AMN Picks of the Week: Butcher, Lehn, Shipp / Tucker Flythe / Ghost Flute & Dice / Amory Stephenson / Devin Sarno / Santi Costanzo

avant-garde pianist Matthew Shipp

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.

John Butcher / Thomas Lehn / Matthew Shipp – Tangle (2016)
Tucker Flythe Quartet – The New Gilded Age (2016)
Ghost Flute & Dice – Melody is God (2016)
Amory Stephenson – First Autumn (2016)
Lone Echo (Devin Sarno) – Noize (2016)
Santi Costanzo – Deeprint (2016)

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AMN Reviews: Steve Roden – Striations (Spekk)

a0719234510_16Striations consists of a single work, “Distance Piece”, music for an outdoor installation mounted at the Sculpture Center in Long Island City, complemented by a looped silent film playing indoors. It is itself part of a body of work Steve Roden calls “Stone´s Throw”, created while processing the passing of his grandmother, herself a sculptor, and a group of unfinished stone carvings she left behind.

While the film “Striations” was being shot with colleague Mary Simpson, the sounds of its making were also recorded. In the editing room, Roden decided to separate the sound from the image – traffic, birdsong, tapping stones, bowed cymbal, words exchanged – and processed these happenstance field recordings within the framework of a low, pensive guitar, “whose notes were determined by a score based on the vowel structure of a text, written by Henry Moore (the sculptor), that my grandmother had taped to her studio wall”.

Spindly, deliberate and elongated, a mantis making its tentative way from twig to twig, “Distance Piece” shudders at the will of the slightest breeze. There is an ongoing whimper, like a sad flute or an abandoned boat nudging a dock, longing to be tethered before it drifts away.

A leafy, delicate thing, and we have a particular responsibility toward delicate things.

Stephen Fruitman

Vital Weekly Reviews 1046

LPD vocalist Edward Ka-Spel on the piano and N...

Source: Vital Weekly.

Machinefabriek — Crumble (Cd by Machinefabriek) *
Christoph Erb &; Frantz Loriot – Sceneries (Cd by Creative Sources)
Riuchi Daijo & Keitutsu Murai & Tetsuro Fujimaki — Reach out to Touch (Cd by Meenna) *
Ryoko Akama & Ko Ishikawa & Bruno Duplant — 2 Compositions (Cd by Meenna) *
Kompjotr Eplektrika — Polyspaerion (Lp by Eplektrik Audio)
Michael Esposito & Dave Phillips — the Ghosts of Freaks (7″ Flexi Disc by Phantom Plastics)
the Silverman — Assembling Witness (Cdr by Terminal Kaleidoscope) *
Edward Ka-spel — Spectrescapes Volume 3 (Cdr by Terminal Kaleidoscope) *
the Legendary Pink Dots — Festive (2cdr by Terminal Kaleidoscope) *
Stanislav Vdovin & Olga Shaydullina — Magic Theatre (Cdr by Occasion) *
Margaret Unknown & Markus Krispel (Cdr by Setola Di Maiale/chmafu Nocords)
Laboratorio Musicale Suono C & Peter Brötzmann – Decomposition (Cdr by Setola Di Maiale)
Surface Hoar/rabbit Girls — Shamed into Love (Cdr by Roil Noise)
Dan O’connor — In/Ex (Cdr by Tone List) *
Ben Bennett & John Collins Mccormick — Pluperfect (Cd by Eh? Records) *
Leonard & Day & Jerman — Isinglass (Cassette by Eh? Records)
Anla Courtis & Sigtryggur Berg Sigmarsson — We Think We Sound (Cassette, Private)
Fletcher Pratt — Dub Sessions, Volume 3 (Cassette by Crash Symbols)
Hillboggle — Up the Country with Hillboggle (Cassette by Crash Symbols)
Clarke Robinson — Industry & Indifference (Cassette, Private) *
Clarke Robinson — Selling Fear & Ad Units (Cassette, Private) *

Lukas Ligeti at National Sawdust Reviewed

Source: I Care If You Listen.

