AMN Reviews: Kasper T. Toeplitz – Amas [Pogus 21086-2]

Kasper Toeplitz (b .1960), the Polish-born composer currently residing in Paris, began his career in the 1980s writing for traditional acoustic orchestral instruments. To be sure, his influences were drawn from the outer edges of the Western art music tradition—he’s named the examples provided by Giacinto Scelsi, Gyorgi Ligeti and Iannis Xenakis as having played a significant formative role in his early work. But a 1997 trip to Japan brought about a shift in in focus. While in Japan he engaged in improvisation and collaborated with Merzbow and Tetsuo Furudate, and put together what he describes as a “big noise orchestra” that toured Japan and Europe. At around this time he also formed Le Dépeupleur, a laptop duo with Zbigniew Karkowski, and became involved in composing textural works using the computer not only as a compositional tool but as an instrument for live performances. Amas is one such work, consisting in a single hour-plus long accumulation of sound in which largely unpitched noise is summed and built up into a substantial, thickly-textured mass. The piece is in essence a gradual electronic crescendo-decrescendo in which bands of noise spread out over a wide compass, starting with a low frequency rumble and working their way through to a trebly static. A seemingly long way away from an acoustic ensemble, perhaps, but a not-unrecognizable heir to the sound-block experiments of Toeplitz’s early inspirations.

Daniel Barbiero

The Thursday Experiment Performances in Holyoke, Mass

Source: The Thursday Experiment

Gateway City Arts
92-114 Race St., Holyoke, Ma
June 29, 2017
7:30 PM
$5 Suggested Donation

Electric guitar and efx duo
Bent stylings melding all of history tweaking the guitar in unnatural ways

2. CRANK STURGEON (Williamstown, Ma)
Junk sound, actionist ethos, fischkopf psychedelia, non-art-performance-art

3. OPEN SESSION – a jam with audience members and invited artists.
Bring your instrument and play!


Thursday Experiment #7 – July 27
1 – Izikhotane (Hartford,CT)
Performance poetry truth and sound
2 – Stephen Gaucci (Brooklyn, NY)
Solo saxophone
A master of strength, vibration and circular breathing.
3 – Open Jam Session

Thursday Experiment #8 – August 24
1 – Blaise Siwula (Brooklyn, NY)
Solo saxophone and clarinet
An inspired and masterful player of improvised jazz, with elegant tone and voicings. Curator of the 20+ year COMA series at ABC No Rio, NYC
2 – Matt Luczak / Lucas Brode (New Paltz, NY)
Matt Luczak – drums, Lucas Brode – electric guitar
Pure fire. Pure truth. Pure mastery.
3 – Open Jam Session

This Week in New York 


Francisco Núñez, founder/artistic director of the Young People’s Chorus of New York City, leads the Distinguished Concerts Singers International in a program of his own compositions for treble voices. Ensemble Monterey Chamber Orchestra (Dr. John Anderson, conductor) and Cabrillo Symphonic & Youth Choirs (Cheryl Anderson, conductor) perform the world premiere of Ēriks Ešenvalds’ Sunset in My Hand: Ancient Voices of the Wild Pacific Coast.
Monday, June 26 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $20-$100
Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Avenue, New York, NY

Ensemble LPR performs music by Jessie Montgomery, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Igor Stravinsky, Benjamin Britten, and a U.S. premiere by Matthew Hindson.
Tuesday, June 27 at 7:30 PM
Central Park, Naumburg Bandshell, New York, NY

Lesley Flanigan and cellist Mariel Roberts join forces to perform a new work for amplified speaker instruments, cello, electronics, and voice.
Wednesday, June 28 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $15
ISSUE Project Room, 22 Boerum Place, Brooklyn, NY

All About Jazz Reviews

Arve Henriksen at Moers Festival, June 2006, G...

Source: All About Jazz.

Alan Broadbent
Developing Story (Eden River Records)

Alexander Hawkins
Unit[e] (Self Produced)

Brian Marsella Trio
Buer: Book Of Angels Volume 31 (Tzadik)

Dave Burrell
The Crave (NoBusiness Records)

Arve Henriksen
Towards Language (Rune Grammofon)

Tim Blake
Crystal Machine (Cherry Red Records)

Cristián Alvear, Seijiro Murayama
Karoujite (Potlatch Records)

Trio 3
Visiting Texture (Intakt Records)

Meridian Trio
Triangulum (Clean Feed Records)