AMN Reviews: Henrik Munkeby Nørstebø – Melting into Foreground [Sofa SOFA550]

sofa550Some instruments or classes of instruments are particularly known for their capacity to create acoustic musique concrète. Think of the low strings—especially the double bass—and their rich overtone structures, stolid materiality and deep resonance, all of which have allowed adventurous performers to explore an expansive and sometimes quite otherworldly palette of sound. Less associated with this type of sound exploration perhaps are the brass instruments. To the extent that this perception holds, Norwegian trombonist Henrik Munkeby Nørstebø is out to challenge it.

Trained in jazz and improvisation at the Gothenburg and Oslo music academies, Nørstebø seems to take a holistic approach to his instrument, one that encompasses its full range of dynamics as well as the different voices available to it. As an instrumental personality, the trombone can be brassy and broad; Nørstebø doesn’t evade this side of it, but he does also manage to elicit a quieter, more abstract side: he reveals the trombone’s secret life as an introvert.

Both sides of the instrument are explored on the first of the album’s two tracks, Sources of Internal Heat, for solo acoustic trombone. Introducing the piece with several long C# notes separated by silences, Nørstebø proceeds to build timbres marked by a low-buzzing, rough flutter, contrasts of register, beats and multiphonics, and dynamic variations. Abstract sounds bordering on the quasi-electronic have a place as well, but so do legato melodic fragments and voice-like microtonal drifts and glissandi.

The second track, Melting into Foreground, brings in the prerecorded sound of Nørstebø on half-clarinet, which is multiplied and overlaid into irregular relationships with itself. Like the first track, this one trades in sonic ambiguities. Sounds of rumbling and static, or apparent birdsong and feedback can sometimes be traced to their sources in the acoustic trombone or in the manipulated recording—and sometimes not. The effect is acousmatic but unmistakably rooted in the recognizably musical.

On both pieces, Nørstebø keeps his compositional structures clear through a balanced use of filled and empty space. The silences he allows between passages of sound tend to act as boundaries separating sections into disjunctive events defined by dramatic changes in timbre as well as in organization and dynamics. And despite his deliberate distorting and dismantling of the trombone’s conventional voice, he allows a fundamental warmth to pervade both performances.

http://sofamusic.no

Daniel Barbiero

All About Jazz Reviews

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Source: All About Jazz.

Dave Douglas Quintet
Brazen Heart (Greenleaf Music)

Double Basse
This Is Not Art (Clean Feed Records)

De Beren Gieren
One Mirrors Many (Clean Feed Records)

Joe McPhee / Jamie Saft / Joe Morris / Charles Downs
Ticonderoga (Clean Feed Records)

Luís Lopes/Jean-Luc Guionnet
Live At Culturgest (Clean Feed Records)

Martin Küchen/Jon Rune Strøm/Tollef Østvang
Melted Snow (NoBusiness Records)

Claudio Sanna
Ammentos (Hatology)

Juhani Aaltonen & Iro Haarla
Kirkastus (TUM Records)

Wadada Leo Smith & John Lindberg
Celestial Weather (TUM Records)

Konstrukt & Joe McPhee
If You Have Time (Omlatt Records)

Snik
Metasediment Rock (Clean Feed Records)

Rich Halley 4
Eleven (Pine Eagle Records)

King Crimson European Tour for September 2016


Source: Prog Sphere, a very early tour announcement.

King Crimson will be touring Europe next year. The band return to Aylesbury once again but from there will play countries not included in the 2015 itinerary. It will be the first time King Crimson have performed in Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, Denmark and Norway since 2003.

