Best of Bandcamp Contemporary Classical: November 2016 

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

The taxonomy of contemporary classical music—new music, contemporary music, whatever you want to call it—is a thorny issue. But every two months we’ll take a look at some of the best composer-driven music to surface here on Bandcamp, making room for electronic experimentation, improvisation, and even powerful takes on older classics.

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October Tzadik Releases

John Zorn (cropped version)

Source: Tzadik.

Bun-Ching Lam
The Child God

Bun-Ching Lam was born in Macao and holds a Ph.D in composition from the University of California at San Diego. She is the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships including most recently the treasured Rome Prize for Composition. For her second Tzadik recording, Bun-Ching Lam has assembled some of the greatest traditional music performers of China and matched them with some of New York’s most creative instrumentalists in creating a beautiful and lyrical meeting of western art music and Chinese troubadour traditions. Her mini-opera, The Child God written as a shadow-play, incorporates spoken narration, instrumental music and tenor songs. Based on a Ming Dynasty mystical novel The Creation of the Gods, it tells the story of No Cha, from his miraculous birth, to the discovery of his own supernatural powers. Adventurous, charming and delightful.

John Zorn
The Classic Guide To Strategy-Vol. 4

After over 40 years there is still no one who plays the sax quite like John Zorn. Using the instrument as sound maker, he commands a saxophone language of unmatched versatility. Collected under the enigmatic title of “The Classic Guide to Strategy,” five volumes were planned—“Volume 1” (1983), “Volume 2’ (1986), “Volume 3’ (2003) and now the penultimate “Volume 4” is finally made available on Tzadik. Filled with wit, drama, playfulness and intensity, the composer’s legendary virtuosity and powerful improvisational logic is on full display in this astonishing release recorded at EMPAC in early 2013. You have to hear it to believe it!

Muddy World
Finery of the Storm

Complex instrumentals from an exciting new band from Tokyo blending rock, jazz, flamenco and more. Combining the precision of This Heat, the hypnotic moods of John Fahey and the improvisational edge of Massacre, these three young musicians have fashioned a clean new sound out of the classic guitar, bass and drums format. Loping grooves and swirling counterpoint from a sharp new band out of Japan.

Vital Weekly Reviews 1056

Source: Vital Weekly.

GÜNTER SCHLIENZ – AUTUMN (CD by Zoharum) *
AB INTRA – HENOSIS I-V (CD by Zoharum) *
PHURPA – RITUAL OF BÖN (LP by Zoharum) *
QUENTIN SIRJACQ – FAR ISLANDS AND NEAR PLACES (CD by Karaoke Kalk)
MICHAEL BEGG – A MOON THAT LIGHTS ITSELF (CD by Omnempathy) *
RECONNAISSANCE FLY – OFF BY ONE (CD by Reconnaissance Fly)
MIRT – RANDOM SOUNDTRACK (CD by Kosmodrone) *
RUMORE AUSTERO (CD by Scatole Sonore Produzioni) *
ESCAPE (CD compilation by Degem)
DEMIERRE & DÖRNER & KOCHER – FLOATING PIECE OF SPACE (LP by Cave12)
JIM HAYNES – FLAMMABLE MATERIALS FROM FOREIGN LANDS (LP by Elevator Bath)
KONRAD KRAFT – QUADRAT (LP by Auf Abwegen)
ILPO VÄISÄNEN – SYNTETISAATTORI MUSIIKKIA KUOPIOSTA (12″ by Kvitnu)
MEI ZHIYONG – LIVE IN SWITZERLAND (12″ by Aussenraum Records)
CHECK OUT (10″ by Hornschaft/African Tape)
ZEBRA MU – YEARS OF EXTINCTION 2009-2012 (CDR by Attenuation Circuit) *
BEAT KELLER & DARIUS CIUTA – A2 (CDR by Attenuation Circuit) *
EMERGE & DON VOMP – LIVE AT PAMPIN (CDR by Attenuation Circuit) *
EMBARGO EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY – GLONE (CDR by Quichapa Records) *
ARCHITEUTHIS DUX – SUBMERGENCE (CDR by No Part of It) *
ARCHITEUTHIS DUX & ARVO ZYLO – THE UNBEGOTTEN SOURCE (CDR by Ka-Rye-Eye Tapes) *
CHRISTIAN ALVEAR – ORIENTING RESPONSE (cassette by Mappa) *

Edgetone Records 25th Anniversary Festival

English: Rent Romus performing at the San Fran...

