The Squid’s Ear Reviews

From The Squid’s Ear:

Kyle Bruckmann‘s Wrack – …Awaits Silent Tristero’s Empire (Singlespeed Music)
Funf – La regle (Ambiances Magnetiques)
Christopher Fox – Works for Piano (Hat[now]ART)
Ryoko Akama / Bruno Duplant / Dominic Lash – Next To Nothing (Another Timbre)

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AMN Picks of the Week: Matthew Shipp / Kave / Evans, Dahl, Pride / Rasmussen, Corsano

avant-garde pianist Matthew Shipp

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.

Matthew Shipp Chamber Ensemble – The Gospel According to Matthew and Michael (2015)
Kave – Ominousium (2015)
Peter Evans / Tim Dahl / Mike Pride – Pulverize the Sound (2015)
Mette Rasmussen / Chris Corsano – All the Ghosts at Once (2015)

SONiC Festival is Returning to New York

From The New York Times, this Fall’s SONiC festival is previewed:

The vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth will perform works by Ted Hearne, Missy Mazzoli, William Brittelle and others at National Sawdust, a new venue opening in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The JACK Quartet will anchor a six-hour marathon featuring works by Caroline Shaw, Justine Chen, Paris Lavidis and others at Merkin Concert Hall. And the American Composers Orchestra will present a free concert at the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place featuring the premieres of works by Angélica Negrón, Andy Akiho, Alex Mincek and Judd Greenstein.

Daniel Levin’s Upcoming Tours

From Daniel Levin:

Mini-tour of the Midwest with Tim Daisy

I’m really excited about this short but sweet little tour coming up with Tim. We have played together every summer for the past 9 or so years, and have a duo record called The Flower And The Bear.It’s sold out, but Tim and I each will be bringing a few of the remaining copies we have with us on tour to sell. No t-shirts available from us for the tour, but feel free to make your own.

July 24 – Daniel Levin / Tim Daisy @ Artifex Guild, Bloomington, IN
July 25 – Daniel Levin / Tim Daisy @ Dreamland Film Center, Louisville, KY
July 26 – Daniel Levin / Tim Daisy @ The Owl, Chicago, IL

Trio with Dave Rempis and Tim Daisy in Chicago

Last spring, I was on the same bill with Dave Rempis at Legion in Brooklyn, and we started talking about doing some playing in Chicago that summer. It had been maybe 5 or 6 years since we played together. We ended up putting together a trio with Tim Daisy at Elastic in July, and the chemistry was great. We all wanted to continue exploring this configuration, so this show at Constellation will be the follow-up.

July 29 – Dave Rempis / Daniel Levin / Tim Daisy @ Constellation, Chicago, IL

Trio with Joe Morris and Brandon Lopez

Joe Morris and I have played together quite a lot, in a few different configurations, most recently as a duo. Here we are playing together at the end of 2014 at 65Fen in Brooklyn. Brandon and I started talking about doing some playing back in May, and he put this trio together with Joe.

August 2 – Joe Morris / Daniel Levin / Brandon Lopez @ 28 Locust Street, Brooklyn, NY

Duo with Mat Maneri

Mat and I have recently been working together a lot, between some gigs in NY, and a week-long European tour back in February. We have a duo cd coming out on Clean Feed this November. Making music with Mat is incredibly thrilling. Here is a link to some music off of the upcoming cd.

August 3 – Mat Maneri / Daniel Levin @ 65Fen, Brooklyn, NY

Duo with Jim Hobbs

I love playing with Jim. He is a stunningly powerful, soulful, and virtuosic alto player. I had the privilege of having Jim perform my first quartet tunes with me (alongside Nate McBride on bass and Mike Johnson on drums) for my graduate recital at NEC. Over the years, we have performed in a few configurations, but never strictly as a duo. This show is part of a larger event put together by David Peck.

August 4 – Jim Hobbs / Daniel Levin @ The Lilypad, Cambridge, MA

Trio with Tony Malaby and Mat Maneri

We performed for the first time as a trio at Rye in Williamsburg back in May. Tony has included me in a number of his projects, and we have done a bunch of informal sessions, but this was the first totally collaborative setting for us to work in, and it was really rewarding. The sound of these three fairly low instruments together is really rich, and the timbral combinations are pretty astounding.

August 9 – Tony Malaby / Mat Maneri / Daniel Levin @ Three’s Brewing, Brooklyn, NY

Daniel Levin Quartet CD Release Concert at Cornelia Street Cafe

I started this quartet in 2001, and our first release, “Don’t Go It Alone”, came out in 2003. This month, our seventh record, “Friction”, was just released on Clean Feed. Peter Margasak, in The Chicago Reader, calls the new record “dazzling”. Here is a clip of the band performing a live version of the first track on the new record, “Launcher”.

For this record release show, Brandon Lopez will be filling in for Torbjorn Zetterberg.

September 9 – Daniel Levin Quartet *CD release concert* @ Cornelia Street Cafe, New York, NY

Vital Weekly Reviews 991

From Vital Weekly:

Ulrich Krieger – Winters in the Abyss (Cd by Pogus) *
Kerovnian – Far Beyond, Before the Time (Cd by Cold Spring) *
Iron Fist of the Sun – We Can Yield Our Own Footsteps (Cd by Cold Spring) *
Gx Jupitter-larsen &Amp; the New Blockaders – Live at the Schimpfluch Carnival (Lp by Tourette Records)
Suspicion Breeds Confidence – Tand (Cdr by Attenuation Circuit) *
Ryan Huber – Astor (Cdr by Inam Records) *
Söll – Cävv (Cdr by Esc Rec) *
Miguel A. garcia &Amp; Oscar Martin/oier Iruretagoiena – Kularrate/gargoyle (Cdr by Rhizome-s) *
Coppice – Spans: Three Perspectival Accounts (Cdr by Rhizome-s) *
Jakob Draminsky Højmark – Musique D’ameublement (Cdr by Hazard Records) *
Modern Music Mechanics – Hazard (Cdr by Hazard Records) *
Nad Spiero vs Nadia Spier – Extensions of You Volume 1 (Cdr by Hazard Records) *
Arcane Device – N.14 01.07.15 (3″cdr by Pulsewidth) *
Galarreta &Amp; Van Der Putten – Invisible Architecture Ii (Cassette by Barreuh Records)
Renee Van Triest – Gebukt Onder Een Laag Fondant (Cassette by Barreuh Records)
Richard Garet – 60′ Cassette (Cassette by the Helen Scarsdale Agency)
Radioson (Cassette by the Helen Scarsdale Agency)