AMN Reviews: Ager Sonus – Book of the Black Earth (2017; Cryo Chamber)

Ager Sonus is the dark ambient project of Germany’s Thomas Langewehr. On Book of the Black Earth he offers up an amalgam of flutes and synths with electroacoustic elements that is sure to please purveyors that genre.

Timing in around 50 minutes, Langewehr tells a tale of a doomed journey. As just a few examples, the first three tracks reflect this theme. Through the Desert features the aforementioned flutes over ominous synth tones and lightly-distorted waves of electronics. The Dead City consists of oscillating drones and echoing percussion, while Discoveries incorporates crackling distortion resembling the movement of rubble, voice-like elements, and baleful drones.

Book of the Black Earth ends with the 12-minute Awakening, which begins in a pastoral fashion, at least when compared to its predecessor tracks. This interlude ends, however, with the creaking of doors and melancholy piano that finishes the trek on a note of despair.

This album is a solid effort and sure to please those who enjoy the darker works of Robert Rich and Alio Die. Recommended.

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Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter

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

Source: Downtown Music Gallery .

Roscoe Mitchell Trios: Craig Taborn / Tyshawn Sorey / James Fei / Hugh Ragin / Jaribu Shahid / Tani Tabbal! Ikue Mori With Sylvie Courvoisier / Okkyung Lee / Jim Black! The Return of Progressive Greats: Miriodor & Cheer-Accident! Alexandra Grimal/Duboc/Ceccaldi! Lazro/Cappozzo/Lasserre!

Morton Feldman! Michael Pisaro! Maria de Alvear! Plus Historic Discs from: Sun Ra & His Arkestra! Gruppo Di Improvvisazione! Patto With Ollie Halsall! Grant Green! Blue Mitchell! Lester Young! Mike Bloomfirld & Mark Naftalin! Delaney & Bonnie & Friends! The Byrds! Delroy Wilson! Rare LPs from Pharaoh Sanders! Joe McPhee & Bryan Eubanks! Christian Wolff! Carl Stone, Phill Niblock & Pat Thomas!

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THE DMG 26TH ANNIVERSARY SERIES OF SONIC CELEBRATIONS Continue with:

Sunday, July 30th:
6pm: PABLO DIAZ and PAULA SHOCRON – From the Argentinian Underground – New CD on HATology!
7pm: JESSE DULMAN & LEONIC GALAGANOV – Tuba $ Percussion

Sunday, August 6th:
6pm: PAPER BALLS DUO: DAVID GROLLMAN / JEFF BARSKY!

Sunday, August 13th:
6pm: CHRIS PITSIOKOS – Solo Alto Sax – Welcome Home from Euro Tour Set!
7pm: BRANDON LOPEZ – Solo ContraBass!

Sunday, August 20th:
6pm: RAS MOSHE & MUSIC NOW!

Percussionist Carlo Costa Profiled

Source: Bleader.

Italian-born percussionist Carlo Costa has lived in New York since 2005, where he’s enriched a variety of jazz-oriented projects with his turbulent, fascinating sense of propulsion. He’s also developed another distinctive aesthetic, which for few years now he’s showcased via his own Neither/Nor label, which releases Costa’s music and that of his close collaborators: it’s a texture-first approach, rooted in a strong improvisational ethos. Friction has a home at Neither/Nor.

August at the IBeam Brooklyn 

Source: IBeam Brooklyn.

Hermione Johnson
Friday, August 18th 8:30 PM $15 Suggested Donation
sets at 8:30 & 9:30
Susan Alcorn
Ingrid Laubrock
Leila Bordreuil

Laura Henningsdottir
Saturday, August 19th 8:30 PM $15 Suggested Donation
Laura Henningsdottir (alto sax)
J.P. Lakehill (piano)
Ollie Herman (drums)

Novoa / Makabe Duo + Novoa / Paz / Jiménez / Hyde Quartet
Friday, August 25th 8:00 PM $15 Suggested Donation
8pm
Novoa / Makabe Duo
Emi Makabe – vocals, effects & shamisen
Eva Novoa – piano & gongs
9pm
Novoa / Paz / Jiménez / Hyde Quartet
Hery Paz – tenor sax
Eva Novoa – piano
Kenneth Jiménez – bass
Evan Hyde – drums

Billy Mintz Quintet
Saturday, August 26th 8:30 PM $15 Suggested Donation
Tony Malaby – tenor saxophone
Adam Kolker – tenor saxophone
Roberta Piket – piano
Hilliard Greene – bass
Billy Mintz – drums

The Stone in August

English: Bill Frisell, moers festival 2010

Source: New York’s Stone.

