Creative Music in DC

Thursday, June 2 @ 8pm
Aaron Leitko :: Curved Light :: Cloning
AARON LEITKO (Modular Synths, DMV)
CURVED LIGHT (Modular/Video Synths, Baltimore/Austin)
CLONING (Synths, Pittsburgh)
Admission $7
411 New York Ave NE
Enter through the loading dock off the corner of 4th and Penn Street NE

Friday, June 3 @ 8pm
Extra Super Best Non-Fest
Horse Lords :: Cloud Becomes Your Hand :: Cigarette :: DAIS
HORSE LORDS (Poly-rhythmic power music, Baltimore)
CLOUD BECOMES YOUR HAND (Proggy Cartoon Sounds, NYC)
DAIS (Electrifying Power Pop, DMV)
Admission $12
411 New York Ave NE
Enter through the loading dock off the corner of 4th and Penn Street NE

Sunday, June 5 @ 8pm
J.R. Bohannon :: Gabriel Birnbaum :: Wanted Man
J.R. BOHANNON (mem. of Ancient Ocean, Brooklyn)
J.R. Bohannon is a 6 and 12 string fingerstyle guitarist rooted in the deep traditions of the American south. Bohannon has been honing his craft behind the scenes of his drone/ambient project, Ancient Ocean. No longer hiding behind pedals and synthesizers, his informative style is based in the tradition of American Primitive guitar but reaches out with nods to influences like Ry Cooder and Steve Cropper.
GABRIEL BIRNBAUM (mem of Debo Band/Wilder Maker, Brooklyn)
Gabriel Birnbaum is a multi-instrumentalist and composer who is a full time member of the Ethiopian pop ensemble Debo Band and the cosmic Americana of Wilder Maker, the latest in a series of vessels for his own writing.
Admission $7
411 New York Ave NE
Enter through the loading dock off the corner of 4th and Penn Street NE

Wednesday, June 8 @ 8pm
Wei ZhongLe :: Laughing Man :: Jamison Williams Quartet :: Forgetter
WEI ZHONGLE (Experimental Rock, Chicago)
LAUGHING MAN (Experimental Rock, DMV)
JAMISON WILLIAMS QUARTET (Avant Jazz, Jacksonville Florida)
FORGETTER (Experimental Folk, DMV)
Admission $8
411 New York Ave NE
Enter through the loading dock off the corner of 4th and Penn Street NE

Monday, June 13 @ 8pm
Tyler Damon/Tashi Dorji Duo
TYLER DAMON is an improvising drummer. In addition to being involved in extended duo exhibitions with guitarist Tashi Dorji and bassist Darin Gray, as well as group work with Chicago free jazz outfit the Mars Williams Quartet, he also regularly performs as a soloist and has collaborated with Ken Vandermark, Little Howlin’ Wolf, Kent Kessler, Dave Rempis, Ed Ricart, Haley Fohr (Circuit Des Yeux), Homme (Sima Cunningham & Macie Stewart), and many others.
TASHI DORJI has developed a playing style unbound by tradition, yet with a direct line to intuitive artistry. His recordings feature improvisations that spasmodically grow along tangential, surprising paths. All references break loose during a composition, as Dorji keys into his own inner world.
Suggested Donation $$$$
411 New York Ave NE
Enter through the Loading Dock off the corner of 4th and Penn Streets NE

Seattle Scene: June 3-25, 2016

English: Photograph of Amy Denio, taken in Sea...

From Seattle’s Wayward Music Series:

Chapel Performance Space at Good Shepherd Center
4th Floor, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Seattle 98103 (corner N 50th St. in Wallingford)
Every month, Nonsequitur and a community of like-minded presenters and artists offer ten concerts of adventurous music in an informal yet respectful all-ages setting: contemporary classical, free improvisation, the outer limits of jazz, electronic music, microtonal/new instruments, sound art, and other extraordinary sonic experiences.

Julio Lopezhiler & friends
Fri. June 3; 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door
Seattle and Victoria, BC improvisers and composers collaborate on a program of new music and improvisations. Centered around questions of identity, agency, and cohabitation, the music makes its home in the liminal spaces between sound, noise, and silence, extending the voices of individual players and instruments and the sonic ecologies within which they exist. w/ Lori Goldston, Greg Kelley, Kimberly Manerikar, Troy Schiefelbein, Austin Larkin, Sierra Klingele.

