AMN Reviews: Andrew Skeet – Finding Time (2015; Sony Classical)

81NOl2AjmWL._SL1500_Orchestrator, dabbler (or more than a dabbler I’m sure, since what he does here makes me believe he’s a consummate pro) in electronics / electronica, video game music composer and  all around great arranger, on this solo outing the synergies of all of the above come together swimmingly.  This release demonstrates that when done tastefully, (as opposed to a patchy hodgepodge of saccharin strings and dated keyboard sounds)…the melding of orchestra and various “small” electronic swirls can, and does result in something hugely uplifting and ever so creative.

I’m reminded of a release a few decades back by Wim Mertens called “Integer Valor Integrale”.  Like Skeet’s work, it too had the same pensive, personal and positive energy while at the same time packing an emotional punch that can leave one touched (saddened maybe) by it’s simple, repetitive motifs.

When music works at this level, and for me it takes something pretty special to get me “there”…well, we have a keeper.  Thanks  for wearing it (and sharing it) on your sleeve Mr. Skeet.  Very Nice!




San Francisco Scene: July 3-10, 2015

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From the Bay Improviser:

Friday, July 3

Fri 7/03 8:00 PM Jupiter [2181 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley]
Klaxon Mutant Jazz All Stars

Sunday, July 5

Sun 7/05 7:30 PM SIMM Series @ The Musicians Union Hall [Outsound Presents @ Musicians Union Hall 116 Ninth St @ Mission SF 94103]
The Deconstruction Orchestra
San Francisco-based composer-bandleader Josh Allen and his high-energy innovative 20+ piece Deconstruction Orchestra will perform a series of cell structure game compositions. Melding together post-modern, free jazz, non-idiomatic improvisation!
Larry Ochs on sopranino saxophone. Josh Marshall, Aaron Bennett, Dave Slusser, and Sam Flores on Tenor Saxophone. Rory Snyder, John Ingle, Nick Obando, and Rent Romus on alto saxophone. Dan Plonsey on bari saxophone. George Moore on trumpet. Collette McCaslin on cornet. Matt Gaspari on flugel horn. Matt Streich on trombone. Scott Sterling on bass trombone. Ron Heglin on tuba. John Finkbeiner on guitar. Kurt Ribak on bass. Tim Orr, and William Winant on drums

Tuesday, July 7

Tue 7/07 5:00 PM Hyde Street Pier and surrounding area [San Francisco]

Wednesday, July 8

Wed 7/08 5:00 PM Hyde Street Pier and surrounding area [San Francisco]

Thursday, July 9

Thu 7/09 5:00 PM Hyde Street Pier and surrounding area [San Francisco]

Thu 7/09 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [998 Market St. SF]

8:00pm Return of Uncle Ted’s Photos
spontaneous non-notational composition using conduction technique created by Butch Morris
Ann O’Rourke (percussion, voice); Chaz Feathers (tenor sax); Cindy Webster (musical saw, accordion); Eric Saxby (ukulele); Jack Madden (bass trombone); Laurie BK (voice, frame drum); Sam Genovese (voice, pineapple, laptop); Ken Prokuski (conduction)

9:00pm Jaroba/Corcoran
Jaroba – woodwinds and invented instruments and electronics.
Kevin Corcoran – percussion and textural sounds

Thu 7/09 8:00 PM Berkeley Arts [2133 University Avenue Berkeley]
Goodheart, Cremaschi and Ingalls Trio
Maggi Payne (electronics, video)

Friday, July 10

Fri 7/10 5:00 PM Hyde Street Pier and surrounding area [San Francisco]

Fri 7/10 10:00 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
10:00 PM: Oa
Hugh Behm-Steinberg: Voices/electronics
Matt Davignon: Voices/electronics
11:00 PM: Talk More
Aaron Oppenheim: Laptop-instrument
Shanna Sordahl: Cello and electronics
Andrew Weathers: Guitar and electronics

AMN Reviews: Eliogabal – Mo (2015)

Eliogabal is a French “free rock” band. Such a categorization accurately puts them in a place between free jazz and avant-rock. Featuring Pierre Pasquis on drums, Quentin Biardeau on sax, Sakina Abdou also on sax, Paul Ménard on guitar, and Thomas Coquelet on bass, Eliogabal leverages this lineup to provide heavily-distorted, almost fuzzed-out, guitar and bass riffing, overlaid with dual-sax themes. At first blush, the guitar, bass, and drums evoke Red-era King Crimson, but this group has more in common sound-wise with the 1990s work of European outfits such as Blast, X-Legged Sally, and Fukkeduk.

