AMN Reviews: Jocelyn Robert – Cycloïdes (GD Stereo)

Cycloids cover 6-22-13 pantone 102C text_finalThe first in a series of releases GD Stereo is calling “Improvisational Architecture”, intended to showcase artists who challenge preconceptions about both music and architecture. GD Stereo believes, and one can only wholeheartedly concur, that the plastic arts convey as much “excitement” of aesthetic sensation as poetry or music. Look at Frank Gehry´s concert hall in LA; that´s architecture dancing, reciting poetry and singing about itself.

Trained architect Jocelyn Robert left the profession in 1989 to use the built environment as a great big instrument, a network of situations from which to draw inspiration and derivation. Cycloïdes is a neighbourhood, featuring town homes and mid-rises, busy traffic, coffee shops and retail spaces, pavilions and a playground for the kids. Seated at the disklavier, an acoustic piano with its own computer recording and saving the “data” fed into it in performance, Robert plays with joy, racing around the keyboard like a pinball or leaning in intently, seemingly watching each note levitate up and out. At the same time, the software is tracking his playing, flubs and all, “forcing” him to use them as the foundation for the ones that follow, whether Robert likes them or not, “reaffirming [the] instant past” of the piece, as he puts it. Thus the semi-cyclic nature of the seven unnamed situations he puts himself in.

As such, it would seem Cycloïdes mimics nature more than engineering. Or that Robert has built a sentient house with neural pathways, some of which, as in all fallible beings, sometimes misfire at their connecting nodes. It makes for a very human milieu and a sustainable listening environment.

Stephen Fruitman

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

John Zorn (cropped version)
John Zorn 


Andrew Drury (Tuesday) Mr. Drury is a drummer and composer who has pitched his tent along the hinterlands of the avant-garde. This concert will feature material from both of his new albums, including “The Drum,” which consists entirely of solo improvisations on a floor tom. The other album, “Content Provider,” involves an ensemble of fellow searchers: the saxophonists Ingrid Laubrock and Briggan Krauss and the guitarist Brandon Seabrook. They’ll be joined by a few guests, including the violinist and violist Jason Kao Hwang. At 8 p.m., Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, near Third Avenue, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, 917-267-0363, (Chinen)

Matt Mitchell Quartet (Friday and Saturday) Matt Mitchell, a proficient and probing pianist, has had a hand in some of the better bands of recent vintage, like Tim Berne’s Snakeoil and the Dave Douglas Quintet. He’s wrapping up a four-night residency with his own quartet, which recently recorded an album; his band mates are the saxophonist and clarinetist Chris Speed, the bassist Chris Tordini and the drummer Dan Weiss. At 9 p.m., Seeds, 617 Vanderbilt Avenue, at St. Marks Avenue, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, (Chinen)

John Zorn at the Vanguard (through Sunday) The composer, alto saxophonist and ringleader John Zorn made his first Village Vanguard incursion last fall, with results encouraging enough to demand this sequel. He’ll close out this repeat appearance in strong form; highlights include a set with the percussionist Milford Graves and the alto saxophonist Steve Coleman, at 8:30 p.m. on Friday; his original Masada quartet, both sets on Saturday; and Bar Kokhba, a chamber-pop Masada ensemble, both sets on Sunday. (A special Sunday matinee, at 3 p.m., will feature the pianist Steve Gosling, the bassist Greg Cohen and the drummer Tyshawn Sorey interpreting an elaborate classical piano piece titled “In the Hall of Mirrors.”) At 8:30 and 10:30 p.m., Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village, 212-255-4037,

Newsbits: Morricone / Eisenstadt’s Golden State II / Ziv, Martin, and Baptista / Tippett and May

English: Ennio Morricone at the Cannes film fe...
Ennio Morricone 

An evening of Ennio Morricone’s music in London is reviewed.

Harris Eisenstadt’s Golden State II will be released on March 10. This is his 16th release as a leader, recorded live at the 2014 Vancouver International Jazz Festival. A release concert will take place March 12, 2015, 8:30 PM at the Cornelia Street Cafe, featuring Harris Eisenstadt, Sara Schoenbeck, Eivind Opsvik, and Marty Ehrlich.

Amir Ziv, Billy Martin, and Cyro Baptista will perform Saturday, February 21 at the Immersive Gallery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. In addition to the concert, the evening will feature a display of Billy Martin’s visual art.

Keith Tippett and Theo May will each perform solo on Friday, February 27 at 8:00pm – 11:00pm at the FCH Chapel, Francis Close Hall Campus, University of Gloucestershire, Swindon Road, Cheltenham, UK.

