AMN Reviews: Sarah Hennies – Gather & Release (Category of Manifestation)

KIND_3-coverBorn in Louisville, Kentucky in 1979 and now residing in Ithaca, New York, the vernacular of Sarah Hennies is immersive, durative sound articulated via vibraphone. The two pieces comprising Gather & Release are each exactly twenty-seven minutes long. Complementing her chief instrument, Hennies employs field recordings, sine waves and “bilateral stimulation,” a psychotherapeutic tool (visual, auditory or tactile) intended to help process emotional information in the treatment of psychopathology. Webside notes explain that Hennies´ musical reconnoitering synthesizes “with her experiences of identity, obsession, anxiety, tension, grief, and loss”.

Out of a mist of white noise, the vibraphone wavers sweetly on “Gather”, like a lightly caressed singing bowl. Receding only to reemerge lower down and more somberly, it smoothes out into a drone, over which Hennies rings a “here I am” bell in the brume. The landscape around her closes in, with an embracive warmth emanating from the ground upward, broken dramatically by a high-pitched, nasal squeal, as piercing as the sewing needle threaded through the cover art fabric.

“Release” is the slow opening of the fist that “Gather” made in its five final minutes. The vibraphone is more conventionally “recognizable” as it is stricken and shimmers into layers of curved air. Then it becomes a metronome, clacking out time, under whose overweening presence a vivid, plummy combination of electronic and acoustic waves flow. In the sixteenth minute, a family recording of Hennies´ grandfather reciting a tragic poem by one May Riley Smith begins, but his voice is summarily attacked by what sounds like a violin being betrayed by its bow. Slave ship tympani replicate the earlier tick-tock, and only a thin whimper slips through its haughty rhythm.

Personal and perplexing but ultimately open-ended, Gather & Release provides us narrative bones, arteries and a soul bared or prepared for further fleshing out.

Stephen Fruitman

The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

Perelman/Maneri/Morris/Cleaver – Breaking Point (Leo Records, 2016) ****
Ivo Perelman and Karl Berger – The Hitchhiker (Leo Records, 2016) ****½
Hanami – The Only Way to Float Free (Eyes and Ears, 2016) ****
Guido Mazzon, Marta Sacchi, Stefano Giust – Neu Musik Projekt (Setola Di Maiale, 2015) ****
Restroy – Saturn Return (Milk Factory Productions, 2016) ***½
Peter Brötzmann/Steve Swell/Paal Nilssen-Love, Schorndorf, Manufaktur, 4/22/2016
Stefan Keune/Paul Lovens – Live 2013 (FMR, 2016) ****

The Young Philadelphians Tour and New Release

English: Marc Ribot at Jazzfestival Saalfelden...

Source: Marc Ribot, The Young Philadelphians consist of Jamaaladeen Tacuma, G. Calvin Weston, Mary Halvorson, and Marc Ribot. Their new album, Live in Tokyo, is out on July 29, and they will be touring the U.S. and Europe.

July 9 – Soho Factory – WARSAW/Poland
July 10 – Halles des Foires de Liège – LIEGE/Belgium
July 11 – Arkadenhof Rathaus – WIEN/Austria
July 12 – Giardini del Centro Unipol Bologna – BOLOGNA/Italy
July 15 – Rote Fabrik/Fabrikjazz- ZÜRICH/Switzerland
July 18 – Piazzetta del Teatro – MOGLIANO/Italy
July 20 – New Morning – PARIS/France
July 21 – Kursaal Auditiorio Centro – SAN SEBASTIAN/Spain

June 18 – 40th St Summer Stage – Philadelphia
July 28 – Bowery Ballroom – NYC
July 29 – The Sinclair – Boston
July 30 – Newport Jazz Festival – Newport, RI

New From Aerophonic Records

Source: Aerophonic Records.


Dave Rempis – alto/tenor/baritone saxophone
Joshua Abrams – bass/clarinet
Avreeayl Ra – drums/wooden flute
+ Jim Baker – keyboard/electronics (disc two)

This sophomore release by the working trio of Dave Rempis, Joshua Abrams, and Avreeayl Ra shows a band doubling down on the slow, patient approach to improvising that characterized their first release, 2014’s Aphelion. The trio continues to pulsate, expanding ever outwards, yet returning to a central core each time to launch their next adventure. The live sets presented on this new two-disc set document that musical expansion and contraction within the trio, but also take things a step further as the band adds enigmatic keyboardist Jim Baker to the fold as a special guest for disc two. Baker’s a logical choice to meet up with these three; his own trio with Abrams and Ra, although a sporadic grouping, dates back to the early aught’s, and he’s worked with both in countless other contexts across many years. Similarly, a multitude of collaborations between he and Rempis date back to the late 1990’s. On Perihelion, these two overlapping circles spiral seamlessly into focus to demonstrate the gravitational strength of a central core built by decades of shared history.


