AMN Reviews: Pauline Oliveros, Roscoe Mitchell, John Tilbury, Wadada Leo Smith – Nessuno – [i angelica di angelica – IDA035]


“Nessuno” is not the work of any one individual or musical point of view. Each of the musicians on this recording has a unique conception of sound, silence, composition and improvisation. John Tilbury is best known for his peerless interpretations of the piano music of Morton Feldman, John Cage and Cornelius Cardew. Wadada Leo Smith is a trumpeter, multi-instrumentalist, composer and improviser that has developed his own systemic music language and was an early member of Chicago’s legendary Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM). Roscoe Mitchell saxophonist, multi-instrumentalist, composer and improviser is a founding member of the world renowned Art Ensemble of Chicago and the AACM. His innovation as a solo woodwind performer and his reassertion of the composer into what has traditionally been an improvisational form has placed him at the forefront of contemporary music. Pauline Oliveros composer, improviser and accordionist is a central figure in the development of experimental and post-war electronic music. She is the founder of “Deep Listening” which explores the difference between the involuntary nature of hearing and the voluntary but selective nature of listening.

“Nessuno” is a beautifully recorded performance by four of the most important and distinctive voices in improvised music. In 2011 Pauline Oliveros, Roscoe Mitchell, John Tilbury and Wadada Leo Smith gave three days of concerts at the AngelicA Festival in Bologna Italy. They performed solos, duos and then for the first time ever they performed as a quartet. Given that each of these musicians has been active in the international music community for about half a century it is amazing that they had never performed or recorded together as a quartet. Hats off to AngelicA for bringing them together and for releasing this recording, which contains the entire quartet performance in three parts.

Each of the pieces begins with a deliberate gesture by one or two of the musicians and then develops as it moves through many different textures and sound masses; from calm to intense, from the dense to open, from similar to contrasting registers, from dialogue to silence; always moving between point and counterpoint with one another. Part One is reflective and delicate. It begins with a pulsing single note piano gesture over a wooden flute melody that gets punctuated by vibraphone like sounds from the V accordion. It starts to develop into a Feldman like texture, but is suddenly transformed when the muted trumpet enters with a more chromatic melody. The sounds often seem to fuse and merge and then disappear as new sounds arrive. It is a stunning thirty-minute performance. Part Two is a bit more pointillistic; it begins with the sound of a bell that is met with high-pitched sounds from the saxophone and piano then followed by a trumpet dialogue that launches into a four-way dialogue. The piece continues to develop over the next thirty-nine minutes in which the dialogue transforms into texture or to silence, only to begin anew again till silence finally wins. Part Three is a very interesting almost synopsis of the entire performance squeezed into a five-minute encore.

“Nessuno” is highly recommended. It is just one of many excellent releases from i dischi di angelica which has released thirty-four titles since 1991; all recorded from the highly diverse contemporary music festival AngelicA in Bologna Italy. If you are not familiar with the label or the festival than you may want to pay them a visit.                  

Chris De Chiara



Newsbits: Terry Riley / Liebig, Hay, Nakatani / Darius Jones / Magma

American composer Terry Riley Interview at Lin...

A performance of Terry Riley‘s music at the Barbican in London is reviewed.

A concert of improvised and experimental music featuring Steuart Liebig (electric basses and electronics), Emily Hay (flutes, voice and electronic effects), and Tatsuya Nakatani (percussion and gongs) takes place Monday, October 3, 2016, 7:30 p.m., at The Porch Gallery, 310 E. Matilija Avenue, Ojai, California 93023.

Jazz Right Now reviews the latest album from Darius Jones.

Magma’s recent Edinburgh performance is reviewed.

Cafe OTO in October

Phil Wachsmann

Source: Cafe OTO.

Saturday 1 October 2016, 3pm
Merzbow – Matinee Show + Tom White

Saturday 1 October 2016, 8pm

Sunday 2 October 2016, 8pm
Tom Carter + Ka Baird + Jon Collin

Monday 3 October 2016, 8pm
Thurston Moore Group

Tuesday 4 October 2016, 8pm
Kammer Klang:
Miles Cooper Seaton + Ensemble (Uk Premiere) + Distractfold Performs Liza Lim, Mauricio Pauly (Uk Premiere), Sam Salem (Uk Premiere)

Wednesday 5 October 2016, 8pm
Kraak Presents:
Spencer Clark + Sea Urchin

Thursday 6 October 2016, 8.30pm
Lsc Present:
Egyptian Females Experimental Music Session + Nur

Friday 7 October 2016, 8pm
Upset the Rhythm:
Upsilon Acrux + Guapo + Honey Ride Me a Goat

