Die Schachtel Releases

From the Die Schachtel label:

Null I – VII

Epic in scale, static, timbre and stillness, “Null” is a vast and profound music project that Luigi Archetti has been pursuing over a longer period. His musical research is not about Null (the German word for zero) as a mathematical object, as a real number. Instead, the term Null (zero) is used here as a metaphor in order to describe a state of pausing and anticipatory waiting. The music in project NULL is characterised by static sounds, by drones and their overlapping and layering. The sound surfaces turn into acoustic sluggish material which flows slowly through time and gradually transforms itself.

Landscape with Tears

At his third release for our Zeit Composer Series, the talented Italian flute player Manuel Zurria has given birth to some of the most heartbreaking music ever published by Die Schachtel. A moving and incredibly clever transcription for flutes, glass and electronics of John Dowland’s 1604 masterwork Lachrimae functions as the thread between a stunning and totally rewarding series of pieces by György Kurtag, Peter Eötvos, Gavin Bryars, Mary Jane Leach, Howard Skempton, closing on a composition by Juste Janulyte for this record. This CD is the living proof that contemporay music can be intoxicating.


Another welcomed return in our Zeit Series – his 2010 Neuma Q being one of the best received titles in the series – Osvaldo Coluccino presents a collection of his early (1997-2007) electroacoustic pieces. From the dark drones of Dimensioni (interspersed with the treated voice of Jacques Lacan) to the treated percussions of Nell’attimo, to the acousmatic brilliance of Dal margine, this CD is a journey into the brilliant head and the complex soul of one of the most interesting Italian contemporary composers, whose music is always on the edge, stretched between a flight towards a distant and bright horizon and a dive into the darkest obscurity

con brio – musica acusmatica

Francesco Giomi is one of the most active Italian composers in the field of acousmatic music. Over the years he also collaborated as sound director and live performer with Luciano Berio and other important composers and directors. as well as Italian and International orchestras and ensembles. He conducted the live electronics group of Tempo Reale (the musical reserach centre established by Berio) in theatres and festivals all over the world. He teaches Electronic Music at the Music Conservatory of Bologna and he currently is the director of Tempo Reale. This CD is the premiere publication of his acousmatc works, spanning from 1994 to 2011.

spam – musical sculpteres and other devices

A sonic journey into Cage and surroundings by renown composer Agostino di Scipio and his talented students. On the 9th of December 2012, upon inviation of the Associazione Scarlatti, Agostino di Scipio and his students at the San Pietro A Majella Conservatory (hence the name SPAM) gave a performance of a very rare piece, John Cage’s Sculptures Musicales. The performance was planned out by Dario Sanfilippo, based on the few annotations left by Cage (which in turn followed an idea Cage took from Marcel Duchamp): the “musical sculptures” are sound blocks shaped up by either electronic or acoustical instruments

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Gerry Hemingway Stone Residence Updated

July 28 – Re-Ensemble – duos, trios, quartets and quintets – 8 + 10pm
2 set program – 20$ fee for both sets
w/ Anne LeBaron-harp , Earl Howard – sampler, saxes, George Grayvuh – pn, Susan Alcorn – pedal steel (more info)

July 29 – Improvisations #1 – Trios
8pm (15$)- w/Anthony Coleman- pn, Marty Ehrlich – reeds (more info)
10pm (15$)- w/Rudresh Mahanthappa – reeds, Russ Lossing – pn (more info)

July 30 – Compositions #1 – Songs & “Riptide” Quintet
8pm (15$)-Songs w/Lisa Sokolov-vo, Michael Winsch-pn, Terrence McManus-gt, Brad Jones-bs, Ellery Eskelin-sx (more info)
10pm (15$)-Riptide Quintet w/Oscar Noriega-reeds, Ellery Eskelin-sx, Terrence McManus-gt, Brad Jones-bs (more info)

July 31 – Improvisations #2 – Brew trio & Anew Quartet
8pm (15$)-Brew-Miya Masaoka-koto, Reggie Workman-bs (more info)
10pm (15$)-Ned Rothenberg-reeds, Michael Winsch-pn, Mark Helias-bs (more info)

August 1 – Compositions #2 Solo & Quartet
8pm (15$)-Solo Works and Collabs w/Beth Warshafsky [artist] and Sarah Weaver [comp] (more info)
10pm (15$)-Quartet- Herb Robertson-tp, Ellery Eskelin-sx, Mark Helias -bs (more info)

August 2 – Relationships of time
8pm (15$)-Trio New York- Ellery Eskelin – tenor, Gary Versace – organ (more info)
10pm (15$)-BassDrumBone – Mark Helias-bs, Ray Anderson – tb (more info)

Free Jazz Blog Reviews

Milford Graves

From Free Jazz:

Charles Rumback & John Tate – Daylight Savings (Ears & Eyes, 2015) ***½
Gonçalo Almeida & Friso Van Wijck – Dialogues, Quarrels & Other Conversations (Cylinder Records, 2015) ***½
Antonio Ramírez, Marco Serrato & Borja Díaz – Arconte (Sentencia Records, 2014) ***½
Milford Graves & Bill Laswell – Space, Time/Redemption (TUM, 2015) *
To Ornette Coleman
Oliver Lake & William Parker – To Roy (Intakt Records, 2015) *****
the Founder Effect I – Iii (Treader, 2013) ****
Xavier Camarasa, Valentin Ceccaldi & Sylvain Darrifourq – Shapin’ With Milesdavisquintet (Becoq, 2015) ****
Håkon Thelin – A Stefano Scodanibbio (Atterklang 2014) ****½
Peter Kowald – Sidewalk Stories (Long Arm Records, 2014) ****
Alexander Frangenheim – Talk For A Listener (Creative Sources, 2014) ****
Gonçalo Almeida – Monologues Under Sea Level (Cylinder, 2015) ****
Robert Lucaciu – Monaxia (Otherunwise, 2015) ****
Mike Majkowski – Neighbouring Objects (Astral Spirits, 2015) ****
Marcio Mattos – SOL[os] (Emanem, 2015) ***½
Jacek Mazurkiewicz – 3FoNIA – Chosen Poems (Multikulti, 2014) ***
Cat Hope – Live Solo Bass Noise (Self, 2014) ***

Amirtha Kidambi’s Elder Ones at Roulette Reviewed

From Jazz Right Now:

Amirtha Kidambi (voice, harmonium) led her group Elder Ones, a quartet including Matt Nelson (soprano saxophone), Brandon Lopez (bass), and Max Jaffe (drums), last night at Roulette. The music was a fantastic fusion of South Asian music and avant garde jazz among other musical influences that when brought together achieved a well-proportioned and sophisticated dynamism. Kidambi’s vision for the project began with the hiring of musicians who also brought their own identities and backgrounds to the music who together captivated the audience at Roulette.