AMN Reviews: Todd Dockstader – From the Archives [ Starkland ST226 ]

Dockstader_Booklet_ Printer Spreads.inddThe world was reintroduced to outsider electronic music composer Todd Dockstader in the 1990’s when Starkland reissued most of his work from the early 1960’s on two CD’s. The Starkland discs were met with widespread critical acclaim. Stunned by this newfound interest and acclaim for his work Dockstader returned to composing. In 2002 Recommended Records reissued additional work from the 1960’s on CD. Dockstader then teamed up with David Lee Meyers (AKA Arcane Device and Pulsewidth) releasing two CD’s on Recommended Records in 2004 and 2005. During 2005 -2006 Sub Rosa released a three CD set from Dockstader entitled “Aerial”. Many believed that this was to be his final work. Todd Dockstader passed away peacefully on February 27, 2015 surrounded by his friends and family while listening to his own music.

“From the Archives” is a posthumous release of new work by electronic music composer Todd Dockstader. When Dockstader passed away in 2015 he left behind a computer full of new work totaling more than one hundred fifty hours. Daughter Tina Dockstader Kinard enlisted enthusiast Justin Brierly to go through the material and select fifty pieces to send to Thomas Steenland at Starkland. Steenland selected fifteen pieces for this outstanding new release.

The compositions on “From the Archive” were composed during 2005 – 2008. They demonstrate Dockstaders growing comfort with the computer and his original imaginative style firmly finding its way into the digital sphere. The pieces cover a wide range of sonic texture and are generally less ethereal and atmospheric then “Aerial” which was Dockstader’s last release during his lifetime. What set Dockstader’s compositions apart from many of his contemporaries is that his work is focused on highly imaginative constructions of organized sound as opposed to the use of sampled sound collage or synthetic extensions of the traditional composition world of “do re me” that continues to dominate electronic music. Dockstader’s compositions had a kind of cinematic drama in their construction and this continues to be the case with the pieces on this new volume – “From the Archive”. In this new work we are treated to a subterranean prelude of ringing filters in “Basement Passage”. The sounds of a choir of ghosts singing and wailing in whispered tones on “Whispered Smooth”. Contrasting cinematic edits between real and imagined sounds in “Todt 1”. “Anat Loop” is a subtle construction of glitch and loops. Then there is the noisy, rhythmic, almost industrial sonic assault of “Big Jig” and so much more.

Todd Dockstader’s “From the Archives” is one of the best releases of 2016. It provides us with an hour of new music from one of the masters of sound art. “From the Archives” will make long time Dockstader listeners extremely happy and will hopefully bring his incredible work to many new listeners. Thanks to the efforts of Tina Dockstader Kinard, Justin Brierley and Thomas Steenland we have the chance to hear this new work and to enjoy it for many years to come.

Highly recommended!

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Chris De Chiara

San Francisco Scene: December 9-16, 2016

Wadada Leo Smith

From the Bay Improviser Calendar.

Friday, December 9

Fri 12/09 7:00 PM Adobe Books [3130 24th St, San Francisco, California 94110]
Neem (gabby fluke-mogul & k. kipperman), Voicehandler (Jacob Felix Heule & Danishta Rivero), & Jordan Glenn solo

Fri 12/09 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Supove Plays Mattingly – Achilles Dreams of Ebbets Field

Fri 12/09 8:00 PM Turquoise Yantra Grotto [32 Turquoise Way SF]
Original Medicine:
Mark Deutsch & Martha Matsuda: Bazantar and Butoh
Harmonic Series Gamelan plays “Acoustic Realignments” Etude
+ Sound Seen: an exhibition of bay area graphic scores

Saturday, December 10

Sat 12/10 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Mobius Trio: Prescription Drug Nation Fundraiser (6th Birthday Party)

Sat 12/10 9:00 PM The Lab [2948 16th St SF]
John Bender / Wobbly

Sunday, December 11

Sun 12/11 6:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Stranger Sings – C4NM Holiday Party

Monday, December 12

Mon 12/12 8:00 PM Hertz Hall [UC Berkeley campus near corner of College and Bancroft Berkeley]
Berkeley New Music Project presents,
The Eco Ensemble
Directed by David Milnes

Tuesday, December 13

Tue 12/13 7:00 PM Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive [2155 Center St. Berkeley]
Full: Adapt
With performance artist Dohee Lee, Congolese choreographer Byb Chanel Bibene, and taiko drummer Jimi Nakagawa.

