AMN Picks of the Week: Reflections in Cosmo / Josh Green & The Cyborg Orchestra / Anthony Braxton / 156 / Timothy Dunne

Anthony Braxton playing a contrabass saxophone

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.

Reflections in Cosmo – Reflections in Cosmo (2017)
Josh Green & The Cyborg Orchestra – Telepathy & Bop (2016)
Anthony Braxton – Trio (Knoxville) 2016 (2016)
156 – Memento Mori (2016)
Timothy Dunne – Metaphrase (2016)

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San Francisco Scene: January 3-6, 2017

From the Bay Improviser Calendar.

Tuesday, January 3
Tue 1/03 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Ned McGowan and Keiko Shichijo in concert
Ned McGowan and Keiko Shichijo play works by McGowan, Sciarrino, Lachenmann, Kondo and Ustvolskaya.

Tue 1/03 8:00 PM Yoshi’s Oakland [510 Embarcadero West Oakland]
An exhilarating musical exploration by Resonance Jazz Ensemble launches a New Year with New Sound at Yoshi’s

Thursday, January 5

Thu 1/05 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
FORBIDDEN COLORS / WHITE BOY SCREAM / KVNDRY SINGS / FEVER WITCH

Friday, January 6

Fri 1/06 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St San Francisco, CA 94102]
One of New York’s preeminent new music pianists/composers, Eleonor Sandresky brings us the West Coast Premiere of her evening-length work, The Wonder Suit Show: A Space Odyssey. Using live piano, NASA space recordings, and her invention, The Wonder Suit – a wearable, remote sensor interface integrating live electronics with the pianist’s movements – her performance transports the audience to outer space. Will be followed by a Center for New Music PRISM Series Q&A with the artist.

Avant Music News 20 Most Popular Reviews of 2016

English: Bobby Previte Live at Saalfelden 2009...

This year, we published 133 reviews. Most are of new albums, but some cover reissues, books, or live performances. Needless to say, I’m grateful for our small cadre of dedicated reviewers, much less the many fantastic musicians who make all of this possible.

This list is in descending order of popularity, as measured by clicks on individual links to reviews. Unfortunately, the list does not reflect other measures of popularity, such as sharing on social media, but it is a reasonable representation of the reviews that garnered the most interest.

Also, entries on the list might be biased toward reviews that appear earlier in the year, as those have had more time to accumulate traffic. Still, most traffic to reviews arrives in the first week that the reviews are available, so this bias may be small.

  1. Dave Ball & Jon Savage – Photosynthesis (2016; Cold Spring Records)
  2. Bobby Previte – Mass (2016; RareNoiseRecords)
  3. John Butcher / Thomas Lehn / Matthew Shipp – Tangle (2016; Fataka)
  4. Anthony Braxton – 3 Compositions (EEMHM) 2011 (2016; Firehouse 12 Records)
  5. Helen Mirra & Ernst Karel – Maps and Parallels 41°N and 49°N at a Scale of Ten Seconds to One Degree (Shhpuma)
  6. Naima – Bye (2016; Cuneiform Records)
  7. Jennie Gottschalk – Experimental Music Since 1970 [Bloomsbury: 2016]
  8. Dan Weiss – Sixteen: Drummers Suite (2016; Pi Recordings)
  9. Merzbow / Keiji Haino / Balazs Pandi – An Untroublesome Defencelessness (2016; RareNoiseRecords)
  10. Thumbscrew – Convallaria (2016; Cuneiform Records)
  11. Vaults of Zin – Kadath (2016; Bandcamp)
  12. Christopher Hoffman – Silver Cord Quintet (2016)
  13. React – Music for Flute, Violin & Interactive Computer [Ravello RR7930]
  14. Pauline Oliveros, Roscoe Mitchell, John Tilbury, Wadada Leo Smith – Nessuno – [i angelica di angelica – IDA035]
  15. Bent Knee – Say So (2016; Cuneiform Records)
  16. Splinter Reeds – Got Stung [Splinter Records SR001]
  17. Tom Hamilton – City of Vorticity [Pogus 21085-2]
  18. Anders Berg & Tellef Øgrim – Kölen [Simlas]; Circadia – Advances and Delays [SOFA 551]
  19. Mats Gustafsson – This is From the Mouth (2016; Utech Records)
  20. Mary Halvorson Octet – Away With You (2016; Firehouse 12 Records)

You can browse our complete list of reviews here.

Those We Lost in 2016

2016 will likely go down in history as a not-so-great year, to say the least. But aside from a number of disturbing social and political upheavals, the music world lost an unusually large number of greats. Even our little corner of that world was impacted in a big way, with the passing on many experimental trail-blazers. RIP to all and best wishes for a happier 2017.

Paul Pley
Pierre Boulez
Keith Emerson
Peter Maxwell Davies
Gato Barbieri
Tony Conrad
Richard Lyons
Ursula Mamlok
Isao Tomita
Bernie Worrell
Dominic Duval
Connie Crothers
Bobby Hutcherson
Don Buchla
Pauline Oliveros
Greg Lake

The San Francisco Tape Music Festival Starts in a Week

Source: The San Francisco Tape Music Festival.

