5 Questions to James Falzone

From I Care If You Listen:

Chicago-based James Falzone is a composer, clarinetist, and educator. He recently founded the Renga Ensemble, which features six highly regarded avant garde reed players: James on Bb and Eb clarinets; Ken Vandermark on Bb clarinet, bass clarinet, baritone saxophone; Keefe Jackson on tenor saxophone, bass clarinet, contra Bb bass clarinet; Jason Stein on bass clarinet, Ben Goldberg on Bb clarinet, contra Eb alto clarinet; and Ned Rothenberg on Bb clarinet, alto saxophone, and shakuhachi. On the eve of the release of the group’s debut recording, The Room Is, and subsequent tour, we talked to James about what makes him and his music tick.

AMN Reviews: Microtub – Star System [SOFALP544]

sofa544This is the second release from Microtub, the trio of Robin Hayward, Kristoffer Lo and Martin Taxt playing works in just intonation for their microtonal tubas. For Star System the group interpret two compositions notated as three-dimensional, color-coded graphic scores meant to provide spatial representations of the microtonal tuba’s compass and harmonic capabilities.

The title track—the score to which is reproduced as an image on the CD’s cover—consists of long tones laid out as unisons, octaves, and simple harmonies built on or implying a major triad. As the three tubas’ lines double each other and overlap, higher overtones emerge to enrich the sound and fill out the harmonies. Square Dance, like Star System a slowly unfolding piece of about twenty minutes’ duration, sets up a chord progression over pedal points, its suspended chords taking on a hymn-like quality at times, the tubas somehow mimicking the sound of an organ.

Microtub is minimal music sui generis—a sonically rich aggregate built up of deceptively simple elements.


AMN Picks of the Week: Aires & Andrade / Golia / Reed / Hammond and Sikora / Park, Sikora, Didkovsky, Sinton

English: Nick Didkovsky playing at The Stone i...
Nick Didkovsky 

Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that has caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended.

Aires & Rui P. Andrade – Pânico-Ambiente (2015)
Vinny Golia – Solo at Gold Lion Arts (2015)
Amy Reed – Solo Guitar (2015)
Ross Hammond / Catherine Sikora – Perfect Plasticity (2015)
Park / Sikora / Didkovsky / Sinton – Anomic Aphasia (2015)

All About Jazz Reviews

Paul Dunmall
Paul Dunmall

From All About Jazz:

Spin Marvel
Infolding (RareNoiseRecords)

Jeff Cosgrove/Frank Kimbrough/Martin Wind
Conversations With Owls (Self Produced)

Ensemble Super Moderne
Ensemble Super Moderne (Carimbo Porta-jazz)

Soft Machine Extended Analysis
Soft Machine: Switzerland 1974 (Cuneiform Records)

Michael Pisaro, Cristián Alvear
Melody, Silence (Potlatch Records)

Friends & Neighbors
Hymn For A Hungry Nation (Clean Feed Records)

Mike Osborne
Dawn (Cuneiform Records)

Daniel Rosenboom
Astral Transference / Seven Dreams (Orenda Records)

Kalle Kalima And K-18
Buñuel de Jour (TUM Records)

Evan ParkerPaul Dunmall – Tony Bianco
Extremes (Red Toucan Records)

Baltimore Electronic Music 2015 Winterfest Concert One

From the Baltimore SDIY Group:

Baltimore Electronic Music 2015 Winterfest Concert One

This Electronic Music/Experimental Music/Electro-Acoustic Music event, herein known as the Baltimore Electronic Music 2015 Winterfest Concert One, is being sponsored by the Baltimore SDIY Group & Friends. Please come out & join us for a really fantastic night of knob twisting, pitch bending, wiring mazes, sound shaping & visual explosions that will coincide with an absolutely awesome musical voyage into another galaxy of sound alterations.

Location: Electric Maid (http://electricmaid.org/ & http://www.facebook.com/electric.maid) 268 Carroll Street NW Washington, DC 20012 (202-545-3980), directly across from the Takoma Park Metro (subway) Station – http://www.wmata.com/

Event Dates & Times: February 27th 2015 (Friday) 7:45pm to 10:55pm. Doors open anytime from 1/2-hour to 1 hour before the show starts.
Event’s Entrance Fee: $10.00 per person – this is an all ages show.

Current Lineup of Performing Artists as of 01/25/2015:

1. 7:45-8:15pm: Stefan Prosky
2. 8:25-8:55pm: Bev Stanton & Clay Harris “Cat Canary & The Grins”
3. 9:05-9:35pm: Kantoendrato vs. alternating.bit
4. 9:45-10:15pm: “The Duc D’Angelos” http://www.ducdangelos.com
5. 10:25-10:55pm: Keith Sinzinger https://myspace.com/fastforty

Coming to Central Florida

From thecm5:

Sunday, March 1st, 2015
The Civic Minded 5 and Timucua Arts Foundation present
The Claudia Quintet +1
2000 S. Summerlin St., Orlando
7:00 pm doors, 7:30 pm concert
The performance of John Hollenbeck and the Claudia Quintet, presented by EMIT in collaboration with South Florida Composers Alliance, for Subtropics and the Timucua Arts Foundation, is supported by Presenter Consortium for Jazz, program of Chamber Music America funded through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Thursday, March 5th, 2015
The Civic Minded 5, Timucua Arts Foundation and Atlantic Center for the Arts presents Found Sound Nation/Bang On A Can’s Zohaib Hassan Pic
The Dosti Music Project
Timucua white house
2000 S. Summerlin St., Orlando
7:00 pm doors, 7:30 pm concert

Sunday, March 8th, 2015
The Civic Minded 5, Timucua Arts Foundation
and Park Avenue CDs present
Ava Mendoza’s Unnatural Ways
2916 Corrine Drive, Orlando
11:00 am doors, 8:00 pm concert