AMN Picks of the Week: Mz.412 / Tunnels of Ah / Kaze / Graves and Laswell

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.

Mz.412 – Hekatomb (2015)
Tunnels of Ah – Thus Avici (2015)
Kaze – Uminari (2015)
Milford Graves / Bill Laswell – Space / Time Redemption

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All About Jazz Reviews

Wadada Leo Smith
Wadada Leo Smith (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From All About Jazz:

Kuniko
Iannis Xenakis IX (Linn Records)

Wadada Leo Smith/ Hardedge
The Nile (Hardedge)

Ted Daniel’s Energy Module
Innerconnection (NoBusiness Records)

Andrew Drury
Content Provider (Soup And Sound Recordings)

Juan Pablo Carletti / Tony Malaby / Christopher Hoffman
Niño/Brujo (NoBusiness Records)

Irene Schweizer / Jurg Wickihalder
Spring (Intakt Records)

Gianni Lenoci / Kent Carter / Bill Elgart
Plaything (NoBusiness Records)

Newsbits: Frisell’s Richter 858 / Feldman Release / Final Zappa Release / Graves and Laswell Reviewed / Maxwell Gualtieri Release

Richter 858 is a piece composed by Bill Frisell, and performed by his 858 Quartet: Jenny Scheinman, violin; Eyvind Kang, viola; Hank Roberts, cello. It was recorded in Seattle, July 20, 2002.

Bridge Records is releasing volume 5 of its Morton Feldman series: Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello (1987).

Dance Me This is the 100th, and allegedly last, official Frank Zappa release.

Burning Ambulance features the recent studio release from Milford Graves and Bill Laswell.

The latest pfMentum release is For Los Angeles by Maxwell Gualtieri.

Taran’s Free Jazz Hour Podcast 08/2015

English: Japanese avant-garde jazz pianist and...
Satoko Fujii

From Taran’s Free Jazz Hour:

Pfmentum
Ask7: Michael Vlatkovich Septet

Elasticity: Mark Weber, Poetry/ M Vatkovich, Tbn/ Carol Sawyer, Vo/ Steve Bagnell, Ts, Bcl/ Lisa Miller, P/ Clyde Reed, B

Otzir Godot
Drum Poems: Otzir Godot, Dr

in: Otzir Godot, Perc

Hamir Atwal
Hamir &Amp; Ben: Hamir Atwal, Dr/ Ben Goldberg, Cl

Carsten Dahl
Goldberg Variations: Carsten Dahl, Prepared Piano

the Rotary
Three Thirty Four: Circadian Rythm Kings

Jeff Platz
Sour Grapes: Jeff Platz, G/ Jim Hobbs, as/ Luther Gray, Dr/ Timo Shnko, B

Howl Arts
Creole Continuum: Various Artists

Circum Disc
Uminari: Christian Pruvost, Tp/ Natsuki Tamura, Tp/ Satoko Fujii, P/ Peter Orins, Dr

Rattle
Hikoi/journey: Richard Nunns/ Paul Dyne/ Dave Lisik

Slam
Beginner’s State of Mind: Paolo Porta, Ts/ Alessandro Maiorino, B/ Alessandro Minetto, Dr

Einnicken
Silent in the Murmur: Stefan Wistrand’s the Electric Mz

Sf Records
to a Planet: Rolling Jazz Revue

Slam
Suite of Dreams: George Haslam, Bari Sax, Cl, Tgto/ Richard Leigh Harris, P/ Steve Kershaw, B

San Diego Springfest This Week

From Springfest:

TUESDAY APRIL 7

Springfest at the Loft Part I
7:30pm @ The Loft at UC San Diego
Tommy Babin & Kyle Motl present improvisations and new compositions for two basses. Followed by the Marks Brothers (Mark Dresser and Mark Helias: basses), and Mark Helias’ Open Loose with Tom Rainey and Tony Malaby.

WEDNESDAY APRIL 8

The Music of Nicholas Deyoe
5:30pm @ Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Just because composer, Nicholas Deyoe isn’t dead, doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate his life’s work. Yes, Nicholas Deyoe is very much ALIVE! In light of this shocking revelation, we will take pause to reflect upon his generous and visceral oeuvre.

Music for Mallets and Keyboards
7pm @ Experimental Theater
Music by: Osvaldo Golijov, Edward Hamel, David Lang, and Steve Reich

Springfest at The Loft Part II
8:30pm @ The Loft at UC San Diego
Night two of Springfest at the Loft features new music by UC San Diego graduate student Josh Charney with performances by Kyle Motl, Tommy Babin, and Andrew Munsey.

