AMN Reviews: William Parker & Stefano Scodanibbio – Bass Duo [Centering CENT1013]

There’s a subtle, but still substantial, challenge involved in improvising a duet in which both instruments are the same. The potential for redundancy and a monochromatic sound is an ever-present specter hovering nearby, which can only be avoided with discretion, technical mastery, and a sensitive touch. Fortunately—and by no means unexpectedly—all three qualities are abundant on this set of double bass duets featuring William Parker and the late Stefano Scodanibbio.

The five untitled pieces—which seem to have been separated from a continuous performance recorded in June 2008 in Udine, Italy—show the mostly parallel motion of two powerful and articulate voices, each complete in its own sphere but whose instances of convergence create moments of collaborative brilliance. The image that comes to mind is of two speakers of mutually comprehensible dialects of the same language, each of which is distinguished by differences of pronunciation and prosody. Some of these differences can be ascribed to differences in background. Scodanibbio was part of the modern classical tradition and played works by major avant-garde and modernist composers, some of which were written for him. Parker was and remains a vital figure in creative music, having played with Cecil Taylor, Don Cherry, Milford Graves and others in New York and elsewhere. But common to both is a language consisting in an expansive palette of timbres, which Parker and Scodanibbio have developed and structured in their own ways. Parker plays with an exuberance and coiled energy that find expression in denser textures and the explicit rhythms of several vamps and grooves he sets out—not least on the second piece, which moves in an eddy of sophisticated cross-rhythms. Scodanibbio generally favors a more dispersed, episodic sound based on harmonics, multiphonics and bow articulation, but he too spells out rhythms, often by bouncing the bow on the strings or by tapping complex patterns on the body of the bass. Both bassists are masters of sonic nuance and tonal shading; it’s a true pleasure to hear them as they converge and diverge in an elaborate timbral counterpoint.

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Upcoming Boston Shows

Source: Non-Event.

WENDY EISENBERG at Café Fixe
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Non-Event Presents
Our April Experimental Coffee House
featuring
WENDY EISENBERG (guitar)
Café Fixe
1642 Beacon Street (Washington Square)
Brookline, MA 02445
617-879-2500
7:30 p.m. (note later start time)/$5

WENDY EISENBERG is a guitarist, vocalist, improviser, composer and poet currently based in Boston. Educated as a jazz guitarist at the Eastman School of Music, she performs jazz, avant garde and free improvisation; noise; and rock music. She received her masters in music from New England Conservatory concentrating on Contemporary Improvisation. She has studied under Joe Morris, Dominique Eade, Anthony Coleman, Bob Sneider, Paul Wingo, and Carla Kihlstedt. Wendy has also premiered works by Maria Schneider, Jennifer Bellor, Jake Bellissimo and Matt Curlee as well as the work of countless peers. Wendy was honored to perform the music of John Zorn at “A 35 Year Retrospective of theMusic of John Zorn”at Jordan Hall in November 2014. This concert was repeated by invitation of John Zorn on December 7, 2014 at The Stone in New York City. Wendy was among the few musicians to perform a piece of her own at this show.

BEN OWEN + JASON KAHN
SMFA Library
Monday, April 17, 2017
Non-Event and SMFA present
JASON KAHN
BEN OWEN
SARAH AYOTOMIWA PITAN
School of the Museum of Fine Arts
230 The Fenway,
Boston, MA
8pm / $10 general admission / $8 members + students / FREE for SMFA/Tufts students

BEN OWEN is a New York-based sound artist and experimental musician. Ben’s current work includes improvised and graphic score based performance, audio and video collaborations, and a weekly internet radio program. His early sound studies began with cassettes and live radio, in tandem with stone lithography printmaking and photographic slide projections. his process of lithographic printing is balanced by the intended preservation and natural degradation of marks. he finds complimentary inherent similarities between the cycles of inking and surface reception of printmaking, mark making through drawing on printing stones and audio marks amplified by contact mics and environmental recordings. he is interested in the relationship between the spacial aspects of existing sound fields, intervened environments, and the projection and reflection of light. locations are an active and physical palette, much like an improvisational setting where control is relinquished. through mark making, and an attention to instability he continues the practice of listening and response.

