Point of Departure 49

The latest issue of Point of Departure is out:

Page One: a column by Bill Shoemaker

Anthony Pirog: The New Electric: by Troy Collins

A Fickle Sonance: a column by Art Lange

The Book Cooks:
Outside Music Inside Voices: Dialogues on Imporvisation
and the Spiritof of Creative Music
by Garrison Fewell
(Saturn University Press; Somerville, Massachusetts)

Moment’s Notice: Reviews of Recent Recordings

Ezz-thetics: a column by Stuart Broomer

Travellin’ Light: Raymond MacDonald

Experiments In Opera Winter / Spring 2015 Season

From New York’s Experiments In Opera:

Full production of new opera based on the myth of Sisyphus
and 2-night ‘Story Binge’ featuring 8 new works by 8 composers

(www.ExperimentsInOpera.com) announces two productions slated for the Winter and Spring of 2015 including a world premiere and eight new works. Building on the success of their 2013-14 residency at Abrons Arts Center, EiO returns to Abron’s Underground Theater for the world premiere of Sisyphus, a reimagining of the complete Sisyphus story told by three composers. Then in April 2015, EiO takes over Roulette for a 2-night Story Binge featuring 8 new works by eight composers. Each night will feature four works that stretch the limits of what opera can be. Experimenting with new collaborative processes and embracing the eclecticism of New York’s contemporary and DIY music scenes, EiO aims to expand their support of today’s composers looking to tell their stories through music.

February 13, 14, 20 & 21, 2015
Abrons Arts Center | Underground Theater
466 Grand Street (at Pitt Street), New York, NY 10002
Tickets $20 at abronsartscenter.org

April 1-2, 2015, 8:00 PM
Roulette | 509 Atlantic Avenue (corner of 3rd Avenue) Brooklyn, NY 11217
$20 for each night
$15 for students
roulette.org for tickets

AMN Reviews: Brownout – Brownout Presents Brown Sabbath (2014; Ubiquity)

cd_brwn001Black Sabbath tribute albums and cover albums are not in short supply.  Quite a few have been made over the years, with varying degrees of quality.  Here, we have Brownout, a 9-piece Latin funk band, using the moniker Brown Sabbath.  They cover a number of songs from the classic Sabbath era of the latter band’s first three albums.

Though driven by heavy guitar, Brownout adds full horn and percussion sections to these tunes.  This works to particularly good effect on The Wizard, which along with N.I.B., Hand of Doom, and Planet Caravan, feature vocals.  While most of these covers stay true to their original albeit with the aforementioned instrumentation, Iron Man for one is almost unrecognizable when given the Brownout treatment. Black Sabbath (the song) also deviates from the original with a thick horn passage to accompany the guitar solo.

Brownout Presents Brown Sabbath will go down as one of the more inspired and unique Sabbath cover efforts – probably the best one since Rondellus released its medieval tribute to the band in 2003. Imagine Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and the crew teaming up with Santana’s backing band, with a modern edge.  Maybe this doesn’t say much, but even Ozzy Osbourne himself is a fan.

Free Jazz Blog Reviews

Louis Moholo
Louis Moholo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Free Jazz:

The Empty Sound – Case Study 1 (2014) *****
Architeuthis Walks on Land – The Surveyors (Carrier, 2014) ****
Zeitkratzer – Metal Machine Music (Zeitkratzer 2014) ****
The Core Trio – Core Trio with Matthew Shipp (self released, 2014) ****
Lotte Anker & Jakob Riis – Squid Police (Konvoj, 2014) *****
Frode Gjerstad – Russian Standard (Catalytic Sound, 2014) ***½
Louis Moholo and Frode Gjerstad – Sult (FMR, 2014) ***

Die Schachtel Releases

From the Die Schachtel label:

con brio – musica acusmatica

Francesco Giomi is one of the most active Italian composers in the field of acousmatic music. Over the years he also collaborated as sound director and live performer with Luciano Berio and other important composers and directors. as well as Italian and International orchestras and ensembles. He conducted the live electronics group of Tempo Reale (the musical reserach centre established by Berio) in theatres and festivals all over the world. He teaches Electronic Music at the Music Conservatory of Bologna and he currently is the director of Tempo Reale. This CD is the premiere publication of his acousmatc works, spanning from 1994 to 2011.

spam – musical sculpteres and other devices

A sonic journey into Cage and surroundings by renown composer Agostino di Scipio and his talented students. On the 9th of December 2012, upon inviation of the Associazione Scarlatti, Agostino di Scipio and his students at the San Pietro A Majella Conservatory (hence the name SPAM) gave a performance of a very rare piece, John Cage’s Sculptures Musicales. The performance was planned out by Dario Sanfilippo, based on the few annotations left by Cage (which in turn followed an idea Cage took from Marcel Duchamp): the “musical sculptures” are sound blocks shaped up by either electronic or acoustical instruments

5xCD box deluxe + 36pp booklet

Dissonanzen, born in Naples in 1993, is one of the most reputed and internationally acclaimed Italian New Music ensembles. They always carried out an important work on the modern and contemporary repertoire, performing works by composers such as Berio, Cage, Crumb, Dallapiccola, Feldman, Henze, Ives, Kagel, Maderna, Petrassi, Rzewski, Scelsi and Stockhausen, to name a few. They regularly collaborate with many musicians, composers and artists within the framework of the concert series of the Associazione Dissonanzen. The recordings contained in this 5CD box set, curated by Ciro Longobardi and Tommaso Rossi, present the most important steps in their life, covering a period of about six years (from 2003 to 2009) and shedding a significant light on their relationship with improvisation, which spans over a wide variety of productions, from repertoire to sheer improvisation to multimedia projects (as in the case of the “post-scoring” of the Man Ray movies).