AMN Reviews: Gleb Kanasevich – Refractions & Refractions Vol. 2

Refractions and Refractions Vol. 2 are the first two installments in clarinetist/composer Gleb Kanasevich’s ongoing effort to record music for clarinet by emerging composers. Kanasevich, a native of Belarus now living and working on the US East Coast, has a firm grounding in classical clarinet technique as well as an adventurous interest in contemporary solo and chamber work. The exhilaratingly performed music on both discs amply displays his refined approach to the instrument as well as his discernment in selecting stimulating new material to play.

Most of the tracks find Kanasevich in an electronically fostered or altered environment. A good example is the opening track from the first volume, Kanasevich’s Zyklus Part One. The clarinet’s restless lines here are set out against a recorded backdrop of electronically manipulated samples of string instruments, as well as the sound of at least one other clarinet. Fay Wang’s Inside Insides for bass clarinet and tape, sets out electronic rumbling and hissing and occasional synthetic percussion against the warm, rounded tone of the bass clarinet’s lower registers. The harder-edged Nausea, composed by Brendon Randall-Meyers, creates a heavy rock sound–complete with synthesized drums—as a setting for Kanasevich’s suitably distorted clarinet. Ken Ueno’s I Screamed at the Sea, contained, like Inside Insides and Nausea on Vol. 2, has wind-like sounds punctuated by the amplified clarinet’s long, descending, trilled, bent, overblown notes.

In contrast to the more aggressive, electronically-driven pieces on Vol. 2, the first volume highlights pieces for acoustic solo clarinet. Alican Camci’s restrained Bosluk Ve Telafi, whose repeated long tones are interspersed with short bursts of notes, subtly integrates multiphonics and microtonal fluctuations into its melodic development. Viet Cuong’s Zanelle is an almost defiantly melodic piece that eschews extended technique, but nonetheless sounds contemporary with its leaps of register and intervals. Ignis Fatuus by Brazilian-born composer Rodrigo Bussad is an introspective piece that brings out the instrument’s melancholy shadings, which are intermittently broken by a shriek or whimsical skip and jump.

The one outlier is Steve Reich’s New York Pulse, included on Vol.2. Reich is hardly an emerging young composer, but the piece was influential on Kanasevich and his generation of composers.

All About Jazz Reviews

Vinnie Colaiuta
Cover of Vinnie Colaiuta

From All About Jazz:

Dewa Budjana (with Jimmy Johnson & Vinnie Colaiuta)
Surya Namaskar (Moonjune Records)

Dom Minasi multiple reviews
The Musical Meetings of Dom Minasi with Michael Jefry Stevens and Hans Tammen

Henrik Otto Donner and TUMO extended analysis
Henrik Otto Donner and TUMO: And It Happened… (TUM Records)

Awakening Orchestra
Vol. 1: This Is Not the Answer (Innova Recordings)

The Daniel Rosenboom Quintet
The Daniel Rosenboom Quintet: Fire Keeper (Orenda Records)

Michael Dessen Trio
Resonating Abstractions (Clean Feed Records)

Newsbits: Brotzmann, Drake and Parker in Austin / Rare Beefheart Release / Sun Ra Coffee / 101 Weirdest on Spotify

Peter Brötzmann
Cover of Peter Brötzmann

The Peter Brotzmann, Hamid Drake, William Parker Trio play Austin on June 3.

On April 28th Gonzo Multimedia will be releasing on CD a rare live recording of the Captain in concert at Harpo’s in Detroit, Michigan on Dec. 11, 1980.

Chicago’s Dark Matter Coffee has teamed up with the CHicago Jazz Fest to produce a Sun Ra coffee blend.

The Guardian is running a series on the 101 weirdest releases on Spotify. A number of these are quite interesting.

Mossenek and Chuck Bettis Releases and Tour

“Divine Indifference”, the 3rd installment of the Mossenek trilogy, has arrived:  Also just released is the soundtrack Chuck Bettis did for Motoko Fukuyama’s “PAN“:

Upcoming show dates:

May 23rd at St. Vitus Brooklyn, NY
w/ Prizehog

June 20th at Nest Tokyo, Japan
w/ Vampillia, Nadja, and more tba

June 21st at Vio Nagoya, Japan
w/ Vampillia, Nadja, and more tba

June 22nd at Conpass Osaka, Japan
w/ Vampillia, Nadja, and more tba

June 25th at Tadoshi Kindergarten Fukagawa City, Japan

June 29th at Nest Tokyo, Japan
w/ Vampillia, Nadja, Group A, and more tba