Saturday 8 October 2016, 8pm
Ecstatic Peace Presents:
Musics – Thurston Moore / John Russell (Duo) + Phil Wachsmann (Solo) + Thurston Moore &Amp; John Russell in Conversation

Sunday 9 October 2016, 8pm
Elodie (Andrew Chalk / Timo Van Luijk / Tom James Scott) + Reizen

Monday 10 October 2016, 8pm
Sudden Infant + Dario Sanfilippo &Amp; Sec_ + Les ÉNervés

Tuesday 11 October 2016, 8pm
Hailu Mergia with Tony Buck &Amp; Mike Majkowski

Wednesday 12 October 2016, 8pm
Alvin Curran + Massimo Pupillo (Duo)
£10 £8 Advance £6 Members

Thursday 13 October 2016, 8pm
Los Siquicos Litoralenos + Skull Mask + Rubber O Cement
£12 £10 Advance £8 Members

Friday 14 October 2016, 8pm
Eddy Detroit + Sublime Frequencies Djs
£10 £8 Advance £6 Members

Saturday 15 October 2016, 2pm
David Grubbs – Solo Matinee Show + Angharad Davies / Billy Steiger (Duo)
£10 £8 Advance £6 Members

Saturday 15 October 2016, 8pm
next Festival 2016:
Valerio Tricoli / Puce Mary (Duo) + Sote + Stix + Palmovka + Paul Abbott / Miro Toth / Tom Wheatley (Trio)
£12 £10 Advance £8 Members

Sunday 16 October 2016, 3pm
Oto Project Space:
Elektrosluch Workshop with Jonáš Gruska
£51 £50 Advance

Sunday 16 October 2016, 8pm
Eiko Ishibashi Band + Denki Udon (Norberto Lobo / Giovanni Di Domenico / Tatsuhisa Yamamoto)
£12 £10 Advance £8 Members

Monday 17 October 2016, 6–7.30pm
Senyawa in Discussion with Clive Bell (the Wire)
£4 £3 Advance Free for Members

Monday 17 October 2016, 8pm
Senyawa + Xt

Tuesday 18 October 2016, 8pm
Bird on the Wire Presents:
Scott Fagan

Wednesday 19 October 2016, 8pm
Foodman + Organ Tapes + Jxn Xoxo (DJ)

Thursday 20 October 2016, 8pm
Petrels + Ensemble Economique + Laid Eyes (Live Film) + Tartaruga (DJ)

21–22 October 2016
Diane Cluck – Two Day Residency 2016

Sunday 23 October 2016, 8pm
Black Spirituals + Dead Neanderthals &Amp; Sten Ove Toft + Mag

25–27 October 2016
Matana Roberts’ Wildcard: 2’s/3’s/4’s

Friday 28 October 2016, 8pm
Nhk Yx Koyxen + Dale Cornish &Amp; Phil Julian (Duo)

Saturday 29 October 2016, 8pm
Match &Amp; Fuse 2016

Sunday 30 October 2016, 8pm
Confront Recordings Twentieth Anniversary 1996 – 2016:
Tom Jackson / Ashley-John Long / Benedict Taylor / Keith Tippett Quartet + Rhodri Davies / Mark Wastell

Monday 31 October 2016, 8pm
Charles Gayle / Mark Sanders / John Edwards (Trio)

Seattle Scene: September 30- October 22, 2016

English: Tom Rainey, jazz drummer; Picture tak...

From Seattle’s Wayward Music Series:

Chapel Performance Space at Good Shepherd Center
4th Floor, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Seattle 98103 (corner N 50th St. in Wallingford)

Every month, Nonsequitur and a community of like-minded presenters and artists offer ten concerts of adventurous music in an informal yet respectful all-ages setting: contemporary classical, free improvisation, the outer limits of jazz, electronic music, microtonal/new instruments, sound art, and other extraordinary sonic experiences.

Donoso + Hall + bardo:basho
Fri. Sept. 30, 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door

Further Records hosts an evening of electronic music: Brazilian composer Ricardo Donoso builds immersive sound worlds under a chain of progressive rhythms, cinematic textures, and elegant melodicism; Patricia Hall (ex-Soft Metals) creates a diverse array of synth music; bardo:basho blends the haunting spirituality of new age with swooping downtempo beats, ghostly clouds of drones, and ethereal vocals.

Bryan Day + Driftwood Orchestra
Sat. Oct. 1, 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door

Bay Area sound artist/instrument designer Bryan Day focuses on the subtle textural interplay of field recordings and sounds generated by his invented instruments made of scavenged electronics, repurposed mechanical components, and amplified materials that you might find in your garage. Driftwood Orchestra is interested in creating a way to communicate with the forest, to give a voice to the trees.

