AMN Reviews: Schnellertollermeier – X (2015; Cuneiform Records)

SCHNELLERTOLLERMEIER - X - Cover_HiRes-SchnellerTollerMeier-X-RGBSchnellertollermeier, the namesake of guitarist Manuel Troller, bassist Andi Schnellmann, and drummer David Meier, move to the Cuneiform Records label for this, their third release. In it, this Swiss trio explore the jagged boundaries of progressive and math rock. Alternating between stop-on-a-dime rhythms and thoughtful ambiance, X provides a take on modern experimental music from musicians too young and demiurgic to care about artificial labels such as genre.

The 20-minute title track, for instance, could have been a product of Dillinger Escape Plan, but without metallic riffing and vocals. On the other hand, Backyard Lipstick, clocking in at just over 2 minutes, sets forth a rather unique combination of tribal rhythms, guitar effects, and whistling.  Massacre du Printemps takes a different angle, with in-your-face staggered drum pounding and all instruments contributing to interlocking themes.

Schnellertollermeier can be likened to some of the aggressive prog rock / noise from Japan, such as Happy Family and Ruins, but with a distinctly Euro flavor.  They are well-placed with other math-rock labelmates such as Ahleuchatistas and Upsilon Acrux. X is a worthy release for fans of these bands, or anyone looking for a new take on the power trio format.

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Coming to the Vortex Jazz Club

Keith Tippett
Keith Tippett 

From London’s Vortex Jazz Club:

Sun 08 February 2015

Thelonious
6:00pm – 8:00pm @ Vortex Downstairs
Hans Koller (valve trombone), Martin Speake (alto saxophone), Calum Gourlay (bass), Dave Dyson (drums) Taking inspiration from the Steve Lacy/Roswell Rudd School Days band from the early 1960s, Thelonious explore the entire Monk repertoire with both childlike curiosity as well as forensic attention to…

LUME presents….
7:30pm – 10:00pm @ Vortex Jazz Club
Our monthly adventurous night programmed by Lume. Tonight: Roland Ramanan Tentet This tentet comprises some of the most exciting musicians to emerge from the European free jazz/improvised music scene. Inspired by playing with the Peter Btrotzmann tentet, the group combines…

Mon 09 February 2015

Jazz Warriors International present: Freedom
8:00pm – 11:00pm @ Vortex Jazz Club
2015 Freedom relocates to its new home – The Vortex – and enters a new phase its evolution. Known for its wild, totally free evenings of challenging and up-lifting improvisations which have consistently united a cross cultural and cross generational posse of…

Sun 15 February 2015

Mopomoso
2:30pm – 6:00pm @ Vortex Jazz Club
This is the correct time, not as in the brochure! Beck Hunters Mick Beck – tenor sax, bassoon, and whistles, Anton Hunter – guitar, Johnny Hunter – drums trio ‘It’s been a while since Beck put out one of his…

Mon 23 February 2015

Gary Curson’s The Number with Keith Tippett, Alan Tomlinson, John Edwards, Mark Sanders
8:00pm – 11:00pm @ Vortex Jazz Club
Gary Curson – alto sax / Alan Tomlinson – trombone / Keith Tippett – piano / John Edwards – bass / Mark Sanders – drums One look at this line-up should tell you that this is going to be a fiery night. For his new…

Thu 26 February 2015

Evan Parker
8:00pm – 11:00pm @ Vortex
Saxophone master. This month it’s rather a special one with Mark Sanders, Alexander Hawkins, John Edwards

Stockhausen Festival at CalArts February 17

English: Karlheinz Stockhausen in March 2005. ...
Karlheinz Stockhausen 

From Los Angeles’ CalArts:

The CalArts Stockhausen Festival is an evening event featuring performances of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s works by students from the CalArts community. The audience will be guided through the CalArts campus to see performances of diverse Stockhausen works.

The highlight of the evening will be the U.S. premiere performance of Kathinka’s Gesang for flute and 6 percussionists, the second scene from Stockhausen’s opera Saturday from Light. This work is a musical and theatrical reconfiguration of texts and rituals from within the Tibetan Book of the Dead. The piece features flutist Jennifer Ingertila, a shamanistic celebrant, and CalArts percussionists dressed in “magical” instruments, made up of junk percussion, whistles, and other unique objects of their choosing.

Schedule:
5:30pm: Kathinka’s Gesang, Wild Beast
6:15pm: Gallery Concert, CalArts Main Gallery
8:30pm: Kathinka’s Gesang, Wild Beast