AMN Picks of the Week: Anna Webber / Hyper + Amir ElSaffar / Amendola v. Blades / Rivener / Amirtha Kidambi / Duet for Theremin and Lap Steel

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.

Anna Webber’s Simple Trio – Binary (2016)
Hyper + Amir ElSaffar – Saadif (2016)
Amendola v. Blades – Greatest Hits (2016)
Rivener – Svengali Gaze (2016)
Amirtha Kidambi Elder Ones – Holy Science (2016)
Duet for Theremin and Lap Steel – 10 (2016)

The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

Alan Silva in 1969 (A pop music festival somew...

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

Cortex – Live in New York (Clean Feed, 2016) ****
David S. Ware and Matthew Shipp Duo – Live in Sant’Anna Arresi, 2004 (AUM Fidelty, 2016) ****
David S. Ware/Apogee – Birth of a Being (AUM Fidelity, 2015) ****½
Tatsu Saitoh + Naoki Kita – Six Trios Improvisations with Tetsu & Naoki (Travessia, 2016) ****
Tetsu Saitoh – Operita: Looking for Songs – Live at Gewand Hotel Hiroshima (CD + DVD, Travessia, 2016) ****½
Taiichi Kamimura+Tetsu Saitoh – Choros & Improvisations Live (Travessia, 2016) ***½
Ryotaro Yahagi – After Meeting with Dance: Ryotaro 10 Trials (DVD, Travessia, 2016) ***½*
Yoni Kretzmer Five (Out Now, 2016) ****½
Mount Meander – Mount Meander (Clean Feed, 2016) ****
MOONBOW- When the sleeping fish turn red and the skies start to sing in C major I will follow you till the end (ILK Music, 2016) ****½
Mette Rasmussen, Alan Silva, Ståle Liavik Solberg – Free Electric Band (ForTune, 2016) ***

Newsbits: Bradford and Modirzadeh / Guinnet / López, Irarrazabal, and Quinteros / Dresser / Discreet Music Podcast

English: Bobby Bradford, moers festival 2008

The latest from Bobby Bradford and Hafez Modirzadeh is reviewed.

Distances Ouïes Dites by Jean-Luc Guinnet and Dedalus is out on Potlatch.

Pan y Rosas has a new free improv release from Cecilia López, Amanda Irarrazabal, and Cecilia Quinteros.

The Improvised Blog reviews Mark Dresser‘s Sedimental You.

The Discreet Music podcast includes an interview with Barry Cleveland, as well as a bunch of interesting music.

Ear Taxi Festival 2016 Reviewed

English: George Lewis, moers festival 2009

Source: I Care If You Listen.

The Ear Taxi Festival is (or rather, was) six days of music celebrating the contemporary classical music scene in Chicago. In more than 32 events around the city, it included more than 350 Chicago musicians, 88 Chicago composers, 54 world premieres, 5 sound installations, a colloquium from George Lewis and numerous panel discussions which ranged from the celebratory (NewMusicBox LIVE!) to advisory (‘Championing Emerging Composers’) to contemplative (‘New Music, Old Problems’). The Festival was advertised on the normal streets of Chicago with banners. It provided the national anthem at the Chicago marathon. It included a live concert on WFMT Radio, and many of its performances will subsequently be broadcast in Europe.

The Secret Muse of the Downtown Scene? Turtles 


Neutron, in fact, is just one among many of the reptilian participants in a substantial, and neglected, history of turtles in experimental music. For a few significant years in the 1960s, the Minimalist innovator La Monte Young and his collaborator and wife, the visual artist Marian Zazeela, kept as many as 14 in a giant makeshift aquarium in their own loft in TriBeCa.

“We would sing for our turtles,” Mr. Young said in a recent interview in that apartment, downstairs from his and Ms. Zazeela’s “Dream House,” a sound and light installation in which their Just Alap Raga Ensemble will perform on Thursday, Nov. 18, and which will open for the season on Nov. 23. “We told ourselves that they liked it. They didn’t deny it.”