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)
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
Yo La Tengo
Zeena Parkins & Tony Buck
FRIDAY, APRIL 01
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
Joe Henry & Marc Ribot
SATURDAY, APRIL 02
An Evening with Laurie Anderson and Philip Glass
Bedroom Community 10th Anniversary: Nico Muhly, Ben Frost, Sam Amidon, & Valgeir Sigurðsson
Kiasmos (Ólafur Arnalds & Janus Rasmussen)
Anthony Braxton Trio
Circuit des Yeux
Source: Touching Extremes.
UELI FUYÛRU DERENDINGER – Tsuru No Sugomori
RAYMOND BONI / RAPHAËL SAINT-REMY – Clameur
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
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.