Comfort Music Series in Chicago

Source: Comfort Music.

For a 3rd year running, International Anthem is taking the curatorial reins of historic Comfort Station – the gingerbread-house-looking, reclaimed-trolley-station-turned-art-gallery in the heart of Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood – to present 1 month of Comfort Music – i.e. casual evening improvisations by some of our city’s finest musicians.

For this year’s outings we’re collaborating with dear friend of the label King Hippo – on not only the curation and presentation, but also on a special version of his Fresh Roasted party at The Whistler to cap off this series of performances (more on that below).

Comfort Station is located at 2579 N Milwaukee Ave, across from Logan Square monument, in Chicago IL. Comfort Music commences at 730pm every Thursday evening. Here’s who we’ve got lined up:

June 2:

June 9:
JAMES FALZONE (clarinet & maybe bass clarinet)

June 16:
JASON STEIN (bass clarinet)
CHARLIE COFFEEN (piano & melodica

June 23:
(drum machines, sampler, synth & record player)

June 30:
& ensemble TBD

AMN Reviews: Various Artists – An Anthology of Turkish Experimental Music 1961-2014 [SubRosa SR390CD]

srv390This welcome survey of electronic and other experimental music by Turkish artists covers a five-decade period and encompasses a range of diverse sounds.

The first disc is devoted to electronic music, beginning with Bülent Arel’s 1961 Postlude from Music for a Sacred Service. Arel, along with Ilhan Mimaroğlu, was involved in some of the pioneering postwar experiments in electronic music. Both were connected to the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center in the 1960s, and both worked on electronic composition with Edgard Varèse. Arel’s Postlude sounds of its time but is still fresh, its undulating bursts of characteristically electronic timbres making for a richly textural work. Mimaroğlu is represented by Istanbul Fog, a program work from 1996 that leverages overlapping tones to convey the discordant harmonies of multiple fog horns sounding in a harbor.

The other works on the first disc are largely within the classic electronic tradition of timbral exploration. Some, like Cenk Ergün’s Forge (2008) or Erdem Helvacıoğlu’s Resonating Universe Part I (2010), manipulate samples of acoustic instruments, while others, like Mehmet Can Öser’s sparse, skittering Plug-Out: Balzklar II (2007), Batuhan Bozkurt’s Kun (2012) or Sair Sinan Kestelli’s Earthworks (2007) sculpt inharmonic sounds into elegantly dynamic forms.

The pieces on Disc 2 move away from the predominantly formal experiments of Disc 1 and instead represent an eclectic set of mostly very recent work based variously on field recordings, loops, drones and glitches, post-rock and socio-political commentary. As such, it’s a fine introduction to the many varieties of contemporary Turkish experimentalism.

Daniel Barbiero

AMN Reviews: Hijokaidan – Emergency Stairway To Heaven (2015; Cold Spring Records)

HIJOKAIDAN Emergency Stairway - Lo res album cover for printUnknown to many (including this writer), Hijokaidan is considered to be one of the first noise bands, having been founded in 1979. This 2015 release on Cold Spring Records demonstrates that the group is not showing any ill-effects of age when recording aggressive heavy improv. The clearly identifiable instruments are guitar and drums, both played in a freak-out, structureless style. Electronics and perhaps another guitar accompany. Comparisons can be made to some of Merzbow‘s recent work with the likes of Balazs Pandi and Mats Gustasfsson. Past collaborators include Merzbow (of course), Acid Mothers Temple, and Otomo Yoshihide.

This particular album is a double, featuring a 50-minute studio suite eponymously entitled Emergency Stairway To Heaven, and then another 65 minutes documenting two live performances. Great stuff if you enjoy unrelenting, ever-changing walls of metallic noise.



May 29, 2016
Susana Santos Silva, Kris Davis, Mat Maneri, Torbjorn Zetterberg, IBeam
Kris Davis Mat Maneri Susana Santos Silva Torbjorn Zetterberg

May 28, 2016
Jozef Dumoulin Solo, IBeam
Jozef Dumoulin

May 28, 2016
Jozef Dumoulin, Kris Davis, Cory Smythe, IBeam
Kris Davis Jozef Dumoulin Cory Smythe

May 26, 2016
Loren Connors Solo, First Unitarian Congregational Society
Loren Connors

May 26, 2016
Peter Evans & Levy Lorenzo, Manhattan Inn
Peter Evans Levy Lorenzo

May 26, 2016
Karla Borecky Solo, First Unitarian Congregational Society
Karla Borecky

May 26, 2016
Susana Santos Silva & Ingrid Laubrock, Manhattan Inn
Ingrid Laubrock Susana Santos Silva

May 26, 2016
Jaimie Branch Trio, Manhattan Inn
Jaimie Branch Brandon Lopez Mike Pride

June at Roulette

Lou Harrison

Source: New York’s Roulette.

THURSDAY, JUNE 2, 2016 @ 8:00 PM
[GENERATE] Jennifer Choi + Talujon Percussion: Lou Harrison Concerto for Violin and Percussion and Gamelan-inspired works Violinist Jennifer Choi joins TALUJON Percussion Ensemble for a performance of Lou Harrison’s Concerto for Violin and Percussion and other works by composers inspired by the Indonesian gamelan in some part of their artistic lives. …

MONDAY, JUNE 6, 2016 @ 8:00 PM
[GENERATE] TIGUE: Surfaces TIGUE presents Surfaces, an evening length semi-staged performance of new compositions and improvisations.

TUESDAY, JUNE 7, 2016 @ 7:30 PM
Color Theory: Saxophones and Percussion – PRISM Quartet and Sō Percussion Premiere of Blue Notes and Other Clashes by STEVEN MACKEY

SUNDAY, JUNE 12, 2016 @ 7:30 PM
Color Theory: Saxophones and Percussion – PRISM Quartet and Partch Premieres of new works by KEN UENO and STRATIS MINAKAKIS

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 2016 @ 8:00 PM
[RESIDENCY] Haeyoung Kim: Breaths Breaths is an interactive multimedia performance that explores the ways in which technology can be used to foster creative environments.

THURSDAY, JUNE 23, 2016 @ 8:00 PM
Pat Spadine Carillon
[COMMISSION] Ashcan Orchestra: New Instruments and New Works The Ashcan Orchestra presents a collection of new electro-mechanical toy instruments, and new works

TUESDAY, JUNE 28, 2016 @ 8:00 PM
Marie Incontera – Eco-Music Big Band Fred Ho/Cal Massey album release The Eco-Music Big Band is proud to present the release of our second album, REBEL SPIRITS. REBEL SPIRITS is a posthumous reimagining of the music of three of the most underrated and influential jazz composers of the 20th century: the band’s founder, Fred Ho; late composer/trumpeter and influence to John Coltrane, Cal Massey; and multigenre composer/arranger Romulus Franceschini. …