AMN Reviews: Marco Colonna & Agusti Fernandez – Birth of Shapes [Bandcamp]

 

On the face of it, the duet would appear to be the least complicated of improvisational configurations. There are only two voices involved, eliminating any need for intricate arrangements of either a predetermined or spontaneous sort, and a presumably low upward limit on the variety of textural qualities available. Ramifying from this seeming simplicity though is a potentially complex set of interactions playing out across multiple levels of possibility.

The observation above is occasioned by Birth of Shapes, a set of improvised duets featuring Marco Colonna on clarinet, bass clarinet and baritone saxophone, and Agusti Fernandez on piano and prepared piano, which was recorded live at the Sala dei Giganti in Padua.

Birth of Shapes’ seven improvisations present the piano-wind duet from different architectural perspectives. On Giant Sleep and Memories at the Mirror, Colonna and Fernandez take the basic structure of the sonata—a solo voice over piano accompaniment—and recast it as a kind of free sonata liberated from strictures of sonata form. Memories at the Mirror adds a further unconventional twist by beginning with Colonna playing two instruments at once, effectively harmonizing his own line over Fernandez’s shaken-metal prepared piano sounds. Other pieces allude obliquely to a Baroque model of interplay between wind and keyboard. Abstract Feelings, for example, is an angularly contrapuntal piece made of thickly knotted lines—coarse-grained baritone saxophone over restless piano cascading across registers—that somehow settles into a pensive, sometimes wrenching, second half. On the title track form follows expression, as an intensely played clarinet, often reaching into the extreme upper register, grinds against a densely droning piano foundation. On all tracks, both musicians constantly maintain a fine balance between classical equilibrium and improvisational intensity.

https://marcocolonna.bandcamp.com/album/birth-of-shapes

Daniel Barbiero

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This Week in New York 

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MEREDITH MONK & ANI CHOYING DROLMA
This evening features Meredith Monk and Nepalese singer Ani Choying Drolma performing an evening of works and premieres, each offering an engagement with art as spiritual practice.
Monday, November 7 at 7:00 PM & 9:30 PM
Tickets $45-$65
National Sawdust, 80 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY

TRUMP – A THEATRICAL CONCERTO BY GENE PRITSKER
On election day, Composers Concordance presents a new Theatrical Concerto by Gene Pritsker, written for violinist Philippe Quint, that explores the insanity which has creeped into our political system, causing the most unprecedented election in US history. The solo violinist in this theatrical concerto plays the part of the Devil, who is responsible for all of Trump’s bizarre outbursts. The composition is a new genre that brings traditional violin concerto into the realm of theater.
Tuesday, November 8 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $15-$20
Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY

ELECTIVE AFFINITIES | ORCHARD CIRCLE
This concert features players from the Berlin Philharmonic who will explore what has lately been dubbed ‘Weimar America.’ The program includes music by sixteen American composers, including Ned Rorem, John Harbison, John Corigliano, Fred Lerdahl, Phillip Glass, Milton Babbitt, Laura Schwendinger, Eric Moe, Augusta Read Thomas, Virgil Thompson, Roger Sessions, Daniel Brewbaker, Charles Wourinen, Lowell Liebermann, Sebastian Currier, and Nathan Currier.
Tuesday, November 8 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $27-$117
The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, 450 West 37th Street, New York, NY

RESTLESS ALBUM RELEASE | KEN THOMSON
Composer and Bang on a Can All-Stars member Ken Thomson releases his next album, Restless, on October 28, 2016. Restless includes Thomson’s Restless (2013-2014) and Me Vs. (2012), performed by Bang on a Can All-Stars cellist Ashley Bathgate and Brooklyn-based pianist Karl Larson. Bathgate and Larson will perform Restless to celebrate the release.
Wednesday, November 9 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $15-$25
Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY

ZEENA PARKINS AND GREEN DOME
Avant-harpist Zeena Parkins performs The Captiva Pieces, a solo set of new works for acoustic harp developed for In Tow, a collaborative project with choreographer Jennifer Monson, and created at the Rauschenberg Residency on Captiva Island, Florida. The performance will be followed by Zeena’s band Green Dome (members Ryan Ross Smith and Ryan Sawyer), who will be performing movements from LACE, an ongoing project that uses pieces of lace and knitting patterns as scores.
Wednesday, November 9 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $15-$20
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

BLACK LIVES MATTER | ENSEMBLE PI
Ensemble Pi will present a concert of commissions and new works in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. The evening features works by Sidney Marquez Boquiren, Jessie Montgomery, Trevor Weston, Alvin Singleton, Valerie Coleman, and Courtney Bryan.
Thursday, November 10 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $15-$20
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