While a significant portion of Mo is clearly composed, the group does take it down to loose free-improv with muted guitar picking and sax melodies. Thus, this 30-minute release alternates between short bursts of energy and more introspective pieces. But Eliogabal is at their best when Biardeau and Abdou lay down an angular rhythm over an aggressive guitar and rhythm section. Consequently, Mo could easily be something you would expect to hear from the Cuneiform Records or ReR labels. A compelling release.

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

English: Tyshawn Sorey at moers festival 2010

From The New York Times:

Ingrid Laubrock, Kris Davis, Tyshawn Sorey (Saturday) “Union,” released a few years ago, was a fitting title for the second album by this fearless experimental trio, which also goes by the name Paradoxical Frog. The group typically interrogates compositions by all three members: Ms. Laubrock, a saxophonist, Ms. Davis, a pianist, and Mr. Sorey, a drummer. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, 212-989-9319, (Chinen)

John Scofield Trio (Tuesday through July 11) The guitarist John Scofield has a lot of history with the bassist Steve Swallow and the drummer Bill Stewart, who make up this propulsive and unpredictable trio. Their most recent album together — “EnRoute,” from just over a decade ago — was recorded live in a New York club, on an engagement much like this one. At 8:30 and 11 p.m., Birdland, 315 West 44th Street, Clinton, 212-581-3080, (Chinen)

Vision Festival (Sunday through July 12) This festival, the country’s leading summit of avant-garde jazz, celebrates its 20th anniversary with a focus on bridging the past and the future. This year’s programming begins on Sunday, with a pair of related films at Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Avenue, East Village. On Monday a symposium and panel titled “Improvising Agency For Change: Celebrating 20 Years of Vision Festival,” with speakers including the poet Nathaniel Mackey and the pianist Vijay Iyer, will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Buell Hall at Columbia University, 515 West 116th Street. The remainder of the festival will be held at Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South, with Tuesday’s program celebrating the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, and Wednesday’s concert featuring the Sun Ra Arkestra. Highlights on Thursday include the Dave Burrell Civil War Project, with Mr. Burrell on piano and Steve Swell on trombone; and a group featuring Milford Graves on percussion, William Parker on bass and Charles Gayle on saxophone. More information is at (Chinen)

‘Drawing Sound Part I: Billy Martin’ (Wednesday through July 10) The Drawing Center, a single-media but multidimensional museum in SoHo, has commissioned the drummer Billy Martin to present several nights of music based on his hand-drawn graphic scores. His collaborators, different each night, will include the ensembles Alarm Will Sound and Fang Percussion; the electronics artists Annie Gosfield and Ikue Mori; the writer Paul Auster; and the keyboardist John Medeski, Mr. Martin’s longtime band mate in Medeski Martin & Wood. At 7:30 p.m., 35 Wooster Street, 212-219-2166, (Chinen)

Classical Music Listings from the New York Times

From The New York Times:

Bang on a Can (Thursday) This adventurous organization continues its partnership with the Jewish Museum. In conjunction with the exhibit “Repetition and Difference,” in which historic artifacts are juxtaposed with contemporary art, the versatile composer and violinist Todd Reynolds performs a program for violin and electronics by Bang on a Can co-founders Michael Gordon and David Lang, as well as his own works and pieces by Ingram Marshall. At 7:30 p.m., 1109 Fifth Avenue, at 92nd Street, 212-423-3337, (Schweitzer)

Fast Forward and Gyan Riley (through July 12) Fast Forward, an unconventional new-music ensemble, concludes its residency at the Stone on Sunday in two sets that feature mixed instruments, including violin (Tom Chiu) and something called cracklebox (Dave Ruder) at 10 p.m. On Tuesday, the guitarist Gyan Riley takes the rudder as he charts a weeklong exploration of adventurous chamber music. Thursday’s set with the pianist Sarah Cahill and the clarinetist Evan Ziporyn, at 8 p.m., promises to be a highlight. A full schedule is online. At 8 and 10 p.m., Avenue C and Second Street, East Village, (da Fonseca-Wollheim)