On Sunday, August 14, 2016, National Sawdust presented the music of Austrian/Hungarian/American composer and percussionist Lukas Ligeti, performed with youthful verve by one of New York’s most exciting emerging ensembles, Contemporaneous. National Sawdust opened its doors in the Fall of 2015, quickly establishing itself as the preeminent presenter and resource for an eclectic diversity of downtown and contemporary concert music composers and performers. Contemporaneous-cum-Ligeti articulately represented the venue’s mission in a program entitled “Influences/Confluences,” which drew upon the composer’s experiences growing up in Vienna surrounded by cross-disciplinary inspiration; most notably [Bauhaus] architecture and dissolving into abstractions described in no great detail by the composer as “geometric shapes and visual illusions.”

Sonny Sharrock Profiled

Sonny Sharrock

Source: Premier Guitar.

Sonny Sharrock, whose guitar playing harnessed the explosiveness and beauty of a summer thunderstorm, recorded Seize the Rainbow in 1987. By then, he’d been doing just that for more than two decades, using his guitar as a prism to reflect his glorious, Technicolor vision of music and life. Along the way, he helped invent free-jazz guitar.

The flautist and bandleader Herbie Mann, who employed Sharrock and his then-wife Linda in the late ’60s, referred to the unfettered guitarist as “my Coltrane.” And, indeed, Sharrock’s own awakening as a musician happened as a teenager when he heard John Coltrane’s performances on the immortal Miles Davis album, Kind of Blue. Although it took until 1966, when he was 26 and playing with Coltrane’s sax-wielding friend Pharoah Sanders, for the light bulb that illuminated his approach to ignite.

Sacrum Profanum Festival in Krakow, October 1-10

Source: Sacrum Profanum.

Andrew Dickinson
Andrew hails from Liverpool and graduated from the Royal Academy Opera School in 2011.

Arditti Quartet
The Arditti Quartet enjoys a world-wide reputation for their spirited and technically refined interpretations of contemporary and earlier 20th century music.

Barbara Kinga Majewska
Barbara Kinga Majewska was born in Warsaw. Gratuated form Detmold Music Academy (Solo Singing and Vocal Pedagogy), studied an Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm and University of Warsaw.

The Polish Radio Choir
The Polish Radio Choir was founded in October 1948 by Jerzy Gert. The Choir’s repertoire includes a cappella music as well as music forms combining vocal and instrumental elements. The Choir performs works representing all styles and epochs, with particular attention given to Polish music.

Ensemble Intercontemporain
Ensemble Intercontemporain was started in 1976 on the initiative of Pierre Boulez in cooperation with Nicholas Snowman with the support of Michel Guy, at that time acting as the Minister of Culture. The ensemble consists of 31 soloists fascinated with the music of the 20th and 21st centuries, permanently associated with the group, thus being able to meet its statutory duties of concert-giving and providing educational activities.

Eyvind Kang
Eyvind Kang’s prodigious recording career started in 1995, he can be heard on over 50 records, collaborating with the likes of Sun City Girls, Bill Frisell, Secret Chiefs, Blonde Redhead, Robin Holcomb, Laurie Anderson and many others.

Hanna Gjermundrod
Hanna Gjermundrød is an improvising singer and performer working with voice and live sampling. Gjermundrød graduated at NTNU´s Jazz Performance studies in Trondheim (2003-07) and School of New Dance (2007-08) in Oslo.

Hanne Dieserud
Hanne Dieserud graduated from London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts and Scuola Internazionale dell attore Comico She workedfor 3 year at various regional theaters before she joined the Cruelty Theatre Company in 1995.

Ictus Ensemble
Ictus is a Brussels-based contemporary music ensemble. The ensemble’s home since 1994 has been the Rosas dance company’s premises. Headed by Anne-Teresa De Keersmaeker the dance troupe has put on fourteen productions in collaboration with Ictus (from Amor Constante to Drumming, Rain and more recently Vortex Temporum).

Jerome Noetinger
Born April 1966, in Marseille, Jérôme Noetinger discovered experimental music under the influence of the Déficit Des Années Antérieures in Caen.

Jodie Landau
Jodie Landau is a 23-year-old composer, vocalist, and percussionist. His music combines elements of chamber music, rock, and jazz for live performance, film, theater, and dance. As a solo performer, Jodie sings while playing vibraphone and marimba.

Julien Leroy
Assistant conductor of the Ensemble Intercontemporain (EIC), working first for Susanna Mälkki (2012/2013), then for Matthias Pintscher (2013/2015), Julien Leroy joins in the new generation of young French conductors.