America’s only festival devoted to the performance of audio works projected in three-dimensional space, The San Francisco Tape Music Festival features four distinct concerts of classic audio art and new fixed media compositions by 26 local and international composers. Hear members of the SF Tape Music Collective, along with guest composers, shape the sound live over a pristine surround system (24 high-end loudspeakers) with the audience seated in complete darkness. It’s a unique opportunity to experience music forming – literally – around you.

The 2017 Festival features two concerts showcasing the entire range of the “fixed media” artform, including “Then” (2014) by CURTIS ROADS. The Saturday late-night concert features longer and ambient tape pieces, including excerpts from the 1977 Soundtrack to DAVID LYNCH‘S “ERASERHEAD.” The Sunday evening concert is devoted to the tape music of PAULINE OLIVEROS (1932 – 2016).

The festival also performs classic works by San Francisco Tape Music Center technical director WILLIAM MAGINNIS (1938 – 2016), computer music pioneer JEAN-CLAUDE RISSET (1938 – 2016), and Denmark’s “Grandmother of Electronic Music,” ELSE MARIE PADE (1924 – 2016). Compositions created with DON BUCHLA‘S (1937 – 2016) original BUCHLA 100 SERIES SYNTHESIZER by Bay Area Composer WARNER JEPSON (1930 – 2011) and others will also be presented.

Recent works by international composers PETE STOLLERY (UK), PAOLO PASTORINO (Italy), NICOLAS MARTY (France), BRONA MARTIN (Ireland), LUIGI MARINO (Italy), MAXIME CORBEIL-PERRON (Canada), MARIE-HELENE BREAULT (Canada), and MARTIN BEDARD (Canada) will be performed alongside local tape musicians DONALD SWEARINGEN, MAGGI PAYNE, KRISTIN MILTNER, THEO MATHIEN, KENT JOLLY, MATT INGALLS, CLAIRE HAAS, MATTHEW GOODHEART, SIVAN ELDAR, CLIFF CARUTHERS, THOM BLUM, and KYLE BRUCKMANN.

PROGRAM DETAILS

Friday January 6, 2017 (9pm)
JEAN-CLAUDE RISSET Sud (1986)
WARNER JEPSON selections from Tulliam (1969)
MARIE-HELENE BREAULT/MARTIN BEDARD Replica (2013)
THOM BLUM Modulations (2016)
KYLE BRUCKMANN Predictable Epiphanies (2016)
MAXIME CORBEIL-PERRON Cubic (2016)
SIVAN ELDAR On Air | Behind Glass (2013)
MATT INGALLS Buchla Piece (2017)

Saturday January 7, 2017 (8pm)
CURTIS ROADS Then (2016)
WILLIAM MAGINNIS Two Improvisations for Electronic Sounds (1965)
ELSE MARIE PADE Rejsen til Bloksbjerg og Valborgsnat (from Faust Suite) (1962)
MAGGI PAYNE Sferics (2016)
BRONA MARTIN A bit closer to home (2014)
PAOLO PASTORINO Dimensione aggiuntiva (2016)
CLIFF CARUTHERS Last Breaths (1996)
CLAIRE HAAS Crossing Under (2002)
KENT JOLLY Mirrors (1995)
THEO MATHIEN Throatsong to the Four-leggeds (2013)

Saturday January 7, 2017 (11pm)
DAVID LYNCH/ALAN SPLET’S “ERASERHEAD” SOUNDTRACK excerpted (1977)
PETE STOLLERY Three Cities (2012)
MATTHEW GOODHEART Berlin Head Metal – I (2016)
LUIGI MARINO Hau: a form of bistability (2013)
NICOLAS MARTY Une des chambres n’aurait presque pas de fenêtre (2015)
KRISTIN MILTNER new work (2017)
DONALD SWEARINGEN In The Kitchen (1992)

Sunday January 8, 2017 (8pm)
PAULINE OLIVEROS Time Perspectives (1961)
PAULINE OLIVEROS Bye Bye Butterfly (1965)
PAULINE OLIVEROS Rock Symphony (excerpted) (1965)
PAULINE OLIVEROS Big Mother Is Watching You (1966)
PAULINE OLIVEROS Alien Bog (1967)
PAULINE OLIVEROS Lion’s Tale (excerpted) (1989)
PAULINE OLIVEROS Sayonara Sirenade 20/21 (2000)

The Cornelia Street Cafe in January

American Jazz musician and composer Mat Maneri.

Source: New York’s Cornelia Street Cafe.

Friday, Jan 06 – 9:00PM & 10:30PM
APAP FEST: DAN WEISS TRIO
Dan Weiss, drums; Jacob Sacks, piano; Thomas Morgan, bass

Sunday, Jan 08 – 8:30 & 10:00pm
APAP FEST: JEN SHYU & JADE TONGUE
Jen Shyu, voice, moon lute, gayageum, piano, dance, violin; Satoshi Haga, dance; Chris Dingman, vibraphone; Mat Maneri, viola; Mariel Roberts, cello; Satoshi Takeishi, drums

Friday, Jan 13 – 9:00PM & 10:30PM
GUITAR FEST: BEN MONDER TRIO
Ben Monder, guitar; Tony Malaby, tenor sax; Tom Rainey, drums