AMN Reviews: Marco Colonna, Silvia Corda & Adriano Orrù: Istinti Ragionati [bandcamp]

The trio of reeds, double bass and piano has a long and distinguished history in advanced jazz and other improvisational musics. From Jimmy Guiffre’s innovative trios to the more recent trios of Paul Bley, Evan Parker and Barre Phillips, or Ken Vandemark, Havard Wiik and Haker Flaton, the drummerless trio has the dynamic range and palette of timbres to produce a kind of improvised chamber music of introspection and expression. Istinti Ragionati, a trio recording featuring Roman reed player Marco Colonna on clarinet and bass clarinet, and the Sardinians Silvia Corda and Adriano Orrù on piano/prepared piano and double bass, respectively, is an outstanding demonstration of the range, subtlety and power this type of ensemble is capable of.

Although fully improvised, the music shows the kind of balance and organization ordinarily associated with small-ensemble, composed chamber music. This is most immediately apparent in the trio’s supple control of texture, which arranges sounds in order to allow space for individual and ensemble passages to develop in an uncluttered environment. While often abstract, these passages retain a grounding in melody even when the vocabulary turns atonal and the dynamics veer into the heated expressionism of free jazz. Colonna often favors a long line that moves easily between pantonality and a lyrical modalism; when not providing harmonic support for tonal episodes, Orrù takes the bass into the rich territory defined by free counterpoint and pure timbre. As the hinge between wind and strings, Corda deserves special mention. She’s capable of binding the two other voices with suggestive harmonic fragments, or braiding them by serving as a third line within the polyphonic whole. In addition, her harmonic clusters and phrasing do much to flavor the group sound with the cerebral astringency of the classical avant-garde.

This is superbly thought out improvised music whose spontaneous formal sense makes the title—loosely meaning “rational instincts”—seem particularly well-chosen.

Daniel Barbiero

Upcoming Anthony Braxton Performances

Anthony Braxton playing a contrabass saxophone

Source: Tri-Centric Foundation.

Wed March 15
5:30PM Anthony Braxton talk at Hanes Art Gallery
(Taylor Ho Bynum workshop on Tri-Centric musical systems at 6:30PM, Rachel Bernsen, Kyoko Kitamura, Carl Testa interdisciplinary performance at 7:30PM, both at nearby Brendle Auditorium)

Thu March 16
7:00PM Anthony Braxton Sextet performing ZIM Music at SECCA with AB, Taylor Ho Bynum: cornet, brass; Dan Peck: tuba; Shelley Burgon and Jacqui Kerrod: harps; Tomeka Reid: cello

Ongoing until May 28: SoundSee+Remix Cage / Braxton / Marclay, exhibition of graphic scores at Hanes Art Gallery and SECCA.
Next month, Anthony performs in New Haven as part of Firehouse 12 Records 10th Anniversary Festival (two-day festival pass is sold out but individual evening tickets just went on sale and are available).

Sat April 29
8:30PM&10PM Anthony Braxton Septet performing at Firehouse 12 with AB: clarinet, electronics, saxophone; Adam Matlock: accordion; Taylor Ho Bynum: cornet; Dan Peck: tuba; Shelley Burgon and Jacqueline Kerrod: harps; Tomeka Reid: cello

Michael Pisaro at the Santa Monica Public Library, March 15

Source: Soundwaves.

The Santa Monica Public Library is proud to present composer Michael Pisaro on March 15, 2017, at 7:30PM in the Main Library’s Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium at 601 Santa Monica Blvd.

Pisaro, who teaches in the Composition and Experimental Sound Practices programs at CalArts, will play and discuss his composition “melody, silence” for solo guitar. A member of the Wandelweiser group of composers, whose use of duration and silence has been profoundly influential on contemporary experimental music, Pisaro’s work has been widely performed and recorded. This is a rare opportunity for Westsiders to experience his work live.

Soundwaves is a monthly concert series presenting artists who appear on the DRAM (Database of Recorded American Music) streaming service. The Santa Monica Public Library is the first public library to offer this service to its cardholders. Listings of past and upcoming Soundwaves shows as well as sound and video recordings are at

This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and on a first-arrival basis. The Santa Monica Public Library is wheelchair accessible. For special disabled services, call Library Administration at (310) 458-8606 at least one week prior

New World Records New Releases

Source: New World Records.

William Hellermann: Three Weeks in Cincinnati in December
Robert Dick, flutist
Can you imagine a piece that combines the athleticism of an uphill marathon run on a continuously steepening course with an ethereal, otherworldly sound that takes you out of body? The athleticism in this piece is a non-stop circular breathing run for close to an hour! And what is being circular breathed? A highly evolved, gorgeous multiphonic world shimmering though a continuous breath tremolo!

Michael Byron: The Celebration
Thomas Buckner, baritone; Joseph Kubera, piano; FLUX Quartet
Michael Byron (b. 1953) has long been committed to writing virtuosic instrumental music of contrapuntal complexity and perpetual variation, but with The Celebration, a song cycle for baritone and piano quintet, he ventured into unfamiliar territory: He had not previously composed for voice, the primary vehicle for articulating the wonder of the human condition.