Dave Rempis – alto/tenor/baritone saxophone
Albert Wildeman – bass
Ryan Packard – percussion/electronics

This debut release by the working trio Gunwale matches veteran Chicago saxophonist Dave Rempis up with two of the brightest up-and-coming stars from the next generation of Chicago improvisers. While Packard is known mostly for his extensive work as a composer and percussionist within the thriving contemporary classical scene in Chicago, Wildeman has achieved notoriety for his meteoric rise from novice instrumentalist to one of the busiest players around after relocating from the Netherlands in 2011 to immerse himself in this city’s broad-shouldered sound. With these varied backgrounds the two contribute noticeably fresh perspectives to the ever-evolving local artistic dialogue. As a trio, their voice is stark, and clear, combining a love for driving blasts of energy with a sensitivity to the smallest details, leading to music that can be a freight train one moment, and an insectoid microcosm the next. These intuitive abilities make sense when one considers the trio’s rare commitment to several months of weekly rehearsals before their first performance in December of 2015, a tradition they still continue when all three members are in town. So while Polynya may document a band in its early stages, its laser-beam focus leaves no doubt that these three know precisely where they’re headed.

Tyondai Braxton Interview

English: Tyondai_Braxton, moers festival 2008

Source: The Atlantic.

No one can accuse Tyondai Braxton of taking the easy way out. The guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, and composer was previously in the band Battles, which is sometimes referred to (with possible pejorative connotations) as math-rock, and sometimes (with ambiguous connotations) as experimental rock. That thorny music has found popularity—“Atlas,” a challenging though electrifying 2007 single he co-composed, is stunningly ubiquitous, showing up in video games, car commercials, and even a mortgage ad during the Super Bowl. Braxton left the band in 2010 to pursue his own electronic-based music, which like Battles has earned critical acclaim.

The Cornelia Street Cafe in June

Mark Helias at Cornelia street cafe Pnoto: Cla...

Source: New York’s Cornelia Street Cafe

Friday, Jun 10 – 9:00PM & 10:30PM
Jon Irabagon, tenor sax; Gary Versace, piano; Tom Rainey, drums
This new trio will perform some choice standards and some of Irabagon’s originals, bringing a cohesive and longtime paired rhythm section to Irabagon’s adventurous inside/outside concept.

Tuesday, Jun 14 – 8:00 & 9:30pm
Tomas Fujiwara, drums; Ben Goldberg, clarinet; Mary Halvorson, guitar
Tonight’s performance will celebrate the release of our debut album on Relative Pitch Records. The working method of The Out Louds is sonic research, conducted on a decibel-by-decibel level. Once deconstructed, the music can be transmitted to the listener in its pure form and beauty. For example, a person contemplating the Fragility of Existence soon passes from this world, while the fragile existence of the universe continues forever. It is for this reason that the titles on this record are derived from names of flowers that one can encounter at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens.

Wednesday, Jun 15 – 8:00 & 9:30pm
Mario Pavone, bass; Tony Malaby, saxophones; Dave Ballou, trumpet; Oscar Noriega, clarinet, bass clarinet; Peter McEachern, trombone; Michael Sarin, drums
Longstanding members of Pavone’s groups reassemble in preparation for a new recording to be done the next day.

Mario Pavone/Mixed Quintet image
Thursday, Jun 16 – 6:00PM
Michelle Meier; Emmy Hunter; Carolyn Steinhoff
Under the World: Poetry image

Friday, Jun 17 – 9:00PM & 10:30PM
John Hébert, bass; David Virelles, piano; Tim Ries, sax; Billy Drummond, drums
A new quartet from John Hébert brings together ECM artist David Virelles on piano, Rolling Stones tenor saxophonist Tim Ries and one of NYC”s most in demand drummers Billy Drummond for one night only of improvisation and introspection on a new book of standards and original compositions by all. Expect an evening of engrossing melodies and pulsing rhythms that will get you moving.

Sunday, Jun 19 – 8:30 & 10:00pm
Elias Stemeseder, piano; Thomas Morgan, bass; Jim Black , drums
After 12 years of leading his singer-less-songwriting-post-rock-improv band AlasNoAxis, Jim black goes in the absolute opposite musical direction by forming a new piano trio featuring one of the most in demand NY musicians, Thomas Morgan on bass, and the young Austrian pianist to watch out for, Elias Stemeseder.

Tuesday, Jun 21 – 8:00 & 9:30pm
Ron Stabinsky, piano; Moppa Elliott, bass; Matt Nelson , saxophone; Kevin Shea, drums

Thursday, Jun 23 – 8:00 & 9:30pm
Dan Weiss, drums; Jacob Sacks, piano; Thomas Morgan, bass