2015 Best of Lists from Around the Web: Part IV

It’s that time again. We gather best-of-2015 lists from around the web and provide links here. See Part I, Part II, and Part III.

A Closer Listen’s top 10 field recordings, top 10 experimental, top 10 drone, and top 10 ambient.

Francis Davis’s top ten jazz and more.

The Chicago Reader’s best jazz of 2015.

Tom Hull’s long list of best jazz of 2015.

The Wire’s top 50 releases of 2015, with samples.

Stewart Smith’s best jazz of 2015.

Nadia Sirota Residency at NY’s Symphony Space

Source: Symphony Space.


Symphony Space is pleased to present violist and curator Nadia Sirota in a four-evening residency, February 1 – 5, 2016. In addition to assembling the programs, she performs in each, spotlighting her vital role in New York’s thriving indie-classical scene. A founding member of ACME, yMusic, and the Wordless Music Orchestra, Nadia has commissioned and premiered pieces by composers such as Marcos Balter, Caleb Burhans, Judd Greenstein, Missy Mazzoli, and Nico Muhly. In addition, she has collaborated with musicians across a wide range of genres, from Itzhak Perlman to The National. She is also an award-winning broadcaster, the host of Q2 Music’s ‘Meet the Composer’ podcast.

Monday, February 1 (7:30 pm): Old and New
Leonard Nimoy Thalia
Nadia Sirota, viola and Liam Byrne, viol, and viol consort (Doug Balliett, Gabriel Cabezas, Loren Ludwig, Zoe Weiss), cello, voices (Mellissa Hughes, Jamie Jordan, and Kirsten Sollek), and Chris Thompson, percussion. Music from the Renaissance and the 21st century by David Lang (world premiere of new work plus just for 3 singers, viola, cello, and percussion), Nico Muhly (Slow for 5 viols), Alexander Agricola, William Byrd, Orlando Gibbons, and others.​ Including Nadia in discussion with David Lang.

Tuesday, February 2 (7:30 pm): Dreamland: Film with Live Music
Leonard Nimoy Thalia
Nadia Sirota, viola and Valgeir Sigurðsson, electronics
A suite of Sigurðsson’s music from the Icelandic documentary Dreamland, played live with video. Dreamland examines the environmental risks of building enormous dams to generate cheap hyrdro-electric energy. Including Sirota in discussion with Sigurðsson.​

Thursday, February 4 (7:30 pm): Heart and Breath: Nadia Sirota + Richard Reed Parry (world premiere of new addition)
Leonard Nimoy Thalia
Nadia Sirota, viola and Richard Reed Parry, keyboards
Music by Parry (selections from Music for Heart and Breath, Old Folk) and Bryce Dessner (Delphica). Program includes a special world premiere of a new addition to Music for Heart and Breath. Including Sirota in discussion with Parry.

​Friday, February 5 (8pm): Donnacha Dennehy’s Tessellatum
Peter Jay Sharp Theatre
Nadia Sirota, viola; Liam Byrne, Doug Balliett, Loren Ludwig, and Zoe Weiss, viols; Valgeir Valgeir Sigurðsson, electronics; Nico Muhly, and others TBA. World premiere of Dennehy’s Tessellatum for viola, viols, and electronics. Plus music from artists of Valgeir Sigurðsson’s Bedroom Community label, including Nico Muhly and others.

Other Events

Thursday, February 4 (1 pm): DUO Stephanie and Saar
Leonard Nimoy Thalia
This program of contemporary piano works for four hands includes music by Conlon Nancarrow, George Crumb, and György Kurtág.

The Roulette in January

Source: Roulette.

This January, we welcome rising cellist and bandleader Tomeka Reid, whose quartet includes legendary guitarist and Roulette mainstay Mary Halvorson. A new opera from Kristin Norderval and Naomi Wallace tackles the social and political ramifications of torture, and Roulette artist-in-residence Gelsey Bell returns to our stage to present two collaborative duets with her sister Biba Bell and composer John King. We round out the month with an album release event from free improvisation group Bloodmist, who counts the exciting young composer Mario Diaz de Leon as one of their members.

Wednesday, January 6 @ 8pm
The Tomeka Reid Quartet with Jason Roebke, Tomas Fujiwara and Mary Halvorson

Wednesday, January 13 @ 8pm
Concert Reading : The Trials of Patricia Isasa
An Opera in Two Acts by Kristin Norderval and Naomi Wallace

Friday, January 22 @ 8pm
Collaborative Duets: Gelsey Bell and Biba Bell // Gelsey Bell and John King

Wednesday, January 27 @ 8pm
Bloodmist (Jeremiah Cymerman, Toby Driver, Mario Diaz de Leon) Album Release Event + Andrew Hock + Stephen Gosling

The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

English: Peter Brötzmann, moers festival 2010

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

Various Artists – Another Evening At Logos 1974/79/81 (Sub Rosa, 2015) ***
John Carter – Echoes From Rudolph’s (NoBusiness, 2015) ****
Icepick – Amaranth / Joe McPhee – Zurich
The Gate – Chuck / In the Sea – Henry Crabapple Disappear
Peter Brötzmann / Steve Swell / Paal Nilssen-Love – Krakow Nights (Not Two, 2015) ****½
The Turbine! – Entropy/Enthalpy (RogueArt, 2015) ****
Veryan Weston, Jon Rose & Hannah Marshall ‎– Tuning Out (Emanem, 2015) ****

Jon Rose in Australia Reviewed

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald.

Rather than sit on fences – especially barbed-wire ones – Jon Rose plays them. This invitation-only performance twisted together Rose’s twin obsessions as an improviser: fences and violins. He played the violin throughout, but in the second half it was against recordings derived from the Great Fences of Australia project that he and Hollis Taylor conducted over many years and countless kilometres, in which they bowed outback fences.