Jazz Pioneer Roscoe Mitchell Marked for Dismissal at Mills College 

saxophonist Roscoe Mitchell at the Pomigliano ...

Source: KQED Arts. Well, this is not good. Academia is one of the few steady gigs for accomplished creative musicians.

Roscoe Mitchell, the influential saxophonist known for groundbreaking work in jazz and orchestral music, is in danger of losing his job at Mills College due to the Oakland-based university’s financial problems.

A founding member of the Art Ensemble of Chicago who was once described as “one of the most important musicians in jazz” by the New York Times, Mitchell is one of 11 faculty members expected to lose his position, according to Chris Brown, the co-director at the Mills College Center for Contemporary Music.

AMN Reviews: Thet Liturgiske Owäsende – Wisconsin Mining State (2017; Forwind)

The Rust Belt refers to a largely-deindustrialized portion of the United States surrounding the Great Lakes. Once a powerhouse of manufacturing, the region is now known for being a poster child of economic decline, and perhaps swinging a presidential election. Thet Liturgiske Owäsende are Swedish experimentalists Linus Schrab and Johan Fotmeijer, and their Wisconsin Mining State release sonically explores the sparseness and melancholy of small towns in this region. In fact, four of the six tracks are titled after mining towns with populations of less than 2000 each.

Using synths, guitars, and field recordings, Schrab and Fotmeijer provide drones with mechanical rhythms and pulsing bass, evoking post-industrial soundscapes – a place where the machines have largely shut down, but occasionally fire up for a few minutes at a time. Platteville begins with a slowly repeating drone melody that grows and ebbs with lightly-distorted walls. Hazel Green offers dark ambient atmospherics interspersed with ominous crescendos. Iron Ridge consists of oscillating drones and a sparse, repeating bass line. Klar Piquett features throbbing, distorted walls. Mineral Point, perhaps my favorite track, is dominated by a start/stop mechanical cadence overlaid with varied percussive patterns. Rajah is a more traditional spacious, ambient drone, and somewhat out of place compared to its companion tracks.

In a world where ambient music is easy to come by (and much of it is quite good), it can be hard for a release such as this one to stand out. And yet, Wisconsin Mining State somehow does. Through a layering of simple elements and a juxtaposition of melody and distortion, Schrab and Fotmeijer’s dark offering characterizes a set of uneasy emotions that are felt not only in the Rust Belt, but anywhere that industry is in decline.

AMN Picks of the Week: George Christian / Mario Pavone / Shelter / Thet Liturgiske Owäsende / Hanging Hearts / STAUB Quartet

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.

George Christian – Exílios 1 (2017)
Mario Pavone – Vertical (2017)
Shelter (Vandermark / Wooley / Heather / Stadhouders) – Shelter (2017)
Thet Liturgiske Owäsende – Wisconsin Mining State (2017)
Hanging Hearts – Into a Myth (2017)
STAUB Quartet – House Full of Colors (2017)

Exclaim! Music Reviews

English: Sufjan Stevens at the Independent Mus...

Source: Exclaim!.

​Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly and James McAlister

Luc Ferrari
Hétérozygote / Petite symphonie…

The Nels Cline Four
Carré 150, Victoriaville QC, May 21

Anthony Braxton
Colisée Desjardins, Victoriaville QC, May 21

Nate Wooley performing ‘Seven Storey Mountain V’
Colisée Desjardins, Victoriaville QC, May 20

Terry Riley / Gyan Riley
Colisée Desjardins, Victoriaville QC, May 20

Colin Stetson performing ‘Sorrow’
Coliseé A, Victoriaville QC, May 18

Signal 9

Colin Stetson
Great Hall, Toronto ON, May 15

Merzbow & Alessandro Cortini
Merzbow & Alessandro Cortini

Another Blue Day

FMP Records’ Free Jazz Legacy is Alive and Well at Destination: OUT 

A shot from a 2006 performance by Peter Brötzm...

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

When Jeff Golick and Jeff Jackson started the blog destination: OUT in the mid ’00s, they hoped to show that “free jazz” doesn’t automatically mean “difficult.” “We felt that the most accessible and exciting free jazz albums were unfortunately some of the least known,” says Jackson. “For a lot of music genres that’s not true; the most popular, easy-to-find records tend to be good gateways. But sometimes a free jazz album printed in a run of 200 is more likely to turn you into a fan than something on Impulse or Blue Note.”

After almost eight years of posting free jazz gems, Golick and Jackson stopped updating their blog in 2014, concentrating on their companion radio show on New Jersey’s WFMU. But they wanted to continue their mission to spread free jazz, so they started a Destination: OUT digital reissue page on Bandcamp. The labels they approached at first showed little interest, but then a huge opportunity emerged.

Taran’s Free Jazz Hour Podcast 13/2017

Violinist Jason Kao Hwang performing on 18 Nov...

Source: Taran’s Free Jazz Hour.

Clean Feed
The Colours Suite: Achille Succi Bass Clarinet | Julian Arguelles Tenor and Soprano Sax | Samo Salamon Guitar | Pascal Niggenkemper Bass | Roberto Dani Drums | Christian Lillinger Drums

Random Acts of Order: Zack Clarke Piano and Electronics | Henry Fraser Double Bass | Dre Hocevar Drums

The Spirit of Pitesti: per Zanussi Double Bass | Raymond Strid Drums and Percussion | Martin Küchen Baritone, Alto and Sopranino Saxophones

Ethereal Trio: Quinsin Nachoff, Ts/ Mark Helias, B/ Dan Weiss, Dr

Setola Di Maiale
Air Current: Yoko Miura, P/ Ove Volquartz, Bcl/ Gianni Mimmo, Ss

Henk Zwerver
Zwerv Live: Raoul Van Der Weide, B/ George Hadow, Dr/ Henk Zwerver, G/ Ziv Taubenfeld, Bcl/ Luis Vincente, Tp

Aural Vertigo:harri Sjöström Soprano & Sopranino Saxophones Gianni Mimmo Soprano Saxophone Alison Blunt Violin Achim Kaufmann Piano Veli Kujala Quarter Tone Accordion Ignaz Schick Turntables

Kasper Tom
Abstract Window: Kasper Tom, Dr/ Alex Von Schlippenbach, P/ Rudi Mahall, Bcl

Leo Records
The Setlist Shuffle: Steve Day’s Blazing Flam Quintet

Lacy Pool2: Uwe Oberg, P/ Rudi Mahall, Cl/ Michael Griener, Dr

Trio Now!: Tanja Feichtmair, as, Vo/ Uli Winter, Cello/ Fredi Proll, Dr

The Marsyas Suite: Tom Unwin, P/ Roz Harding, as/ Janna Blumer, Cello/ Lucy Welsman, Cello/ Marcus Vergette, B

Jason Kao Hwang
Sing House: J Kao Hwang, Vln, Vla/ Andrew Drury, Dr/ Ken Filiano, B/ Chris Forbes, P/ Steve Swell, Tbn

Interview with Jason Stein 


Jason Stein is one of the few musicians working today focused entirely upon bass clarinet as a jazz and improvisational instrument. Originally from Long Island, New York, Stein studied at Bennington College with Charles Gayle and Milford Graves, and at the University of Michigan with Donald Walden and Ed Sarath. In 2005, Stein relocated to Chicago and has since recorded for such labels as Leo, Delmark, Atavistic, 482 Music and Clean Feed. Stein has performed throughout the US and Europe with a number of different bands as both a leader and a sideman.