AMN Reviews: Hear in Now – Not Living in Fear [International Anthem IARC0012]

The trio Hear in Now not only crosses national borders with its personnel—violinist Mazz Swift and cellist Tomeka Reid are from the US, while double bassist Silvia Bolognesi is from Siena, Italy—with its music, it crosses the border between composition and improvisation as well.

The music on Hear in Now’s second studio release, Not Living in Fear, is sui generis. It isn’t jazz, although it does embrace improvisation and some of the feel of jazz, and it isn’t classical, although it does contain composed passages that refigure some of the conventions of post-Minimalist and neo-Romantic music. Whatever label one may wish to use, the music is tightly focused and strongly lyrical throughout.  In fact structured lyricism is the most striking quality; all three instruments play melodies in turn, often layered over an accompaniment of the other two instruments’ repeated figures. Bolognesi’s pizzicato lines are especially effective in anchoring the higher voices of violin and cello; Reid’s solid cello work—the essential middle voice binding upper and lower registers–and Swift’s expressive portamento both sit well over the bass’s firmly grounded foundation. Two of the recording’s highlights are pieces dedicated to musical forebears: the elegiac Requiem for Charlie Haden features Bolognesi’s heartfelt pizzicato, while the hymn-like Prayer for Wadud is a beautiful exploration of Phrygian melody and ambience.

Daniel Barbiero

Stereocilia European Tour

Source: Stereocilia. John Scott is Stereocilia, a Bristol-based guitarist who loops his guitar work to create ambient and drone works.

14/09/2017 | IKLECTIK | London, UK
15/09/2017 | Aleponija, | Riga, LV
16/09/2017 | MIM Studio | Tallinn, EE
17/09/2017 | Third Space | Helsinki, FI
19/09/2017 | Cappelens Forslag | Oslo, NO
20/09/2017 | Kafé Hærverk | Oslo, NO
22/09/2017 | Henry’s Cellar Bar | Edinburgh, UK
23/09/2017 | Weird Garden | Lincoln, UK
28/09/2017 | Roll for the Soul | Bristol, UK (Live Soundtrack to “Fall of the Romanov Dynasty”)
30/09/2017 | The Cube | Bristol, UK | With Ex-Easter Island Head
06/10/2017 | Old England | Bristol (duo w/ Agathe Max – Winter Ghost)
30/10/2017 | The Cube | Bristol (duo w/ Agathe Max – Winter Ghost) with Jessica Moss

Fall Shows at Philadelphia’s Bowerbird

English: Alan Licht Français : Alan Licht

Source: Bowerbird.

September 19th (tuesday)
Kazuhisa Uchihashi + Daniel Fishkin

The Rotunda
4014 Walnut Street
8pm; FREE

Bowerbird is pleased to present the international collaboration between daxophone masters Daniel Fishkin (Philadelphia) and Kazuhisa Uchihashi (Japan).

The daxophone is a thin hardwood strip played with a bow, created by German improviser/inventor Hans Reichel in 1987. The instrument’s sound, somewhere between a cello and a badger, ranges from furtive gurgles to wild screams. In 2005, Daniel Fishkin fell in love with this instrument and built one of his own. Eventually, he built hundreds of daxophones, becoming attuned to the sonic qualities of wood species and carved shapes. After Reichel’s death, the fate of this instrument became unclear. Kazuhisa Uchihashi, a creative partner of Reichel, is now a leading proponent of the daxophone. Uchihashi performs on Reichel’s instruments, in addition to presenting installations and exhibits about the daxophone. In 2015, Fishkin met Uchihashi in Berlin. They represent different “schools” of daxophone – the new and the old, the postmodern and classical. This is their first public performance.

