), through the mid ’90s early 2000’s with his band Bath, to his current endeavors, he has always pushed the envelope with his compositions, visual artwork, text collages, and genre-blasting DJ sets.

Jeff Chenault (aka Central Inhabitants) has been involved in the Columbus electronic music scene since 1983. His early experiments were unannounced noise improvisations. In the late 80′s, he founded the Exoteque Music label and would release over 60 cassettes of original music. His multiple collaborations include James Towning of Fact 22, Mark Gunderson of the Evolution Control Committee, Andy Izold of 10-Speed Guillotine, and Chris Phinney of Mental Anguish. In 1989 he formed the influential cyberpunk band 10-Speed Guillotine with Andy Izold. They would go on to record a plethora of recordings under various names and styles over a 20 year period. In 1994 Jeff formed the Weird Lovemakers with Mark Gunderson and Greg Fernandez. Their musical style ranged from electronic lounge to film soundtracks. They performed “live” soundtracks for such movies as Nosferatu, Leaves from Satan’s Book, and most notably Maya Deren’s surrealist film Meshes of the Afternoon, performed at the Wexner Center for the Arts. Jeff’s current projects include Circuitry Room, with Andy Izold and longtime friend and collaborator Dan Rockwell as well as collaborations with John M Bennett, Mike Shiflet, Hal McGee, Virani, Squid and others.. Jeff’s solo project Central Inhabitants will make a rare “live” appearance. Dark ambient soundscapes, hypnotic rhythms and psychedelic jungle sounds are his current fetish.

Becky Grajeda works primarily with sound in the forms of field recording, sound assemblage and multi-channel installation and live performance. Of particular interest to her are the sounds of machinations, moving bodies, and vocal inflection and intonation in speech. She also is a sound designer for theatre. Jessica Speer is a small hermit crab living at the bottom of the sea.

Two Special free events with Cooper-Moore in St. Louis

Cooper-Moore (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From New Music Circle:

Northside Project Workshop with Cooper-Moore
5pm – 6pm
at the Northside Workshop
(in conjunction with Old North Saint Louis Restoration Group)
1306 Saint Louis Ave., 63106 (map)
cost: FREE
*Additional information:

Special performance by Cooper-Moore at Foam
7:30pm – 8:30pm
at Foam Coffee + Beer
3359 S. Jefferson Avenue., 63118 (map)
cost: FREE

As a composer, performer, instrument builder/designer, storyteller, teacher, mentor, and organizer, Cooper-Moore has been a major, if somewhat behind-the-scenes, catalyst in the world of creative music for over 30 years. As a child prodigy Cooper-Moore played piano in churches near his birthplace in the Piedmont region of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. His performance roots in the realm of avant jazz music date to the NYC Loft Jazz era in the early/mid-70s. His first fully committed jazz group was formed in 1970 with David S. Ware and drummer Marc Edwards. Sonny Rollins asked them to open for him at the Village Vanguard in 1973, and they did so with aplomb. earned a B.A. in Music Education from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. and later studied composition-arranging at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA.

Ideal Bread On Tour in November

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From Kirk Knuffke:

Josh Sinton – baritone saxophone
Kirk Knuffke – cornet
Adam Hopkins – bass
Tomas Fujiwara – drums

Fresh off their successful Kickstarter campaign and recording session in which they managed to reimagine 26 of Steve Lacy‘s iconic compositions, Ideal Bread is preparing to play a series of shows on the East Coast this Fall. During these shows, they’ll be playing pieces from their new book of tunes, “Beating the Teens.” This book is a departure from their typical approach of faithful adaptation and represents a series of “recompositions” of Lacy’s music.

Friday, Nov. 1
8 PM
The Rotunda
Philadelphia, PA
Ideal Bread with Sonic Liberation Front and The Gate
$8 Suggested
Ideal Bread will join up with Kevin Diehl’s 11-piece afro-futurist ensemble and Dan Peck’s doom-metal inspired trio. This will be an inspiring night of creative music.

Saturday, Nov. 2
9 PM
Windup Space
Baltimore, MD
Ideal Bread with LEAP and Talking Points
Dave Ballou’s LEAP (with Chris Pumphrey, John Dierker & Dan Ryan) and Baltimore’s own Talking Points (Derrick Michaels, Dan Ryan, Savino Palumbo, Alex Weber and Mike Kuhl) share the stage at one of the city’s best venues for creative music with Ideal Bread. This will be a memorable concert and something quite unique this season.

Wednesday, Nov. 20
8:30 PM
Cornelia Street Cafe
New York, New York
$10 Cover + a $10 minimum
Ideal Bread returns to Manhattan and the Cornelia Street Cafe. This will be their final concert in New York this year and one of their last appearances until they will be ready in Spring of 2014 to release their next album, “Beating the Teens.”

Free Jazz Blog Reviews

English: Mats Gustafsson, moers festival
English: Mats Gustafsson, moers festival (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Free Jazz:

Tim Berne‘s Snakeoil – Shadow Man (ECM, 2013) *****
John Stevens’ Away – Away at Home (Loose Torque, 2013) ****
Power Of The Horns – Alaman (For Tune, 2013) ****½
Swedish Azz: Presents Erik Carlsson & All Stars Vol. 1 and 2 (Not Two, 2013) ****
Mats Gustafsson and Didi Kern: Eissalon (Live) (Rock Is Hell Records, 2013) ****
Paal Nilssen-Love & Mats Gustafsson: Con-Gas (Bocian, 2013) *** ½
Dieb 13/Mats Gustafsson/Martin Siewert: (Fake) the Facts (Substance, 2013) ****
Zenjungle & Tunedin52 – Learning To Breathe In new Spaces (Bandcamp, 2013) ***½
Zenjungle & Tunedin52 – Still Life (Bandcamp, 2013) ***½
Zenjungle & Tunedin52 – Behind the Shed (Bandcamp, 2013) ***
Zenjungle & Tunedin52 – Mesh (Bandcamp, 2012) ***½
Matana Roberts – Coin Coin Chapter Two: Mississippi Moonchile (Constellation, 2013) *****