Matthew Shipp Announces New Release

avant-garde pianist Matthew Shipp
avant-garde pianist Matthew Shipp (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Something Else:

I’ve Been Many Places, my upcoming solo piano release on Thirsty Ear Records, is an apotheosis for me. I feel like the piano is a live organism at this point. I feel a complete fusion of my soul — however you define or don’t define soul — and my brainwaves as they cohere to create kaleidoscopic patterns on a piece of wood that the English dictionary calls a piano.

Eleven Years of Avant Music News

On April 29, 2003 I posted the first three articles on what would become Avant Music News.  Eleven years later, we have 2475 followers on Facebook and 2100 on Twitter.  We’ve published 18,260 articles, of which 234 are original reviews, and 25 are original interviews.  We began doing reviews less than three years ago, and interviews about 7 months ago, so I am proud of these numbers.

Lots of thanks go out to the community.  To the contributors for their input, to the artists for their updates, sharing their music, and thoughtful answers to interview questions, and to you, the reader.  Somehow, all of you make getting up early in the morning each day to work on this site worthwhile.


AMN Reviews: Robin Hayward – Nouveau Saxhorn Nouveau Basse [pogus 21077-2]

As stated in its subtitle, Robin Hayward’s new release is an elegy to the Saxhorn nouveau basse, an unsuccessful brass instrument invented by Adolphe Sax, whose saxophone went on to enjoy a considerably better career. From Sax’s failure, Hayward retrieves success in these works for a microtonal tuba he developed using Sax’s six-valve layout as a model, though one that he modified substantially.

Two of the compositions on the CD are for solo microtonal tuba run through speaker systems. The title tracks uses six speakers to image the tuba’s six valves which, following the original design of the Saxhorn nouveau basse, are used independently of each other. Tones cycle through the six speakers to a seventh, during the course of which the sound is altered. The second solo performance, Plateau Square, uses a quadrophonic speaker setup to give the sound a spatial dimension. Both of these lengthy pieces exercise a hypnotic effect through a gradual accumulation of harmonic and timbral density. Long tones and their electronic afterimages overlap into slowly pulsating chords with long decay times and unexpected lacunae. The title track’s low, fluttering rumbles have something seismic about them, something almost more felt than heard.

On the shorter Travel Stain, Hayward is joined by Seth Josel on scordatura guitar. Relative to the solo tuba pieces, Travel Stain has a certain textural lightness. The ranges of the two instruments contrast nicely, as do their differences of timbre and duration of tones.

5049 Records Podcast: Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz

From 5049 Records:

Shanir Blumenkranz is a deeply soulful cat who has committed himself to a life of music and plays from his heart. He has been in New York for the better part of fifteen years and has been a major contributor to the city’s Radical Jewish Culture scene. After appearing on dozens of other people’s records, Shanir released his first recording as a leader in 2013, a collection of his arrangements of compositions from John Zorn‘s Book of Angels.

Coming to Seattle

English: Zeena Parkins performing with Cosa Br...
Zeena Parkins

From Seattle’s Wayward Music Series:

Seattle Composers’ Salon
Fri., May 2, 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door
Seattle Composers’ Salon presents new and recent works in an informal, audience-interactive setting by William O. Smith, Tom Baker, John Teske, and Keith Eisenbrey.

Sue Ann Harkey & Friends
Sat., May 3, 8 PM; $5 – 15 at the door
Guitarist/vocalist Sue Ann Harkey performs new songs and old improvisations with Tari Nelson-Zagar (violin), Angelina Baldoz (bass, trumpet), and Steve Peters (field recordings).

THU. 5/8 – Nonsequitur presents Andrea Parkins + Zeena Parkins, solos and duos

FRI. 5/9 – Samantha Boshnack Quintet

SAT. 5/10 – David Hahn’s Concert Imaginaire

THU. 5/15 – Clarinet/Harp Quintet: Beth Fleenor, Paul Hoskin, Jenny Ziefel: clarinets; Carol Levin, Monica Schley: harp

FRI. 5/16 – Evan Flory-Barnes

SAT. 5/17 – Eric Barber

THU. 5/22 – Evergreen Experimental Music Ensemble performs music of Herbert Brun and Kenneth Gaburo

FRI. 5/23 – Das Oboes

April at Le Poisson Rouge

Marc Ribot
Cover of Marc Ribot

From New York’s Le Poisson Rouge:

Thu., May 01, 2014 at 6:00 PM
Nels Cline Singers feat. Scott Amendola, Trevor Dunn, and Cyro Baptista
w/ Mary Halvorson

Sun., May 04, 2014 at 7:00 PM
Bladerunner (US debut) featuring John Zorn, Bill Laswell, and Dave Lombardo (Slayer)

Mon., May 05, 2014 at 9:00 PM
Seattle Symphony Musicians
w/ Ludovic Morlot, conductor and music of Debussy, Varèse, Cage, Vladimir Nikolaev, Angelique Poteat, and John Luther Adams

Mon., May 12, 2014 at 10:00 PM
Marc Ribot Trio Record Release Show for – ‘Live at the Village Vanguard’
w/ presented by Undead Music

Fri., May 16, 2014 at 6:30 PM
Marc Ribot’s Los Cubanos Postizos
w/ Chia’s Dance Party and presented by Undead Music