Ben Johnston’s String Quartets Finally Performed?

Source: The New York Times.

According to experts, the most difficult string quartet ever written is Ben Johnston’s Quartet No. 7. It was composed in 1984 but went unperformed for decades. Musicians who knew the score, with the ingenious palindromic structure of one movement and variations teeming with over a thousand microscopically distinct pitches, considered it well-nigh unplayable.

AMN Reviews: Mauro Sambo, Marco Colonna & Ivano Nardi – …non così lontano dal cuore [Plus Timbre PT029]

0292016“…non così lontano dal cuore”—not so far from the heart—is a long, uncluttered and atmospheric improvisation from the trio of Mauro Sambo (electronics, electric guitar, piano, shakuhachi and double bass), Marco Colonna (alto clarinet) and Ivano Nardi (percussion). Over the course of the forty-one minute-long piece Colonna supplies lithe, serpentine melodies that frequently echo or counterpoint themselves thanks to Sambo’s looping and electronic manipulation. The interplay between the two musicians largely centers on the timbral contrasts and overlaps of distorted electric guitar and thunderously resonant piano chords on the one side and the now rounded, now overblown and raw-edged sounds of the clarinet on the other. A high point is a brief duet for the buzzing, sustained notes of the reed instrument and the shakuhachi’s skittishly voice-like melodies. Throughout, Nardi provides sympathetic and sensitive support on percussion.

Daniel Barbiero

Vital Weekly Reviews 1029

Merzbow, prominent Japanoise musician, in 2007

Source: Vital Weekly.

Jarl – Amygdala Colours – Hemisphere Rotation (Cd by Reverse Alignment) *
Mammoth Ulthana – Particular Factors (Cd by Zoharum) *
Kallee & The Lunar Trio – Nashtur (Cd by Zoharum) *
Rafal Kolacki – Hijra. Noise from the Jungle (Cd by Zoharum) *
Maeror Tri – Sensuum Medacia/somnia (Cd by Zoharum) *
Maeror Tri – Hypnobasia (Cd by Zoharum) *
Ozmotic – Liquid Times (Cd by Folk Wisdom) *
Uwe Rasch – Aus Vierundzwanzig (Schubertadaptionen – Ein Materialhaufen Zu Franz Schuberts Winterreise) – (Dvd by Gruenrekorder)
Invading Pleasures – Infinite Jest (Cd by Gruenrekorder)
Komora a – Crystal Dwarf (Cd by Monotype Records) *
Merzbow – Life Performance (Cd by Cold Spring Records) *
Ralf Wehowsky/Andrew Chalk/Eric Lanzillota – Yang Tul (Cd by Cold Spring Records) *
Bene Gesserit – Eccentric???? (Cd by Ee Tapes) *
Thetherdown – First Flight (Cd by Trace Recordings/slowcraft Records) *
Jacek Staniszewski – Zawstydzajacy Dar (Cd by Lumberton Trading) *
the Dwarfs of East Agouza – Bes (2cd by Nawa Recordings) *
Lxmp – Zony W Pracy (Cd by Lado Abc) *
Quartz Locked – Wave 91.6 (Lp and Flexi by Warm)
Robin Hayward & Christopher Williams – Borromean Rings (Lp by Corvo Records) *
Isabelle Duthoit & Franz Hautzinger & Matija Schellander & Petr Vrba – Esox Lucius (Lp by Corvo Records) *
Hanna Hartman – Black Bat (10″ by Komplott)
Urbanfailure – Random Shadows (7″ Lathe Cut by Sky Burial Productions/urb Sounds)
Tag Cloud – A Footnote of Sorts (Cdr by Found Tapes) *
The Formula of the Complex of a Closed Mind (Cdr by Ueuoropa Records) *
Dal (Cdr by Ueuoropa Records) *
Sebastian Buczek – Stara Przugoda – Oddech Ludzi (Cdr by Mik Musik) *
Oondood – (Anduk)(unduke)(undude) (Cdr by Mik Musik) *
Retro*sex*galaxy – Music for the Masses Passes (Cassette by Mik Musik)
Sontag Shogun – 2015, NYC (Cassette, Private) *
Sontag Shogun – Tale Remixed (12″ by Interbang/folk Wisdom)
Kylie Field – Untitled Poem Cassette (Cassette by Tanuki Records)
Patrizia Oliva – Numen, Life of Elitra Lipozi (Cassette by Staaltape)

Edgetone Records Spring Releases

English: Rent Romus performing at the San Fran...

