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.
Jonah Parzen-Johnson – Remember When Things Were Better Tomorrow (2015)
Ann Deveria – II (2014)
Lorenzo Feliciati – Koi (2015)
John Scott (Stereocilia) – Slow Motion (2015)
Metallic Taste of Blood – Doctoring the Dead (2015)
Piotr Cisak / Pawel Oleksinski – Lao (2015)
Bristol, UK based John Scott, recording as Stereocilia, recently released this EP that focuses on processed guitar sounds. Consisting of four tracks, the first three were composed, while the fourth was a live studio improvisation. Scott’s approach involve picked electric guitar chords, along with understated synth lines and loops. As such, there are usually at least one or two distinct voices, aside from the guitar, that comprise the foreground and background. The result invokes a post-apocalyptic landscape of decaying structures and haunted fields.
On the second track, Shadows, Scott lifts the mood a bit, with a subtle electric solo. Thus, Slow Motion cannot quite be described as ambient. However, it does resemble a soundtrack for an imaginary movie, perhaps in the horror category or a dark drama. A high point of the album is the third track, Refractions, where looped guitar overlaps itself in an intricate and evolving fashion. The album is rounded out by the 14-minute Undertow, which has a heavier focus on the synths, and the guitar lines work around drones in a shoegaze manner.
Sun 19 April 2015
2:00pm – 5:00pm @ Vortex
Charlie Collins (drums) / Anthony Donovan (bass and electronics) / Ian Simpson (guitar) trio Intriguing new trio collaboration from fine improvisers who have appeared here before in different guises. A mix of acoustic and electronic soundscapes that seek to take…
Chaos Collective Presents: The No Orchestra + Joe Wright
7:30pm – 10:00pm @ Vortex
Dominic Murcott presents The No Orchestra as an improvising quartet featuring some of his favourite musicians. The plan is to play with no plan.
Thu 23 April 2015 Myra Melford Quintet featuring Ben Goldberg + Liam Noble solo piano album launch
8:00pm – 11:00pm @ Vortex
The second night of Liam Noble’s solo residency playing in a double bill with the iconoclastic Myra Melford, and Ben Goldberg.
Mon 27 April 2015
The Whammies play Steve Lacy + Alan Benzie
8:00pm – 11:00pm @
Led by Dutch saxophonist Jorrit Dijkstra, the Whammies specialises in the music of Steve Lacy, with the notables such as Jeb Bishop from Chicago and Han Bennink from Amsterdam. Steve Lacy is one of the most influential composers and performers
Last night’s sfSoundSalonSeries event at the Center for New Music (C4NM), curated by Kyle Bruckmann, had to be reduced by half. Because his car had broken down, Albuquerque-based trombonist Christian Pincock was unable to appear; so the focus of the evening became the live electronic music of Florent Colautti, making the first stop on a mini-tour of California that will continue through May 4. The first half of the program was devoted to solo work on an instrument of his own invention that he calls the e-String. This was followed by a group improvisation with three of the sfSoundGroup musicians, Bruckmann on oboe and English horn, Matt Ingalls on clarinet, bass clarinet, and an extended hosepipe with clarinet mouthpiece and bell, and John Ingle on alto saxophone.