AMN Reviews: Miriodor – Signal 9 (2017; Cuneiform Records)

It is hard to believe that it has been 25 years since I first heard Miriodor. Upon my first listen to 3è Avertissement in 1992, I took note their rather unique style and trappings – much different from any other avant-prog that I had heard to that point. Not to mention the gimmicky album cover.

Fast forward to the recently-released Signal 9, which features original members Pascal Globensky on keyboards and Rémi Leclerc on drums. They are joined by Nicolas Lessard on bass and Bernard Falaise on guitars. And if you like Miriodor’s circus-like music with labyrinthine twists and turn, then you will not be disappointed by this album.

In addition to the playfulness that the band has become known for, they incorporate heavy riffing, noise, and constantly shifting meters. In the middle of exploring one theme, they turn on a dime and head in a different direction. Maybe there will be a reprise, maybe not.

But the remarkable aspect of this release is its variety. For instance, Chapelle Lunaire begins with distorted, feedback-laden walls of sound before morphing into a simple folk theme that eventually goes all out with a complex set of prog melodies.  The 10-minute Passage Secret alternates between downtempo noodling and electrified folk motifs, while Le Ventriloque et le Perroquet offers said circus music, interspersed with guitar-driven general weirdness.

Miriodor combines influences including Henry Cow, Zappa, and Eastern European avant-rock just to name a few. And somehow, they manage to do so while retaining their own unique character.

AMN Picks of the Week: Björkenheim, Sopko, James, Laswell, & Yamaki / Kyle Motl / She Spread Sorrow / Tony Conrad / The Great Harry Hillman

English: Tony Conrad at the DeStijl/Freedom Fr...

Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that has caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended.

Björkenheim / Sopko / James / Laswell / Yamaki – Inaugural Sound Clash (For the 2 Americas) (2017)
Kyle Motl – Transmogrification (2017)
She Spread Sorrow – Mine (2017)
Tony Conrad – Ten Years Alive on the Infinite Plain (Reissue) (2017)
The Great Harry Hillman – Tilt (2017)

Chicago Scene: May 27 – June 2, 2017

Mwata Bowden

This is a weekly overview live avant performances in the Chicago area. Contact us if you’d like your shows listed.

Saturday, May 27th 2017

6:00PM at Experimental Sound Studio, 5925 N Ravenswood, 773.769.1069
Fonema Consort, Parlour Tapes+ — Album release

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
Tatsu Aoki‘s Miyumi Project with Mwata Bowden, Edward Wilkerson, Jaime Kempkers, KIOTO, Noriko Sugiyama, Coco Elysses, Avreeayl Ra

Sunday, May 28th 2017

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($20)
Currents
Third Coast Percussion — music by Katherine Young, José Martínez, Annika Socolofsky, Johannes Fischer

Monday, May 29th 2017

7:00PM at Experimental Sound Studio, 5925 N Ravenswood, 773.769.1069 ($10)
Survival Unit III : Fred Lonberg-Holm, Michael Zerang, Joe McPhee

Wednesday, May 31st 2017

8:30PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444 (wheelchair-accessible)
Splice Series
Dave Rempis, Phil Sudderberg, Aaron Zarzutzki, Peter Maunu

Thursday, June 1st 2017

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
The Few : Macie Stewart, Steve Marquette, Charlie Kirchen
In The Sea : Tristan Honsinger, Joshua Zubot, Nicolas Caloia

Friday, June 2nd 2017

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($15)
Hugh Ragin

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Asian Improv aRts Midwest presents: Tradition & Diaspora Series II
The Reduction Quartet : Tatsu Aoki, Edward Wilkerson, Jamie Kempkers, Kioto A

For more information, such as directions, as well as upcoming performances, see:

http://now-is.org/, http://www.ratchetmusic.com, http://www.mcachicago.org, http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/chicago_culturalcenterschedule.html, http://www.skylarkchicago.com, http://www.hideoutchicago.com, http://www.elasticrevolution.com, http://www.myopicbookstore.com/music.html, http://www.lampo.org, http://dalniente.com, http://iceorg.org/events/category/chicago, http://www.emptybottle.com/

Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter

Tobias Delius

Source: Downtown Music Gallery.

