AMN Reviews: Delphine Dora – Près du coeur sauvage (Wild Silence)

Delphine Dora is a classically trained French pianist who plays as close to the wild heart you can get. She´s a bogwoman just emerged after spending a thousand years in suspended animation sunk in a northern quag, chewing on her braids, biding her time. Discovering a piano in the wilderness, she tests a voice that hasn´t been used in centuries, inventing a new language to claim the land as far as it reaches.

That Gallo-Celtic glossolalia squats on its haunches and pliés like a silkweed in the wind, expressing some wonted pain and casting purposive alchemical incantation, pagan abstract expressionism in sound. Self-sacralizing, it doubles and triples over itself, as the piano follows, occasionally brushed with the soughing sweep of a low-hanging branch of synth, pelted with its falling pinecones, beneath it nettled strings, the frog croak of harmonica.

Près du coeur sauvage is a kind of masterpiece in its sometimes off-key, very off-kilter insistence; a raw, chthonic, yet fair-complected folk music, old as mountains and unbeholden to any tectonic shift other than within its own, ancient soul.

Stephen Fruitman

Two Nights of Steve Coleman in Philadelphia

Steve Coleman in Paris, July 2004

Source: Ars Nova Workshop.

May 8 & 9 – 8pm
with Steve Coleman, alto saxophone; Jonathan Finlayson, trumpet; Miles Okazaki, el. guitar; Anthony Tidd, el. bass; and Sean Rickman, drums

Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Avenue
$10 General Admission

Hailing the saxophonist/composer’s latest, Synovial Joints, as his favorite album of 2015, New York Times jazz critic Nate Chinen said that Coleman “hasn’t met a complex system he couldn’t hijack and adapt for creative uses. On this absorbing album, partly inspired by anatomical terms of movement… Mr. Coleman and his crew keep the music light and lithe, with a slithery sense of groove.” In recent years, Steve Coleman has received a MacArthur Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a pair of awards from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. He’s been hailed as an influence by some of the most innovative artists in modern music, including pianists Vijay Iyer and Jason Moran. His supremely flexible and inventive band Five Elements – featuring guitarist Miles Okazaki, trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson, drummer Sean Rickman and Philly-based bassist Anthony Tidd – was last presented by ANW in a pair of unforgettable evenings at Bartram’s Garden celebrating the summer solstice and autumnal equinox.

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The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

Jemeel Moondoc & Rashid Bakr, Studio Riveba Ju...

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

Marilyn Lerner, Ken Filliano, Lou Grassi – Live At Edgefest (NoBusiness, 2016) ***½
High Definition Quartet – Bukoliki (For Tune, 2015) ****
Østergaard Art Quartet – More Stories from the Village (BoogiePost Recordings, 2016) *****
D.C. Improvisers Collective – Ministry of Spontaneous Composition (s/r, 2016) ****
Jemeel Moondoc & Hilliard Greene – Cosmic Nickelodeon (Relative Pitch, 2016) ***½
Julie Kjær 3 – Dobbeltgæenger (Clean Feed, 2016) ****½
Sarah Bernstein Quartet – Still/Free (Leo Records, 2016) ****
Akira Sakata/Giovanni Di Domenico/Roger Turner/John Edwards – 15.01.14 (OTOROKU, 2016) ****½

May at New York’s Spectrum

English: Ethan Iverson, pianist of the america...

Source: Spectrum.

– Kate Maroney, Dashon Burton & Dan Schlosberg (May 5)

– Jocelyn Ho’s *Synaesthesia Playground (May 6)
(*see separate release attached)

– Babbitt Centenary Celebration (May 7)
including proteges organized by Jonathan Dawe

– Jonathan Dawe Portrait Concert (May 7)

– Thump and Wail (May 8)

– Darmstadt in New York Preview (May 12)
Viola Yip & Lester St. Louis

– Marija Ilic (May 13)
curated by Michael Vincent Waller

– Late Night with The Brothers Balliett (May 14)

– Ramin Arjomand’s Reinterpretations Series (May 15)
Cyrus Beroukhim, Shuangze Xie, Joana Miranda, Miranda Sielaff,
Alberto Parrini with Ramin Arjomand conducting.

– Craig Davis (May 15) Tentative
curated by Lester St. Louis

– Sophia Subbayya Vastek & David Ibbett (May 16)

– Zach Seely’s *(con)temporary (in)sights Series featuring William Lang (May 21)
Laura Cocks & Jordan Dodson (*see separate release attached)

– Hans Tammens’ Dark Circuits Series featuring David Morneau (May 21)

– Fka: Bass Holograms NYC, Residency Performance Concert 1 (France) (May 22)
Floy Krouchi, Mark Bingham & Emilie Lesbros

– ACA presents Ethan Iverson & Jeremy Siskind (May 26)

– Jozef Dumolin (May 26)

– Pas Musique presents Ambient Chaos (May 27)
Jeff Surak, Amanda Chauhary & Tania Chen

– Nick Meryhew (Chicago) (May 28)

– Fka: Bass Holograms NYC, Residency Performance Concert 2 (France) (May 28)
Floy Krouchi, Mark Bingham & other guests TBD.

– Poetry Reading sponsored by The Manhattan Review (May 29)
Hosted by Philip Fried

– Stuart Breczinski’s Title Pending Series (May 29)