Avant Music News Best of 2016 (So Far)

2016 is halfway over, and there has already been a great many remarkable releases from this year. This list is a representation of the recordings that have grabbed my attention through the last six months. It is not comprehensive or complete, and does not try to be. I’m sure that there a few albums sitting on my desk or hard drive that should be on this list, but I haven’t been able to get to putting them on. This year, I have been unusually busy at my “real” job, which has unfortunately reduced the amount of time for listening.

Nonetheless, enjoy this list. Consider it to consist of pointers to music that is likely to be enjoyable to AMN readers. I’ll be back in January with the 2016 year-end “best of” post.

Like this list? Feel free to peruse previous years’ lists.

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Album of the Year Candidates
Dan Weiss – Sixteen: Drummers Suite
Anthony Braxton – 3 Compositions (EEMHM) 2011
Perhaps Contraption – Mud Belief
Bent Knee Say So
Merzbow / Keiji Haino / Balazs Pandi – An Untroublesome Defencelessness
Thumbscrew (Halvorson / Formanek / Fujiwara) – Convallaria

Excellent Releases
DC Improvisers Collective – Ministry of Spontaneous Composition
Mark Dresser / Nicole Mitchell / Myra Melford / Michael Dessen – Virtual Tour: A Reduced Carbon Footprint Concert Series
Devin Gray – Devin Gray’s Fashionable Pop Music
Mats Gustafsson – This is from the Mouth
Nathan Hubbard / Skeleton Key Orchestra – Furiously Dreaming
In Slaughter Natives – Ventre
Reid Karris – Oscines et Ensifera
Jockel Leiss – Fluid Variations
Naima – Bye
Luca Nasciuti – Morpheus
Daniel Rosenboom – Book of Storms
Sirius Quartet – Paths Become Lines
Space Sweeper – Alien Oceans
Troum – Acouasme
Harvey Valdes Trio – Point Counterpoint
Vaults of Zin – Kadath
Vortex – Moloch
Nate Wooley – Argonautica

Honorable Mentions
Rez Abbasi / Junction – Behind the Vibration
The Apophonics (Butcher / Edwards / Robair) – In Situ
Aidan Baker – Dualism
Andrew Bernstein – The Great Outdoors
Beyond Sensory Experience – The End of it All
Anthony Braxton Quintet – (Tristano) 2014
Lucas Brode & Grant Calvin Weston – Spiritual Branches, Sleepless Burial
Carrier / Beresford / Lambert / Edwards – OUTgoing
Rhys Chatham – Pythagorean Dream
The Claudia Quintet – Super Petite
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Colossloth – Outstretch Your Hand
Common Eider, King Eider – Extinction
Dal Niente & Deerhoof – Balter / Saunier
Gareth Davis / Merzbow – Atsusaku
Deus Ex Machina – Devoto
Moppa Elliott – Still Up in the Air
Empirical – Connection
Ergo – As Subtle as Tomorrow
Forrest Fang – The Sleepwalker’s Ocean
Ross Hammond / Sameer Gupta – Upward
George Hurd – Navigation Without Numbers
I.P.A. – I Just Did Say Something
International Contemporary Ensemble – On the Nature of ThingnessWadada Leo Smith
Vijay Iyer / Wadada Leo Smith – A Cosmic Rhythm with Each Stroke
Jambinai – A Hermitage
Kaada / Patton – Bacteria Cult
Sebastian Lexer / Steve Noble – Muddy Ditch
Jon Lundbom / Big Five Chord – Bring Their ‘A’ Game
Jon Lundbom / Big Five Chord – Make the Magic Happen
Rob Mazurek / Emmett Kelly – Alien Flower Sutra
Jemeel Moondoc / Hilliard Greene – Cosmic Nickelodeon
Morgen Wurde – Brach Auf
Mossenek – Paranoia Plague Shrine 1
Naked Truth – Avian ThugBritish saxophonist Evan Parker
Nhung Ngyuen / Cinchel – The Movement of an Old Soul
Michael Nicolas – Transitions
Tomonari Nozaki – Concession
Tomonari Nozaki – Credence
Ed Palermo Big Band – One Child Left Behind
Evan Parker / Seymour Wright – Tie the Stone to the Wheel
The Paul Swest – Wizard Talk
Poppy Nogood – Music for Mourning
Noah Preminger – Dark was the Night, Cold was the Ground
Rhyton – Navigating by Starlight
Rova – Channeling Coltrane Electric Ascension + Cleaning the MirrorEnglish: Trevor Dunn live at Saalfelden 2009 I...
Roswell Rudd / Jamie Saft / Trevor Dunn / Balazs Pandi – Strength & Power
Scheerling / Thaumaturgist – Vertoeven LVI / Mysteries van de Droom
John Scott (Stereocilia) – The Road to the Unconscious Past
Sloth Racket – Triptych
Sophia – Unclean
Spires That In The Sunset Rise – with Michael Zerang Kata Physin
Subterraneanact & Machinefabriek – Persistent Objects
Various Artists – A Year in the Country – Audiological Transmissions Artifact #1
Daniel Wohl – Holographic
Erik Wøllo – Star’s End 2015 – Silent Currents 4
WorldService Project – For King and Country
Z’ev – Eleven Mirrors to the Light
Christopher Zuar / Orchestra – Musings
Tim Brady – Instruments of Happiness
Stephen Grew / Trevor Watts ‎- Con Fluent
Gaudi – EP
Eleonore Oppenheim – Home
Kamran Ince – Passion and Dreams

