AMN Picks of the Week: Beyond Sensory Experience / Joe McPhee / Machinefabriek / Oiseaux-Tempête / Plotkin and Nilssen-Love

English: Joe McPhee, moers festival 2010


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.


Beyond Sensory Experience – Faint (2013)
Joe McPhee / Peter Brotzmann / K.Kessler / M.Zerang – The Damage Is Done (2009)
Machinefabriek – Attention – the Doors are Closing (2013)
Oiseaux-Tempête – Oiseaux-Tempête (2013)
James Plotkin / Paal Nilssen-Love – Death Rattle (2013)


Newsbits: New Steve Roach Release / Zook Download / Lutoslawski / Glass and Tyondai Braxton in NY Tonight / Turner, Leimgruber, Chalmers, Saunders in Bristol UK

English: Portrait image of Steve Roach at Soun...

Steve Roach has a new album, Spiral Meditations, available for purchase and download.

Ted Zook’s “Friday the 13th” performance at St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub is available for free download.

A recent Lutoslawski tribute in New York is reviewed.

Phillip Glass and Tyondai Braxton are headlining a benefit in New York tonight.

The Roger Turner & Urs Leimgruber Duo, Stuart Chalmers, and James Saunders will perform at Café Kino, 108 Stokes Croft, Bristol, BS1 3RU, UK on Sunday, January 5th.

Mary Halvorson Profile

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Halvorson is profiled in anticipation of her show tonight in Albuquerque.


Jazz guitarist Mary Halvorson had a life-changing experience when she first heard Hendrix at the tender age of 11 or so. She abandoned the violin she’d been sawing away at for a few years, grabbed herself a black-and-white Stratocaster and some tablature books, and started on her quest to play like Jimi Hendrix.


String Quartet ETHEL Winter Schedule

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ethel open rehearsal 3 (Photo credit: stevendamron)




January – February 2014

January 10 -11 – New York City, NY
January 21 – Billings, MT
January 23 – Helena, MT
January 25 – Moorhead, MN
February 15 – Tulsa, OK
February 20 – 22 – Sarasota, FL
February 28 – March 1 – New York City, NY

Music of the Sun featuring Robert Mirabal

Grammy- and Nammy Award-winning Native American flutist Robert Mirabal joins ETHEL to create a cross-cultural contemporary music event. Using the instruments of the string quartet, Native American flutes (Tdoop – Pootse) and drums (Mooloo), as well as the spirited voices of students and community members, “Music of the Sun” is a program inspired by the sun mythologies of Native America. In many Native American cultures each day begins with “running to the sun” – a fusion of spiritual and physical discipline. This extraordinary collaboration grew out of the ETHEL/Mirabal work as part of ETHEL’s TruckStop® project, which premiered at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 2008.

JAN 21 – Alberta Bair Theater, Billings, MT
JAN 23 – Myrna Loy Center, Helena, MT
JAN 25 – Roland Dille Center for the Arts, Moorhead, MN
FEB 15 – Cascia Hall Performing Arts Center, Tulsa, OK
FEB 20 – 22 – Sarasota, FL

Resident Ensemble of The Met Museum’s Balcony Bar

Marking the first time that a prominent musical group has been featured in The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Balcony Bar, ETHEL performs there on a regular basis, sometimes with friends and collaborators, throughout the year. To enliven the Balcony Bar programming, the quartet also selects musical groups from ETHEL’s expansive list of notable colleagues to perform when the group is on the road. This new programming initiative provides a variety of musical experiences to Met audiences delivered by a range of ensemble types and compositions. The Balcony Bar serves appetizers and cocktails on the second floor balcony overlooking the Great Hall. The performances, consisting of three sets between 5:00 and 8:00 p.m. every Friday and Saturday evening, are free with Museum admission. Complete Balcony Bar performance dates can be found at

JAN 10 -11 – Balcony Bar @ Met Museum, New York City, NY
FEB 28 – MAR 1 – Balcony Bar @ Met Museum, New York City, NY