AMN Reviews: Gianni Mimmo, Martin Mayes & Lawrence Casserley – Granularities [Amirani AMRN045]; Gianni Mimmo & Garrison Fewell – Flawless Dust [Long Song Records LSRDC138]

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These two fine new releases situate soprano saxophonist Gianni Mimmo in small ensemble encounters with the extraordinary improvisers Garrison Fewell, Martin Mayes and Lawrence Casserley. Flawless Dust sees Mimmo in a duet with the late Fewell, an American-born guitarist who lived and taught in both Europe and America. Recorded in Novara, Italy in October 2014 and dedicated to Fewell’s memory, the music develops through the creative confrontation of two voices along several axes of contrast: Of timbre (Mimmo’s reedy, serpentine lines against Fewell’s prickly points of sound), duration (the breath-carried sustain of the saxophone again the guitar’s short, pizzicato eruptions), and phrasing (the legato of the wind instrument against the staccato of strings). Granularities: A Trialogue is, as the subtitle indicates, a trio date featuring Mimmo with Mayes on French horn, hand horn and alp horn, and Casserley on percussion and granular signal processing, recorded in September, 2010 in the UK. The intersection of the two wind instruments, which often interweave smoothly phrased lines, and the atmospheric interventions of Casserley’s granulations, make for a multifaceted but ultimately integral overall texture that Mimmo in the liner note aptly characterizes as a “complex event.” The constant running through both these rewarding sessions is Mimmo’s distinctive voice, which remains unfailingly lyrical at heart no matter how abstract the surroundings.

http://www.amiranirecords.com

http://www.longsongrecords.com

Daniel Barbiero

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This Week in New York 

Source: I CARE IF YOU LISTEN.

OPENING NIGHT CONCERT RECEPTION | MATA FESTIVAL
Ensemble neoN, Ensemble Linea, and The Rhythm Method Quartet perform music by Jan St. Werner, Pascal Dusapin, and Andrew Norman.
Monday, April 11 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $75
Paula Cooper Gallery, 534 West 21st Street, New York, NY

JOZEF VAN WISSEM
Holy Sons joins Jozef Van Wissem for a show at Le Poisson Rouge.
Monday, April 11 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $15 advance, $18 day of show
Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY

MEMORIES, MYTHS & DREAMS | CUTTING EDGE CONCERTS NEW MUSIC FESTIVAL
Composers Joan Tower, Victoria Bond, Russell Platt, and Robert Xavier Rodriguez present works born of their wildest imagination. Performers include the pianists Ursula Oppens and Steven Beck and The Cassett Quartet.
Monday, April 11 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $20 advance, $30 day of show
Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, New York, NY

RECOLLECTIONS: SONGS FROM APHASIA | “BLUE” GENE TYRANNY AND MARY GRIFFIN
This multi-media oratorio, a collaboration between “Blue” Gene Tyranny and Mary Griffin draws its inspiration from the “Aphasians” — people who lost their ability to speak as a result of strokes, traumatic brain injuries, or other kinds of brain damage, and who are reclaiming their memories and their language.
Tuesday, April 12 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $20-$25
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

ANDY BISKIN | STONE RESIDENCY
The clarinet quartet Reed Basket kicks off Andy Biskin’s residency at The Stone.
Tuesday, April 12 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $15
The Stone, Corner of Avenue C and 2nd Street, New York, NY

ENSEMBLE NEON: ULTIMA THULE | MATA FESTIVAL
Fresh from Norway, Ensemble neoN makes its American debut in a vivacious program of works from six different countries.
Tuesday, April 12 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $25, $20 students
Scandinavia House, 58 Park Avenue, New York, NY

ENSEMBLE LINEA: CHAOS TERRAIN AND LINES OF FORTUNE | MATA FESTIVAL
Ensemble Linea, under the direction of Jean-Philippe Wurtz, travels from Strasbourg to make its MATA Festival debut with an evening that celebrates transcendence. Highlighting the night will be two MATA-commissions: Weijun Chen’s Dancer and Yair Klartag’s There’s no end of void.
Wednesday, April 13 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $25, $20 students
National Sawudst, 80 N 6th Sreet, New York, NY

ENSEMBLE MISE-EN: PORTRAIT OF CLAUDE VIVIER
Music of the Americas presents New York-based ensemble mise-en in a portrait of Canadian composer Claude Vivier.
Thursday, April 14 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $20
Americas Society, 680 Park Avenue, New York, NY

NEITHER LAND, NOR SEA, NOR AIR | MATA FESTIVAL
MATA’s penultimate concert reimagines tradition and genre, pointing the way toward new musical taxonomies.
Friday, April 15 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $25, $20 students
Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie Street, New York, NY

