New Releases from Cuneiform Records Reviewed

Source: The Vinyl District.

Silver Spring, MD’s long extant label Cuneiform Records offers a catalog worth celebrating, and in what’s becoming a bit of a tradition, the early months of 2017 have offered up a smorgasbord of fresh releases spotlighting the enterprise’s personality and continued importance; they hold the Ed Palermo Big Band’s plunge into jazz-rocking Anglophilia, the Chicago / London Underground’s ocean spanning avant-jazz summit meeting, The Microscopic Septet’s distinctive Downtown investigation of the blues, and Thinking Plague’s robust, socially-concerned art-rock. Diverse and clearly the result of dedicated music fans, all four are out now on compact disc and digital.

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Vital Weekly Reviews 1072

Source: Vital Weekly.

SUTCLIFFE JUGEND – SHAME (CD by Hagshadow) *
GODLESSTATE – GODLESSTATE (CD by Hagshadow)
MAURIZIO GRANDINETTI – SEEK (CD by United Phoenix Records)
ZWERM & FRANCOIS SARHAN – WANDERING ROCKS (CD by Alamuse)
DAY & TAXI – WAY (CD by Percaso)
PHANTOM DOG BENEATH THE MOON – THE STATUE OF THE HUNTER IS LOST AT SEA (CD by Rusted Rail) *
A LILAC DECLINE 0 THE MIUNTAIN RAGES (cassette by Rusted Rail)
ERYCK ABECASSIS & FRANCISCO MEIRINO – LA GUELE DU LOUP (CD by Fragment Factory) *
ALICE KEMP – FILL MY BODY WITH FLOWERS AND RICE (LP by Fragment Factory)
WERNER URBAN – DWORZEC TOWAROWY (LP by Abandoned) *
QST – 36811 (12” by Inta) *
YANNICK DAUBY & HITOSHI KOJO – LA VIE DANS LES AIRS & DANS LES EAUX (10″ by Substantia
Innominata)
MILLIONS OF DEAD TOURISTS (CDR by 1000+1 Tilt Recordings) *
ORPHAX – DREAM SEQUENCE #3 (3″CDR by Taalem) *
PIETRO RIPARBELLI & EMANUELE BECHERI – METAMORFISMO (3″CDR by Taalem)
CHEERLEADER 69 & .CUT – NAGATSUKI (3″CDR by Taalem)
PHILIPPE LAUZIER – DÔME (cassette by Small Scale Music)
DANNY CLAY & GREG GORLEN – BIRCH (cassette by Midnight Circles) *
DIE NEUEN IBM – BERLINER KLASSIK (cassette by Midnight Circles) *
C. REIDER – CHEW CINDERS (cassette by Midnight Circles) *
LINE GATE – DEN (cassette by Mappa) *
AIDAN BAKER & LÄRMSCHUTZ – HETEROTICISMS VOLUME 4 (split cassette by Land Animal Tapes) *

Tom Steenland of Starkland Interviewed

Source: Houston Public Media.

It all started because Tom Steenland really dug the music of composer Tod Dockstader. He wanted the rest of the world to hear it, too. And so began the (thus far) 25-year DIY project born out of Steenland’s passion for innovative sound that is Starkland Records, a label that specializes in experimental music, alternative classical, and the avant-garde. Since the label started in 1991 (AKA, the Year Punk Broke), Steenland has almost single-handedly propelled Starkland’s motor, doing the bulk of the work for the label himself, including the minutiae like graphic design. And, to top all of that, Starkland is a non-profit label and has worked directly with nearly 100 composers.

Robert Dick Residency at the Stone Previewed

Source: New York’s Stone.

Robert Dick’s residency at The Stone this March is a powerful representation of his extensive creative versatility. Running from March 21st through 26th, this will be the first time that an array of his projects will be presented in New York. Ranging from completely improvised (We Are the Walrus, a duo with baritone Thomas Buckner; Dissonant Geranium, a trio with Miya Masaoka, koto and Ken Filiano, bass; Raise the River, a duo with drummer Tiffany Chang; Our Cells Know, contrabass flute solo), to a project based on Robert Dick’s works that embrace improvisation within a strong compositional framework (The Time Between Us, a quartet with Stephanie Griffin, viola; Ned Rothenberg, alto sax, bass clarinet and shakuhachi; Satoshi Takeishi, drums), to efforts based on collaboration (Bermuda Rectangle, a quartet with singer/spoken word artist Vince Bell, voice and guitar; David Mansfield, guitars; Ratzo B. Harris, bass). These performances all come together to put Robert’s expressive range front and center.

With deep roots in free improvisation, new jazz and classical music old and new, Robert has established himself as an artist who has redefined the flute. He has utterly dispensed with preconceptions about what a flutist should sound like and what a flutist should play.

Overview for Robert Dick’s Residency at The Stone:

Tuesday, March 21 8:30pm – We Are The Walrus –
Thomas Buckner, baritone & Robert Dick, flutes
Two long-time collaborators who always surprise each other and themselves!

Wednesday, March 22 8:30pm – Dissonant Geranium –
Miya Masaoka, koto; Ken Filiano, bass & Robert Dick, flutes
Robert has played many times with Miya in duo and with Ken in a wide range of ensembles.
This is the first outing for this intensively colorful trio.

Thursday, March 23 8:30pm – Raise The River – Flutes & Drums –
Tiffany Chang, drums & Robert Dick, flutes
Primal music from the next dimension

Friday, March 24 8:30pm – The Time Between Us –
Stephanie Griffin, viola; Ned Rothenberg, alto sax, bass clarinet and shakuhachi; Satoshi Takeishi, drums; Robert Dick, flutes
Improvisations and compositions by Robert Dick

Saturday, March 25 8:30pm – Bermuda Rectangle –
Vince Bell, spoken word and song; David Mansfield, guitars of all types; Ratzo B. Harris, bass; Robert Dick, flutes and voice
Texas Blues deconstructed – and reconstructed!

Sunday, March 26 8:30pm – Our Cells Know release show – Robert Dick, contrabass flute solo
Celebrating the release of Robert’s solo contrabass flute CD on Tzadik! Music that’s truly unique.