Just about ten years after the release of his first solo recording in 2005—a self-produced solo recording from ten years before that isn’t part of the official opus—Gianni Mimmo has come out with Further Considerations, an LP of compositions and improvisations for solo soprano saxophone.
Mimmo takes best advantage of the LP’s format-by-division by devoting the A side to three independent pieces and the B side to an eleven-part suite. The A side opens with Mimmo’s concise interpretation of Steve Lacy’s Cette Fois—Lacy being the natural point of reference for an album of solo soprano saxophone. Life, dedicated to the memory of Mimmo’s friend Gilles Laheurte, also a soprano saxophonist, is improvised, but it retains the memory of structural chord changes that keep it coherent at the global level while remaining playfully unpredictable at the local level. The final track on Side A is Square as Theatre, a relatively brief piece dedicated to Italian 20th century painter Mario Sironi. Mimmo’s wistful, airy melodies jump registers and alternate with strident multiphonics, in the process turning bright timbre against itself to capture the undercurrent of melancholy and aloneness implicit in Sironi’s solid, slab-like forms and muted palette of ochres, umbers and drab olive.
Side B is given over to sections from A Number of Floating Sections for Piet Mondrian, a composition of 1986-1989 for which Mimmo created a graphic score. While Sironi’s paintings captured the volume and solidity of things—the brute facts of matter—Mondrian’s mature work instead attempted to convey eidos through a reduction of form to its basics, his grids and primary colors constituting a neo-Platonism of the perpendicular. Mimmo, too, engages basics with the suite, the relatively brief individual sections of which let him construct cohesive forms in constrained spaces. The shorter of the pieces are epigrammatic, featuring a simplicity of line in which relationships between tones are clearly set out, even through leaps of intervals and interposed pauses. A handful of overdubbed sections, with their intersecting lines, seem to lay out the equivalent in sound of Mondrian’s orthogonal frameworks.
As with all of Mimmo’s work the music here, no matter what its inspiration, is based on balance. Not only the moment-to-moment balance of register, phrasing, dynamics, and articulation, but a larger, more fundamental balance of abstraction and direct lyricism.
Source: Taran’s Free Jazz Hour.
Oblengths: Frank Gratkowski – Alto Saxophone, Bass Clarinet and Clarinet, Achim Kaufmann – Piano, Wilbert DE Joode – Bass
Cosmic Circus: Goat’s Notes
Still/free: Sarah Bernstein, Vln/ Kris Davis, P/ Stuart Popejoy, El B/ Ches Smith, Dr
Fast Speaking Music
Tiny People Having a Meeting: Thurston Moore-voice/text &Amp; Guitar Anne Waldman-voice/text Clark Coolidge-voice/text &Amp; Drums Devin Brahja Waldman-alto Sax Ambrose Bye-piano Max Davies-bass
the Avant-age Garde I Ams of the Gal Luxury: Various Spoken Word Artists and Musicians
Routes: Stryker/slagle Band
Red Kite: Colin Webster, Ts, Bari Sax/ Andrew Lisle, Dr/ Alex Ward, G
Saxoctopus: Dee Byrne – Alto Sax Oliver Dover – Alto Sax Julie Kjær – Alto Sax Sam Andreae – Tenor Sax
Rachel Musson – Tenor Sax Tom Ward – Tenor Sax Cath Roberts – Baritone Sax Colin Webster – Baritone Sax
Setola Di Maiale
Blind Mind: Paolo Pascolo _ Flauto Traverso _ Sax Alto Andrea Gulli _ Laptop _ Nastro Magnetico _ Sintetizzatore Analogico Giorgio Pacorig _ Fender Rhodes, Kork Ms20, Elettronica Stefano Giust _ Batteria _ Piatti _ Oggetti
Pow Gamra: Paed Conca _ Clarinetto Eugenio Sanna _ Chitarra Amplificata _ Oggetti Patrizia Oliva _ Voce _ Elettronica Stefano Giust _ Batteria _ Percussione
Anthropique: Didier Petit, Violoncelle, Vo/ Lucia Recio, Vo/ Edward Perraud, Dr
Natural Time: Muriel Grossman, as, Ss/ Radomir Milojkovic on Guitar, Gina Schwarz on Bass and Uros Stamenkovic on Drums
Renku Live in Greenwich Village: Michaël Attias Alto Saxofone | John Hébert Double Bass | Satoshi Takeishi Drums
Source: Wayward Music Series.
Chapel Performance Space at Good Shepherd Center
4th Floor, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Seattle 98103 (corner N 50th St. in Wallingford)
Every month, Nonsequitur and a community of like-minded presenters and artists offer ten concerts of adventurous music in an informal yet respectful all-ages setting: contemporary classical, free improvisation, the outer limits of jazz, electronic music, microtonal/new instruments, sound art, and other extraordinary sonic experiences.
Shoup / Kelley / Campbell
Thu. Feb. 18; 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door
Alto saxist Wally Shoup, trumpeter Greg Kelley, and percussionist Greg Campbell integrate adventurous chops with keen ears and a deep sense of the laminal to create spontaneous coherences that move at the speed of response. This combination of far-ranging brass and woodwind textures, coupled with subtly shifting rhythms will perfectly suit the rich acoustical environment of the Chapel.
Inverted Space: Ferneyhough et al
Fri. Feb. 19; 7:30 PM; $5 – $15 at the door
Inverted Space/UW Modern Ensemble performs Brian Ferneyhough’s Fanfare for Klaus Huber, Mort Subite, Adagissimo, Intermedio alla Ciaccona and Flurries. Also: Mark Applebaum’s Ferneyhough ReMix and Fanfare for Brian Ferneyhough + the premiere of Joel-Francois Durand’s Enfance for solo piano (played by Laure Struber) and the revised edition of his Hermetic Definition.
Seattle Modern Orchestra benefit
Sat. Feb. 20; 7:30 PM; $20+ online/at the door
Join us for a special fundraiser concert to support Seattle Modern Orchestra’s 2015-16 Season. Wine and hors d’oeuvre will be served before and following the one-hour concert of music by Steve Reich, Brian Ferneyhough, Ewa Trębacz and Helena Tulve. This event also includes a silent auction with several enticing prizes and a few exciting games!
Upcoming Events (always subject to change; check our website for updates)
THU. 2/25 – violinist Eric Rynes’ CD release concert
FRI. 2/26 – Jay Hamilton & the Turtling Dithers: Nothing Is What It Seems
SAT. 2/27 – Nineteen Crimes, Janet Feder, Chris Icasiano
Source: Jazz New England.
It’s perhaps fitting that this is my first two part podcast considering that I’m interviewing is Jon Lundbom whose current project is a four-part EP release. Although Jon moved to Austin Texas about a year ago, the album was recorded last fall in New York with his group the Big Five Chord.
We talked about the group, which has recorded seven other albums since 2003 and other projects (Merle and the Hagards, Baltobom). We also talked about playing jazz in Austin and his philosophy of putting recording projects and music together.