Source: Edgetone Records.

Outsound Presents @ SIMM Series
Edgetone Records 25th Anniversary

Musicians Union Hall
Where: 116 9th Street San Francisco, CA
Sunday November 20, 2016
Doors 6:30pm music at 7:00pm
$10-20 sliding

presenting original music and improvisation from
Keith Kelly Ensemble
Jazz On the Line
Thollem McDonas
The Lords of Outland

On a fall night November 18th 1991 Edgetone Records presented “no boundaries” from the group Jazz On the Line in Santa Cruz California at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center. Now, twenty five years later Edgetone sports a catalog of over 180 releases from 70 different artists and bands from the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.

Founded by saxophonist Rent Romus, Edgetone is built on the foundation of supporting community as well as unique and creative approaches to music. Additionally, the label strives to be a beacon to independent and exploratory musicians who seek to have a home without compromise.
In celebration of the fiercely “Do-It-Yourself” spirit, Rent Romus in association with Outsound Present this final showcase at the SIMM Series at the Musicians Union Hall 116 9th Street San Francisco on Sunday November 20th at 7:00 pm.

Schedule:
7:00 pm Keith Kelly Ensemble
Keith Kelly – woodwinds Tony Obr – modular synth Nathan Hubbard – drums and cymbals, electronics, vibraphone Brett Reed – drums and cymbals, electronics, vibraphone
The Keith Kelly Ensemble plays improvised music, blending electronic and acoustic sounds. The members share a love of jazz, contemporary classical, noise, and dance music – all of which provide fertile soil to till.

7:45 pm Jazz On the Line
Rent Romus – alto saxophone, Anna Kristina – vocals,
Stefano DeZerega – piano, Ben Leinbach – drums,
Ravi Abcarian – double bass
In the summer of 1984 Rent Romus founded the Jazz on the Line with co-founding members saxophonist/composer Michael Sidney Timpson, saxophonist Daniel Magay. In 1986 while attending the University of California at Santa Cruz, Rent Romus and Jason Olaine re-formed the group, which became the primary focus for his compositions and productions until 1993. The group began as an acoustic jazz sextet which later fused jazz, blues, gospel, and other popular styles into their original compositions.

8:45 pm Pianist Thollem McDonas was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, rigorously studying the standard classical piano repertoire, composing and improvising since he was a young child and absorbing the myriad of sounds of his culturally diverse upbringing. After dedicating his 20s and 30s to grassroots political activism, he’s refocused his attention these last 10 years on a breadth of musics that incorporate his myriad experiences and curiosities. In this last decade alone, he has played well over 1,000 concerts throughout N. America and Europe as a soloist and in collaboration with hundreds of musicians, dancers, and filmmakers. As leader or co-leader, he has released almost 50 albums in that span on 19 different vanguard labels to international critical acclaim.

9:30 pm Rent Romus’ Lords of Outland
CJ Borosque – no-input pedals/trumpet, Rent Romus – alto/soprano saxophone, Ray Scheaffer – electric bass, Philip Everett – drums/percussion
Saxophonist, composer Rent Romus created the Lords of Outland in 1994 a collective of like-minded musicians focusing on exploring improvisation, melody, noise, and sound art while acknowledging their jazz, rock, and blues roots. The group has developed original music ranging in a series of recordings inspired by abstract socio-political themes as well as authors Frank Herbert, H.P. Lovecraft, Phil K. Dick.