AMN Reviews: Sadhana – Sadhana [Plus Timbre PT054]

Sadhana, the Neapolitan trio of Massimo Imperatore on guitar and effects, Umberto Lepore on double bass, objects and bells, and drummer Marco Castaldo, take the jazz guitar trio through both conventional and challenging soundworlds, always following a path of musically impeccable logic.

Both tracks are structured as suites alternating melodic improvisation with abstract sound; the transitions between sections are smooth and make the relationship between melody and noise a reciprocal, mutually inevitable one. The nearly thirty-six minute long opening track starts with pristine, reverberant guitar notes quickly joined by double bass in a unison line. What develops is a vaguely implied, calypso-like harmonic progression seated on top of free-rhythm drumming and a restless bassline that seems on the verge of breaking into a regular walk, but never does. The piece dissolves into unpitched sounds—crisp drumming supplemented by creaking, scraping, the backwards-surge of a volume pedal or control. And then back again to melody, through several cycles. The shorter second track runs this script backward, starting with sound and developing into pitch.

Each of the pieces is notable for its clarity and transparency of texture, even when the music shades off into pure sound. Each individual voice maintains its unmistakable profile—the guitar its clean, round tone; the double bass a muted, pizzicato attack; the drums a firm, supporting presence. A very fine recording all around.

Daniel Barbiero

New and Upcoming Tzadik Releases

Craig Taborn (Prezens, at the Vortex (London) ...

Source: Tzadik.

Craig Taborn and Ikue Mori : Highsmith
Two of the most creative, elusive and modest musicians in the Downtown scene in an intimate and free wheeling duo session. Mutual admirers for well over a decade, Ikue and Craig first performed as a duo at the Village Vanguard in December 2016 and now step into the recording studio for an astonishing session of duo improvisations. Inspiring and dynamic music for piano and electronics that explode every expectation. Essential listening for all interested in music that defies ALL categorization

John Zorn: Midsummer Moons
For millennia the moon has been a subject of deep fascination— a symbol of love, lust, madness and dreams. More than a passive observer, it is a powerful force whose brilliant luminosity exerts an intoxicating effect upon the winds, the tides, our emotions and more. This dark and moody CD of music inspired by Shakespearian Lunar imagery features ten lyrical compositions evoking the magic of Sister Moon. Stunningly performed by two of the most fabulous new guitarists working today—Julian Lage and Gyan Riley, this is a beautiful and heartfelt program of music for late night contemplation on a romantic midsummer evening.
(Release date: June 2017)

Ikue Mori: Obelisk
Universally acclaimed as a pioneer in live laptop electronics, Ikue’s signature style is still uniquely her own and has influenced two generations of laptop performers. Her new band project Obelisk is a super-band featuring three of the most acclaimed and original players in the Downtown scene—Okkyung Lee, Jim Black and Sylvie Courvoisier. Ikue’s startling compositions blend gorgeous melodies with hypnotic rhythms and evocative soundscapes. Strange and beautiful music from a legendary master of laptop improvisation!
(Release date: July 2017)

Burning Ghosts: Reclamation
A politically motivated quartet at the forefront of the jazz-metal underground featuring four of the most acclaimed musicians in the LA experimental music scene. Playing scorching instrumentals that touch on heavy metal and jazz, the music is uncompromising and intense, filled with precise rhythmic complexity and textural power. Their first release on Tzadik is an incendiary blockbuster and is destined to become an instant classic!
(Release date: June 2017)

All About Jazz Reviews

English: Oliver Lake live at Saalfelden 2009 I...

Source: All About Jazz.

Mike Westbrook
Live 1972 (Hux Records)

Club D’Elf
Live at Club Helsinki (Face Melt Records)

Aruán Ortiz
Cub(an)ism (Intakt Records)

Catching up with Cantaloupe Music: Terminals Quartets, Field Recordings, Ilimaq, Anthracite Fields, Become Ocean & Discreet Music

Two Sackville Gems: Abdullah Ibraihim’s “Ancient Africa” and Oliver Lake and Joseph Bowie‘s “Live at A Space 1976”

Gato Libre
Neko (Libra Records)

Matthew Shipp & Mat Walerian Duo/The Uppercut
Live At Okuden (ESP Disk)

Mike Westbrook Concert Band
Marching Song Volumes 1 & 2 Plus Bonus Tracks (Turtle Records)

Albert Ayler Quartet
Copenhagen Live 1964 (Hatology)

This Week in New York 

Source: I Care If You Listen.

Composer/pianist Gregg Kallor teams up with the Attacca Quartet for the world premiere of Kallor’s new piano quintet.
Monday, June 5 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $35
Sheen Center, 18 Bleecker Street, New York, NY

This Pop-Up Concert features members of the ensemble investigating the animal behavior of instruments. Duos will explore how instruments camouflage each other’s sound, while the natural and unnatural tendencies of harp, saxophone, and Indian harmonium are studied in solo works.
Tuesday, June 6 at 6:00 PM
Miller Theatre, 2960 Broadway, New York, NY

Hans Tammen‘s Third Eye Orchestra performs Clepsydra, a score produced from electronic sample and hold procedures.
Tuesday, June 6 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $15-$20
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

Percussionist Ian Rosenbaum and Sandbox Percussion perform works by composers Chris Cerrone (Goldbeater’s Skin) and National Sawdust Curator Timo Andres (Austerity Measures). They are joined by the mezzo-soprano Elspeth Davis
Wednesday, June 7 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $29
National Sawdust, 80 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY

Cuban-American pianist & composer Fabian Almazan performs his latest work, Alcanza, a nine movement suite written for Rhizome (voice, guitar, strings, piano, bass, drums and electronics).
Wednesday, June 7 at 10:00 PM
Tickets $25
National Sawdust, 80 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY

As a part of Oslo’s Ultima Festival, Cikada visits National Sawdust with a program consisting of music by three composers the ensemble has worked closely with over the years. Three of the pieces that will be performed on the evening were commissioned for Cikada.
Thursday, June 8 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $29
National Sawdust, 80 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY

Ensemble Connect celebrates the voices of immigrants in our nation, featuring works by Esa-Pekka Salonen, Shulamit Ran, Anna Clyne, and the next generation of international composers who have come to live and create in the United States.
Thursday, June 8 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $15-$20
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

Arraymusic 2017-18 Season Announced

Source: Toronto’s Arraymusic.

Concert 1: Quatuor Bozzini+Philip Thomas

Separately and together Montréal’s Quatuor Bozzini and British piano virtuoso Philip Thomas have championed experimental music for years. Their most recent collaboration involves a new, 45-minute piano quintet written for them by British composer Bryn Harrison. Arraymusic will host the Canadian premiere. This concert will also include the Toronto premiere of Canadian Cassandra Miller’s string quartet, About Bach, written for the Bozzinis, winner of the 2016 Jules Léger Prize for Chamber Music.

Concert 2: Music by Ben Patterson

American composer Ben Patterson passed away in 2016 at 82. He was a founding member of the Fluxus movement in the early 1960s, working in New York City and Europe. Patterson had close ties to Canada: He was a virtuoso Classical string bassist but, being African-American, could not find work in America in the 1950s; thus, he became a member of the Halifax Symphony Orchestra (from 1956-57) and of the Ottawa Philharmonic Orchestra (from 1959-60). Array’s Artistic Director, Martin Arnold, will perform a selection of Patterson’s solo works.

Concert 3: Wilhelm Killmayer at 90: Arraymusic celebrates with Sandeep Bhagwati

In 2017 German composer Wilhelm Killmayer turns 90. Killmayer’s insidiously surreal music is underappreciated everywhere. However, he does have some fierce advocates around the world, including Martin Arnold. Another is his former student, the remarkable Indian-German-Canadian composer, Sandeep Bhagwati. Since 2006 Bhagwati has held the Canada Research Chair in Inter-X Art Practice and Theory at Concordia University, Montréal. The Array Ensemble will perform works by KIllmayer and Bhagwati and host a roundtable discussion featuring Sandeep Bhagwati and Martin Arnold discussing the resonance of Killmayer’s singular oeuvre.

Concert 4: Four New Works

The Array Ensemble performs four new works commissioned by Arraymusic written by four of the most exciting composers working in Canada today: Rebecca Bruton (Calgary), Marielle Groven (Montréal), Stephen Parkinson (Toronto) and Holger Schoorl (Toronto).

Concert 5 (in 2 parts): A&A Mini-Festival

Andrea Young (Montréal) and André Cormier (Moncton) are both quietly extreme composers of highly exploratory, speculative music. Andrea is also a distinguished soprano and a master of digital signal processing. They’ve collaborated, on occasion, since 2008, and Arraymusic is excited to host another such occasion in 2018. This mini-festival will consist of two events:

Concert 5i) The Array Ensemble will perform a new piece by Young and a new piece by Cormier, both commissioned by Array. Both take time to enact their explorations: The Young will be a half-hour and the Cormier, 45 minutes. Andrea’s piece will include her voice, as well as live digital processing of the entire ensemble.

Concert 5ii) The following day Array hosts a concert of earlier collaborative and solo works by André and Andrea.

Concert 6 (in 2 parts): Allison Cameron Mini-Festival

Allison Cameron is one of the most important composers of experimental music working in Canada today. Her music has had an international presence for years, which has grown due to greater recognition by the media here and abroad. She is an acclaimed improviser performing with a highly personal, idiosyncratic collection of what she calls amplified objects. Arraymusic will present work spanning a range of Cameron’s activities across two consecutive concerts.

Concert 6i) This concert will feature a major new work by Cameron commissioned by Array, written for Array’s ensemble combined with two members of Allison’s improvising trio c_RL—Germaine Liu on percussion and Nicole Rampersaud on trumpet—as well as earlier pieces by Allison for open forces.

Concert 6ii) This concert features two of Allison’s ensembles: the AC Band—her post-punk/avant garage composition band and c_RL—the whole trio.

The Rat-drifting Concert Series

Arraymusic is also pleased to announce its 2017/18 Season will see the return of the Rat-drifting Series to its programming. From 2000 to 2005 Martin Arnold ran Rat-drifting at Array’s old rehearsal space in pre-gentrified Liberty Village, bringing together free improvisation, sound performance, noise, psychedelic process music, DIY para-punk composition and post-Fluxus word events. This new Rat-drifting Series will present five concerts, which further this approach, taking over from, and building upon, the strengths of the Array Sessions.

Experimental Turntable Session

Plus, the Experimental Turntable Session will return, only this season refuelled by new ideas coming from its core participants, Magic Hour (Melissa Moore), Slowpitchsound (Cheldon Paterson), and Mike Hansen.