AMN Reviews: Longstone – Risaikaru [linear obsessional LOr056]

a1933464258_2The title of this new release by the UK electronic group Longstone is Japanese for “recycling.” Recycling here carries many different meanings. First is the impetus behind the recording—the recycling and reconstruction taking place in Japan’s Miyagi prefecture in the wake of the highly destructive tsunami that hit there in 2011. In 2013 Longstone’s Mike Ward visited Onagawa and Enoshima in Miyagi prefecture, taking photographs of post-tsunami rebuilding and making field recordings. Two of these photographs, one from each of the towns Ward visited, served as the inspiration for the two long tracks named for them.

Recycling—of instrumental and sound materials—is at the heart of the resulting music. The instruments include junk percussion, cigar boxes repurposed as guitars, and a (salvaged?) piano frame. Ward’s field recordings are reused as musical elements, while other sounds are recycled through electronic processing. Both Enoshima and Onagawa feature heterogeneous sounds in contrasting relationships, but in both tracks chord progressions or recurring musical motifs provide the continuity and underlying structure that keep them coherent. Onagawa is additionally structured through regular rhythms.

The final two tracks, brief radio remixes of material from the longer tracks, stand as a kind of conceptual witticism on the theme of recycling.

Pittsburgh in November

From Pittsburgh New Music Net:

Alia Musica Presents Pianist Jacob Ertl
November 9, 2014
4:30 pm
250 Emerson St.,Pittsburgh
The concert will feature a transcription Stravinksy’s Firebird suite, the fourth of Rzewski’s “Four Pieces, Federico Garcia’s new Rendering, John Arrigo’s “Fantasies for Piano Solo”, and Matthew Heap’s On the Ceiling of the Sky performed by Eastman graduate and new music specialist Jacob Ertl. This is the first of Alia Musica’s guest recitals of 2014-15, hosted by Kip and Desiree Soteres.

Dylan Ryan and Sand at the Thunderbird
November 11, 2014
9:00 pm
Thunderbird Cafe
Two years after the release of their impressive debut Sky Bleached, Dylan Ryan/Sand release Circa, a purposeful continuation of the aesthetic that the group had fostered on its first record. Circa, which features guitarist Timothy Young (David Sylvian, Reggie Watts, Wayne Horvitz), bassist Devin Hoff (Nels Cline Singers, Yoko Ono, Cibo Matto) and leader/composer/drummer Dylan Ryan(Cursive, Herculaneum) has a wholly unique style which ranges from incendiary proto-metal-esque solos to sludge-trodden group play.

IonSound Project: Roots and Routes
November 16, 2014
7:00 pm
Bellefield Hall Auditorium
Tickets: General admission is $15; students and senior admission is $10. Advance tickets are $12 and $8. Call 412-422-8042.
IonSound delves into the compositional process this season presenting three concerts packed with premieres. The first offering, Roots and Routes, is right around the corner on Sunday November 16, at 7 p.m. This program features early and/or pivotal works by composers such as Lee Hyla, Steve Reich, Erwin Schulhoff, and Max Bruch. Also featured will be works by three Pittsburgh based composers, Roger Zahab, Jonghee Kang, and Lenny Young.

Extended Techniques New York Calendar

Elliott Sharp
Cover of Elliott Sharp

From Extended Techniques:

50th Birthday concert: Terry Riley’s In C
Pauline Kim Harris, Joan La Barbara, Elliott Sharp and many more!
VENUE: Le Poisson Rouge
ADMISSION: $20/$25/$30

19:30 The Death of Klinghoffer

VENUE: The Metropolitan Opera, Metropolitan Opera House
ADMISSION: $25-415

7:30 Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk
VENUE: The Metropolitan Opera, Metropolitan Opera House
ADMISSION: $25-445

10 pm: Jeremiah Cymerman (clarinet, electronics) Joe Morris (guitar) Sylvie Courvoisier (piano)
VENUE: Stone

7:30 PM Meredith Monk Birthday Celebration
Performers: Bruce Brubaker, Piano, Ursula Oppens, Piano
All-Meredith Monk Program
VENUE: Le Poisson Rouge

John Zorn’s Cobra (30th Anniversary!), 8:00 pm
VENUE: Roulette

Susie Ibarra & William Parker, 7:00pm
VENUE: Snugs

NEC hosts 35-year retrospective for John Zorn

From The Boston Globe:

The scope of Zorn’s oeuvre, complete with the technical and conceptual demands it can make on musician and listener alike, will be on vivid display in a retrospective program at NEC’s Jordan Hall on Tuesday. The event is particularly unusual given Zorn’s direct involvement as co-curator. Attendees will also get an opportunity rarely afforded to journalists — he’ll take questions from the audience before the concert.

All About Jazz Reviews

Wadada Leo Smith
Cover of Wadada Leo Smith

From All About Jazz:

Wayne Horvitz/The Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble
At The Reception (Songlines Recordings)

Enten Eller
Pietas (Splasc(H) Records)

Anders Ahlen Unit
Lines and Dots (Signal And Sound Records)

Wadada Leo Smith
The Great Lakes Suites (TUM Records)

Lucas Niggli – Andreas Schaerer
Arcanum (Intakt Records)

Dylan Ryan / Sand
Circa (Cuneiform Records)

Jon Batiste/Chad Smith/Bill Laswell
The Process (M.o.d. Technologies)

Steve Lacy
Cycles (1976 – 1980) (Emanem)

Anthony Pirog
Palo Colorado Dream (Cuneiform Records)

November at Roulette

Toshimaru Nakamura
Cover of Toshimaru Nakamura

From New York’s Roulette:

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2014 @ 8:00 PM
Peter Evans/Sam Pluta Duo + Archer Spade with Toshi Nakamura Sam Pluta and Peter Evans use all they have developed from their experience together to forge a new and dynamically interactive music, and Archer Spade collaborates with Japanese veteran no-input mixing board master Toshimaru Nakamura….

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2014 @ 8:00 PM
[EAR HEART MUSIC] Contemporaneous: Living Toys Contemporaneous, the 21 piece new music ensemble, performs a show of frantic magic through a series of pieces that provide a surround-sound explosion of energy. …

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2014 @ 8:00 PM
[JEROME COMMISSION] Ben Stapp + The Zozimos Ben Stapp’s musical setting to a play by Peter Bulmer called “Myrrha’s Red Book,” exploring the real as well as the imagined realms of the characters as the sequence of events unravels in a Sandman-esque, pyschological thriller. …

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2014 @ 8:00 PM
INTERPRETATIONS: Marie Incontrera & The Eco-Music Big Band “Tribute To Fred Ho” // Warren Smith Ensemble An evening of new compositions expanding the tradition of jazz and improvisation.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2014 @ 8:00 PM
John Zorn’s Cobra (30th Anniversary!) One of the most often performed compositions in new music, the phenomenon of John Zorn’s Cobra lives on into the 21st Century with continuous monthly performances in Japan, Europe, Australia and the United States….