Source: Edgetone Records.

Markus Hunt & Thollem McDonas – Adobe

Presented by Markus Hunt and Thollem McDonas in the order it was performed, Adobe represents an intimate conversation between two musicians. Many of the musical concepts are based on mathematic forms (ex. dactylic hexameter); however, those forms were only frameworks to support spontaneous creations.

Heikki “Mike” Koskinen Northern Winds & Voices – Sisällä/Ulkona (Inside/Outside)

Inside / Outside was created by composer & multi-instrumentalist Heikki Koskinen for a project featuring new and old Finnish music arranged in innovative new ways, exploring the universal connections between immigrants and their motherlands.

E. Doctor Smith, Peter McKibben featuring Laura Austin Wiley – FutureJazz

Inspired by the music of iconic jazz fusion pioneers like Return to Forever, progressive rock groups like King Crimson, Jethro Tull and the 1970 classic tome “Future Shock” by author Alvin Toffler, E. Doctor Smith and Peter McKibben’s compositions are borne out of an appreciation for the those musical masters, and the shock that accompanies the reality today’s musicians face in our rapidly changing, ever-evolving, digital age.

Rent Romus‘ Life’s Blood Ensemble – Rising Colossus

For Rising Colossus, Romus brings his various musical worlds together. Focusing on original pieces he’s commissioned from younger Bay Area artists, the music offers an incisive and often exhilarating glimpse at a scene that Romus has played an essential role in shaping. The LBE dives headlong into a disparate array of compositions, opening and closing the album with very different works inspired by epic tales: pianist Brett Carson four-part suite that subdivides the band into smaller units and Romus’ shimmering “Empyrean City Rising” that keys on Mark Clifford’s vibes.

2016 New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, June 5-19

Source: NYCEMF.

The New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival is an annual, multi-day festival featuring works submittted by emerging and established composers, performers, and sound artists from all over the world. The festival includes pieces for live electronics and fixed media compositions of up to sixteen channels of sound, works for acoustic instruments and electronics, multi-media pieces such as those involving video and dance, and various kinds of audio and video installations.

This year’s lineup include the following performances as just a few examples:

Concert 1
Sunday, June 5, 3-5 PM
Thomas Dempster, melt
Gerald Eckert, Klangräume II
Damon Lee, Stumm
Fernando Laub, Consumation
Charles Nichols, At The Boundary
Tania León, Axon
Paul Hembree, Apocryphal Chrysopoeia
Clelia Patrono, Tension and Release
Jeremie Jones, Silver Fix & Complex Systems
Aaron Einbond, Xylography
Andrew Walters, Red Plastic Bell Abstract
Margaret Schedel, QfefQ

Concert 2
Sunday, June 5, 7-9:15 PM
Kari Vakeva, Sundog ii
Christopher Bailey, Composition for S#|††¥ Piano…
Ari Frankel, inErnest
Ari Frankel, enCaged
Hanna Kim, Yellow Forest
Ken Ueno, Vedananupassana
Andrew Babcock, Ventriloquy
Lawrence Fritts, Musicometry I
Eric Evans. Homoousios
Phill Niblock, Timepiece/Maize

The Story Behind the Nurse With Wound List

English: Steve Stapleton Français : Steve Stap...

Source: L.A. Weekly.

Chance Meeting included a strange list of tightly spaced words — at first sight, it looked like an extension of the surrealist album title, a barrage of random names. Upon closer examination, however, those first 500 listeners realized that the list — now universally known as the “Nurse With Wound List” (or NWW List for short) — was an essential catalog of bands and musicians that had influenced Stapleton and his record-collecting buddies.