Wet Ink Trio at Oberlin Reviewed

Source: I Care If You Listen.

Wet Ink Trio blurred the lines between composition and performance and music and noise in a dynamic concert at Oberlin Conservatory’s Stull Recital Hall on February 12, 2016. The trio, a recently formed subset of the Wet Ink composer-performer collective, employs a collaborative model to develop new works. These compositions incorporate a variety of materials and techniques from classical, improvisational jazz, and experimental electronic music. In this performance, Eric Wubbels (piano), Josh Modney (violin), and Sam Pluta (electronics) played two works that boldly showcased the Wet Ink aesthetic.

The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

English: Evan Parker with Alexander von Schlip...

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

Julian Lage Trio – Arclight (Mack Avenue, 2016) ****
Ross Hammond and Samir Gupta – Upwards (Prescott, 2016) ***½
Jeff Parker / Rob Mazurek – Some Jelly Fish Live Forever (Rouge Art, 2016) ****
Burkhard Stangl / Steve Bates – Hopefullessness (The Dim Coast, 2015) ***½
Charles Plymell/Bill Nace – Apocalypse Rose (3″CDR/Booklet, Lenka Lente, 2016) ***½
Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord – Make The Magic Happen **** / Bring Their ‘A’ Game **** (Hotcup, 2016)
Evan Parker & AMM – Title Goes Here (Otoruko, 2015) ****
The Offshoot – Charybdis (Bruce’s Fingers, 2015) ****
Martin Küchen, Jon Rune Strøm, Tollef Østvang – Melted Snow (NoBusiness, 2015) ****
Sarah Buechi – Shadow Garden (Intakt, 2015) ***

AMN Picks of the Week: DC Improvisers Collective / Tomonari Nozaki / Harvey Valdes Trio / Sophia / Yarn/Wire / Rhyton / Nonsun

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.

DC Improvisers Collective – Ministry of Spontaneous Composition (2016)
Tomonari Nozaki – Credence (2016)
Harvey Valdes Trio – Point Counterpoint (2016)
Sophia – Unclean (2016)
Yarn/Wire – Currents Vol. 2 (2015)
Rhyton – Navigating by Starlight (2016)
Nonsun – Black Snow Desert (2015)

Coming to Philapdelphia

Source: Ars Nova Workshop.

Saturday, March 12 – 8:00pm

Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden Street
$16 General Admission

Ars Nova Workshop & R5 Productions are pleased to present Oneohtrix Point Never in concert at the former Spaghetti Warehouse a.k.a. Union Transfer, in support of 2015’s Garden of Delete.

Oneohtrix Point Never is the nom-de-plume for producer/intertextual web provocateur Daniel Lopatin, whose blissed-out Juno-60 synth meditations and seemingly indiscriminate approach to sampling came to define the “vaporwave” genre in the early 10s. Lopatin explains his mission in a Vanity Fair feature: “O.P.N. has always been about reaching for some kind of liminal state in which opposing aesthetic forces become entangled and confused and equal.”

O.P.N.’s latest offering began to take shape when Lopatin was asked to replace cyberpunk conceptual prank-rap trio Death Grips on a 2014 North American amphitheater tour with Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden. The experience inspired Lopatin to use the textures of industrial metal and post-grunge (as well as top 40 EDM and trance) to foreground a surreal exploration of adolescent abjection. It’s all too fitting that the FADER dubbed Garden of Delete, “an album as scary as puberty.”

In advance of the album’s release, Lopatin orchestrated a proper wild World Wide Web goose chase, replete with carefully hidden MIDI files, fabricated social media profiles, and a fictional backstory (something about a “hypergrunge” band called Kaoss Edge and their alien superfan Ezra).

For more information and ticketing: http://www.arsnovaworkshop.com/events/oneohtrix-point-never-03-12-2016


Wednesday, March 23 – 8:00pm
with Chris Abrahams, piano; Lloyd Swanton, bass; and Tony Buck, drums

Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th Street
$20 General Admission

NEARLY SOLD OUT: http://www.arsnovaworkshop.com/events/necks-03-23-2016


Thursday, March 24 – 8:00pm
Japan Noise Night II

Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad Street
$10 General Admission


Monday, April 4 – 8:00pm
with Ken Vandermark, reeds; Christof Kurzmann, electronics; Jasper Stadhouders, bass; and Tim Daisy, drums

Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad Street
$15 General Admission


Friday, April 22 – 8:00pm
with Vijay Iyer, piano + keyboard; Mike Ladd, vocals; Liberty Ellman, guitar; Maurice Decaul, vocals; Lynn Hill, vocals; Okkyung Lee, cello; Kassa Overall, drums; Guillermo E. Brown, vocals; and Pamela Z, vocals

Kimmel Center’s Perelman Theater, 300 S. Broad Street
$29-39 Admission

Upcoming Anthony Braxton Boxed Sets Reviewed

Braxton, Anthony

Source: DownBeat Magazine.

April 1 will be a big date for Braxton and his legion of fans. It will be the first of two days at the Big Ears festival in Knoxville, Tennessee, where he will appear with his 10+1tet and then in a very promising trio with vocalist Kyoko Kitamura and cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum.

Additionally, April 1 is the release date for three new box sets from the Tri-Centric Foundation (a nonprofit that supports Braxton’s ongoing legacy). The sets highlight three very different facets of Braxton’s work, and cumulatively represent nearly 14 hours of material. They are the reedist’s most accessible releases in years—even if they aren’t exactly easy listening.