AMN Picks of the Week: Ed Palermo / The Hero of Warchester / Aires / Moppa Elliott / Ergo / Aidan Baker

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.

Ed Palermo Big Band – One Child Left Behind (2016)
The Hero of Warchester – The Hero of Warchester (2015)
Aires – Fantasma (2016)
Moppa Elliott – Still up in the Air (2016)
Ergo – As Subtle As Tomorrow (2016)
Aidan Baker – Dualism (2016)

Ashley Fure Composer Portrait at Columbia Reviewed

Source: The New York Times.

Things veered off course from the first downbeat on Thursday when Columbia University’s Miller Theater offered a composer portrait of Ashley Fure. At the start of “Something to Hunt,” the International Contemporary Ensemble’s violinist Ben Russell raised his bow and hovered it above his instrument’s strings, eyes fixed intently on the conductor David Fulmer. But when Mr. Fulmer gave the cue, it was as if Mr. Russell’s right arm obeyed some faulty muscle impulse: instead of drawing the hair across the strings in the space in between bridge and fingerboard, his bow swooped down through the air toward the violin’s scrolls, then settled on the end of the neck. From there the bow slowly glided up along the length of the strings, producing a furry whisper that contained only the faintest hint of violin-ness within it.



February 7, 2016
Lester St. Louis Solo, Spectrum
Lester St. Louis

February 7, 2016
Bram De Looze, Henry Fraser, Dre Hocevar, Spectrum
Henry Fraser Dre Hocevar Bram De Looze

February 7, 2016
Aaron Larson Tevis, Bryan Qu, Zack Clarke, Brandon Lopez, Dre Hocevar, Spectrum
Zack Clarke Dre Hocevar Brandon Lopez Bryan Qu Aaron Larson Tevis

February 5, 2016
Josh Sinton Solo, IBeam
Josh Sinton

February 5, 2016
Desvelo, IBeam
Álvaro Domene Briggan Krauss Mike Pride Josh Sinton

February 4, 2016
The Virtuosity of Excess, Roulette
Lori Freedman

February 4, 2016
Morton Subotnick & Lillevan, Roulette
Lillevan Morton Subotnick

The Spectrum in February

Source: New York’s Spectrum.

– Rakete bee bee! Rakete bee zee! A Monster Celebration of Dada’s 100th Anniversary curated by Hans Tammen (Feb. 12)

– Valentin Carette (France) (Feb. 13)

– The City of Tomorrow (woodwind quintet) (Feb. 13)

– Cantata Profana (Feb. 14)

– New Music Speed Dating with the Experiential Orchestra Chamber Ensemble co-curated by James Blachly & Patrick Castillo (Feb. 14)

– GravityFest: Gravity’s Rainbow Quasi-Bi-Weekly Series hosted by Sam Bodkin – Spectrum’s Deep Culture Program (Feb. 17)

– Eleonor Sandresky (Feb. 17)

– David Kalhous & Benjamin Sung (Feb. 18)

– John King’s Born Into Flames Series feat. Carlos Lavezzari & Elmo King (Feb. 19)

– Spectrum’s Friday Night Jazz feat. Flin Van Hemmen (Feb. 19)

– Composers Now Festival: Dalit Warshaw & Jessica Meyer (Feb. 20)

– Teodora Stepančić (Feb. 20)

– Ramin Arjomand’s Reinterpretations Series (Feb. 21)

– Passepartout Duo: Nicoletta Favari (Glasgow) & Chris Salvito (Baltimore/NYC) (Feb. 22)

– Leap Day Festival (Feb. 26-29 )
Hannah Lash (Feb. 26)
Electric Guitar Spotlight: Nick Didkovsky/Vomit Fist; Agah Bahari; Glenn Cornett (Feb. 26)
Tenth Intervention Presents: Robert Ashley’s Perfect Lives (Feb. 27)
International Contemporary Ensemble (Feb. 28)
Taka Kigawa (Feb. 29)
Stuart Breczinski’s Title Pending Series (Feb. 29)

– North/South Piano Salon Curated by Lester St. Louis (Feb. 28)

Steve Swell Artist Profile

Source: Jazz Right Now.

Born in Newark, New Jersey, Steve Swell has been an active member of the New York music community since 1975. He has established himself as a premiere leader and sideman of some of the most exciting groups ever assembled, giving performances at festivals, clubs and theaters in Africa, Asia, Europe, North and South America. His composing talents have been recognized the world over. His “Suite for Players, Dreamers and other Listeners” was voted number 2 in the 2006 Cadence Reader’s Poll. Swell’s curiosity and need to create has led him to becoming a much heralded sideman affording him the opportunity to participate as an integral part of groups led by some of the most renown musicians in the jazz and improvised worlds. Among those notables are Lionel Hampton, Buddy Rich, Anthony Braxton, Cecil Taylor, William Parker, Alan Silva, Roswell Rudd, Jemeel Moondoc, Ken Vandermark, Makanda Ken McIntyre, Roscoe Mitchell, Rob Mazurek, Dave Burrell, Elliott Sharp and Bill Dixon to name a few.

The International Electronic Music Association and the Cassette Underground

Source: Percorsi Musicali.

One of the more interesting trends of recent years is the resurgent visibility of the cassette tape as a medium for creating and distributing music. Experimental and electronic musicians have long had a durable relationship to tape as a medium for creating as well as for storing sound, but since the middle of the last decade cassette tapes have been appearing with increasing frequency among new releases of experimental as well as other kinds of music. At the same time, the ascendency of digital technologies has made possible the preservation and perpetuation of the work of one of the more significant forerunners of contemporary experimental music: The original cassette underground.