AMN Picks of the Week: Thinking Plague / Microscopic Septet / Evan Caminiti / Grey Frequency / APUH! / Foudre!

English: Mike Johnson with Thinking Plague 2009

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.

Thinking Plague – Hoping Against Hope (2017)
The Microscopic Septet – Been Up So Long It Looks Like Down To Me (2017)
Evan Caminiti – Toxic City Music (2017)
Grey Frequency – Exhibition (2017)
APUH! – Freedom of Peach (2017)
Foudre! – Earth (2017)

Coming Up at Philadelphia’s Bowerbird

Source: Bowerbird.

ARCANA NEW MUSIC ENSEMBLE
THE LADY WITH THE HAMMER
The music of Galina Ustvolskaya
The Russian composer Galina Ustvolskaya (1919-2006) created some of the most severe, brutalist classical music of the 20th century. Favoring stark textures and unusual combinations of instruments — she never formally studied orchestration — her music unfolds in ruthlessly throbbing rhythms, angular melodic shards, and resonant caverns of silence.
February 12th (sunday)
@ University Lutheran
3637 Chestnut Street
8pm; $15 General Admission

LOREN CONNORS / CHRIS FORSYTH duo
with TAIWAN HOUSING PROJECT
Bowerbird is pleased to present the duo of Loren Connors and Chris Forsyth and a performance by Philadelphia’s Taiwan Housing Project. Connors embraces the aesthetics of blues, Irish airs, blues-based rock and other genres while letting go of rigid forms. Joined by Forsyth, a lauded guitarist and composer whose work assimilates art-rock textures with vernacular American influences.
February 17th (friday)
Bowerbird Presents GATE
@ The Rotunda
4014 Walnut Street
8pm; FREE

ARCANA NEW MUSIC ENSEMBLE
WE THE PEOPLE
Music by Cage, Andriessen, and Telemann
Arcana joins forces with the Prometheus Chamber Ensemble to perform two politically charged works of modern music. Dutch composer Louis Andriessen’s 1975 composition “Workers Union” and John Cage‘s “Harmonies from Apartment House 1776”.
February 24th (friday)
@ Church of the Advocate
1801 Diamond Street
8pm; FREE

ARCANA NEW MUSIC ENSEMBLE
ARCANA meets VARIANT6
Founded in 2016, the Arcana New Music Ensemble is a group of Philadelphia-based musicians dedicated to presenting interesting, beautiful, and unconventional music in interesting, beautiful, and unconventional places. With only six musicians, Variant 6 cultivates an intimate approach to a capella music while pushing the boundaries of what individual voices can accomplish together.
March 10th (friday)
@ Fleisher Art Memorial
719 Catherine St
8pm

COMMUNITY FUTURISM:
An Evening Curated by MOOR MOTHER
The evening features two sets by Moor Mother, working under the theme of Community Futurism, in collaboration with Black Quantum Futurism and the Community Futures Lab. The first set includes improv collaboration of live instrumentation with drums, saxophone, bass, synth, and text. The second features music from the album Fetish Bones as well as unreleased songs by Moor Mother.
March 17th (friday)
@ The Rotunda
4014 Walnut Street
8pm; FREE

JULIUS EASTMAN: That Which Is Fundamental
Major Concerts: May 5, 12, 19 and 26
in the Sanctuary of The Rotunda
4014 Walnut Street
Exhibition: May 4 to 27
at Slought Foundation
4017 Walnut Street

Upcoming Chuck Bettis Performances

Source: Chuck Bettis.

CHUCK BETTIS was raised in the fertile harDCore soil, nourished within Baltimore’s enigmatic avant garde gatherings, and currently blossoming in New York’s downtown musical tribe. His unique blend of electronics and throat has led him into various collaborations with great musicians from around the globe. He has performed live with John Zorn, Fred Frith, Jamie Saft, and Afrirampo to name a few. Some of the musicians Bettis has recorded and played live with are as follows; Ikue Mori, Nautical Almanac, Audrey Chen, Yellow Swans, Toshio Kajiwara, Mick Barr, etc, plus a long history of punk bands he was in (most notably the experimental punk band Meta-matics as well as the enigmatic All Scars). Currently he is working on many of his experimental projects such as Snake Union with Dave Grant, Die Trommel Fatale with Brandon Seabrook/Marika Hughes/Eivind Opsvik/Henry Fraser/Dave Truet/Sam Ospovat, Mossenek with Mick Barr & Colin Marston, Chatterblip with Dafna Naphtali, and Pretty Clicks with Berangere Maximin, in addition to improvising, recording, or composing with an array of musicians from around the world.

