A Closer Listen Reviews

From A Closer Listen:

Frédéric Nogray ~ Merua
Memum ~ Became a Leaf
YODOK III ~ The Sky Flashes, The Great Sea Yearns
The Return of Home Normal
Gareth Flowers + Josh Mason ~ Silent Period

Advertisements

Louis Moholo Moholo Quartet at Cafe Oto Reviewed

Louis Moholo
Louis Moholo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From The Quietus:

Regular residencies by the Sun Ra Arkestra and Peter Brotzmann (in a variety of groupings and guises) have been two clear highlights that have brought such sounds to a new generation of appreciative younger audience members. The other group most worthy of inclusion in such illustrious company is the Louis Moholo Moholo Quartet. Featuring the formidable assembled talents of Alexander Hawkins on piano, Jason Yarde on soprano and alto saxophones, John Edwards on double bass and the 74-year-old Blue Notes/Brotherhood of Breath/Viva la Black/Dedication Orchestra master drummer Louis Moholo Moholo bringing the beats, the Quartet’s two day Oto residency follows the release of their recent studio album, 4 Blokes, on Ogun.

Danish saxophonist Lotte Anker continues to push against jazz conventions

From the Chicago Reader:

Since the early 90s the Danish saxophonist Lotte Anker has been a key force in transforming the focus of the sound of jazz in her homeland. For decades jazz in Copenhagen largely replicated the sound of American bop, in large part because heavies like Dexter Gordon, Kenny Drew, and Ben Webster had taken up residence there for long spells during their careers; their presence had a deep effect on local players. Anker was one of the folks who pushed against that grain, performing an edgier, more improvisational sound. Now 56, Anker doesn’t rest on those laurels—instead, she’s continued to push against the status quo, placing herself in new, more challenging situations. A couple of recordings released late last year reflect that widening perspective with stunning results.

REDCAT’s Spring 2015 Season

Harry Partch (c. 1969), from the cover of The ...
Harry Partch

From LA’s REDCAT:

The Southland Ensemble Plays Early Robert Ashley
Apr 01
Southland Ensemble, L.A.’s fast-rising experimental music collective, offers an intense portrait concert of the early oeuvre of Robert Ashley (1930–2014), a restless innovator of American music.

L.A. Bassoons
Apr 12
In a pair of concerts to delight dreamers of wild double-reed dreams, the bassoon is put to innovative, downright surprising uses across a wide range of compositions and improvisations.

in limbo: Robert Henke, Ulrich Krieger and Amy Knoles
Apr 14
Beyond the outer fringes of club culture and experimental music, in a limbo where ambient turns over to beats, grooves to soundscape, noise to silence, Berlin EDM maven and inventor Robert Henke—aka Monolake—brings laptop and electronics to play with a pair of fiercely eclectic L.A. musicmakers.

Piano Spheres: Nic Gerpe | Ces Espaces Infinis
Apr 28
Piano Spheres continues its new Satellite Series of emerging pianists with Nic Gerpe, Los Angeles-based concerto soloist and chamber musician who has performed throughout U.S and international festivals.

Piano Spheres: Steven Vanhauwaert
Jun 2
Piano Spheres continues its new Satellite Series with award-winning pianist Steven Vanhauwaert, hailed by the Los Angeles Times for his “impressive clarity, sense of structure and monster technique.”

Partch: LSD/Dementia
Jun 19 to Jun 20
With its array of custom-built microtonal instruments, the rollicking Grammy-nominated ensemble named after music maverick Harry Partch teams up with another original American voice, composer Anne LeBaron.