October 10th (Tuesday)
The World According to Sound

University Lutheran
3637 Chestnut St
8pm; Admission $10-$15

Bowerbird is pleased to present The World According to Sound, an immersive sonic experience by Sam Harnett and Chris Hoff. During the performance, the audience sits blindfolded at the center of a ring of loudspeakers. Listeners will be transported inside another person’s head, and back in time a hundred years to the streets of Berlin. They’ll fly out into space and bore deep inside the bowels of the earth. There is a musical washing machine, sonorous sporting events, and the disturbing howl Marco Polo heard while crossing the Gobi Desert. There’s absolutely nothing to see. It will be a spectacle entirely for the ears.

October 12th (Thursday)

James Ilgenfritz, Bhob Rainey, Gabi Losoncy

University Lutheran (UniLu)
3637 Chestnut St
8pm; Admission $10-$15

Bowerbird is pleased to present a triple bill featuring New York Contrabassist, James Ilgenfritz, composer and performer Bhob Rainey, and Philadelphia sound artist Gabrielle Losoncy. James will be performing work from his recent solo CD, and more. From hypnotic drone works to astounding feats of technical virtuosity, this collection of works brings hyper-complexity, improvisation, and lyrical beauty together into a deeply personal tour-de-force of music invention.

October 19th (Thursday)
Alan Licht
Chris Forsyth

University Lutheran
3637 Chestnut St
8pm; Admission $10-$15

Bowerbird is pleased to present Alan Licht and Chris Forsyth at UniLu. Guitarist Alan Licht, known as an avant garde, experimental musician, will be performing music from his solo acoustic album Currents.

Mia Zabelka and Andras Fekete / Rootless / Jon Camp in DC, September 19

Mia ZabelkaAndras Fekete (violin, guitar and tape) / Rootless (solo accoustic guitar) / Jon Camp (solo electric guitar)
Tuesday, September 19, 8pm, $10 suggested
“Music For Violin, Guitar and Analog Tape” – The first live collaboration between Austrian avant-violinist Mia Zabelka and Andras Fekete of the DC maximum minimalist collective BOAT BURNING will feature violin and drone guitar with live sound processing via a vintage German Revox A77 reel-to-reel tape recorder. With Jonathan Matis (Boat Burning, DC Improvisers Collective (DCIC)) on keyboards.
Mia Zabelka, sound artist, violinist and vocalist from Vienna, with czech, jewish and french familial background, lives in the Austrian region of southern Styria. As an experimental musician and improviser she has developed a unique language based on the de- and reconstruction of the violin’s sonic possibilities, expanding the instrument using live electronic devices and innovative performance techniques. She studied music and composition at the University of Music and Performing Arts and the Conservatory of Music in Vienna, creating a foundation on the basis of which she continues to construct and explore the limits of sound and music in a language entirely her own. The violin, voice and her own body transform into sound bodies which are at once organic and primal, screaming, lyrical, composed and explosive. In 2007 Mia Zabelka founded the Klang.Haus, a centre for sound and interdisciplinary art at her house in southern Styria. The is a meeting point for international and local artists and hosts the Klang.Zeit festival four times a year.
Since 2009 Mia Zabelka is the artistic director of Phonofemme Vienna, an international festival of female improvised electronic music and sound art. Mia Zabelka is currently collaborating in Duos with Lydia Lunch, Audrey Lauro, Micromelancolié, Philippe Petit and Zahra Mani, with video artist Mia Makela and in Trios with Meinread Kneer and Andreas Willers, in Mia Zabelka Trio featuring Pavel Fajt / Johannes Frisch, and in Trio Blurb featuring John Russell / Maggie Nicols.
ROOTLESS (Brooklyn)
Rootless is the project of Jeremy Hurewitz, a Brooklyn-based musician whose third album “Sculptures Deep Within the Cave” was released by Cabin Floor Esoterica in June. He will be playing acoustic guitar and sampler.
Jon Camp is a DC-based guitarist and composer. In 2014, he released Earwig, an EP of psychedelic miniatures. In 2016, Jon released Stifled Hair-Trigger, his full-length debut, which explored both solo fingerstyle guitar and drone rock jams.

