Upcoming Anthony Braxton Releases

Anthony Braxton

From the Tri-Centric Foundation:

The long-awaited box set recording of Anthony Braxton‘s epic 4-act opera Trillium J (The Non-Unconfessionables) has finally arrived, a beautiful testament to Braxton’s vision and the incredible work of close to 100 musicians, dancers, designers, directors, producers, and technicians. The set includes a 4-CD studio recording and a live performance captured on Blu-ray disc, plus a booklet with new composer’s notes and the complete libretto.

In addition to the opera, two more massive and exceptional projects have arrived at the finish line. Quintet (Tristano) 2014 is a 7-CD studio recording of the compositions of Lennie Tristano and associated musicians, featuring Braxton on piano, while 3 Compositions (EEMHM) 2011 is the origin recording of Braxton’s latest immersive musical system, Echo Echo Mirror House Music, available as 3-CD box set or 6-channel surround sound Blu-ray from our friends at Firehouse 12 Records. All three sets will be simultaneously released to the general public on April 1, 2016.

AMN Capsule Reviews: Bell Witch / Dominique Leone / Marco Oppedisano

a2141058069_16Bell Witch – Four Phantoms (2015; Profound Lore)

Bell Witch is a doom / drone metal duo, featuring drums, bass, and vocals. While the latter occasionally take on the traditional “cookie monster” style of death metal, a fair amount of the singing is cleaner, and almost monastic in tone. The bass is overdubbed, with the lower registers distorted for a jarring impact, while the higher notes resemble that of a regular guitar.  As expected from this style, a prodigious tempo spans the four long tracks herein. Combine Sunn O))) with Dead Can Dance, and you might get something close to Four Phantoms.


a3461004205_16Dominique Leone – San Francisco (2015; Bandcamp)

Dominique Leone describes this EP-length release as influenced by Frank Zappa, Harry Nilsson, Igor Stravinsky, and prog rock in general. The Zappa influences are apparent, with quirk, complex, pop-influenced tracks, prominently featuring vocals. Further, the lyrics and musical content has an overall homourous approach, bordering on the sarcastic. Co-cospirators include Jordan Glenn and Jason Hoops of the Fred Frith trio and Jack O’ The Clock, as well as clarinetists Matt Ingalls and Aaron Novak, among others. Occasionally one might hear a bit of Queen as well, if listening for it.


a1133347305_16Marco Oppedisano – Resolute (2015; Bandcamp)

In Resolute, Marco Oppedisano achieves something of a blend between experimental electric guitar and musique concrete. Incorporating distorted chords and textures, as well as found-object percussion and effects, Oppedisano leads the listener through five short tracks. The disjointedness of these compositions could be mistaken for a incidental music of a soundtrack, perhaps one from a twisted cartoon. The latter tracks incorporate piano and voice to assist forming Oppedisano’s idiosyncratic dissonance.


Chicago Scene: December 19-23, 2015

This is a weekly overview live avant performances in the Chicago area.  Contact us if you’d like your shows listed.

Saturday, December 19th 2015

4:00PM at the Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia, 773.227.4433 (Free)

7:00PM at the Rhythm Room, 1715 Maple Ave, Evanston IL, 847.491.9723
Jimmy Bennington Colour and Sound Trio

7:30PM at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago, 312.280.2660 ($20) (wheelchair-accessible)
Tatsu Aoki and Tsukasa Taiko

9:00PM at The Burlington, 3425 W Fullerton, 773.384.3243
Stirrup : Fred Lonberg-Holm, Nick Macri, Charles Rumback

Sunday, December 20th 2015

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($15-$12)
Carl Testa with James Falzone, Jeff Kimmel, Aaron Getsug, Alejandro Acierto, Jennifer Woodrum

9:00PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont, 773.709.1401 (wheelchair-accessible)
Mars Williams Presents : The 6th Annual Ayler Xmas Show
Mars Williams, Josh Berman, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Jim Baker, Brian Sandstrom, Kent Kessler, Steve Hunt

Monday, December 21st 2015

6:00AM at Links Hall, 3111 N Western ($25)
25th Annual Winter Solstice Concerts
Hamid Drake, Michael Zerang

8:00PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western
Hamid Drake, Ari Brown, Harrison Bankhead
Michael Zerang and The Blue Lights

9:00PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444 (wheelchair-accessible)
Extraordinary Popular Delusions : Jim Baker, Keefe Jackson, Brian Sandstrom, Steve Hunt

Tuesday, December 22nd 2015

6:00AM at Links Hall, 3111 N Western ($25)
25th Annual Winter Solstice Concerts
Hamid Drake, Michael Zerang

8:00PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western
Michael Zerang, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Jim Baker, Kent Kessler
Hamid Drake, Joshua Abrams, Jason Adasiewicz

Wednesday, December 23rd 2015

6:00AM at Links Hall, 3111 N Western ($25)
25th Annual Winter Solstice Concerts
Hamid Drake, Michael Zerang
8:00PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western
Tatsu Aoki and Tsukasa Taiko with Hamid Drake, Michael Zerang
Solstice Orchestra : Hamid Drake and Michael Zerang with Chicago musicians

For more information, such as directions, as well as upcoming performances, see:

http://now-is.org/, http://www.ratchetmusic.com, http://www.umbrellamusic.org, http://www.mcachicago.org, http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/chicago_culturalcenterschedule.html, http://www.skylarkchicago.com, http://www.hideoutchicago.com, http://www.elasticrevolution.com, http://www.myopicbookstore.com/music.html, http://www.lampo.org, http://dalniente.com, http://iceorg.org/events/category/chicago, http://www.emptybottle.com/