AMN Reviews: Björkenheim / Sopko / James / Laswell / Yamaki – Inaugural Sound Clash (For the 2 Americas) (2017; M.O.D. Technologies)

A trio of guitarists, Raoul Björkenheim, Mike Sopko, and Dominic James, join New York mainstay Bill Laswell and drummer Hideo Yamaki on this hour-long jam session. Recorded on January 20th of this year at John Zorn‘s Stone, Inaugural Sound Clash clearly refers to the inauguration that took place earlier that day (especially with its subtitle “Against the Empire of Alternative Facts”).

Despite appearing to be a protest album when judged by its cover, the recording itself does not come across as overtly angry. Instead, the trio of guitarists play in a blues-rock style, trading riffs and solos. When one of them takes the lead, the others add textures in the background. Laswell contributes his trademark smooth and echoing bass lines, while Yamaki provides a variety of unusual but steady beats for the others to work off of.

Consisting of one 56-minute track, there is plenty of room for all of the contributors to stretch out. Thus, in addition to the more intensive soloing and chording, the quintet takes it down from time to time, exploring tempos and atmospherics. But this is not free improv – there is ample structure, a reprise or two, and the rhythmic elements are familiar enough for Inaugural Sound Clash to have a broad appeal.

The October Revolution of Jazz & Contemporary Music Festival Coming to Philadelphia

Anthony Braxton playing a contrabass saxophone

Source: The October Revolution of Jazz & Contemporary Music.

Ars Nova Workshop (ANW), in partnership with FringeArts, presents a new jazz and contemporary music festival unlike anything Philadelphia has seen – or heard: The October Revolution of Jazz & Contemporary Music. This four-day, multi-venue listening festival centers at FringeArts’ waterfront headquarters, 140 N. Columbus Blvd. (at Race Street) from October 5-8, 2017.

The inaugural OctRev will take place October 5-8 on the FringeArts campus, and will include performances at neighboring sites and venues. ANW is curating a line-up of the most thoughtful, adventurous music inventors and performers of our time, from across a diverse range of genres that span jazz, free improvisation, and contemporary classical and radiate outward. Confirmed acts include:

NEA Jazz Master and AACM founding member Anthony Braxton

MacArthur Fellow, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) founder, and “young star of the modern flute” (The New Yorker) Claire Chase

An ultra-rare appearance from The Art Ensemble of Chicago, one of the most influential ensembles of all time

A new duo featuring harpist Zeena Parkins and drummer Brian Chase, best known for their extensive work with Bjork and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, respectively

Tim Berne’s Snakeoil in celebration of their new recording on ECM Records

Sun Ra Arkestra performing their seminal 1973 Impulse Records album “Space is the Place” in its entirety

Cooper-Moore Interviewed About Vision Festival 22 

Cooper-Moore

Source: JazzTrail.

Name: Cooper-Moore
Instrument: piano, harp, hand-crafted instruments
Style: avant-garde jazz, contemporary jazz
Projects: Digital Primitives, Black Host, William Parker‘s In Order to Survive.

American pianist Cooper-Moore will be at the Arts For Art’s Vision Festival 22 on May 29th with three different projects. This year the Festival is honoring him with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Interview with Will Mason 

Source: ATTN:Magazine.

Once I know that the debut Happy Place LP was written in a state of nocturnal sleeplessness, I begin to hear it differently. The rhythms (courtesy of two drumkits) start to sound increasingly slurred and intermittently synchronous. The guitars tumble out in streams, unimpeded by the discipline that reigns over the daytime. Repetition traps me in the company of nagging and anxious thoughts that recur on a constant loop. Composer Will Mason has referred to Northfield as reflective of his home of New York, and while I’ve only visited the city once, it’s enough to identify a couple of elements that ring true to my own experience (the crossroads of rhythmic activity, the bustle of guitar chatter).

Read our reviews of Mason’s recent releases:
AMN Reviews: Will Mason Ensemble – Beams of the Huge Night (2015; New Amsterdam Records)
AMN Reviews: Happy Place – Northfield (2016; Exit Stencil Records)

Vital Weekly Reviews 1083

Source: Vital Weekly.

MOLJEBKA PVLSE – DISCOURSE ON LIGHTNESS (CD by Reverse Alignment) *
SIJ & ITEM CALIGO – QUEER REMINISCENCE (CD by Reverse Alignment) *
AJNA & DRONNY DARKO – BLACK MONOLITH (2CD by Reverse Alignment) *
M(H)YSTERIA – FAMILY DRUG (CD by Jvtland)
TIGERS MIND – PARADISO PUDDING MIX (CD by Jvtland)
TOSHIMARU NAKAMURA & MARTIN TAXT – LISTENING TO THE FOOTSTEPS OF LIVING ONES WHO ARE STILL ON THE GROUND (CD by Ftarri) *
PHONOPHANI – ANIMAL IMAGINATION (CD by Hubro) *
BRUTTER – REVEAL AND RISE (CD by Hubro) *
PSEUDO CODE – A SOUNDTRACK FROM THE UNDERGROUND (SELECTED CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE INTERNATIONAL 80S NETWORK) (2LP & CD by EE Tapes) *
CLAUDIO PARODI – RIGHT ERROR (USB/CD by Migro)
PHALLUS DEI – BLACK DAWN (CD by Dark Vinyl) *
NEUTRAL (7″ by I Dischi Del Barone)
STIJN HÜWELS & DANNY CLAY – AN UNINTENDED SPACE (CDR by Eilean Records) *
THE END – CLOSER TO THE SUN (CDR by Petit Label)
CLUB ALPINO – WOOULDY (CDR by Gusua Records) *
STEFAN THUT & SETH COOKE – AUSSEN RAUM (cassette by Notice Recordings) *
CHIK WHITE – RAFT RECORDINGS FROM ECONOMY (cassette by Notice Recordings) *
THE ELKS – BAT ENGLISH (cassette, private) *
LID – SUBMARINE DEVOTION (cassette by Lavnedersweep Records)
PHIL MAGUIRE – SOLO COMPUTER MUSIC (cassette by Verzimprint) *