Newsbits: Music Scene in China / Tomas Fujiwara Interview / Afro-Asian Music Ensemble in Pittsburgh / Endean and Gorfinkel in Melbourne / Alphabets and the Collection in Bristol

Dennis Rea (photo: Anne Joiner)
Dennis Rea

Dennis Rea‘s book about being a musician in China, Live in the Forbidden City is out in a new edition.

Jazz Right Now continues its interview of Tomas Fujiwara.

The Afro-Asian Music Ensemble will perform in Pittsburgh on April 23, featuring the music of Fred Ho.

In Melbourne, Australia, Avantwhatever presents Aviva Endean (Clarinet & Mask) and Dale Gorfinkel (Switches & Hose) at The Alderman, 134 Lygon St, Brunswick, Saturday April 18, at 4pm.

Alphabets and the Collection will perform at Bristol, UK’s Cafe Kino at 8pm, Thursday the 16th of April. Alphabets are a UK & Ireland improvising trio featuring Lauren Kinsella (vocals), Nick Malcolm (trumpet) and new BtB collective contributor Hannah Marshall (cello). Joined, on this occasion, by Swiss drummer Alex Huber. The Collection will take on a 1999-2000 composition from prolific Wandelweiser composer, renowned for combining diverse instrumentation, field recordings and open composition. It will be performed by an ensemble of local musicians led by Dominic Lash.


AMN Reviews: Bad Suburban Nightmare – Highway 2 (Must Die Records)

a2118199017_2Daniel Hreckow plays his guitar as if his ego has been dragged along a dirt road behind a ´60s Ford pickup. However beaten and bruised, his hands, his guitar and his mind are in perfect shape. On this, his second Highway album under the name Bad Suburban Nightmare, he thinks out each note so meticulously that you the listener have plenty of time to digest the one before. Far from conventional melodies, each ten to fifteen minute piece is a tale with many subplots that never wanders off topic. His first album sounded much rougher, much more raw (I wrote, “clawing harshly at his electric guitar”), although the title track (which he begins by picking out the notes like they were a national anthem; if not the national anthem, then Bad Suburban Nightmare´s) does ruffle a few feathers. He sang a bit, too, mumbling repetitive mantras. Highway 2 features no vocals except a few, wrenching syllables at the very end. It doesn´t need them, his playing is articulate enough, directly communicative and very honest. Good music to read Charles Bukowski´s poetry to, the kind with lines like, “there’s a bluebird in my heart that wants to get out but I’m too tough for him”.

Stephen Fruitman

Vital Weekly 977

From Vital Weekly:

Asmus Tietchens – 4k7+ (5cd by Vinyl on Demand) *
Kobe Van Cauwenberghe – Give My Regards to 116th Street (Cd by Carrier Records)
Ghost Flute &Amp; Dice – Melody Is God (Cd by Mastermind/obsolete Media Objects)
Easel – Bloom (Cd by Veto Records)
John Kameel Farah – Between Carthage and Rome (Cd by Bosworth Music)
Pas Musique – Inside the Spectrum (Cd by Alrealon Musique) *
Hafdis Bjarnadottir – Sounds of Islandshljoo (Cd by Gruenrekorder) *
Mirt – Mud, Dirt &Amp; Hiss (Cd by Catsun) *
Mirt – Solitaire (Cd by Bolt Records) *
Pole Reports from Space (2cd by Bolt Records)
Kasper T. toeplitz &Amp; Julien Ottavi – Blast of Silence (Lp by Bocian Records)
Tim Catlin &Amp; Machinefabriek – Whorls (Lp by Low Point)
Jad Fair &Amp; Strobe Talbot – Hunger (Postcard Flexi by Music a LA Coque)
your Head Is a Phantom Limb (2cdr/1dvdr by Amalgamated Torso and Such)
Eric Lunde – Fluxoffof (7″ Lathe Cut/dvdr by Amalgamated Torso and Such)
Eric Lunde – Same Head, Different Asphalt (Lp by After Music Recordings)
Brgs – Endless Walls (Cdr by Zvocni Prepihi) *
Brgs – Overture for a New Beginning (Cdr by Zvocni Prepihi) *
Brgs – Slices of Old Continent: Ethiopia (Cdr by Zvocni Prepihi)
Brgs – Slices of Old Continent: Liberia (Cdr by Zvocni Prepihi)
Brume – Enola (3″cdr by Taalem) *
Terje Paulsen – from a Nearby Bay (3″cdr by Taalem) *
Jeff Stonehouse – Ghosts (3″cdr by Taalem) *
Thomas Shrubsole &Amp; Carig Tattersall (Triple Cassette by Local Studies)
Beauty School – Residual Ugly (Cassette by Humbler)
Claus Poulsen – Collected Dreams (Cassette by Skrat Records)

