AMN Reviews: Anna Webber’s Simple Trio – Binary (2016; Skirl Records)


Unlike the moniker, Anna Webber’s trio is anything but simple. Consisting of creative music veterans John Hollenbeck on drums and Matt Mitchell on piano, along with Webber on sax and flute, the group takes this non-traditional, bassless lineup in non-traditional directions.

The title of Binary suggests Webber’s compositional approach. She used a plethora of Internet sources for inspiration, including random number generators, “websites that turn words into drumbeats, YouTube test channels, and even her own IP address.” According to Webber, this prevented her writing from falling into a rut.

Nonetheless, Binary shares a characteristic of many offerings in this space – a blurred line between where the compositions end and the improvisations begin. To that point, Webber, Hollenbeck and Mitchell go beyond the jazz trio, incorporating the feel and structure of European avant-rock, as well as that of Scelsi and Grisey. Dense themes and motifs are repeated with minor variations, but Webber reserves ample space for her own non-linear soloing. Hollenbeck’s playing is both tight and more free than usual, making atypical noises around the edges of his kit. Mitchell is percussive, hammering out chords and delicately asserting unexpected notes at unusual timings.

The end result is an unapologetic, mathy approach to modern “Brooklyn” style jazz, coalescing in an intelligent and angular release. Highly recommended.

AMN Picks of the Week: Borbetomagus / Tunnels of Ah / Birken / Sevenism / Jockel Liess

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.

Borbetomagus – The Eastcote Studios Session (2016)
Tunnels of Ah – Surgical Fires (2016)
Birken – Monstera (2016)
Sevenism – Saline Celestial / Fluid Pulse, Echo Rise and / Release. Now I float (2016)
Jockel Liess – Bordun Chorus (2016)

Chicago Scene: November 5-12, 2016

English: Jeb Bishop, moers festival 2010

This is a weekly overview live avant performances in the Chicago area.  Contact us if you’d like your shows listed.

Saturday, November 5th 2016

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
Tatsu Aoki‘s Miyumi Project

Sunday, November 6th 2016

7:00PM at the Redline Tap, 7000 N Glenwood, 773.465.8005 ($5) (wheelchair-accessible)
Jimmy Bennington Colour and Sound

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western (Free)
Northwestern Cello Ensemble : Riana Anthony, Christopher Bennett, Ethan Brown, Lucas Buterbaugh, Andrew Byun, Henry Chen, Brannon Cho, Hana Cohon, Drake Driscoll, Roey Dushi, Yaebon Go, Geirtrudur Anna Gudmundsdottir, Si Hao He, Saga de Leon, Myrtil Mitangaa, Jasmine Pai, Caroline Paulsen, Jeremy Tai, Hana Takemoto, Denielle Wilson, Josiah Yoo, Kevin Zaporski, Grant Zempolich

9:00PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont ($10 suggested donation) (wheelchair-accessible)
The Bridge Mixed Groups
Ben LaMar Gay, Josh Berman, Jeb Bishop, Guillaume Orti, Jim Baker
Magic Malik, Frédéric Briet, Mike Reed

Monday, November 7th 2016

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Dave Rempis, Mars Williams
Amirtha Kidambi’s Elder Ones : Amirtha Kidambi, Matt Nelson, Brandon Lopez, Max Jaffe

Tuesday, November 8th 2016

7:30PM at the Logan Center Performance Penthouse, 915 E 60th, 773.702.ARTS (Free)
The Bridge #7 : Vent Fort
Featuring Khari B, Magic Malik, Guillaume Orti, Jeb Bishop, Frédéric Bargeon-Briet, Tyshawn Sorey

9:00PM at the Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia, 773.227.4433 ($10)
Joshua Abrams and Natural Information Society, with Lisa Alvarado, Mikel Avery, Ben LaMar Gay, Jason Stein
The Brimstone Band : Joshua Abrams, Dave Rempis, Avreeayl Ra, Jim Baker, Mars Williams, Keefe Jackson, Nick Mazzarella, Ben LaMar Gay, Matt Lux, Tomeka Reid, Josh Berman
Dave Rempis, Joshua Abrams, Avreeayl Ra, Jim Baker
Dante Carfagna

9:30PM at The Whistler, 2421 N Milwaukee (Free) (wheelchair-accessible)

Wednesday, November 9th 2016

7:30PM in the Mary B Galvin Recital Hall, 70 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston IL, 847.491.7575 ($25)
Spektral Quartet — music by Mikel Kuehn, George Lewis, Samuel Adams, Tomeka Reid

Thursday, November 10th 2016

7:30PM at the Logan Center Performance Penthouse, 915 E 60th, 773.702.ARTS ($20-$5)
Liberation Narratives
Nicole Mitchell’s Black Earth Ensemble with Haki R Madhubuti

