There are several “ghost” big bands that have continued performing long after their leaders’ deaths, the Ellington and Basie bands not least among them. But even in this position, the Sun Ra Arkestra is a different breed. Twenty-one years after its founder and visionary departed the planet, the Arkestra’s still as much defined by its original stage presence—with all the costumed flair and outer-space mysticism that entails—as by its music.
Paul Flaherty and Chris Corsano – Low Cost Space Flights (Feedtube Records, 2014) ****
Horse Orchestra – Living the Dream (Barefoot Records, 2014) ***½
Frank Lowe Quartet – Out Loud (Triple Point Records, 2014) *****
The Cellar and Point – Ambit (Cuneiform Records, 2014) ***½
Robin Hayward – Nouveau Saxhorn Nouveau Basse (Pogus, 2014) ****½ Steve Lehman – Mise en Abime (Pi Recordings, 2014) ***** Matthew Shipp – I’ve Been to Many Places (Thirsty Ear, 2014) ****
ICP Orchestra – East of the Sun (ICP Records, 2014) *****
WED, NOVEMBER 12 – 8:00PM
THU, NOVEMBER 13 – 8:00PM ($5)
Raúl De Nieves & Colin Self: The Fool
Artist-in-Residence Raúl De Nieves and Colin Self premiere their new chamber opera, The Fool. A four-act work scored for 17-part chorus and string-ensemble, The Fool is a mystical and allegorical journey performed by a group of friends on a quest to unite themselves one with the other.
SAT, NOVEMBER 15 – 8:00PM ($12-15)
Rashad Becker / Eli Keszler
One of the most finely tuned ears in music, Berlin’s Rashad Becker utilizes real-time synthesis and sampling techniques, setting intricate sonic worlds into motion that recall the complexities of human speech and exotic aural phenomena. He plays solo alongside fellow PAN artist Eli Keszler. The percussionist/composer debuts a new trio work featuring performers Tom Chiu, violin, and Leila Bordreuil, cello.
FRI 11/21 8PM
Madalyn Merkey / Battle Trance
Member Party at 7pm with Grimm Ales!
THU, DECEMBER 4 to SAT, DECEMBER 6 (FREE)
Swedish Energies 2014: EMS at 50
The fourth-annual Swedish Energies celebrates 50 years of Stockholm’s EMS. Over three evenings at ISSUE and Experimental Intermedia, the series brings together a wide-ranging international lineup of visionary electronic and improvisational musicians spanning genres of sound and visual art. With Maria w Horn, Ellen Arkbro, Jenny Sunesson, The Sons of God, Stephen O’Malley, Kristina Matousch, Frederikke Hoffmeier, Carl Michael von Hausswolff, Daniel Rozenhall & Sten Backman, Christine Abdelnour & Joachim Nordwall, and more.
TUE 12/09 7PM
BENEFIT: Matmos perform Robert Ashley’s Perfect Lives
Merzbow ‘Nezumimochi’ Picture Disc Lp &Amp; Cd (Csr200p)
Sutekh Hexen ‘Become’ Cd (Csr199cd)
Skullflower ‘Draconis’ 2cd (Csr190cd)
Khost ‘Copper Lock Hell’ Cd (Csr202cd)
Coil / Nine Inch Nails ‘Recoiled’ Cd/lp/piclp (Csr193cd/lp/p)
VA ‘Treatment of the Dead’ Cd (Csr201cd)
Trepaneringsritualen ‘Perfection &Amp; Permanence’ Cd/lp (Csr198cd/lp)
Burial Hex ‘in Psychic Defense’ Cd (Csr197cd)
In recent years several Italian musicians hit the big time in the electronic scene. Most of them use a pen name: Gianluigi Gasparetti, a.k.a. Oöphoi, is a case in point. This Rome-born artist is an all-around musician: a player and a composer, he was also the editor of Deep Listenings, a magazine devoted to a wide-ranging choice of non-commercial music. He has released some 20 CDs for many international labels, and he currently runs his own, Umbra, devoted to new Italian ambient artists.