AMN Reviews: Two From Orenda Records

Orenda Records is a young label that is out-performing its age. With notable releases from Daniel Rosenboom, Burning Ghosts, Falsetto Teeth, Nathan Hubbard, Gavin Templeton, Jon Armstrong, Jonathan Rowden, the Weston / Saxon Groove Assembly, and many others, Orenda is establishing itself as a go-to resource for a younger group of musicians from the west coast that fall on various points of the rock / jazz / free improv / modern composition continuum. Below, we discuss two of the label’s most recent offerings.

 

Sound Etiquette – Sound Etiquette (2016; Orenda Records)

This trio’s most obvious influence seems to be early 70’s Miles Davis. With a signature electronic sound that harkens back to the analog nature of that era, Sound Etiquette powers through eight gritty improvisations. Recorded live in the studio with no overdubs, each of the musicians (Nick Obando on sax, Eli Wallace on keyboards, and Aaron Levin on drums) has plenty of room to stretch out and make their own statements.

But the album is best viewed as a group effort, and one with a great deal of affinity. Wallace provides not only leads but thick low-register chording, and echoing effects. Obando solos freely on top, making use of extended techniques, while Levin provides a grounding for the other two in between his own more explosive efforts. Given the album’s rawness, the overall feel can approach Sun Ra territory from time to time, but also a meandering modern jazz. The release date is December 9.

 

Alexander Noice – Music Made With Voices (2016; Orenda Records)

Guitarist Noice steps away from his instrument of choice to electronically compose eight tracks for human voice. The catch here is that each track is based on manipulations of a single note sung by eight different people. These notes are processed, cut, and pitch-shifted, and these results are mixed with one another in various patterns. The repetitions therein form the “songs,” recordings that are likely unrecognizable from the source material. Each paints an highly-abstract portrait of the singer as Noice puts together sequenced runs, undulating tones, and staccato motifs into complex rhythms and themes. Comparisons? Maybe Paul Lansky‘s Idle Chatter series. But Noice is less academic and more assertive. One of the more unique and enjoyable pieces of weird music that I’ve heard this year.

The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

Joëlle Léandre at Cornelia street cafe Photo: ...

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

Joëlle Léandre & Théo Ceccaldi – Elastic (Cipsela, 2016) ****½
Joëlle Léandre – Taxi (Adda, 1982)
Joëlle Léandre & Carlos Zingaro ‎– Ecritures (In Situ, 1996)
Joëlle Léandre ‎– Les Douze Sons (Nato, 1984)
Les Diaboliques ‎– Live at the Rhinefalls (Intakt, 2000)
François Houle, Joëlle Léandre, Raymond Strid ‎– 9 Moments (Red Toucan, 2007)
Giacinto Scelsi – Joëlle Léandre ‎– Okanagon (Hat Art, 1993)
Dave Douglas & Frank Woeste – Dada People (Greenleaf, 2016) ***½
New York Art Quartet – Call it Art (Triple Point Records, 2013)
The Ägg – Machines (Tilting Converter, 2016) ***½
Receptacles – Freedom From Error(Tilting Converter, 2016) ***½
Peter Evans Quintet – Genesis (More Is More, 2016) *****

The Agnes Martin / John Zorn Link

English: John Zorn Français : John Zorn

Source: The New York Times.

There could not, on first glance or listen, be two artists more different than John Zorn and Agnes Martin.

Mr. Zorn, 63, a longtime fixture of downtown Manhattan, is known for composing frenzied, explosive music, riots of psychotically bright colors. Martin — who lived alone in the New Mexico desert for decades, died in 2004 at 92 and is currently the subject of a quietly majestic retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum — made paintings of serene subtlety.

Mr. Zorn stated the obvious question as he walked on Monday morning around the Guggenheim’s rotunda, where a series of his Martin-inspired works will be played on Thursday and Friday evenings.

“Crazy John Zorn and Agnes Martin, the spiritual, the saint,” he said. “Where does it connect?”

Gabriel Ferrandini Interview

artist-gabriel-ferrandiniSource: Burning Ambulance.

Anyone who’s been paying attention to the Portuguese avant-jazz scene knows drummer Gabriel Ferrandini‘s name. He’s a member of two excellent groups: the RED Trio with pianist Rodrigo Pinheiro and bassist Hernâni Faustino, and saxophonist Rodrigo Amado‘s Motion Trio, with cellist Miguel Mira. He’s also recorded with Japanese saxophonist Nobuyasu Furuya, Swiss noise artist D’incise, Polish trumpeter Piotr Damasiewicz, and American saxophonist Jon Irabagon, among others, all while having just turned 30.

Coming to Philadelphia

English: Nels Cline @ All tomorrow's parties f...

Source: Philadelphia’s Ars Nova Workshop.

