Review Page for Cuneiform Records

We recently added a new page that aggregates our reviews of Cuneiform Records releases over the last several years.  While far from comprehensive (we’ve only reviewed 18 releases out of about 50 since 2013), it does provide a reasonable overview of some of the label’s recent high points.

Take a look here when you can: https://avantmusicnews.com/career-retrospectives/cuneiform-records-an-abbreviated-overview/

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Reid Karris Interview

Source: guitar moderne interviews guitarist Karris, who recent release Arbor Philosophica is an excellent example of modern collage-based composition.

The journey Reid Karris took to become a player of prepared guitar echoes others who attack the instrument with implements from the kitchen and hardware store. Attempts at “normal” playing left him unsatisfied, until he found his true musical self in a combination of tabletop and worn guitars. His lengthy description of his process and his music was worth presenting in full, as it offers valuable insights to anyone considering abandoning genre guitar for the wilds of experimentation

The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

English: Eyvind Kang, moers festival 2010

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

Marginal Consort – Diplarios School, Athens, 4-23-2017
Tiziano Tononi and Southbound – Trouble No More… All Men Are Brothers (Long Song Records, 2017) ****
Tiago Morais Morgado – Viola Solos (Nachtstück Records, 2017)
Eyvind Kang & Jessika Kenney – Reverse Tree (Black Truffle, 2016)
Robert Landfermann & Elisabeth Coudoux – Kehdata (Klaeng, 2017)
Duas Margens – Live at Pletterij (Cylinder, 2017)
Raoul van der Weide & Gonçalo Almeida – 8 Pictures (Nachtstück Records , 2017)
Vilde&Inga – Silfr (Sofa, 2017) ****½
Gunda Gottschalk & Peter Jacquemyn – E Pericoloso Sporgersi, Ma Non Prohibito (El Negocito, 2017) ****
Garth Knox & The Saltarello Trio – Leonard, The Book Of Angels, Vol. 30 (Tzadik, 2017)
Biliana Voutchkova – Modus of Raw (Evil Rabbit, 2016) ****

Lisa Bielawa Interview

Source: I Care If You Listen.

Lisa Bielawa is a composer, vocalist, and co-founder of the MATA Festival whose works frequently draw from literary influences and have been performed at the New York Phil Biennial and at venues across the U.S. In addition to a broad output of vocal, chamber, and orchestral compositions, Bielawa is also the author of Airfield Broadcasts, a piece whose instrumentation is designated “for hundreds” and which is meant as a “large-scale spatial acoustic musical celebration” musically navigating the space of the Tempelhofer Park in Berlin.

Most recently, Bielawa has composed Vireo, a “made-for-TV-and-online” opera exploring the politics of gender identity and literary interpretation, and featuring collaborations with Kronos Quartet, the San Francisco Girls Chorus, Magik*Magik Orchestra, American Contemporary Music Ensemble, and Alarm Will Sound, among others. All 12 episodes are now available to stream via KCET, and Vireo will be shown in its entirety at National Sawdust on July 7, 2017 at 7:00pm.

Taran’s Free Jazz Hour Podcast 15/2017

Hamid Drake at Moers Festival 2006, Germany

Source: Taran’s Free Jazz Hour.

Tomo Jacobson
Moonbow: Danielle Dahl (No) – Sax, Mads Egetoft (Dk) – Sax,maciek Kadziela (Pl) – Sax, Lucas Leidinger (DE) – Piano, Anton Jansson (Se) – Guitar, Tomo Jacobson (Pl) – Double Bass, Kresten Osgood (Dk) – Drums.

Nottwo
Polar: Szilard Mezei Septet

Evil Rabbit
Senza Titolo: Christian Ferlaino, as/ Herbert DE Jong, P/ Renato Fereira, B/ Hans Houtman, Dr

Iluso
Live at the Firehouse Space: Alvaro Domene, G/ Briggan Krause, as
Synaptic Self: Josh Sinton, Bari Sax/ Alvaro Domene, G/ Mika Caratti, Dr

Vafongool
Pet Zoo: Andre Roligheten, Sax/ Sian Larsen, G/ Adrian Myhr, B/ Tomas Jarmyr, Dr

Improvising Beings
LA Main Qui Cherche LA Lumière: Roberto Del Piano, El Bass with Lost of Musicians

El Negocito
Live at LA Resistenza: John Dikeman, Ts/ William Parker, B/ Hamid Drake, Dr

Wally Shoup
Chemical Language: Wally Shoup, as Bill Horist, El G/ Paul Kikuchi, Dr

Kali Z Fasteau
Intuit: Kali Fasteau, FL, Vla, Dr, Etc/ Kidd Jordan, Ts/ Mixashawn Rozie, Ts, FL, Djembe