AMN Reviews: Daniel Barbiero and Cristiano Bocci – Non-Places (2017; Acustronica)

Bassists Barbiero and Bocci team up for their second release in three years, this one on the netlabel Acustronica. Non-Places takes its title from the concept of an atopia – a physical place that lacks a sense of specific place. The modern urban landscape is riddled with public non-places through which individuals can move in mostly an anonymous fashion.

Each track of the album represents a particular non-place. In addition to plucked and bowed themes making use of extended techniques, both performers add electronics and processing to the mix, resulting in a deliberately-paced atmospheric offering. These effects include feedback, distortion, synthetic rhythms, and voices. Frequently, Barbiero and Bocci are playing slow tempos with long-held notes, but from time to time one will contribute a more frenetic melody or motif that is juxtaposed with the other’s more gradual, drone-based approach. Having said that, it is not unusual on this release for the processed elements to dominate, providing a dense electroacoustic sound bed.

Nonetheless, the use of space is key on Non-Places (not surprising, given its theme), with each track exhibiting a unique ambiance and mood. As a result, the album does not jump out as being a showcase for a twosome of accomplished bassists – instead, Barbiero and Bocci use these traditional instruments, as well as the non-traditional ones, as a means to the end of characterizing their atopias.

The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

Peter Evans and Alfred Vogel – Il Piccolo Incindete (Boomslang, 2016) ****
Kate Gentile – Mannequins (Skirl, 2017) ****
Albert Cirera / Hernâni Faustino / Gabriel Ferrandini / Agustí Fernández – Before The Silence (No Business Records, 2016) *****
Albert Cirera / Luís Lopes / Hernâni Faustino / Vasco Furtado – Temple of Doom (Discordian, 2017) ****
Albert Cirera & Tres Tambors – Suite Salada (Underpool, 2016) ****
Memoria Uno – Cook for Butch (Discordian, 2016) ***½*
Albert Cirera & Carlos “Zíngaro” ‎- Cròniques 4 (Discordian, 2016) ****½
DUOT & Andy Moor – Food (Repetidor, 2017) ***½
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A’Larmé! Festival Vol. V – Day 2
A’Larmé! Festival Vol. V – Day 1
Neuköllner Modelle – Sektion 3-7 (Umlaut, 2017) ****

Seattle Scene: August 11-19, 2017

From Seattle’s 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.

High Plains + Wild Card +
Cruel Diagonals
Fri. Aug 11, 8 PM; $10 advance, $15 at door

High Plains is a new duo of Scott Morgan (loscil) and Mark Bridges that combines electronics, field recordings, and cello. An outlet for destructive sample processing, vocal exploration, and intermedia experimentation, Cruel Diagonals is the solo project of Megan Mitchell. Wild Card is a “modular free jazz” trio of Paul Dickow (Strategy), William Selman, and Marcus Fischer.

Tiny Orchestral Moments
Thu. Aug. 17, 8 PM; $15 general, $5 students

Tiny Orchestral Moments is an international troupe of established, improvising musicians who meet periodically to write, record, perform, and collaborate across genres, geographies and genders. Performers prepare and present collaborative repertoire for layered guitars, voices, violins, strings, wind, and percussion. The aim: structured improvisation that sounds composed and composed collaboration that sounds improvised.

Neal Kosaly-Meyer: Gradus…
Sat. Aug. 19, 8 PM; $5 – $15 donation at door

Gradus: for Fux, Tesla and Milo the Wrestler is Neal Kosaly-Meyer’s ongoing composition in progress for piano, exploring through improvisation a slowly expanding collection of pitches, and their grounding in silence, in patient attentive microscopic detail.

To Life, Death, and Beyond – Magma Documentary – Premiere in Toronto, August 20

Christian Vander Quartet in the twentieth musi...

Source: The Music Of Magma.

“To Life, Death and Beyond: the Music of Magma” is a feature film that explores one of the most visionary and innovative music of the last 50 years, Magma. It takes the audience on a journey through several countries where the band has been filmed, fascinating interviews with fans and musicians, including Robert Trujillo (Metallica), Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys), Trey Gunn (King Crimson). The film also includes an in-depth interview of the leader of the band, Christian Vander, and various musicians who were part of this extraordinary adventure over a period of more than 45 years.

Watch the trailer:

The film is packed with archival footage and an amazingly beautiful soundtrack is always flowing underneath. It is articulated around 6 chapters, taking the viewers on a journey through Christian Vander’s childhood, his discovery of John Coltrane who became his mentor, the birth of Magma and the different periods of the band. It also covers Christian’s unique approach and philosophy on music and life along with a tribute to the band’s be album, “Mekanik Destruktiw Kommandoh.” It ends on an inspiring and moving section where fans from various countries share the impact that the music has had on their life.

Written & Directed by Laurent Goldstein, the film was created to be seen and enjoyed by both fans of Magma and people who do not know this music. Christian Vander’s story packs an emotional wallop and is a tremendous source of inspiration for anybody who has a passion in life and wants to realize their dream.

“To Life, Death and Beyond: the Music of Magma” will premiere in Toronto at the Royal cinema on August 20th at 2:00 PM. Magma will be perfoming live at the Mod Club Theatre in Toronto that evening.

The Scientific Benefits Of Exercising With Sun Ra

English: Sun Ra at New England Conservatory, F...

Source: The Quietus.

When you begin a slow-twitch exercise like running or cycling, your body naturally enters a state of indecision. It’s establishing whether you’re trying to escape from something and will therefore require a lot of stamina-boosting blood and oxygen in your legs, or if you’re going to have to fight something, in which case it’ll send blood to the muscles that control your limbs for explosive action should you need to fell an assailant. As a consequence, warming up is essential. It’s time your body spends working out where might be the best place to send all that blood and oxygen. You can’t just start a sprint and expect the best results. For anyone mildly interested in efficient exercise, this is all entry-level stuff. So why, then, do we not make the same allowances for listening to music while we exercise?

The aforementioned parallel, and I think it’s a perfect one, struck me when I thought of the music of Sun Ra.

Crammed Discs Celebrates Boundary-Pushing Music From Around the World 

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

Few record labels are as difficult to categorize as Belgium’s Crammed Discs, which is exactly the way founder Marc Hollander likes it. Over the small imprint’s nearly 40 years in business, the label has amassed a catalogue consisting of cult post-punk releases by Tuxedomoon and The Honeymoon Killers, a soundtrack for TV commercials by Japanese composer Yasuaki Shimizu, and countless other genre-busting releases—expanding beyond the confines of experimental, pop, and electronic—from around the world. Hollander and his longtime co-conspirators, Hanna Gorjaczkowska and producer Vincent Kenis, have forged a singular identity out of strenuously avoiding any easy file-unders.