Matthew Shipp To Stop Recording?

avant-garde pianist Matthew Shipp

Source: Village Voice.

Matthew Shipp, the prolific free-jazz pianist, orders a cup of coffee (milk, no sugar) at an unremarkable café on Avenue A, around the corner from where he’s lived since forever. The late-December morning is gray, rainy, and melancholy, but Shipp wants to share some news that appears to delight him. He will, he says, stop recording.

Seriously. Piano Song, out January 27, will be his last album, and one of his finest, for Thirsty Ear Recordings, where he’s been the anchor artist and curator for the long-running Blue Series. He will then finish “a few things” for ESP-Disk and RogueArt, the French label, “and basically, that’s going to be it. I’m going to stop.”

Seattle Scene: January 19-28, 2017

From Seattle’s Wayward Music Series:

Chapel Performance Space at Good Shepherd Center
4th Floor, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Seattle 98103 (corner N 50th St. in Wallingford)

Every month, Nonsequitur and a community of like-minded presenters and artists offer ten concerts of adventurous music in an informal yet respectful all-ages setting: contemporary classical, free improvisation, the outer limits of jazz, electronic music, microtonal/new instruments, sound art, and other extraordinary sonic experiences.

Seattle Phonographers Union
Thu. Jan. 19, 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door

This collective of artists improvising with field recordings will perform one of their infrequent “ambient” sets, with group members dispersed around the space and playing through an array of individual sound systems. Even more unusual, tonight they break one of their own rules and are joined by instrumentalists Tom Varner (French horn), Greg Kelley (trumpet), and others TBA.

Sumiko Sato: Sakaya Uta
Sat. Jan. 21, 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door

Composer/pianist Sumiko Sato premiers a series of pieces for sextet based on very old and historic recordings of sake-brewing work songs, handed down by oral tradition from one generation to the next but now on the verge of extinction due to the mechanization in breweries. With Paul Taub, flute; Tari Nelson-Zagar, violin; Kevin Krentz, cello; Dennis Staskowski, contrabass; Paul Kikuchi, percussion.

THU. 1/26 – Ursula Sahagian & Melanie Voytovich, new music for oboe & percussion, including a world premier of a new work by composer Tyler Kline.

FRI. 1/27 – Earshot Jazz presents Battle Trance saxophone quartet

SAT. 1/28 – GIFT Tapes presents Jonathan Sielaff (PDX) + Million Mists (PDX) + Norm Chambers

AMN Reviews: Laurence Crane and Asamisimasa – Sound of Horse [Hubro HUBROCD2582]

laurence-crane_2400x2400-px-1024x1024Composer of a catalogue encompassing over eighty works, London-based Laurence Crane (1961) writes music of elementary parts and structures. The simplicity is deliberate; Crane has expressed an interest in taking simple pitch and harmonic relationships and recontextualizing them in order to renew their capacity to appeal to listeners, and to convey musical content.

The five compositions performed here, spanning the years 1998-2009, are based on drones, slowly unfolding melodies of a handful of notes, and harmonic cycles of as little as two chords. For example, Old Life Was Rubbish (1998), a slow-moving, short work for unspecified instrumentation (here orchestrated for electric guitar, bass clarinet and piano), centers on the simple motif of a unison line placed over a deliberately struck, slightly jarring piano chord. The nuance comes out in the scoring: The three voices blend into a composite timbre that seems to belong to a hybrid, as yet unidentified instrument. Even in the twenty-minute-long, seven-movement work Sound of Horse (2009), the musical material is simple and its exposition unhurried. The melodies consist in scales or scale fragments played in slowly descending or ascending sequences on clarinet or bass clarinet; long tones bowed on the cello; and broken chords. The effect can at times be hypnotic or liminal, with each musical object being differentiated from the others by subtleties of inflection or orchestration.

On all of the pieces, the palindromically-named Asamisimasa ensemble, a Norwegian new music chamber group, gives suitably uncluttered and fine-grained performances.

Daniel Barbiero

Orenda Records 3rd Anniversary Celebration in LA

Source: Bluewhale.

Orenda Records ( celebrates three years of creative underground music with an epic three-part concert and art installation at Los Angeles’s finest creative music venue, bluewhale. Curated by Daniel Rosenboom and Eron Rauch, Orenda Records seeks to represent and provoke adventurous work from the LA musical community and beyond, and this anniversary show represents both new directions and the label’s core. Label newcomers Snow Nerds kick off the festivities. Fiery bi-coastal electro-jazz-rock outfit, DR. MiNT, then celebrate the vinyl release of their epic new album, Voices In The Void. For a grand finale, label founder Daniel Rosenboom leads the Orenda Anniversary Orchestra, featuring many of Orenda Records’ visionary band-leaders and musicians.

SNOW NERDS – 8:30pm
Jake Sucher (guitar), Anna Buterss (bass), Ted Taforo (saxophone and keys), and Jesse Quebbeman-Turley (drums)

DR. MiNT ( – 9:30pm
Daniel Rosenboom (trumpets), Gavin Templeton (saxophones), Alexander Noice (guitar and fx), Sam Minaie (bass and fx), and Caleb Dolister (drums)

ORENDA ANNIVERSARY ORCHESTRA led by Daniel Rosenboom – 10:30pm
Woodwinds: Christine Tavolacci, Gavin Templeton, Michael Mull, Jonathan Rowden, Andrew Conrad, and Brian Walsh; Brass: Daniel Rosenboom, Ryan Dragon, Stefan Kac; Keys: Cathlene Pineda, Joshua White; Guitars: Alexander Noice, Max Kutner; Bass: Sam Minaie; Drums: Caleb Dolister; Percussion: Trevor Anderies; with some special surprise guests as well!

“HALL OF FALLEN EMPIRES” – A Collaborative Art Installation Curated by Eron Rauch will be on display throughout the evening.

Sunday, January 29 | Doors at 8:00pm
$15 General Admission; $10 Student Admission w/ Valid ID
123 Astronaut ES Onizuka St., Los Angeles, CA 90012 | (213) 620-0908



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Aki Onda Solo, Gallery 456
Aki Onda

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Reg Bloor Solo, Muchmore’s
Reg Bloor

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Mick Barr & Kid Millions, Muchmore’s
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Freak, Muchmore’s
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Unnatural Ways, Muchmore’s
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January 10, 2017
Jon Irabagon & Julien Labro, Clemente Soto Velez
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