AMN Picks of the Week: The Tri-Centric Orchestra / David Smooke / Joseph M. Colombo / Forresta

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.

The Tri-Centric Orchestra – Music of Blake, Bynum & Laubrock: Agora, Questions of Transfiguration, Vogelfrei (2016)
David Smooke – Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death (2016)
Joseph M. Colombo & The Living Earth Show – I Watch the Fire as the Days Echo Away (2016)
Forresta – Bass, Space & Time (2016)

AMN Reviews: Michel Redolfi – Desert Tracks [Sub Rosa SR 418CD & 418LP]

sr418-siteWith Desert Tracks, Michel Redolfi (1951) set out to create an image in sound of the desert—its vast spaces, both topographical and audio—of the American Southwest.

Involved in electronic experimental music since his late teens in his native Marseilles, Redolfi went on to work with Pierre Henry, Luc Ferrari and others in Europe in the 1980s and 1990s. Prior to that, in 1973-1984, he was pursuing electronic composition in California at UC San Diego and the California Institute of the Arts. In 1987, he returned to the US where he went into the Mojave Desert, Death Valley and Palm Canyon to make a series of recordings. These form the basis of the Desert Tracks, originally released in 1988. This re-release on LP and CD contains the 1988 album, as well as an additional ten minute track on the CD version.

As can be imagined, the sounds are stark and austere, creating a portrait in sound that reflects something essential about the harsh desert environment. But the portrait is an abstract one, consisting in looming, often unstable chords with a bright, bell-like sheen to them; the punctuating sounds of scrapes, rattling and crackling; and always a reversion to silence. Occasionally a recognizable sound emerges—a human voice, however modified, or what sounds like a train approaching a crossing—but for the most part the sounds are suggestive rather than depictive. Redolfi plays with foreground and background sounds, and the occasional Doppler effect, to create a sense of spatial depth analogous to the physical distances encountered in the desert.

Daniel Barbiero

Steve Swell Update

Source: Steve Swell, some planned performances for 2017:

Spring 2017 performance of compositions dedicated to composer Olivier Messiaen that will be performed and recorded (Silkheart Records) in a church in NYC TBD

Performance of Chicago Plan on Vision Festival 22 (May/June)

Performance of Soul Travelers (Jemeel Moondoc, William Parker, Dave Burrell, Gerald Cleaver at Edgefest Festival, Ann Arbor (October 2017)

Performance of “Leaf Peeping in Poland” on the Interpretations Series at Roulette (October 2017)

This Week in New York 


Face the Music, Nick Politi, and Joe Tucker perform works by Paris Lavidis, Sam Friedman, Taylor Brook, and Nick Politi.
Monday, December 19 at 6:00 PM
Tickets $10
Scholes Street Studio, 375 Lorimer St, Brooklyn, NY

This season, David Lang’s the little match girl passion is staged as a theatrical production by Rachel Chavkin with the vocal ensemble Ekmeles performing Lang’s stunning and poignant score along with actors and silent observers. This immersive, site-specific performance in the Lobby of The Met Breuer will reimagine Hans Christian Anderson’s chilling story of the poor little match girl who dies in the cold while wealthy neighbors rush home to feasts and family.
Tuesday, December 20 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $65
The Met Breuer, 945 Madison Ave, New York, NY

From the The Bronx to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, thirteen participatory parades will bring New Yorkers together to sing, play, and dance their way through streets, parks, and other public spaces throughout the city. Amateurs and professionals, smartphone users and fiddlers – all are invited to take part. Like Make Music New York’s annual flagship event on June 21, the first day of summer, Make Music Winter is a free, outdoor musical event that turns audiences into music makers.
Wednesday, December 21 all day long
Various Locations

Phill Niblock returns to Roulette to present his annual Winter Solstice concert, consisting of six hours of acoustic and electronic music and mixed media film and video in a live procession that charts the movement of our planet and the progress of ourselves through art and performance at its maximal best.
Wednesday, December 21 at 6:00 PM
Tickets $10 to $15
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY