AMN Reviews: Jambinai – A Hermitage (2016; Bella Union)

unspecified1-1024x569Jambinai is a three-piece South Korean group that applies a western filter to the traditional music of that country. Bomi Kim plays fiddle-like haegum, Ilwoo Lee is on guitar and piri (a bamboo flute), and Eun Youg Sim’s instrument is a Korean zither. It appears that they are joined on most tracks by an electric bassist and drummer.

This eight-track sophomore album is an unexpected pleasure, as the group shifts between folk, post-rock, metal, and jam styles. Some passages are tightly composed, while others stretch to free improv freak-outs. Vocals are sparse until the final track, which is their “single” (a video is below). The remaining seven pieces are more experimental, as the album features what appears to be extended techniques being extracted from the traditional instruments, as well as textures and atmospherics. Some of the best moments are when these instruments are rapidly picked or bowed, building tension and then releasing it.

In a sense, A Hermitage is a coming of age album, reflecting the darker side of a country that is known for its technology and rags-to-riches story. This manifestation of anger and frustration spills over into the aggressive riffing and drumming. The album as a whole is a wild ride, with three young people combining the old and the new to forge their own musical path.

The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

English: Ken Vandermark, moers festival 2010

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

Nick Fraser Quartet – Starer (s/r, 2016) ****
Carate Urio Orchestra – Lover (Klein, 2016) ****
notes (8 pieces): source a new world music: creative music – Wadada Leo Smith (corbettvsdempsey, 2015)
Arashi – Semikujira (Trost, 2016) ****1/2
Ken Vandermark & Nate Wooley – Islington Mill, Manchester, 17.05.16
Garrison Fewell & Gianni Mimmo – Flawless Dust (Long Song Records, 2016) ****
Leila Bordreuil and Michael Foster – The Caustic Ballads (Relative Pitch, 2016) ****
Keir Neuringer & Rafel Mazur – Diachronic Paths (Relative Pitch, 2016) ****
Adam Pieronczyk & Miroslav Vitous – Wings (ForTune, 2015) ****
Tobias Brügge Matthew Grigg Duo – Vocabularies (Unknown Tongue, 2016) ****

Taran’s Free Jazz Hour Podcast 10/2016

Source: Taran’s Free Jazz Hour.

Nick Fraser
Starer: Nick Fraser, Dr, Comp/ Tony Malaby, Ts, Ss/ Andrew Downing, Cello/ Rob Clutton, B

Starlite Motel: Kristoffer Berre Alberts Alto and Tenor Saxophones | Jamie Saft Hammond Organ, Whitehall Organ, Moog, Lapsteel Guitar | Ingebrigt Håker Flaten Ibanez 8-string Fretless Bass, Fender Precision Bass, Univox Hi-flyer Bass | Gard Nilssen Drums, Percussion, Electronics

Twenty-one: Luis Vicente Trumpet | John Dikeman Tenor Saxophone | Wilbert DE Joode Double Bass | Onno Govaert Drums

Under a Different Sky: Leonid Vintskevich: Piano Steve Kershaw: Double Bass Nick Vintskevich: Alto Saxophone and Soprano Saxophone

Maresia: George Haslam, Taragato, Cl/ Mario Rua, Dr

the Bridge
Sonic Communion: Jean-luc Cappozzo – Trumpet, Flugelhorn Douglas R. ewart – Woodwinds, Sound Objects Joëlle Léandre – Double Bass Bernard Santacruz – Double Bass Michael Zerang – Drums, Percussions

Alban Darche
Pacific: Alban Darche : Saxophones, Compositions Steve Argüelles : Batterie Jozef Dumoulin : Piano &Amp; Fender Rhodes Samuel Blaser : Trombone Geoffroy Tamisier : Trompette

Sakay: Christian Pruvost (Tp), Jérôme Descamps (Tb), Nicolas Mahieux (B), Peter Orins (Dms)

Norbert Stein
Friends &Amp; Dragons: Norbert Stein – Tenor Saxophone, Composition Nicola Hein – Electric Guitar Joscha Oetz – Double Bass Etienne Nillesen – Prepared Snare Drum + Cymbal

One Man’s Trash Is Another Man’s Treasure: Kasper Tom, Dr/ Rudi Mahall, Cl

Lir: Teddy Rankin Parker, Cello/ Rent Romus, as, Ss, FL/ Daniel Pearce, Dr

Nathan Hubbard
Furiously Dreaming: Nathan Hubbard’s Skeleton Key Orchestra

Rite of Summer Music Festival in New York

Source: Rite of Summer Music Festival.

