AMN Reviews: dMu – Synaptic Self (2016; Iluso Records)

This slab of aggression features the trio of Mike Caratti on drums, Josh Sinton on sax and bass clarinet, and Álvaro Domene on electric guitar. Channeling both free jazz and a punk/metal vibe, Domene’s heavily distorted riffing and speed picking are juxtaposed with drones and urgently angular melodies from Sinton. Underneath, Caratti provides staggered rhythms.

All three of these explorers have a penchant for twisting notes, irregular phrasing, and left-of-center explosiveness. Sinton’s bass clarinet, in particular, adds a rich texture to Domene’s doomy grinding. But not all of Synaptic Self is improv. Several tracks are based around pre-established themes, though some of these lead to an open blowout or two.

Comparisons? Slobber Pup’s Pole Axe, for one, but without the quiet parts. A commendable release that explores untrodden paths.

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Chicago Scene: December 10-17, 2016

Kahil El'Zabar at Chicago's Ethnic Heritage En...

This is a weekly overview live avant performances in the Chicago area.  Contact us if you’d like your shows listed.

Saturday, December 10th 2016

3:00PM at the Promontory, 5311 S Lake Park, 312.801.2100 ($20-$10)
Voices Heard : Black Women in Creative Music Festival
3:00PM Amina Claudine Myers, Nicole Mitchell
4:00PM Ndosi-Reid’s Sonic Restoration : Mankwe Ndosi, Tomeka Reid
5:00PM Samana : Properties of Light Through Sound featuring music of Maia

6:00PM at the Empty Bottle, 1035 N Western, 773.276.3600 (Free) (wheelchair-accessible)
Mirrored Series
Benjamín Vergara Quartet, with Keefe Jackson, Jim Baker, Phil Sudderberg

Sunday, December 11th 2016

3:00PM at the Promontory, 5311 S Lake Park, 312.801.2100 ($20-$10)
Voices Heard : Black Women in Creative Music Festival
3:00PM Val-Inc Afro-Electronica
4:00PM Jovia Armstrong/Coco Elysses Collective
5:00PM Renée Baker’s Katasha

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
Francesco D’Orazio — music by Luciano Berio, Curt Cacioppo, Salvatore Sciarrino, Nicola Sani, Fausto Sebastiani, Ivan Fedele, Luciano Chessa, Michele dall’Ongaro

9:00PM at The Whistler, 2421 N Milwaukee (wheelchair-accessible)
Figment : Fred Lonberg-Holm, Bill MacKay, Nick Macri, Julian Kirshner

Monday, December 12th 2016

8:00PM at Alhambra Palace, 1240 W Randolph, 312.666.9555 ($25)
Kahil El’Zabar‘s Ritual Trio with David Murray, Harrison Bankhead

9:00PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444 (wheelchair-accessible)
Extraordinary Popular Delusions : Jim Baker, Edward Wilkerson Jr, Brian Sandstrom, Steve Hunt

Tuesday, December 13th 2016

9:30PM at The Whistler, 2421 N Milwaukee (wheelchair-accessible)
Gunwale : Dave Rempis, Albert Wildeman, Ryan Packard

Wednesday, December 14th 2016

9:00PM at the Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia, 773.227.4433 ($10)
Olivia Block
Mike Weis
MT Coast

Thursday, December 15th 2016

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($15-$10)
Rudy Royston Orion Trio with Jon Irabagon, Yasushi Nakamura

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616
Dave Rempis, Jim Baker, Joshua Abrams, Avreeayl Ra

Friday, December 16th 2016

7:30PM at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago, 312.280.2660 ($20-$10) (wheelchair-accessible)
Reduction
Tatsu Aoki

Saturday, December 17th 2016

3:00PM at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago, 312.280.2660 ($20-$10) (wheelchair-accessible)
Taiko Legacy
Tatsu Aoki

7:30PM at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago, 312.280.2660 ($20-$10) (wheelchair-accessible)
Reduction
Tatsu Aoki

For more information, such as directions, as well as upcoming performances, see:

http://now-is.org/, http://www.ratchetmusic.com, http://www.mcachicago.org, http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/chicago_culturalcenterschedule.html, http://www.skylarkchicago.com, http://www.hideoutchicago.com, http://www.elasticrevolution.com, http://www.myopicbookstore.com/music.html, http://www.lampo.org, http://dalniente.com, http://iceorg.org/events/category/chicago, http://www.emptybottle.com/

Jazzword Reviews

Source: Jazzword.

Jeff Platz
Low Light Filter
Glitch Records 005

Platz/Siwula/Ishenko/Miller
Modular Systems
Setola Di Maiale SM 3150

Bergman/Brötzmann/Gjerstad
Left
NotTwo MW939-2

Roswell Rudd/Jamie Saft/Trevor Dunn/Balazs Pandi
Strength and Power
RareNoise Records RNR 059

Starlite Motel
Awosting Falls
Clean Feed CF 364 CD

Jamie Saft’s New Zion
Sunshine Seas
RareNoise Records RNR 065

Label Profile
HUBRO

Upcoming Events at the Vortex Jazz Club

British saxophonist Evan Parker performing liv...

Source: London’s Vortex Jazz Club.

WED 14 DECEMBER 2016
WORLD SERVICE PROJECT XMAS PARTY
The award-winning WorldService Project return to The Vortex with a bang, having released their third album For King and Country on Rare Noise Records, and toured across the UK, Ireland, France, Italy,…
Time: 8 – 11PM

THU 15 DECEMBER 2016
WORLD SERVICE PROJECT XMAS PARTY
December 14 The award-winning WorldService Project return to The Vortex with a bang, having released their third album For King and Country on Rare Noise Records, and toured across the UK,…
Time: 8 – 11PM

SUN 18 DECEMBER 2016
MOPOMOSO MONTHLY
MOPOMOSO CHRISTMAS SPECIAL
Come and join the celebrations as Mopomoso – the UK’s longest running regular improv sessions – brings its 25th Anniversary Year to a close with its traditional end of year…
Time: 2.30 – 5.30PM

SQUELCH QUARTET (STANDING ROOM ONLY)
Squelch Quartet play contemporary jazz with Nordic sensibilities, inspired by the likes of E.S.T and Jan Garbarek.
Time: 7 – 9.30PM
Tickets: £8

FRI 23 DECEMBER 2016
EVAN PARKER
A giant of the saxophone and an innovator. Evan Parker plays monthly at the Vortex. Here he celebrates Christmas with a hand-picked line-up – Shabaka Hutchings (Sax, reeds), John Edwards…