AMN Reviews: Marco Colonna / Giovanni Maier / Zlatko Kaucic – Impressioni Astratte [bandcamp]

a1153098642_16For good reason, abstract art and improvised music have long been associated with each other. As disciplines, they’ve been mutually inspiring and influencing; as bodies of work lacking overtly mimetic or predictably cyclical forms and conventions, they challenge audiences in similar ways. And, galleries of modern and contemporary art make for congenial settings for staging improvised music.

At the end of last year, the Galleria d’arte moderna e contemporanea in Pordenone in Northeast Italy hosted a program of live improvisation by a trio led by Marco Colonna. Impressioni Astratte—the release is named for the art exhibit it was connected to—captures the music played there.

Colonna, who plays clarinets, saxophones and flute, is a prolific musician of broad culture. In addition to more conventional improvisational settings, he’s played North African-tinged duets with oudist Evaggelos Merkouris, and has transcribed and adapted to solo clarinet selected movements by J. S. Bach. For this date, he put together a geographically-diverse ensemble—Colonna is from Rome–which included double bassist Giovanni Maier (Friuli in Northeast Italy) and Slovenian percussionist Zlatko Kaucic.

Like good abstract painting, the music is fraught with a creative tension that impels a sense a movement. Also like good abstract painting, it is uncluttered. There are no wasted gestures but instead a constantly moving equilibrium of timbres, dynamics and, most importantly, open space. Kaucic’s restrained, sensitive playing has much to do with keeping the overall textures accommodating in that regard. With generous arco lines and discrete use of harmonics, Maier is particularly adept at crafting timbral counterpoint to Colonna’s reeds. Colonna, for his part, maintains a profoundly lyrical voice throughout, providing the center of gravity on which the music balances.

In the end, abstraction rises or falls on the plasticity that defines it—those dynamic relationships of forms and colors that structure the picture plane. By analogy this is true of improvised music, where the stakes and risks of performers disclosing their formal choices in real time are particularly high. Impressioni Astratte is dramatically successful in this regard and is a fine example of painting with sound.

Daniel Barbiero

Musique Machine Reviews

Source: Musique Machine.

Clint Coker – Fragments
Absurde – Diyu
Tiresias – Niton
Aeoga – Triangle Of Nebula-Devourers & Palace For Vultunal
Peter Zinovieff – Electronic Calendar – The EMS Tapes
The Ebony Tower – 1Q84
Tiny Knives – Black Haze
Troum – Acouasme

Point of Departure 54 is Out

Source: Point of Departure.

Issue 54 – March 2016

Page One: a column by Bill Shoemaker

Nate Wooley: Existing Within the Music: by Troy Collins

A Fickle Sonance: a column by Art Lange

Crowd Sourced: The AACM Revisited: by Marc Chénard

Ezzthetics: a column by Stuart Broomer

The Book Cooks:
The Boston Creative Jazz Scene 1970-1983:
Mark Harvey
(Cultures of Soul; Boston)

Jumpin’ In: a column by Greg Buium

Moment’s Notice: Reviews of Recent Recordings

Seattle Scene: March 8-26, 2016

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.

Inverted Space: Long Piece Fest 2.2
Tue. March 8; 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door

Inverted Space presents Michael Pisaro‘s asleep, forest, melody, path. Written for musicians and field recordings, Inverted Space will explore this 60-minute piece using sounds gathered in Seattle. The performance will mix piano, violin, electric guitar and saxophone with melodies both superimposed with and separated from these field recordings.

Lori Goldston & friends
Thu. March 10; 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door

Seattle cellist Lori Goldston presents an evening with stalwart improvising collaborators — Susie Kozawa (voice, found objects, etc.), Dan Sasaki (percussion), Dave Abramson (percussion) — and visiting dignitary Mik Quantius from Cologne, Germany, who sings with Embryo, Frankenstein’s Ballet, and Mikrokosmos.
Upcoming Events (always subject to change; check our website for updates)

Manna Presence
Sat. March 12; 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door

Multidisciplinary artist Serge Gubelman and his group Manna Presence (Drew Cady, Mark Fauver, Terrance Stearns) offer prepared improvisations and wide spectrum soundscapes on acoustic and electronic instruments and spoken word.

FRI. 3/18 – Kyle Hanson & Mik Quantius

SAT. 3/19 – Chorosynthesis Singers: Empowering Silenced Voices

FRI. 3/25 – Further Records presents Strategy + Timm Mason + Randy Jones

SAT. 3/26 – Zero-G Concerts presents Tempered Steel, Driftwood Orchestra, Empty Boat

Interview with Ahmed Abdullah 

Source: Jazz Right Now.

I became the Music Director of Sistas’ Place in 1998. I had just finished my work with the Sun Ra Arkestra, actually, my wife, Monique Ngozi Nri and I were trying to revive the Sun Ra Arkestra. We had formed a production company that we called Melchizedek Music Productions. That’s what I’ve been doing since that time while, of course, performing and developing myself as an educator and seeing the need for that in different places. For example, I teach at an elementary school and I teach at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, as well. I teach a course on Sun Ra at The New School and I teach general music at the elementary school. The connection is that I got the job at The New School in 2002 and that came out of work I had been doing around my association with Sun Ra. My role as the Music Director of Sistas’ Place also came from working on my memoirs around my work with Sun Ra.

New Mossenek Releases and a Loose Screws Compilation

Mossenek as a trio (Mick Barr – guitar, Chuck Bettis – electronics & throat, Colin Marston – bass & electronics) went into the studio a few months back to document their unique take on the sonic dimension, the results you can hear here:

Mossenek “Paranoia Plague Shrine 1”

Mossenek “Paranoia Plague Shrine 2”

Loose Screws is a compilation of various artists from around the globe utilzing their phones as a creative tool; subverting it from the shopping/distraction it tends to be all too often.

V/A “Loose Screws”