RIP Kelan Phil Cohran

Source: Chicago Tribune.

Chaka Khan and Earth, Wind & Fire’s Maurice White studied with him. The globally influential Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) was co-founded by him. And generations of musicians drew inspiration from the pioneering work of Chicago composer and multi-instrumentalist Kelan Phil Cohran. He died Wednesday at the University of Chicago Hospital at 90, said his son Tycho Cohran.

Seattle Scene: June 29 – July 8, 2017

From Seattle’s Wayward Music Series:

WAYWARD MUSIC SERIES

Chapel Performance Space at Good Shepherd Center

4th Floor, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Seattle 98103 (corner N 50th St. in Wallingford)

Every month, Nonsequitur and a community of like-minded presenters and artists offer ten concerts of adventurous music in an informal yet respectful all-ages setting: contemporary classical, free improvisation, the outer limits of jazz, electronic music, microtonal/new instruments, sound art, and other extraordinary sonic experiences.

Jonah Parzen-Johnson + Icasiano/Goldston
Thu. June 29, 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door

Jonah Parzen-Johnson (Brooklyn) writes music for baritone sax and analog synthesizer. His carefully assembled synth breathes with his extended technique-driven sax, building independent melodic layers to support his sound without any looping or recorded samples. Seattle drummer Chris Icasiano (Bad Luck) and cellist Lori Goldston unite for duo improvisations.

Marguerite Brown
Fri. June 30, 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door

Seattle composer Marguerite Brown presents new works for guitars with the goal of crossing disciplinary lines and sparking new connections between the new music, dance, student, and professional communities. With guitarists Michael Nicolella and Satchel Henneman, choreographer Allison Burke, and dancers Sierra Hendrix, Khadijah Lindo, Fenja Abrams, and Maeve Haselton.

TYPONEXUS: Lubomyr Melnyk et al
Sat. July 1, 6-10 PM; $15 – $60 in advance

TYPONEXUS Globalist Series presents a FUSION OF ART + MUSIC + PERFORMANCE + IDEAS with Ukrainian-Canadian composer/pianist Lubomyr Melnyk, sound artist Garek Jon Druss, vocalists Roxana Walitzki and Sarah Fletcher, butoh dancer Kaoru Okumura, live video by Leo Mayberry, and a host of other performers and visual artists.

WED. 7/5 – Soprano Shelly Traverse, flutist Douglas DeVries, and pianist Yvonne Chen and several other colleagues present an evening of duos and chamber music by some of today’s most exciting young composers

THU. 7/6 – Earshot’s Jazz: the Second Century, artists TBA

FRI. 7/7 – Seattle Composers’ Salon: Clement Reid, Jay Hamilton, Jeremiah Lawson, Jessi Harvey, Keith Eisenbrey

SAT. 7/8 – Nonsequitur presents Bay Area composer/pianist Chris Brown performing recent solo music in just intonation

Vital Weekly Reviews 1087

Source: Vital Weekly.

FURVUS – AES GRAVE (CD by Dark Vinyl)
SEAN ALI – MY TONGUE CRUMBLES AFTER (CD by Neither/Nor)
PAN-SCAN ENSEMBLE – AIR AND LIGHT AND TIME AND SPACE (CD by PNL Records)
PAAL NILSSEN-LOVE & FRODE GJERSTAD – NEARBY FARAWAY (CD by PNL Records)
AGNES HVIZDALEK – INDEX (CD by Nakama Records)
JEFF ÖZDEMIR & FRIENDS – VOLUME 2 (CD by Karaoke Kalk)
SYLVAIN CHAUVEAU – POST EVERYTHING (CD by Brocoli) *
JULIAN SARTORIUS – HIDDEN TRACKS: BASEL – GENEVE (12″ by Everest Records)
THE BEATLES/DOC WOR MIRRAN – CRY FOR A SHADOW (7″ by Empty Records)
BILL SEAMAN – ERASURES AND DISPLACEMENTS (DOUBLE CDR by Eilean Records) *
DREAMSTATE – DRONE DAY (CDR by eSpace) *
AM.EISE – WALLED OFF (CDR by Attenuation Circuit) *
MALANG NOISE BIMBANG (CDR compilation by Attenuation Circuit) *
RAVVPOVVER – WHISPER ROOM (cassette by 1pt8 Records) *
IVORY TRADE/LILAC (split cassette by 1pt8 Records) *
GDG – FOR JACQUES LACAN (cassette by 1pt8 Records) *
SAD CAMBODIA – FIRST METHEORETICAL BULLETIN (cassette by Sincope) *
LATE – BLOOD (cassette by Amek)

George Lewis Interview

George Lewis (cropped version)

Source: George Lewis.

During this year’s Ojai Music Festival in Ojai, California (June 8-11), I met up with George Lewis, the Edwin H. Case Professor of American Music at Columbia University, to discuss his opera “Afterword,” which received its West Coast premiere at the festival on June 9. The theme of this year’s Ojai Music Festival, directed by Vijay Iyer, was community and empathy, and special attention was given to the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), a collective of African-American musicians founded on the South Side of Chicago in 1965. Many of the festival’s featured artists and composers had either participated in or been influenced by the AACM, which—as a collective of musicians transcending genre boundaries—served as a model for the type of community envisioned by Iyer.

The Solo Work and Legacy of Dieter Moebius 

German/Swiss electronic experimental musician ...

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

We credit Brian Eno with coining the term “ambient music” and opening experimental music to a mainstream audience—but it was largely the work of Dieter Moebius and Hans-Joachim Roedelius, aka Cluster—that prompted Eno to do so. The recordings these two young composers made together helped define a set of stylistic benchmarks that outlined “krautrock”—German experimental rock from the ‘60s and ‘70s—as a genre.

Though it’s most often associated with a shortlist of groups in more traditional psychedelic and prog-leaning directions, or is used as a rather crude umbrella for any German music of the sort (Can, Popol Vuh, and so forth), krautrock may be best understood as early German prog. Though they recorded one of the genre’s foundational staples with 1974’s landmark Zuckerzeit, Cluster exhibited characteristics that positioned them as a stylistic outlier to that basic archetype. (It’s notable that the musicians labeled “krautrock” have never particularly embraced the label.)

Sound American 17 is Out

Source: Sound American.

The Rubin Museum’s exhibition features over 20 artists investigating the intersections between contemporary sound practices and Tibetan Buddhist ritual music. Sound American is featuring three participants in a very special “mini-issue.”

Dr. Risha Lee, curator of the exhibition, provides an overview on the show and its philosophy.

Samita Sinha sits down with SA editor, Nate Wooley to talk about abstracting tradition.

Eliane Radigue and Laetitia Sonami are featured in an article on their collaboration, thoughts on sound as body, and their collaboration with Bob Bielecki for the Rubin called Le Corps Sonore.

The Rubin exhibit is open now and will run through January 8th. The Rubin is located at 150 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011.

Sub Rosa New Releases

Source: Sub Rosa.

ETHIOPIAN URBAN AND TRIBAL MUSIC
Mindanoo Mistiru / Gold from Wax

KAREL APPEL
Musique Barbare

DJ OLIVE / JP DESSY / DAVID NUNEZ
Scories / Live at Transnumériques

LUC FERRARI
Tinguely 1967

ANTHOLOGY OF TURKISH EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC 1961-2014
Various

NOVI_SAD
Wound_Burner

OISEAUX-TEMPÊTE
AL-‘AN ! (And Your Night Is Your Shadow; A Fairy Tale Of Piece Of Land To Make Our Dreams)

CATHERINE GRAINDORGE / HUGO RACE
Long Distance Operators