Newsbits: Ghaphery and Barbiero Release / New Soft Machine / New John Butcher

English: John Butcher
John Butcher 

New from Music Is Big Place: The Convergence of Parallel Lines, the second collaborative release from Jimmy Ghaphery and Daniel Barbiero. The release, a free download, contains three improvisations and one composition for winds and double bass, and one live improvisation for winds, double bass, percussion and three dancers.

Soft Machine‘s new archival release Switzerland 1974 is reviewed.

A new release, Christian Marclay Live 3: John Butcher, is available from The Vinyl Factory, and is sub-titled Good Liquor Caused my Heart for to Sing. The recording sets out to expose and connect the resonating properties of empty spaces, namely the small interior geometry of a few of the Pub Crawl glasses and the enormous volume of the White Cube gallery. Small microphones are hung inside differently shaped glasses so that they will produce their personal feedback tones when hooked up to loudspeakers in the gallery. The behaviour of such sounds is extremely room dependent, and prone to unpredictability, especially when other sounds are present.

ICE in New York Next Week

From the International Contemporary Ensemble:

OpenICE at Abrons Arts Center | Alice Teyssier/Ryan Muncy
February 27, 2015 | 8:00pm
Abrons Arts Center
466 Grand St
New York, NY 10002

Two of ICE’s newest members are already establishing themselves as leading advocates of their instruments. Alice Teyssier’s extraordinary talent overflows as both and expert vocalist as well as one of the top flutists of her generation. Ryan Muncy has commissioned and premiered many important works for saxophone, an underrepresented instrument in contemporary music. Together, joined by trumpeter Peter Evans, they present a program of diverse and short works that open new realms of sonic styles and poetic meaning.

Salvatore Sciarrino (b.1947): Lettera degli antipodi portata dal vento (2000) for flute

Andrea Agostini (b.1975): Gli atomi che s’accendevano e radiavano (2009) for baritone saxophone and electronics

Morgan Krauss (b.1985): Overcast in the purest of hues, Mvts. I and III (2013) for baritone saxophone and bass flute

Bradley Rosen: new work (2015) (World Premiere) for flute and saxophone

Toshio Hosokawa (b.1955): “Memory” from Three Love Songs (2005) for voice and alto saxophone

Malin Bang (b.1974): Alpha Waves (2008) for alto flute

Marcos Balter (b.1974): The Landscape of Fear (2014) (World Premiere) for sopranino saxophone and piccolo trumpet

Wojtek Blecharz (b.1981): Small Talks (2013) for accordion reed box and baritone saxophone

Free Jazz Blog Reviews

Sonny Simmons
Sonny Simmons

From Free Jazz:

Ballister – Worse for the Wear (Aerophonic, 2014) ****
Tellef Øgrim & Anders Berg – November (Simlas, 2014) **** / December (Simlas, 2014) ***½
GuitCussion – Blue Congo (Brakophonic, 2014) ***½
Andrew Drury – Content Provider (Soup and Sound Recordings, 2015) ****½
Andrew Drury – The Drum (Soup and Sound Recordings, 2015) ****
Supersilent – 12 (Rune Grammofon, 2014) ****½
Sonny Simmons – Leaving Knowledge, Wisdom And Brilliance / Chasing The Bird (Improvising Beings, 2014) ***½

Ensemble ACJW Performance of Meredith Monk’s Instrumental ‘Backlight’ Reviewed


The composer Meredith Monk is known for her uncanny ability to coax the human voice into sonorities both ethereal and startling. Ms. Monk, also a dancer, singer, choreographer, director and filmmaker, has been honing this extended vocal technique since the 1960s, championed by her own ensemble. Her otherworldly vocal quilts are often a patchwork of noises, cries and ululations, interwoven with chanting and humming. Other works are more lyrical, with plaintive, folk-tinged vocal lines stretched over somber, spare accompaniments.

Black Sweat Records Releases

From Black Sweat Records:

Originally composed between 1981 and 1984 and initially appeared only on tape in two different editions, the proposed material from Kalma for this work confirms his pantheistic vision of the ethnic sound that had already emerged in 1978 with the masterpiece Osmose. The deep consciousness of the compositional techniques of Indian ragas it’s mixed here with embroidered electronic textures on which flute and sax explore the most secret archetypal elements of nature. In this way Kalma offers to the listener a personal idea of sacred music with luminous and oneirics tones but always dialoguing with a highest cosmic conception of things. With a clever use of effects, harmonium, delays and exotic percussions Kalma becomes the creator of soundscapes from the endless myriad shades.Such a fusion of western avant-garde and eastern traditione approaches the frech musicien to other big names of the international panorama as Popol Vuh, Angus Mclise or Laszlo Hortobagy. The master comes from original 1/4’’ analog tape from the 80’s.

For the first time on CD this obscure gem of the italian project Futuro Antico, released originally on tape in 1980, this record contains the hypnotic session of Walter Maioli (Aktuala) and Riccardo Sinigaglia. Analog and warm sounds, a perfect mix of drone synth and ancient flutes (found in oriental countries) gives you the idea to fly on a spaceship towards some exotic sites. This records terribly remember the astonishing live Köln jam of Terry Riley and Don Cherry, the comparison fits! The reissue maintains the original tape artwork + info and photos in the insert sleeve.

After the great success of the vinyl edition, is now ready the CD version of the 2nd record of Futuro Antico project; an outstanding raga-like drone lp with a distinctive cosmic vibe, Futuro Antico was a short living collaboration between the two italian Walter Maioli (Aktuala), Riccardo Sinigaglia and Gabin Dabiré (from Burkina Faso). The synthesis between ancient, ethnic and analog electronic music is just perfect, the minimalist repetition with slight changes gives associations of a slow growth; cyclic repetition gives the listener an opportunity to discover the sounds, to meditate, to go into the music, join the same journey trough ancient, primitive cultures and modern electronic soundscapes. Originally released in 1980, the sound is completly analog and warm, the reissue maintain the original tape artwork + info and photos.

Probably one of the most underestimate artist of electronic of the early ‘80, has been lately rediscover. Expert modulator of electronic and natural sounds, with this work Emmanuel seems to recall and reflect exstensively on that poetics of the cyclic and mantric sound investigated by other pioneers as Terry Riley and La Monte Young. The micro-tonal pattners of the compositions are animated by dense and minimum pulses that amplify the hypnotic and meditative dimension and can be coloured by tibetan suggestions or guitar glissandi of nocturnal taste. In this way the “Echoes from ancient caves”, originally appeared only on tape in 1981, is ideally connected to the previous experimentations of “Rain Forest Music (1981) and Wizards (1982).