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)

AMN Reviews: Roman Haubenstock-Ramati – Konstellationen [Kairos 0015003KAI]

0015003kai_haubenstock_webcoverAs sculpture, a mobile presents an ever-changing profile to the viewer, its constituent elements constantly rearranging themselves in relation to each other and creating new composite forms with every disturbance in the surrounding environment. As early as the 1932 composition of Henry Brant’s Mobiles for unaccompanied flute, the idea of the internally-reorganizing work had been imported into music from sculpture. Among the most prolific composers of the musical analogue of the mobile was Roman Haubenstock-Ramati (1919-1994).

Haubenstock-Ramati’s life and career reflected the tragedies and breakthroughs of 20th century European political and musical history. Born in Krakow, Poland, he and his family fled the country after the German invasion in 1939. From there Haubenstock-Ramati went to Lemberg (present-day Lviv in Ukraine), where he studied composition with Józef Koffler, a former student of Schoenberg’s, and graduated from the Lemberg Music Academy. In addition to the more orthodox dodecaphony he studied with Koffler, Haubenstock-Ramati was attracted as well to the music of Webern, which he’d been introduced to while still in Poland. Returning to Poland after the war, Haubenstock-Ramati next moved to Israel and then to Vienna in 1957, where he continued to develop his own unique ways of organizing musical sounds.

Konstellationen collects five different works ranging from 1948’s String Trio No. 1 to Morendo for tape and bass flute and Pluriel for string quartet, both of which were composed in 1991. Much of the work is based on what Haubenstock-Ramati called “dynamic closed form”—determined sets of constituent elements whose interactions are significantly indeterminate. In a sense, Haubenstock-Ramati’s “closed form” functions like an open field—a bounded unit allowing for multiple paths always subject to the possibility of deviation and change. Konstellationen, for example, which in a version for twelve-piece chamber ensemble appears in three iterations on the disc, is a graphic composition made up of a set of geometric forms set out in twenty-five slightly varying patterns. Aggregates of these forms repeat throughout the score, but in irregular cycles, making for a texturally-driven piece in constant flux as individual instruments enter and exit independently. Haubenstock-Ramati’s tendency to use overlapping cycles of differing lengths appears as early the String Trio, an expressive twelve-tone work bearing a resemblance to Second Viennese School polyphony, but which is nonetheless permeated by an unorthodox handling of musical material. Multiple 4 for oboe and horn, dating from the 1960s, is a fixed graphic score that juxtaposes gestures for each instrument in sparse interaction; rather than creating tension through superimposed, irregular cycles, the work derives its dynamic force from the collisions of the contrasting timbres of reed and brass.

The pieces in this collection are striking examples of composition as pure musical plasticity. Plasticity is a property usually associated with the visual, and especially sculptural, arts; its application to Haubenstock-Ramati’s compositions is appropriate not only because Haubenstock-Ramati was directly inspired by Alexander Calder’s sculptures, but because to a significant extent, Haubenstock-Ramati’s compositions capture and translate into musical language the intricate, quasi-epicyclic motions of Calder’s sculptures. Haubenstock-Ramati did this through structural means, by setting out elements that can be put into motion against each other through contrasts and coincidences of periodicity or of timing generally. Not unlike the movement animating Calder’s sculptures, in fact. And just as with mobile sculpture, plasticity in musical terms just is the dynamic relationships realized through the interplay of forms; the generating principle behind much of Haubenstock-Ramati’s work is exactly that: Forms moving dynamically with, against and through one another. To a large extent, these works’ dynamic is their structure. The work isn’t realized until its repertoire of forms is put in motion, constructing as it moves larger scale forms by virtue of the asymmetries inherent in its variable timing.

