Forro / John Zorn Collaboration Reviewed

English: forro in the dark at the mint, la, 11...

From the Village Voice:

Here’s the thing about covering the music of another artist: It’s completely and totally mortifying when it doesn’t go perfectly and said musician is sitting in the venue watching the disaster unfold. This happened with Forro in the Dark on the occasion of their first live foray into the material from Forro Zinho – Forro in the Dark Plays John Zorn, the collaborative effort with the inventive, prolific multi-instrumentalist and composer that came out on July 28.

Sundays at Slugs’ by Charles Simic Reviewed

Ornette Coleman

From The New York Review of Books:

The saxophonist Ornette Coleman, who died last month, was one of the great innovators of the free jazz movement that began in the late 1950s and flowered in the 1960s. Following Coleman’s death, Charles Simic spoke to his brother Milan Simich, who has produced concerts and recordings for more than twenty-five years, about the avant-garde jazz scene in New York’s East Village that gave rise to that music. Simich’s book A Night At Birdland And Other Places: The Golden Age Of Modern Jazz In New York 1949-1959 will be available from The Jazz Record Center soon.

Lawrence English Profiled

From The Guardian:

To certain circles, the Australian sound artist needs no introduction. Described by Fact Mag as one of ambient music’s modern masters and “responsible for a series of mind-bending field recordings”, English is also the founder of Australian record label Room40.

This year Room40 marked its 15th birthday with concerts in Olso, Geneva, London and Copenhagen; with shows in Canada and North America scheduled too. In July, celebrations shift to Sydney’s Carriageworks for Open Frame festival. Among others, the festival lineup will feature the celestial murk of Portland’s Grouper, otherwise known as solo artist Liz Harris, the premiere of an electro-acoustic work from musician and producer Jim O’Rourke, and the curatorial coup of William Basinski.

Igloo Magazine Reviews

From Igloo Magazine:

Cathode Ray Tube :​: Urban Patterning (Component)
Alio Die & Parallel Worlds :: Elusive Metaphor (Hic Sunt Leones)
T_st and Dronelock :: The Eternal Now (Sphere Gear)
WC00160 & Abono :: Untitled EP (ALLISANDNOT)
Flatland Sound Studio :: Maximum Vacation Plus (Bedroom Research)
Chris Weeks :: Black Hole (Odd John)

Petr Kotik Interview

From I Care If You Listen:

Petr Kotik is the founder and artistic director of the biennial Ostrava Days which includes a three-week compositional institute (August 10-29, 2015) and a nine-day festival of avant-garde music (August 21-29). The works of emerging composers are performed as equals alongside established new music composers, transforming a small Czech Republic town known for its coal and steel into a hub for new music and avant-garde masterpieces.

Avantwhatever Monthly August 2015: Gary Butler and Tim Panaretos

From Melbourne’s Avantwhatever:

Gary Butler (Guitar and stuff)
Tim Panaretos (Bouzouki)

The Alderman
134 Lygon St
Saturday August 8
Entry $10 | 3pm

Avantwhatever Monthly is held at The Alderman in Brunswick. This year it’ll be happening on different days and at different times month to month. Join the Avantwhatever group on Facebo

Gary Butler

‘Over the past decade my guitars have been subjected to various indignities in the name of art. But at least I don’t play Stairway to Heaven on them anymore.’ GB

Tim Panaretos

Originally from Hobart, living in Melbourne since 2013. Improviser on Greek bouzouki, amongst other things. I play or have played in various projects including The Drunken Boat, The For Now, Untermorast, Soundtracks Will Dissolve and Hobart Improv Collective.