AMN Picks of the Week: Sonar / Evan Woodle / East West Quintet / Ahleuchatistas / Broadcloth

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.

Sonar – Black Light (2015)
Evan Woodle – Nth (2015)
East West Quintet – Anthem (2015)
Ahleuchatistas – Arrebato (2015)
Broadcloth – In Stitches (2015)

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Big Ears Festival 2016 Full Lineup

Anthony Braxton

Source: Big Ears Festival 2016, which takes place in Knowville, Tennessee, March 31- April 2.

THURSDAY, MARCH 31
Knoxville Symphony Orchestra with Steven Schick performing the music of John Luther Adams, Bryce Dessner, & Philip Glass
The Gloaming
Yo La Tengo
Andy Stott
Tony Conrad
Wolf Eyes
Marc Ribot
Xylouris White
Zeena Parkins & Tony Buck
Olivia Chaney
Mamiffer

FRIDAY, APRIL 01
Andrew Bird
Anthony Braxton Tentet
Outside the Dream Syndicate (Tony Conrad with Faust)
Nicolas Jaar (DJ)
Vijay Iyer & Wadada Leo Smith
eighth blackbird with Bonnie “Prince” Billy and Bryce Dessner
Yo La Tengo & Lampchop
Shabazz Palaces
Steven Schick
Bombino
Joe Henry & Marc Ribot
Phantom Orchard
Chris Abrahams
Molly Nilsson

SATURDAY, APRIL 02
An Evening with Laurie Anderson and Philip Glass
Sunn O)))
Bedroom Community 10th Anniversary: Nico Muhly, Ben Frost, Sam Amidon, & Valgeir Sigurðsson
The Necks
Kiasmos (Ólafur Arnalds & Janus Rasmussen)
Angel Olsen
Lambchop
Anthony Braxton Trio
Faust
Kamasi Washington
Mary Halvorson
Hieroglyphic Being
Circuit des Yeux
Ikue Mori
nief-norf

The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

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Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

Hu Vibrational – Epic Botanical Suite (Meta Records, 2015) ****½
Scott Tinkler & Greg Sheehan – Federal (Bandcamp, 2015) ****
Variable Geometry Orchestra – Lulu auf dem Berg (Creative Sources, 2015) ****
Yoni Kretzmer 2Bass Quartet – Book II (OutNow Recordings, 2015) ****
White Out with Nels Cline – Accidental Sky (Northern Spy, 2015) ****½
The Convergence Quartet – Owl Jacket (No Business, 2015) ****½
Roots Magic – Hoodoo Blues (Clean Feed, 2015) ***½
No Pair – Chaos and Order (Long Song Records, 2015) ****
The Necks – Vertigo (Fish of Milk/Northern Spy, 2015) ***½
Ido Bukelman / Nadav Masel / Nir Sabag – Hanut Trio (Out Now Recordings, 2015) ***½
Ido Bukelman / Nadav Masel – Ground Birds (Out Now Recordings, 2015) ****½

Three Ivo Perelman Releases Reviewed

Source: Morning Star.

Born in Sao Paulo in 1961, the incendiary hornman Ivo Perelman began his musical life as a classical guitarist. He learned cello, piano, trombone and clarinet before committing to the tenor saxophone at the age of 19. He remembers what his first experience with the instrument meant to him: “It felt like an animal, all melody, air and expression — an eternity, a living thing. I became one with a living thing.” He studied at, then quickly dropped out of, Berkley music college in Boston, before moving to Los Angeles in 1986 and charging his artistry and phenomenal powers of improvisation with a whole cosmos of influences — from Brazilian folk themes and children’s songs, African sounds and Takeba Indian musical traditions, Coltrane and the rasping saxophone timbres of Albert Ayler — although he later claimed that he had never heard his recordings before he was so frequently compared to him.

Accidental Music Festival in Orlando

Source: Accidental Music Festival.

Yarn/Wire @ The Plaza Live on October 29th.

Yarn/Wire is a New York-based percussion and piano quartet (Ian Antonio and Russell Greenberg, percussion / Laura Barger and Ning Yu, pianos). Noted for their “spellbinding virtuosity” and “restlessly curious” programming (Time Out New York), the ensemble is admired for the energy and precision it brings to performances of today’s most adventurous music.

Ensemble AMF ( Featuring Eric Jacobsen) @ Will’s Pub on December 4th.

New to AMF this year is our very own contemporary ensemble featuring Orlando musicians. This concert will feature Eric Jacobsen of Brooklyn Rider and Director of the Orlando Philharmonic. The concert will honor Accidental Music Festival co-founder John Alvarez who died in 2014. The program features music of Michael Gordon, Steve Reich, Julia Wolfe, and Alvarez.

Vicky Chow performing Surface Image @ Timucua on February 13th.

Canadian pianist Vicky Chow has been described as “brilliant” (New York Times), “a monster pianist” (Time Out New York) “virtuosic” (New Jersey Star Ledger), “sparkling” with a “feisty technique” (MIT Tech) and “new star of new music” (Los Angeles Times) She is the pianist for the Bang on a Can All- Stars, Grand Band, The Virgil Moorefield Pocket Orchestra, and New Music Detroit and has collaborated with other ensembles such as ICE, Wet Ink Ensemble, and the Wordless Music Orchestra. Most recently she gave the North American premiere of Steve Reich’s work ‘Piano Counterpoint’ and the world premiere of John Zorn‘s new piano trio titled “The Aristos”, and Michael Gordon’s ‘Ode to La Bruja, Hanon, Czerny, Van Cliburn and little gold stars’ written for Grand Band, and an evening length work by artist/composer Tristan Perich for solo piano and 40 channel 1-bit electronics titled ‘Surface Image’ written for Chow.