AMN Reviews: Moon Zero – Moon Zero (2015; Denovali)

MoonZero_StUK’s Moon Zero (Tim Garratt) explores deep space and ambiance in this first effort, recorded at the St. George Church of London. His influences include Brian Eno and (most apparent) William Basinski.

At the outset, Garratt grabs attention, with the powerful 2-minute track Laika blasting strident, periodic warnings on top of synth layers. By the third track, The Solipsist, analog and digital approaches are mixed together so thoroughly that they become an inseparable blend of static and drones. Other tracks include sweeping, repetitive motifs, drifting waves of alien darkness, and sinusoidal drones.

A notable debut.

Vital Weekly Reviews 998

Source: Vital Weekly.

She Spread Sorrow – Rumspringa (Cd by Cold Spring Records) *
Sir Ashleigh Grove – the Nimply Power Sessions Parts I-vii/audio Memoirs of a Gentleman Aesthete (Cd by Siren Records) *
Stepmother – Calvary Greetings (Cd by Megaphone/knock ‘M Dead)
Decoder Ensemble Für Aktuelle Musik (Cd by Ahornfelder)
Olan Mill – Cavade Morlem (Cd by Dronarivm) *
Kostis Kilymis – Bethnal Greener (Lp by Rekem Records)
Sebastian Strinning – Kerrin (Lp by Wide Ear Records)
Psywarfare – Throw Away the Ocean (7″ by the Tide of the End)
Svartvit – Burned the Candle at Both Ends (Cassette, Private)
Vertonen – Send the Call out Send (Double Cdr by Ballast) *
Ujif_notfound – [Pre] (Cdr by Kvitnu) *
Jean-louis Huhta – No History No Future (Cdr by Glistening Examples) *
Jason Lescalleet – This Is What I Do Volume Ten (Cdr by Glistening Examples) *
Jela Bauer &Amp; Martyn Schmidt – Obwohl Kein Schall Zu Hören Ist (Cdr by Des Etudes Blanches) *
Martin Lau – Numen (Cdr by Atemwerft) *
Lärmschutz – Re: Review (Cassette by Barreuh Records)

John Zorn Interview and Profile

English: John Zorn Français : John Zorn

New compositions for his ‘Masada Book III, The Book Beriah,’ will premiere at Brooklyn’s Roulette.

Source: WSJ.

When Mr. Zorn turned 60, in 2013, the musical celebrations spanned New York. His work continues to saturate the city. Between now and Nov. 8, when Mr. Zorn concludes a six-night engagement leading five bands at the Village Vanguard jazz club, New Yorkers can choose from 30 different performances of his music. They include a “John Zorn Festival” within the inaugural programming at Brooklyn’s National Sawdust venue (Oct. 9 and 10; Oct. 30 and 31), and a solo recital by Mr. Zorn on the massive pipe organ at Manhattan’s St. Bartholomew’s Church (Oct. 30).

AMN Reviews: Berjozkele – Yiddish Lullabies and Evening Songs (Żydowski Instytut Historyczny)

The late, lamented, and highly unconventional rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, whose family came from the town of Oświęcim and perished in the death factory the Nazis built on that spot, once referred to the fact that the souls of the deceased are still there and cannot rest. They require prayers, they require testimony. And they probably require music, too.

Berjozkele approaches as an ambient haze. “Lullabies are a musical guide into the subconscious…on the border between waking and dream,” writes Ola Bilińska, whose project this is, in her introduction. Down the centuries, up to and even after the Holocaust, the relationship between Jews and Poles could be fraught. While increased contacts between Jews and Poles led to each culture having significant knowledge of the other, this knowledge stopped well short of mutual understanding; in one anthology, Michael C. Steinlauf writes that “[t]he cultural life of these groups developed separately: “A ‘Chinese wall,’ it was commonly said, separated the two peoples”.

Yiddish Lullabies and Evening Songs tears down this wall, at least quite a few bricks, in a soothing, sobering, salubrious style. That world can never be recreated, but these brilliant interpretations of songs of succor sung in a language that once flourished on Polish soil by a young Polish speaker provides plenty of room to reside in it for a while and consider what its future might have been.

Instead of rehashing tried-and-true styles, Bilińska has pared down the arrangement of each to a lone synthesizer, a lone electric guitar, a lone trumpet, clarinet, vibraphone, or simply the lone echo shadowing her soft voice. One is accompanied by an “artificial” field recording, the closer just by birdsong and hoot owl. Which perfectly suits the material. Each song has a history, some long, some relatively brief, and a birthplace – Romania, Poland, Russia, Silesia. Some come from the stage (by “father of the modern Jewish theater”, Abraham Goldfaden), some based on poems (one by a poet killed by Stalin, another by an émigré to America whose daughter married Woody Guthrie), some handed down in the family home and recorded by folklorists, another by Viktor Ullmann, a composer who died in Auschwitz. All the songs are, perhaps surprisingly, perhaps not, about nature (Berjozkele means “the little birch trees”), country life, the river turning from red to dark blue, a well standing “all lost in thought”, mountains and vales and magic, magic, magic everywhere. The life the people were living.

