New Tzadik Releases

John Zorn (cropped version)

Source: Tzadik.

Dion McGregor
Dion McGregor Dreams Again

Dion McGregor dreams out loud, and his dreams are not very pretty. Tzadik invites you to eavesdrop on the horror in Dion McGregor’s mind. In 1964 ten of Dion’s tape-recorded dreams were released on album and quickly dropped out of print. This CD is its sequel, drawn from the same source material—the spoke-aloud dreams of Dion McGregor as taped by his roommate Michael Barr between 1961 and 1967. Documented with extensive photos and a long essay by Dion scholar Phil Milstein, this is the ultimate document of the creativity of the human subconscious. A modern masterpiece.

John Zorn
The Mockingbird

Featuring the magical sonorities of Bill Frisell’s guitar in a heavenly tapestry of harp and vibraphone, the Gnostic Trio is one of the most sublime ensembles in Zorn’s ever-expanding universe. Their sixth CD is their best yet, and presents gorgeous and intimate chamber music touching upon themes of innocence, adventure, childhood and longing that unfold like an exotic flower. Inspired by the charming character Scout from the American classic “To Kill A Mockingbird” and tempered by a folk-like simplicity, Zorn and company spins a hypnotic web of melodic beauty to soothe the restless spirit.

Sasha Argov
Great Jewish Music:
Sasha Argov

A fascinating tribute, the first outside of Israel, to one of the most original and important composers of modern Jewish music, whose hits spanned over six decades, from the 1930s to the 1990s. Born in Moscow in 1914, Sasha Argov began composing during the Palmach period in Israel and he quickly became one of Israel’s most prolific and beloved composers. Everyone knew and sang Argov’s melodies, from the ultra orthodox haredim to the average Jew on the street yet outside of Israel his music is barely known. This fourth release of the thought-provoking Great Jewish Music series presents an all-star lineup of Tzadik regulars, and some very special guests.

AMN Reviews: Reid Karris – Oscines et Ensifera (2016; Pan y Rosas Discos)

OSCINES ET ENSIFERAChicago-based multi-instrumentalist, composer, and sound artist Reid Karris puts a big “E” in the term “Experimental.” Combining studio performance with field recordings, Karris updates the musique concrete of Tod Dockstader to incorporate today’s free-improv explorations.

Playing prepared guitar, as well as drums and percussion, Karris overlays tracks on top of bird song and insect noises throughout this four-track release.  Karris writes, “Sometimes I consider myself more of a sound enthusiast then I am interested in traditional music and I feel that this is where my love of the sounds of nature comes from. I often find myself listening to the sounds around me whether they be animals or freight trains or whatever and drawing inspiration from them. I have tried to reflect my interest in animal song in particular with this album and use these sounds to guide the improvisations on guitar and percussion.”

Oscines et Ensifera begins with Birdsong, a percussion-heavy journey through the chaos of a forest full of chattering, hoots, and trills.  Here, the multi-tracked guitar-work provides textures and atmospherics rather than notes. Inspectphase follows, a repetitive but evolving piece focusing on the field recordings more than instrumental work.  Insectsong, in contrast, exhibits similarly-fitting chaotic percussion as Birdsong, but also features subtly roiling guitar lines over chirping crickets and other six-legged noisemakers.  Birdphase is the final track, a reprise of sorts of Birdsong, but with more emphasis on the instruments.  In places, the guitar and percussion are played slightly less experimentally, though far from what could be called conventional.  However, Birdphase, also incorporates a low-volume grinding and droning, providing an ominous feel that is juxtaposed with the brightness of the singing.

While recording music inspired by bird song is nothing new, Karris’s unique compositional approach and sound generation makes this a singular effort. There is a lot going on here. Highly recommended.

Newsbits: Doubting All Things Aligned / Meredith Monk / Smith, Taborn, and Maneri / Miranda Cuckson / National Drone Day

Craig Taborn (Prezens, at the Vortex (London) ...

Plus Timbre announces the release of Doubting All Things Aligned, a set of layered sound objects made up of field recordings, piano, double bass and synthesizer, by Chris Lynn and Daniel Barbiero.

Meredith Monk in New York is reviewed.

Jazz Right Now reviews the latest from Ches Smith, Craig Taborn, and Mat Maneri.

Burning Ambulance reviews a release from Miranda Cuckson.

National Drone Day is celebrated in Saskatoon.

Vital Weekly Reviews 1033

Cold Spring (label)

Source: Vital Weekly.

Asmus Tietchens — Parergon (Cd by Still Andacht) *
[Owt Kri] — Pilgrimage (Cd by Erototox Recordings) *
Chihei Hatakeyama & Corey Fuller — Euphotic (Cd by White Paddy Mountain) *
Maaaa — Abhorrence and Dismay (Cd by Triangle Records) *
Sutcliffe Jugend — Offal (Cd by Cold Spring Records) *
Codespira1 — Artefact (Cd by Moving Furniture Records) *
Massimi Pavarini — X Sounds Extremely Mysterious (4cd by Sussidiaria) *
Pierre-yves Martel — Estinto (Cd by E-tron Records) *
Bjarni Gunnarsson — Paths (Cd by Granny Records) *
Eventless Plot/savvas Metaxas & Spyros Emmanouilidis (Lp by Granny Records)
Niels Lyhne Løkkegaard — Sound X Soun: Music for 9 Pianos (7″ by Hiatus) *
Good Toast for Good People (Cdr Compilation by Broken Toaster Records)
Daniel Wj Mackenzie — Glass Permanent (Cdr by Sound in Silence) *
Ben Rath — Forgiveness (Cdr by Sound in Silence) *
Takuji Naka — Fault (Cdr, Private) *
Tim Olive & Horacio Pollard — Frackers-como (Cassette by Pilgrim Talk)
Chop Shop — Grey Area (Cassette by Banned Production)
Amk — Wiretap (Cassette by Banned Production)
Orphax — As Yet Untitled (Cassette by Silken Tofu) *
Jonas Van Den Bossche & Benne Dousselaere —
the Multiverse Ennui Can’t Last Forever (Cassette by Silken Tofu)
Charnel House — Voiceless Hymns (Cassette by Auris Apothecary)
Lather/sommer Duo (Cassette by Sygil Records/bob Heavens)

JACK Quartet at NY Phil Biennial Reviewed

Source: New York Classical Review.

“We are all going in different directions.” John Cage stated that in one of his mesostic performance lectures—an experimental work commenting on the state of the arts.

Those words came to mind during the New York Philharmonic’s Biennial Monday night at 92Y. JACK Quartet played three new and recent works from Mark Sabat, Derek Bermel, and Cenk Ergün–three paths of the myriad ways of contemporary classical composition and music making.