New Cyclic Law Releases

From Cyclic Law:

Kammarheit “The Nest” CD

10 years after the now cult classic album “The Starwheel”, Kammarheit finally offers us brand new material of his most complex work yet. Pär Boström returns with his typical atmospheres that are both apocalyptic in vision and soothing to the soul, delivering a dense and compelling album of pure, awe-inspiring darkness and meditative ambience. With The Nest, Pär takes us on a subterranean journey through enormous halls of unfathomable depths, and with the new opus he demonstrates once again why he’s become one of the most respected artist in dark ambient.

Kave “Ominousium” CD
Kave is the solo work of Netherland’s Bram Gollin. Ominousium reflects on a mental and physical hardship and serves offers a glimpse into past periods and events, bringing to light hidden states and emotions. Where some dark ambient tend to conjure heavy and oppressing atmospheres, Ominousium aims to induce a meditative experience where inner landscapes are forged and the listener is left to wander through his own interpretations of these cinematic soundscapes.

John Russell on the Second Wave of Free Improv

An early draft of a possible new book from John Russell:

Any natural attraction to more exotic or challenging musical styles was greatly aided by the fact that in those pre-internet and pre-major chain record shop days it was possible to read about a new release and then get your local record shop to order it. Informed by Melody Maker, which in those days was ‘the musicians paper’, and having a friend in the village with similar tastes and, a crucial factor this, more pocket money than me, I thus got to listen to a few of the early recordings from the British free improvisation scene. Notably those by Tony Oxley and John Stevens. By this time (1970 – 71) I had started trying out things like letting my fingers fall on the strings in an attempt to make music from gesture and also to use chance elements in the music. David Bedford using a brick to play the piano with Kevin Ayers’ Whole World, Terry Kath’s ‘Free Form Guitar’, Robert Fripp’s solo on King Crimson’s ‘Sailor’s Tale’, Sonny Sharrock on ‘Monkey Pockie Boo’ and even Niel Innes’ solo on ‘Canyons of your Mind’ by the Bonzo Dog Doodah Band all seemed to point to ways of playing electric guitar other than the blues / rock based music that I was surrounded by.

August in Portland

From Portland’s Creative Music Guild:

Outset Series Programming
August 2015

Turn Turn Turn
8 NE Killingsworth
All shows begin 8 PM (ends by 10)
Sliding Scale $5-$15. All ages.

August 5 – Doug Detrick, Patrick McCulley
August 19 – Stephanie Lavon Trotter, D O L P H I N M I D W I V E S

Doug Detrick
Douglas Detrick is a Portland, Oregon-based composer, trumpet player, and arts consultant whose work in these diverse areas is distinguished by its quiet thoughtfulness and its embrace of good ideas from unconventional sources. He was awarded the 2011 Chamber Music America New Jazz Works and Presenting Jazz grants for his work with his chamber-jazz quintet Douglas Detrick’s AnyWhen Ensemble, and the commissioned work “The Bright and Rushing World” was premiered at New York’s Jazz Gallery in 2012, performed throughout the United States, and released on CD with Parma Recordings in 2014. He is currently the Executive Director of the Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble, and performs in Portland, Oregon as well as touring nationally. (

Patrick McCulley
Patrick McCulley is Portland based saxophonist, educator, and composer with a B.A. and M.M. in music performance. Patrick utilizes the variety of tones, timbres, and techniques capable on the saxophone to compose music with distinct emotional flavor and depth. He uses his music to explore the complexity of human nature and emotion through sound. (

Stephanie Lavon Trotter
Stephanie Lavon Trotter is a classically trained vocalist, also skilled in extended vocal technique. She composes scores for movement, sound, and audience participation; improvises with electronics and acoustically; in ensembles and solo; and blends all of these things together to create unforgettable performances. She has a MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College. (

DOLPHIN MIDWIVES is the solo project of California/Hawaii refugee, Sage Fisher. DOLPHIN MIDWIVES uses effected harp, vocals, non-traditional percussion and microtonal zither to perform experiments in ambient and spiritualized oceanic and devotional harp. harp loops and dreamscapes. healing intentions. understanding, revealing and shifting the laws of physics. futurist. new age but with howl. post new age. moon gate opening. (

Kosmostage 2015 in Berlin

Hermeto Pascoal
Hermeto Pascoal

From The Quietus:

Kosmostage is a genre-dissolving festival of ‘universal music’, bringing together jazz, improv, 11th century choral works, contemporary composition and electronic music. The Berlin festival’s second edition takes place from July 17-18 in Radialsystem V, a water treatment plant turned arts venue by the river Spree.

The program includes:

FR 17. Juli – 19:00 / Terrasse
ONOM AGEMO & THE DISCO JUMPERS “Somebody” Kosmostage-Festival-Suite (2015)
LANAYA Musik aus Burkina Faso
ELS VANDEWEYER Solo Improvisation

FR 17. Juli – 20:30 / Saal
MOUROT + LONSON + SOUZA-SIMON + LIM “Les Nations” von Francois Couperin (18. Jht)
JIA LIM “Passacaglia Ungherese” von György Ligeti (1978)
ENSEMBLE ADAPTER “The Principals of Order” von David Brynjar Franzson (2009)
ENSEMBLE ADAPTER “b” von Simon Løffler (2012)
LANAYA Musik aus Burkina Faso

FR 17. Juli – 21:45 / Halle
with Hermeto Pascoal (various instruments), Fabio Pascoal (Percussion) and Aline Morena (Vocals)

FR 17. Juli – 23:30 / Saal

SA 18. Juli – 19:00 / Terrasse

SA 18. Juli – 20:30 / Saal
VIECHTL + SCHNEIDER + BURGER “Okanagon” von Giacinto Scelsi (1968)
OFERI CONSORT “Kyrie Christifera” von anonym (13. Jht)
OFERI CONSORT “Dame, de qui toute ma joie vient” von Guillaume de Machaut (14. Jht)
OFERI CONSORT “moro, lasso, al mio dolo” von Carlo Gesualdo (16. Jht)
LANAYA Musik aus Mali
KOSMOSTAGE FESTIVAL ENSEMBLE “Universe Symphony, Life Pulse Prelude No. 1” von Charles Ives (1919)

SA 18. Juli – 21:45 / Halle

SA 18. Juli – 23:30 / Halle

Free Jazz Blog Reviews

English: Matana Roberts, moers festival 2010

From Free Jazz:

Many Arms & Toshimaru Nakamura – Many Arms & Toshimaru Nakamura (Public Eyesore, 2015) ****
Tim Berne‘s Snakeoil – You’ve Been Watching Me (ECM, 2015) *****
Matthew Shipp and Mat Walerian Duo – Live in Okuden (ESP-Disk, 2015) ****
Matana Roberts – Always (Relative Pitch, 2015) *****
Platform – Anthropocene (Va Fongool, 2015) ***½
Rob Mazurek – Vortice of the Faun (Astral Spirits, 2015) ***½