Rite of Summer will present free outdoor concerts Memorial Day weekend through late August. In a locale The New York Times has called a “Playground for the Arts,” the aim of the Festival is simple: to present the highest quality live performances, and to bring free contemporary classical music to as many people as possible in a

This season’s spectacular line-up kicks off on Sunday, May 29th with the Parker Quartet performing Beethoven and Bartók. Next, cellist Jeffrey Zeigler and percussionist Ian David Rosenbaum shine in works of Andy Akiho, JG Thirwell, Bryce Dessner, Paola Prestini and David T. Little on Saturday, June 25th. On Saturday, July 23rd, mezzo-soprano Kara Sainz and pianist Peter Dugan will grace audiences with Ginastera, Gershwin, De Falla and Purcell. And on Saturday, August 27th, more than 60 percussionists will come together to perform John Luther Adams‘s Inuksuit, an epic outdoor piece that has helped to redefine what live musical experience can be in the 21st-century. Rite of Summer will be presenting two afternoon performances of Inuksuit, a work The New York Times has called “the ultimate environmental piece.” Greg Saunier of Deerhoof and Brian Chase of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs will join members of TIGUE, Mantra Percussion, Ensemble et al, Sandbox Percussion, Iktus Percussion, Contemporaneous, Loop 2.4.3, Palladium Percussion and students from Stony Brook, Rite of Summer shows will be presented twice the same day, at 1pm and 3pm, for each respective date. Audiences should feel free to walk by, stop and listen, lay down a picnic blanket and relax, eat

Jeffrey Zeigler & Ian David Rosenbaum (Nolan Park) June 25, 2016 1pm & 3pm

Kara Sainz & Peter Dugan (Nolan Park) July 23, 2016 1pm & 3pm

Inuksuit featuring 60+ percussionists (Nolan Park) August 27, 2016 1pm & 3pm

Marfa Sounding in Texas This Weekend

Source: Marfa Live Arts.

Alvin Lucier & Charles Curtis
curated by Jennifer Burris Staton
Co-presented with Fieldwork: Marfa
Thursday-Sunday, May 26-29, 2016
Town-wide Performances

Thursday, May 26, Fieldwork: Marfa land at Antelope Hill, 10pm–Dawn, Alvin Lucier’s “Sferics”

Friday, May 27, Chinati Foundation’s John Chamberlain Building, 7pm, Charles Curtis performs works by Éliane Radigue

Saturday, May 28, hosted by Marfa Book Company at Bar Saint George, 2pm, Conversation with Charles Curtis, Alvin Lucier, Abinadi Meza, and Ida Soulard

Saturday, May 28, Crowley Theater, 7pm, “I am sitting in a room” and other electronic works by Alvin Lucier

Sunday, May 29, Mimms Ranch Viewing Area, 5pm, Premiere of new site-specific work for Charles Curtis composed by Alvin Lucier

William Parker Premieres At Dizzy’s Club and Jazz at Lincoln Center in July

English: Photography of William Parker at Jazz...

Tuesday, July 26
William Parker / Cosmic Mountain Quintet
William Parker: bass, composition leader
Rob Brown: alto saxophone
Kidd Jordan: tenor saxophone
Cooper-Moore: piano
Hamid Drake: drums
Tue, July 26 (7:30pm & 9:30pm)

Wednesday, July 27
William Parker / In Order To Survive – Extended Breath Ensemble
William Parker: bass, composition leader
Rob Brown: alto saxophone
Kidd Jordan: tenor saxophone
James Brandon Lewis: tenor saxophone
Steve Swell: trombone
Lee Mixashawn Rozie: the Wave Artist
Dave Burrell: piano
Hamid Drake: drums
* and 2nd set to feature even more fellow artists in extended breath
Wed, July 27 (7:30pm & 9:30pm)