Tue 12/13 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Eric Tran Debut Album Launch

Tue 12/13 9:00 PM Uptown Nightclub [1928 Telegraph Ave Oakland]
Active Music Series presents:
– Ze Bib! (Robert Lopez & Shanna Sordahl)
– toxo (Kelley Kipperman, Aurora Josephson and Katerina Kopelevich)
– Oa (Matt Davignon & Hugh Behm-Steinberg)

Wednesday, December 14

Wed 12/14 6:00 PM Kadist SF [3295 20th St. San Francisco]
Wadada Leo Smith‘s Four Symphonies
Reception: 6 – 8 pm
Wadada Leo Smith in conversation with Hamza Walker: 7pm

Wed 12/14 7:00 PM Octopus Literary Salon [2101 Webster St. #170 Oakland]
The Sleight Ensemble performs compositions by Jacob Lane.
Mia Bella D’Augelli, violin
Devon Thrumston, cello
Erika Oba, flute
Jacob Lane, piano
Followed by a computer music set by Madalyn Merkey.

Wed 12/14 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
the [Switch~ Ensemble] plays SF
A new music ensemble for the 21st Century. The [Switch~ Ensemble] is dedicated to the creation and performance of new works for chamber ensemble, electronics, and multimedia.

Thursday, December 15

Thu 12/15 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8:00 pm Mary Clare Brzytwa Trio
with Hamir Atwal, Kevin Robinson
9:00 pm Evil Genius
Max Kutner – Guitar, Stefan Kac – Tuba, Mike Lockwood – Drums

Forward Festival Begins Tonight in NY



Forward Festival 2016
Brooklyn Dec 9th, 10th, 11th
375 Lorimer St, Brooklyn, New York 11206

Friday December 9th

MP Landis

Gene Moore + Daniel Moore + Gene Janas
Gene Moore (guitar)
Daniel Moore (electronics)
Gene Janas (bass)

Mary Anne Driscoll and Daniel Carter
Daniel Carter (winds)
Mary Anne Driscoll (piano)

Tobias Wilner (solo electronics)

Adam Lane Trio
Darius Jones (alto saxophone)
Adam Lane (bass)
Vijay Anderson (drums)

Daniel Carter, Tobias Wilner, Djibril Toure, Federico Ughi
Daniel Carter (winds)
Tobias Wilner (electronics)
Djibril Toure (bass)
Federico Ughi (drums)

G. Calvin Weston
Improv Messenger album release party
Grant Calvin Weston (drums, bass, guitar, trumpet, keyboards)

Saturday December 10th

MP Landis

Hot Date
Chris Welcome (synthesizer)
Shayna Dulberger (tape collage)

Patrick Breiner (tenor saxophone)
Max Goldman (drums)

Daniel Carter, Patrick Holmes, Matthew Putman, Federico Ughi
Daniel Carter (winds)
Patrick Holmes (clarinet)
Matthew Putman (piano)
Federico Ughi (drums)

Maria Chavez
Solo turntable performance

Daniel Carter, Watson Jennison, William Parker, Federico Ughi
Daniel Carter (winds, piano)
Watson Jennison (winds, piano)
William Parker (bass)
Federico Ughi (drums)

Sunday December 11th

MP Landis

Gabriele Meirano (China)
New Vintage Sessions album release party
Andreas Günther (tenor saxophone, flute) (Germany)
Gabriele Meirano (piano)

Nick Lyons
Nick Lyons (alto saxophone)
Patrick Holmes (clarinet)
Kazzrie Jaxen (piano)
Adam Caine (guitar)

Ancestral Duo
Luke Stewart (bass, percussion, electronics)
Jamal Moore (woodwinds, percussion, electronics)

Federico Ughi
Heart Talk album release party
David Schnug (tenor saxophone)
Mike Irwin (trumpet)
Jeff Snyder (electronics)
Federico Ughi (drums)

Remembering Connie Crothers
Richard Tabnik (alto saxophone)
Harvey Diamond (piano)
Ken Filiano (bass)
Roger Mancuso (drums)

The Listening Group
Daniel Carter (winds)
Nick Lyons (alto saxophone)
Patrick Holmes (clarinet)
Claire de Brunner (bassoon)
Jeff Snyder (electronics)
Stelios Michas (guitar)
Jonah Rosenberg (piano)
Zach Swanson (bass)

Coming to St. Louis in 2017

Czech violinist Iva Bittova in concert Photo: ...

Source: New Music Circle.

Iva Bittová & Hamid Drake (duo)
8 PM, January 21st, 2017
Joe’s Cafe
6014 Kingsbury Ave. 63112 (map)

Iva Bittová – violin / vocals
Hamid Drake – drums / percussion

Vocalist/violinist Iva Bittová (Czech Republic) is internationally known for her unique music, which draws on influences from her native Moravia and her lineage in the rich traditions of Slovakia and the Roma people. Her ability to bring those influences together with such modern inspirations as Meredith Monk’s wordless vocal pieces and free improvisation, creates music that feels both ancient and new, simultaneously surprising and familiar. Bittová is a storyteller who rarely uses actual language to convey the emotions of her stories. While either singing wordlessly or using an implied language of her own, she crafts intimate, engrossing narratives, ultimately creating her own truly personal style of folk music.

