AMN Picks of the Week: Barbiero and Bocci / Mario Diaz de Leon / Bill MacKay / White Out with Nels Cline

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.

Daniel Barbiero / Cristiano Bocci – Nostos (2015)
Mario Diaz de Leon – The Soul is the Arena (2015)
Bill MacKay / Darts and Arrows – Altamira (2015)
White Out / Nels Cline – Accidental Sky (2015)

Creative Music in DC

Thursday, August 13 @ 8pm
Public Housing :: Alex York :: Drippy Inputs :: Mall Prowler :: IGM
Public Housing (Cincinnati, OH)
Alex York (Cincinnati, OH)
Drippy Inputs (Boone, NC)
Mall Prowler (Boone, NC)
I.G.M. (Alexandria, VA)
Admission $7
Union Arts DC
411 New York Ave NE
Enter through the loading dock off the corner of 4th and Penn Street NE

Saturday, August 15 @ 8pm
Jason Ajemian’s Folk Lords :: Nate Scheible :: Dr. Thomas Stanley
FOLKLORDS is the sound of an outstanding group of New York improvisors (Kid Bliss, Owen Stewart-Robertson & Jason Nazary) performing six conceptual, visual & sonic landscapes. Dr. Thomas Stanley will deliver a recitation on his recently authored book, the Execution of Sun Ra, a reflection on the many lessons about culture, the individual, time and creativity attached to the work of the late space jazz avatar, Sun Ra.
Union Arts DC
411 New York Ave NE
Enter through the loading dock off the corner of 4th and Penn Street NE

Every Monday @ 7pm
Creative Music Workshop
The Creative Music Workshop brings together some of DC’s most dedicated Creative Musicians together. Each session features an opportunity to explore various aspects of improvised music and experimentalism.
Union Arts DC
411 New York Ave NE
Enter through the loading dock off the corner of 4th and Penn Street NE

Every 2nd Sunday of the Month
CapitalBop’s DC Jazz Loft
The DC Jazz Loft showcases and stimulates the talent and forward-focused creative thought that is occurring in the DC Jazz community. On the second Sunday of every month, at Union Arts DC, a variety of idioms and approaches to Jazz are presented by members of the diverse local scene.
Union Arts DC
411 New York Ave NE
Enter through the loading dock off the corner of 4th and Penn Street NE

Seattle Scene: August 13-21, 2015

From Seattle’s Wayward Music Series:

Chapel Performance Space at Good Shepherd Center
4th Floor, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Seattle 98103 (corner N 50th St. in Wallingford)
Every month, Nonsequitur and a community of like-minded presenters and artists offer ten concerts of adventurous music in an informal yet respectful all-ages setting: contemporary classical, free improvisation, the outer limits of jazz, electronic music, microtonal/new instruments, sound art, and other extraordinary sonic experiences.

Douglas DeVries & Yvonne Chen
Thu. August 13, 7:30 PM; $10 online/$15 door

Flutist Douglas DeVries and pianist Yvonne Chen present diverse works by five composers: Seattle native Alexandra Bryant, Evan Fein, and newly commissioned works by Daniel Knaggs and Alishan Gezgin. The duo will be joined by Seattle-based soprano Shellie Traverse for a performance of Jake Heggie’s lauded song cycle, The Deepest Desire.

Parnassus Project: Ruminations
Fri. August 14; 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door

Parnassus Project presents Ruminations, a concert of American nostalgia. Featuring works by John Adams, George Crumb, Osvaldo Golijov, and a premiere of a new work by local composer Cole Bratcher.

WED. 8/19 – Nat Evans presents a new piece for field recordings and walking meditators + LA composer/bassist Scott Worthington plays music for bass/electronics by himself, Evans, Julia Wolfe, Brenna Noonan

FRI. 8/21 – Gift Tapes presents an evening of off-kilter, virtual-leaning performance w/ MSHR (PDX) + Million MIsts (PDX) + LIMITS (Seattle) + RM Francis (Seattle)

AMN Reviews: Chambel, Duplant, Rossique – Sonho Perdido [Audiotalaia at077]

at077aSound is a momentary ripple that disturbs the air and then just as quickly is gone. With Sonho Perdido, a slowly developing suite in four parts, Pedro Chambel (electronics), Bruno Duplant (electroacoustic devices) and Paco Rossique (piano, percussion and electroacoustic devices) take this fundamental observation as their starting point. The predominant mood is of ephemerality, of the presence of sound as being haunted by its impending absence. At the center of the suite are piano tones poised on the brink of a silence that itself is wrapped in a drifting electronic mantle. Rossique’s piano part seems to be an etude devoted to depicting sound envelopes—rather than melodies, there just is the immediate onset and long slow decay of a note into the unhurriedly modulating ether of Chambel and Duplant’s electronics. The music is accompanied by a liner note featuring Rossique’s long poem interweaving allusions to shadows and sound, which is quite nicely in the spirit of the music.–duplant–rossique/

Daniel Barbiero

Ian William Craig and Ora Clementi in St. Paul this Weekend

Update: Ian William Craig will not be performing.

From the Crow with no Mouth concert series running in St. Paul. All shows at Studio Z:

Saturday August 15 / doors @7:30 / Music @8:00

Ian William Craig
An evening with three remarkable musicians engaged in strange permutations of the song form.
Canadian composer/performer Ian William Craig released a record last fall (A Turn of Breath) that somehow grabbed the attention of the mainstream press, garnering a place on Ben Ratliff’s New York Times’ Top 10 Albums of 2014, Rolling Stone’s 20 Best Avant Albums of 2014, The Guardian’s 101 Strangest Albums on Spotify, the Boston Globe’s “one of the year’s most magical records”…you get the idea.

Ora Clementi
Ora Clementi is the pen name of Canadian sound artist and improvisor crys cole and Australian performer and composer James Rushford. crys has previously collaborated with Keith Rowe and Oren Ambarchi; James worked alongside Joe Talia on the highly acclaimed ‘Manhunter’ LP (Kye). The duo’s new hermetic world of sound, song and speech can be found on “Cover You Will Softer Me” (Penultimate Press). Employing farfisa, contact mics, percussion, viola, recordings of James’ pet chickens, ocarinas, piano and miscellaneous junk ‘Cover you will softer me’ slides from the sublime to the startling where individual elements delicately fold and fall amongst an unnerving tableaux of failed lip readings, haunted hiss, piano motifs and glistening debris.