8/1 Tuesday (SK)
8:30 pm
MZM
Zeena Parkins (harp) Miya Masaoka (koto) Myra Melford (piano)

8/2 Wednesday (SK)
8:30 pm
Duo
Zeena Parkins (harp) Brian Chase (drums)

8/3 Thursday (JT)
8:30 pm
Captiva
Zeena Parkins (harp, piano)
Captiva solo project for acoustic harp and live electronic processing and Impossible Tasks for transducer activated piano and electric harp.

THE STONE AT THE NEW SCHOOL—55 WEST 13TH STREET
TRIGGER PLAYS ZORN
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHTS AUGUST 4–5 AT 8:30PM
FRIDAY AUGUST 4—TRIGGER PLAYS JOHN ZORN BAGATELLES
FRIDAY AUGUST 5—TRIGGER PLAYS JOHN ZORN APPARITIONS (enigmata/valentines day)
Will Greene (guitar) Simon Hanes (bass) Aaron Edgcomb (drums)

8/4 Friday (HWXX)
8:30 pm
Trio
Zeena Parkins (electric harp) Devin Hoff (bass) Michael TA Thompson (drums)
New Trio.

8/5 Saturday (XXFM)
8:30 pm
Trio
George Lewis (trombone, electronics) IIkue Mori (electronics)
Trio with George Lewis and long time duo partner Ikue Mori.

8/6 Sunday (FM)
8:30 pm
Green Dome
Ryan Sawyer (drums) Ryan Ross Smith (prepared piano, electronics) Zeena Parkins (acoustic harp)
Performing the Shetland Lace Set.

8/8 Tuesday (VP)
8:30 pm
Bill Frisell Solo 1
Bill Frisell (guitar)

8/9 Wednesday (DT)
8:30 pm
Bill Frisell Solo 2
Bill Frisell (guitar)

8/10 Thursday (DT)
8:30 pm
Bill Frisell Solo 3
Bill Frisell (guitar)

THE STONE AT THE NEW SCHOOL—55 WEST 13TH STREET
KRIS DAVIS TRIO
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHTS AUGUST 11–12 AT 8:30PM
Kris Davis (piano) Eric Revis (bass) Andrew Cyrille (drums)

8/11 Friday (XXDT)
8:30 pm
Bill Frisell Solo 4
Bill Frisell (guitar)

8/12 Saturday (XXAV)
8:30 pm
Bill Frisell Solo 5
Bill Frisell (guitar)

8/13 Sunday (VP)
8:30 pm
Bill Frisell Solo 5
Bill Frisell (guitar)

8/15 Tuesday (NH)
8:30 pm
Unbroken
Louie Belogenis (tenor and soprano saxes) Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz (upright bass) Kenny Wollesen (drums)

8/16 Wednesday (MJC)
8:30 pm
War Paint
Briggan Krauss (sax) Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz (upright bass) Brian Chase (drums)

8/17 Thursday (AP)
8:30 pm
Theatre of Operations (TOO)
Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz (electric bass) Brian Marsella (synth) Kenny Grohowski (drums)
Electronic Spirit Music — “We shall overcome…”

THE STONE AT THE NEW SCHOOL—55 WEST 13TH STREET
SYLVIE COURVOISIER
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY AUGUST 18–19 AT 8:30PM
AUGUST 18—VCR: Sylvie Courvoisier (piano) Ken Vandermark (sax) Nate Wooley (trumpet) Tom Rainey (drums)
AUGUST 19—Sylvie Courvoisier TRIO: Sylvie Courvoisier (piano, composition) Kenny Wollesen (drums) Drew Gress ( bass)