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Extended Techniques NYC Calendar for July 2016 

avant-garde pianist Matthew Shipp

Source: Extended Techniques.

THURSDAY, July 7
7:30 PM Henry Grimes (bass, violin), Darius Jones (saxophone)
VENUE: Fridman Gallery
ADMISSION: $10

SUNDAY, July 10
3PM Iva Bittova 3 PM
http://www.noguchi.org/programs/public/bang-on-a-can-iva-bittova
VENUE: Noguchi Museum Sculpture Garden
ADMISSION: $15

MONDAY, July 11
8 PM Lydia Lunch’s Underground Salon at the Roxy Hotel
Weasel Walter, Tim Dahl and Chris Pitsiokos

https://www.facebook.com/events/155557791521826/
VENUE: The Roxy Hotel
ADMISSION: Free

TUESDAY, July 12
8 PM Ivo Perelman (sax) Matthew Shipp (piano)
VENUE: The Stone
ADMISSION: $20

THURSDAY, July 14
8PM Elliott Sharp plays Monk // Anthony Coleman Thursday
VENUE: The Owl
ADMISSION: $10

FRIDAY, July 15
8 PM Steve Dalachinsky (poetry) Matthew Shipp (piano)
VENUE: The Stone
ADMISSION: $20

FRIDAY, July 15
10 PM Darius Jones (sax) Matthew Shipp (piano)
VENUE: The Stone
ADMISSION: $20

SATURDAY, July 16
8 PM Reich/Reverberations: Drumming
Quartet Sō Percussion performs Steve Reich’s Drumming
http://www.lincolncenter.org/show/reich-reverberations-drumming
VENUE: Alice Tully Hall (Lincoln Center)
ADMISSION: $30 – $60

TUESDAY, July 19
8 PM Reich/Reverberations: Different Trains, Triple Quartet, WTC 9/11
JACK Quartet performs Steve Reich’s Different Trains, Triple Quartet, WTC 9/11
http://www.lincolncenter.org/show/different-trains-triple-quartet-wtc-9-11
VENUE: The Appel Room (Lincoln Center)
ADMISSION: $30 – $50

THURSDAY, July 21
8 PM Reich/Reverberations: Double Sextet and Music for 18 Musicians
Ensemble Signal
Conductor Brad Lubman
Steve Reich: Double Sextet, Music for 18 Musicians
http://www.lincolncenter.org/show/reich-reverberations-double-sextet-and-music-for-18-musicians
VENUE: The Appel Room (Lincoln Center)
ADMISSION: $70

FRIDAY July 22 – MONDAY July 24
7.30 and 9.30 PM Cyro Baptista’s Vira Loucos
http://www.lincolncenter.org/show/cyro-baptista-s-vira-loucos
VENUE: Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola (Lincoln Center)
ADMISSION: $45

SATURDAY, July 23
8PM String Orchestra of Brooklyn: The Rake’s Progress
http://roulette.org/events/string-orchestra-brooklyn-rakes-progress/
VENUE: Roulette
ADMISSION: $10-$30

SUNDAY, July 24
8 PM Anthony Coleman (piano) John Zorn (sax) and many special guests
VENUE: The Stone
ADMISSION: $20

MONDAY, July 25
8 PM Lydia Lunch’s Underground Salon at the Roxy Hotel
Weasel Walter, Tim Dahl and Chris Pitsiokos
https://www.facebook.com/events/155557791521826/
VENUE: The Roxy Hotel
ADMISSION: Free

