Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that has caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended.
Subterraneanact & Machinefabriek – Persistent Objects (2016)
Poppy Nogood – Music For Mourning (2016)
Morgen Wurde – Brach Auf (2016)
Beyond Sensory Experience – The End of it All (2016)
In Slaughter Natives – Ventre (2016)
Evidently, Akira Kosemura has absolutely no need to undergo any kind of regression therapy, no need to be guided by New Age hands to rebirth himself and recall the moment at which he entered the world in order to solve his earliest mysteries and increase his current well-being. Because he seems to have been born smiling, glad to finally be alive, happy among his fellow human beings, whatever emotional challenges they may bring.
An accomplished composer with numerous dew-drop brilliant, ambient tinged solo piano albums (Polaroid Piano, Grassland) under his belt, Kosemura writes unabashedly buoyant music, which has taken more a turn for small chamber ensembles the past few years (Embers, Trio), strings and piano and illusive electronic treatments conveying the fresh, idealistic breeze that blows through him. With Momentary: Memories of the Beginning, he alternates lilting instrumental pieces, like the tellingly titled “Precious”, with “stories” told by guest singers each with a voice as pure as spring water.
Listening to the lyrics, they all cleave closely to a theme that in psychotherapy is known as attachment theory, about what we need to make it when we´ve been hurt or separated from loved ones. The ranks of Kosemura´s main quartet of voices – Yanaginagi, Nikiie (who wrote most of the lyrics), Lasah, and Shaylee – are swelled by American indie star Devendra Banhart on “Someday” and Kosemura´s own near the end. Nearness, tenderheartedness and unflinching optimism, even in the face of heartache – you can´t imagine this ending anything but well, for all involved, forever.
Momentary: Memories of the Beginning is an altogether uplifting experience, elegantly slipcovered and graced with a big peach sun by Shin Kikuchi, and also includes a DVD featuring five pretty enchanting videos.
Source: Touching Extremes.
Joda Clément – Sea Songs
Andrew Leslie Hooker – The Sin King
RP Collier – Trundlebox
Source: The Free Jazz Collective.
Tyshawn Sorey – The Inner Spectrum of Variables (Pi Recordings, 2016) ****½
Tyshawn Sorey, Julia Bullock, ICE – Josephine Baker: A Portrait (World Premiere, Ojai Music Festival, 2016)
Warped Dreamer – Lomahongva (Rat Records, 2016) *****
Sebastian Lexer & Steve Noble – Muddy Ditch
LUME – Xabregas 10 (Clean Feed, 2016) ****½
Ron Stabinsky – Free For One (HotCup, 2016) ****
Mats Gustafsson and Friends – MG50: Peace & Fire (Trost, 2016) *****
Swedish azz med wänner & Gilbert Holmström Sextett – Fåglarna (NotTwo, 2016) ****
Fire! Orchestra – Rote Fabrik, Zürich, 6/8/2016
Fire! Orchestra – Porgy & Bess, Vienna, Austria, 6/7/2016
Tyondai Braxton has a new album out, the proceeds of which will go to Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund, a nonprofit organization which advocates for gun control and against gun violence.
The 577 Records label has launched a Kickstarter for their 3-day experimental music festival.
Jazz Right Now reviews Drums of Days by Flin van Hemmen
Alex Ross writes an insightful piece on the relationship between music and violence.
Rudresh Mahanthappa has been appointed Director of Jazz for Princeton University’s Department of Music.