Creative Music Studio NYC Fall Performances 

Source: Creative Music Studio.

CMS Improvisers Orchestra at El Taller; CMS Ensembles at Greenwich House Music School

The Creative Music Studio™ has announced its Fall 2017 series of concerts in New York City with four performances by the CMS Improvisers Orchestra (CIO) conducted by artistic director Karl Berger, along with a series of three ensemble performances curated by CMS associate artistic directors Peter Apfelbaum, Steven Bernstein and Billy Martin.

On Saturday, September 30 the series kicks off when the CIO performs with the Soldier/Kane duo, featuring Dave Soldier (violin) and Jonathan Kane (drums), at El Taller, 215 East 99th Street. There will be a second CIO Soldier/Kane concert at El Taller on Saturday, November 25. All CIO performances begin at 8:30pm, preceded by an open rehearsal for ticket holders at 7pm. Tickets are $20 ($15 students). These CIO concerts are supported by the New York State Council on the Arts and the Robert F. Bielcki Foundation.

Peter Apfelbaum
On Saturday, October 7 CMS’ performance series at Greenwich House Music School,(GHMS) 46 Barrow Street (off 7th Ave.), begins with Peter Apfelbaum’s world music project, Song of the Mystic Thread. Utilizing both Western and non-Western instruments and “expanded” tuning, this ensemble plays hypnotic, non-tempered polyrhythmic music and new world folk songs. It features Apfelbaum (woodwinds/de-tuned organ/piano), two leading practitioners of the gyil (traditional Ghanaian xylophone – master Alfred Kpebesaane and his protege, Brittany Anjou), along with Charlie Burnham (violin/vocals), Mali Obamsawin (bass) and April Centrone (drums/riqq), along with special surprise guests.

On Saturday, October 28 the CIO series at El Taller continues with special guest, Chinese composer, vocalist and pipa player Min Xiao Fen, a guiding artist at the CMS Spring Workshop last June. On Saturday, December 9 there will be a second CIO El Taller concert featuring Xiao Fen.

Steve Bernstein
On Thursday, November 2, at GHMS, Steven Bernstein’s Millenial Territory Orchestra will present its version of Don Cherry’s rarely performed “Relativity Suite.” Cherry, who was instrumental in the development of CMS, composed it in 1970 to feature a mix of brass, saxophones, strings, and Indian and Chinese instruments. “This instrumentation crossover perfectly blends with MTO, and the expansive nature of the suite (and Cherry’s musical conception) allows for the band to bring their own sound and rhythm into the composition, while remaining committed to its essence,” said Bernstein. The second half of the concert will feature pieces drawn from MTO’s repertoire, ranging from 1920’s Harlem big band pioneer Cecil Scott, to Prince and whatever else the moment may bring.

On Saturday December 2, CMS’ GHMS performance will feature Billy Martin’s Omnispheric Orchestra, an improvising ensemble that weaves prose and sound into a dynamic musical and literary experience. The ensemble includes Billy Martin (percussion), Marty Ehrlich, Ned Rothenberg and Daniel Carter (reeds), Adam Lane (bass), and the poets Bob Holman, Ashley August and Nkosi Nkululeko, among others to be named later.

The CIO will perform its 100th concert during the run at the El Taller. Since its inception in 2011, the CIO, comprised of 20 or more string, horn, reed, and percussion soloists, has performed nearly 100 times. Conducted in Berger’s inimitable style developed over decades at the Creative Music Studio™, the CIO explores original compositions as well as melodies from the world’s folk traditions and themes by visionary composers such as Don Cherry and Ornette Coleman, creating a platform for musical ideas to arise spontaneously among the orchestra’s musicians. Berger’s conducting blends and harmonizes improvised sounds and rhythms in constantly shifting instrumentations and dynamics. One of the orchestra’s trademarks is Ingrid Sertso’s unique vocalizations and poetry.