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
The Bridge #7 : Vent Fort
Khari B, Magic Malik, Guillaume Orti, Jeb Bishop, Frédéric Bargeon-Briet, Tyshawn Sorey, special guests TBA

Friday, November 11th 2016

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
Yarn/Wire : Ian Antonio, Laura Barger, Russell Greenberg, Ning Yu — music by Mark Fell, Cat Lamb, Alvin Lucier

Saturday, November 12th 2016

7:30PM at Experimental Sound Studio, 5925 N Ravenswood, 773.769.1069 ($10, $30 series pass)
Anιl Çamcι
Focus Group LLC

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
The Bridge #7 : Vent Fort
Tyshawn Sorey, Jeb Bishop, Frédéric Bargeon Briet, Khari B, Magic Malik, Guillaume Orti

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Darcy James Argue Interview

English: Darcy James Argue, moers festival 2009

Source: Heavy Blog Is Heavy.

Last week we published a pretty extensive analysis of Real Enemies, the latest album from Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, taking a long look at its extensive use of America’s long and complex history of conspiracy theories through the lens of contemporary politics. Though that sparked some back-and-forth in the comments on a more partisan and ideological basis, conspiracism and the use of paranoia and fear in politics is a deeply bi-partisan phenomenon, one that seems to only have been exacerbated in the past few years as the country pulls itself further and further apart ideologically. I had a chance to talk to Secret Society’s mastermind, Darcy James Argue, specifically about this, as well as a whole range of other things having to do with the creation and process behind this amazing piece of work.

Dalston Sound Reviews

Paal Nilssen-Love

Source: Dalston Sound.

John Butcher & Ståle Liavik Solberg ‎– So Beautiful, It Starts To Rain + John Butcher & Paal Nilssen-Love ‎– Concentric
Ivo Perelman & Joe Morris – Blue + Perelman Maneri Morris Cleaver – Breaking Point
Oren Ambarchi – Hubris
Ensemble neoN – Music by Munkeby, Ambarchi, Lucier, Tjøgersen, Skar, Smørdal
Wadada Leo Smith – America’s National Parks
Padang Food Tigers & Sigbjorn Apeland – Bumblin’ Creed

Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter

English: Fred Frith performing in Wallingford,...

Source: Downtown Music Gallery.

4 from Emanem & PSI: Evan Parker/Mark Nauseef/Toma Gouband! Veryan Weston Solo Organ! Jimmu Giuffre 3 Rare Reissue! Spontaneous Music Orchestra 2 CD Set! John Zorn’s Classic Guide to Strategy Vol 4 delayed! Stick Men (Tony Levin/Markus Reuter/Pat Mastelotto)!

Jack O’ the Clock + Fred Frith Return! Chris Cundy/Hannah Marshall/Dominic Lash/Mark Sanders! Two from Leo: Rotoazaza: Rudi Mahall/Christian Lillinger & Tim O’Dwyer/Carl Hubsch! Large LP Only Section and Big 482-Music CD & LP sale!

The DMG FREE Weekly In-Store Concert Series Continues With:

Sunday, November 6th:
7pm: JACK WRIGHT – Solo Saxophone

Sunday, November 13th:
6pm: DAVID AARON / DAVE GOULD – Sax & Drums Duo

Sunday, November 20th:
6pm: DANIEL LEVIN / HENRY FRASER – Cello & Acoustic Bass Duo!

Sunday, December 4th:

Sunday, December 18th Double-Header:
6pm: VIV CORRINGHAM / MIA ZABELKA – Vocals / Violin

Not Art Records Presents Electro/Acoustics in NY, December 1

Not Art Records

Not Art Records Presents Electro/Acoustics — a Showcase of Innovative Works Combining Electronics and Acoustic Sound – Not Art Records artists, members of International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), and more performing original works and compositions by Franck Bedrossian and Mario Diaz De Leon.

When: 8pm, Thursday, December 1st, 2016
Where: Brooklyn Studios for Dance
210 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Not Art Records is a digital platform supporting composers, improvisers, and ensembles making use of electronics in passionate and inspiring ways. We are thrilled to present an evening length mini-festival featuring innovative artists working in the electroacoustic realm.

The performers will include Chris Watford (Sound Icon), Dan Lippel (ICE), Brooke Herr + Raia Was (Autre Ne Veut), Joshua Rubin (ICE), Ville Vokkolainen, Maciej Lewandowski, Bradley Scott Rosen, Mozrat, UbuBoi, Charmaine Lee, Juan Pablo Siles, Matthew Gantt, Kevin Abdella (Limbs).

In addition to their own original material the artists will perform works by French modernist Franck Bedrossian, noise master Mario Diaz De Leon, and sound artist Chris Bailey.