8/18 Friday (XXIS)
8:30 pm
The Fugu Plan — Folktales from Japan — 昔話
Yuka (voice, taishogoto, ukulele, electronics) Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz (electric bass) Eyal Maoz (guitar) Aram Bajakian (guitar) Brian Marsella (keyboards) Yoni Halevy (percussion) Yuval Lion (percussion)

8/19 Saturday (HMAP)
8:30 pm
Abraxas — Masada: Book of Angels Vol. 19
Aram Bajakian (guitar) Eyal Maoz (guitar) Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz (gimbri) Kenny Grohowski (drums)

8/20 Sunday (NH)
8:30 pm
Abraxas — Psychomagia
Aram Bajakian (guitar) Eyal Maoz (guitar) Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz (electric bass) Kenny Grohowski (drums)

8/22 Tuesday (AR)
8:30 pm
Nearer the Spheres: Friedlander/Honda/Mori/Cline
Erik Friedlander (cello) Yuka C Honda (electronics, keys) Ikue Mori (laptop) Nels Cline (electric guitar)

8/23 Wednesday (NM)
8:30 pm
Nels Cline and Zeena Parkins
Nels Cline (acoustic and electric guitars) Zeena Parkins (concert harp, electric harp)

8/24 Thursday (AV)
8:30 pm
Trio Teeth: Okkyung Lee/Booker Stardrum/Nels Cline
Okkyung Lee (cello) Booker Stardrum (drums, percussion) Nels Cline (electric guitar)

THE STONE AT THE NEW SCHOOL—55 WEST 13TH STREET
URI GURVICH CD RELEASE PARTY!
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHTS AUGUST 25–26 AT 8:30PM
Uri Gurvich Quartet—CD release party
Uri Gurvich (sax) Luis Perdomo (piano) Peter Slavov (bass) Johnathan Blake (drums) and special guest Bernardo Palombo (vocals)

8/25 Friday (XXHW)
8:30 pm
The Ring Nebula Project
Dave Rempis (alto sax) Taylor Ho Bynum (trumpet, assorted brass) Michael TA Thompson (drums) Chris Lightcap (bass) Nels Cline (electric guitar)

8/26 Saturday (XXAR)
8:30 pm
Bando Bro Jo—resonator guitar and banjo sextet
Elliott Sharp (resonator guitar, banjo) Brandon Seabrook (banjo) Mary Halvorson, Julian Lage, Ava Mendoza, Nels Cline (resonator guitars)

8/27 Sunday (HM)
8:30 pm
Nels Cline and Julian Lage
Nels Cline, Julian Lage (electric and acoustic guitars)

8/29 Tuesday (NM)
8:30 pm
Trevor Dunn Solo
Trevor Dunn (solo bass)

THE STONE COMMISSIONS
WEDNESDAY AUGUST 30: MARY HALVORSON
In collaboration with National Sawdust The Stone presents a series of World Premieres the last Wednesday of every month through 2017.
7pm at National Sawdust in Williamsburg. For details check https://nationalsawdust.org/event/jazz-stone-commissioning-series/
TWENTY FIVE DOLLARS

8/30 Wednesday (RK)
8:30 pm
SpermChurch
Trevor Dunn (bass) Sannety (electronics) Brian Chase (drums)

THE STONE AT RUSS AND DAUGHTERS CAFE!
THURSDAY AUGUST 31: SHANIR EZRA BLUMENKRANZ
ONE SET AT 8PM—ADMISSION FREE!
The Stone is proud to present music at Russ and Daughters Cafe at 127 Orchard Street the last Thursday of every month! Drop by for smoked fish, pickles and great music!

8/31 Thursday (JA)
8:30 pm
Chamber Music
Jennifer Choi (violin) Carla Kihlstedt (violin) William Hakim (viola) Andrea Lee (cello) Vicki Chow (piano)
“String Quartet no 1” and Nocturnes for piano.