AMN Reviews: Santi Costanzo – Deeprint (2016; Improvvisatore Involontario)

0a4e60_168795db34a04ea88a107ddee64a4a46-mv2Guitarist Santi Costanzo leads his unusual quartet through eight original compositions on his debut recording “Deeprint.” The pieces are an interesting blend of composition and improvisation. Costanzo cites the influence of both jazz and twentieth century classical serialism as the basis of his compositions. This is not “3rd stream” music, it is contemporary creative music that moves effortlessly back and forth from the composed to the improvised.

The quartet is made up of Santi Costanzo electric guitar, Alessandro Borgia drums, Carlo Cattano alto flute, baritone saxophone and Fabio Tiralongo flute, soprano and tenor saxophone. It is interesting that there is no traditional rhythm section – bass and drums. The drums tend to punctuate and add color instead of just keeping time. The bass role can fall to the guitar or one of the saxophones however most of the time the combination of the flutes, saxophones and guitar drift between foreground and background as each instrumentalist moves from melody to solo to accompaniment to group improvisation.

“Deeprint” opens with the reflective solo electric guitar of “Preludio” and closes with the counterpoint of flutes against the ballad like swing of ‘Epilogo”. Along the way it can sound like jazz or avant-rock or contemporary chamber music or even like the more atonal moments of RIO (Rock in Opposition). “Deeprint” is a journey worth hearing.

Chris De Chiara

This Week in New York 

English: (Le) Poisson Rouge.


This concert celebrates the release of William Brittelle’s singles Dream Has No Sacrifice and Canyons Curved Burgundy, out July 29 on New Amsterdam Records. The night will also feature the world premiere of Brittelle’s arrangement of a song from the forthcoming Flock of Dimes debut album, If You See Me, Say Yes,out September 23 on Partisan Records.
Wednesday, August 31 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $15-$20
Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY

Christopher Tignor celebrates the release of his album Along a Vanishing Plane.
Friday, September 2 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $15
Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY

Unheard-of Ensemble performs new works by Flannery Cunningham, Alan Hankers, Howie Kenty, Jay Lin, Joe Sferra, and Christina Volpini.
Saturday, September 3 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $10
Scholes Street Studio, 375 Lorimer Street, Brooklyn, NY

Bonjour, a low string quartet with guitars and percussion, celebrates the release of their debut album on Cantaloupe Music.
Sunday, September 4 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $15
The Public Theater, Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette Street New York, NY

All About Jazz Reviews

avant-garde pianist Matthew Shipp

Source: All About Jazz.

Bobby Bradford/Hafez Modirzadeh/Mark Dresser/Alex Cline
Live At The Open Gate (NoBusiness Records)

Nate Wooley/Hugo Antunes/Jorge Queijo/Mário Costa/Chris Corsano
Purple Patio (NoBusiness Records)

Bobby Kapp / Matthew Shipp
Cactus (Northern-Spy Records)

Susana Santos Silva, Lotte Anker, Sten Sandell, Torbjörn Zetterberg, John Fält
Life and Other Transient Storms (Clean Feed Records)

Ted Nash Big Band
Presidential Suite (Eight Variations on Freedom) (Motema Music)

Leila Bordreuil & Michael Foster
The Caustic Ballads (Relative Pitch Records)

James Falzone on Leaving Chicago

Source: Chicago Reader.

Last night at Elastic, clarinetist James Falzone played with Wayfaring, his duo with bassist Katie Ernst—his final gig as a Chicagoan. He and his family are moving to Seattle, Washington, where he’ll become chair of the music department at Cornish College of the Arts. For nearly a decade and a half Falzone has been a crucial part of the local jazz and improvised-music scene, leading groups such as Allos Musica Ensemble, Renga Ensemble, and Klang as well as working as a sideman in plenty of others, among them Vox Arcana and Frank Rosaly’s Cicada Music. On the eve of his departure, I asked him about his time here and his decision to move on.

September at the IBeam Brooklyn

English: Susan Alcorn

Source: IBeam Brooklyn.

Past Present – Night 1
Friday, September 16th 8:30 PM $15 Suggested Donation
Past Present – Night 2
Saturday, September 17th 8:30 PM $15 Suggested Donation

The Norwegian duo Past Present propel themselves and their instruments beyond the status quo and the space beyond. Driving. Raw. Music filled with contrasts and large sounds. Insert inspiration from classical composers, a nod to the jazz tradition, then blow it up through creative expression unrestrained by the laws of the past. Organic. Engaged. Past Present challenge themselves, their instruments, and creative music’s idiomatic roles. Both were born and bred in Norway ultimately establishing their connection in Oslo at the Norwegian Academy of Music.

Susan Alcorn
Sunday, September 18th 8:30 PM $15 Suggested Donation
Nate Wooley – Trumpet
Susan Alcorn – Pedal Steel
Mary Halvorson – Guitar
Ryan Sawyer – Drums

Gordon Grdina Quartet
Wednesday, September 21st 8:30 PM $15 Suggested Donation
Gordon Grdina – Guitar
Russ Lossing – Piano
Oscar Noriega – Alto + Clarinet
Satoshi Takeishi – Drums
Inspired by the complexity of Bartok, the freedom of Ornette, the intensity of Sound Garden and the delicacy of Webern.