Hamid Drake is an American jazz drummer and percussionist, living in Chicago, but spending a great deal of his time touring worldwide. Drake is widely regarded as one of the great percussionists in jazz and improvised music, with a uniquely poetic approach to drumming; he draws from Afro-Cuban, Indian and African percussion instruments and influences. His musical involvements date back to 1974 when he began working with the AACM and felt impelled to explore earlier forms of drumming. He soon began working with several of the greatest innovators in jazz at the time: Don Cherry, Pharoah Sanders, and Peter Brötzmann. In live settings he continually takes collaborators to higher rhythmic levels, while at the same time carving out space for his own explorations. For over 30 years he has remained one of the most consistently venturesome and compelling drummers of his time.

Ikue Mori & Nate Wooley (solo and duo sets)
8 PM Saturday February 18th, 2017
At The Luminary
2701 Cherokee St, St. Louis, MO 63118 (map)

Ikue Mori – electronics / computer
Nate Wooley – trumpet

NYC Trumpeter, Nate Wooley, is an improviser with a tactile approach to his craft, as part of an international revolution in improvised trumpet performance and is considered a leader of a movement to redefine the physical boundaries of the horn. A combination of vocalization, extreme extended technique, amplification and feedback, are utilized in Wooley’s ‘live’ sets. In 2011 he was an artist in residence at Issue Project Room (Brooklyn) and in 2016 was a recipient of a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Awards (founded in 1963 by John Cage and Jasper Johns).

Ikue Mori has been a key experimental musician since moving to New York City from Tokyo in 1977. She began her career playing drums for the seminal “no wave” group DNA. Throughout the 1980s Mori improvised and recorded with a wide range of experimental musicians, and by 1985 Mori had completely abandoned the standard drum set in favor of her own unique drum machine/sampler setup. In the years to come she further extended her electronic practice into ‘live’ computer performance, creating electronic music that evoked textural qualities of “real-world” sounds. Ikue Mori remains an ongoing collaborator with Sonic Youth, Jim O’Rourke, Okkyung Lee, and Evan Parker.

Erik Friedlander’s Black Phoebe Trio
New Music Circle and KDHX present

Erik Friedlander’s Black Phoebe Trio
8 PM Thursday, March 16. 2017
The Stage at KDHX
3524 Washington Ave. 63103 (map)

Erik Friedlander – cello / compositions
Shoko Nagai – piano / accordian / electronics
Satoshi Takeshi – drums

“It’s not your skill level, it’s how much you communicate,” cellist Erik Friedlander suggests. “It’s how much you express that the audience really wants to hear. They come to hear you be real.” Friedlander, however, is clearly not a musician lacking for chops. The years of training and gigging he did to establish himself in New York City’s avantgarde jazz scenes, through his distinct approach to cello, has taken him all over the genre map by collaborative efforts with artists like Laurie Anderson, Mike Patton, The Mountain Goats, and extensive duties in John Zorn’s Masada groups. Recently he has focused on his own soloist and composer work, releasing a series of albums on ECM. In these works Friedlander displays an underlying sonic curiosity and ability to aurally convey deep emotional experience that shapes the ongoing evolution of his work. In his most most recent group project, Black Phoebe Trio, Friedlander brings together the talents of emerging talents Shoko Nagai (piano, accordion, electronics) and Satoshi Takeishi, (percussion).

Tomas Fujiwara’s The Hook Up
NMC and KDHX present
Thomas Fujiwara’s The Hook Up
8 PM April 28th or 29th, 2017
The Stage at KDHX
3524 Washington Ave. 63103 (map)

Tomas Fujiwara – drums / compositions
Mary Halvorson – guitar
Brian Settles – saxophones
Jonathan Finlayson – trumpet
Michael Formanek – upright bass

A drummer working along jazz music’s fringe, Tomas Fujiwara’s résumé boasts memberships in the Taylor Ho Bynum Sextet and the cooperative trio Thumbscrew, featuring acclaimed guitarist Mary Halvorson and veteran bassist Michael Formanek. Fujiwara’s flagship ensemble, The Hook Up, performs rhythmically upbeat tunes, their music often alluding to the aesthetic qualities of Wayne Shorter or Miles Davis of the 1960s – sleek, enigmatically post-bop, more suggestive than demonstrative, complicated but never random. 2016 saw the release of After All is Said, The Hook Up’s third album, which was honed extensively in ‘live’ performance, emphasizing Fujiwara’s nuanced arrangements while honoring the dynamics of its virtuosic soloists: guitarist Halvorson, tenor saxophonist Brian Settles, trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson and bassist Formanek.