Noisemakers: Phoenix’s Avant-Underground Refines the Art of the Earache

From the Phoenix New Times:

Going as far back as avant-garde composers such as John Cage and the auditory tinkering of various conceptual artists such as the Dada collective, the progression toward modern noise music has moved in a somewhat untraceable progression. In fact, influential ’60s acts such as the Velvet Underground and even the Beatles (more specifically, John Lennon) experimented with noise-oriented constructs.


AMN Picks of the Week: Shrine / Otavan Veret / Bizingas / Anthony Braxton / Nels Cline Singers

Anthony Braxton
Cover of Anthony Braxton

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.

Shrine – Nihil (2014)
Otavan Veret – Otavan Veret (2014)
Bizingas – Bizingas (2010)
Anthony Braxton / Italian Instabile Orchestra – Creative Orchestra (Bolzano) 2007
The Nels Cline Singers – Macroscope (2014)

Upcoming New York Shows

A smattering of New York performances coming in March:

Trans Pecos
915 Wycoff
Brooklyn, NY 11385

Guardian Alien
Vampillia (from Osaka, Japan)
Brian Chase Quartet


Silent Barn
603 Bushwick Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11205

Mick Barr
Vampillia (from Osaka, Japan)
Kevin Hufnagel
MV Carbon


158 Ludlow
NY, NY 10002

Vampillia (from Osaka, Japan)
Leah Lazonick
Engalnd In 1819
Three Thousand Rivers


Death By Audio
49 S. 2nd St.
Brooklyn, NY 11226

Vampillia (from Osaka, Japan)
Colin Marston
Mossenek (Mick Barr & Chuck Bettis)


Knitting Factory
361 Metropolitan
Brooklyn, NY 11211

Vampillia (from Osaka, Japan)
Jungles from Red Bacteria Vacuum
Happy Starmarie

7:30 doors

627 5th Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Kevin Norton/David Watson/Chuck Bettis
Michael Evans Quartet


Free Jazz Blog Reviews

From Free Jazz:

Arve Henriksen at Moers Festival, June 2006, G...
Arve Henriksen at Moers Festival, June 2006, Germany (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tim Daisy and Mikolaj Trzaska – In This Moment. (Relay Recordings, 2014) ***½
The Resonance Ensemble- Head Above Water/ Feet Out of the Fire (Not Two Records, 2013) ****½
N.E.W: Motion (Dancing Wayang Records, 2014) ****½
Tom Rainey – Obbligato (Intakt Records, 2014) ***
Jack Wright / Ben Wright – as if anything could be the same (Relative Pitch, 2014) ****½
Arve Henriksen – Places of Worship (Rune Gammofon, 2014) ****
Tisziji Munoz – Parasamgate Nebula: The Death of Death (MRI, 2014) ***½
Aya Nishina – FLORA (Tzadik, 2013) ****

Reminiscences on Sun Ra


English: Sun Ra at New England Conservatory, F...
Sun Ra

With absolute cosmic certainty, it can be said that the best and the brightest, wildest, wooliest, outrageously and delightfully hilarious performance in Hartford’s jazz history erupted with a Big Bang explosion one hot, clammy summer night in the early 1980s when the legendary, avant-garde orchestra leader Sun Ra, the Supreme Pontiff of heliocentric hipness, and his awesome solar Arkestra descended on the West Indian Social Club in the city’s North End.

S.E.M. Ensemble Celebrates Christian Wolff and Others in March

From the S.E.M. Ensemble:

Christian Wolff "un-prepares" his piano.
Christian Wolff “un-prepares” his piano. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

S.E.M. Ensemble celebrates the 80th birthday of composer Christian Wolff with three concerts
3 x SEM
Wednesday, March 26, 8 p.m., Roulette, Brooklyn
Thursday, March 27, 7 p.m., Bohemian National Hall, NYC
Thursday, March 27, 9 p.m., Bohemian National Hall, NYC

S.E.M. Ensemble & Ostravská banda, Petr Kotik, Conductor
OB-Trio and String Noise
Christian Wolff, Philip Glass, Joseph Kubera, Daan Vandewalle, Piano
Jon Gibson, Alex Mincek, Saxophone
Conrad Harris, Pauline Kim Harris, Violin
Kamala Sankaram, Jeffrey Gavett, Thomas Buckner, Voice
Special guest: George Lewis