Uncertainty Music Series Upcoming Concerts

From New Haven’s Uncertainty Music Series:

Saturday 18 April 2015
Daniel Levin Quartet
at G Cafe
141 Orange St
New Haven, CT

Saturday 9 May 2015
Apres Garde Ensemble
Never Ending Books
810 State St
New Haven, CT


AMN Reviews: Ingar Zach / Miguel Angel Tolosa – Loner [SOFA545]

sofa545Collected over a period of ten years, the tracks making up Ingar Zach and Miguel Angel Tolosa’s debut duo release Loner combine percussion with electronics, electric guitar and field recordings. Zach, a native of Oslo now living in Madrid, played free improvisation in different configurations in Norway before moving to Spain, where his developing interests brought him to folk music as well as to more structure forms of experimental music. Composer/sound engineer Tolosa, also based in Madrid, has written spare works for a wide of instruments. Conceptually, he’s interested in the way the listener experiences music as the manifestation of time, and it is this concept that would seem to underlie Loner, the music of which seems designed to embody the drift of time as an unbroken field.

The four tracks share an overall atmosphere that could be described as a kind timbral impressionism conveyed by an enveloping, low key drone. Other sounds emerge and wash into each other; their boundaries are for the most part porous and their shapes soft-edged. At times the more assertive, sharper-edged profiles of metallic percussion or high-frequency electronics push through, but in general this is a textural music the colors of which are drawn from a muted palette.


Myra Melford Interview

From KWIT:

Jazz pianist and composer Myra Melford‘s latest album is a suite of music inspired by the Memory Of Fire trilogy — a three-volume history of the Americas by Uruguayan author Eduardo Galeano. More simply, it’s the recorded debut of what she calls a “killer band.” In an interview with NPR’s Arun Rath, she explains the genesis of Snowy Egret — the name of both her new album and the group behind it.

All About Jazz Reviews

Tim Berne
Tim Berne

From All About Jazz:

Decoy With Joe McPhee
Spontaneous Combustion (OTOrocku)

Konstrukt And William Parker
Live At NHKM (Holidays Records)

Jack DeJohnette Track Review
Made in Chicago (ECM Records)

Mikko Innanen With William Parker And Andrew Cyrille
Song for a New Decade (TUM Records)

James Falzone – The Renga Ensemble Track Review
The Room Is (Allos Documents)

Alexander Hawkins
Alexander Hawkins Trio (Self Produced)

Paolo Angeli
S’û (ReR Megacorp)

Tesla Manaf
Tesla Manaf (Moonjune Records)

Tyshawn Sorey
Alloy (Pi Recordings)

Tim Berne’s Snakeoil
You’ve Been Watching Me (ECM Records)

Marco Von Orelli 5
Alluring Prospect (Hatology)

Lawrence D. “Butch” Morris
Possible Universe (Conduction 192) (Nu Bop)

Immersing oneself in Magma: a Christian Vander interview

From The Big Takeover:

I vividly recall standing at a CD store in the suburbs of Tokyo, circa 2001, looking at the art and cover of Magma’s Köhntarkösz, turning over the CD in my hands and thinking, “what a cool band name!” Magma has been around since 1969, and I’ve been around one year longer, and a music geek for most of my life, but at that point I had no idea what Magma could be. Based on external signifiers only – the molten colours, the striking logo – I imagined something like the Stooges’ Funhouse. I was ill-prepared for the artful, complex, challenging journey contained therein (though I came to prefer their 1973 album Mëkanïk Dëstruktïẁ Kömmandöh).

With lyrics written in an invented language, Kobaïan, and a background cosmology involving “refugees fleeing a future Earth and settling on a fictional planet called Kobaïa” – saith Wikipedia, which is unusually informative on the subject, like a deep-end Magma fan (or member) has taken charge of the writing – there’s something truly unique about Magma, something that puts them on a shelf with singular musical experiences like the Sun Ra Arkestra or Rock In Opposition fellow travelers like Henry Cow.