AMN Reviews: Robert Scott Thompson – Summer Idyll (2015; Bandcamp)

As the first hints of Autumn reach the upper midwestern United States, so does Robert Scott Thompson‘s latest release, Summer Idyll. In tune with the album’s title, Thompson’s approach here is pastoral, focusing on lilting ambience.

Unlike some of Thompson’s recent electroacoustic works, the efforts herein include gentle, shimmering waves (rather than walls) of sound, slowly plucked string instruments, and subtle, tribal percussion. While over 80 minutes in length, two tracks take up more than half of that duration. The 30-minute title track is a combination of analog and digital synths with extensive processing, while the slightly shorter Lacuna features a hint of darkness by way of its drone-like atmospheres – perhaps foreshadowing of the winter to come?

Thompson has characterized Summer Idyll as containing early or alternate versions of tracks for an upcoming album on the Anodize label. If these are outtakes, it only reinforces his proficiency as a sound sculptor. Bravo.

The Free Jazz Collective

English: Peter Brötzmann, moers festival 2010

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

BodaBoda Duo feat. Peter Brötzmann – Modern Persuasion (Tyrfing , 2015) ****
Voice – Sculpting Sound with Maja S. K. Ratkje, a film by IJ. Biermann and Kai Miedendorp (Myrland Films, 2015) *****
Gard Nilssen‘s Acoustic Unity – Firehouse (Clean Feed, 2015) *****
Joe Hertenstein, Pascal Niggenkemper & Thomas Heberer – HNH (Clean Feed, 2015) ****½
Mary Halvorson – Meltframe (Firehouse 12, 2015) ****½
The Spanish Donkey – Raoul (Rare Noise, 2015) ****

Ensemble Dal Niente 2015-16 Season

Source: Ensemble Dal Niente.

Chicago Concerts
New Music Chicago 10 Year Birthday Bash
Friday, September 11, 2015
7:30pm 9:30pm
PianoForte Chicago
Join Dal Niente along with a host of other Chicago-based performers and composers to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of New Music Chicago, an organization devoted to promoting the city’s vibrant contemporary music community.

Chicago Concerts, Dal Niente Presents
Dal Niente Presents: Hasco Duo
Monday, September 14, 2015
8:00pm 9:30pm
The Hideout
Legendary Chicago bar The Hideout will host Dal Niente musicians Jesse Langen (guitar) and Amanda DeBoer Bartlett (soprano) as they perform works by Morgan Krauss, Jonathan Sokol, Ray Evanoff, and Max Grafe.

Chicago Concerts
Latino Music Festival Presents Dal Niente’s 10th Anniversary Season Opener: Canciones
Sunday, September 20, 2015
2:00pm 4:00pm
Pritzker Auditorium, Harold Washington Library
Fresh off a summertime tour of Mexico, Colombia and Panama, Ensemble Dal Niente presents a concert that explores the rich diversity of music being composed today in Central and South America.

Ensemble Dal Niente at the International Computer Music Conference (ICMC)
Tue, Sep 29, 2015 4:30pm Wed, Sep 30, 2015 11:30pm
Voertman Concert Hall – College of Music
Ensemble Dal Niente is excited to be a resident ensemble at the 41st International Computer Music Conference taking place at the University of North Texas. The theme of the conference, Looking Back, Looking Forward, invites participants to reflect on the innovations, developments and artistic challenges over the past century, and to articulate a vision for the future. Dal Niente will perform multiple works selected from an international call for scores.

Chicago Concerts, Dal Niente Presents
Dal Niente Presents: Matthew Oliphant
Sunday, October 18, 2015
8:30pm 10:00pm
Constellation Chicago
Creatively playing with the wide range of sounds available to the horn has long been a focus for Niente Matt Oliphant. Using a variety of techniques and equipment, he will perform a set of pieces focusing on the use of the horn’s sound color.