Tender Buttons + Syrinx Effect
Sat. June 4; 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door
The SF Bay Area’s Tender Buttons (Tania Chen, piano/electronics/toys; Gino Robair, modular electronics; Tom Djll, modular/circuit-bent electronics) rewinds classic electronic musics in a swarm of devices and languages, composed in the moment via a shared esthetic of severe improvisational methods. Syrinx Effect plays their own blend of folk punk jazz using dreamy ambient loops, catchy pop riffs, found sounds, and free improv. Presented by Nosequitur.

THU. 6/9 – Cursive (Samantha Bosch, flute + multi-instrumentalist Peter Nelson-King) performs an eclectic mix of great, unknown modern works by Schwantner, Fine, Schulhoff, etc.

FRI. 6/10 – Luke Fitzpatrick performs new works for violin and electronics

SAT. 6/11 – Seattle Modern Orchestra performs spectralist music by Anthony Cheung, Gérard Grisey, and Claude Vivier

FRI. 6/17 – Bay Area duo Grex + Seattle trio Citizens Band

SAT. 6/18 – Samuel A. Crome + Greg Kalley + Cameron Shafii

FRI. 6/24 – electronic music with impacttestdummy + PRISONFOOD + Noisegasm

SAT. 6/25 – Wind Talkers is the duo of veteran experimentalists Emily Hay (LA) and Amy Denio (Seattle)

Igloo Magazine Reviews

Source: Igloo Magazine.

Marshall Watson :: Sitting Near Dreaming EP (Seven Villas Music)
Philippe Petit :: You Only Live Ice: Music From The Arctic Ice Shelf (Glacial Movements)
David Morley :: The Origin of Storms (De:Tuned)
Parallel Worlds & Self Oscillate :: World Adapter (DiN)
Syndrôm :: Sans Artifices EP (Pavillon36)
Tape Loop Orchestra :: Go Straight To The Light Of All That You Love (Facture)

Vital Weekly Reviews 1034

Source: Vital Weekly.

plus Instruments — Signal Through the Waves (Cd by Blowpipe) *
Giancarlo Toniutti & Tiziano Dominighini — the Sound-placing Land Bridge
(Cd by Menstrual Recordings) *
Chris Abrahams & Burkhard Beins — Instead of the Sun (Cd by Herbal International) *
Regler — Regel#8 (Metal) (Cd by at War with False Noise) *
Electric Guitar Quartet – Instruments of Happiness (Cd by Starkland)
Hsia Yu & Yan Jun — 7 Poems and Some Tinnitus (Book &Amp; Cd by Sub Jam) *
Joao Camoes & Jean-marc Foussat — a LA Face Du Ciel! (Cd by Shhpumo) *
Andre Goncalves — Currents &Amp; Riptides (Cd by Shhpumo) *
Ich Bin Nintendo — Lykke (Cd by Shhpumo) *
Nick Millevoi — Desertion (Cd by Shhpumo) *
Anna Zaradny — Go Go Theurgy (Lp by Bocian Records/musica Genera)
Kasper T. Toeplitz & Anna Zaradny — Stacja Nigdy W Zyciu (Lp by Aussenraum Records)
Arek Gulbenkoglu — End-music (Cdr, Private) *
Harold Nono — Ideeit (Cdr by Bearsuit Records) *
the Beautiful Schizophonic — L’aterlier Des Filles (Cdr by Anywave) *
Goh Lee Kwang — Ghost (Cdr, Private) *
Frank Wheeler. — Longhorseman (Cdr by Frankly Different Records) *
Scheerling/Thaumaturgist — Vertoeven Lvi/Mysteries Van DE Droom (Cassette by Oggy Records)
Stroker — The Bitch (Cassette by No Rent Records)
Ama Divers — An Echo in Sound (Cassette by No Rent Records)
Emiliano Romanelli — Tabulatura (Cassette by Cassauna/important Records) *

Interview With Robert Rich

Source: Inside the Rift.

California’s Robert Rich has become inextricably linked to the rise of the ambient movement of the late 70s and 80s due to his marvelous ear for grounded, yet complex compositions. When juxtaposed against the “Berlin School”, a group of producers releasing synthesizer heavy sci-fi ambient, his work has a much more nomadic and terra driven flavor.

Seattle Symphony Summer Program

Source: Seattle Symphony, performances of note include the following.

SPELLBOUND The Theremin Returns
Monday, 20 June, 2016 7:30PM
The theremin has become the quintessential sound of science fiction, aliens and all things eerie.

TRIADIC MEMORIES A Minimalist Masterpiece
Wednesday, 29 June, 2016 7:30PM
Morton Feldman’s epic piano solo takes you through a 90 minute hypnotic labyrinth.

