The Squid’s Ear Reviews

Steve Swallow

Source: The Squid’s Ear.

Rodrigues / Yamauchi / Santos – The Presence of Air Particles Ignited by Memory (Creative Sources)

Morton Feldman – Patterns in a Chromatic Field (hat[now]ART)

Linda Catlin Smith – Dirt Road (Another Timbre)

Jimmy Giuffre 3 (with Paul Bley & Steve Swallow) – Bremen & Stuttgart 1961 (Emanem)

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Joe McPhee, Pauline Oliveros Celebration in Houton

English: Joe McPhee, moers festival 2010

Source: Houston’s Nameless Sound.

Joe McPhee‘s Survival Unit III:
Joe McPhee (Poughkeepsie, NY) – reeds and brass
Fred Longberg-Holm (Chicago, IL) – percussion
Michael Zerang (Chicago, IL) – percussion
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
8pm
Studio 101 at Spring Street Studios
1824 Spring Street, Houston, Texas 77007

Pauline Oliveros Birthday Celebration
Birthday Celebration and Memorial for Pauline Oliveros (May 30, 1932 – November 24, 2016) featuring:
Deep Listening Space Time Continuum written and performed by Joe McPhee
Scores by Pauline Oliveros (to be announced) performed by the Nameless Sound Ensemble
Joe McPhee (Poughkeepsie, NY)
Nameless Sound Ensemble – Members TBA
Saturday, May 27, 2017
8pm
MECA
1900 Kane Street, Houston, Texas 77007

Top 5 Moments From the 2017 Big Ears Festival

Source: I Care If You Listen.

Despite an almost impossibly diverse lineup of musical artists and styles, there was one constant theme that ran throughout my experience at Big Ears. Whether hearing violinist Yuki Numata Resnick’s awe-inducing take on Bach, the vocal dreamworks of Meredith Monk, or the intoxicating pop music of Yasmine Hamdan, I got lost in the music everywhere I went. In those moments, nothing but the sound itself mattered. What was most remarkable was the wide variety of sounds that presented this paradigm: minimalist drone; dizzying math rock; visceral, ambient noise; ethereal vocals; blistering, down-and-dirty free jazz. All extolled their own distinct virtues–and presented in both casual and formal venues, in front of attentive crowds–became their own kind of gospel truth in sonic form.

Vital Weekly Reviews 1080

Source: Vital Weekly.

STEVE RODEN – A THOUSAND BREATHING FORMS (2003-2008) (6CD plus miniCD by Sonoris) *
ENORE ZAFFIRI – MUSICA PER UN ANNO – MARCH 28TH, 6 P.M. (CD by Mazagran) *
SIMON VINCENT – STATIONS OF THE CROSS (CD by Vision of Sound)
PHARMAKON – CONTACT (CD on Sacred Bones Records)
SUBPOP SQUEEZE – ANACREONTICS – (CD by E-Klageto)
MOE – OSLO JANUS (CD by Conrad Sound)
ANDERS BRØRBY – NIHIL (CD by Gizeh Records)
UN DRAME MUSICAL INSTANTANÉ – RIDEAU! (CD by Klangalerie)
ALFREDO COSTA MONTEIRO & MIGUEL A. GARCIA – AQ’AB’AL (CD by Mikroton Recordings) *
BURKHARD BEINS & LUCIO CAPECE & MARTIN KÜCHEN & PAUL VOGEL – FRACTURE MECHANICS (CD by Mikroton Recordings) *
MKM – INSTANTS/PARIS (CD by Mikroton Recordings) *
KURT LIEDWART & ANDREY POPVSKIY 7& MARTIN TAXT – HJEM (CD by Mikroton Recordings) *
SCOTT SHERK – ALTENEJO (CD by 3Leaves) *
PHONOGRAPHY AUSTIN VOLUME 01 (CDR compilation by Phonography Austin)
ANTHONY PATERAS – BLOOD STRECTHED OUT (CD by Immediata) *
JEROME NOETINGER & ANTHONY PATERAS & SYNERGY PERCUSSION – BEAUTY WILL BE AMNESIAC OR WILL NOT BE AT ALL (CD by Immediata) *
AUDE ROMARY & JEROME NOETINGER – DISCORDES (CD by CCAM Editions) *
ABSURD COSMOS LATE NIGHT 2016-17 (2CD by Index Clean) *
SMELLYCAT – DEAREST (double cassette by Amek Collective)
ZEITKRATZER – PERFORMS SONGS FROM THE ALBUMS “KRAFTWERK” AND “KRAFTWERK 2” (LP/CD on Karl Records)
GREGOR VIDIC & NICOLAS FIELD – DO YOU HAVE A ROOM ? (LP / No Label)
MEI ZHIYONG & DAVE PHILLIPS (LP by Urbsounds)
MAKKATU – ORDEAL (CDR by Urbsounds) *
ANTHENE – ORCHID (CDR by Sound In Silence) *
MOSHIMOSS & STABILO – FIIEII (CDR by Sound In Silence)
HACKEDEI – HITS MIT HACK (cassette by Raketenbasis Haberlandstrasse) *
MASAYUKI IMANISHI – CLIPS (cassette by Soft Error) *
COLIN ANDREW SHEFFIELD & JAMES ECK RIPPIE – POLARITIES (cassette by Tanuki Records) *
NIHILISTINEN BARBAARISUUS – IMMACULATE DECONCEPTION (cassette by Depressive Illusions)

Cooper-Moore Interview

Cooper-Moore

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

Cooper-Moore is a pianist by training. After an early start to his career in his hometown in North Carolina, he moved to Boston in the late 60s to study at Berklee and then to New York City in ’73 while working with David S. Ware and Marc Edwards in the group Apogee. After a brief return to North Carolina in the early 80s, Cooper-Moore (a name derived from the surnames of his grandmothers) has been deeply involved in the creative life of NYC.

Nicole Mitchell Interviewed

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

Nicole Mitchell is one of contemporary jazz’s great talents on the flute—but she doesn’t just deal in riffs. She’s also a conceptualist. Her latest record, Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds is influenced by social science, sci-fi, and speculative trends in fiction. Throughout the record’s hour-long running time, Mitchell draws on anthropologist Riane Eisler’s distinction between cooperative societies and hegemonic ones, and asks the question: Could the best elements of each tradition be joined somehow?

It’s a question that reflects some of the political tensions of the present moment. Mitchell’s spoken word lyrics, voiced by poet avery r. young, reference Black Lives Matter as well as post-earthquake conditions in Nepal. For this record, bandleader Mitchell has drawn instrumentalists into her orbit to support this wide-ranging, philosophical form of musical inquiry. She leads an ensemble that includes an electric guitarist, bassist, violinist, and percussionist. For good measure, Mitchell also employs a cellist (who doubles on banjo) and a member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble who plays the shakuhachi (a vintage Japanese flute).

This vibrant ensemble sometimes coalesces around elements of noise-rock propulsion, or else progressive funk—often in the same track. No matter the sonic touchstones, the group’s performances on the record create a sweeping sense of drama. Mitchell’s own contributions include the flute, full of lilting, fast-moving lines, positioning her in a lineage that includes past greats like Rahsaan Roland Kirk. And because Mitchell is eager to find a future that can balance technology with the analog, she also steers electronic effects within the ensemble.