Dal Niente Residency at University of Washington
Mon, Oct 26, 2015 9:00am Fri, Oct 30, 2015 9:00pm
University of Washington – School of Music
Ensemble Dal Niente looks forward to collaborating with one of the Pacific Northwest’s leading centers for new music, The University of Washington. Throughout this residency, Dal Niente will perform significant works for ensemble by faculty members Joel Durand and Huck Hodge, tackle a visceral duo for oboe and percussion by the iconic composer Iannis Xenakis, improvise with live electronics, and work closely with graduate composition students through workshops and the performance of new works.

Chicago Concerts, Residencies
Dal Niente at NUNC! 2
Sunday, November 8, 2015
12:00pm 8:00pm
Northwestern University – Bienen School of Music
Ensemble Dal Niente is thrilled to return to Northwestern University, where numerous Nientes have studied over the years, for the university’s second New Music Conference.

Tours, Chicago Concerts
Neue Musik Tour – Chicago
Sunday, December 6, 2015
8:30pm 10:30pm
Constellation Chicago
Each composer featured on the Neue Musik program lives and works in Germany today, exhibiting at once an engagement with and struggle against the country’s rich cultural and musical tradition.

Neue Musik Tour – Boston
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
8:00pm 10:00pm
Boston University – Tsai Center
Each composer featured on the Neue Musik program lives and works in Germany today, exhibiting at once an engagement with and struggle against the country’s rich cultural and musical tradition.

Neue Musik Tour – New York
Thursday, December 10, 2015
7:30pm 9:30pm
DiMenna Center presented by Permutations
Each composer featured on the Neue Musik program lives and works in Germany today, exhibiting at once an engagement with and struggle against the country’s rich cultural and musical tradition.

Chicago Concerts, Dal Niente Presents
Dal Niente Presents: Mabel Kwan, piano
Sunday, January 3, 2016
8:30pm 10:00pm
Constellation Chicago
Dal Niente pianist Mabel Kwan celebrates the release of her solo album with a program of recent works for piano and clavichord.

Chicago Concerts, Dal Niente Presents
Dal Niente Presents: Ben Melsky and Jesse Langen
Saturday, January 23, 2016
8:30pm 10:30pm
Elastic Arts
The harp and guitar; two instruments alike in sound, technique, and timbre yet largely unexplored as a formal ensemble. With the support of the City of Chicago’s DCASE Individual Artist Program, Ben Melsky, harpist, and Jesse Langen, guitarist, are thrilled to commission new works for the duo from Drew Baker, Fred Gifford, Tomás Gueglio, and Kasia Szczech.

Chicago Concerts
Frequency Festival: Hard Music, Hard Liquor
Sunday, February 28, 2016
7:30pm 9:30pm
Ensemble Dal Niente revives its much-loved “Hard Music, Hard Liquor” series for the Frequency Festival. The program pits intensely virtuosic solo and small chamber works against larger ensemble pieces.

Dal Niente at Western Michigan University
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
9:00am 10:00pm
Western Michigan University
Dal Niente returns to Western Michigan University for the third time to collaborate with its stellar School of Music.

Chicago Concerts, Dal Niente Presents
Dal Niente Presents: Emma Hospelhorn and Katie Schoepflin
Sunday, March 6, 2016
8:30pm 10:30pm
Constellation Chicago
From Steve Reich’s minimalist classic New York Counterpoint to a world premiere for winds, voices, bodies and live electronics by Chicago’s own Ben Sutherland, this program of works for flutes, clarinets, and electronics invites audiences to explore the spatial boundaries of music.

Dal Niente Residency with Northwestern University’s Contemporary Music Ensemble: Haas’ in vain
Thursday, March 10, 2016
7:30pm 9:30pm
Northwestern University School of Music
Musicians from Ensemble Dal Niente will coach and perform alongside students from Northwestern University’s Contemporary Music Ensemble in Georg Friedrich Haas’s turn of the century masterpiece, in vain.

Chicago Concerts
Midwest Young Artists Presents: Music at the Fort with Ensemble Dal Niente
Saturday, April 9, 2016
7:00pm 9:00pm
MYA Center at Fort Sheridan
Dal Niente is making its performing debut at one of the nation’s leading organizations for music education, Midwest Young Artists.

