AMN Picks of the Week: Beauty School / Steve Olson / Pines / Karjalan Sissit / Weber and Vlatkovich / Rivener

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.

Beauty School (Chandler / Djill / Heule) – Residual Ugly (2015)
Steve Olson – Conversations (2015)
Pines – The Field Journal (2015)
Karjalan Sissit – Want You Dead (2015)
Mark Weber / Michael Vlatkovich – Elasticity (2012)
Rivener – Fires in Repose (2015)



March 13, 2015
Franz Hautzinger & Isabelle Duthoit, IBeam
Isabelle Duthoit Franz Hautzinger

March 8, 2015
Broken.Heart.Collector, Alte Gerberei, St Johann in Tirol
Derhunt Raumschiff Engelmayr Susanna Gartmayer Didi Kern Maja Osojnik

March 13, 2015
Franz Hautzinger, Isabelle Duthoit, Peter Evans, Brandon Lopez, IBeam
Isabelle Duthoit Peter Evans Franz Hautzinger Brandon Lopez

March 8, 2015
Urs Leimgruber, Barre Phillips, Jacques Demierre, Alte Gerberei, St Johann in Tirol
Jacques Demierre Urs Leimgruber Barre Phillips

March 8, 2015
Paal Nilssen-Love Large Unit, Alte Gerberei, St Johann in Tirol
Mats Äleklint Niklas Barnö Klaus Ellerhusen Holm Ketil Gutvik Tommi Keränen Julie Kjær Børre Mølstad Paal Nilssen-Love Jon Rune Strøm Christian Meaas Svendsen Andreas Wildhagen

March 7, 2015
Ulrich Winter Solo, Sound Cab, St Johann in Tirol
Ulrich Winter

March 8, 2015
The Kids Workshop Orchestra conducted by Tanja Feichtmair, Alte Gerberei, St Johann in Tirol
Tanja Feichtmair

March 7, 2015
Susanna Gartmayer Solo, Sound Cab, St Johann in Tirol
Susanna Gartmayer

Seattle Scene: March 19-28

Dennis Rea (photo: Anne Joiner)
Dennis Rea

From Seattle’s Wayward Music Series:

Chapel Performance Space at Good Shepherd Center
4th Floor, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Seattle 98103 (corner N 50th St. in Wallingford)
Every month, Nonsequitur and a community of like-minded presenters and artists offer ten concerts of adventurous music in an informal yet respectful setting: contemporary classical, free improvisation, the outer limits of jazz, electronic music, microtonal/new instruments, sound art, and other extraordinary sonic experiences. All ages are welcome. All shows 8 PM, $5 – $15 sliding scale at the door unless otherwise noted (check individual listings).

ZE BIB!, Greg Kelley, Shoup 3 + 1
Thu. March 19, 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door
Oakland duo ZE BIB! (Shanna Sordahl, cello/ electronics + Robert Lopez, percussion) have influences ranging between noise, free improvisation, art rock, heavy drone. Seattle is lucky to now be home to trumpeter Greg Kelley, late of Boston and nmperign fame. Wally Shoup enlists amazing young Seattle improvisers Neil Welch (tenor sax), Jacob Zimmerman (alto sax) and Carmen Rothwell (double bass).

Great Bliss + Bad Luck
Sat. March 21, 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door
Jason McGill’s Great Bliss pieces are solo meditations for intonation-deficient guitars, concentration, intermittently crackly speakers, field recordings, percussion things, trick saxophone, microphone, chance mystery, etc. Bad Luck is the 10-year duo of drummer Chris Icasiano and saxophonist Neil Welch. Their improvisations and compositions are constructed from the ground up.

Zero-G presents the DeJoie Project
Fri. March 20, 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door
Seattle native/woodwind virtuoso James DeJoie celebrates 25 years of writing, playing, and living music in Seaburg by presenting a number of his wide-ranging ensembles and projects: DeJoie 3 (w/ Maxxine Smith, flute + Alica DeJoie, violin), Dr.Jd. (w/ guitarist Dennis Rea), Quintet DeJoie (w/ Steve Kirk, Matt McCluskey, Walter White, Greg Campbell), and a collaboration with master songsmith Eric Apoe.

Substrata 1.5
July 16-18; discounted passes available now!
Substrata is Seattle’s annual festival of ambient/ electronic/experimental music curated by Rafael Anton Irisarri, presenting international artists in the intimate setting of the Chapel. There are a limited number of early-bird discounted three-day festival passes available for $85. These are likely to sell out soon, so don’t delay!

THU. 3/26 – Oakland improviser/composer Jakob Pek + Michaud Savage + Greg Campbell

FRI. 3/27 – David Hahn’s Concert Imaginaire

SAT. 3/28 – noisepoetnobody (Casey Jones) & Vanessa Skantze (butoh dance) + Thunder Grey Pilgrim

Dirk Serries Upcoming Performances


25/03/2015 – kinkystar club – ghent – belgium
28/03/2015 – de singer – rijkevorsel – belgium

01/04/2015 – cafe oto – london – uk

09 /04/2015 – tartu jazz club – tartu – estland
10 /04/2015 – NO99 jazz club – tallinn – estland

02/05/2015 – rewire festival, den haag – netherlands
15/05/2015 – dokkhuset – trondheim – norway