Sunday 4th Sept Aylesbury Waterside Theatre UK

Monday 5th Sept Aylesbury Waterside Theatre UK

Thursday 8th Sept Stuttgart, Beethoven-Saal, Germany

Sunday 11th Sep Berlin, Admiralpalast, Germany

Wednesday 14th Sept Prague, Forum Karlin, Czech Republic

Saturday 17th Sept, Zabrze, House of Music & Dance, Poland

Sunday 18th Sept, Zabrze, House of Music & Dance, Poland

Tuesday 20th Sept, Wroclaw, National Forum Of Music, Poland

Wednesday 21st Sept Wroclaw, National Forum Of Music, Poland

Friday 23rd Sept Copenhagen, Falkoner, Denmark

Monday 26th Sept Oslo, Sentrum Scene, Norway

Tuesday 27th Sept Oslo, Sentrum Scene, Norway

Coming to New York’s Roulette

Wadada Leo Smith

Source: Roulette.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2015 @ 8:00 PM BUY TICKETS
Joel Harrison and Infinite Possibility: Premiering 7 new works for 18-piece jazz orchestra
This music is a follow up to Joel Harrison’s first large jazz ensemble recording from 2013, Infinite Possibility. Each of the six pieces explores the intersection of dance grooves with unusual orchestration, improv, and surprising compositional twists and turns. It aims to cajole, inspire, provoke, entertain, and enlighten….

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2015 @ 8:00 PM BUY TICKETS
Tristan Perich: Three Improvisations Tristan Perich will perform three improvisations using piano and 1-bit electronics.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2015 @ 8:00 PM BUY TICKETS
beyond: a video and sound performance by Ursula Scherrer with MV Carbon and Shelley Hirsch
Video artist Ursula Scherrer together with Shelley Hirsch (voice) and MV Carbon (cello and synthesizer) will stretch, pull, distort and expand the boundaries of image, sound and space to reach to that which is beyond….

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2015 @ 8:00 PM BUY TICKETS
Special Twindrums Project with Yoshimio and Ikue Mori
Yoshimio and Ikue Mori met in the 80’s in Osaka, and have been involved together with different projects throughout the decades. Twindrum is project that started in Brooklyn in 2013, and performed in Japan in 2014….

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2015 @ 8:00 PM BUY TICKETS
Interpretations presents AACM50: Wadada Leo Smith // Douglas Ewart & Quasar
New works from two renowned composers from the AACM: Wadada Leo Smith presents “Voice, Strings, & Vibraphone Looking For the Most Refined Beauty” and “Henry David Thoreau’s Civil Disobedience 1849, Six Ideas”, featuring A Secret Quartet (Corneilus Dufallo, Jennifer Choi, Lev Zhurbin, Yves Dharamraj), Bobby Naughton, Thomas Buckner, and others. Douglas Ewart presents new music for a new ensemble….

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2015 @ 8:00 PM BUY TICKETS
Bérangère Maximin presents Siklon Sound objects, microphonics, digital chimeras. Bérangère Maximin’s music engages the listener in considerations of space and textures. Since her debut album, Tant Que Les Heures Passent on Tzadik (2008), she has gradually developed a hyper-personal style, creating sensual, hypnotic, sultry pieces with immediate impact. The electroacoustic composer’s repertoire is marked by encounters that have inspired her writing in various degrees….

MONDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2015 @ 8:00 PM BUY TICKETS
Two Nights December 14th- 15th Henry Threadgill’s Double Up Ensemble
Roulette presents two nights of Henry Threadgill’s Double-Up ensemble as he personally honors the 50th Anniversary of the AACM.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2015 @ 8:00 PM BUY TICKETS
Two Nights December 14th- 15th Henry Threadgill’s Double Up Ensemble
Roulette presents two nights of Henry Threadgill’s Double-Up ensemble as he personally honors the 50th Anniversary of the AACM.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2015 @ 8:00 PM BUY TICKETS
[RESIDENCY] Fire Breathing: David Byrd-Marrow, Peter Evans, Steve Lehman, Anthony Orji
Peter Evans has convened a new quartet of wind players for a premiere performance of collaborative music. Steve Lehman (saxophones), David Byrd-Marrow (french horn) and Anthony Orji (bass clarinet) will work with Evans, composing new structures for improvisation and sonic exploration. The all-wind instrument format is a rare one; the group will seek to both explore and break the limits imposed by breath sustained instruments, with each member of the group contributing his own unique voice and timbral approach to create a hybrid and ultra dynamic music….

MONDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2015 @ 5:00 PM BUY TICKETS
Phill Niblock: Winter Solstice
As the longest night of the year unfolds, and the journey of our planet nears the point when Winter commences in the Northern Hemisphere, join us for Phill Niblock’s annual Winter Solstice concert: six sublime hours music (acoustic and electronic) and mixed media film and video in a live procession that charts the movement of our planet and the progress of ourselves through art and performance at is maximal best….

December at the Cornelia Street Cafe

Source: New York’s Cornelia Street Cafe.

Thursday, Dec 03 – 10:00PM
ANDRÉ MATOS 4TET
André Matos, guitar; Tony Malaby, tenor sax; Masa Kamaguchi, bass; Billy Mintz, drums

Friday, Dec 04 – 9:00PM & 10:30PM
TONY MALABY‘S PALOMA RECIO
Tony Malaby, tenor sax; Kris Davis, piano; Eivind Opsvik, bass; Nasheet Waits, drums

Saturday, Dec 05 – 9:00PM & 10:30PM
TONY MALABY’S TAMARINDO
Tony Malaby, tenor sax; Michael Formanek, bass; Nasheet Waits, drums

Sunday, Dec 06 – 6:00PM
ENTERTAINING SCIENCE: 65 MILLION YEARS OF BIRD EVOLUTION DON’T LIE
Roald Hoffman, Dave Solider, hosts
Joel Cracraft, curator, Museum of Natural History; Karen Waltuch, viola; Ezekiel Healy, resonator guitar.

Friday, Dec 11 – 9:00PM & 10:30PM
MARK HELIAS-QUARTET MUSIC
Mark Helias, bass; Quinsin Nachoff, tenor saxophone; Kirk Knuffke, cornet; Dan Weiss, drums

Sunday, Dec 20 – 8:30PM
SOPRANO SAXOPHONE COLOSSUS
Michel Doneda, soprano sax; Sam Newsome, soprano sax; Dave Liebman, soprano sax; Tatsuya Nakatani, percussion

Sunday, Dec 27 – 8:30PM
ERI YAMAMOTO TRIO
Eri Yamamoto, piano; David Ambrosio, bass; Ikuo Takeuchi, drums

Wednesday, Dec 30 – 8:30PM
TOM RAINEY TRIO
Mary Halvorson, guitar; Ingrid Laubrock, tenor saxophone; Tom Rainey, drums

AMN Reviews: Niedowierzanie – Paradies (Zoharum)

a1467090160_16According to Genesis, Paradise slipped through our fingers just after having been attained. Adam and Eve had barely settled in before being banished by their Landlord. We´ve been longing to regain it ever since. Medieval and Renaissance intellectuals from St. Augustine to Dante were downright obsessed with it, certain that it existed somewhere, on this very earth, around some corner in Jerusalem or perhaps in the fabled kingdom of Prester John, “in the Far East beyond Persia and Armenia”. Various 16th-century explorers thought they might just have found it, up and down the east coast of the Americas and all the way to the Solomon Islands. Some histories and theologies speculate that it could be regained, others that it now exists beyond time, in the place where the righteous abide and await the Final Judgement, still others that it is the post-Apocalyptic reward.

On Paradies, Niedowierzanie, a Frenchman (Léo Maury) living in Berlin and trading under a Polish name (that enticingly translates as “disbelief”) evokes not so much Paradise but Paradise Lost (hear the despair of “Vous Voulez Ma Peau” and “Les Horizons Perdus”) and the desire to recoup it – literally (sometimes it sounds as if masons are hard at work raising its wall) and figuratively, conjured by the poetic arabesques of a lone, low cello, sweet accordion and mandolin. Ultimately, Paradies is a somewhat vexing work, theatrical in its musique concrète elements, metaphorical in its more conventionally euphonious moments. Perhaps it is far less complex than that – the cover features a pastoral etching of the Valley of Hinnom and the photograph inside the gatefold depicts a small group of mostly Yemenite Jews, men, women and children, clinging to the Wailing Wall, both circa 1900 – perhaps Niedowierzanie believes Jerusalem of old is as close as we get.

Regardless, the final piece, “#9,” is cathartically ascensive.

http://zoharum.bandcamp.com/album/paradies

Stephen Fruitman

The Stone in December

English: Trevor Dunn live at Saalfelden 2009 I...

