AMN Reviews: Distante, D’Amico & Forestiere – Aphasia [Plus Timbre PT038]

 

Summing up his aesthetic, pianist Jack D’Amico describes his music as ranging across a continuum of song, noise and silence. Aphasia, his trio collaboration with trumpeter Giorgio Distante and drummer Walter Forestiere, does indeed integrate all three elements into a thoughtful amalgamation of avant-garde timbres and cohesive rhythms standing in the shadows of silence. Ironically enough, the release is named for a medical condition involving language impairment—ironically, because the music here demonstrates a fluency in the vocabularies and grammars of different strains of contemporary improvisation.

Distante, D’Amico and Forestiere, all of whom are from Southern Italy–Lecce, Naples and Bari, respectively–share eclectic backgrounds. With roots in classical, jazz and contemporary idioms, their work has leveraged improvisation and the use of new technologies to enhance sounds both individually and in the aggregate. So it’s no surprise that Aphasia’s four tracks move between electric and acoustic contexts with a transparency that reconciles these two often distinctive milieux.

The opening and closing tracks both center on a sound that recreates, while simultaneously refreshing, the electric piano vamps and steady grooves of early jazz-rock. Aloof’s minor key vamp falls into a beat accented in sevens, while being punctuated by the stab and fade of D’Amico’s chording and Distante’s spare melodies. Aphasia plays a spacious, shimmering electric piano and ruminative trumpet off against the album’s most assertive drumming. The two middle tracks, Regret That and Micro-Macro, work together like a suite, Regret That’s closing drum-trumpet duet leading naturally into Micro-Macro’s opening with an introspective cadenza for trumpet alone. The former piece is built around D’Amico’s classical-modernist pianism, the scraping of the strings inside the piano offset by Forestiere’s well-placed, discreet drumming, which eventually brings the piece into the solid structure of a deliberate 4-4 time. The latter piece sums up the various elements making up the album: Pensive solos for trumpet and piano in which individual tones are given room to breathe; surprising timbres for drums and objects; and the trio’s collective coalescence into a sturdy rhythm.

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Daniel Barbiero

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This Week in New York 

Maya Beiser

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TRANCECLASSICAL | MAYA BEISER
Cellist Maya Beiser will perform music from her new album, TranceClassical.
Tuesday, September 13 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $20-$25
Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY

PIX ‘N MUSIC | THE AMERNET STRING QUARTET
The Amernet String Quartet performs premieres of “music to picture” works by Steve Horowitz, Nataliya Medvedovskaya, Adam Reifsteck, Rolando Gori, Christopher Kaufman, and Shie Rozow. The Quartet will also perform Frederic Kaufman’s String Quartet No. 6.
Tuesday, September 13 at 8:30 PM
Tickets $20
National Opera Center, 330 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY

CONCERT I | ROBERT MORRIS FESTIVAL
Collide-O-Scope Music will join forces with the JACK Quartet and guest artists Anna Sunghae Lim, Margaret Kampmeier, and Tara O’Connor to present a 4-concert festival of the music of American composer Robert Morris. The festival will draw together music representing over four decades of the composer’s career. Concert I features electronic installation works.
Thursday, September 15 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $15, $10 students/seniors
Spectrum, 121 Ludlow Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY

ELLIOTT SHARP’S VIVARIUM
Elliott Sharp’s Vivarium is a program of new and recent works partially drawn from his just-released album, Tranzience, on New World Records. Sharp is joined by JACK Quartet and New Thread Quartet.
Thursday, September 15 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $15-$25
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

CURRENTS | YARN/WIRE
Yarn/Wire celebrates the opening of their 11th anniversary season with a program of three new commissions written specifically for the event. The evening includes a new work by composer Alvin Lucier, an American Composers Forum/Jerome Foundation commission by Anthony Vine, and a meditation on sound by Catherine Lamb.
Friday, September 16 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $15
Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer Street, Brooklyn, NY

CONCERT II | ROBERT MORRIS FESTIVAL
Collide-O-Scope Music will join forces with the JACK Quartet and guest artists Anna Sunghae Lim, Margaret Kampmeier, and Tara O’Connor to present a 4-concert festival of the music of American composer Robert Morris. The festival will draw together music representing over four decades of the composer’s career. Concert II features music for solo piano.
Friday, September 16 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $15, $10 students/seniors
Spectrum, 121 Ludlow Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY

CONTEMPORARY INSIGHTS | JULIA DEN BOER
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Julia Den Boer performs music for piano by Erin Gee, Michael Finnissy, Rebecca Saunders, and Ashkan Behzadi.
Saturday, September 17 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $20, $15 students/seniors
Spectrum, 121 Ludlow Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY

DIATESSARON OF NEW MUSIC
Lucas Shiller curates a concert of new music from Juilliard and Mannes School composers, performed by the Rhythm Method String Quartet.
Saturday, September 17 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $10
Standard ToyKraft, 722 Metropolitan Ave., 3rd Floor, Brooklyn, NY

