AMN Reviews: Aaron Lumley – Katabasis/Anabasis [Small Scale Music SSM016]

With the introduction of metal strings in the 1950s, the double bass took on the modern sound it continues to have today. Because they’re able to lie close to the fingerboard, metal strings can afford fast movement; because of their composition and uniformity of size, they can produce a relatively bright, highly focused tone and respond predictably and quickly to bow and finger. And yet…The gut strings they replaced, while harder to maintain and more resistant to the hand and bow, had peculiarities of timbre and touch that, in some circumstances, could offer advantages. In the hands of a vigorous free improviser like Aaron Lumley, gut strings’ darker, coarser-grained sound is perfectly suited.

The ten pieces on Lumley’s Katabasis/Anabasis bear witness to an exploratory bassist with an aggressively physical attack—a collision of player and played erupting in a series of rattling, grinding, and creaking exclamations from deep within the instrument. Lumley has a strong and varied pizzicato that complements a robust arco exerting a compelling weight on the strings. One can almost see those strings visibly vibrating with each stroke of the bow or strike of the hand.

Daniel Barbiero

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This Week in New York 

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INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY ENSEMBLE: FREE MICRO-CONCERT | MOSTLY MOZART FESTIVAL
Join Mostly Mozart’s artists-in-residence, the International Contemporary Ensemble, on Hearst Plaza for a series of 15 free micro-concerts. Each lasts 15 minutes and presents a world premiere for the ensemble’s brilliant soloists and special guests. In this concert, ICE performs music by young composers.
Wednesday, August 3 at 1:00 PM
Free
Lincoln Center, Hearst Plaza, New York, NY

INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY ENSEMBLE: FREE MICRO-CONCERT | MOSTLY MOZART FESTIVAL
Join Mostly Mozart’s artists-in-residence, the International Contemporary Ensemble, on Hearst Plaza for a series of 15 free micro-concerts. Each lasts 15 minutes and presents a world premiere for the ensemble’s brilliant soloists and special guests. In this concert, tenor Peter Tantsits performs music by Anna Thorvaldsdottir.
Wednesday, August 3 at 6:30 PM
Free
Lincoln Center, Hearst Plaza, New York, NY

INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY ENSEMBLE: FREE MICRO-CONCERT | MOSTLY MOZART FESTIVAL
Join Mostly Mozart’s artists-in-residence, the International Contemporary Ensemble, on Hearst Plaza for a series of 15 free micro-concerts. Each lasts 15 minutes and presents a world premiere for the ensemble’s brilliant soloists and special guests. In this concert, ICE performs music by young composers.
Thursday, August 4 at 1:00 PM
Free
Lincoln Center, Hearst Plaza, New York, NY

INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY ENSEMBLE: FREE MICRO-CONCERT | MOSTLY MOZART FESTIVAL
Join Mostly Mozart’s artists-in-residence, the International Contemporary Ensemble, on Hearst Plaza for a series of 15 free micro-concerts. Each lasts 15 minutes and presents a world premiere for the ensemble’s brilliant soloists and special guests. In this concert, ICE plays music by Suzanne Farrin.
Thursday, August 4 at 6:30 PM
Free
Lincoln Center, Hearst Plaza, New York, NY

INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY ENSEMBLE: FREE MICRO-CONCERT | MOSTLY MOZART FESTIVAL
Join Mostly Mozart’s artists-in-residence, the International Contemporary Ensemble, on Hearst Plaza for a series of 15 free micro-concerts. Each lasts 15 minutes and presents a world premiere for the ensemble’s brilliant soloists and special guests. In this concert, pianist Jacob Greenberg performs music by Amy Williams.
Friday, August 5 at 6:30 PM
Free
Lincoln Center, Hearst Plaza, New York, NY