Mise-en Music Festival 2015 in New York, June 10-14

From ensemble mise-en:

A Five-Day New Music Festival in Manhattan and Brooklyn, NY, June 10- June 14

ensemble mise-en, Iktus Percussion, Dead Language and Rhythm Method String Quartet

Performances and Events will be hosted by:
the cell (June 10),
Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America (June 11),
MISE-EN_PLACE Bushwick (June 12),
Taipei Cultural Center in New York (June 13) and
Roulette (June 14)

June 10: ensemble mise-en @ the cell (8pm)
June 11: Hans Abrahamsen Portrait / ensemble mise-en @ Scandinavia House (8pm)
June 12: Dead Language + Rhythm Method @ MISE-EN_PLACE Bushwick (8pm)
June 13: New Music Marathon (ensemble mise-en / Iktus Percussion / Dead Language / Rhythm Method) @ Taipei Cultural Center in New York (4-10pm)
June 14: Luka Ligeti Portrait / ensemble mise-en @ Roulette (5:30pm)

June 10: Workshop I @ MISE-EN_PLACE Bushwick (10am-12pm)
June 11: Workshop II @ MISE-EN_PLACE Bushwick (10am-12pm)
June 12: Workshop III @ Taipei Cultural Center in New York (12-2pm)

Sound Artists Remix the World Using Eno’s Oblique Strategy Cards

Photograph of Brian Eno at a 2006 Long Now Fou...
Brian Eno

On 10 April, 63 sound artists and musicians from across the world will re-imagine the sounds of the world, using Eno and Schmidt’s Oblique Strategies cards as inspiration. Cities and Memory: Oblique Strategies sees more than 50 source field recordings from 19 countries all over the world reimagined using only the Oblique Strategies cards to define their direction and inspiration.

The project is housed on an interactive sound map at, featuring:
58 locations over 19 countries, from Bangladesh and China to the USA and Canada;
63 sound artists, musicians and field recordists taking part from across the world;
A total of 110 separate Oblique Strategies cards used in the creative process.

The sounds from across the world are as diverse as the clatter of vintage printing presses, a shimmering chorus of insects, Hawaiian waves, the clamour of an English football match, the busying thrum of an international airport, the calm of a Buddhist temple and the power of a driving thunderstorm. The remixed versions range from musical tracks built from the original samples, drone and ambient pieces built from field recordings, abstract interpretations of the original sounds and frantic cutups elaborately constructed from the source sounds. An album of highlights from the project, entitled Cities and Memory: Oblique Strategies, will be released digitally later in April via

The project is one part of a global field recording & sound art work called Cities and Memory, which aims to present and remix the sounds of the world through a global sound map in which every location has two sounds: a documentary field recording and a reimagining of that sound. The project, which has had 170,000 listens in the past year alone, records both the current reality of a place, and also present its imagined, alternative counterpart – in effect remixing the world, one sound at at time. Every faithful field recording is accompanied by a reworking, a processing or an interpretation that imagines that place and time as somewhere else, somewhere new. The listener can choose to explore locations through their actual sounds, or explore interpretations of what those places could be – or to flip between the two different sound worlds at leisure. There are currently more than 550 sounds featured on the sound map at, spread over 32 countries.

The project is completely open to submissions from field recorders, musicians or anyone with an interest in exploring sound worldwide. The field recording and sound art communities have embraced the concept: more than 100 field recordists and sound artists from as far afield as Calcutta, Los Angeles and Cape Town have taken part, providing field recordings and radical reimaginings of global sounds.