RIP Gato Barbieri 

Source: NPR.

Jazz saxophonist Gato Barbieri, known for his ever-present black fedora, was 83 when he died Saturday. Best known for the soundtrack to the controversial 1972 movie Last Tango In Paris, starring Marlon Brando, Barbieri won a Grammy for his efforts.

He was born Leandro Barbieri, but earned the nickname “Gato” — the “cat” — in his native Argentina as he came up in the Buenos Aires jazz scene. Barbieri was easily identifiable for his big, earthy tone on the tenor sax, as well as for his restless musical exploration.

Throughout the late ’60s and ’70s, he created a catalog of music that swayed from the avant-garde — playing on Don Cherry‘s Complete Communion, released in 1966 — to early world-music explorations featuring folk music from Latin America.

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Faust in Louisville Reviewed

English: Jean-Hervé Péron with Faust performin...

Source: NOISEY.

Sans any opening act, the evening began as Péron instructed everyone to have a seat and get comfortable for the sold out show, distributing Faust-branded airplane blankets for eine kleine picknick. Friendly and palpably affable, Péron’s choice to wear his own band’s shirt under a paisley-patterned blazer can certainly be forgiven. And of course, all those ancillary details became immaterial once Faust transitioned from the opening drone to the double percussion assault punctuating the “Harlekin”/“Dada” medley.

The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

English: Barry Guy, Jazz bassist; Picture take...

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

Linus + Nils Økland / Niels Van Heertum – Felt Like Old Folk (Smeraldina-Rima, 2016) ****
Brooklyn Blowhards – s/t (Little(i) music, 2016) ****
Mats Gustafsson/Brian Chippendale/Massimo Pupillo – Melt (Trost, 2016) ****½
NYC Five – Angelika Niescier—Florian Weber (Intakt Records, 2016) ****
Lucien Dubuis / Barry Guy / Alfred Vogel – Heavy Metal Rabbit (Boomslang Records, 2016) ****
Peter Van Huffel & Alex Maksymiw – Kronix (Fresh Sound Records, 2016) ****
Gebhard Ullmann’s Basement Research – Hat and Shoes (Between the Lines, 2015) ****½
Fusk – Sieben Acht Gute Nacht (Fortune, 2015) ****
Soko Steidle – Played Ellington (Jazzwerkstatt, 2015) ****
Ganelin Trio Priority – Solution (Fortune, 2015) ****

Seattle Scene: April 9-23, 2016

From Seattle’s Wayward Music Series:

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.

Seattle Modern Orchestra/DX ARTS
Sat. April 9; 7:30 PM; $20 gen/$10 students

SMO has commissioned composer Ewa Trębacz to write Ligeia (2016), for ensemble and surround sound in its World Premiere. Trębacz utilizes the latest technologies in sound processing and spatialization in an immersive approach to music with a lyrical narrative. Also: Luciano Berio‘s Differences (1959) for small ensemble and tape, and Kaija Saariaho’s Lichtbogen (1986) for ensemble and live electronics.

Rempis | Johnston | Ochs
Fri. April 15; 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door

Dave Rempis (alto sax), Darren Johnston (trumpet), and Larry Ochs (tenor & sopranino sax) came together last year as an all-improvising trio. Not satisfied with simply existing in the moment, these three combine sensibilities to look many moves ahead, setting each other up time and again to capitalize on structural possibilities that give rare and meaningful form to an otherwise very spontaneous music.

THU. 4/21 – guitarist Mark Hilliard Wilson performs works by Scelsi, Ohana, Kurtag, Cage, and improvisations with Lori Goldston, Kyle Hanson, Helen Pridmore, and William Wolford

FRI. 4/22 – Gamelan Pacifica performs Back to the Source: Music from Central Java, with guest musicians Heri Purwanto and Jessika Kenney

SAT. 4/23 – Nonsequitur presents Erin Jorgensen – dreamy soundscapes for five-octave marimba, vocals, electronics, and stream-of-consciousness thoughts

New Releases from Cold Spring Records

Cold Spring (label)

Source: Cold Spring Records.

ANDREW CHALK, RALF WEHOWSKY & ERIC LANZILLOTTA ‘YANG-TUL’ CD (CSR220CD)

A legendary sound collaboration formed of two lengthy pieces. The first track features Andrew Chalk (Mirror, Ora, Ferial Confine) gently reworking the sound materials of Ralf Wehowsky (P16.D4). A hypnotic, slowly-evolving drone with waves of mysterious sounds, static and glitches. The second piece, on the other hand, finds Ralf Wehowsky composing a frenzied journey into otherworldly realms using sound material from Andrew Chalk and Eric Lanzillotta (Eye Music). These pieces reflect a sound unique from the work of any of the three individual participants, but clearly related. Subtle, but full of detail for the willing listener. Originally issued as limited coloured vinyl only on Lanzillotta’s label Anomalous Records in 1998. Cover painting by Andrew Chalk. Remastered for CD from the original master recordings. Digipak.

COMMON EIDER, KING EIDER ‘EXTINCTION’ CD (CSR219CD)

A new ritual from this long running doom/drone/ambient collective, offering up modern manifestations of ancient energies, channelled into smouldering swathes of ceremonial hypnosis and explosive gouts of blood-red radiance. Extinction is an extended ceremonial rite conducted below ground at the Wisp House (R.I.P.). A song suite of psychedelic devotionals assembled from reverb drenched industrial drones, billowing clouds of metallic throb, and churning, rhythmic bombast. Fields of ghostly incantations suspended in the ether, draped over metallic murmurs and moaning melancholia. The low end rumble of monk-like chants beneath the soft tangle of keening lamentation. A slowly evolving sensory sacrament, tense and harrowing, punctuated by dense dramatic swells and aching, mournful mantras.