Source: New York’s Stone .

12/1 Tuesday (DDT)
8 pm
Trio
Trevor Dunn (bass) Colin Stetson (saxes) Greg Fox (drums)

10 pm
Duo
Trevor Dunn, Thomas Morgan (basses)

12/2 Wednesday (AV)
8 pm
Chamber Pieces
Marika Hughes (cello) Ben Goldberg (contra-alto clarinet) Kris Davis (piano) Trevor Dunn (bass) The Secret Quartet: Jennifer Choi, Cornelius Dufallo (violins) Lev Zhurbin (viola) Yves Dharamraj (cello)
Movement for Contrabass Solo with String Quartet (1989) Insurgens for solo contra-alto clarinet (2005) String Quartet (iii) (2007) Singulus for solo cello (2009) Nocturnes for piano (2015)

10 pm
Trio
Trevor Dunn (bass) Eric Slick (drums) Brandon Seabrook (guitar, banjo)

12/3 Thursday (HW)
8 and 10pm
SpermChurch
Trevor Dunn (basses) Sannety (laptop)

12/4 Friday (SK)
8 pm
PROOFReaders: The Music of Ornette Coleman
Trevor Dunn (bass) Darius Jones (alto sax) Nate Wooley (trumpet) Ryan Sawyer (drums)

10 pm
PROOFReaders + guest play PRIMETIME
Trevor Dunn (bass) Darius Jones (alto sax) Nate Wooley (trumpet) Ryan Sawyer, Kevin Shae (drums) Ben Goldberg (contra-alto clarinet) Brandon Seabrook (banjo)

12/5 Saturday (AV)
8 and 10 pm
trio-convulsant avec des cordes
Trevor Dunn (bass) Mary Halvorson (guitar) Ches Smith (drums) Secret Quartet: Jennifer Choi, Cornelius Dufallo (violins) Lev Zhurbin (viola) Jeffrey Zeigler (cello)
TWENTY DOLLARS

12/6 Sunday (VPKR)
3 pm
JOHN ZORN‘S BAGATELLES: JAMIE SAFT TRIO
Jamie Saft (piano) Brad Jones (bass) Kenny Wollesen (drums)
TWENTY DOLLARS

8 pm
Trio
Trevor Dunn (bass) Phillip Greenlief (reeds) TBA (drums)

10 pm
Endangered Blood
Trevor Dunn (bass) Chris Speed (tenor sax) Oscar Noriega (alto, clarinets) Jim Black (drums)

12/8 Tuesday (SV)
8 pm
Cantata Profana plays Welch
Jacob Ashworth (violin, conductor) Kate Maroney (mezzo-soprano) John Taylor Ward (baritone) Hannah Collins (cello) Arash Noori (guitar) Gleb Kanasevich (clarinet) Doug Perry (percussion) Dan Schlosberg (piano)

10 pm
Suzana Bartal Plays the Piano Music of Welch
Suzana Bartal (piano)

12/9 Wednesday (DDT)
8 pm
Matthew Welch
Matthew Welch (solo bagpipes)

10 pm
The Library of Babel
Brendon Randall-Myers (electric guitar) Matthew Welch (bagpipes) Brian Chase (drums, electronics)

12/10 Thursday (JB)
8 pm
Clocks In Motion plays the percussion works of Welch
Sean Kleve, Dave Alcorn, Michael Koszewski, James McKenzie (percussion) Matthew Welch (bagpipes)

10 pm
Dan Friel and Matthew Welch
Dan Friel (electric guitar) Matthew Welch (bagpipes)

12/11 Friday (SC)
8 pm
Blarvuster
Matthew Welch (bagpipes, sax, voice) Will Northlich-Redmond (electric guitar) Ian Riggs (bass guitar) Brian Chase (drums)

10 pm
Will Northlich-Redmond and Matthew Welch
Will Northlich-Redmond (electric guitar) Matthew Welch (reeds)