Matana Roberts Interview

From Tiny Mix Tapes:

When we last spoke with Matana Roberts, she had just finished work on Chapter 2 of her mesmerizing Coin Coin series. The albums that make up this exceptionally broad, yet focused work permit the Brooklyn-based saxophonist to meld her interests in American history and oral tradition to her passion for ancestry. Roberts is a prolific artist who works across mediums and techniques; her latest album and third chapter in the Coin Coin series, river run thee, is a dizzyingly complex solo effort that explores alternate methods of recording and processing sound. It’s a superb addition, and quite possibly her most personal release to date — for not only has the work got Roberts thinking about how a solo album might be received, but it also compliments her new living space, rocking back and forth on the waves of the North Atlantic.

San Francisco Scene: February 13-20, 2015

From the Bay Improviser Calendar:

Friday, February 13

Fri 2/13 8:00 PM Gold Lion Arts [2733 Riverside Blvd Sacramento]
Ma series and Outsound Presents:
Shanna Sordahl+ Sharmi Basu + Shani Aviram

Fri 2/13 8:00 PM The Lab [2948 16th St SF]
A rare Bay Area performance from the noted composer Arnold Dreyblatt, who is visiting from Berlin. A pre-concert lecture will immediately precede the performance.
Program: Nodal Excitation, 1979 and Spin Ensemble, 2011
Dreyblatt has been composing music for his own and other ensembles for over thirty years. Often characterized as the most rock-oriented of American minimalists, Dreyblatt has cultivated a strong underground fan base for his transcendental and ecstatic music with his “Orchestra of Excited Strings”.

Fri 2/13 9:00 PM Life Changing Ministry [Oakland, CA]
Bill Nace/Jessica Rylan – Chiara Giovando – A Magic Whistle – Voicehandler

Fri 2/13 10:00 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Studio Grand Presents Ackamoor + Molina in Ritual of the Collective Breath

Saturday, February 14

Sat 2/14 2:00 PM Southern Exposure [3030 20th St. San Francisco, CA 94110]
Love, Thunder
Saturday, February 14, 2015, 2:00 – 4:00 PM
The LADWM’s annual Valentine’s Day celebration articulates a love letter from precipitation to the people of San Francisco. Thunder needs you and wants you back. Bring an umbrella and a friend. This event is part of Sets, three two-week projects of process-based, video and performance work by Bay Area artists Christy Chan, Chris Kallmyer and Olivia Mole.

Sat 2/14 3:00 PM Re:Sound [Magazine A-168 Railroad Ave. & Mercado Ct. Mare Island, Vallejo CA]
RE:SOUND presents Migration
In conjunction with the SF Bay Flyway Festival, RE:SOUND presents two days of immersive site-specific sound performances on the theme of bird migration. The performances take place in a decommissioned concrete munitions storage magazine measuring 55’ x 110.

Sat 2/14 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
Eclectic Electric Emergency String (X)tet. — Page/Marshall

Sat 2/14 8:00 PM Trinity Chamber Concerts [Trinity Chapel 2320 Dana Street Berkeley CA 94704]
Heart & Blood: Absolute mastery collides with non-conceptual intuition. Cornelius Shinzen (深禅) Boots performs on Taimu & jinashi shakuhachi flutes with Mark Deutsch on Bazantar (upright contrabass with dozens of sympathetic strings).

Sat 2/14 9:30 PM Duende [468 19th Street Oakland]
The Lost Trio celebrates the release of MONKWORK with a West Coast Tour
Phillip Greenlief – tenor saxophone; Dan Seamans – bass; Tom Hassett – drums – The Lost Trio announces their 21st anniversary with a west coast tour celebrating the release of MONKWORK, their 5th release on Evander Music featuring an all Thelonious Monk program. The trio will also perform original compositions and selections from their near-surreal repertoire of over 600 songs. The Duende show will kick off the tour and lands on saxophonist Phillip Greenlief’s birthday!

Sunday, February 15

Sun 2/15 3:00 PM Re:Sound Migration [Magazine A-168 Railroad Ave. & Mercado Ct. Mare Island, Vallejo CA]
RE:SOUND presents Migration
In conjunction with the SF Bay Flyway Festival, RE:SOUND presents two days of immersive site-specific sound performances on the theme of bird migration. The performances take place in a decommissioned concrete munitions storage magazine measuring 55’ x 110.

