Malcolm Goldstein and Matthias Kawl to Perform in NY

Source: Interpretations.

Thursday October 20, 2016, @ 8PM
509 Atlantic Avenue (at 3rd Ave), Brooklyn NY

Malcolm Goldstein: “Soundings, Etc”
Matthias Kawl Trio: “After The Rain” & More

An evening of works by composer-performers incorporating improvisation into a concert music setting.

One of the great innovators in improvised music, violinist/composer Malcolm Goldstein premieres “Soundings (2016)” for solo violin/voice; the politically motivated “Where Are We Going When We’re Standing Still, Looking Backwards?!” (2002); a duo improvisation with Matthias Kawl; and two works inspired by Martin Luther King Jr. and Samuel Beckett.

Composer Matthias Kawl brings his longstanding trio of flute, guitar, and percussion, to present “After The Rain” (with baritone Thomas Buckner): a surrealistic look at growth in capitalism, communism and literature, incorporating sounds based on recordings of Muddy Waters and of grasshoppers. Kawl’s trio will also perform “Opium for T,” (based on Ovid’s Metamorphosis, and the writings of Japanese writer Yoko Tawada), and “Untitled”, for flutes and mechanized instruments, by Berlin-based composer Marianthi Papalexandri-Alexandri.

Hamster Theatre and Oblique Arts Ensemble in Denver

English: Mike Johnson, composer/guitarist and ...

Source: Creative Music Works.

Hamster Theatre
When: Thursday, October 6
Time: 7 p.m.
Where: Syntax, 554 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80209
Tickets: $10 general admission; $7 members / students (w/valid student ID)

Board member Mark Harris hosts the first show in the series and features the Hamster Theatre. Founded in 1993, the group includes Dave Willey, accordion and guitar; Jon Stubbs, keyboards and trombone; Mike Johnson, guitar; Raoul Rossiter, drums; Mark Harris, woodwinds; and Todd Billsborough, bass.

Hamster Theatre’s music demonstrates a tremendous range of influences from European bands Nimal, Lar’s Hollmer’s groups, Toupidek Limonade, and Look di Bouk, to a broad spectrum of American music. The players have experience with free music, metal, jazz, pop, rock, classical, and many varieties of world music. Hamster Theatre has managed to fuse these into a peculiar and unique sound with glorious timbral range. It is music that is surprising, unpredictable , lighthearted, and fascinatingly musical.

Oblique Arts Ensemble
When: Thursday, November 3rd
Time: 7 p.m.
Where: Syntax, 554 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80209
Tickets: $10 general admission; $7 members / students (w/valid student ID)

Oblique Arts Ensemble was founded by bassist Markus Hunt upon moving to Denver in 2014. The Syntax lineup features Rent Romus,who “swings like hell and fire,” on saxophones and Ryan Seward on drums. The group will present loosely crafted compositions and explore spontaneous inventions deeply rooted in the avant-jazz idiom.Hunt has previously recorded two CDs with Romus’ Life’s Blood Ensemble, garnering praise from Down Beat for their “bold sound, unmistakeable sincerity and conviction.”

The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

English: Keiji Haino at Moers Festival 2007

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

Ehran Elisha: Three Quintets
Variable Geometry Orchestra – Quasar (Creative Sources, 2016) ***½
Sachiko M & Eddie Prevost – 17.2.14 (Otoroku, 2016) ****
Andrew Cyrille Quartet – The Declaration of Musical Independence (ECM, 2016) ****
Andrew Cyrille and Bill McHenry – Proximity (Sunnyside, 2016) ***½
Oren Ambarchi / Stefano Pilia / Massimo Pupillo – Aithein (Karlrecords, 2016) ****
Keiji Haino / Jim O’Rourke / Oren Ambarchi – I Wonder If You Noticed ”I’m Sorry” Is Such A Lovely Sound It Keeps Things From Getting Worse (Black Truffle, 2016) ****
Oren Ambarchi / Kassel Jaeger / James Rushford – Pale Calling (BlackTruffle, 2016) ***

The Cornelia Street Cafe in October

Ellery Eskelin

Source: Cornelia Street Cafe.

Friday, Oct 07 – 9:00PM & 10:30PM
Tyshawn Sorey, drums, comp.; Cory Smythe, piano; Chris Tordini, bass

Saturday, Oct 08 – 9:00PM & 10:30PM
Tyshawn Sorey, drums, comp.; Cory Smythe, piano; Chris Tordini, bass

Friday, Oct 14 – 9:00PM & 10:30PM
Michaël Attias , alto sax; Matt Mitchell, piano, analog synth; Christopher Hoffman, cello; Kim Cass, bass; Gerald Cleaver, drums

Thursday, Oct 20 – 8:00 & 9:30pm
Chris Speed, clarinet, tenor sax; Red Wierenga, accordion; Chris Tordini, bass; Matt Moran, vibraphone; John Hollenbeck, drums, comp.

Thursday, Oct 27 – 8:00 & 9:30pm
Jeff Lederer, tenor sax; Rene Hart, bass; Allison Miller, drums

Saturday, Oct 29 – 9:00PM & 10:30PM
Jacob Sacks, piano; Ellery Eskelin, tenor sax; Tony Malaby, tenor sax; Michael Formanek, bass; Dan Weiss, drums

October at Spectrum

Source: New York’s Spectrum.

