AMN Reviews: Øe – Unseed (2015; Hanami)

R-7063745-1434617664-6960.jpegA field recording inching through bucolic digital optic fiber. Unseed is the first in the Hanami Series by Arboretum Records, which plans to release a single, spartanly designed album sometime betwen April and May each year, when the cherry trees blossom (tucked into its gatefold, a few seeds of the perennial to plant). “Hanami” is a Japanese term denoting the bittersweet awareness of the transient beauty of such natural phenomena. Øe, Fabio Perletta´s minimalistic but melodic ambient guise, has perfectly captured this remit with a set of sincere pieces swaying heliotropically, gently following the oscillating light in aerosol ambience. The clock of spring is ticking, counted by fat drops of water plunging into a trough through an intermittent rain of glitches. Containing gingerly repurposed samples from Perletta´s Transfer (2012), Unseed´s illusory but sensate garden stimulates emotions e.e. cummings would have called “authentic and delirious.”

http://inarboretum.com/?section=releases&artist=oe

Stephen Fruitman

Conlon Nancarrow Festival Reviewed

From The New York Times:

Has there ever been an engine of delight more focused and industrious than Conlon Nancarrow? This sui generis composer restricted himself almost entirely to a single medium, and an eccentric one: the player piano, that mechanical parlor ghost into which rolls of paper dotted with holes are fed.

But armed with one odd tool, Nancarrow (1912-97) nevertheless produced music of dizzying variety and endless crazy geniality, digging both deep and surprisingly wide. The Whitney Museum of American Art and its curator of performance, Jay Sanders, recognized that Nancarrow’s oeuvre fits perfectly with “America Is Hard to See,” a buildingwide installation that teases out idiosyncratic strands of the country’s modern artistic landscape. While other museums in New York have been attempting performance programs that complement their art offerings, not in recent memory has the connection seemed so subtle and seamless.

July at the IBeam Brooklyn

English: Trevor Dunn live at Saalfelden 2009 I...

From Brooklyn’s IBeam:

King Vulture
Wednesday, July 1st 8:30 PM $15 Suggested Donation
Russ Lossing, piano,compositions
Adam Kolker, tenor, bass clar
Matt Pavolka,bass
Dayeon Seok,drums

3 Part Invention
Saturday, July 11th 8:30 PM $15 Suggested Donation
Russ Lossing, piano,compositions
Ralph Alessi, trumpet
Mark Helias, bass

Michael Attias Residency (Night One)
Thursday, July 16th 8:30 PM $15 Suggested Donation
8PM
SOLO I’s:
Three short solo sets. Hébert is dedicating his to Lebron James …
Michaël Attias: alto saxophone/piano (solo)
John Hébert: bass
Ralph Alessi: trumpet
9:30PM
TREES
Music from the Renku songbook without Satoshi Takeishi and with special guest Ralph Alessi.
Michaël Attias: alto saxophone
John Hébert: bass
Ralph Alessi: trumpet

Michael Attias Residency (Night Two)
Friday, July 17th 8:30 PM $15 Suggested Donation
8:30PM
ANTHONY COLEMAN TRIO
Where AKA Pygmy music, the Cecil Taylor Unit with Lyons and Cyrille, and Babby Dodds’ orchestrations triangulate…
Anthony Coleman: piano
Mike Pride: drums
Michaël Attias: alto saxophone
9:30PM
BEN GERSTEIN SOLO
A solo set by a man with visions in the back of his ears…
Ben Gerstein: trombone
10PM
MUSIC WITHOUT AUTUMN SONATA
Improvisations based on music originally composed for Robert Woodruff’s 2011 theatrical remix of Bergman’s Autumn Sonata.
Michaël Attias: alto saxophone
Ben Gerstein: trombone
Anthony Coleman: piano
Mike Pride: drums

Michael Attias Residency (Night Three)
Saturday, July 18th 8:30 PM $15 Suggested Donation
8:30PM
ATTIAS/CONLY/RAINEY
Playing free …
Michaël Attias: alto saxophone
Sean Conly: bass
Tom Rainey: drums
9:30PM
MICHAËL ATTIAS SPUN TREE
New book of music for Spun Tree’s follow-up to their 2012 widely-acclaimed debut.
Michaël Attias: alto saxophone
Ralph Alessi: trumpet
Matt Mitchell: piano
Sean Conly: bass
Tom Rainey: drums

Michael Attias Residency (Night Four)
Sunday, July 19th 8:30 PM $15 Suggested Donation
8:30PM
ATTIAS/MITCHELL
First duo encounter …
Michaël Attias: alto saxophone
Matt Mitchell: piano
9:30PM
MICHAËL ATTIAS SPUN TREE
New book of music for Spun Tree’s follow-up to their 2012 widely-acclaimed debut.
Michaël Attias: alto saxophone
Ralph Alessi: trumpet
Matt Mitchell: piano
Sean Conly: bass
Tom Rainey drums

Gregorio, Nicodemou, Bordeuil
Wednesday, July 22nd 8:30 PM $15 Suggested Donation
2 sets at 8:30 and 9:30 pm
Guillermo Gregorio, clarinet
Andria Nicodemou, vibes
Leila Bordreuil, cello
w/ a special guest for the 9:30 set.