THU. 10/6, 7:30 PM, $15 – Kara-Lis Coverdale + Mark Van Hoen + Marcus Fischer

WED. 10/12 – Earshot Jazz Fest presents German pianist Georg Graewe

THU. 10/13 – Loop 2.4.3 with Thomas Kozumplik and percussionists Denali Williams and Melanie Voytovich

FRI. 10/14 – Earshot Jazz Fest presents saxophonist Ingrid Laubrach and drummer Tom Rainey

SAT. 10/15 – percussionist Melanie Voytovich performs works she’s commissioned by Ivan Trevino, Benjamin Marx, Bradley Hawkins, Elliot Cole, David Molk

THU. 10/20 – Earshot Jazz Fest presents Norwegian saxophonist Frode Gjerstad with cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm and bassist Jon Rune Strøm

FRI. 10/21 – Earshot Jazz Fest presents Romanian pianist Lucia Ban and violis Mat Maneri

SAT. 10/22 – Japanese saxophonist Kastura Yamauchi + Arrington de Dionyso

The Stone in October

English: Tyshawn Sorey at moers festival 2010

Source: The Stone.

10/1 Saturday (SK)
8 and 10 pm
Tim Berne (alto sax) Herb Robertson (trumpet) Mary Halvorson (guitar) Andrea Parkins (accordion) Devin Hoff (bass) Ches Smith (drums)

10/2 Sunday (AV)
8 and 10 pm
Daniel Brevil, Markus Schwartz (traditional Haitian percussion) Matt Mitchell (piano) Ches Smith (drums, percussion)
An intersection of Haitian Vodou drums and contemporary improvised music.

10/3 Monday (DDT)
8 pm
Duck Baker
Duck Baker (guitar)
A rare NY concert by this legendary fingerstyle guitarist whose unprecedented range runs from ragtime through swing to modern masters like Thelonious Monk and Herbie Nichols and on to free improvisation.

10/4 Tuesday (SK)
8 pm
Krakauer With Strings
David Krakauer (clarinet) Sara Caswell (violin) + friends

10/5 Wednesday (AR)
8 pm
The Big Picture Orchestra
David Krakauer (clarinet) Sara Caswell (violin) Sheryl Bailey (guitar) Rob Schwimmer (piano, hakken continuum, theramin) Brad Jones (bass)

10/6 Thursday (ICS)
8 pm
Krakauer Plays Zorn
David Krakauer (clarinet) Sheryl Bailey (guitar) Keepalive (sampler) Jerome Harris (bass) Michael Sarin (drums)

10/7 Friday (AR)
8 pm
Ancestral Groove
David Krakauer (clarinet) Sheryl Bailey (guitar) Keepalive (sampler) Jerome Harris (bass) Michael Sarin (drums)

10/8 Saturday (AM)
8 pm
Breath and Hammer: Clarinet, Piano, Electronics
David Krakauer (clarinet) Kathleen Tagg (piano)

10 pm
John Schott—Actual Trio
John Schott (guitar) Dan Seamans (bass) John Hanes (drums)

10/9 Sunday (RK)
8 pm
Acoustic Klezmer Quartet
David Krakauer (clarinet) Will Holshouser (accordion) Jerome Harris (bass) Michael Sarin (drums)

10/11 Tuesday (AK)
8 pm
The Flail
Brian Marsella (piano) Dan Blankinship (trumpet) Reid Taylor (bass) Charles Goold (drums)

10 pm
Brian Marsella (piano) Jason Fraticelli (bass) Anwar Marshall (drums)

10/12 Wednesday (HW)
8 pm
Marshall Allen (alto sax, EWI) Brian Marsella (keys) Elliott Levin (saxes, flute, poetry) Dave Hotep (guitar) Ed Watkins (drums)

10 pm
Brian Marsella (conductor, keys) Marshall Allen (alto sax, EWI) Elliott Levin (saxes, flute) Matt Hollenberg (guitar) Dave Hotep (guitar) Tom Spiker (bass) Ed Watkins (percussion) G Calvin Weston (drums)

10/13 Thursday (SK)
8 pm
Marsella, Dunn, Sorey play Zorn’s BAGATELLES
Brian Marsella (piano) Trevor Dunn (bass) Tyshawn Sorey (drums)
Playing a collection of John Zorn’s Bagatelles

10 pm
The Modulators
Brian Marsella (keys) Reid Taylor (electric bass) Jason Loewenstein (drums)
A new trio playing surf, garage rock, and Twin Peaks inspired compositions