Beautifully designed and illustrated, featuring exemplary background notes to the music and its history and context, all lyrics in Yiddish, Polish and English. A labor of love, a great work of art and certainly an album of the year.

Stephen Fruitman

Lampo Fall Schedule

Lampo’s programs are chosen with careful consideration to make a balanced season of events. These programs, many of which feature rare Midwest appearances, attract a broad and diverse audience and give the public opportunities to directly experience the work of music’s leading innovators.

Source: Chicago’s Lampo.

LE REVELATEUR (Sabrina Ratte & Roger Tellier Craig)
Thursday Sep 24 – 7PM
Gene Siskel Film Center
In partnership with Conversations at the Edge; support provided by mediaThe foundation inc.

Le Révélateur is Montreal-based video artist Sabrina Ratté and musician Roger Tellier-Craig (Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Fly Pan Am). Using digital and analogue tools, the two produce mesmerizing audiovisual performances of pulsing light corridors, abstract color washes, spaced out synths and jump-cut rhythms—paying homage to the pioneers of electronic and computer art, while exploring entirely new dimensions. In this special program, the duo performs a new, long-form composition and screens a selection of Ratté’s short videos, including Activated Memory (2011), Littoral Zones, Landfall, and Habitat (all from 2014), with sound by Tellier-Craig.

Friday Oct 9 – 8PM
Chicago Cultural Center
In partnership with the Chicago Architecture Biennial and the Goethe-Institut Chicago

Florian Hecker will premiere Reformulations, an ambitious multichannel work created for Lampo and the Chicago Architecture Biennial, offering an auditory dramatization of the space in Preston Bradley Hall. Hecker, who lives and works in Kissing, Germany, and Edinburgh, United Kingdom, develops sound installations and live performances. With 17 speakers under the Tiffany dome, this will be his largest Chicago project to date.

Saturday Nov 21 – 8PM
In partnership with the Graham Foundation; support provided by the the American-Scandinavian Foundation

Norwegian artist Stine Janvin Motland presents her solo project In Labour. In this piece, the remarkable vocalist challenges the concert format and raises questions about how we listen. With an omnidirectional, wireless microphone, she moves between rooms outside and around the performance space. Her vocal abstractions and the surrounding ambience are transmitted live to the audience, offering the concert as a sort of live radio play with a remote narrator. Motland also will perform a solo improvisation.

Saturday Dec 12 – 8PM
In partnership with the Graham Foundation
In his Chicago debut, artist James Hoff presents new 4-channel work using computer viruses as agents within his composition process. Specifically, he uses viruses to infect beats, where the mutated results become the building blocks for new compositions. Hoff’s interest in computer viruses lies in their ability to self-distribute through (and ultimately disrupt) networks of communication, and Hoff’s agency as an artist centers on placing these parasitic forms into pre-existing genres, such as dance music.

Improvising Beings Fall Releases

Improvising Beings is a jazz record label specialized in free jazz, free improvisation and modern contemporary music in general. Improvising Beings also deals with stoner and psychedelic rock.

Source: Improvising Beings.

IB38 – Jean-Marc Foussat et les Autres, Alternative Oblique (4 CD box set anthology of unreleased archive)

IB39 – Silke Röllig (vocals), Burton Greene (piano), Space Is Still The Place

IB40 – Abdelhaï Bennani, Burton Greene, Chris Henderson, Alan Silva, Free Form Improvisation Ensemble 2013 (double CD)

IB41 – Fabien Robbe (piano solo), Da Bep Lec’h

IB42 – Hugues Vincent (cello), John Cuny (piano), Tagtraum

IB997 – Nicolas Pouzet (soprano sax, shakuhachi), Julien Palomo (analog keyboards, synths), Elation (A Tribute To The Masters)

Seattle Scene: September 11-26, 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.

Ant’lrd + Panabrite + RM Francis
Fri. September 11; 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door
Three Pacific Northwest artists present an evening of exploratory solo electronic sound performances, ranging from the drifting phonic ecstasies of Portland’s Ant’lrd to Panabrite’s concrète-kosmische hybridizations and the fragmented computer synthesis of RM Francis.

Sat. September 12; 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door
Popstronauts is an improvisational duo of flutist Clifford Dunn and percussionist Dio Jean-Baptiste that explores the chaos and reality that is life. The music is non-apologetic free improvisation taking influence from free jazz, Carribbean and African rhythmic forms, electronic noise, and popular music.
Upcoming Events (always subject to change; check our website for updates)

THU. 9/17 – THIS IS THE ONLY AVAILABLE WAYWARD DATE LEFT IN 2015! Contact Steve if interested. If you’ve never played a Wayward gig before, please read this first.

FRI. 9/18 – Zero-G Concerts presents Ask the Ages + Stephen Fandrich

SAT. 9/19 – WA Composers Forum presents Post-Haste Reed Duo

FRI. 9/25 – Steve Peters: Canções Profundas (Deep Songs) – Azorean soundscape recordings with Lesli Dalaba (trumpet), Beth Fleenor (clarinets), Paul Kikuchi (percussion), Naomi Siegel (trombone), Greg Sinibaldi (saxophone)

SAT. 9/26 – Steve Peters: Canções Profundas (Deep Songs)