EBLOOD Residency (Night 1)
Monday, July 27th 8:30 PM $15 Suggested Donation
New music, Ornette tunes, old hits
Chris Speed – tenor sax, clarinet
Oscar Noriega – alto sax, bass clarinet
Trevor Dunn – acoustic bass
Jim Black — drums

EBLOOD Residency (Night 2)
Tuesday, July 28th 8:30 PM $15 Suggested Donation
New music, Ornette tunes, old hits
Chris Speed – tenor sax, clarinet
Oscar Noriega – alto sax, bass clarinet
Trevor Dunn – acoustic bass
Jim Black — drums

EBLOOD Residency (Night 3)
Wednesday, July 29th 8:30 PM $15 Suggested Donation
New music, Ornette tunes, old hits
Chris Speed – tenor sax, clarinet
Oscar Noriega – alto sax, bass clarinet
Trevor Dunn – acoustic bass
Jim Black — drums

Louis Moholo-Moholo Quartet in Ottawa Reviewed

Louis Moholo

From the Ottawa Citizen:

Even if you were sitting as close as possible to him in the NAC Studio Saturday night, it was not easy to make out what Louis Moholo-Moholo was saying, amid his guttural groans and what seemed like exhortations and directions to play certain songs to his musicians.

Only when the 75-year-old South African drummer, an elder lion of free jazz, finished his set and acknowledged listeners who had jumped to their feet and applauded was Moholo-Moholo’s voice at its most audible.

The Cornelia Street Cafe in July

English: Tyshawn Sorey at moers festival 2010

From New York’s Cornelia Street Cafe:

Saturday, Jul 04 – 9:00PM & 10:30PM
INGRID LAUBROCK/TYSHAWN SOREY/KRIS DAVIS
Ingrid Laubrock, saxophones; Tyshawn Sorey, drums; Kris Davis, piano Ingrid Laubrock/Tyshawn Sorey/Kris Davis image

Sunday, Jul 05 – 8:30PM
THE DIANE MOSER QUINTET
Diane Moser, piano; Marty Ehrlich, alto sax, clarinet; Ben Williams, trombone; Ken Filiano, bass; Gerry Hemingway, drums

Thursday, Jul 09 – 8:30PM
THE HORNS BAND
Matt Pavolka, bass, trombone; Kirk Knuffke, cornet; Loren Stillman, alto sax; Joe Fiedler, trombone; Mark Ferber, drums

Friday, Jul 24 – 9:00PM & 10:30PM
BARRY ALTSCHUL, 3DOM FACTOR
Barry Altschul, drums; Joe Fonda, bass; Jon Irabagon, tenor sax

Friday, Jul 31 – 9:00PM & 10:30PM
JOEL HARRISON 5: SPIRIT HOUSE CD RELEASE
Joel Harrison, guitar, comp.; Ralph Alessi, trumpet; Peter Apfelbaum, woodwinds; Kermit Driscoll, bass; Brian Blade, drums

AMN Reviews: Michael Pisaro – Melody, Silence [Potlatch P115]

20282Guitarist/composer Michael Pisaro is a well-known figure associated with the Wandelweiser group, a fluid collective of composers and musicians interested as much in the spaces in between sounds as in the sounds alone. This interest is conveyed not only in the title of this single long work for solo guitar, played by Chilean guitarist Cristián Alvear, but in the structure of the work itself.

Melody—or more frequently, harmony—and silence are the two fundamental states between which the forty-six minute long piece oscillates. The piece is largely a sequence of discrete chords or notes played individually or clustered together in packets of a few, separated by silences. Each chord or tone is allowed to linger and decay at its own rate. Some chords work together like progressions with more or less expected cadences, while others eschew any allusion to resolving, sounding instead like juxtaposed aggregates of tones, some of them combined into dissonances of varying degrees of pungency. At about four minutes in, an unexpected, recurring third element is introduced—a prolonged sine tone (or ebow?) that in its initial occurrence here lasts for nine minutes or so.

Because Melody, Silence is made up of a set of components to be arranged by the performer, the piece as played on this recording is a reflection not only of Alvear’s fine touch, but of his structural choices as well.

http://www.potlatch.fr

The Roost in Albuquerque 2015 Concert Series

rich6medFrom The Roost:

August 2

Kodama Trio
Robert Muller, Jeremy Bleich, Milton Villarrubia Iii

the Rampant Egos
Dwight Loop, Arnold Bodmer, Justin Parker, Kestrel Andrus

August 9

Ligeia Mare
Dave Willey, Mark Harris, Farrell Lowe, Elaine Difalco

Thollem Electric
Solo Electric Piano and Effects

August 16

Static Announcements
Keith Kelly, Ryan Anthony, Josh Bennett

Jeff Kaiser
Solo Trumpet, Electronics, Projections

August 23

Pentet
Chris Jonas, Micah Hood, Jeremy Bleich, Justin Bransford, Milton Villarrubia Iii

Mustafa Stefan Dill / Brahim Fribgane Duo

August 30

Rich Halley 4
with Michael Vlatkovich, Clyde Reed, Carson Halley

Shock and Ommm…we Are This Tall
Rich Dizenzo / Tim Sleigh Duo

September 6

Tin / Bag
Kris Tiner, Mike Baggetta

Janet Feder / Jane Rigler Duo

September 13

Cloacas
Johnny Bell, Damon Griffith, Sabrina Griffith, Lenore Gusch, Ben Gerhards, Michael Smith

Mighty Bull Durhams
Dan Clucas, Mike Balistreri, Mark Weaver

September 20

Small Measures
Steven Paxton, Mark Weaver, Caitlin Brothers Gamelan, Jason Goodyear, Lisa Gill, Angelo Harmsworth