RIP H. R. Giger

To Mega Therion (album)
To Mega Therion (album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Famed biomechanical painter H. R. Giger has passed away  at 74.  He was famous not only for the creatures and environment from the Alien movies, but also for album covers include ELP‘s Brain Salad Surgery, the Dead Kennedys FrankenchristCeltic Frost‘s To Mega Therion, Magma‘s Attahk, and many others.  He will be missed.

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DOWNTOWNMUSIC.NET Photos

From DOWNTOWNMUSIC.NET:

May 9, 2014
Jenny Hval, Håvard Volden, Okkyung Lee, The Stone
Håvard Volden Jenny Hval Okkyung Lee

May 9, 2014
Perpetual Strangers, The Stone
Ches Smith Liberty Ellman Okkyung Lee Tim Luntzel

May 4, 2014
Bladerunner, (le) poisson rouge
Bill Laswell Dave Lombardo John Zorn

May 1, 2014
Mary Halvorson Solo, (le) poisson rouge
Mary Halvorson

May 1, 2014
Nels Cline Singers, (le) poisson rouge
Cyro Baptista Mary Halvorson Nels Cline Scott Amendola Trevor Dunn Yuka Honda

April 29, 2014
Mandala, Spectrum
Daniel Levin Ingebrigt Håker Flaten Mat Maneri Mike Pride

The Haxan Cloak and Robert Henke Play in Red Bull Festival

English: Robert Henke
English: Robert Henke (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From NYTimes.com:

The electronic music double bill on Saturday night at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple was a superb clash of aesthetic extremes. The Red Bull Music Academy Festival paired the United States debut of the Haxan Cloak (the English musician Bobby Krlic) with the German musician Robert Henke and his laser project, Lumière. Mr. Henke’s music and light show were crisp, bright, geometric and propulsive, a calibrated barrage. The Haxan Cloak performance was amorphous, ominous and immersive, a transcendent plunge into darkness and overwhelming pressure. Earplugs were available at the door.

Musique Machine Reviews

Cover of "Albedo 0.39"
Cover of Albedo 0.39

From Musique Machine:

Ákos Garai – Subway Budapest
Steve Roach & Kelly David – The Long Night
VangelisAlbedo 0.39
Gnashing of Teeth / Static Goat – Nighthymns
Pumpkin Buzzard – Urban Megafauna
Svartvit – Auto​-​da​-​Fé
Michael Blake – In the Grand Scheme of Things
Kuolemanlaakso – Tulijoutsen
Bleak Existence – Love Earth Hate People
Dead Body Collection/Placenta Liposuctio – Split C60
Troum – Mare Morphosis
Zebra Mu – Live Malfunctions

Coming to Seattle

Steve Lacy
Cover of Steve Lacy

From Seattle’s Wayward Music Series:

Clarinet/Harp Quintet
Thu., May 15, 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door

Beth Fleenor, Jenny Ziefel, Paul Hoskin, clarinets of various sizes; Carol Levin & Monica Schley, harp. An initial meeting, maybe the first performance of a clarinet/harp quintet, anywhere, anytime. The five come from drastically different backgrounds, yet, the common devotion is to one of spontaneously composed sonic creations.

Two Quartets: Music of Steve Lacy
Sat., May 17, 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door

Join us for an evening of music by the great late saxophonist Steve Lacy, performed by two quartets. One quartet is led by Tom Varner and Eric Barber, featuring John Seman on bass and Tom Zgonc on drums. The second quartet is led by Kate Olson and Naomi Siegel.

Evan Flory-Barnes’ Infinity Upright!
Fri., May 16, 8 PM; $5 – 15 at the door

Infinity Upright! features the “Everything Music” of Evan Flory-Barnes, influenced by equal parts Mingus, Ravel, Björk and Dilla. Infinity Upright! leaves no stone unturned, from lush orchestra- tions to hard driving swing, free improvisation to head-nodding boom-bap anthems, original works to collaborations.

Substrata 1.4 tickets now available!
July 17, 18, 19; $40/night, $100 festival pass

Substrata has become an eagerly-anticipated summer tradition. Curator Rafael Irisarri brings an eclectic line-up of international electro-acoustic artists, drawing audiences from near and far. Festival passes are limited and typically sell out quickly, so don’t delay!

Upcoming Events (subject to change)

THU. 5/22 – Music of Herbert Brün + Kenneth Gaburo performed by Evergreen Experimental Music Ensemble

FRI. 5/23 – Oboists Ursula Sahagian and Chris Aagaard play music of Heinz Holliger, Berio, Carter, Doráti

FRI. 5/30 – Leviathan Worship Service + Nico Sophiea

SAT. 5/31 – Hector Bravo Benard