Daniel Barbiero


This Week in New York 

English: Darcy James Argue, moers festival 2009


The first Pop-Up of the 2016-17 season features Miller veterans Yarn/Wire and Miller newcomer Andrew McIntosh. These close collaborators perform three of McIntosh’s works including the world premiere of We See the Flying Bird, written expressly for the two Yarn/Wire percussionists. The evening rounds out with two pieces for piano and Wolfgang Von Schweinitz’s Plainsound-Litany No. 2, a piece for solo viola written for McIntosh.
Tuesday, September 27 at 6:00 PM
Miller Theatre, 2960 Broadway, New York, NY

Violinist Karen Bentley Pollick returns to Spectrum with a diverse program fusing music and videos from Sweden, Lithuania, France, Lebanon, Israel, and Alabama.
Wednesday, September 28 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $15, $10 students/seniors
Spectrum, 121 Ludlow Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY

The four elements—earth, air, fire and water—portrayed in pieces for choir, harp and string quartet by W.A. Mozart, Gustav Holst, Frank Ferko, Frank Ticheli, John Kennedy and others. Includes a New York premiere by composer Julia Adolphe and poet Nahal Navidar.
Wednesday, September 28 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $25 to $80
Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, 980 Park Avenue, New York, NY

This concert, curated by Stephanie Griffin, features music by Matthew Greenbaum, Wang Lu, Leoš Janáček, and Tony Prabowo.
Wednesday, September 28 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $15, $50 festival pass
Tenri Cultural Institute, 43A West 13th Street, New York, NY

This concert, curated by Alex Shiozaki, features music by Joji Yuasa, Somei Satoh, Toru Takemitsu, Akira Nishimura, and Ludwig van Beethoven.
Thursday, September 29 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $15, $50 festival pass
Tenri Cultural Institute, 43A West 13th Street, New York, NY

This concert includes world premiers by Japanese composers Masatora Goya and Kazutomo Yamamoto, the United States premiere of a work by Bin Li, and other music by John Cage, Hidemi Mikai, and Chatori Shimizu.
Friday, September 30 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $35, $30 seniors, $15 students
Bargemusic, Fulton Ferry Landing, Brooklyn, NY

This concert, curated by Emilie-Anne Gendron, features music by Eugène Ysaÿe, John Cage, György Kurtág, and Edvard Grieg.
Saturday, October 1 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $15, $50 festival pass
Tenri Cultural Institute, 43A West 13th Street, New York, NY

A chamber concert of new/experimental music presented by Biome Arts and Tenth Intervention, curated by Sally Bozzuto. The evening will feature works by Nathan Hall, Sally Bozzuto, Eve Beglarian, Dorian Wallace, and Hajnal Pivnick featuring members of the Tenth Intervention Ensemble.
Saturday, October 1 at 8:00 PM
Brooklyn Bridge Park, 334 Furman Street, Brooklyn, NY

Guy Klucevsek’s program features his tributes to those who have inspired him, including the composers Astor Piazzolla, Erik Satie, Nino Rota, and Kurt Weill, among others. For this performance, part of John King’s “Born into Flames” series, Klucevsek is joined by Todd Reynolds, violin, Kamala Sankaram, soprano voice, and the pianist Phillip Bush.
Saturday, October 1 at 9:00 PM
Tickets $15, $10 students/seniors
Spectrum, 121 Ludlow Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY

Brooklyn-based composer Darcy James Argue and his 18-piece ensemble Secret Society celebrate the release of their third album, Real Enemies. Composed by Argue, Real Enemies is a 13-chapter exploration of America’s fascination with conspiracy theories.
Sunday, October 2 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $29
National Sawdust, 80 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY

This concert, curated by Michael Haas, features music by Henri Dutilleux and Alberto Ginastera.
Sunday, October 2 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $15, $50 festival pass
Tenri Cultural Institute, 43A West 13th Street, New York, NY

All About Jazz Reviews

English: Nels Cline @ All tomorrow's parties f...

Source: All About Jazz.

Kris Davis
Duopoly (Pyroclastic Records)

Peter Kuhn Trio
The Other Shore (NoBusiness Records)

Centreline Theory (Leo Records)

Andrew Cyrille Quartet
The Declaration of Musical Independence (ECM Records)

Protean Reality (Feat. Chris Pitsiokos, Noah Punkt & Philipp Scholz)
Protean Reality (Clean Feed Records)

Jonas Cambien Trio
A Zoology of the Future (Clean Feed Records)

Nels Cline
Lovers (Blue Note Records)

Don Preston / Jeff Boynton / Philip Mantione
TriAngular Bent (Self Produced)

Jason Stein/Paul Giallorenzo/Frank Rosaly
Hearts & Minds (Astral Spirits)

I Am Three
Mingus, Mingus, Mingus (Leo Records)

Parrinha / Lopes / Jacinto
Garden (Clean Feed Records)

Stephan Crump
Stephan Crump’s Rhombal (Papillon Sounds)