TUESDAY, July 26
7.30 and 9.30 PM William Parker “Cosmic Mountain” Quintet
http://www.lincolncenter.org/show/william-parker-cosmic-mountain-quintet
VENUE: Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola (Lincoln Center)
ADMISSION: $35

WEDNESDAY, July 27
7.30 and 9.30 PM William Parker In Order To Survive “Extended Breathe Ensemble”
http://www.lincolncenter.org/show/william-parker-in-order-to-survive-extended-breathe-ensemble

VENUE: Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola (Lincoln Center)
ADMISSION: $35

WEDNESDAY, July 27
7.30PM and 9.30 PM
Eric Revis – bass
Ken Vandermark – saxophone
Kris Davis – piano
Chad Taylor – drums
VENUE:The Jazz Gallery
ADMISSION:$22

THURSDAY, July 28
7.30PM and 9.30 PM
Eric Revis – bass
Ken Vandermark – saxophone
Kris Davis – piano
Chad Taylor – drums
VENUE:The Jazz Gallery
ADMISSION:$22

THURSDAY, July 28
6:30 PM International Contemporary Ensemble: Free Micro-Concert
ICE performs music by Okkyung Lee
http://www.lincolncenter.org/show/international-contemporary-ensemble-free-micro-concert-3
VENUE: Hearst Plaza (Lincoln Center)
ADMISSION: Free

FRIDAY, July 29
8PM The Swans, Okkyung Lee (cello)
http://www.boweryballroom.com/event/1152669-swans-new-york/

VENUE:Bowery Ballroom
ADMISSION:$40

AMN Picks of the Week: Merzbow, Haino, Pandi / Tim Brady / Grew, Watts / Gaudi

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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.

Merzbow / Keiji Haino / Balazs Pandi – An Untroublesome Defencelessness (2016)
Tim Brady – Instruments of Happiness (2016)
Stephen Grew / Trevor Watts ‎- Con Fluent (2016)
Gaudi – EP (2016)

Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter

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Source: Downtown Music Gallery.

Keith Rowe & Martin Kuchen! Two Omar Tamez Quintets: Herb Robertson/Steve Swell/Ben gerstein/Joe Fonda/Harvey Sorgen/Jay Rosen! Martin Philadelphy’ Retrograde! Two from Chicago’s Milk Factory Records: the 3, 5, 7 Ensemble and Restroy! Plus Historic Discs from The Residents & Snakefinger! Betty Davis! Klaus Schulze! JJ Jackson! Steve Lacy & Don Cherry! Steve Reich! The Cramps!

The DMG FREE Weekly In-Store Concert Series Continues With:

Sunday, July 3rd:
6pm: LOUISE JENSEN / TAMIO SHIRAISHI / CHRIS PITSIOKOS / MATT NELSON Sax Quartet!
7pm: SUMARI: MATT LAVELLE/JACK DeSALVO/TOM CABRERA + Special Guest NICOLE JOHANNTGEN!

Sunday, July 10th:
6pm: DISSIPATED FACE 2016: Steve X Dream/Kurt Ralske/Daniel Carter/Will Dahl/Bill Milkowski/Michael Lublin/Jonathan Wood Vincent!
7pm: KEN ALDCROFT & WILLIAM PARKER!

Sunday, July 17th:
6pm: PAULA SHOCRON / DANIEL CARTER / PABLO DIAZ!
7pm: HOME OF EASY CREDIT: TOM BLANCARTE & LOUISE DE JENSEN!

Sunday, July 24th:
6pm: ROCCO JOHN IACOVONE/RICH ROSENTHAL/FRANCOIS GRILLOT/TOM CABRERA!
7pm: JEFF LEDERER & BROOKLYN BLOWHARDS!

Sunday, July 31st:
6pm: ALAN BJORKLAND / KIM CASS / SAM OSPOVAT – Trumpet/Bass/Drums!

Sunday, August 7th:
6pm: NICOLAS LETMAN-BURTINOVIC & KEN-YA KAWAGUCHI – Contrabass & Shakuhachi!
7pm: NICO’s SPLIT CYCLE!

DMG is located at 13 Monroe St. (between Catherine & Market Sts) in a basement below a former Buddhist temple & beauty salon. Take the F train to East Broadway or the 6 train to Canal or the B or D to Grand, or the M-15 bus to Madison & Catherine. Come on Down, the Music Always Free & the Vibes are Quite Cosy!