12/12 Saturday (HM)
8 pm
Matthew Welch’s “And Here We Are” with Blarvuster and Mantra Percussion
Kate Maroney (mezzo-soprano) Daniel Neer (baritone) Ben Holmes (trumpet) (clarinet) Joe Bergen (vibraphone) Al Cerulo (percussion) Jude Traxler (percussion) Emily Manzo (piano) Ian Riggs (bass guitar) Brian Chase (drums) Matthew Welch (conductor)

10 pm
Matthew Welch, Jeremiah Cymerman, Toby Driver
Matthew Welch (sax) Jeremiah Cymerman (clarinet) Toby Driver (bass)

12/13 Sunday (JASV)
3 pm
JOHN ZORN’S BAGATELLES: JOHN MEDESKI TRIO
John Medeski (organ) David Fiuczynski (guitar) Calvin Weston (drums)
TWENTY DOLLARS

8 pm
Matthew Welch’s compositions for Balinese Gamelan
Gamelan Dharma Swara, gamelan

10 pm
JOHN ZORN’S BAGATELLES BY NIGHT: BEN GOLDBERG TRIO
Ben Goldberg (clarinet) Liberty Ellman (guitar) Trevor Dunn (bass)
TWENTY DOLLARS

12/15 Tuesday (SK)
8 pm
Yoshimio & Chuck Bettis
Yoshimio (drums, voice) Chuck Bettis (electronics, throat)

10 pm
Silver Process
Chuck Bettis (electronics) Joe Merolla (cello) Brian Chase (drums) Kevin Norton (vibes, drums) Motoko Fukuyama (film)

12/16 Wednesday (SV)
8 pm
Chuck Bettis, Dafna Naphtali, Hans Tammen, Levy Lorenzo
Chuck Bettis (electronics, throat) Dafna Naphtali (voice, electronics) Hans Tammen (modular synth) Levy Lorenzo (electronics)

10 pm
Galactic Scorpion Council
Dave Scanlon (guitar) Dave Miller (drums) Chuck Bettis (electronics)

12/17 Thursday (KR)
8 pm
Pretty Clicks
Berangere Maximin (digital chimeras) Chuck Bettis (electronics)

10 pm
Period & Chris Pitsiokos
Mike Pride (drums) Charlie Looker (guitar) Chuck Bettis (electronics, throat) Chris Pitsiokos (sax)

12/18 Friday (KR)
8 pm
Sylvie Courvoisier, Ikue Mori, Chuck Bettis
Sylvie Courvoisier (piano) Ikue Mori (electronics) Chuck Bettis (electronics)

10 pm
Gamma Reverse Dream Logic
Jessica Pavone (viola) Jeremiah Cymerman (clarinet, electronics) Chuck Bettis (electronics)

12/19 Saturday (HM)
8 pm
Matmos & Chuck Bettis
Drew Daniel (electronics) M.C. Schmidt (electronics) Chuck Bettis (electronics)

10 pm
Big Blood & Chuck Bettis + special guests
Colleen Kinsella (voice, harmonium, drums) Caleb Mulkerin (electric guitar, voice, tape loops) Chuck Bettis (electronics) special guests (vocals)

12/20 Sunday (JBBL)
3 pm
JOHN ZORN’S BAGATELLES: ASMODEUS
Marc Ribot (guitar) Trevor Dunn (bass) Tyshawn Sorey (drums)
TWENTY DOLLARS

8 pm
Chuck Bettis, Franke Vogl, Evan Rapport
Chuck Bettis (electronics) Franke Vogl (prepared bass) Evan Rapport (saxophone)

10 pm
Mossenek & Larry Kwartowitz
Mick Barr (guitar) Chuck Bettis (throat, electronics) Colin Marston (bass, electronics) Larry Kwartowitz (drums)

12/22 Tuesday (HW)
8 pm
The Living Wheel: The River of Tears
Jessica Pavone (viola) Brent Arnold (cello) Ches Smith (mallets) Mike Lockwood (drums) Timba Harris (conductor)

10 pm
The Living Wheel: Ring of Echoes
Miguel Frasconi (glass) Kenny Grohowski (resonant metals) Jessica Pavone (viola) Brent Arnold (cello) Timba Harris (conductor)

12/23 Wednesday (SC)
8 pm
Probosci
Timba Harris (violin) Gyan Riley (guitar)

