AMN Reviews: Ligeia Mare – Amplifier (2015; Bandcamp)

Featuring members of innovative Colorado-based progressive rock groups Thinking Plague and Hamster Theater, Ligeia Mare released their third album, Amplifier, in late April. This offering can be roughly characterized as a blending of electric Miles, the esthetic of Derek Bailey, fellow avant-grade outfit Biota, and perhaps the aforementioned groups.

The album features Ron Miles, Mark Harris, Raoul Rossiter, Elaine Di Falco, Dave Willey, and Farrell Lowe playing various string, wind, and percussion instruments, as well as contributing voices. While the group focuses on instrumentation (as opposed to electronic manipulation), the recordings themselves are often as much sound collages as anything else. Particularly, the cornerstone of Ligeia Mare is collective, open improvisation, with tracks eschewing typical melodic development or overarching themes. The emphasis instead is on textural and structural components, pulling strange and unexpected sounds from combinations of instruments. As a result, it is often difficult to determine what is being played when, but ultimately that isn’t important. The combination of free improvisation, progressive rock, Rock in Opposition, and weird Americana implies a certain lack of precision. There is no literal or idiomatic interpretation that does Amplifier justice – the group defines its own musical identity.

Ligeia Mare, in the interplanetary sense, is a large body of water found on Titan, one of Saturn’s moons. As scientists speculate the types of alien lifeforms that could possibly exist therein, we need not go further than Ligeia Mare the band to hear sounds of an alien nature. Well done.

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Free Jazz Collective Reviews

English: Ken Vandermark, moers festival 2010

From The Free Jazz Collective:

Fred Lonberg-Holm & Ken Vandermark ‎– Resistance (Bocian, 2015) ****
Satoko Fujii Tobira – Yamiyo Ni Karuso (Libra, 2015) ****½
Weasel Walter & Chris Pitsiokos – Drawn and Quartered (2015) ****
Mario Pavone – Blue Dialect (Clean Feed, 2015) ****½
Konstrukt and Guests – Islington Mill, Manchester, 12.08.15
Matthew Shipp Trio – To Duke (RogueArt, 2015) ****½

São Paulo Underground USA Fall 2015 Tour

From Cuneiform Records:

CHICAGO, IL – THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2015
Sets at 8:30PM & 9:50PM
Constellation
3111 North Western Avenue
Chicago, IL 60618
http://www.constellation-chicago.com
$15 Advance/$20 Door 18+

DEARBORN, MI – FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2015
Free Workshop at 6PM & 8PM Performance
Arab American National Museum
13624 Michigan Avenue
Dearborn, MI 48126
http://www.arabamericanmuseum.org
313.582.2266
Free Workshop Open to the Public
$10 Admission to Performance/All Ages
Global Fridays Concert Series

CINCINNATI, OH – SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2015
Sets at 8PM & 9:30PM
Loft Society
119 Calhoun Street
Cincinnati, OH 45219
Call Al after 8:30pm with questions: 513.559.9220
$20 at Door/BYOB/All Ages

LOUISVILLE, KY – SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2015
Set at 8PM
Dreamland
810 East Market Street
Louisville, KY 40206
http://www.dreamlandislouisville.org
$20 Admission

CLEVELAND, OH – MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2015
Sets at 8PM & 9:30PM
Bop Stop at The Music Settlement
2920 Detroit Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44113
http://www.themusicsettlement.org
216.771.6551
$15 Admission

BUFFALO, NY – TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2015
Set at 8PM
Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center
341 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14202
http://www.hallwalls.org
716.854.1694
$15 Admission/$12 Students & Seniors/$10 Members

PORTSMOUTH, NH – THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2015
Set at 8PM
3S Artspace
319 Vaughan Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801
http://www.3sarts.org
603.766.3330
info@3sarts.org
$14 for Members/$16 for Non-Members/All Ages

15 Questions with Nils Petter Molvaer

Nils Petter Molvaer at Moers Festival 2006, Ge...

From 15 Questions:

I have been through many phases, and there are so many references … it is hard to mention them all. Trumpet-wise, I can mention Palle Mikkelborg, Miles Davis, Jon Hassell, Don Cherry and Chet Baker. But maybe even more just the sound of, for example, the shakuhatchi flute, ney flute, duduk and some other Instruments which are close to the voice, as well as the traditional music in which they are used.

Dave Douglas Quintet Fall Tour

Dave Douglas at the North Sea Jazz Festival 2007.

From Dave Douglas:

Dave Douglas Quintet 2015 Tour:
Sept 6 – Detroit Jazz Festival
Oct 12 – Stockholm, Sweden
Oct 14 – Bergamo, Italy
Oct 15 – Singen, Gremany
Oct 16 – Brussels, Belgium
Oct 17 – Leibnitz, Belgium
Oct 18 – Katowice, Poland
Oct 21 – Instanbul, Turkey
Oct 23 – Heusden-Zolder, Belgium
Oct 24 – Harelbeke, Belgium
Oct 25 – Essen, Germany
Oct 31, Nov 1 – Wangaratta Jazz Festival, Australia
Nov 07 – Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
Nov 12 – Narrow Center, Fall River, MA
Nov 13 – The Side Door, Old Lyme, CT
Nov 14 – Chris’ Jazz Café, Philadelphia, PA
Nov 17 – The Broadberry, Richmond, VA
Nov 18 – An Die Musik, Baltimore, MD
Nov 19-22 – Jazz Standard, New York, NY