10/14 Friday (HW)
8 and 10 pm
Brian Marsella (piano, keys) Rich Stein (percussion) Yoni Halevy (drums) Jason Fraticelli (acoustic bass) Shanir Blumenkranz (electric bass, oud, gimbri) John Lee (guitar) Meg Okura (violin) Dan Blankinship (trumpet) Mark Allen (baritone sax, clarinet, flute) Jessica Lurie (alto sax, flute)
Official NYC CD-release concert for chapter one: THE CLOCKS HAVE GONE MAD on Red Palace Records

10/15 Saturday (RK)
8 and 10 pm
Banquet of the Spirits
Cyro Baptista (percussion) Brian Marsella (piano, keys,) Shanir Blumenkranz (bass, oud, gimbri) John Lee (guitars) Gil Oliveira (drums, percussion)

10/16 Sunday (NB)
8 pm
An Evening of Duos
Brian Marsella (piano, keys) Cyro Baptista (percussion) Erik Friedlander (cello) Eyal Maoz (guitar) Sam Newsome (soprano sax)

10 pm
Brian Marsella Solo
Brian Marsella (piano)
Playing a mix of original compositions and Zorn Bagatelles.

10/18 Tuesday (HM)
8 pm
Catherine Sikora and Brian Chase
Catherine Sikora (tenor and soprano saxes) Brian Chase (drums)

10 pm
Robbie Lee, James Ilgenfritz and Brian Chase
Robbie Lee (flutes, electronics) James Ilgenfritz (acoustic bass) Brian Chase (tuned snare drum, electronics)

10/19 Wednesday (AI)
8 pm
Andrea Parkins and Brian Chase
Andrea Parkins (accordion, computer, electronics) Brian Chase (drums, electronics)

10 pm
Jeremiah Cymerman (clarinet, electronics) Chris Hoffman (cello) Brian Chase (drums)

10/20 Thursday (AI)
8 pm
Alan Licht and Brian Chase
Alan Licht (guitar) Brian Chase (drums)

10 pm
Peter Aaron and Brian Chase
Peter Aaron (guitar) Brian Chase (drums, electronics)

10/21 Friday (HM)
8 pm
Susie Ibarra and Brian Chase
Susie Ibarra, Brian Chase (drums)

10 pm
Lee Ranaldo, Susie Ibarra and Brian Chase
Lee Ranaldo (guitar) Susie Ibarra, Brian Chase (drums)

10/22 Saturday (NB)
8 pm
Anthony Coleman and Brian Chase
Anthony Coleman (piano) Brian Chase (drums)

10 pm
Chris Cochrane (guitar) Kevin Bud Jones (synth, sampler) Kato Hideki (bass) Brian Chase (drums)

10/23 Sunday (MJC)
8 pm
Brian Chase (tuned snare drum, computer, electronics)

10 pm
Samita Sinha and Brian Chase
Samita Sinha (voice, electronics) Brian Chase (drums)

10/25 Tuesday (CL)
8 pm
Ava Mendoza (guitar, electronics, sing)

10 pm
Peter Evans (trumpet) Ava Mendoza (guitar) Matt Mitchell (Prophet 12 synth, piano) Devin Hoff (bass) Mike Pride (drums, percussion)

10/26 Wednesday (AK)
8 pm
Unnatural Ways + John Dikeman
Ava Mendoza (guitar, sing) Tim Dahl (bass) Sam Ospovat (drums) John Dikeman (tenor sax)

10 pm
John Dikeman (tenor sax) Ava Mendoza (guitar) Man of Mystery (drums, percussion)

10/27 Thursday (JA)
8 pm
Ava Mendoza (guitar) Tim Dahl (bass) Weasel Walter (drums)

10 pm
Pavone/Mendoza Duo
Jessica Pavone (viola) Ava Mendoza (guitar)

10/28 Friday (NB)
8 pm
Bran(…)pos + Mendoza Duo
Bran(…)pos (vox, electronics) Ava Mendoza (vox, guitar)

10 pm
Ava Mendoza (guitar) Matt Nelson (sax) Jamaaladeen Tacuma (bass) Ryan Sawyer (drums)

10/29 Saturday (AM)
8 pm
Unnatural Ways + Levy Lorenzo
Ava Mendoza (guitar, sing) Tim Dahl (bass) Sam Ospovat (drums) Levy Lorenzo (electronics, percussion)

10 pm
Unnatural Ways
Ava Mendoza (guitar, sing) Tim Dahl (bass) Sam Ospovat (drums)

10/30 Sunday (CL)
8 pm
Matt Nelson (sax, electronics) Ava Mendoza (guitar) Max Johnson (contrabass) Weasel Walter (drums)

10 pm
Dominika Michalowska (vokills) Ava Mendoza (guitar) Shayna Dulberger (bass) Oran Canfield (drums)