Mary Halvorson on Thumbscrew

From New Music Circle, in anticipation of Thumbscrew’s St. Louis performance on September 12:

Thumbscrew’s beginning was an accident of sorts. Tomas and I have been playing together for 10 years now, and one of the many bands we play in together is Taylor Ho Bynum’s Sextet. A few years ago, Michael Formanek was subbing in Taylor’s band for a performance in New York, and the three of us (Michael, Tomas and myself) really hit it off musically as a rhythm section. We immediately talked about doing more playing as a trio. When we got together a few months later, we each wrote a couple pieces of music specifically for the new trio, and Thumbscrew took shape pretty organically from there.

The Squid’s Ear Reviews

Paul Dunmall
Paul Dunmall (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From The Squid’s Ear:

Paul Dunmall / Philip Gibbs / Trevor Taylor – New Atmospheres

Trophies (Alessandro Bosetti / Tony Buck / Kenta Nagai): You Wait to Publish (Monotype) Trophies (Alessandro Bosetti / Tony Buck / Kenta Nagai) – You Wait to Publish

Dorner / Sanders: Stonecipher (Fataka) Dorner / Sanders – Stonecipher

Kullhammar / Aalberg / Zetterberg: Basement Sessions Vol. 2 (Clean Feed) Kullhammar / Aalberg / Zetterberg – Basement Sessions Vol. 2
(Clean Feed)

Quartetski Does Stravinsky: Le Sacre du printemps (Ambiances Magnetiques) Quartetski Does Stravinsky – Le Sacre du printemps
(Ambiances Magnetiques)

Lee Noyes: Xiazhi (Ideal State Recordings) Lee Noyes – Xiazhi
(Ideal State Recordings)

Philip Glass and Steve Reich Reunite at BAM

Philip Glass
Cover of Philip Glass


There were no speeches, or stagy hugs, or arms lifted in reconciliation. Not even a handshake. Still, on Tuesday night at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, two pioneers of Minimalism, the composers Philip Glass and Steve Reich, both 77, put aside a personal and professional feud that lasted more than 40 years and, for the first time since the early ’70s, performed together as they had in their early days so often and so momentously.

Igloo Magazine Reviews

From Igloo Magazine:

Lawrence English :: Wilderness of Mirrors (Room40)
Pattern Behavior :: Sentient (Component)
Savage Grounds :: Over Fences (Lux Rec)
Maps and Diagrams :: Alluvium (Handstitched*)
Kyle Bobby Dunn :: Kyle Bobby Dunn and the Infinite Sadness (Students of Decay)
Stereocilia :: Murmurations (Echoic Memory)
Fizzarum :: Live 14 (Sealt)
Unland :: Unland (Self-Released)
Rawmance & Toisvesi :: Double review (La Beauté Du Négatif)
Summer Night Air :: 4 (Cruel Nature)

Newsbits: Barbiero and Margolis in DC / Cline and Lage Duo Release

Nels Cline
Cover of Nels Cline

Following up on their collaboration on The Rationale for a Space Telescope, Al Margolis (If, Bwana) and Daniel Barbiero will play a set on Saturday, September 13, 7:30 PM, at Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center, 8230 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring MD. The show is a benefit for the 2014 Sonic Circuits Festival.

The duo of Nels Cline (Wilco, The Nels Cline Singers) & Julian Lage (Mark O’Connor, Jim Hall) will release a duo album ROOM on November 25 via Mack Avenue Records.