– John King’s Born Into Flames Series feat. Guy Klucevsek (Oct. 1)
Album Release show for Klucevsek’s Teetering on the Verge of Normalcy (Starkland)
Special guests: Todd Reynolds, Kamala Sankaram & Phillip Bush

– David Whitwell’s Radical Brass (Oct. 2)

– Maurizio Grandinetti (Basel, Switzerland) (Oct. 2)

– Marcelo Toledo & Jorge Chikar (Oct. 2)

– Rosella Spinosa (Oct. 6)

– Joel Forrester (Oct. 6)

– Aquiles Hadjis (Tokyo) (Oct. 7)

– New [Complexity] British Invasion Festival (Oct. 7)
Concert I: Jacob Rhodebeck performs Michael Finnissy’s Folklore

– David Whitwell & Xenophobia Quartet (Berlin/NYC) (Oct. 8)

– New [Complexity] British Invasion Festival (Oct. 8)
Concert II: Gleb Kanasevich performs premieres by McBride, Erber
and Kanasevich alongside Hasanova

– Yukiko Sekino (Oct. 9)

– Stephane Ginsburg (Brussels) (Oct. 10)
Residence Performance 1

– Stephane Ginsburg (Brussels) (Oct. 11)
Residence Performance 2

– Stephane Ginsburg (Brussels) (Oct. 13)
Residence Performance 3

– New [Complexity] British Invasion Festival (Oct. 13)
Concert III: Augustus Arnone performs music of Michael Finnissy

– Kris Wettstein & Andrew Jameson (Oct. 14)

– Acoustic Frontiers Series with Michael Lytle, Robert Dick & James Ilgenfritz (Oct. 15)

– Teodora Stepančić & Assaf Gidron (Oct. 16)

– Dre Hočevar Surface of Inscription/Nate Wooley Quartet/Lester St.Louis Large Ensemble/Sam Newsome (Oct. 18)

– Ambient-Chaos Series with Robert Pepper (Oct. 21)

– Zach Seely’s (con)temporary (in)sights Series feat. Sky Macklay Composer Portrait (Oct. 22)

– Scapegoat (Oct. 22)

– Mivos Quartet (Oct. 23)

– Iktus Percussion (Oct. 28)

– Quiet City (Oct. 28)

– Kirk Knuffke & Frank Kimbrough hosted by Luigi Santosuosso (Oct. 29)

– Josh Modney (Oct. 29)

Colin Stetson Performs Henryk Górecki in Chicago

English: Colin Stetson, moers festival 2010

Source: Chicago Reader.

Though he’s collaborated with Arcade Fire and Bon Iver, reedist Colin Stetson is best known for his remarkable solo work. He’s developed a mind-warping practice in which he deploys extended techniques used most often in free improvisation—circular breathing, extreme tonguing effects, et cetera—to create a kind of richly atmospheric art-pop using only his breath and a horn (most often a tenor or bass saxophone, but only one at a time). By positioning an army of microphones on and around his instrument (as well as one on his neck to pick up the humming sounds he makes in his throat), tapping the horn’s various pads and keys, and using circular breathing, he’s able to create beats and simultaneous lines. Even if the results weren’t so impressive musically, it’d make for a good circus act.

October at the IBeam Brooklyn

English: Tyshawn Sorey at moers festival 2010

Source: IBeam Brooklyn.

Blaser / Lossing / Seok
Monday, October 3rd 8:30 PM $15 Suggested Donation
Samuel Blaser, trombone
Russ Lossing, piano
Dayeon Seok, drums
Performing original compositions by Lossing and Blaser… and more.

Yoon Sun Choi, solo \\\ Gabriel Zucker’s Weighting
Wednesday, October 5th 8:30 PM $15 Suggested Donation
8:30pm – Yoon Sun Choi, piano and voice
9:30pm – Weighting (Gabriel Zucker, Tyshawn Sorey, Adam O’Farrill, Eric Trudel)
Composer and pianist Gabriel Zucker presents Weighting, an extended new work written for an all-star band featuring Tyshawn Sorey (drums), Adam O’Farrill (trumpet), and Eric Trudel (tenor saxophone). Written in 2014-2015 and premiered in New York last summer, Weighting is inspired by a series of passages from Rachel Kushner’s The Flamethowers and ranges the musical gamut from guided free improvisation to complex metric figuration and Messiaen-inspired harmony. The band will record the work for Zucker’s third studio album later in October. Samples from the premiere can be heard online here. Gabriel Zucker is a pianist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist from New York. Classically trained in piano and composition, Zucker combines maximalist compositions with the progressive improvisation of New York’s creative music scene. His music has received two ASCAP composition awards, and he has performed throughout New York at such venues as Carnegie Hall, Le Poisson Rouge, and the Jazz Gallery, as well as across the Northeast, Canada, and Europe. Recent/current collaborators include Tyshawn Sorey, Tony Malaby, Perry Robinson, AdamO’Farrill, Dre Hocevar, Eric Trudel, Billy Mintz, and the Sirius Quartet.

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