10 pm
Clefter
Timba Harris (violin) Gyan Riley (guitar) Toby Driver (synths, drum machine)

12/25 Friday (HW)
8 pm
The Living Wheel: A Gathering in the Sky
Josh Sinton (bari, bass clarinet) tba (winds) Miguel Frasconi (glass) Kenny Grohowski (resonant metals) Timba Harris (conductor)

10 pm
The Living Wheel: Zeus Rising
Jeremiah Cymerman (clarinet, electronics) Nicolas Shellenberger (voice) Josh Sinton (bari, bass clarinet) tab (winds) Timba Harris (conductor)
Surrender to the AIR in The Living Wheel, a cycle of 8 quartet concerts featuring a rotating cast of musicians performing systematic improvisations informed by the 4 CLASSICAL ELEMENTS and their symbolic qualities and associations. A “conductor” captures emerging musical motives from each quartets’ improvisations and “seeds” them into the systems for each successive concert, resulting in an evolving musical narrative that threads through the entire rotation of the elements.

12/26 Saturday (HW)
8 pm
The Living Wheel: Cracks in the Desert Floor
Gyan Riley (guitar) Shahzad Ismaily (bass, synth) Jeremiah Cymerman (clarinet, electronics) Nicolas Shellenberger (voice) Timba Harris (conductor)

10 pm
The Living Wheel: The Infernal Embrace
Toby Driver, Matt Hollenberg, Gyan Riley, Shahzad Ismaily (crushing wall of amplified guitars/synths) Timba Harris (conductor)

12/27 Sunday (JAHM)
3 pm
JOHN ZORN’S BAGATELLES: JIM BLACK GUITAR QUARTET
Keisuke Matsuno (guitar) Jonathan Goldberger (guitar) Simon Jermyn (bass) Jim Black (drums)
TWENTY DOLLARS

8 pm
The Living Wheel: Medusa’s Gaze
Kenny Grohowski, Larry Kwartowitz (drums) Toby Driver (guitars, synths) Matt Hollenberg (guitar) Timba Harris (conductor)

10 pm
The Living Wheel: Roots of Rock, Bones of Stone
Ches Smith, Mike Lockwood, Kenny Grohowski, Larry Kwartowitz (drums, percussion) Timba Harris (conductor)

12/29 Tuesday (JB)
8 pm
JOHN ZORN IMPROV NIGHT—A STONE BENEFIT
John Zorn (sax) Joe Morris (guitar) Marc Ribot (guitar) Jeremiah Cymerman (clarinet) Kenny Grohowski (drums) Gyan Riley (guitar) Uri Gurvich (sax)
TWENTY DOLLARS

10 pm
JOHN ZORN’S BAGATELLES BY NIGHT: MATT HOLLENBERG-NICK MILLEVOI QUARTET
Matt Hollenberg (guitar) Nick Millevoi (guitar) Johnny DeBlase (bass) Kenny Grohowski (drums)
TWENTY DOLLARS

12/30 Wednesday (VP)
8 pm
JOHN ZORN IMPROV NIGHT
John Zorn (sax) Mark Helias (bass) Ikue Mori (electronics) Uri Caine (piano) Anthony Coleman (piano) Severine Ballon (cello) Erik Friedlander (cello) Frank London (trumpet)
TWENTY DOLLARS

10 pm
JOHN ZORN’S BAGATELLES BY NIGHT: GYAN RILEY AND JULIAN LAGE
Julian Lage (guitar) Gyan Riley (guitar)
TWENTY DOLLARS

12/31 Thursday (SV)
8 pm
JOHN ZORN IMPROV NIGHT—A STONE BENEFIT
John Zorn (sax) Jim Staley (trombone) Ikue Mori (electronics) Okkyung Lee (cello) Chuck Bettis (electronics) Mike Nicolas (cello) Ned Rothenberg (sax) Brian Chase (drums)
TWENTY DOLLARS

10 pm
JOHN ZORN’S BAGATELLES BY NIGHT: TRIGGER
Will Greene (guitar) Simon Hanes (bass) Aaron Edgcomb (drums)
TWENTY DOLLARS