Chicago Concerts
Dal Niente: Party 2016
Saturday, April 30, 2016
5:00pm 10:00pm
MANA Contemporary
Ensemble Dal Niente is throwing a 10th Anniversary Season party celebrating its history amongst the Chicago arts community and the release of two new albums! With the collaboration of Chicago’s Parlour Tapes+, Party 2016 will stretch the ensemble to new artistic limits

Dal Niente at June in Buffalo
Mon, Jun 6, 2016 9:00am Mon, Jun 13, 2016 10:00pm
University of Buffalo – Department of Music
Ensemble Dal Niente is delighted to make its first appearance at June in Buffalo as performers at the 26th festival hosted by the University at Buffalo’s Center for 21st Century Music. Stay tuned for more information about Dal Niente’s programming and activities at June in Buffalo.

Électroprésence Events

Source: Électroprésence.

Future Past
September 25, 2015
Denton (Texas, USA)

ICMC 2015: Concert 1
September 26, 2015
Vienna (Austria)

Acousmatic Transcendence Vienna: Day 2, Part 1 – Composer’s Portrait: Elizabeth Anderson
September 27, 2015
Vienna (Austria)

Acousmatic Transcendence Vienna: Day 3, Part 1 – Composer’s Portrait: Hans Tutschku
October 12, 2015
Birmingham (England, UK)

Frontiers: Legacies in Technology XIV: II
October 13, 2015
Birmingham (England, UK)

Frontiers: Legacies in Technology XIV: IV
October 23, 2015
Brussels (Belgium)

Space Sound 2015: Elizabeth Anderson
October 23, 2015
Brussels (Belgium)

Space Sound 2015: Manuella Blackburn
October 26, 2015
Strasbourg (Bas-Rhin, France)

Exhibitronic Strasbourg # 5: Concert-portrait Jonty Harrison
October 28, 2015
Strasbourg (Bas-Rhin, France)

Exhibitronic Strasbourg # 5: Concert-portrait Annette Vande Gorne

20th Vision Festival Reviewed

English: Photograph of last set of second day ...

Better late than never.

Source: The Brooklyn Rail.

Established by the dancer and choreographer Patricia Nicholson Parker, Vision Fest is a central event on the calendar of the avant- and free jazz community, in New York City as well as abroad. For eight days, some of jazz’s most versatile and highly respected contributors converge, symposium-style, to play with and for one another and to rejoice in another year on the frontiers of musical practice unencumbered by commercial obligations—a proposition that seems to grow more fantastical with each passing year.

Project / Object Zappa Cover Band October Tour

Source: Project / Object.

09 Fri Teaneck NJ – Mexicali Live
10 Sat Marlboro NY – the Falcon
11 Sun Asbury Park NJ – Mcloone’s Supper Club
13 Tue Northampton Ma – Iron Horse
14 Wed Burlington VT – Nectar’s
15 Thu Albany NY – the Hollow
16 Fri Hartford CT – Arch St Tavern
17 Sat Pawtucket RI – Met Cafe
18 Sun New Haven CT – Toad’s Place
19 Mon Philadelphia PA – World Cafe Live
21 Wed Pittsburgh PA – Thunderbird Cafe
22 Thu Cleveland Oh – Beachland Ballroom
23 Fri Wilkes Barre PA – River St. Jazz Cafe
24 Sat Brooklyn NY – the Hall
25 Sun New Hope PA – Havana

Ike Willis – guitar, vocals
Denny Walley – guitar, slide guitar, vocals
Andre Cholmondeley – guitar, vocals
Ryan Berg – drums
Max Johnson – bass guitar
Kendall Scott – keyboards
Eric Svalgard – keyboards

Annie Gosfield at the Stone Reviewed

Source: The New York Times.

The motorized vacuum cleaner, most would agree, is a useful device. Its sound has practical applications, too, as many new parents can confirm who have soothed fussy babies with its milky white roar. But when it comes to making music, vacuums have mostly had to suck it up and wait.

On Monday evening at the Stone, this humble household appliance came out of the broom closet for an uproarious and dazzling performance of Annie Gosfield’s “Electric Sweepers and Vacuum Creepers.” Ms. Gosfield, who was celebrating her birthday with this concert, likes to mix live instruments with recorded sounds that to uninterested ears seem like mere noise.