Sun 2/15 4:00 PM Pacific Coast Brewery Company [906 Washington St Oakland, CA]
Myles Boisen’s Past, Present Future

Sun 2/15 5:00 PM The Emerald Tablet [80 Fresno Street, San Francisco]
Quiet Lightning has teamed up with Name Drop Swamp Records and The Emerald Tablet to produce a bimonthly series combining music and literature. Two musical performances, four authors. Lagunitas.

Sun 2/15 7:00 PM In the Mood for Food [West Oakland. Address only given to those who are registered since this is a private home]
Joelle Leandre solo performance and 4 course gourmet meal.

Sun 2/15 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
Jaroslaw Kapuscinski multi media

Monday, February 16

Mon 2/16 7:30 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
India Cooke ~ Joëlle Léandre duo

Tuesday, February 17

Tue 2/17 7:30 PM Tom’s Place [3111 Deakin Street Berkeley]
Tim Daisy, with Kyle Bruckmann and Aram Shelton. Chicago percussionist Tim Daisy visits the bay area to perform solo and in duo and trio with local improvisers Kyle Bruckmann and Aram Shelton.

Tue 2/17 7:43 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
sfSoundSalonSeries: Joana Holanda & Ignaz Schick
sfSoundSalonSeries Joana Holanda performs new piano music from Brazil. sfSoundGroup performs compositions by electroacoustic composer/improviser from Berlin, Ignaz Schick.

Wednesday, February 18

Wed 2/18 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Duck Baker
Solo fingerstyle guitar concert of original tunes, improvisations, jazz standards and a few surprises.

Wed 2/18 7:30 PM Tom’s Place [3111 Deakin Street Berkeley]
Nava Dunkelman – Bruce Ackley Duo
Matthew Goodheart – Solo
Ackley and Dunkelman explore woodwind and percussion combinations and colors through improvised soundscapes.
Matthew Goodheart, recently back from a year in Europe, offers a set of improvised solo piano music.

Wed 2/18 8:00 PM Second Act [1727 Haight St. SF]
V.E.X. is Roxana and LuLu from Moira Scar doing industrial wave noise cabaret. Their implements include Farfisa and Kurzweil keys, drum machine, f/x, analog synth, sampler, and vox. Projections by Fred Rinne.
Thomas Dimuzio: This is the wizard the land of Oz wished for, boundless, benemalevolent, shrouded in torrents of sound, daring lions to speak and machines to feel. Come set your straw brains alight to melt your metal heart as your furry ears purr and yowl.
Eco Morti as AAH: Returns to SF this time in supernatural human form as AAH. Amanda Hendrix is a zoomancer, technician of the sacred, and experimental noise artist who carefully gathers and weaves endangered species sounds in pairs, disturbances and lullabys. Not to be missed!
Walter Funk’s Hologlyphics plus Kwisp: Artist/Musician Walter Funk began Hologlyphics in 1994 attempting to merge music, video art and holography, leading to his pioneering use of volumetric displays and augmented reality for art. This is a special chance to witness hologlphics yourself and to lay ears on Funk’s audiolectronics, electroacoustic gizmoids, and transformations.

Thursday, February 19

Thu 2/19 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
SFMusic Thursdays: Sierra Ensemble: Persian Premier and European Gems (sponsored by SFFCM)
In the grant-winning Turkish American Composer’s Project of 2013, Sierra Ensemble collaborated with 12 Turkish composers, and Persian composer Aida Shirazi, whose “Trio for Horn, Violin, and Piano,” will receive its North American premier this evening. In addition, Brahms’ “Trio for Violin, Horn and Piano,” in Eb Major, Opus 40, will be performed.

Thu 2/19 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [998 Market St. (corner of market & Taylor) SF]
Ad-Hoc Groups night
Bring an instrument for some group improv! Instrumentalists will have their names drawn from a Puppy Surprise into trios and quartets for short (7 minute) sets. Confirmed participants: Jorge Bachmann, CJ Borosque, Matt Davignon, Brian Day, Karl Evangelista, Philip Everett, Joe Lasqo, Josh Marshall, Mark Pino, Eli Wallace

Friday, February 20

Fri 2/20 8:00 PM Turquoise Yantra Grotto [32 Turquoise Way SF]
Odds and Ends
Join us for a playful evening of free improv, poetry, comedy, storytelling and song with oddball performers Jaroba, Dave Mihaly and David Samas.