THE LIGHT THAT FILLS THE WORLD A Meditation in Sound & Light
Thursday, 30 June, 2016 7:30PM
An immersive concert that will sweep you into an exploration of light from the scientific bent of Philip Glass’ The Light, to the rushing light of the Arctic and on to the illuminating agony of Julia Wolfe’s My Beautiful Scream.

IN THE WHITE SILENCE John Luther Adams‘ Alaskan Landscapes
Friday, 1 July, 2016 10:00PM
John Luther Adams is the pioneer of musical environmental activism, translating the vasthorizons of the frozen far north into a musical tableau of clean, radiant harmony and subtle transformation. In the White Silence exemplifies his “sonic geography.”

OutNow Recordings New Releases 


Yoni Kretzmer – FIVE
In Five, Kretzmer aimed to capture a horn sound reminiscent of the late 60’s Blue Note Records era and give it a current day and personal interpretation. The band is horn heavy and exploits the fullness of each instrument. Joining Kretzmer are some of New York’s most intriguing musicians who are no strangers to this aesthetic. The result is a band with an old-new robust sound!
Thomas Heberer – cornet
Yoni Kretzmer – tenor sax
Steve Swell – trombone
Max Johnson – double bass
Chad Taylor – drums

Frantz Loriot: Systematic Distortion Orchestra – The Assembly
On this beautiful outing esteemed violist Frantz Loriot premiers his large group: The Frantz Loriot Systematic Distortion Orchestra. The music drifts and scurries between different chapters, intensities and episodes while maintaining a unique and unified sound throughout. The orchestra features some of the most and adventures and courageous musicians from the Brooklyn downtown scene, the result is both challenging and invigorating
Frantz Loriot – viola and compositions
Nathaniel Morgan – alto sax
Brad Henkel – trumpet
Joe Moffett – trumpet
Ben Gerstein – trombone
Sam Kulik – bass trombone
Sean Ali – double bass, words
Pascal Niggenkemper – double bass
Carlo Costa – drums & percussion
Devin Gray – drums & percussion
Flin Van Hemmen – drums & percussion

Kretzmer/Ajemian/Shea – Until Your Throat is Dry
This trio is constantly trying to get as close as they can to the substance, the immaterial tangibility, the raw flesh, dirty concreteness, thoughtlessness and stuff called music. The search – look up, look down, behind, inwards and outwards till they think they found it.
Sometimes, they also try and do the total opposite…
Yoni Kretzmer – tenor sax
Jason Ajemian – double bass
Kevin Shea – drums

Ehran Elisha – Kindred Spirit: Quintets
Composer-Improviser-Percussionist Ehran Elisha has been leading ensembles in his native New York for nearly three decades. On Kindred Spirit, his new double album, Elisha presents quintet compositions for two separate ensembles recorded within one evening at IBeam, Brooklyn in the spring of 2013. Kindred Spirit is Ehran Elisha’s third release for OutNow Recordings. In this outing Elisha presents two unique quintets interpreting two of his extended compositions: Kindred Soul and Spirit Suite. The musicians in each quintet lend Elisha’s work their own individual voice and improvisational vision while the compositions themselves act as perfect frameworks enhancing the collective sound of each quintet. Hence, the pieces feature each musician’s individual sound while concurrently presenting a specific unified timbre.
CD 1 – Kindred Soul
Roy Campbell – Trumpet & Fluglehorn
Sam Bardfeld – violin
Haim Elisha – piano
Dave Phillips – double bass
Ehran Elisha – drums
CD 2 – Spirit Suite
Michael Attias – alto & baritone sax
Yoni Kretzmer – tenor sax
Rick Parker – trombone
Sean Conly – double bass
Ehran Elisha – drums

Esoteric Duos
A double-CD featuring JC Jones and Yoni Kretzmer in duos with bassists (but not only!) The album features some of today’s greatest bass players and is a collaborative production between OutNow Recordings and Kadima Collective Recordings. Both Jones and Kretzmer take full advantage of the freedom which the duo setting provides and of the opportunity to play and interact with such unique, diverse and challenging musicians.
J.C. Jones – double bass
Yoni Kretzmer – tenor sax
Barre Philips – double bass
Mark Dresser – double bass
Pascal Niggenkemper – double bass
Reuben Radding – double bass
Damon Smith – double bass
Sean Conly – double bass
Carmel Raz – violin
Steve Horenstein – baritone sax & flute