THURSDAY APRIL 9

Polyester
12-6pm @ Room 313
“Polyester” is a new installation in a series of works created by collaborators, Curt Miller and Nichole Speciale in which audio transducers are embedded in suspended, unzipped sleeping bags to create an immersive sound environment in an intimate space. This work will explore the close relationships between material and memory, questioning the manner in which sound, touch and experience transfer familiarity and trigger memory with simple, mass-produced objects.

Ogawa & Matsuno
7pm @ Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
A recital of works for Flute and Clarinet, with world premieres by Ori Talmon and Kevin Zhang.

400 Years of Sound Texts
8:30pm @ Experimental Theater
A celebration of performance works from Shakespeare to Stein to 21st century writers, 400 Years of Sound Texts explores the music of the speaking voice and the grammar of pure sound.

FRIDAY APRIL 10

From Fragile to Plastique: Confronting the Culture of Music and Affect
2-4pm @ Recital Hall
Recent years have seen the expansion of research surrounding neuroplasticity and the ‘emotional brain.’ How is the notion of biological and psychological affect situated among modern health application and practice? What role does emotion play in music’s capacity to heal, and how does the interplay of the empirical and the existential stand to demystify the mind/body problem? This panel seeks to engage the potentialities and limitations of music in health and cognition.

GSA Happy Hour
5-8pm @ Room 136
UC San Diego’s Graduate Student Association (GSA) hosts a social for Graduate Students with free beer and snacks featuring selected performances from Springfest 2015.

Okanagon
7pm @ Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
A rite. As the beating heart of the Earth.
The program will include music by Giacinto Scelsi, Pascal Dusapin, György Kurtag, Karlheinz Stockhausen and will feature paintings by Peter Kline.

Music and Motion
8:30pm @ Experimental Theater
Music & Motion is an exploration of the experience of motion through music, and music through motion. Musicians and dancers from UC San Diego’s graduate programs have teamed up for an exciting evening of visual music.

SATURDAY APRIL 11

Polyester
1-5pm @ Room 313
“Polyester” is a new installation in a series of works created by collaborators, Curt Miller and Nichole Speciale in which audio transducers are embedded in suspended, unzipped sleeping bags to create an immersive sound environment in an intimate space. This work will explore the close relationships between material and memory, questioning the manner in which sound, touch and experience transfer familiarity and trigger memory with simple, mass-produced objects.

Synthesizer Petting Zoo
3-5:30pm @ North Courtyard
Get hands on with the Audio Electronics Club’s handmade music hardware and software! Synthesizers, effects processors, control and performance systems, and robotics!

Wave Energy Series No. 3
5:30 @ Conrad Prebys Concert Hall
Wave Energy Series No.3 is the third installment of an annual experimental music event on the UCSD campus. The event highlights often overlooked, but nonetheless important sound production practices and provides a forum for performance and discussion for artists and audiences from local and far-ung locales. This concert will include a new composition from Sam Dunscombe, as well as Joe Cantrell, who will perform Disco Vérité, a piece using three turntables and physical materials from broken sound equipment.
http://www.samueldunscombe.com
http://www.joecantrell.net

The Family Room: Season Two
7pm @ Experimental Theater
The performing ensemble Family presents Season Two, an exploration of recitations, confrontations, costumes, and rugs. This will be an evening full of virtuoso mind-reading and improvisation, presented in several acts.
http://thefamilyrooms2.blogspot.com

Power to the People
8:30pm @ Room 136
Music written for and featuring electric guitars and basses. Works by Wolff, Pierzak, Flores, and Rzewski.

SUNDAY APRIL 19

Immersion@Birch Aquarium
6-8pm @ Birch Aquarium
Join the Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography for the third annual Immersion@Birch Aquarium concert. This special evening under the sea features musical performances from UC San Diego music graduate students. On April 19 from 6-8pm, visitors can stroll through the aquarium and encounter live and recorded pieces specifically curated for this unique event. Performances include intimate chamber music in front of the two-story Kelp Forest tank, silent sea-themed film in the Galleria, live Gamelan music on the Tide-Pool Plaza, free jazz near the Elasmo Beach Sharks, and electronic music based on live video tracking of jellyfish in the Hall of Fishes.