Portuguese pianist/composer Simao Costa’s new CD explores the multiplicity of sounds available to a piano that has been prepared, electronically altered or supplemented, and even played in its native state.

The unifying theme that emerges from the seven tracks collected here is the richness of the contrasts that bind and separate the muted, low-sustain sounds of the prepared piano on the one hand, and the ringing tones and harmonies of the instrument unmodified on the other. Putting the two in motion with and against each other is something Costa does effectively throughout the set. Often, the music will take on the character of a gamelan or detuned carillon nested within resonantly pedaled left hand figures. On top of it, Costa will frequently layer in the acute hum of feedback and droning electronics. These timbral experiments are largely cerebral in affect, but surprisingly beautiful impressionistic passages are liable to erupt unexpectedly, particularly on the fourth and sixth tracks. The last and longest track shifts attention away from contrasts in timbre and resonance and focuses instead on the possibilities of rhythmic variations within a pulse, its deliberately narrow range of pitches wrapped in the buzzing and rattling sounds of distressed metal.

Coming to Seattle

Wayne Horvitz
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From Seattle’s Wayward Music Series:

netcat + Volpicella & Marcus Quartet
Thu., July 24; 8 PM; $5 – $15 suggested donation at the door

Earshot Jazz’s annual Jazz: The Second Century series presents netcat (Brandon Lucia, David Balatero, Andrew Olmstead), exploring the intersection of technology and free improvisation, combining computers, drums and cello. The Tim Volpicella – Michael Marcus Quartet features Grammy-nominated guitarist and recent NW transplant Tim Volpicella and Teatro ZinZanni bassist Michael Marcus, steel guitarist Lucien LaMotte ,and drummer Max Wood.

The Noise Makers
Sat., July 26; 8 PM; $7 at the door

The Noise Makers explores the essence of music by weaving in and out of pre-composed material and group improvisation. By means of medley, The Noise Makers tonight will present their concept through a more theatrical approach. Inciting the help of an M.C. known as Sister Nader, The Noise Makers will take you on a journey of surreal entertainment.

Briggan Krauss & Wayne Horvitz
Fri., July 25; 8 PM; $5 – $15 suggested donation at the door

Seattle ex-pats Briggan Krauss and Timothy Young reunite with long time collaborator Wayne Horvitz along with some of Seattle’s finest for an evening of mixed-ensemble improvisations. With Alex Guy: viola, violin; Timothy Young: guitar; Naomi Siegel: trombone; Briggan Krauss: alto sax, guitar; Beth Fleenor: clarinet, bass clarinet; Wayne Horvitz: piano, electronics.

THU. 7/31 – Earshot’s Jazz: the 2nd Century series: Greg Belisle-Chi + Trimtab

FRI. 8/1 – Brad Linde (sax) & Erika Dohi (piano) + Syrinx Effect

WED. 8/6 – Lawson + Park Details + Kolovos + $75 Bill

THU. 8/7 – Jesse Olsen Bay + Megan O’Donoghue-Williams

SAT. 8/9 – Rene Barge & Gustavo Matamoros, electroacoustic music from Miami

Transparent Productions Fall 2014 Shows

Tim Berne
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From DC’s Transparent Productions:

Fall 2014 – Our 18th Season

Ingrid Laubrock Quintet
Sunday, September 7, 2014
Ingrid Laubrock – Tenor sax
Tim Berne – Alto sax
Ben Gerstein – Trombone
Dan Peck – Tuba
Tom Rainey – Drums

Darius Jones Group
Sunday, September 14, 2014
Darius Jones – Alto sax
Matt Mitchell – Piano
Sean Conly – Bass
Ches Smith – Drums
Emilie Lesbros – Vocals

Cooper-Moore Ensemble
Sunday, September 28, 2014
Cooper-Moore – Piano
Pascal Niggenkemper – Bass
Brian Price – Tenor sax, clarinet and bass clarinet

2001 11th St. NW DC 20001
$15 advance / $20 door
Sets at 7PM & 8:30PM
tickets at or (202) 299-0800

All About Jazz Reviews

Jon Hassell
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From All About Jazz:

Jeff Cosgrove
Alternating Current (Self Produced)

Matana Roberts / Sam Shalabi / Nicolas Caloia
Feldspar (Tour De Bras)

Impressionist Symphony (Gonzo Multimedia)

Éric Normand 5
Sur un fil (Setola di Maiale)

Jon Hassell extended analysis
Jon Hassell: City: Works of Fiction (Expanded Edition) (All Saints Records)

Peter Brotzmann/Sonny Sharrock

Rodrigo Amado’s Motion Trio and Peter Evans multiple reviews
Rodrigo Amado’s Motion Trio and Peter Evans

Danny Fox Trio extended analysis
Danny Fox Trio: Wide Eyed (Hot Cup Records)

Nate Wooley/Hugo Antunes/Chris Corsano
Malus (NoBusiness Records)

Borah Bergman/Kidd Jordan/William Parker/Michael Wimberly
Vita Brevis (Somerealmusic)

Francois Carrier / Michel Lambert / Alexey Lapin
The Russian Concerts Volume 1 (FMR Records)

Sam Boshnack Quintet West Coast Tour

a3786960768_2From Samantha Boshnack:

Sam Boshnack Quintet West Coast Tour
Exploding Syndrome
Samantha Boshnack | Beth Fleenor | Alex Chadsey | Isaac Castillo | Max Wood

Sunday, August 10 – Seattle, WA
Seamonster Lounge
Crystal Beth & the Boom Boom Band closes
2202 N 45th St / 9pm / Free

Wednesday, August 13 – Bakersfield, CA
Bakersfield Jazz Workshop
Le Corusse Rouge
4647 White Lane / 7 pm / Donation

Thursday, August 14 – Los Angeles, CA
JazzPop series
Hammer Museum, UCLA
10899 Wilshire Blvd / 8pm / Free

Friday, August 15 – San Francisco, CA
Best Coast Jazz Composers Series
Center for New Music
Darren Johnston’s Troubled Trio (Kanoko Nishi – koto, piano / Matt Szemela – violin / Darren Johnston – trumpet)
55 Taylor St / 7:30pm / $12/$10 members of the Center

Sunday, August 17 – Oakland, CA
468 19th St. / 9 pm / $15

Monday August 18 – Sacramento, CA
Nebraska Mondays
Luna’s Café
1414 16th St. / 7:30 / $5-10 sliding scale

Wednesday, August 20 – Portland, OR
Outset Series at Revival Drum Shop
Blue Lighters open
2045 SE Ankeny / 8 – 10 pm / $5-15 sliding scale

Usurp Shows in London

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Peter Brötzmann at “Sonore” concert, Lviv (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From London’s Usurp:

26 July 2014: Usurp’s “PhonoPollock” performance at The Optophonic Workshop. Tramlines Fringe Festival. The Montgomery, Surrey Street, Sheffield, S1 2LG. 2pm to 11pm.
What might have Jackson Pollock’s canvas sounded like while he thrust, dripped and splattered paint on it? Using a variety of paints and a large, sonic canvas, the Conspirators of Pleasure (Poulomi Desai and Simon Underwood) will lead a workshop to find out. Visitors will become performers, the textural sounds created will be processed and performed live with projections. Also featuring Adam Bohman, Sharon Gal, Rhodri-Davies, Blood-Stereo and many more. Organised by Peak Signal 2 Noise. The Conspirators of Pleasure will also perform in the evening with their modified sitars, toys and instruments.

8 – 10 August 2014: Usurp presents the “Toy Arkestra” at Supernormal Festival 2014
Braziers Park, Ipsden, Wallingford, Oxfordshire, OX10 6AN
Usurp will be at the eccentric Supernormal Festival again this year creating the “Toy Arkestra” – an ecstatic, musical fusion of Sun Ra and noise-making toys.

13 September 2014: Usurp presents “Percussion Supersonic” at Fort Process – exploring the acoustic spaces of Newhaven Fort, Fort Road Newhaven, East Sussex. BN9 9DS.
Performance and sound installation with modified sitars, radios and explosive visuals. Also featuring Peter Brotzmann, Max Eastley, Zimoun and many more.

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