KRONOS: CREATING A NEW REPERTOIRE
Kronos Quartet leads a weeklong workshop for young professional string quartets to explore new works commissioned as part of Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire, a major commissioning initiative devoted to the most contemporary approaches to the string quartet. The workshop culminates in this Zankel Hall performance, which also features selections from one of Kronos’ signature works, Terry Riley’s Salome Dances for Peace.
Friday, April 15 at 9:00 PM
Tickets $15
Carnegie Hall, Zankel Hall, 57th Street and Seventh Avenue, New York, NY

WHERE SEAGULLS SCREAM AND BREAKERS ROAR | MATA FESTIVAL
Ensemble neoN returns to close the 2016 MATA Festival, alongside the Rhythm Method Quartet and other festival friends, in an evening of contradictions, games, and improvisation.
Saturday, April 16 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $25, $20 students
Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie Street, New York, NY

EAVESDROPPING | GUY BARASH
New Thread Quartet presents a program of new saxophone quartet repertoire including the US premiere of Ophir Ilzetzki’s Ambience for sax quartet and electronics. Following them James Ilgenfritz (bass) and Teodora Stepančić (piano) join forces to perform Israeli composer Dganit Elyakim’s I Can Walk. Bonus track: trombone virtuoso William Lang premiers Guy Barash’s Talkback VI for trombone and electronics.
Sunday, April 17 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $15, $10 students/seniors
Spectrum, 121 Ludlow Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY

Uncanny Valley Festival in Ghent

Wolf Eyes in Glasgow in 2006

Source: Vooruit. Ghent, Belgium is the place for this avant-garde festival this June.

08 Jun 16 20:00 | 019 (gent)
Uncanny Valley – day 1
Volcano The Bear (uk)
Waxy (us)
Manuel Padding (nl)
+ Expo: Artforms in Nature

09 Jun 16 20:00 | S.M.A.K.
Uncanny Valley – day 2
Rick & Joe Potts (us)
696 Blues Band (uk)
+ artist talk led by David Toop (uk)

10 Jun 16 20:00 | Vooruit Balzaal (gent)
Uncanny Valley – day 3
Airway (ft. Aaron Moore, Vetza, Tom Recchion, Frederik Nilsen, Paul McCarthy, Alex Stevens, Joe & Rick Potts, Wolf Eyes)
Nate Young (us)
John Olson (us)
Human Heads (uk)
+ a selection of LAFMS videos curated by Floris Vanhoof

11 Jun 16 20:00 | Vooruit Balzaal (gent)
Uncanny Valley – day 4
Wolf Eyes (us)
Extended Organ (ft. Tom Recchion, Frederik Nilsen, Paul McCarthy, Alex Stevens, Joe Potts & David Toop)
David Toop & Tom Recchion (us)
Calhau! (pt)
Vom Grill (be)
+ a selection of LAFMS videos curated by Floris Vanhoof

All About Jazz Reviews

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Christopher Zuar Orchestra
Musings (Sunnyside Records)

Ergo
As subtle as tomorrow (Cuneiform Records)

Noah Preminger
Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground (Self Produced)

Dave Cappello & Jeff Albert With William Parker
New Normal (Breakfast For Dinner Records)

Sebastian Lexer + Steve Noble
Muddy Ditch (Fataka)

Henry Threadgill Ensemble Double Up
Old Locks And Irregular Verbs (Pi Recordings)

Uwe Oberg – Frank Paul Schubert – Wilbert De Joode – Mark Sanders
Rope (Red Toucan Records)

Zlatko Kaućić / Ab Baars
Canvas (NotTwo Records)

Sardegna e Jazz Festival, September 2016

Deutsch: Peter Brötzmann c/o Peter Brötzmann &...

Source: Sardegna e Jazz is an Italian jazz festival featuring a stellar lineup.

01 September
Piazza del Nuraghe
Sant’Anna Arresi
h 21.00

Tomeka Reid Quartet
Tomeka Reid (cello), Joason Roebke (bass), Mary Halvorson (guitar), Tomas Fujiwara (drums)
(exclusive italian concert)

Memorable Sticks Trio
Johnny Richards (keyboards), Michael Bardon (bass), Sean Noonan (drums)
(exclusive italian concert)

02 September
Piazza del Nuraghe
Sant’Anna Arresi
h 21.00

Zappanation direct by Sean Noonan
Ionisation of Varese and Zappa
Sean Noonan (drums, vocals, compositions), Johnny Richards (keyboards), Michael Bardon (bass), Norbert Buerger (guitar), Harry Saltzman (sax), Valerie Welbanks (cello), Mandhira De Saram (violin), Richard Jones (viola), Patrick Dawkins (violin)
(original project)

