AMN Reviews: William Ryan Fritch – Leave Me Like You Found Me (Lost Tribe Sound)

a1482751079_2A contemporary horse opera combined with reconstructed rock, played and arranged with timeless emotional depth and with the heft of great, big American prose (anywhere from Melville to Jonathan Franzen), Leave Me Like You Found Me is a fanfare for the common man, or perhaps common relationship, by a very uncommon man. William Ryan Fritch, playing everything, seems to be using instruments he found hidden away in a barn since the end of the Civil War (electric guitar included). The score to Adele Romanski´s eponymous feature film about failed relationship playing out in the great outdoors, he has composed, arranged and performed a blockbuster that takes on an utterly independent life off the silver screen.

“A Still Turning Point in this World” is a sleepy, abandoned miner´s town knuckling under to a thunderhead of yearning pipes, crashing drums and soaring guitar. This opens up a muscular, wide-screen epic of John Fordian proportions, Fritch introducing the storyline with his yearning, wordless vocals on “Sun on Cold Skin,” shifting his focus as he pans over wide-open spaces on “With the Winds Against Us,” a thankless trek, counting time like footsteps in the sand. A ramshackle piano having all the sweetness left in it urged out on “Coursing Through Veins” is enswirled by a reprise of the same set-up as the opening track.

“Half-Awake in Slow Motion” is dreamtime as a raggedy waltz, the dancers turning “Weightless” for the record´s gentlest moment, his electric guitar soliloquizing until the violin offers a brief rejoinder before the guitar just takes flight, and you´ll never catch it once it reaches beyond the clouds of “Empty Upon Impact”. But Fritch doesn´t leave you utterly aghast, he gathers you in and closes with a warm, safe inside the cabin title track.

Beautifully packaged with artwork by João Ruas on quality stock paper, complemented with a download code for twenty-eight minutes of extended enjoyment on a companion mini-album, Leave Me Like You Found Me is in fact the centrepiece in a series of eleven albums worth of work dubbed the “Leave Me Sessions” by Lost Tribe Sound.

Stephen Fruitman

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John Zorn and Talea Ensemble at Ecstatic Music Festival Reviewed

English: John Zorn Français : John Zorn
John Zorn 

From NYTimes.com:

Some of the composer John Zorn’s earliest works, from the 1970s and ’80s, were rule-driven improvisations that he called “game pieces,” which coyly suggested sports while also evoking the little markers that are moved around the board in Monopoly or Candy Land. But on Thursday at Merkin Concert Hall, after Mr. Zorn sat down with the cellist Chris Gross and the percussionist Alex Lipowski for “Hockey” (1978), he started the squeaking, scratching, skittering music by blowing into the first of a series of hunting game calls (like kazoos crossed with decoy whistles).

Chicago Scene: February 14-27, 2015

Fred Lonberg-Holm in 2002
Fred Lonberg-Holm

This is a weekly overview live avant performances in the Chicago area.  Contact us if you’d like your shows listed.

Saturday, February 14th 2015

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($15)
Atomic : Fredrik Ljungkvist, Magnus Broo, Håvard Wiik, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, Hans Hulbækmo

Sunday, February 15th 2015

9:00PM at The Owl, 2521 N Milwaukee, 773.235.5300
Dave Rempis, Joshua Abrams, Avreeayl Ra

Monday, February 16th 2015

7:30PM at Myopic Books, 1564 N Milwaukee, 773.862.4882
Reid Karris, Dan Bitney

9:00PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444 (wheelchair-accessible)
Extraordinary Popular Delusions : Jim Baker, Mars Williams, Brian Sandstrom, Steve Hunt

Wednesday, February 18th 2015

10:30PM at Honky Tonk BBQ, 1213 W 18th, 312.907.7895
Keefe Jackson, Anton Hatwich, Mikel Avery

Friday, February 20th 2015

6:30PM at Asado Coffee, 1651 W Chicago
Solo Festival : Night 1
Matthew Schneider
Dave Rempis
Jason Adasiewicz

7:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($25-$20)
Lee Konitz, Dan Tepfer

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($25-$20)
Lee Konitz, Dan Tepfer

Saturday, February 21st 2015

7:00PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($20-$15)
Nels Cline, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Glenn Kotche, Mike Reed

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($20-$15)
Nels Cline, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Glenn Kotche, Mike Reed

Monday, February 23rd 2015

9:00PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444 (wheelchair-accessible)
Extraordinary Popular Delusions : Jim Baker, Mars Williams, Brian Sandstrom, Steve Hunt

Wednesday, February 25th 2015

8:30PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444 (wheelchair-accessible)
Splice Series
Peter Maunu, Albert Wildeman, Reid Karris, Danny Van Duerm

Thursday, February 26th 2015

7:00PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($12)
Julia Holter and Spektral Quartet

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($12)
Julia Holter and Spektral Quartet

Friday, February 27th 2015

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western
James Falzone’s Renga Ensemble, with Ben Goldberg, Ned Rothenberg, Keefe Jackson, Jason Stein, Ken Vandermark

For more information, such as directions, as well as upcoming performances, see:

http://now-is.org/
http://www.ratchetmusic.com
http://www.umbrellamusic.org
http://www.mcachicago.org
http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/chicago_culturalcenterschedule.html
http://www.skylarkchicago.com
http://www.hideoutchicago.com
http://www.elasticrevolution.com
http://www.myopicbookstore.com/music.html
http://www.lampo.org
http://dalniente.com
http://iceorg.org/events/category/chicago
http://www.emptybottle.com/

Just Outside Reviews

From Just Outside:

Thomas Stiegler/Peter Ablinger – ANFANGEN (:AUFHÖREN) (Edition Wandelweiser)
Jürg Frey – 24 Wörter (Edition Wandelweiser)
Sarah Davachi – Barons Court (Students of Decay)
Mark Vernon – Things That Were Missed in the Clamour for Calm (3LEAVES)
Morton Feldman – For Bunita Marcus (God)
Alvin Lucier – Memory Space (God)
Bernhard Gander – Take Death! (God)
Kallabris/Lepanik – …on what there is… (God)
Gerd Kühr – Revue instruments et électronique (God)
Francisco López – untitled #295 (God)
Kajkyt – II (God)
Alastair Wilson – Grafonola (Quincunx)

DMG Newsletter February 13th, 2015

avant-garde pianist Matthew Shipp
Matthew Shipp

From DMG:

Three from Tzadik: Two from John Zorn & one from Ikue Mori! Marvelous Book on Robert Wyatt! Two from RogueArt: Matthew Shipp Trio “For Duke”! Roscoe Mitchell New Trio! Peter Brotzmann/Haino Keiji/Jim O’Rourke! Roger Turner & Otomo Yoshihide! Chris Pitsiokos & Weasel Walter! Will Holhouser’s Musette Explosion! Jessica Pavone & Noveller LPs!

Plus Historic/Archival Discs from Marshall Allen‘s Sun Ra Arkestra Gems! John Fahey! Leadbelly & Woodie Guthrie! Joni Mitchell! Brigitte Fontaine & Jacques Higelin! Charlotte Gainsbourg, Klaus Schulze and More!

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The DMG Free In-Store Music Schedule Continues with:

Sunday, March 1st Double-Header:
6pm: PATRICK BRENNAN & DANIEL CARTER – Multi-Horn/Reed Duo!
7pm: FRANCOIS GRILLOT/STEPHANIE GRIFFIN/JAKE SOKOLOV/ENRIQUE HANEINE – Contrabass/Viola/Cello/Drums!

Sunday, March 8th Double-Header:
6pm: BDM: BEN BENNETT / DAVID GROLLMAN / MICHAEL FOSTER!
7pm: OMAR TAMEZ & ANGELICA SANCHEZ Return to DMG!

Sunday, March 15th Double-Header:
6pm: BIGGI VINKELOE & RAW Sound SWEDEN!
7pm: CHERYL PYLE & BIGGI VINKELOE DUO!