AMN Reviews: Benoit Cancoin – Instants Minuscules Solo pour un [Blumlein A025]

Benoit Cancoin’s first solo release features four improvisations for four people—one of whom was still in utero–performed in four different locations. The improvisations were played as personal concerts for the people involved, in their homes or workshops. Given the closeness of the relationships and the intimacy of the settings, they represent extraordinary collaborations between performer and audience.

All four pieces feature a gestural approach to free improvisation that focuses on the peculiarities of the instrument—its pattern of overtones, responses to changes in bow pressure and articulation, the way different regions of the fingerboard affect the brightness and darkness of tone when fingered, tapped, or bowed a certain way. Throughout Cancoin creates a complex soundworld of drones, multiphonics, glissandi mimicking the Doppler Effect, creaks, slaps, scrapes and more. In the end, there is a kind of portraiture at work beyond that of the person and the space inspiring the playing. In essence Cancoin is painting a sound portrait of the instrument, bringing out its manifold qualities and quirks of personality.

AMN Reviews and Interviews: May 2014

Last month we’ve published the following reviews and interviews:

Live Reviews
FIMAV 2014 Day 4
FIMAV 2014 Days 2 and 3
FIMAV 2014 Day 1

Led Bib – The Good Egg (2014; Cuneiform Records)
Peter Batchelor – Kaleidoscope [pogus 21073-2]
Karl MV Waugh – 5 Alarm Systems / Songs About Choir Boys (Emblems of Cosmic Disorder)
William Ryan Fritch – The Waiting Room (Lost Tribe Sound)
Helmut Lachenmann/JACK Quartet – Complete String Quartets [mode 267]
Ross Hammond – Humanity Suite (2014)
Gleb Kanasevich – Refractions & Refractions Vol. 2
Jack ‘o the Clock – Night Loops (2014)
con_cetta vs MonoLogue – Orlando (Time Released Sound)
Daniel Rosenboom Quintet – Fire Keeper (2014; Orenda Records)
Otto A Totland – Pinô; Takeshi Nishimoto – Lavandula (Sonic Pieces)
Florian Wittenburg – 17 Clips (NurNichtNur)
Rand Steiger – A Menacing Plume [80747-2]

Daniel Rosenboom

Pierre Boulez’s Legacy Is Explored at NY Phil Biennial

Pierre Boulez in 2004
Pierre Boulez in 2004 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


During the composer and conductor Pierre Boulez’s tenure as music director of the New York Philharmonic in the 1970s, he challenged the repertorial status quo and reached out to new audiences with events like the Rug Concerts, where patrons lounged on cushions while listening to contemporary music. A concert exploring his legacy seemed an apt inclusion on the NY Phil Biennial lineup, an 11-day festival of new music taking place around the city. Pablo Heras-Casado conducted the Orchestra of St. Luke’s in works by Mr. Boulez and those he had influenced during a sparsely attended concert he hosted with Ara Guzelimian on Saturday at the Rose Theater.

All About Jazz Reviews

Kidd Jordan
Cover of Kidd Jordan

From All About Jazz:

Max Johnson
The Prisoner (NoBusiness Records)

Angles 9
Injuries (Clean Feed Records)

Jon Lundbom and Big Five Chord
Liverevil (Hot Cup Records)

Kidd Jordan & Hamid Drake
A Night In November – Live in New Orleans (Valid Records)

Itaru Oki
Chorui Zukan (Improvised Beings)

Tatsuya Nakatani & Shane Perlowin
Anatomy of a Moment (New Atlantis Records)

Ivo Perelman track review
Book of Sound (Leo Records)

Erik Friedlander
Nighthawks (Skipstone Records)

I Love You Computer Mountain (Diatribe Records)

DMG Newsletter May 30th, 2014

Arto Lindsay
Cover of Arto Lindsay

From DMG:

Universe Zero – New Studio Album from Japan! Jemeel Moondoc/Matthew Shipp/Roy Campbell/Steve Swell! Jamie Saft/Steve Swallow/Bobby Previte! Stephen Gauci/Kirk Knuffke/Ken Filiano! Gunter Hampel Festspiele Berlin 2014! Paul Flaherty & Randall Colbourne!

Arto Lindsay – Live 2011-12! Bogan Ghost: Liz Allbee & Anthea Caddy! Rob Jacobs & Wei Zhongle! Nate Wooley Solo! Hi Sheriffs of Blue! Orchid Spangiafora! Oumar Konate! The Vampires!

Recent releases from Italy’s Auand Records reviewed by BLG!


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

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

Sunday, June 8th: 6pm: MICHAEL LYTLE/ANDERS NILSSON/LUKAS LIGETI – Bass Clarinet/Guitar/Drums! 7pm: MORTEN POULSON & KIRSTEN CAREY – Drums & Guitar!

Sunday, June 15th:
No In-Store During the Vision Festival! – See the schedule below

Sunday, June 22nd:
6pm: OMAR TAMEZ & ANGELICA SANCHEZ – Guitar & Synth – CD Release Set!

Sunday, June 29th:
6pm: MACROSCOPIA Returns! Featuring: KEN SILVERMAN/DANIEL CARTER/CLAIRE De BRUNNER/TOM ZLABINGER – Guitar/Reeds & Brass/Bassoon/Contrabass!