AMN Picks of the Week: The Bad Plus / Olga Wojciechowska / Roman Catholics & Ensemble of Terror / Brooklyn Blowhards / Mats Gustafsson

English: Mats Gustafsson, moers festival

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.

The Bad Plus – The Rite of Spring (2014)
Olga Wojciechowska – Maps and Mazes (2016)
Roman Catholics / Ensemble of Terror – Split (2016)
Brooklyn Blowhards – Brooklyn Blowhards (2016)
Mats Gustafsson – This is From the Mouth (EP) (2016)

The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

English: Joe McPhee in concert with "A Tr...

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

Albert Ayler – Bells/Prophecy (ESP, 2015)
Vijay Iyer & Wadada Leo Smith – a cosmic rhythm with each stroke (ECM, 2016) *****
Dre Hocevar – Collective Effervescence (Clean Feed, 2016) ****
João Camões, Jean-Marc Foussat, Claude Parle – Bien Mental ‎(Fou Records, 2015) ****
Charles Gayle, William Parker, Hamid Drake – Live At Jazzwerkstatt Peitz (Jazzwerkstatt, 2015) ***½
Konstrukt and Joe McPhee – If You Have Time (Omlott, 2015) ****
Konstrukt – Live at Tarcento Jazz (Holidays, 2015)
Mat Maneri and Daniel Levin – The Transcendent Function (Clean Feed, 2015) ****
Ayelet Rose Gottlieb – Shiva’a (482 Music, 2016) ****
Mycale – Gomory: The Book Of Angels Volume 25 (Tzadik, Archival Series, 2015) ***½

AMN Reviews: Helen Mirra & Ernst Karel – Maps and Parallels 41°N and 49°N at a Scale of Ten Seconds to One Degree (Shhpuma)

R-6687171-1436113270-2327.jpegSeldom has constructed emptiness felt so chill, its chill penetrated the marrow with such real immediacy. Cambridge, Mass.-based Helen Mirra, artist, writer and walker, created the installation Declining Interval Lands for New York´s Whitney Museum in 2002, together with acoustic guitarist Ernst Karel. The “home stereo version” Maps and Parallels 41°N and 49°N at a Scale Of Ten Seconds to One Degree is an eco-ambient horror story. The latitudes mark the strip of North America where deforestation and poorly planned monoculture ravaged the land where the elm tree once grew.

For an earlier film on the subject, Mirra paced out this space, exposing one foot of film for each degree. Describing the consequences of the “need for land”, instead of producing a “conventional” field recording, Mirra represents the land with Karel´s slowly strummed guitar, the railway with rewind cranking of a 16mm camera (emptied of film), the unrelenting wind with analogue noise generators and filters and the rivers with – silence. Despite its weightless transparency, it is a ruthlessly unsentimental, sobering memorial.

Stephen Fruitman

CMS Improvisers Chamber Orchestra Debuts in NYC April 16

English: Peter Apfelbaum live at Saalfelden 20...

Source: Creative Music Studio.

The revamped Creative Music Studio will present the debut of its new Improvisers Chamber Orchestra conducted by Karl Berger with a premiere performance on Saturday, April 16 at Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow Street (off Bleecker Street) in Greenwich Village. An 8:30 pm performance will follow a 7:00 pm rehearsal that’s open to concert ticket holders.

Performers include: Ingrid Sertso, vocals, poetry; Steven Bernstein, trumpet; Graham Haynes, cornet; Peter Apfelbaum, tenor sax, flute; Steve Gorn, bansuri flutes; Sylvain Leroux, flute, fula flute; Kenny Wessel, guitar; Ken Filiano, bass; Hilliard Greene, bass; Billy Martin, drums, percussion; Warren Smith, drums, percussion; Lee Odom, clarinet; Yasuno Katsuki, euphonium; Sana Nagano, violin; Ernesto Llorens, violin; Jason Hwang, viola; Tomas Ulrich, cello; and Karl Berger, conductor.

The Improvisers Chamber Orchestra, consisting of professional string, horn, reed, and percussion soloists, turns composed and improvisational ideas developed during a workshop/rehearsal into a fully formed chamber orchestra performance. A 7:00 pm workshop/rehearsal is open to concert ticket purchasers, who will also receive a CMS Archive Project compilation CD.

Seattle Scene: March 25 – April 15, 2016

From Seattle’s 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.

Strategy + Timm Mason + Randy Jones
Fri. March 25; 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door

Further Records presents their second show at Chapel with a focus on radio transmissions by Strategy, Timm Mason, and Randy Jones. Dispatch, shortwave and AM/FM radio channels will be manipulated, sampled and processed, using reel to reel tape, and user designed hardware into probability derived static ambience.

Tempered Steel + Driftwood Orchestra + Empty Boat
Sat. March 26; 7:30 PM; $5 – $15 at the door

Tempered Steel is a trio playing amplified, electronically processed thumb pianos. Driftwood Orchestra plays instruments made of trees, contact mics, and assorted attachments. Empty Boat is a quintet playing original compositions by group members influenced by contemporary jazz, world musics, new chamber music, and a healthy dose of improvisation.
Upcoming Events (always subject to change; check our website for updates)

FRI. 4/1 – Composer/vocalist Kaley Lane Eaton presents ANIMAL, a psychedelic, post-minimalist kaleidoscope of her recent work, dancing the tension lines between body, mind, instrument, and computer

SAT. 4/2 – pianist Keith Eisenbrey performs solo works by himself and J.K. Randall

SAT. 4/9 – Seattle Modern Orchestra presents works for electronics and instruments by Luciano Berio, Ewa Trebacz, and Kaija Saariaho

FRI. 4/15 – Nonsequitur presents improvising wind trio of Dave Rempis/DarrenJohnson/Larry Ochs trio

Coming to Detroit’s Trinosophes

Der Jazz- und Experimentalmusiker Eugenen Chad...

Source: Trinosophes.

Wednesday, March 23: NEWN concert featuring DAS
Our Not Engaged Wednesdays at Noon (NEWN) series returns with a special solo performance by outsider art-rocker DAS. With one set of hypnotic piano minimalism and one of visionary guitar jams, he’ll be running the gamut of his material in this most intimate of arrangements.

Saturday, March 26: Eugene Chadbourne
The man who played our first show at Bohemian National Home is finally making his Trinosophes debut!! Chadbourne is one of the first American free improvisors, the god-father of the alt-country genre, a human repository of 20th century song, a maverick master of the guitar and banjo, contact mic pioneer and the greatest living protest-song songwriter.
Doors 9 pm; $10 suggested minimum donation.


4/2 Mothlight Microcinema presents Seeking: Missed Connections & Loose Associations by LJ & Chris

NEW DATE! 4/14: Jack Wright, Bob Marsh

4/16: Matthew Shipp/Michael Bisio Duo, Karuna (Adam Rudolph/Hamid Drake Duo)

4/22 & 4/23: Soli- A festival of solo guitar with Peter Walker, Davey Williams, Marisa Anderson, Benjamin Miller, Nick Schillace, 696 Blues Band, Shells, Andrew Barrett and more. Details TBA shortly.

5/22 Peter Brötzmann/Heather Leigh Murray Duo

5/27: A conversation with Morton Subotnick!

5/28: A conversation with Hieroglyphic Being

5/29: Telematic talk with Pauline Oliveros