Exclaim! Music Reviews

From Exclaim!:

Oren Ambarchi – Quixotism
3:33 – White Room
La Batteria – La Batteria
Aidan Baker – The Confessional Tapes

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Chamber Players of the League­ISCM in New York, March 29

From the Tenri Cultural Institute:

SONIC EXCURSIONS
Featuring The Chamber Players of the League/ISCM
43A West 13th St. (between 5th and 6th Aves.), New York City
Sunday, March 29, 8:00 PM
The Tenri Cultural Institute
Admission: $15/Students,Seniors: $8

The Washington Square Contemporary Music Society continues its 38th season on Sunday, March 29​, 2015 at 8 PM with a concert at the Tenri Cultural Institute​. This program brings together The Chamber Players of the League­ISCM and conductor David Fulmer with performers Sue Ann Kahn, flute, Benjamin Fingland, clarinet, Andrew Delclos, bassoon, Stephen Gosling and Eliko Akahori, piano, Alex Lipowski, percussion, Lois Martin, viola, as well as guest soloists P. Lucy McVeigh and Amanda Crider, soprano, and composer Jenny Olivia Johnson on synthesizer/electronics.

Ms. Johnson’s “Pilot” is an amplified micro­oratorio inspired by an Andes plane crash in 1972, and combines haunting electronic timbres with live processed voices, bassoon and piano. The world premiere of Louis Karchin’s “Excursions” combines electronic sounds with live viola, both parts emanating from a spectrally­derived sample of a viola melody. Other works include Andrew Rudin’s sonically­rich “Portentum,” for solo percussion and Bruce Reiprich’s “Lambent,” based on subtle undulations emanating from the vibraphone and washing over the other instruments. Kaija Saariaho’s recent masterpiece for solo clarinet, “Duft,” combines traditional clarinet writing with
multiphonics and glissandi and Brian Fennelly’s “Quincunx,” with its haunting combination of quiet percussion and bass clarinet will complete the program.

Musique Machine Reviews

From Musique Machine:

Jim Haynes – Scarlet
Yoshio Machida – Music from the SYNTHI
Spectre – Ruff Kutz
Andreas Brandal – Hidden Rooms
Tundra – Tajnie i G³êbie
Abyzm /Toxic Bliss – Untitled
Circle – Leviatan
Codex – The Peace Paradox
Werewolf Jerusalem / Robert Ridley-Shack – April Fool

AMN Picks of the Week: Lone Echo / Merzbow, Gustafsson, Pandi, Moore / The Spanish Donkey / Free Nelson Mandoomjazz

Mats Gustafsson at "Sonore" concert,...
Mats Gustafsson

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.

Lone Echo (Devin Sarno) – Lone Echo (EP) (2015)
Merzbow / Mats Gustafsson / Balazs Pandi / Thurston Moore – Cuts of Guilt, Cuts Deeper (2015)
The Spanish Donkey (Joe Morris / Jamie Saft / Mike Pride) – Raoul (2015)
Free Nelson Mandoomjazz – Awakening of a Capital (2015)

Newsbits: AACM Grant / Hautzinger and Duthoit on Tour / Jon Lundblom

The Robert D. Bielecki Foundation is honoring the AACM New York Chapter, led by AACM co-founder Muhal Richard Abrams, with a $25,000 matching grant as they embark on their 50th Anniversary Fall 2015 Celebration.

Isabelle Duthoit, Franz Hautzinger, Ron Anderson, Michael Evans will perform Tuesday, March 10 at 8PM, AT JACK 505+1/2 Waverly Ave, Brooklyn, NY

Franz Hautzinger / Isabelle Duthoit + Masters of Ceremony (aka Quartet Collective) + Carl Testa will perform at the Big Room, Saturday 14 March 2015, at 7pm. Erector Square | 319 Peck St. New Haven 06513 http://www.thebigroomnewhaven.com. Tickets: $10 (cash only at the door)

Similarly, at Richmond Hall, 1500 Richmond Ave, Houston Texas, March 26, 201, 8PM.  Isabelle Duthoit (France) – clarinet, voice and Franz Hautzinger (Austria) – trumpet will perform as part of the Nameless Sound’s ongoing Sound Observations series.

Jon Lundblom is featured in the Chicago Reader.

Kronos Quartet in New York Reviewed

Kronos Quartet performing in Warsaw, Poland in...
Kronos Quartet

From NYTimes.com:

The Kronos Quartet offered a program of new and recent works full of ideas in the Late Nights at Zankel Hall series on Saturday, and the composers’ program notes were sometimes more compelling than the music. The program was dedicated to the quartet’s longtime lighting designer, Laurence Neff, who died last year in a fall from a tree he was pruning. So the emotional center came in the Carnegie Hall premiere of Bryce Dessner’s “Tenebre,” a work written in 2011 for Mr. Neff’s 50th birthday.