SCIENCE OF MUSIC HACKATHON
Talks by Finn Upham, Paul Lamere, Sarah Woolley, Sankalp Gulati + Kaustuv Kanti Ganguli, and Maria Panteli
Friday, August 5 at 7 PM
Free
Spotify, 45 West 18th Street, New York, NY

SCIENCE OF MUSIC HACKATHON
Hackathon beginning at 10 AM with presentations, demos, and a concert of the day’s hacks at 8 PM.
Saturday, August 6 at 10 AM
Free
Spotify, 45 West 18th Street, New York, NY

INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY ENSEMBLE: FREE MICRO-CONCERT | MOSTLY MOZART FESTIVAL
Join Mostly Mozart’s artists-in-residence, the International Contemporary Ensemble, on Hearst Plaza for a series of 15 free micro-concerts. Each lasts 15 minutes and presents a world premiere for the ensemble’s brilliant soloists and special guests. In this concert, ICE performs music by Ashley Fure and Eli Keszler.
Saturday, August 6 at 6:30 PM
Free
Lincoln Center, Hearst Plaza, New York, NY

INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY ENSEMBLE: FREE MICRO-CONCERT | MOSTLY MOZART FESTIVAL
Join Mostly Mozart’s artists-in-residence, the International Contemporary Ensemble, on Hearst Plaza for a series of 15 free micro-concerts. Each lasts 15 minutes and presents a world premiere for the ensemble’s brilliant soloists and special guests. In this concert, ICE performs music by Natacha Diels.
Sunday, August 7 at 6:30 PM
Free
Lincoln Center, Hearst Plaza, New York, NY

All About Jazz Reviews

English: Arthur Blythe at a Concert at the Nor...

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Masahiko Togashi & Masayuki Takayanagi
Pulsation (DIW)

Jonas Cambien Trio
A Zoology of the Future (Clean Feed Records)

David Cross Band
Sign of the Crow (Noisy Records)

Jeff Denson Quartet
Concentric Circles (Ridgeway Records)

Peter Brötzmann/Full Blast
Risc (Trost Records)

Arthur Blythe
Lenox Avenue Breakdown / In The Tradition / Illusions / Blythe Spirit (BGO Records)

Nick Fraser Quartet
Starer (Self Produced)

Jazz Festival Willisau Lineup

English: Roscoe Mitchell, moers festival 2009

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Wed August 31

18:00 marquee stage
LSD-3

20:00 main stage
Peter Schärli Trio feat. Glenn Ferris

main stage
Roscoe Mitchell Trio

Thu 1 September

18:00 marquee stage
The Knocked Out Rhythms

20:00 main stage
Eve Risser Trio “En Corps”

main stage
Kaspar von Grünigens Bottom Orchestra

Fr September 2

18:00 Intimities
Urs Leimgruber / Alex Huber “Lightnings”

marquee stage
Ursina

20:00 main stage
Trio Heinz Herbert

main stage
David Murray Quartet Infinity feat. Saul Williams

23:30 Late spot
Phall Fatale

00:30 Late spot
DJ Gallo / FreeJ Rumi / DJ Soulmate

Sa September 3 11 clock Intimities
John Edwards solo

12 o’clock marquee stage
Gabriela Krapf & Horns

14 o’clock main stage
Masada Quartet

main stage
Banquet of the Spirits plays Masada – The Book Beriah

main stage
Cleric plays Masada -The Book Beriah

18:00 marquee stage
Long Tall Jefferson

20:00 main stage
simulacrum

main stage
Gyan Riley and Julian Lage play The Bagatelles

main stage
Asmodeus plays The Bagatelles

23:30 Late spot
Qoniak

00:30 Late spot
DJ Gallo / FreeJ Rumi / DJ Soulmate

Sun 4 Sep 11 clock Intimities
In the forest

12 o’clock marquee stage
Vendredi Soir Swing

14 o’clock main stage
Mat Maneri / Randy Peterson

main stage
Joachim Kühn Trio “Beauty and Truth”