Avant-garde Luminary Pauline Oliveros Listens Deeply to the Berkeley Art Museum

Oliveros (right) playing in Mexico City in 2006
Oliveros (right) playing in Mexico City in 2006 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This recent concert is reviewed in the East Bay Express:

Last Monday, Pauline Oliveros and the Thingamajigs Performance Group convened inside the Berkeley Art Museum to begin plotting a one-time performance for that Friday. Oliveros, an 82-year-old composer and avant-garde luminary, settled on one of the brightly colored pieces of modular furniture scattered about as part of the Kaleidoscape installation. Without discussion, the Thingamajigs — a local ensemble of instrument-makers, educators, and performers composed of Edward Schocker, Dylan Bolles, Keith Evans, and Suki O’Kane — slowly navigated BAM’s severe concrete ramps and platforms while running their moistened fingers over the lips of crystal glasses.

New York New Music Ensemble 2014-15 Season

From the New York New Music Ensemble:

Monday, December 15, 2014
Mid-20th Century Masters in New York City: Wolpe and Feldman
Tenri Cultural Insititute (43A W. 13th Street, NYC) 8:30 PM
Stefan Wolpe From Here On Farther (1969) for violin, clarinet, bass clarinet, piano
Morton Feldman Why Patterns? for flute, glockenspiel and piano (1978)
Morton Feldman Extensions 1 (1951) 5 1/2′ vln, pno
Stefan Wolpe Quartet for Oboe, cello, piano and percussion (1954)
NYNME (Chris Finckel, cello, Linda Quan, vln, Dan Druckman, perc, and Stephen Gosling, piano), with guest artists: James Austin Smith, oboe; Emi Ferguson, flute; Ben Fingland, clarinet; Rane Moore, clarinet

March 5, 2015
Instrumental Chamber Music by Kaija Saariaho @ Scandinavia House

May 19, 2015
Works by Lee Hyla and Mathew Rosenblum
Mathew Rosenblum Falling for chamber ensemble and soprano, text by James Dickey. New York Premiere.
Lee Hyla tbd.

Free Jazz Blog Reviews

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Nels Cline

From Free Jazz:

Jakob Thorkild Trio – Art Sleaze (Tyrfing, 2014) ****
Bogdo Ula – Cult of the Harmonic Oscillation (Bandcamp, 2014) ***½
EFT – Spatial Awareness (OutNow, 2014) ****½
Anthony Pirog – Palo Colorado Dream (Cuneiform, 2014) ****
Dylan Ryan’s Sand – Circa (Cuneiform, 2014) ****
Ronny Graupe’s Spoom – As they are (Shoebillmusic, 2013) ****
Andymusic – Heavydance (Auand Records, 2014) ****½
Wolfgang Muthspiel – Driftwood (ECM, 2014) ****
John Zorn – Valentines Day (Tzadic, 2014) ****½
Joe Sachse & Nils Wogram – Free & Tremendous (Jazzwerkstatt, 2014) ****½
Ross Hammond & Grant Calvin Weston – Blues and Daily News (Prescott Recordings, 2014) ****
Fred Frith & John Butcher – The Natural Order (Northern Spy, 2014) ***½
Joe Morris & Chris Cretella – Storms (Glacial Erratic, 2014) ****
KÖök – Imber, Wiltshire (VaFongool, 2014) ***½
Manuel Mota – Blackie (Headlights 2014) ***½
Manuel Mota – 090114 (Headlights 2014) ***
Stephan Meidell-Cascades (Hubro Records, 2014) ****
Gunnar Backman – Gitar / Sin No More (Brakeophonic, 2014) ***½
Corrie van Binsbergen – Self Portrait In Pale Blue (Brokken Records, 2013) ****
Nels Cline & Julian Lage – Room (Mack Avenue, 2014) *****
Matthew Shipp Trio – Root of Things (Relative Pitch, 2014) ****
Avantbrass – Filum Terminale (Discordian, 2014) ***
Andreas Schaerer & Lucas Niggli – Arcanum (Intakt, 2014) ****
3D – Vermilion Tree (ForTune, 2014) ****

New World Records: New Releases

Photo of Pauline at a dinner/concert in Oakland
Photo of Pauline at a dinner/concert in Oakland (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Out now on New World Records:

Music from the Tudorfest: San Francisco Tape Music Center, 1964
Composer(s): John Cage, Pauline Oliveros, Toshi Ichiyanagi

Huck Hodge: Life Is Endless Like Our Field of Vision
Composer(s): Huck Hodge
Description: Talea Ensemble, Jim Baker, conductor; JACK Quartet; Huck Hodge, piano, melodica & computer

Robert Erickson: Complete String Quartets
Composer(s): Robert Erickson

Stuart Saunders Smith: A River Rose
Composer(s): Stuart Saunders Smith

Rand Steiger: A Menacing Plume
Composer(s): Rand Steiger

Book of Horizons
Composer(s): Julius Eastman, “Blue” Gene Tyranny, Stuart Saunders Smith, Michael Byron
Description: Joseph Kubera, piano

Dom Minasi Reviews Jimmy Bennington

From Dom Minasi:

As you know every once in a while I post a review of a CD or a musician I think is worth mentioning. Well if you don’t know drummer Jimmy Benningtons’ name or music, here’s your chance to do so. Jimmy is a 44-year-old musician living and mostly working in Chicago. I met him a few months ago when both of us were performing (Separately) at the Cadence Jazz Festival in Brooklyn, NY. When I heard him I just sat back and said to myself,” now here’s a guy who can play”. Not only can he play tastefully, but, he can play both in time and free and to me that is the real test that marks a true jazz player.