BANG ON A CAN: PERFORMANCE BY PAULINE OLIVEROS
Accompanying the Jewish Museum’s exhibition, Take Me (I’m Yours), the concert will feature Pauline Oliveros in The Sound of Meditation on V-Accordion, an instrument that produces both accordion and orchestral sounds. Like the exhibition, the concert also blurs the boundary between the performer and the audience by asking the listener to participate in the making of music.
Thursday, November 10 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $18, $15 students/seniors, $12 members
The Jewish Museum, 1109 5th Avenue, New York, NY

RECOUNTING | TIM MUNRO
Flutist Tim Munro makes his New York solo debut, combining music, storytelling, and song with dreamy lighting and a bevy of new works. The composers featured run the gamut stylistically, from post-punk guitarist to literature buff to Pulitzer Prize finalist. Through their works, Munro explores the time between sleep and waking, that fertile moment when we remember and tell our tales, before drifting off to dreaming.
Thursday, November 10 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $20-$30
Miller Theatre, 2960 Broadway, New York, NY

STRANGE ATTRACTORS | OPENICE
This concert, curated by ICE violinist Josh Modney, features music by Georges Aperghis, Natacha Diels, Evan Johnson, Andrew Greenwald, Guillaume Dufay, and Mathias Spahlinger.
Thursday, November 10 at 8:00 PM
Free
Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand Street, New York, NY

MORTON FELDMAN | CALDER QUARTET
The Calder Quartet presents Morton Feldman’s epic, five-hour-long String Quartet No. 2.
Saturday, November 12 at 11:30 AM
Free with museum admission
The Met Cloisters, The Fuentidueña Chapel, 99 Margaret Corbin Drive, Fort Tryon Park, New York, NY

TOKYO TO NEW YORK
This concert features six pieces composed for clarinetist and hichiriki player Thomas Piercy: world premiers by Tokyo-based composers Mayuko Kawasaki and Shoichiro Tanaka, and Chinese composer Bin Li (based in NYC); and United States premiers by Tokyo-based composers Kanokpak Changwitchukarn, Tomo Hirayama, and Ippo Tsuboi. Other music performed will be by NYC-based composers Matt Aucoin, Guy Barash, Reiko Futing, and Gilbert Galindo. Piercy will be joined by pianist Taka Kigawa and traditional Japanese instrument players Hiroshi Ebina (hichiriki) and Lish Lindsey (ryuteki).
Saturday, November 12 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $25, $15 students/seniors
Tenri Cultural Institute, 43 West 13th Street, New York, NY

DANCING IN THE UNDERWORLD | OPENICE
This concert features music by Monte Weber, Camilla Agosto, Clara Iannotta, Katherine Young, and Matthias Kaul.
Saturday, November 12 at 8:00 PM
Free
Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand Street, New York, NY

Taran’s Free Jazz Hour Podcast 24/2016

English: Drummer performing with saxophonist W...

Source: Taran’s Free Jazz Hour.

Setola Di Maiale
Modular Systems: Jeff Platz, G: Blaise Siwula, Sax/ Dmitry Ishenko, B/ Dave Miller, Dr, Perc

Nottwo
Ziran: Rafal Mazur, AC Bass G/ Agusti Fernandez, P

Wally Shoup
Lunar Roulette: Wally Shoup, as/ C Spencer Yeh, Vln, Vo/ Chris Corsano, Dr, Perc/ Bill Horist, El G

Chemical Language: Wally Shoup, as: Bill Horist, El G/ Paul Kikuchi, Dr, Perc

Sunnyside Records
Janus: Nick Sanders, P/ Logan Strosahl, as, Ts

Cleanfeed
So Beautiful, It Starts to Rain: John Butcher, Ss, Ts/ Stale Liavik Solberg, Dr, Perc

Black Bombaim & P Brotzmann: Ricardo Miranda Electric Guitar | Tojo Rodrigues Bass | Paulo Gonçalves Drums | Peter Brotzmann Saxophones

Ahum: Luc Ex Acoustic Bass | Yedo Gibson Baritone, Tenor & Soprano Saxophones, Clarinet | Gerri Jäger Drums, Percussion | Felicity Provan Trumpet, Vocals | Mikael Szafirowski Guitar, Vocals | Seb El Zin Composition

Circum
Toc and the Compulsive Brass

New World Records
No Favorites: Rova Orkestrova

Roguart
Counteract This Turmoil Like Trees and Birds: William Parker/ Joe Morris/ Hamid Drake

Skirl Records | Anna Webber
Binary: Anna Weber, Ts, FL/ Matt Mitchell, P/ John Hollenbeck, Dr