Newsbits: Laubrock and Rainey / The Dreemzboat! / Early UK Tape Music / Thumbscrew in Chicago / Improv in Bristol

English: Tom Rainey with Anti-House at Club W7...

Jazz Right Now reviews Buoyancy by Ingrid Laubrock and Tom Rainey, as well as The Dreemzboat! by Pulcinella

The Wire covers a new book on early tape music in the UK.

The Chicago Reader previews tonight’s Thumbscrew performance in Chicago (if you can go you should — I can’t and I wish I could be there…)

Sam Bailey, Hannah Marshall and Otto Willburg, as well as Dominic Lash / Mark Langford and Roger Telford will perform Friday June 17th at 8pm, in Bristol, UK.

AMN Reviews: Elbio Barilari & Andy Cohn – Fluid Timescape [Pan y Rosas pyr186]; Sonicbright – Blue Amsterdam [pyr185]

Two new releases from Pan y Rosas retrieve the classic sounds of analogue and early experimental electronics and put them to different, but musically substantial, uses.

ElbioAndy-1024x768The aptly-titled Fluid Timescape, single track of nearly thirty-eight minutes’ duration, is the product of a collaboration between keyboardist/percussionist Andy Cohn and synthetist Elbio Barilari. Recorded in November 2015 in Cohn’s Chicago warehouse—a musician’s Arcadia containing over 3000 musical instruments of all kinds, including a collection of gongs and keyboards—the improvisation is a concordant meeting of Roland synthesizers and Steinway and electric pianos. Barilari and Cohn recreate the sound and ambience of classic space music—the synthesized fanfares, portentous minor chords shifting into the pitchless sounds of rushing wind, the shimmering, rattling and droning timbres secreted between suspenseful arpeggios and probing melodies. Allusive rather than imitative, it all sounds fresh and makes for a thoroughly enjoyable, expansive soundscape.

Blue-AmsterdamBlue Amsterdam by Sonicbright—the duo of French violinist Gaëlle Deblonde and Athens native Errika Manta on electronics—is an EP of two tracks, the first recorded in Paris in 2014 and the second, longer track recorded in Amsterdam in 2011. The newer piece is a compact, atmospheric work for acoustic violin fixed within a setting of classic experimental electronic sounds. The relationship between the two voices is complementary, the melancholic warmth of the violin folding into the more abstract—but nevertheless responsive—rush and klang of the electronics. The long title track takes a different approach, weaving the violin directly into the electronic texture. Looped and overlaid, its tones stretched and extended into a broad band of sound and then displaced through granulation, the instrument obliquely recalls a mellotron gradually decomposing. At the heart of the piece is Deblonde’s irreducibly melodic playing, whether in a mixolydian mode that threatens to, yet never quite does, resolve, or in darker passages in minor modes.

Daniel Barbiero

Chicago Scene: June 4-11, 2016

English: Mary Halvorson, Jazz guitarist; Pictu...

This is a weekly overview live avant performances in the Chicago area.  Contact us if you’d like your shows listed.

Saturday, June 4th 2016

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($15-$10)
Thumbscrew : Mary Halvorson, Michael Formanek, Tomas Fujiwara

Sunday, June 5th 2016

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($20-$10)
Third Coast Percussion : Sean Connors, Robert Dillon, Peter Martin, David Skidmore

Monday, June 6th 2016

7:00PM at Harris Theater, 205 E Randolph, 312.334.7777
MusicNOW 4 : light readings
Musicians from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Donald Nally, conductor — music by Qasim Ali Naqvi, Samuel Carl Adams, Tristan Perich

7:30PM at Experimental Sound Studio, 5925 N Ravenswood, 773.769.1069 ($10)
Ben Vida, Jason Adasiewicz

9:00PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444 (wheelchair-accessible)
Extraordinary Popular Delusions : Jim Baker, Mars Williams, Brian Sandstrom, Steve Hunt

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Darren Johnston Quartet with Dave Rempis, Paul Giallorenzo, Tim Daisy

Thursday, June 9th 2016

7:00PM at Comfort Station, 2579 N Milwaukee (Donation)
Katie Ernst, James Falzone

9:00PM at The Burlington, 3425 W Fullerton, 773.384.3243
Jason Lescalleet and Hive Mind

Friday, June 10th 2016

10:00AM-5:00PM at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago, 312.280.2660 (wheelchair-accessible) — performances and open rehearsals

8:00PM at Experimental Sound Studio, 5925 N Ravenswood, 773.769.1069 ($10, $30 series pass)
2016 Outer Ear Series
Katinka Kleijn, Bill MacKay

Saturday, June 11th 2016

4:00PM at Graham Foundation (Madlener House), 4 W Burton Pl (Free, RSVP {})
Lampo Presents
Ben Vida

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Extended Techniques NYC Calendar For June 2016 

Swiss pianist Sylvie Courvoisier, performing a...

Source: extended techniques.

