AMN Reviews: Luong Hue Trinh – Illusions (2016; Pan y Rosas Discos)

illusionsLuong Hue Trinh is a Vietnamese sound artist focused on electroacoustic music. She is currently studying in Hamburg, and Illusions is her most recent release. Consisting of two extended pieces (12 and 11 minutes, respectively) the album explores field recordings, drones, machine sounds, traditional instruments, voices, and amalgams thereof.

The title track begins with a sound resembling falling glass, then consists of a long drone with instrumental accompaniment. This builds into pulsing and grinding industrial sounds, augmented by rattling, drilling, and electroacoustic waves. Bent notes from a traditional stringed instrument take the foreground as the machine noises become more sparse.

Return II is a haunting piece with quiet, background drones and echoing percussion. While this track contains electroacoustic motifs and interludes, toward the halfway point it focuses on recorded vocals of Vietnamese river shanties and Buddhist monks. The latter is combined with dub percussion breaks as the ever-present drones fade to black.

Illusions is a remarkably varied offering for its relatively short length.  Trinh evokes sadness, melancholy, beauty, and foreboding with a plethora of instruments, recordings and electronics. Highly recommended, and hopefully one of many more to come.

San Francisco Scene: November 18-22, 2016

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

From the Bay Improviser Calendar.

Friday, November 18

Fri 11/18 3:00 PM KFJC 89.7 Live From The Pit [KFJC 89.7 and]
Dunkelpek are Nava Dunkelman (percussion) and Jakob Pek (guitar, miscellany, piano). Listen and watch them perform improvised sounds and silence for a visceral sound experience, live from The Pit at KFJC radio station, Los Altos Hills. On the radio at 89.7, online and live hd webcam broadcast at

Saturday, November 19

Sat 11/19 8:00 PM Musically Minded Academy [5776 Broadway Oakland, CA 94618]
The Sheldon Brown Sextet presents “Love, Gloom, Cash, Love” by pianist/composer Herbie Nichols.
Composer and woodwind multi-instrumentalist Sheldon Brown has been studying the music of brilliant composer-pianist Herbie Nichols for years. This concert is dedicated to Nichols’ 1957 album “Love, Gloom, Cash, Love.”

Sat 11/19 8:00 PM Mills College Littlefield Concert Hall [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland]
Composer Alvin Curran Concert: The Alvin Curran Fakebook

Sat 11/19 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Rova Saxophone Quartet “Plus One” (Set 1 Rova + Dohee Lee; Set 2 Rova + Wobbly)
Two Icons of the San Francisco arts scene join Rova for some exquisite structured improvisation. Rova plus Dohee Lee in Set 1 with a structure by Larry Ochs. Rova plus Wobbly in set 2, with structures arranged by Steve Adams.

Sunday, November 20

Sun 11/20 7:00 PM SIMM Series @ The Musicians Union Hall [116 9th St @ Mission SF]
Edgetone Records 25th Anniversary Showcase
**Performances celebrating twenty five years of independent music from Edgetone Records**
Thollem McDonas, Jazz On the Line, Keith Kelly Ensemble, Rent Romus‘ Lords of Outland
Featuring: Rent Romus, Anna Kristina, Stefano DeZerega, Ben Leinbach, Ravi Abcarian, Keith Kelly, Tony Obr, Nathan Hubbard, Brett Reed, Collette McCaslin, Ray Scheaffer, Philip Everett
Edgetone Records was founded by musician/producer, Rent Romus. The label took shape in 1991 to support his group’s original jazz recordings. After being on a long hiatus Rent re-opened Edgetone in January 2000 and expanded it to support avant-garde and experimental music and recordings crossing the genre boundaries specifically for D.I.Y. (do it yourself) artists looking for a ground base and community label identity.

Sun 11/20 7:30 PM Temescal Arts Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
Doors That Only Open in Silence (open participation workshop in free improvisation)

Tuesday, November 22

Tue 11/22 8:00 PM Gray Area Art And Technology [2665 Mission St. SF]
Perpetual Motion | Birth / Death / Resurrection
Tonight’s assertive works explore states of being, nothingness and points in between: destruction, loss, rebirth and resurrection of time, films and ephemeral media lost for ever yet always haunting our dreams. Oakland-based duo Malic Amalya & Nathan Hill enact Towards the Death of Cinema, a 16mm projector/synthesizer duet documenting cycles of destruction, resilience and transformation in the Bay Area through prepared film that warps, smokes and bursts before your eyes.

AMN Picks of the Week: Toc & The Compulsive Brass / Rodrigo Amado / Svetlana Maras / Bodies Under the Waterfall / Havre de Grace / Fielder and Smith

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.

Toc & The Compulsive Brass – Air Bump (2016)
Rodrigo Amado / Motion Trio – Desire and Freedom (2016)
Svetlana Maras / Bodies Under the Waterfall – Angry Ambient Artists Vol. 2 (2016)
Havre de Grace – The Black Sea Part II (2016)
Alvin Fielder / Damon Smith – Song For Chico (2016)

Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter

English: American jazz saxophonist Ornette Coleman

Source: Downtown Music Gallery.

New from Not Two: The DKV Thing Trio: Mats Gustafsson/Ken Vandermark/Ingebrigt Haker Flaten/Kent Kessler/Hamid Drake/Paal Nilssen-Love! Paul Flaherty/Steve Swell/C. Spencer Yeh/Weasel Walter! Agusti Fernandez & Rafal Mazur! Daniele D’Agaro’s Tribute to Ornette Coleman! Tzadik: Shane Parish! Ned Rothenberg & Z’ev!

Bobby Previte/Jamie Saft/Stephen O’Malley..! Christof Kurzmann & Mats Gustafsson! Peggy Lee’s Film in Music! Fond of Tigers 5! Eric Hofbauer Quintet Ives Tribute! Plus Archival Discs from Lee Hazelwood! Sun Ra! Peter Kowald Quintet! Borbetomagus! John Cage! Graham Bond & Pete Brown! LA Free Music Society and much more..!

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

Sunday, November 20th: NYC Debut of FREE WORLD MUSIC Featuring:
6pm: LI DAIGUO and RICK PARKER- Cello/Pipa/Vocals and Trombone/Synth/Electronics

Sunday, December 4th:

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

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

English: The Bad Plus, 22 Jan. 2010 Ethan Iver...

Source: The New York Times.

THE BAD PLUS (Monday) This hyperintelligent, crashingly heroic trio — Ethan Iverson on piano, Reid Anderson on bass, David King on drums — revives some proven old strategies on “It’s Hard.” That album, released this year, deftly reimagines familiar songs by popular figures ranging from Prince to Johnny Cash to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. At 9 p.m., Rough Trade NYC, 64 North Ninth Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, (Nate Chinen)

KONCEPTIONS AT KORZO (Tuesday) This weekly series typically features two bands in succession, upholding a high bar for quality. But next week’s installment looks especially strong, with a first set at 9 p.m. featuring Ethan Iverson on piano, Ben Street on bass and Eric McPherson on drums. Then at 10:30 p.m., the alto saxophonist Tim Berne spearheads a trio with Shahzad Ismaily on bass and Ches Smith on drums. At 667 Fifth Avenue, at 20th Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn, (Chinen)