Fri 2/20 9:00 PM VAMP music • art • consignment [331 19th Street Oakland]
NEW MUSIC at VAMP presents The SOUND EFFECT plus YoYo MaMa

Electric Eclectics Festival 10 in Meaford, Ontario, July 31-August 2

From the Electric Eclectics Festival:

Electric Eclectics takes place on a farm overlooking the scenic Big Head Valley, just outside of Meaford, Ontario. The farm features some of the best sunsets you will ever see.

Each year, we assemble an eclectic program of avant-garde and crossover musicians, as well as art installations, DJs, and films.

8 PM /// Jean François Laporte (Montreal)
9 PM /// Laura Ortman (NYC)
10 PM /// Erin Sexton (Montreal)
11 PM /// Ice Cream (Toronto)
Midnight /// Gambletron + Johnny Nawracaj (Montreal)
Between-Set DJs /// Darknesses, Swanky Soundtracks

SLOT 1 /// DJ SIRI (Toronto)
SLOT 2 /// HVYWTR DJS (Toronto)

3 PM /// Leif Elggren (Stockholm, SE)
4 PM /// Marja-Leena Sillanpää (Stockholm, SE)
5 PM /// Not the Wind, Not the Flag (Toronto)
6 PM /// LOOM (Toronto)
7 PM /// Robert Piotrowicz (Warsaw, PL)
8 PM /// Tarpit (Detroit)
9 PM /// GuiGi (Montreal)
10 PM /// WTCHS (Hamilton)
11 PM /// Noveller (Austin, TX)
Between-Set DJs /// Darknesses, Swanky Soundtracks

Afternoon Performance /// Jessica Karuhanga (Toronto)
LATE NIGHT SLOT 1 /// DJ Petra Glynt (Toronto)

3 PM /// Blunt Chunks (Toronto)
4 PM /// Paul Dutton (Toronto)
5 PM /// Brian Schirk (Guelph)
6 PM /// Melody McKiver (Ottawa)
7 PM /// Hoover Party (Toronto)
8 PM /// Lary 7 (NYC)
9 PM /// Jef Barbara (Montreal)
10 PM /// Fresh Snow (Toronto)
Between-Set DJs /// Darknesses, Swanky Soundtracks

Afternoon Performance /// Drum Drone Forever – For Jack Vorvis
SLOT 1 /// Freshdiscoporkergas (Toronto)
SLOT 2 /// Michael J. Brown (Toronto)

Camille Jodoin-Eng (Toronto)
Matt Rogalsky (Kingston)
Dipna Horra (Ottawa)
Apetechnology (Detroit)
Laura Kikauka, Carl Hamfelt, & Algis Kizys (Meaford, Toronto, NYC)
Physical Futures Initiative (Toronto)
Maurizio Guarini (Toronto)
Hilary Martin, Ranjit Bhatnagar, Evan Oxland, & Akira Inman (Toronto, Port Hope)
Marco D’Andrea (Hamilton)
Gordon Monahan (Meaford) – Installation is at Meaford Museum, running until Aug. 16. Hours: Mon-Sat, 10 am to 4 pm

Lost Civilizations / Duo Exchange / Utenzil in DC March 15

From March 15 at the Black Squirrel!:

The Lost Civilizations experimental music project is appearing with the Duo Exchange poetry project and Utenzil in the Indie Adams Morgan ( ) series at the Black Squirrel (
The Lost Civilizations experimental music project (; is a collaboration between Mike Sebastian (tenor sax, saxello and bass clarinet) and T. A. Zook (basscello and misc. instruments). Although essentially a duo, when schedules permit, it is joined by Jerry Busher (drums); Amanda Huron (percussion); Doug Kallmeyer (bass and electronics), Nate Scheible (percussion), Mark Pry (drums), Larry Gomez (percussion), Patrick Whitehead (horns) and Emily Chimiak (violin).

The Duo Exchange poetry project consists of Rod Smith and Dan Gutstein.

Rod Smith is the author of Deed, and several other collections of poetry, and is the publisher of Edge Books. He has taught at a number of colleges and was visiting writer at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 2010. He is editing, along with two other writers, The Selected Letters of Robert Creeley. For more on Rod Smith: .

Dan Gutstein is the author of two collections, non/fiction, and Bloodcoal & Honey, and his writing has appeared in 75 journals and anthologies. He has taught at a number of colleges and organizations, including George Washington University and the Smithsonian. For more on Dan Gutstein:

Utenzil ( is the solo project of Michael McMorris, which brings together fitful decades of musical experience/experiments plus software, laptops, mixer and instruments which include various controllers, a DIY double neck midi guitar, live guitar and voice.