AMN Picks of the Week: Rez Abbasi / Neuringer, Dulberger & Masri / Motl & Ceccato / Jose Lencastre / Craig Pedersen

Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that has caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended.

Rez Abbasi – Unfiltered Universe (2017)
Neuringer / Dulberger / Masri – Dromedaries (2017)
Kyle Motl / Drew Ceccato – Katabasis (2017)
Jose Lencastre’s NAU Quartet – Fragments of Always (2017)
Craig Pedersen Quintet – Approaching the Absence of Doing (2017)

Wadada Leo Smith to Perform Ten Freedom Summers in Houston, Austin, and New Orleans

Source: Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith.

Wadada Leo Smith’s “Ten Freedom Summers”
The first full production in the American South of Wadada Leo Smith’s major work on the American Civil Rights Movement

October 2017

October 13
Wadada Leo Smith’s Golden Quartet
Performing First Portion of
Ten Freedom Summers
with Live Video Projections
By Video Artist Jesse Gilbert
Venue TBA
Houston, TX

October 14
Wadada Leo Smith’s Golden Quartet
Performing Second Portion of
Ten Freedom Summers
with Live Video Projections
By Video Artist Jesse Gilbert
Venue TBA
Austin, TX

October 15
Wadada Leo Smith’s Golden Quartet
Performing Third Portion of
Ten Freedom Summers
with Live Video Projections
By Video Artist Jesse Gilbert
Venue TBA
New Orleans, LA

AMN Reviews: Barnacles – One Single Sound (Boring Machines)

Matteo Uggeri has evolved from an industrial entrepreneur to melodious soul (see his work with Sparkle in Grey), serial collaborationist and, most recently, nogstalgian with Fluid Audio release Grandpa. One Single Sound, released under the name Barnacles, is his recent bathyspheric vacation from categorization, a miniature art exhibit in digipak, clashing ambient amniocity with industrial rhythms, Freudian anxiety of influence (or Jonathan Lethemnian ecstasy of same) with luminous nineteenth-century biological illustrations by Ernst Haeckel and a grunt-work quote by his esteemed colleague, Charles Darwin. An album of pilfered sound and stolen beats, it floats at one moment in mermaidless waters before cavorting like the legs of a hanged man on dry land.

In context, “one single sound” sounds like a provocation, for this is hardly a lone, stand-alone drone – it is in fact four separate pieces, each named for a sentence fragment written in a letter from Darwin about his tedious field work of 1852 – “I hate a Barnacle, as no man ever did before, not even a Sailor, in a slow-sailing ship”. Sounds have been stolen (his word) from erstwhile collaborators including Giulio Aldinucci and guitarist Maurizio Abate, and an orchestra of accordions, a yoga class and “Uncle Ronnie´s screams”. All drums have been likewise hoisted.

As it proceeds, One Single Sound only confounds. A droning hum is infected by small talk until overtaken by a pleasingly metronomic drum-circle beat. As the symphony of accordions tunes up, one comes loose, and a baritone has a stroke. A snazzy mechanical beat judders. Cymbals crash like waves on a stony beach and scatter the sunbathers. The third track, mock Himalayan singing bowls and throat chant, gets jackbooted as whispers and ghosts leak out of the radiators. The finale, unfolding delicately as an ambient flower, turns out to be something even more diffuse, a play in several acts. Pistons drive the drum program to pandemonium, as if t´ain´t no sin, to take off your skin, and dance around in your bones.

Nonplussed and yet intrigued enough to go back again and again, this quasi-steampunkian installation of man-made machinery and the briny depths is certainly singular.

Stephen Fruitman



September 10, 2017
Thomas Heberer, Thomas Helton, Joe Hertenstein, Simon Jermyn, Legion Bar
Thomas Heberer Thomas Helton Joe Hertenstein Simon Jermyn

September 10, 2017
Old Gravity, Legion Bar
Jaimie Branch Michael Evans Thomas Helton Yoni Kretzmer

September 6, 2017
Jason Mears, Quentin Tolimieri, Stephen Flinn, Muchmore’s
Stephen Flinn Jason Mears Quentin Tolimieri

September 6, 2017
Tongue, Muchmore’s
Michael Hendley Chris LiButti

September 6, 2017
Slipstream Time Travel, Muchmore’s
Marc Edwards Sandy Ewen Ernest Anderson III Ayumi Ishito Takuma Kanaiwa Alex Lozupone Colin Sanderson David Tamura

10 Essential Albums from Constellation Records

Godspeed You Black Emperor! performing live on...

Source: Pitchfork.

They brought the world Godspeed You Black Emperor!, whose guiding principles—saying no to photos, interviews, lead singers, and singles, and yes to ominous 20-minute instrumental orchestral-noise suites contextualized by group-written manifestos—ran completely contrary to conventional buzz-building strategies. And, ever since, the label has had an allergic reaction to chasing trends. While everyone was trying to sign the next Strokes in the early 2000s, Constellation gave us avant-garde klezmer. While many indie labels were scooping up any banjo-plucking beardo to ride the post-Mumford gold rush, Constellation was turning Colin Stetson into the indie world’s preeminent free-jazz superstar, or shining a light on the experimental Middle East–inspired electronica of Jerusalem in My Heart.

An Interview with Marcelo dos Reis 

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

Coimbra-based guitarist and improviser Marcelo dos Reis first caught our eyes and ears in 2015 when two of his records, Chamber 4 (with Luis Vicente, Theo Ceccaldi, and Valentin Ceccaldi) and Concentric Rinds (with Angélica V. Salvi), topped our annual list of best releases. Two years later, he has become one of the loudest and brightest voices of an explosive and dynamic Portuguese free improv and free jazz scene, producing album after album in tireless fashion, without sign of artistic wear. Whether on acoustic or electric guitar, as a sideman or a leader, his style is unequivocal, shaping Fail Better!, Chamber 4, Pedra Contida, In Layers, Open Field, STAUB Quartet, and others into unique, most excellent projects.