AMN Reviews: Otto A Totland – Pinô; Takeshi Nishimoto – Lavandula (Sonic Pieces)

Sonic Pieces merrily releases scads of electronic music but also harbours a soft spot for the introspective, acoustic side of its artists and our natures.

One half of Norway´s Deaf Center, Otto A Totland recorded Pinô on the same piano as Nils Frahm used for his wonderous Wintermusik at the latter´s Durton Studios, where it was also recorded and mastered by Frahm. Frahm picks up whatever chooses to drift into the room, from a thrice-cawing crow to the relieved release of breath expelled by the pianist at the end of a piece. Fantastic the tension and intimacy generated as the microphone is turned up, up to capture the absolutely very last sound the final note makes as it dies out. Eighteen miniatures, just the piano and its very audible bones and the air around it, played with exquisite precisenss. Friendly, melodic storytelling, like “Solêr”, which begs for a lyric, the Harold Buddian “Aquet”, the disarming title track, the slightest Celtic brough of “Seveen”. A taste of asymmetrical rural folk song, a hint of Norwegian national romanticism on “Frost”, and a little music hall carnival with “Jonas”.

Classically-trained guitarist Takeshi Nishimoto has been easing himself into electronica for years. This is only his second solo album, though he has released a half dozen albums with Californian producer John Tejada as I´m Not a Gun. Nishimoto opens Lavandula with “Late Summer Early Autumn” – you can feel warm rays slanting to give way to evening chill but also giving flight to an enchanting tune with Mediterranean brio. As with each of the seven keenly wrought pieces, he has friends tinge their edges with the most restrained and thus most memorable electronic colour and percussion – Robert Lippok (To Rococo Rot) adds the breeze of memory to “Remembrance”, an eddy of synthesizers to the tail of “Tone Water”, a grizzled edge to the dimly-lit “Straßenlaterne”, and Burnt Friedman steel pan on “Late Summer Early Autumn” and “6/8”.

Two perfectly complementary releases.

Stephen Fruitman

DMG Newsletter May 2nd, 2014

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From DMG:

Sun Ra: UNreleased Buffalo ’66! Roscoe Mitchell & Mike Reed! Tomas Doncker, Marla Mase & Bill Laswell! Nicole Mitchell‘s Black Earth Ensemble!

Eyvind Kang’s Book of Angels 21! Many Arms + Colin Fisher! Plymouth: Jamie Saft/Joe Morris/Mary Halvorson/Chris Lightcap/Gerald Cleaver! The New Nels Clinger Singers! Lean Left: Ken Vandermark /Paal Nilsson-Love /Terrie & Andy from The Ex! Dave Rempis/Darren Johnston/Larry Ochs!

Piero Bittolo Bon’s Lacus Amoenus With Peter Evans! Dom MInasi & Hans Tammen! Ingebrigt Haker Flaten’s Young Mothers! Tohpati/Jimmy Haslip/Chad Wackerman!

Burroughs/Laswell: Western Lands! Vijay Iyer‘s Mutations! Mats Gustafsson & Rob Mazurek Solos! Joelle Leandre & Pascal Contet 3! New PAK: Ron Anderson/Tatsuya Yoshida/Nonoko Yoshida! Korekyojinn! Julia Wolfe & Bang on a Can All-Stars! Michael Gordon! Glenn Kotche String Quartet! Fennesz!

Anne Mette Iversen! Brio: The Krajacic Brothers! Tom Guarna! Dewa Budjana/Vinnie Colaiuta! Perry Smith! Joshua Schneider Love Speaks Orchestra! Xavi Reija/Dusan Jevtovic! Matt Holman!

Emilio Teubal/Erik Friedlander! Acid Mothers Temple! John Cage! Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra! Stockhausen! Sir Richard Bishop! Susan Clynes!

Meredith Monk: Remixed by just about Everybody! Marcus Schmickler & Julian Rohrhuber! Toru Takemitsu/Toshio Hosokawa! Plus Archival Discs from Miles Davis at the Fillmore Bootleg Series Volume 3! David Toop! Jef Gilson & Malagasy! Jac Berrocal! George Davis! Jack Ruby!


The DMG Free Weekly In-Store Performance Series Continues With:

Sunday May 11th:

Sunday, May 18th: NO IN-STORE!

Sunday, May 25th:
6pm: NU DUO: CHERYL PYLE & BERN NIX – Flute & Guitar!

Sunday, June 1st:

Rare Friday Event – June 6th:
6pm: GIANNI MIMMO & ALISON BLUNT – Soprano Sax & Violin!

Sunday, June 8th Double-Header:

Satoko Fujii / Natsuki Tamura New CDs and Fujii on Tour

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Satoko Fujii

From Satoko Fujii:

Pianist-composer Satoko Fujii and trumpeter-composer Natsuki Tamura, a husband-wife team in new jazz, have recorded with more than 25 different ensembles. For their latest releases, they both return to longstanding groups. Fujii’s Shiki is the ninth release with her New York Orchestra to appear over the last 18 years. Tamura convenes a slightly reconfigured Gato Libre, his working quartet since 2005, for DuDu, their fifth release.

Fujii will also tour June 13 – 23 to New Haven, NYC, Washington, DC; Oakland and San Francisco, Seattle and Vancouver. All but the Oakland date are with the Satoko Fujii New Trio + 1 featuring Fujii – piano, Todd Nicholson – bass, Yoshi Shutto – drums + Kappa Maki – trumpet.

Friday, June 13 – Firehouse 12, 45 Crown Street, New Haven, CT
8:30 & 10:00 p.m.; 203-785-0468. Tickets: $18 for 8:30 set, $12 for 10:00 set

Saturday, June 14 – Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
7:00 – 7:45 p.m.; 212-219-8242. Part of NYC Vision Festival 19. Tickets: $30 day pass, $20 students/seniors, $140 event pass

Sunday, June 15 – Bohemian Caverns, 2001 11th Street NW – Washington, D.C.
7:00 & 8:30 p.m.; 202-299-0800. Tickets: $15 advance, $20 at door

Wednesday, June 18 – Duende, 468 19th Street, Oakland, CA
9:00 p.m.; 510-893-0174 Tickets: $15
Satoko Fujii Orchestra Oakland featuring pianist Fujii with tenor saxophonists Aaron Bennett and Larry Ochs; bari saxophonist Jon Raskin; trumpeters Theodore Padouvas, Erik Jekabson and Kappa Maki; trombonist Clifford Childers; guitarist John Shiurba; bassist Todd Nicholson; and drummers Jordan Glenn and Yoshi Shutto

Thursday, June 19 – Center for New Music, 55 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA
8:00 p.m.; 415-275-2466. Tickets: $15, $10 members

Saturday, June 21 – The Royal Room, 5000 Rainier Avenue South, Seattle, WA
6:00 p.m.; 206-906-9920. No cover

Monday, June 23 – Vancouver Jazz Festival – Ironworks, 235 Alexander Street, Vancouver, BC
9:00 – 10:00 p.m.; 604-569-1144. Part of TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival
Tickets: $25, $23 students/seniors, 3-show innovation package $36