CONCERT III | ROBERT MORRIS FESTIVAL
Collide-O-Scope Music will join forces with the JACK Quartet and guest artists Anna Sunghae Lim, Margaret Kampmeier, and Tara O’Connor to present a 4-concert festival of the music of American composer Robert Morris. The festival will draw together music representing over four decades of the composer’s career. Concert III features music for mixed ensemble.
Saturday, September 17 at 8:30 PM
Tickets $15, $10 students/seniors
Spectrum, 121 Ludlow Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY

CONCERT IV | ROBERT MORRIS FESTIVAL
Collide-O-Scope Music will join forces with the JACK Quartet and guest artists Anna Sunghae Lim, Margaret Kampmeier, and Tara O’Connor to present a 4-concert festival of the music of American composer Robert Morris. The festival will draw together music representing over four decades of the composer’s career. Concert IV features music for string quartet.
Sunday, September 18 at 3:00 PM
Tickets $15, $10 students/seniors
Spectrum, 121 Ludlow Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY

VOX CLAMANTIS
Vox Clamantis makes a rare New York appearance at the Church of St. Francis Xavier. The group, led by Jaan-Eik Tulve, will perform works by Arvo Pärt from their new ECM recording, The Deer’s Cry. Music by Helena Tulve, Tõnis Kaumann, and Perotin is also on the program.
Sunday, September 18 at 6:30 PM
Free
Church of St. Francis Xavier, 46 West 16th Street, New York, NY

GUY BARASH / EAVESDROPPING & HIP LIT PRESENT: HEXENTEXTE
Guitarist and composer James Moore is joined by Kathleen Supové, Jennifer Choi, James Ilgenfritz, and Meaghan Burke for a smorgasbord of musical offerings. The set will feature selections from Moore’s newest compositions, which are inspired by poetry and line drawings: Desolation Pops (Jack Kerouac) for piano and strings and Hexentexte (Unica Zürn) for solo bass.
Sunday, September 18 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $15, $10 students/seniors
Spectrum, 121 Ludlow Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY

Bonnie Kane Curates Two Shows 

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Friday, September 16, 8pm
The Firehouse Space
246 Frost St., Brooklyn, NY 11211
8pm, $10 suggested contribution

Bonnie Kane curates: Intimate Statements – a night of solos and duos.
SANDRA SPRECHER SOLO – prepared piano w/ electronics
– stratospheric classical chops guide us into the wilderness of sound
– joined by special guest, BONNIE KANE – flute and electronics
CHRIS WELCOME SOLO – guitar and electronics
– extreme virtuosity takes a spin into realms previously unheard
PABLO ASLAN SOLO – upright bass and electronics
– the tango master of bass lets his rare experimental side loose for those of us fortunate enough to bear witness
BONNIE KANE and DAVE MILLER DUO – Bonnie Kane – saxophone, flute, electronics; Dave Miller – drums
– adding the power of the evening to mastery of time and space, this duo will blend and churn into a new tomorrow.

SALEM, MASS
Saturday, Sepetember 17, 8pm
SONORIUM SERIES – curated by Andrea Pensado
Gallows Hill Theatre
7 Lynde St.
Salem, Mass 01970

BONNIE KANE – 5 amp Flute Solo
MON.ARK AMMO –
MOTHER’S DAY
ANGELSBREATH

The History of Polish Electroacoustic Music 

English: Włodzimierz Kotoński, Polish composer...

Source: Soundexchange.

The beginnings of electroacoustic music in Poland can be found in the establishment of the Polish Radio Experimental Studio (Studio Eksperymentalne Polskiego Radia) in Warsaw in 1957. However, already a few months before the opening of the PRES (which was made available for composers’ use in the second half of 1958), first attempts were made to create music from previously-recorded sounds. In the spring and summer of 1957, Andrzej Markowski composed music for Goldoni’s play »Sługa dwóch panów« (Servant of Two Masters) for the Ludowy Theater in Nowa Huta; and Włodzimierz Kotoński created music for Ryszard Golec’s documentary film »Barwy radości i smutku« (Colours of Joy and Sadness). The two soundtracks were made without any special equipment in the ordinary recording studio at Film Documentary Publications (Wytwórnia Filmów Dokumentalnych) in Warsaw, with the collaboration of the publisher’s sound operators.

Myra Melford Fall Tour Dates

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September 17, 2016
Guelph Festival
Guelph, Ontario, Canada Solo Piano

September 22 – 24, 2016
Jazz at Lincoln Center: Rose Hall
New York, NY, USA Myra Melford with Jazz Lincoln Center Orchestra

September 28, 2016
CNMAT
Berkeley, CA, USA Roy Nathanson, Ben Goldberg, Myra Melford

September 30 – October 1, 2016
Green Mill
Chicago, IL, USA Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom

October 11, 2016
Berkeley Arts
Berkeley, CA, USA Dialogue
Ingrid Laubrock/Tom Rainy duo + Ben Goldberg/Myra Melford duo

October 22 – 23, 2016
Dazzle
Denver, CO, USA Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom

October 28, 2016
Frankfurt Jazz Festival
Frankfurt, Germany Snowy Egret

November 4, 2016
Berlin Jazz Festival
Berlin, Germany Snowy Egret

November 19, 2016
Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, USA Language of Dreams

November 30, 2016
12:00 pm Hertz Hall, UC Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, USA Dialogue
+Nu Jazz Collective Berkeley Noon Concert