The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

English: Barre Phillips, 2008, moers festival

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

Full Blast – Risc (Trost, 2016) ****½
Jeff Parker – The New Breed (International Anthem, 2016) ****
Nate Wooley – Argonautica (Firehouse 12 Records, 2016) ****
Tim Daisy – Relucent (Relay, 2016) ****1/2
Craig Taborn, Christian McBride, Tyshawn Sorey – Flaga: Book of Angels, Volume 27 (Tzadik, 2016) *****
The Sound of the North: Norway and the European Jazz Scene – Luca Vitali (Auditorium International, paperback, 2016) ****½
Listening – Urs Leimgruber / Jacques Demierre / Barre Phillips (Lenka Lente, 2016) ****
50 Couplers – Moondog (Lenka Lente, 2016) *****
Akio Suzuki – a i sha (Edition Omega Point, 2015) ***½

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Brooklyn Blowhards Profiled

Source: The New York Times.

On Saturday afternoon Jeff Lederer could be found caterwauling with his tenor saxophone in an unlikely but meaningful setting: the grave of Herman Melville, in Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx. What brought Mr. Lederer there was the same confluence of interests that had created Brooklyn Blowhards, his newest band.

Performing near Melville’s granite headstone, he and the band put those interests front and center, tearing through a handful of rugged old sea chanteys, like “Haul in the Bowline,” and a few turbulent anthems by the 1960s free-jazz saxophonist Albert Ayler. If there’s a thread that ties all of that material together — while also roping in the great sweeping froth of “Moby-Dick” — it’s the byproduct of Mr. Lederer’s artistic temperament, which runs both frolicsome and determined.

Influences/Confluences: Bauhaus as seen by Lukas Ligeti In NY

Source: National Sawdust.

The Hungarian Cultural Center, National Sawdust and Pidgin Culture are pleased to present an evening devoted to Lukas Ligeti’s acoustic work, which highlights the lasting influence of the Bauhaus movement on the composer’s creative process, specifically his ongoing dialogue with artist/designer László Moholy-Nagy. Featuring the acclaimed NY-based chamber ensemble Contemporaneous, conducted by David Bloom, the live performance includes compositions from 1988 to 2016, celebrating the work of this highly original composer – untethered to fashion, synthesizing influences from Downtown NY experimentalism, contemporary classical music and traditions from around the world, and always involved in new ways of creating and listening to music. This concert will also mark the beginning of Ligeti’s activities as a curator at National Sawdust.

Influences/Confluences: Bauhaus As Seen By Composer Lukas Ligeti is the closing event of the Hungarian Cultural Center’s Modernity X Hungary – a festival focusing on the legacy of László Moholy-Nagy (1895-1946) across today’s art forms. It coincides with the presentation of Moholy-Nagy: Future Present at the Solomon R. Guggenheim this summer.

The concert starts at 7 pm. National Sawdust is located at 80 N 6th St, Brooklyn. Ticket price is $20 ($25 at door).

Andrew Raffo Dewar Interviews Gordon Mumma

Source: Emusician.

Gordon Mumma may be the most important innovator of electronic music you’ve never heard of. With any luck, that is changing with the recent publication of his book Cybersonic Arts: Adventures in American New Music (University of Illinois Press). Part memoir of a remarkable life at the center of 20th and 21st century American experimental music, and part a collection of Mumma’s thoughtful, provocative, and influential essays, the book introduces this pioneer to a new generation of sonic explorers.