RIP Tony Conrad 

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Tony Conrad—the composer, musician, video artist, teacher, and writer—has died, The Buffalo News reports. Conrad is considered a pioneer of minimalism, drone, and noise music. He had been battling prostate cancer and was recently hospitalized with pneumonia. He was 76.

Sad news, as Conrad had been scheduled to perform with Faust at Big Ears last week, but cancelled at the last minute due to the bout with pneumonia.

AMN Reviews: Anthony Braxton – 3 Compositions (EEMHM) 2011 (2016; Firehouse 12 Records)

cover Anthony Braxton‘s Echo Echo Mirror House Music (EEMHM) system is unlike his other compositional constructs. Notably, it features several musicians (in practice, 7-14) armed with their instruments and iPods.  The iPods contain recordings from Braxton’s extensive back catalog. At given points in a piece, the musicians can choose whether to play or to provide one of these historical recordings instead. The result is an information-dense listening experience, often with at least 3-4 distinct melodies occurring simultaneously. This organized chaos is beyond jazz, classical, or any other pigeonhole or category. It is a unique Braxton creation.

This boxed set, which is available as three CDs or a download, offers Composition Nos. 372, 373, and 377, each about one hour in length. It is a lot to swallow. The recordings occurred in May of 2011 at New Haven’s Firehouse 12.  The only other recordings in the EEMHM system also took place in 2011, in New York and Victoriaville, respectively. It is not clear whether Braxton plans to continue developing this system and providing further recordings, or these three (or five) pieces will be it. Ultimately, it may not matter, because there is so much to unravel here that listeners and musicologists may need years to fully appreciate the EEMHM scope.

With Braxton on this particular offering are frequent collaborators (all of whom I believe are former students) Taylor Ho Bynum, Mary Halvorson, Jessica Pavone, Jay Rozen, Aaron Siegel, and Carl Testa. This is the same lineup from the Victoriaville recording. But the individuals performing in an EEMHM recording seem less important than you might think, as incorporation of the recordings diminish each player’s distinct contribution. Instead, their choice of recording can be their most relevant contribution. As a result, Mary Halvorson’s signature guitar style is mostly hidden, and when you hear a Braxton sax line, it is unclear whether it is “live” or a past recording. Perhaps one of the points Mr. Braxton is trying to make is that it does not matter.

Like his other music systems, EEMHM involves conducted improvisation and non-traditional notation. On these pieces, the latter consist of actual maps of airports, subway systems, highways, and so on. The players are encouraged to improvise “travel” through these virtual landscapes. The outcome is something reminiscent of a journey through a sound installation, where you can simultaneously hear different pieces of music played at varying intensities from different speakers.

It is no secret that I am a fan of the EEMHM system and, as you might gather from my previous reviews of the New York and Victoriaville releases, something about these recordings speaks to me. I’m not always sure what it is saying, and I might never figure that out, but I like what I hear. If you are unsure whether this is your cup of coffee, check out the sampler below for a singular experience.

Vision Festival 21 Lineup Announced

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JUNE 7 – 12, 2016
Judson Memorial Church
55 Washington Square South, NYC

Celebrating a LifeTime of Achievement ​by Henry Grimes

Sunday, JUNE 5

Anthology Film Archives
32 2nd Avenue, NYC

SunRa Films
Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the Arkestra
7 Space is the place by John Coney
9:15 The Magic Sun by Phill Niblock
A Joyful Noise By Robert Mugge

Tuesday, June 7
6:30 Opening Invocation: Hamid Drake, Whit Dickey, ​Patricia Parker
An Evening Dedicated to the Creative Spirit of the Legendary Henry Grimes

7 Henry Grimes Quartet
Geri Allen – piano
Henry Grimes – bass, violin
​Graham Haynes – cornet
Andrew Cyrille – drums

8:30 Songs by Lisa Sokolov ​to poems by Henry Grimes
Voices: Karma Mayet Johnson, Meshell Ndegeocello
Lisa Sokolov, Dwight Trible, Imani Uzuri
Henry Grimes – bass, violin

9:45 Henry Grimes Septet
Charles Gayle – sax
Melanie Dyer- viola
Henry Grimes – bass, violin
Nicole Mitchell – flute
Tomeka Reid – cello
Marc Ribot – guitar
Chad Taylor – drums

