AMN Picks of the Week: Seven Impale / DarkMatterHalo / Maroney Ilgenfritz Niescier Drury / Free Nelson Mandoomjazz / Christopher Hoffman

Angelika Niescier, 12. Mai 2008, Moers Festival

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.

Seven Impale – Contrapasso (2016)
DarkMatterHalo – Cataclysmic Beauty (2016)
Maroney / Ilgenfritz / Niescier / Drury – Mind Games (2016)
Free Nelson Mandoomjazz – The Organ Grinder (2016)
Christopher Hoffman – Silver Cord Quartet (2016)

Lost Civilizations with Gina Sobel and Patrick Whitehead in DC on Sunday

On September 25, the Lost Civilizations experimental music project, joined by Gina Sobel on flute and saxophone and Patrick Whitehead on Flügelhorn and trumpet, is appearing with the Duo Exchange poetry project at Rhizome DC, which is located at 6950 Maple St NW, in the Takoma neighborhood of Washington DC — just a few blocks from the Takoma Metro station (Red line). The performance begins at 8 pm. Suggested donation: $10, but nobody will be turned away.

Links to free downloads of previous Duo Exchange/Lost Civilizations performances: (Part I); (Part II)

Upcoming Ole Mathisen Shows

Wednesday Sept. 21, the TOC is once again rattling the gravitational strings of the universe.
ShapeShifter Lab, 7PM. One set, $10.
Ole Mathisen – tenor sax, Matthew Garrison – bass, Marko Djordjevic – drums

October 26th at 7PM, Shapeshifter Lab
Ole Mathisen Floating Points
Ole Mathisen – tenor sax, Gregg August – bass, Chris Wabich – drums

December 2nd, 8:30PM, SpectrumNYC
Ole Mathisen Floating Points
Ole Mathisen – tenor sax, Amir ElSaffar – trumpet, Bobby Avey – piano, Gregg August – bass

Guelph Jazz Festival Briefly Reviewed


Since its inception in 1993 the Guelph Jazz Festival has built on a reputation for pushing the boundaries of the genre. It’s an approach that has earned the festival many accolades and helped it capture the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for the Arts three times as well as the Premiere’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. “We had a vision to do something a little bit different than the other festivals,” said artistic director Ajay Heble. “There are many other festivals and many opportunities to hear more traditional forms of jazz, which I love too but it is not what I wanted to do here. I wanted to provide an opportunity for more innovative, improvisational and experimental forms of musical expression.”

The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

Oren Ambarchi of Gravetemple.

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

Oren Ambarchi & Jim O’Rourke – Behold (Editions Mego, 2015) ****½
Oren Ambarchi – Live Knots (PAN, 2015) ****
Guus Janssen – Meeting Points (BIMHuis Records, 2016) ****½
Sylvain Guérineau, Kent Carter, Itaru Oki, Makoto Sato – D’Une Rive A L’Autre (Improvising Beings, 2016) *****
Lotte Anker/Fred Lonberg-Holm & Dave Jackson/Dirk Serries – Two Duos (Astral Spirits, 2016) ***½
The Red Trio and John Butcher – Summer Skyshift (Clean Feed, 2016) ****½