AMN Picks of the Week: Magma / Space Sweeper


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.

Magma – Triton Zünd Zėlėkt 1 (Kohnzert Zund disc 9) (2016)
Magma – Triton Zünd Zėlėkt 2 (Kohnzert Zund disc 10) (2016)
Magma – Alhambra I (Kohnzert Zund disc 11) (2016)
Magma – Alhambra II (Kohnzert Zund disc 12) (2016)
Space Sweeper – Alien Oceans (2016)

Vital Weekly Reviews 1020

Source: Vital Weekly.

Dark Awake – Imago Typhonis (Cd by Frozen Light) *
Winterblood – LA via Di Never (Cd by Frozen Light) *
Karmiciel Wszy – Torre Bert (Cd by Frozen Light) *
Anemone Tube – Golden Temple (Cd by Rabbau) *
Electromagnetic Collective (2cd by Fibrr Records) *
Amute – Bending Time in Waves (Cd by Humpty Dumpty Records) *
Andrew Liles – Animal Magick (Cd by Tourette Records) *
German Army/novy Svet (Split 7″ by Tourette Records)
Christina Kubisch & Eckehard Güther – Unter Grund (Cd by Gruenrekorder) *
Rhein_strom – Von Der Rheinquelle Bis Hafen Karlsruhe (Cd by Gruenrekorder) *
Lasse-marc Riek – Schwarm (Cassette by Alarm)
Wendy Gondeln/Norbert Möslang (7″ by Meeuw Muzak)
Ogw – Lithopanspermia/floppy Jazz (Cdr by V-pong) *
James Freeman – Echoes of Nature (Cdr by Edgetone)
James Freeman – Echoes of Nature II (Cdr by Edgetone)
Nashville Electric – Orson’s Folly (Cdr by Edgetone)
Wil Bolton – February Dawn (Cdr by Eilean Records) *
Garaliya – Ventricle Replicant (Cdr by Kvitnu) *
Jliat – 13th January 2016 Evening (Cdr by Jliat) *
Jeph Jerman – 34°111’3″n 111°95’4″w (Cassette by Mappa)
X-navi:et – Vox Paradox (Cassette by Wounded Knife)
Robert Ridley Shackleton/Brian Ruryk (Split Cassette by Hissing Frames)
Stephen Boyle/Brian Ruryk (Split Cassette by Theater Quality Control)

AMN Reviews: rhein_strom – Von der Rheinquelle bis Hafen Karlsruhe (Gruenrekorder)

gruen163_cover“Would you recognize the Rhine by its sound?” asks Lasse-Marc Riek. The river, that ever-flowing, every-changing artery, the thoroughfare of our landscapes, is a popular subject for field recordists. Perhaps because no two sound alike. Each breeds its own flora, fauna and civilization.

Cédric Peyronnet curated a whole series of recordings along the River Taurion by various artists in three-inch format, Flaming Pines its own from artists and rivers around the world. Annea Lockwood´s superb triple CD set A Sound Map of the Danube was painstakingly constructed after previously doing the same thing closer to home, along New York´s Hudson River. And those, excuse the near-pun, are merely a drop in the bucket.

As the title Von der Rheinquelle bis Hafen Karlsruhe makes clear, this stretch begins at 2,052 m elevation, literally at the source of the Rhine, and stops at selected locations scouted out and photographed by Thomas M. Siefert, all the way to Karlsruhe, capturing flow, burble, trickle, bird and machine song, and the chatter of the riverside dwellers and their children. The air grows cool and darkles, The Rhine flows calmly on (Heinrich Heine). The next installment will take us all the way to Rotterdam.

Riek further wonders if we can still foster a creative, indeed mutually beneficial relationship “without lapsing back into modes of romanticism, when witnessing its remaining beauty in some rare places; without turning away in frustration and disillusionment, when confronted with the irreparable interventions it has undergone.” Though your present reviewer does not recognize the Rhine by its sound, he does know a good, mutually beneficial thing when he hears it.

Stephen Fruitman

Newsbits: Kronos Quartet / Contemporaneous / So Percussion / Ogni Suono / Merzbow / Oliveros and Laubrock Grants

Kronos Quartet performing in Warsaw, Poland in...

The Kronos Quartet‘s recent San Francisco performance is reviewed.

Contemporaneous, a modern classical ensemble, is reviewed after a recent New York performance.

Continuing with the reviews, So Percussion and Glenn Kotche in New York are covered.

Saxophonists Ogni Suono are profiled, and their southern California performance is reviewed.

The Cold Spring Records label is releasing a new Merzbow recording.

The Robert D, Bielecki Foundation has awarded a $10,000 Executive Producer Grant for Pauline Oliveros and a $3,000 Grant for Saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock.

Interview with Marco Oppedisano

Source: Blog Chitarra e Dintorni Nuove Musiche.

I started composing the music for Resolute back in 2012. Originally it was to be a full-length release using a similar instrumentation throughout; electric guitar, electric bass, piano, voice and percussion. After 5 tracks I felt the amount of music worked together well enough, so I decided to release it as an EP. I’m accustomed to releasing full-length albums, so this turned out to be a welcome change of pace for me. I would like to offer special thanks to Bruce Hamilton of Spectropol Records for including it on his label.

Dave Holland Trio at the Village Vanguard Reviewed

Dave Holland with Anthony Braxton Trio 1976


Opening night of a newly incorporated jazz group’s residency can be a crapshoot. Conventional wisdom holds that as time progresses, the music will only get better. But there are provisos and exceptions, most of which were manifest in the Dave Holland Trio’s jubilant, blazingly exploratory first set at the Village Vanguard on Tuesday night.

The trio’s members — Mr. Holland on acoustic bass, Kevin Eubanks on electric guitar and Obed Calvaire on drums — weren’t just opening a weeklong run at the club but also kicking off a five-week international tour. And there was a mix of anticipation and surprise in their push-pull rapport during an hourlong set, which moved through four compositions with no pauses.

New Sounds Podcast with John Zorn

Source: WNYC.

Composer, producer, performer, conductor, record label founder, and musical ringleader John Zorn (add “genius” in there too – he was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship) joins us for this New Sounds program to present selections from his massive Masada Project, Book 2: Book of Angels. Comprised of over 300 tunes, the Book of Angels is inspired by traditional Jewish music and at various points combines jazz with elements of psych-rock, many world music traditions, brass band parades, and thrash metal. Listen to selections by Secret Chiefs (members of Mr. Bungle), pianist Uri Caine, Pat Metheny, the Masada Quintet featuring Joe Lovano, Mycale (a vocal quartet), cellist Erik Friedlander, and many others.