03 September
Piazza del Nuraghe
Sant’Anna Arresi
h 21.00

Zula by Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra
direct by Daniel Glatzel
Laure Mourot (flutes), Oliver Roth (flutes), Daniel Glatzel (tenor sax, clarinets), Johannes Schleiermacher (baritone sax, tenor sax, fute), Sebastian Hagele (bassoon), Ritsche Koch (trumpet), Kalle Zeier (guitar ), Maria Schneider (vibraphone), Anna Schneider (harp), Jorg Hochapfel (synthesizer, sample,piano), Mathias Pichler (boublebass), Andi Haberl (drums), Gregoire Simon (violin), Matthew Lonson (violin), Johannes Pennetzdorfer (viola), Martin Stupka (viola), Isabelle Klemt (violoncello)
(exclusive italian concert)

04 September
Piazza del Nuraghe
Sant’Anna Arresi
h 21.00

Zappa’s Umbrella by Rubatong
Luc Ex (bassguitar), Han Buhrs (voice, electronics), Tatiana Koleva (vibraphone, percussion), Renè van Barneveld (guitar)
(exclusive italian concert)

05 September
Piazza del Nuraghe
Sant’Anna Arresi
h 21.00

TBC

06 September
Piazza del Nuraghe
Sant’Anna Arresi
h 21.00

Brotzmann/Parker/Drake
Peter Brotzmann (saxophone), William Parker (bass), Hamid Drake (drums
(exclusive italian concert)

Serenus Zeitblom Oktett
special guest Ingrid Laubrock
Andreas Dzialocha (e-bass), David Meier (schlagwerk), Els Vandeweyer (e-guitar), Karsten Lipp (e-guitar), Shasta Ellenbogen (viola), Isabelle Klemt (violoncello), Ritsche Koch (trumpet), Matthias Erb (klanggestaltung), Ingrid Laubrock (tenor sax)
(exclusive italian concert)

07 September
Piazza del Nuraghe
Sant’Anna Arresi
h 21.00

Full Blast by Peter Broetzmann
special guest Heather Leigh
Peter Broetzmann (saxophone), Marino Pliakas (bass), Michael Wertmueller (drums), Heather Leigh (lapsteel)
(exclusive italian concert)

Megalodon Collective
Andreas Winter (drums), Henrik Lodoen (drums), Martin Myhre Olsen (sax), Karl Hjalmar Nyberg (sax), Petter Kraft (sax), Aaron Mandelmann (bass), Karl Bjora (guitar)
(exclusive italian concert)

08 September
Piazza del Nuraghe
Sant’Anna Arresi
h 21.00

In Order to Survive by William Parker
William Parker (bass), Kidd Jordan (tenor sax), Rob Brown (alto Sax), Steve Swell (trombone), Cooper Moore (piano), Hamid Drake (drums)
(exclusive italian concert)

Battle Pieces by Nate Wooley
Nate Wooley (trumpet), Ingrid Laubrock (tenor sax), Matt Moran (vibraphone), Sylvie Courvoisier (piano)
(exclusive italian concert)

09 September
Piazza del Nuraghe
Sant’Anna Arresi
h 21.00

Piano Solo by Cooper Moore
Cooper Moore (piano)
(exclusive italian concert)

Mats Gustafsoon’s Nu Ensemble
Hidros ZAP
Mats Gustafsson (sax, composition,conduction), Sten Sandell (keyboards, piano), Raymond Strid (drums), Nate Wooley (trumpets), Anders Nyqvist (trumpets), Jaap Blonk (vocal), Julien Desprez (guitar), Ken Vandermark (barisax), Mette Rasmussen (sax), Jamie Saft (organ, keyboards), Ingebrigt Haker Flaten (electric bass), Morgan Agren (drums), Mary Halvorson (guitar)
(original project)

10 September
Piazza del Nuraghe
Sant’Anna Arresi
h 21.00

Summit Quartet
Ken Vandermark (barisax), Hamid Drake (dums), Mats Gustafsson (sax), Luc Ex (bassguitar)
(original project)

Direction Zappa by Daniele Sepe Sextet
feat. Dean Bowman & Hamid Drake
Daniele Sepe (saxphone, direct), Dean Bowman (voice), D.Castigliola (bass), Hamid Drake (drums), Gio Cristiano (guitar), Tommy De Paola (piano)
(original project)

New Releases From GOD Records

Source: GOD Records.

Peter Ablinger
Voices and Piano

… The general idea of ‘Voices and Piano’ probably has to do with the fact that when somebody speaks to me I never miss the melody of the speech but sometimes the meaning. When I was a young boy my mother asked me to go out to buy a pound of butter, 10 eggs and a loaf of bread. I listened very attentively. I loved how she spoke to me. I hopped on my bike, rode to the store and waited in the line until it was my turn – only then to realize that I had not listened to the content of the message and had to ride back home to ask…

Vladan Radovanović
Phonoverse-Complete Electroacoustic Music

Triple vinyl set, Phonoverse, collects entire opus of electroacoustic works of Serbian composer and multi media artist, Vladan Radovanović, between 1960 and 1993, from which many of them are long out of print and many of them for the first time on vinyl – perfect opportunity for rediscovering some of most brilliant works from the founder of Radio Belgrade Electronic Studio…