AMN Reviews: Scheerling – Radio Kootwijk (Oggy)

a1102172345_2Radio Kootwijk must lie somewhere between, if not deep under, the stations on a secret, Dutch FM dial. All five wordless but pregnant ambiences generated by Bert van Beek have been inspired by the poetry of Dennis Gaens, and each in itself is a fleeting poetry (the entire album runs but twenty-two minutes). Scheerling (which also apparently numbers a bassist and drummer, wherever they went) succeeds with minimal means to create five coherent but very different moods. So subtle it could be household appliances warming up. Or cooling down. A quintet of soft drones less palpable than the mists of dew evaporating off the soil gathering to make clouds in the sky.

Stephen Fruitman


Musique Machine Reviews

From Musique Machine:

Frédéric Nogray – Vaccabons Et Malfactours
Akhlys – The Dreaming I
Swarm Intelligence – Faction
Hypercolor – Hypercolor
Warhorse – As Heaven Turns To Ash
Pin Eyes – Lover Of The Void
Pig Heart Transplant – For Mass Consumption
Avmakt – Vardøger

Ensemble Mise-En Upcoming Events

From ensemble mise-en:

April 10, 2015
678 Hart St 1B, Brooklyn, New York 11221
Works by Sasah Zamler-Carhart, Kala Pierson, Bryan Jacobs, Christopher Preissing, Stuart Breczinski and Matthias Kranebitter

April 18, 2015
Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center
107 Suffolk St, New York, NY 10002
Presented by New York University Graduate Composers
Works by Federico Camara Halac, Friedrich Heinrich Kern, Gordon Beeferman, Joel Rust, Bernardo Barros and Moon Young Ha

May 1, 2015
678 Hart St 1B, Brooklyn, New York 11221
Works by Ryan Carter, Ryan Oliver, Taylor Brook, Joe Pfender and Jason Mitchell

May 8, 2015
PORTRAIT: Sofia Gubaidulina
New York University Bobst Library Lobby
70 Washington Square S, New York, NY 10012
Co-sponsored by the Jordan Center for Advanced Russian Study at NYU, NYU Department of Music and NYU Bobst Library

May 18, 2015
CUNY Graduate Composers Concert
CUNY Graduate Center Elebash Recital Hall
365 5th Ave New York, NY 10016
Works by David Bridges, Jessica Rudman, Haralabos [Harry] Stafylakis, Inés Thiebaut, Nicholas R. Nelson and Whitney George

June 10-14, 2015
the cell, Scandinavia House, Taipei Cultural Center, MISE-EN_PLACE Bushwick and Roulette
More details TBA. (TBA)

August 16-24, 2015
ensemble-in-residence @ I-Park
I-Park Foundation, Inc.
428 Hopyard Rd, East Haddam, Connecticut 06423
Works by 6 selected composers (TBA)

Upcoming Chuck Bettis Shows

Sunday, April 19th
at The Stone
Corner of Ave. C & 2nd St.
Pet Bottle Ningen + Otomo Yoshihide
(Nonoko Yoshida – sax/Dave Scanlon – guitar/Dave Miller – drums/Chuck Bettis – electronics/Otomo Yoshihide – guitar)
*first time musical meeting between PBN & Otomo

Friday, April 24th
at Jack
33 Waverly Place
Brooklyn, NY
Period w/ special guests Amirtha Kirdambi & Peter Evans
(Mike Pride – drums/Charlie Looker – guitar/Chuck Bettis – electronics + throat/Amirtha Kirdambi – voice/Peter Evans – trumpet)
*first time megacollaboration between Period+Amirtha+PE
Amirtha Kirdambi band
Peter Evans’ Zebulon

Residency at the Stone, December 15th-20th 2015

Tuesday, Dec. 15th
8pm Silver Process
Chuck Bettis (electronics) Joe Merolla (cello) Brian Chase (drums) Kevin Norton (vibes, drums) Motoko Fukuyama (film)
music composed by moving images
10pm Chuck Bettis + special guest

Wednesday, Dec. 16th
8pm Chuck Bettis/Dafna Naphtali/Hans Tammen/Levy Lorenzo
Chuck Bettis (electronics, throat) Dafna Naphtali (voice, electronics) Hans Tammen (modular synth) Levy Lorenzo (electronics)
10pm Pet Bottle Ningen
Nonoko Yoshida (sax) Dave Scanlon (guitar) Dave Miller (drums) Chuck Bettis (electronics)

Thursday, Dec. 17th
8pm Pretty Clicks
Berangere Maximin (digital chimeras) Chuck Bettis (electronics)
Berangere comes all the way from Paris, France for this night of music
10pm Period + special guest
Mike Pride (drums) Charlie Looker (guitar) Chuck Bettis (electronics, throat)

Friday, Dec. 18th
8pm Sylvie Courvoisier,Ikue Mori, Chuck Bettis
Sylvie Courvoisier (piano) Ikue Mori (electronics) Chuck Bettis (electronics)
10pm Gamma Reverse Dream Logic
Chuck Bettis (electronics) Jeremiah Cymerman (clarinet, electronics) Nate Wooley (trumpet)
Graphic score by Chuck Bettis

Saturday, Dec. 19th
8pm Matmos + Chuck Bettis
Drew Daniel (electronics) M.C. Schmidt (electronics) Chuck Bettis (electronics)
First time musical meeting of these electronic heavyweights
10pm Big Blood + Chuck Bettis & special guests
Colleen Kinsella (voice, harmonium, drums) Caleb Mulkerin (electric guitar, voice, tape loops) Chuck Bettis (electronics) special guests (vocals)
Big Blood comes all the way down from Portland, ME for this debut psychedelic collaboration

Sunday, Dec. 20th
8pm Chuck Bettis/Franke Vogl/Evan Rapport
Chuck Bettis (electronics) Franke Vogl (prepared bass) Evan Rapport (saxophone)
10pm Mossenek
Mick Barr (guitar) Chuck Bettis (throat, electronics)