Karel Deseure
Assistant Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra in 2013-2015, young Belgian conductor Karel Deseure has made many significant guest conducting debuts in recent seasons. These have included the Flanders Symphony, The Hague Philharmonic,Ensemble Ludwig, South Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra.

Kasper T. Toeplitz
Kasper T. Toeplitz is a French composer and musician of Polish origin, born in 1960. He lives in Paris.

Korall Koral
Korall koral – a baby opera is a performance created specially for children aged up to three and the adults accompanying them.

Maja S.K. Ratkje
Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje, composer and performer (born Dec. 29th 1973 in Trondheim, Norway), finished composition studies at the Norwegian State Academy of Music in Oslo in 2000.

Marco Blaauw
Born in 1965, he has won international acclaim as a specialist in contemporary music. “I first heard New Music on television as a child. I saw how people in an audience covered their ears with their hands—the confrontation with the music made them want to shut themselves off, but at the same time they remained curious and were filled with wonder. I felt it was exactly what I wanted to do with music.”

Mike Patton
Mike Patton is many things to many people, but regardless of whether he’s singing, scatting, acting, growling or swearing, he’s a Renaissance man in the truest sense of the word. From his teens spent with genre-defying alternatives acts like Faith No More and Mr. Bungle, his various collaborations with avant-garde musicians, the deconstructed-pop music he created with Peeping Tom and currently cultivating a career as a film composer while simultaneously launching Crudo (an urban-skewed duo also featuring Dan The Automator) and second installment with Norwegian composer John Erik Kaada, there seems to be no limit to what Patton can do—and while his expansive career trajectory is difficult to express on paper, the brief biography which follows will probably turn obsessive Patton fans onto a few projects they never knew existed.

Mira Calix
A UK based awarded composer, artist, and performer. She is signed to Warp Records, which has already released five of her albums. At first, Mira’s music was mainly electronic in nature; in recent years, the artist has incorporated elements of classical instrumentation into her works for installations, film, theatre, and opera.

musikFabrik
The idea of this international group of soloists is to “create music never created before”. Members of musikFabrik search for new forms of expression and alternative forms of presentation. Apart from chamber music, open to any artistic innovation and all kinds of improvisation, the group uses live electronics, dance, theatre, film and literature. Engaging the audience is also a significant element of musikFabrik’s concerts.

Nadia Sirota
Violist Nadia Sirota is best known for her singular sound and expressive execution, coaxing works and collaborations from the likes of Nico Muhly, Daníel Bjarnason, Valgeir Sigurðsson, Judd Greenstein, Marcos Balter, and Missy Mazzoli.

Nico Mulhy
Nico Muhly (b.1981) is an American composer and sought after collaborator whose influences range from American minimalism to the Anglican choral tradition. The recipient of commissions from The Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and others.

Reinhold Friedl
Reinhold Friedl, born 1964, lives in Berlin since 1987. He studied piano with Renate Werner, Alan Marks and Alexander von Schlippenbach, mathematics and musicology in Stuttgart and Berlin.

Ruth Wall
Scottish harpist Ruth Wall specializes in the development and performance of new music. She performs on lever harp, buzzing Renaissance bray harp, Gaelic wire strung harp and concert harp and often uses live electronics in performance.

Sinfonietta Cracovia
Sinfonietta Cracovia, founded in 1994, combines spontaneity with professionalism of the highest order.

Sofia Jernberg
Sofia is active in a wide field of music. She co-leads and composes for modern jazz octet Paavo and contemporary quartet The New Songs.

Stephen Drury
Pianist and conductor STEPHEN DRURY has performed throughout the world with a repertoire that stretches from Bach to Liszt to the music of today.

Spółdzielnia Muzyczna
In 2014 a group of musicians from Krakow, who performer together with the European Workshop for Contemporary Music, took part in the International Darmstad Summer New Music Classes. It was then, when they came up with the idea to create an ensemble – Spółdzielnia Muzyczna.

Valgeir Sigurdsson
Producer and composer Valgeir Sigurðsson has been making musical noise for as long as he can remember, and professionally for over 2 decades.

Zeitkratzer
Zeitkratzer is a soloist ensemble. Its strength comes from its members. Founded in 1999, it gathers nine musicians, light and sound engineers living in different European cities from Amsterdam to London to Oslo meeting for working phases in Berlin.