Wednesday, June 8

Art Projection: Lois Eby & Poems by David Budbill

7 Jen Shyu Song of Silver Geese
Jen Shyu – composition, vocals, gayageum, moon lute & piano
Satoshi Haga – dance, choreography
Mivos Quartet:
Olivia De Prato – 1st Violin
Erica Dicker – 2nd Violin
Victor Lowrie – viola
Mariel Roberts – cello
​Jade Tongue: Mat Maneri – viola Chris Dingman – vibe
​Thomas Morgan – bass
Anna Webber – flute
​Dan Weiss – drums

8 Poet Quincy Troupe

8:30 Connie Crothers Trio
Connie Crothers – piano
Michael Bisio – bass
Warren Smith – drums

9:40 Sun Ra Arkestra
60th Anniversary ​led by Marshall Allen

Thursday, June 9
Visual Art Projection: Jonas Hidalgo

7 Douglas Dunn + Dancers Bill Cole’s UnTempered Trio ‘REVISIONS’
Dancers: Douglas Dunn,
Jules Bakshi, Emily Pope,
Paul Singh, Jin Ju Song-Begin
Music: Bill Cole – double reeds didgeridoo / Ras Moshe – reeds Lisette Santiago – percussion

8 Jemeel Moondoc
The Zookeeper’s House
Jemeel Moondoc – alto sax
Matthew Shipp – piano
Nathan Breedlove – Trumpet
Hilliard Greene – bass
​Newman Taylor Baker – drums

9 Poet Tonya Foster

9:30 Steve Swell Quintet: Kende Dreams
Steve Swell – trombone, comp
Rob Brown – sax
Connie Crothers – piano
Larry Roland – bass
​Chad Taylor – drums

10:30 Garland of Blessing
Hamid Drake – drums
Kidd Jordan – sax
Cooper-Moore – piano
Michael Bisio – bass

​Friday, June 10
Visual Art Projection: Marcy Rosenblatt

7 William Hooker TRIANGLE: Symbol of Perfection
Michael Attias – alto sax
Adam Lane – bass
Mark Hennen – piano
William Hooker – drums
​Gussy Celestin – dance
​Film: “Approaching The Garden” by Ed Kasperak

8 Fay Victor SoundNoise Quartet
Fay Victor – voice, text
​Sam Newsome – soprano sax
Melvin Gibbs – bass guitar
Reggie Nicholson – drums, perc.

9 For Billy Bang
Bob Holman Poet
Todd Nicholson – bass

9:30 Cooper-Moore Quartet
Alan Michael – alto sax
Brian Price – woodwinds
Michael Wimberly – percussion
Cooper-Moore – perc, piano

10:30 Michele Rosewoman‘s New Yor-Uba
Alex Norris – trumpet
​Chris Washburne – trombone
Roman Filiu – alto, soprano sax
Stacy Dillard – tenor sax
Yunior Terry – bass
​Robby Ameen – drums
Lead Vocals: Amma Mcken
Roman Diaz, Mauricio Herrera, Rafael Monteagudo – bata, congas
Michele Rosewoman – piano, v

​Saturday, June 11
Visual Art Projection: Charlotte Ka

Wadada Leo Smith – trumpet
Miriam Parker – dance

7:30 Hamiet Bluiett Quartet
Hamiet Bluiett – reeds
​DD Jackson – piano
Bob Stewart – tuba
Hamid Drake – drums

8:30 Poet David Mills

9 Wadada Leo Smith
Viola Quartet ‘PACIFIC’
Stephanie Griffin – viola
Jason Kao Hwang – viola
Hardedge – electronics
Wadado Leo Smith – trumpet

10 Paradox of Freedom
​Dave Burrell – piano
​Hamid Drake – drums

​Sunday, June 12
Visual Art Projection: Bill Mazza

6 Breath Through Stone
David Mills – poetry
Patricia Nicholson – dance, words
Yoshiko Chuma – dance
Djassi DaCosta Johnson – dance
​Jason Kao Hwang – violin, viola
Michael TA Thompson – drums

7 Mike Reed’s Flesh & Bone
Ben Lamar Gay – cornet
Greg Ward – alto sax
Tim Haldeman – tenor
Jason Stein – bass clarinet
​ Kevin Cova – spoken text
Marvin Tate – spoken text
Mike Reed – drums, comp.

8 James Brandon Lewis Trio
James Brandon Lewis – sax
Luke Stewart – bass
Warren Trae Crudup III – drums

9 Three Sopranos & Percussion
Soprano Saxophones:
​Dave Liebman,
Sam Newsome, Jeff Coffin
​Percussion: Tatsuya Nakatani

10 Kidd Jordan Ensemble
Kidd Jordan – sax
Joel Futterman – piano
Harrison Bankhead – bass
Alvin Fielder – drums
guest Marlon Jordan – trumpet