Chuck Bettis residency @ The Stone (corner of Ave. C & 2nd St ) NY, NY
April 25th Overishins (Mick Barr, Mike Pride, Johnny DeBlase, Chuck Bettis)
April 26th Die Trommel Fatale (Brandon Seabrook, Marika Hughes, Eivind Opsvik, Henry Fraser, Chuck Bettis, Dave Truet, Sam Ospovat)
April 27th Snake Union Vs Soft Circle
April 28th Mick Barr, Chuck Bettis, Evan Rapport, Franke Vogl
April 29th Matmos (Drew Daniel & M.C. Schmidt) & Chuck Bettis
April 30th Mephista (Sylvie Courvoisier, Susie Ibarra, Ikue Mori) w/ Chuck Bettis

Snake Union NE tour
March 9th @ Psychic Readings Providence, RI w/ Sonic Transfer Machines, Dog Hospice, Birdlady, Dale Giramma
March 10th @ tba
March 11th @ Neverending Books New Haven, CT

March 1st @ Muchmores Brooklyn, NY
Snake Union

Vital Weekly Reviews 1068

Source: Vital Weekly.

MARCUS MAEDER – NON-HUMAN (CD by Domizil) *
MARTIN NEUKOM – STUDIEN 21.1-21.15 (CD by Domizil) *
THOMAS PETER – THORNBILL (CD by Domizil) *
SCHURER – BLIND MATERIAL (CD by Domizil) *
LAURENCE CRANE & ASAMISIMASA – SOUND OF HORSE (CD by Hubro Music)
SOPHIE AGNEL & DAUNIK LAZRO – MARGUERITE D’OR PÂLE (CD by Fou Records)
QUENTIN TOLIMIERI – PIANO (CD by PFmentum)
HANS P. KJORSTAD & RASMUS KJORSTAD – PUSINISHI ULLA (CD by Talik)
ATHANA – INVISIBLE COLORS (CD by Athana)
KLEEFSTRA BAKKER KLEEFSTRA – DIZE (CD by Midira) *
NORMA REAKTSII & DADHIKRA – SPAWN OF LIFE (CD by Frozen Light) *
SMALL THINGS ON SUNDAYS – FARE FORWARD (CD by Frozen Light) *
WINTERBLOOD – PASSAGGIO SOPRANNATURALE (miniCDR by Frozen Light) *
PERLONEX – PERLONOID (CD by Zarek) *
IGNAZ SCHICK ELECTROACOUSTIC SEXTET – THE RETURN OF THE OLD SCHOOL (CD by Zarek) *
IGNAZ SCHICK & OLIVER STEIDLE – ILOG (CD by Boomslang Records) *
ANGELINA YERSHOVA — RESONANCE NIGHT (CDR by Twin Paradox) *
SCHPERRUNG – ON A WHITE BORDER (CDR by Shchyl) *
HEY EXIT – SLOW NAMES 4: THE BITTER SCENT OF LIGHT (cassette by Of Plants) *
COLIN ANDREW SHEFFIELD & JAMES ECK RIPPIE — ESSENTIAL ANATOMIES (cassette by Elevator Bath) *

Steve Roach Interview

English: Portrait image of Steve Roach at Soun...

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

Space music: the term implies an evocation of the unimaginable vastness of the cosmos, the slow synchronized movement of stars in the night sky, the incredible shapes and colors of nebulae. But look in the opposite direction, and space music becomes an exploration of the equally infinite and vastly more mysterious and complex world of the inner self. That is the space that electronic musician Steve Roach has been exploring since the late 1970s. Through seemingly disparate styles, like the tectonic pulse and crystalline shapes of the classic Structures from Silence, the ambient soundscapes of Quiet Music, and the sequenced bleeps and bloops of Skeleton Keys, Roach has been using music as a way to hold time at bay, and to weave a connection between the individual and the universal.

Sirene 1009 (Park / Lash / Sanders / Pugh): UK and Ireland Tour, March–May 2017

Source: Buster & Friends.

Performers: Han-earl Park (guitar), Dominic Lash (double bass), Mark
Sanders (drums) and Caroline Pugh (voice and electronics).

Date: 1 March 2017.
Time: 9:00pm.
Venue: Queens Head Inn, 1 St James Street, Monmouth NP25 3DL, Wales.
Admission: Free.
Presented with support from Music in Monmouth and Plancktone Club.

Date: 2 March 2017.
Time: 8:30pm (doors: 8:00pm).
Venue: iklectik, ‘Old Paradise Yard,’ 20 Carlisle Lane, London SE1 7LG, England.
Tickets: £8 (£6).

Date: 7 March 2017.
Time: 8:00pm.
Venue: Sonic Arts Research Centre, Cloreen Park, Belfast BT9 5HN, N. Ireland.
Tickets: £10.
Also performing: FAINT+ (Franziska Schroeder: saxophones; Pedro Rebelo: piano and ‘instrumental parasites’; and Steve Davis: drums; with Ricardo Jacinto: cello and electronics). Presented by Brilliant Corners, with support from the Sonic Arts Research Centre.

Date: 7 April 2017.
Time: 1:10pm.
Venue: Aula Maxima, UCC, Cork, Ireland.
Admission: Free.
Presented with funding from the Arts Council of Ireland, and support from FUAIM: Music at UCC. Followed by a group improvisation workshop (details TBC).

Date: 19 May 2017.
Time: TBC.
Venue: Stack Theatre, Cork School of Music, Cork, Ireland.
Admission: TBC.
Also performing: Catherine Sikora (saxophones) and Dan Walsh (drums)
Presented with funding from the Arts Council of Ireland, and support from CIT Cork School of Music and the Cork Improvised Music Club.