2:30 PM Cage Encounters: Percussion and Tape
VENUE: Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center (Lincoln Center)

3PM and 8PM Labyrinth Gives Way To Skin: Long Distance Music
Seminar: 3 PM, $25 (limited to 30)
Listening Session: 8 PM, $10
Long Distance Music, lead by Amy Cimini, is the second installment of Labyrinth Gives Way To Skin, Blank Forms’ ongoing initiative to present and preserve the work of Maryanne Amacher through a series of seminars and listening sessions in collaboration with the Maryanne Amacher Archive.
VENUE: The Emily Harvey Foundation, 537 Broadway #2, New York
ADMISSION: $10-$25

SUNDAY, June 5
6pm Tidepool Fauna Kyoko Kitamura: compositions and voice; Ingrid Laubrock: t. sax; Ken Filiano: bass
VENUE: Downtown Music Gallery

SUNDAY, June 5
10 PM 2016 New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival: Ghost Voices
Annie Gosfield, Shirley Hirsch and Joke Lanz
VENUE: National Sawdust
ADMISSION: $25/$30

8 pm John Zorn’s Bagatelles
Mike Nicolas (cello) Erik Friedlander (cello)
VENUE: The Stone

10 pm Claws & Wings
Erik Friedlander (cello) Sylvie Courvoisier (piano) Ikue Mori (electronics)
VENUE: The Stone

9:40 PM The Sun Ra Arkestra
60th Anniversary
Led by Marshall Allen
Marshall Allen – alto, flute
Danny Ray Thompson -bari, fl.
James Stewart – tenor, flute
Cecil Brooks – trumpet
Dave Davis – trombone
Vincent Chancey – french horn
Tyler Mitchell – bass
Dave Hotep – el. guitar
Calvin Edwin Newborn – guitar
George Burton- piano
Wayne Anthony Smith – drums
Elson Nascimento – surdo, perc.
Tara Middleton – vocals
Atakatune – congas
VENUE: Judson Memorial Church
VENUE: $25/$40

8 PM 50 Miniatures for Improvising Quintet
Jennifer Choi (violin) Sylvie Courvoisier (piano) Trevor Dunn (bass) MichaelSarin (percussion) Erik Friedlander (cello)
VENUE: The Stone

10 pm Vanishing Point (premiere)
Craig Taborn (piano) Erik Friedlander (cello) – 1st performance together
VENUE: The Stone

FRIDAY, June 10
7:00 PM The New York Philharmonic and Alan Gilbert
William Bolcom’s Trombone Concerto
John Corigliano’s Conjurer, a percussion concerto with Martin Grubinger on marimba, tam-tams, cymbals, vibraphone, “talking drum,” and kick drum.
VENUE: David Geffen Hall

FRIDAY, June 10
8:00 PM Ah Young Hong: Babbitt, Hersch, Kurtág!mh2016-1/vxiu0
György Kurtág – KAFKA FRAGMENTS (selections)
Milton Babbitt – PHILOMEL
Michael Hersch – A BREATH UPWARDS (New York Premiere)
VENUE: Saint Peter’s Church

7:00 PM NY Philharmonic and Alan Gilbert:
Messagesquisse for cello solo and six cellos
Second Concerto for Orchestra by Pulitzer Prize winner Steven Stucky
U.S. Premiere of Per Nørgård’s Symphony No. 8
VENUE: David Geffen Hall

8:00 PM The Time Quartet (premiere)
Erik Friedlander (cello) Mark Helias (bass) Uri Caine (piano) Ches Smith(drums)
VENUE: The Stone

SUNDAY, June 12
7:30 PM Color Theory Concert: PRISM Quartet and Partch
Radical Alignment from 15 Places At The Same Time (2014) by Steve Lehman (b.1978)
XAS (1987) by Iannis Xenakis (1922 – 2001)
CASTOR & POLLUX, A Dance for the Twin Rhythms of Gemini (1952) by Harry Partch (1901 – 1974)
Future Lilacs (2016, world premiere) by Ken Ueno (b. 1970)
Skiagrafies (Shadow Etchings) (2016, world premiere) by Stratis Minakakis (b.1979)
VENUE: Roulette
ADMISSION: $17-$22

SUNDAY, June 12
8pm Illuminations
Erik Friedlander (cello)
VENUE: The Stone

8 and 10 PM
The words and music of Ken Nordine’s “Word Jazz” & Del Close & John Brants’ “HOW TO SPEAK HIP”
Laurie Anderson (voice, violin), Adam McKay (voice) , Hal Willner (voice, samples) with Terry Adams (piano) & SPANISH FLY (Steve Bernstein (trumpet), Dave Tronzo (guitar), Marcus Rojas (tuba)
VENUE: The Stone

TUESDAY, June 28
8PM Terry Jennings’ Piece For Cello And Saxophone:
Performed by Charles Curtis
VENUE: Swiss Institute Contemporary Art

TUESDAY, June 28
10 PM Anthony Coleman (piano) Eli Keszler (drums, percussion)
VENUE: The Stone

8 PM Anthony Coleman (piano) Doug Wieselman (clarinet, guitar) Billy Martin
(drums, percussion)
VENUE: The Stone

8 PM Ingrid Laubrock/Tom Rainey
VENUE: Zürcher Gallery