Paul Dresher in New York Reviewed

Paul Dresher
Cover of Paul Dresher

From New York Music Daily:

Paul Dresher‘s Double Duo made a stop at Roulette last night that included a shattering world premiere played by Twosense, and the New York debut of a couple of brand-new instruments. Joel Davel played the marimba lumina – a digital marimba whose library of samples includes a full symphonic percussion section, and is enabled to mix and match a vast number of timbres beyond the instrument’s typical acoustic range. Dresher and Davel aired out the epic sonic capabilities of the quadrachord, which is basically a giant (i.e. twenty-foot) bass lapsteel. The results spanned the emotional spectrum, from nerve-wracking angst to joyous musical acrobatics, It was one of the best New York concerts of the year, without a doubt.

Musique Machine Reviews

From Musique Machine:

La Goccia D’Acqua – Death In Séance
Cory Strand – Paris, Do You Speak French?
Abazagorath – The Satanic Verses
Peter Epstein Quartet – Polarities
Female Paedophile – Never Safe
Wallmaster – You Exist For Nothing Vol 1
Sabbath Assembly – Quarternity
Wrekmeister Harmonies – Then It All Came Down
Sleaford Mods – Chubbed Up +
Roger Ruskin Spear – Electric Shocks
Lewis – L’Amour
Rauhnacht – Urzeitgeist
Sebastiane Hegarty – Four Walks Around a Year: Spring

Coming to Seattle

Portrait de Denis Dufour, compositeur
Portrait de Denis Dufour, compositeur (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Seattle’s Wayward Music Series:

Earshot: Battle Trance
Sat. Nov. 1, 8 PM; $14/$12/$7 online/at door
Earshot Jazz Festival presents this genre-defying tenor saxophone quartet of Travis Laplante, Matthew Nelson, Jeremy Viner, and Patrick Breiner. Their Palace of Wind debut album reveals them as closer to Evan Parker’s whirling electronica than to, say, the World Saxophone Quartet: swirling ambience, bleating epiphany “with the ephemeral and unquestionable logic of a dream.”

Carol Robinson & Nate Wooley
Sat., Oct. 25, 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door
Clarinetist Carol Robinson and trumpeter Nate Wooley give American and world premiere performances of new works by iconoclastic French composers Eliane Radigue and Denis Dufour. This is a rare opportunity to hear new French works played by the cutting-edge performers for whom they were written. Presented by Nonsequitur with support from French American Cultural Exchange.

FRI. 11/7 – Seattle Composers’ Salon,- Jacob Zimmerman, Nat Evans, Keith Eisenbrey, S. Eric Scribner

SAT. 11/8 – Nonsequitur presents Norwegian guitarist Kim Myhr + guest artist TBA

TUE. 11/11 – WA Composers Forum presents Fidelio Trio, from Ireland

THU. 11/13 – Nonsequitur & Frank Organization present People. Make. Awesome. #2: Music & Movement

FRI. 11/14 – Seattle electronic music veterans K. Leimer & Marc Barreca celebrate their new duo release on Palace of Lights, with guests Tyler Boley and Gregory Taylor

SAT. 11/15 – Seattle Modern Orchestra: music of Huck Hodge, Pierre Boulez, Tristan Murail

THU. 11/20 – Ronin + Empty Boat

Evan Parker with Black Top/John Edwards/ Steve Noble, Vortex Jazz Club, London Reviewed

British saxophonist Evan Parker
British saxophonist Evan Parker (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


The iconoclastic saxophonist Evan Parker has been a leading voice in European free jazz since the idiom emerged in the late 1960s. His mastery of phonics, microtonal scales and continuous breathing has pushed saxophone technique to its limits; his performances are benchmarks of through-improvisation.

Ars Nova Workshop in November and December

From Philadelphia’s Ars Nova Workshop:

Sunday, November 2, 8pm
Xavier Charles, clarinet, harmonica; Ivar Grydeland, guitar + banjo with preparations; Christian Wallumrød, repared piano, harmonium; and Ingar Zach, bass drum, percussion, sruti box
Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th Street
$15 General Admission

In 2006, the quartet met to work on a cohesive sound and to compose music for their self-titled first release. Since then, the band has been touring in Europe, North America and Japan as a quartet. Dans les arbres have also performed with guest musicians such as Yumiko Tanaka, Otomo Yoshihide, Jim O´Rourke and the young Norwegian duo Vilde & Inga. As ECM describes it, “their music moves gently but steadily ahead on broad planes of sound, the textural scenery changing as DLA harnesses its wealth of unorthodox extended techniques.” Where 2008’s Dans les arbres is marked by an ” all-acoustic exploration of sonorities and textures that often sound electronic, and the affinities of its soundworld with those of contemporary composition” (The Wire), the ensemble’s second release, 2012’s Canopée, incorporates the additional layer of Grydeland’s electric guitar.

Sunday, November 9, 8pm
Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th Street
$15 General Admission

Thursday, November 13, 8pm
Shivtei Yeshuron-Ezras Israel, 2015 S. 4th Street
$20 General Admission

Thursday, November 20, 8pm
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street
Free Admission

Tuesday, December 2, 8pm
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street
Free Admission

Friday, December 13, 8pm
Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th Street
$15 General Admission