JASON KAHN’s performances explore the physical and spiritual limits of breath, stretching the voice to its breaking point. The disintegration of each vocal gesture leads to the next, creating a structure where what remains with each evacuating breath creates a context for the entire piece.

SARAH AYOTOMIWA PITAN may work in performance or composition or art.

MOONDRAWN at Café Fixe
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Non-Event Presents
Our May Experimental Coffee House
featuring
MOONDRAWN
Café Fixe
1642 Beacon Street (Washington Square)
Brookline, MA 02445
617-879-2500
7 p.m. /$5

MOONDRAWN is the solo noise project of Boston based Philip Fryer. Informed by the writings and performances of John Cage, Fryer explores experience through performance, sound, and installation. At times chaotic and other times serene, his work draws connections between mortality, queer identity, living with chronic illness, and memory. He frequently utilizes obsolete or forgotten technology, bringing together the past and the present. He has performed at The Darling Foundry and Le Lieu (Montreal and Quebec City, Quebec), Grace Exhibition Space and Panoply(New York, NY), DEFIBRILLATOR gallery (Chicago, IL), The Museum of Fine Arts, the Institute of Contemporary Art, and 100 Years of Performance Art (Boston, MA). He as also been a member of the Boston based dark ambient project TOOMS since 2012 and performs with his partner Rosie Ranauro as Princess Beautiful.

This Week in New York

Estonian composer Arvo Pärt in Christchurch Ca...

Source: I CARE IF YOU LISTEN.

THE EROICA TRIO | CUTTING EDGE CONCERTS NEW MUSIC FESTIVAL 2017
The Eroica Trio opens the 20th anniversary season of Victoria Bond’s Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival (CEC) with an all-American program featuring music by Paul Schoenfield, Bruce Wolosoff, and Kevin Puts.
Monday, April 3 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $20
Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, New York, NY

PASSIO | ARVO PÄRT
William Trafka conducts St. Bartholomew’s Choir in Arvo Pärt’s Passio (1982), a setting of the Passion according to St. John in Latin, inspired by the austerity of medieval monophonic settings of the Passion but infused with Pärt’s harmonic style.
Tuesday, April 4 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $35, $25 students/seniors
St. Bart’s, 325 Park Avenue, New York, NY

PHIL KLINE WITH JIM JARMUSCH: NOT OKAY | CURATED BY MEREDITH MONK
Composer Phil Kline, filmmaker Jim Jarmusch, mezzo-soprano Jacqueline Horner, pianist Kathleen Supové, and percussionist David Cossin perform past, present, and future work, including music from Kline’s upcoming album and two theater works-in-progress, I Am Joan Crawford and Tesla.
Wednesday, April 5 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $15-$20
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

MEGA-ORGAN
Peter Evans, Ingrid Laubrock, Travis Laplante, and Amirtha Kidambi will play a concert of improvised music with Sky Macklay’s sonic and kinetic installation of inflatable harmonica-playing sculptures, MEGA-ORGAN.
Wednesday, April 5 at 8:00 PM
Free
Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South, New York, NY

LOU HARRISON CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION WITH PIANIST SARAH CAHILL
Pianist Sarah Cahill celebrates the hundredth birthday of maverick composer Lou Harrison with a wide range of his piano music including early unpublished scores, his Schoenberg-inspired Suite, and his exuberant Summerfield Set, paired with music by his friends and colleagues including Henry Cowell and Johanna Beyer and a selection of Party Pieces written in “exquisite corpse” style by Lou Harrison, John Cage, Henry Cowell, and Virgil Thomson.
Thursday, April 6 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $15-$20
Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY

THREE GENERATIONS: ARVO PÄRT, PHILIP GLASS, AND STEVE REICH
Music by Arvo Pärt, Philip Glass, and Steve Reich is featured in a performance that’s part of Three Generations, a Reich-curated exploration of the changing direction of concert music from the mid-20th century to the present day.
Thursday, April 6 at 7:30 PM
Limited Availability
Carnegie Hall, Zankel Hall, 881 7th Avenue, New York, NY

CONTEMPORANEOUS PLAYS ICEBERG
Contemporaneous, led by conductor David Bloom, premiere works by ICEBERG composers Victor Baez, Derek Cooper, Max Grafe, and Harry Stafylakis. Also on the program is a work by a winner of ICEBERG’s first call for scores. Like every ICEBERG event, this concert features an open bar happy hour beginning at 7:30, and a discussion with the composers and performers after the show.
Thursday, April 6 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $20, $10 students
The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, Benzaquen Hall, 450 West 37th Street, New York, NY

SIMULTANEOUS DUO VERSION
In the U.S. premiere of this collaborative project between artists John Armleder and Christian Marclay, the artists present Simultaneous Duo Version featuring seminal works by George Brecht, John Cage, Kurt Schwitters, and LaMonte Young, in addition to their own works from the 1960s onward.
Friday, April 7 at 8:00 PM
Free
The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, New York, NY

ON FILLMORE: HAPPINESS OF LIVING RECORD RELEASE
On Fillmore (Glenn Kotche and Darin Gray) celebrate the release of their new album Happiness of Living.
Saturday, April 8 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $29
National Sawdust, 80 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY

NEW MUSIC FROM HONG KONG
Linda Chatterton (flute), Rachel Brandwein (harp) and Aristo Sham (piano) premiere works by Hong Kong composers Ka-wai So, Austin Ho-Kwen Yip, Cynthia Chi-Wing Wong, Chi-hin Leung, Donald Man-Ching Yu, Wendy Wan-Ki Lee, and Galison Lau.
Saturday, April 8 at 7:30 PM
Free
The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, 450 West 37th Street, New York, NY

JOHANNES MARIA STAUD | COMPOSER PORTRAITS
Miller Theatre continues its 2016-17 Composer Portraits series with Johannes Maria Staud, featuring Ensemble Signal. The concert includes an onstage discussion with Norman Ryan and Johannes Maria Staud.
Saturday, April 8 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $20-$30
Miller Theatre, 2960 Broadway, New York, NY

SIMULTANEOUS DUO VERSION
In the U.S. premiere of this collaborative project between artists John Armleder and Christian Marclay, the artists present Simultaneous Duo Version featuring seminal works by George Brecht, John Cage, Kurt Schwitters, and LaMonte Young, in addition to their own works from the 1960s onward.
Saturday, April 8 at 8:00 PM
Free
The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, New York, NY

FLEXN
Reggie Roc Gray will be composing, creating, and producing a live professional recording with cellist Jeffrey Zeigler, pianist Andy Akiho, percussionist Glenn Kotche, and other special guests to combine FlexN Dance with original music for the first time. The results will be presented in a live performance on Sunday, April 9th at 4 pm.
Sunday, April 9 at 4:00 PM
Tickets $29
National Sawdust, 80 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY

All About Jazz Reviews

Tomasz Stańko

Source: All About Jazz.

Tomasz Stańko New York Quartet
December Avenue (ECM Records)

Carate Urio Orchestra
Ljubljana (Clean Feed Records)

Free Nelson Mandoomjazz
The Organ Grinder (RareNoiseRecords)

Bob Downes Open Music
It’s A Mystery (ReR Megacorp)

Abbey Rader Quartet With Kidd Jordan
Reunion (Abray Productions)

Eivind Opsvik
Overseas V (Loyal Label)

John Dikeman / Luis Vicente / Hugo Antunes / Gabriel Ferrandini
Salão Brazil (NoBusiness Records)

Mark Dresser Seven
Sedimental You (Clean Feed Records)

Angles 9
Disappeared Behind the Sun (Clean Feed Records)

Lisa Mezzacappa
avantNOIR (Clean Feed Records)