Saturday, December 3 – 8:00pm
MAKOTO KAWABATA & TATSUYA NAKATANI
with Makoto Kawabata, el. guitar; and Tatsuya Nakatani, percussion
The Hi5 Studio (Maas Building Garden Entrance), 1320 N. 5th Street

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Monday, December 5 – 8:00pm
ODEAN POPE / ANDREW CYRILLE DUO
with Odean Pope, tenor saxophone; and Andrew Cyrille, drums
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street

Ars Nova Workshop is pleased to present a return performance by Philadelphia saxophonist Odean Pope and drummer Andrew Cyrille, two avant-garde jazz giants who played their first duo together at an Ars Nova Workshop concert in 2013.

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Thursday, December 8 – 8:00pm
NELS CLINE-LARRY OCHS-GERALD CLEAVER TRIO
with Nels Cline, el. guitar; Larry Ochs, saxophone; and Gerald Cleaver, drums
+ NOVELLER
with Sarah Lipstate, el. guitar
Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Avenue
$18 General Admission

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Sunday, December 11 – 8:00pm
NELS CLINE-LARRY OCHS-GERALD CLEAVER TRIO featuring special guest MARSHALL ALLEN (Sun Ra Arkestra)
with Nels Cline, el. guitar; Larry Ochs, saxophone; Marshall Allen, alto saxophone; and Gerald Cleaver, drums
+ DESERTION TRIO
with Nick Millevoi, guitar; Johnny DeBlase, bass; and Kevin Shea, drums
Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Avenue
$18 General Admission

Cafe OTO in December

Source: Cafe OTO.

1 DECEMBER 2016
ISLAM CHIPSY & E.E.K. – TWO DAY RESIDENCY

2–3 DECEMBER 2016
MARTIN REV – TWO DAY RESIDENCY + NEIL CAMPBELL (FRI) + OLAN MONK (SAT)

SUNDAY 4 DECEMBER 2016, 8PM
PEKKO KÄPPI + PICASTRO

MONDAY 5 DECEMBER 2016, 8PM
DDMMYY: 051216
THE HOUSE OF BEDLAM + LAURENCE CRANE & DORI DENG

6–8 DECEMBER 2016
ÁINE O’DWYER – THREE DAY RESIDENCY

THURSDAY 8 DECEMBER 2016, 6.30PM
LO WIE + YAN JUN

THURSDAY 8 DECEMBER 2016, 8PM
KK NULL + BALAZS PANDI + LLL人

FRIDAY 9 DECEMBER 2016, 8PM
MIKOŁAJ TRZASKA / MARK SANDERS / JOHN EDWARDS (TRIO) + MIKOLAJ TRZASKA / SEYMOUR WRIGHT (DUO)

SATURDAY 10 DECEMBER 2016, 8PM
FIRE RECORDS PRESENTS:
HOWE GELB PIANO TRIO

SUNDAY 11 DECEMBER 2016, 8PM
LISA ULLÉN / MATILDA ROLFSSON / MAGGIE NICOLS / JOHN EDWARDS (QUARTET)

MONDAY 12 DECEMBER 2016, 8PM
ANTOINE CHESSEX / JOHN EDWARDS / STEVE NOBLE TRIO + SEYMOUR WRIGHT (SOLO)

TUESDAY 13 DECEMBER 2016, 8PM
KAMMER KLANG IN ASSOCIATION WITH LONDON SINFONIETTA:
EVOL PERFORMS HANNE DARBOVEN + ENNO SENFT (LONDON SINFONIETTA) PERFORMS HANNE DARBOVEN + MICHAEL COX PERFORMS SAMANTHA FERNANDO, BRIAN FERNEYHOUGH, KAIJA SAARIAHO, GEORG PHILIP TELEMANN + EWA JUSTKA

WEDNESDAY 14 DECEMBER 2016, 8PM
BRIGID MAE POWER

THURSDAY 15 DECEMBER 2016, 8PM
HAPPENED PRESENTS SM-­LL LABEL EVENT:
ADAM ASNAN + EX GEO + POKK! + YVES DE MEY (SM-­LL GUEST) + STRAY LANDINGS (DJ)

FRIDAY 16 DECEMBER 2016, 8PM
BABA YAGA’S HUT PRESENTS:
TOMAGA (ALBUM LAUNCH) + FATHER MURPHY + BLUTWURST

SATURDAY 17 DECEMBER 2016, 8PM
PS/Y PRESENTS HYSTERICAL X – VISIONIST + ZADIE XA

SUNDAY 18 DECEMBER 2016, 8PM
ORPHY ROBINSON PRESENTS “THE UNEASY LISTENING CLUB” VOLUME TWO – “WHO.WHAT,WHEN,WHERE ARE WE NOW”

FRIDAY 23 DECEMBER 2016, 8PM
GOODIEPAL – FULL BAND SHOW

SATURDAY 31 DECEMBER 2016, 8PM
CAFE OTO NYE PARTY W/ MICA LEVI (DJ SET) + YEAH YOU (LIVE)