This Week in New York 


Molly Joyce celebrates the release of her debut album on New Amsterdam Records with performances featuring violinist Kristin Lee and Joyce.
Monday, March 6 at 6:30 PM
Metropolis Ensemble, 1 Rivington Street, New York, NY

Violinist Miranda Cuckson returns to Miller Theatre’s stage with a solo concert. Her Pop-Up Concert offers several new violin works, including a premiere by Steve Lehman.
Tuesday, March 7 at 6:00 PM
Miller Theatre, 2960 Broadway, New York, NY

This concert includes a short excerpt from Laurie Anderson’s upcoming, as-yet-untitled Fifty for the Future piece, plus pieces by Garth Knox, Fodé Lassana Diabaté, Kala Ramnath, and Soo Yeon Lyuh, who joins Kronos on stage on the haegeum, a traditional Korean string instrument.
Tuesday, March 7 at 9:30 PM
Tickets $40
The Greene Space, 44 Charlton Street, New York, NY

With its focus on emerging NYC-based composers, HomeBaked, which began in 2010, has already produced eight compositions, many of which have entered the quartet’s repertoire. HomeBaked Round III will feature the world premiere of works by composers Olga Bell, Avi Granite, Sarah Lipstate, and Kyle Tieman-Strauss, as well as works by previous HomeBaked commissionees Andy Akiho And Judd Greenstein.
Wednesday, March 8 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $35
National Sawdust, 80 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY

The violin duo Miolina will perform music by Eleanor Cory, Melissa Grey, Sara Holtzschue, Milica Paranosic, Aleksandra Vrebalov, and Nina C. Young, including four premieres.
Wednesday, March 8 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $20
The National Opera Center, Marc A. Scorca Hall, 330 7th Avenue, New York, NY

Musical Ecologies continues Thursday March 9th with Brooklyn-based pianist and composer Teodora Stepančić. She will perform a one-hour program of piano works by Assaf Gidron, Hollas Longton, Tom Aldrich and her own For pianist and helperformer. The evening will begin with a conversation hosted by series curator Dan Joseph.
Thursday, March 9 at 8:00 PM
$10 suggested donation
The Old Stone House, Brooklyn, NY

LIVE 45 CONCERT: L45-008
On the first half of the program, Echo Chamber will be premiering works by Natalie Dietterich and Anna Meadors, and will also perform music by Molly Joyce. On the second half of the program, andPlay will be presenting works by multiple female composers.
Friday, March 10 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $15, $10 students/seniors
Spectrum, 121 Ludlow Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY

This concert focuses on graduates of the New England Conservatory who live in New York. Performers and composers including Lynn Bechtold, Rubens Salles, Eleanor Cory, Dan Cooper, John Clark, Jessica Bowers, Jennifer DeVore, Russell Holzman, Karen Bogardus, Alon Nechushtan, and Maria Tegzes will unite to celebrate their alma mater and the city where they currently reside.
Saturday, March 11 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $15, $10 students/seniors
Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 3, 185 Orchard Street, New York, NY

Pianist Jed Distler plays Triadic Memories (1981) by Morton Feldman.
Sunday, March 12 at 3:00 PM
Tickets $10
Spectrum, 121 Ludlow Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY

Composers Concordance and American Festival of Microtonal Music, two long-standing organizations, will join together to co-produce a concert focusing on NYC composers writing microtonal compositions. Composers include Svjetlana Bukvich, Monroe Golden, Johnny Reinhard, Zach Seely, and others. An ensemble of woodwinds, fretless guitars, double bass, and trombone will be conducted by Charles Coleman. Composer and bass trombone luminary David Taylor will also be performing.
Sunday, March 12 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $15, $10 students/seniors
Gallery MC, 549 W 52nd Street, New York, NY

Philip Glass and West African kora player Foday Musa Suso collaborated on the album The Screens, the score for the film Powaqqatsi, and on the concert work Orion As part of a celebration of Philip Glass’ 80th birthday year, the two artists reunite for an intimate and collaborative performance
Sunday, March 12 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $50
National Sawdust, 80 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY

Miolina will premiere new works by Lyudmila German, Douglas Geers, Miyuki Ito, and Akio Mokuno, with additional works by Lynn Bechtold, Mari Kimura, and Karen Tanaka. MIOLINA is Mioi Takeda & Lynn Bechtold, violins.
Sunday, March 12 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $20
Tenri Cultural Institute, 43A West 13th Street, New York, NY

All About Jazz Reviews

English: Arve Henriksen, moers festival 2010

Source: All About Jazz.

Josh Green & The Cyborg Orchestra
Telepathy & Bop (Self Produced)

Mostly Other People Do The Killing
Loafer’s Hollow (Hot Cup Records)

Wingfield Reuter Stavi Sirkis
Wingfield Reuter Stavi Sirkis: The Stone House (Moonjune Records)

Microscopic Septet
Been Up So Long It Looks Like Down to Me: The Micros Play the Blues (Cuneiform Records)

Dr. Mint
Voices in the Void (Orenda Records)

Michaël Attias
Nerve Dance (Clean Feed Records)

Trio Mediaeval & Arve Henriksen
Rímur (ECM Records)

DKV Trio / The Thing
Collider (Not Two Records)

Patti Cudd
Eos (Innova Recordings)

Carlos Bica & Azur Featuring Frank Möbus And Jim Black
More Than This (Clean Feed Records)