AMN Reviews: IKB Ensemble – Anthropométrie sans titre [cs263]

The IKB Ensemble is named for International Klein Blue, a kind of synthetic ultramarine blue patented in 1961 by French painter Yves Klein, which he used in nearly 200 monochromatic paintings. Klein was attracted to the color because he saw it as largely bereft of associations outside of sky and sea, and thus able to withdraw from the viewer into a kind of immateriality or intangibility. It seems fitting then that the ensemble creating this subtly developing long piece, recorded in Lisbon in February 2014, should take its inspiration from Klein’s color.

Although IKB is a large ensemble—it’s composed of thirteen members playing strings, reeds, brass, percussion, electronics and even voice and accordion—it steps very lightly. Much of its activity is spent exploring timbre outside of pitch—key clicks, bowed muted strings, unvoiced air notes, wordless vocalizations—at low volume. When a clearly sounded tone asserts itself in the mix, as it does on occasion, the effect is almost startling. Even as it builds slowly and almost unperceptibly to a crescendo, the music is meditative in the way that looking at a monochromatic painting can be meditative.

All About Jazz Reviews

English: Steve Lehman, moers festival 2010
English: Steve Lehman, moers festival 2010 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From All About Jazz:

John McLaughlin & The 4th Dimension
The Boston Record (Abstract Logix)

Steve Lehman Octet
Mise en Abîme (Pi Recordings)

Wil Blades
Field Notes (Royal Potato Family)

Tony Malaby Tamarindo
Somos Agua (Clean Feed Records)

Rob Mazurek Exploding Star Orchestra
Matter Anti-Matter (Rogue Art)

Arise (RareNoiseRecords)

Alexander Hawkins Ensemble
Alexander Hawkins: Step Wide, Step Deep (Babel Label)

Albert Ayler
Spiritual Unity (ESP)

Nicole Mitchell‘s Black Earth Ensemble
Intergalactic Beings (Fpe Records)

Spiral Mercury – Chicago/Sao Paulo Underground featuring Pharoah Sanders
Pharoah & The Underground (Clean Feed Records)

Touch and Go Sextet
Live at the Novara Jazz Festival (Nine Winds Records)

multiple reviews
Rodrigo Amado Motion Trio meetings with Peter Evans

Circum Grand Orchestra
12 (Circum-disc)

Pharoah Sanders Profiled

From the Arkansas Times:

Last March, in a conference room at the former Peabody Hotel, Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola stood up to address a small gathering of mostly out-of-town academics. He cleared his throat, thanked everyone for coming. To the mayor’s immediate left was seated Pharoah Sanders, the pioneering avant-garde saxophonist who Ornette Coleman, no amateur, once called “probably the best tenor player in the world.” The speech went on for a few more minutes and ended with the mayor proclaiming that day, March 8, “Pharoah Sanders Day here in the city of Little Rock.”

Interview with Ken Vandermark

English: Ken Vandermark, moers festival 2010
English: Ken Vandermark, moers festival 2010 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Feral Audio:

Ken Vandermark is a brilliant Jazz musician who has been awarded the MacCarthur Genius Fellowship for composing. He joins CWMD for a very impassioned conversation about how artists are viewed in America, the challenge of pushing yourself to say something new each night on stage, the differential of what creative people are trying to accomplish and what they achieve and the how society judges work based on worth. Vandermark is a force and anyone creative or interested in art and music should not miss the episode.  Anyone who is creative or interested in creativity should listen to this episode.