Lost Civilizations and Mussa / T. A. Zook in DC Next Week

On January 16, the Lost Civilizations experimental music project returns to its residency at Dew Drop Inn DC for an evening featuring a solo set by Mussa.

Mussa performs a mesmerizing solo show filled with live loops, harmonies and original compositions from the new release ‘AMbassadors of Morning – SO FAR’ and more. Mussa is a BMI recording artist with touring experience on both coasts performing with acts such as The Roots, Eryka Badu, Femi Kuti and more.

The Lost Civilizations experimental music project is a collaboration between Mike Sebastian (tenor sax, saxello and baritone sax) and T. A. Zook (basscello). Although essentially a duo, when schedules permit, it is joined by Jerry Busher (drums); Doug Kallmeyer (bass and electronics); Sam Lohman (drums); Larry Gomez (percussion); Patrick Whitehead (flügelhorn and trumpet); Leah Gage (drums); and Emily Chimiak (violin).

The event starts at 8 pm and is no cover/no minimum!

On January 18, Lost Civilizations experimental music project co-founder T. A. Zook will perform as part of the first in a series of Directed Actions performances at the Capital Fringe’s Trinidad Theater. The evening starts at 7pm; tickets are $20.

The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

Ned Rothenberg MG 1334

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

Richard Pinhas, Tatsuya Yoshida and Masama Akita – Process and Reality (Cuneiform, 2016) ****½
George Cremaschi / Irene Kepl / Petr Vrba – Resonators (Another Timbre, 2016) ****
Irene Kepl – SololoS (Fou Records, 2016) ***½
Onno Govaert, Marcelo dos Reis, Luís Vicente, Kristján Martinsson – In Layers (FMR, 2016) ****
Ned Rothenberg, Mark Feldman, Sylvie Courvoisier – In Cahoots (Clean Feed, 2016) ****½
Schlippenbach Trio – Warsaw Concert (Intakt, 2016) **** ½
Colour Out Of Space Festival: There still exists adventurous music

Newsbits: Leap of Faith Orchestra / Kris Davis / VidnaObmana / Dark Web

Jazz Right Now reviews new albums from The Leap of Faith Orchestra and Kris Davis.

Two new Bandcamp sites for experimental / ambient artist VidnaObmana (Dirk Serries) have been launched, one for older recordings, another for recordings on the Tonefloat label.

Dark Web is an internet-based digital music release combining composed music and interactive visuals. In this music release, the user enters a digital environment where a morphed echo of the outside world has been processed to fit a network of ones and zeros, some elements fully mutated, others not. Compositionally, Dark Web seeks to explore a core musical parameter, time, with the ambition to expand it without relying on automatism or generative systems. Instead, the music explores micro-polyphonic looping and canons on both a micro and a macro level.

Artifacts from the Musical Life of Moondog 

Source: The Hum Blog.

Louis Thomas Hardin, widely known as Moondog, was one of the great visionaries of 20th Century music. Beginning his creative life humbly during the mid 1940’s as a street musician orbiting around Midtown Manhattan (and later Greenwich Village), his efforts went on to have wide-reaching influence within the bohemian musical avant-garde which emerged in New York during the 1950’s and 60’s – particularity among the young group of composers who form the core of the Minimalist movement – Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Terry Riley, etc. His presence in the narrative in American creative life has sweeping importance, but is not without its difficulty. Moondog’s life, career, and work are windows into the complex legacies of negotiating the past – of our willingness to embrace only the most convenient truths, and the word of others.