AMN Picks of the Week: Reconnaissance Fly / Touch and Go Sextet / Ross Hammond / Colossloth / Kris Davis / Eric Revis

Ross Hammond in the poster room 2
Ross Hammond in the poster room 2

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.

Reconnaissance Fly – Flower Futures (2014)
Touch and Go Sextet – Live at the Novara Jazz Festival (2014)
Ross Hammond – Humanity Suite (2014)
Colossloth – Anchored By Lungs (EP) (2013)
Kris Davis – Massive Threads (2013)
Eric Revis – In Memory of Things Yet Seen (2014)

Colin Stetson and Brooklyn Youth Chorus at Merkin Hall Reviewed

English: Colin Stetson, moers festival 2010
English: Colin Stetson, moers festival 2010 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Think of Colin Stetson as the Neil deGrasse Tyson of the avant-garde saxophone world: a brilliant adept in a rigorous, esoteric science, but also an adroit communicator with an uncommon knack for making the arcana of his field accessible to the layman. In a concert presented by the Ecstatic Music Festival on Saturday night at Merkin Concert Hall, Mr. Stetson wasted no time in demonstrating his enviable skill as the prime mover in two unorthodox collaborations.

Lost Civilizations and Others in DC March 30

On March 30, Puff Pieces, the Lost Civilizations experimental music project and Utenzil will appear at Adams Morgan’s Black Squirrel.

The performance is part of the Indie Adams Morgan series (

The Black Squirrel ( is located at 2427 18th Street NW Washington, D.C. 20009 (202) 232-1011. The event starts at 8 pm

Puff Pieces ( is Mike Andre (Antelope, Vertebrates), Justin Moyer (E.D. Sedgwick, Antelope, El Guapo), and Amanda Huron (Weed Tree, Vertebrates). They play art punk.

The Lost Civilizations experimental music project (; is a collaboration between Mike Sebastian (tenor sax, saxello and bass clarinet) and T. A. Zook (basscello and misc. instruments). Although essentially a duo, when schedules permit, it is joined by Jerry Busher (drums); Amanda Huron (percussion); Doug Kallmeyer (bass and electronics), Nate Scheible (percussion) and Emily Chimiak (violin). A link to a free download of a recording of their March 16, 2014 performance in this series is posted at .

Utenzil will wrap-up the evening. Utenzil (, the solo project of Michael McMorris, which brings together fitful decades of musical experience/experiments plus software, laptops, mixer and instruments which include various controllers, a DIY double neck midi guitar, live guitar and voice.

For further information:
Any updates will be posted at

Upcoming Shows at Ars Nova Workshop

Cover of Supersilent

From Philadelphia’s Ars Nova:

Tuesday, March 25, 8:00pm

International House Philadelphia, 3701 Chestnut Street
$15 General Admission

Oslo-based artist Susanna is best known for her duo Susanna And The Magical Orchestra (with keyboardist Morten Qvenild) as well as her unique and striking interpretations of iconic songs such as ”Jolene,” ”Hallelujah” and ”Love Will Tear Us Apart,” among her covers that re-interpret everyone from AC/DC to ABBA to Lou Reed.

Bonnie ”Prince” Billy has performed and recorded her songs and Mojo named her song ”Believer” as ”one of the greatest break-up songs ever.” She visits Philadelphia for the first time in celebration of “Wild Dog,” her eighth album (which features Emmett Kelly and Arcade Fire’s Jeremy Gara), and her recent ECM album with harpist Giovanna Pessi. Susanna has written music to poems by the Norwegian modernist Gunvor Hofmo, collaborated with Ensemble Neon, Jenny Hval, John Paul Jones, Tord Gustavsen, and Ståle Storløkken (Supersilent, elephant9). Her trio includes Helge Sten, known for his work as Deathprod and in Supersilent.

Tickets and more:


Saturday, March 29, 8:00pm
Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th Street

Saturday, April 19, 8:00pm
Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine Street

Tuesday, April 22, 8:00pm
Boot & Saddle, 1131 S Broad Street

Friday, May 2, 8:00pm
Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Avenue


Spring For Music in NY

From Spring For Music:

Spring For Music will take place this May, for its final installment. Begun in 2011 as an initiative to encourage adventurous programming, the festival exhibits the quality and creativity of North American orchestras.
Spring For Music 2014 Programs

Monday, May 5
The New York Philharmonic
Alan Gilbert, director
Christopher Rouse: Requiem (NY Premiere)
Westminster Symphonic Choir
Brooklyn Youth Chorus

Tuesday, May 6
Seattle Symphony
Ludovic Morlot, music director
John Luther Adams: Become Ocean (NY Premiere)
Edgard Varèse: Déserts
Claude Debussy: La mer

Wednesday, May 7
Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
Michael Christie, conductor
Howard Hanson: Merry Mount (complete concert performance)

Thursday, May 8
Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra
Alexander Mickelthwate, music director
R. Murray Schafer: Symphony No. 1
Derek Charke: 13 Inuit Throat Song Games
Vincent Ho: The Shaman: Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra
(all pieces are US premieres)

Friday, May 9
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
May Festival Chorus
James Conlon, Cincinnati May Festival Music Director
John Adams: Harmonium
R. Nathaniel Dett: The Ordering of Moses (NY Premiere)

Saturday, May 10
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Manfred Honeck, music director
Anton Bruckner: Ave Maria for Chorus
Francis Poulenc: Final Scene from Dialogues of the Carmelites
James MacMillan: Woman of the Apocalypse (NY Premiere)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Requiem and Death in Words and Music

Musique Machine Reviews

From Musique Machine:

Coltsblood – Into the Unfathomable Abyss
Death Frees Every Soul/Ataraxy – Sodom and Gomorrah
Static Goat – Mental Castration
Werewolf Jerusalem/​Phantom Cadave – Split
Sturmpercht – Bergentrückt
Nux Vomica – Self Titled
Indian – From All Purity
Tiny Tim – God Bless Tiny Tim

5049 Records Podcast: Ches Smith

English: Photograph of percussionist, Ches Smi...
Ches Smith

From 5049 Records:

Ches Smith is an intensely talented drummer and a true road dog. He’s been touring for over fifteen years with Secret Chiefs 3, Xiu-Xiu, Tim Berne, Ben Goldberg, Mr Bungle, John Zorn and many others. He’s one of the most in demand drummers around and for good reason- he fucking rules. For this talk Ches and I discuss heavy touring, balancing family and music life, and his introduction to Haitian music.