The Elton Dean Quintet: Harry Beckett & Paul Rutherford! Han Bennink Trio: Joachim Badenhorst & Simon Toldam! Guus Jansen & Lee Konitz / Michael Moore / Wolter Weirbos! Ab Baars / Ig Henneman / Dave Burrell! Ernst Glerum Omnibus!

Jan Nijdam Kwartet: Tobias Delius / Michiel Scheen! Paul Van Kemenade / Jasper Van’t Hof / Maria Portugal! Gravitones & Strings! Tristan Honsinger / Nicolas Caloia / Joshua Zubot! Christian Lillinger & Tobias Delius! Isabelle Duthoit & Franz Hautzinger! Peter Garland!

LP’s from John & Alice Coltrane! Raymond Scott! Orlando Julius & the West Coast Pop Experimental Band! Plus the Return of Discs from Horace Tapscott & the Nimbus West Label!

The FREE DMG Weekly New Music In-Store Series Continues on Sundays with:

RARE Pre-Vision Fest Performance, This Saturday, May 27th:
6pm: ASSIF TSAHAR – Solo Tenor Sax! Assif returns from Israel to play here

Sunday, June 4th at Downtown Music Gallery:
6pm: THOMAS HELTON / JAIMIE BRANCH / MICHAEL EVANS!
7pm: KALABALIK Returns: RAOUL BJORKENHEIM / ANDERS NILSSON / GERALD CLEAVER!

Monday, June 5th at ZURCHER GALLERY (33 Bleecker St, east of Lafayette)
7pm: Debut Gig: RAOUL BJORKENHEIM / JOE FONDA / GERALD CLEAVER New TRIO!

Sunday, June 11th:
6pm: ITALIAN SODA: CODY PUTNAM / MOLLY PEASE / MILLER WREN / JACOB RICHARDS – Bassoon /Voice / Upright Bass / Drums & Electronics!
7pm: ROBBIE LEE / HAMPUS OHMAN-FROLUND – Woodwinds / Drums!

Sunday, June 18th:
6pm: KYLE MOTL & TREVOR DUNN – Bass Duo!
7pm: PAUL GIALLORENZO / JAIMIE BRANCH Trio

Monday, June 19th at THE STONE:
Bruce’s Birthday Celebration & Concert of Spiritual Jazz!
7pm: UNBROKEN: LOUIE BELOGENIS / SHANIR BLUMENKRANZ / KENNY WOLLESON!
8:30: FRANKLIN KIERMYER QUARTET Featuring: JOVAN ALEXANDRE – Tenor Sax /
DAVIS WHITFIELD – Piano / OTTO GARDNER – Bass / FRANKLIN KIERMYER – Drums!
July, 2017 is the 50th Anniversary of the Passing of John Coltrane – We Embrace his Spirit!

Sunday, June 25th:
6pm: THOMAS HEBERER / FRANK GRATKOWSKI – European Trumpet & Sax Duo

Saturday, July 15th at DMG: Super Rare Solo Performance by:
6pm: HENRY KAISER – Solo Electric Guitar!

Jazzword Reviews 

Source: Jazzword.

Christiane Bopp / Jean-Luc Petit
L’écorce et la salive

Frank Gratkowski / Sebi Tramontana
Live at Španski Borci

Ballrogg
AbAbaft the Beam

Max Nagl Ensemble
Live at Porgy & Bess Vol. 2

Simon Rummel Ensemble
Nichts Für Alle

Jim Denley & Éric Normand
Plant

Violinist Darragh Morgan Profiled

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

Though he first picked up the violin in the context of Irish traditional music, and undertook classical music studies at Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, Darragh Morgan has long specialized in “new music.” It’s a vague term that encompasses 20th and 21st century music for orchestral and chamber instruments, but can also incorporate virtually anything else.

Morgan’s latest album, For Violin and Electronics, is exactly what it says on the cover: six pieces, all by living composers, on which his instrument either converses with, floats in and around, or battles with electronic soundscapes that can be quite beautiful, or abstract and harsh, sometimes shifting from one to the other at a moment’s notice. “All the tracks have a fully notated, often virtuosic, live violin part which I had to approach learning just as I would Beethoven’s Violin Concerto,” Morgan says.