Daniel Levin’s Recent Listening

Source: Dusted Magazine.

Cellist Daniel Levin has been based in New York City for most of his professional life. But he was born in Vermont and educated at the New England Conservatory of Music, and he is close musical kin to certain other Northeastern improvisers. Like Mat Maneri, with whom he has played, and Mat’s father Joe, Levin is tuned in to the possibilities that exist between the notes, and he understands how improvisation and composition work in consort to express musical imagination. And like Joe Morris, he’s a monster on his instrument who is loath to sound just one way or do just one thing.

Avant Scena Reviews

Source: Avant Scena.

Trevor Babb – “Warmth” (Innova, 2017)

Tom Rainey Obbligato – “Float Upstream” (Intakt, 2017)

Kimmig/Studer/Zimmerlin – “Im Hellen – String Trio”

Peter Brötzmann, Steve Swell, Paal Nilssen-Love – “Live in Copenhagen” (Catalytic Sound, 2017)

Greg Mills, Eric Mandat – “New Music For Clarinet And Piano” (Freedonia Music, 2017)

Neuringer / Dulberger / Masri – “Dromedaries” (Already Dead Tapes and Records, 2017)

earnear – “earnear” (2017)

John Butcher, Damon Smith, Weasel Walter – “The Catastrophe of Minimalism” (Balance Point Acoustics, 2017)

Demetrius Spaneas – “From A Far-off World” (Capstone Records, 2017)

Jason Stein Quartet – “Lucille!” (Delmark Records, 2017)

Alex Mincek – “Torrent” (2017)

Baltimore SDIY Group Fallfest Concert One

The Baltimore SDIY Group announces its 2017 Fallfest Concert One, to be held Saturday, September 23, at the Electric Maid, 268 Carroll Street NW, Washington DC 20012. The concert is all-ages with a $10 admission.

The concert features Stefan Prosky; Fast Forty (Keith Sinzinger); The Winston Psmith Project and Dave Vosh; Arthur Loves Plastic (Bev Stanton) & John Saint John as Novparolo; and Kantoendrato.

Saturday, September 23, 7:30 PM. Doors at 7:00.

For more information, visit the Baltimore SDIY webpages.

Vital Weekly Reviews 1098

Source: Vital Weekly.

TRYYO – FLYING BOX (CD by Pfmentum)
HAFFAH – SENZA TITOLO (CD by Evil Rabbit Records)
REDDEER – NEW YORK-ST.JOHANN (CD by Evil Rabbit Records)
ORCHESTRA OF THE UPPER ATMOSPHERE (2CD by Discus Music)
STRINGSTRANG – WAASLAND (CD by Seja) *
FERGUS KELLY – LOCAL KNOWLEDGE (CD by Unfathomless) *
THE OWLS ARE NOT WHAT THEY SEEM: DAVID LYNCH TRIBUTE REMIXES (2CD by Zhelezobeton)
UHUSHUHU/OGNI VIDENIY/LUNAR ABYSS (CDR by Zhelezobeton) *
MELODIE DES VERGESSENS – PALUSTRE GENESIS (CDR by Zhelezobeton) *
SACROMONTE – RIME (CD by Luscinia Discos) *
ANDREW RAFFO DEWAR & ANNE LEBARON & ANDREA CENTAZZO – ENCANTAMIENTOS (CD by PfMentum)
GIW – NEVER IS ALWAYS (CD by Fi Records)
NANDI – MYLAPORE (CD by Cjn Records)
NATASHA BARRETT – PUZZLE WOOD (CD by Aurora) *
ETANT DONNES – LE PARADIS BLANC (LP/DVD by Warm)
OPÉRA MORT – FILM WORKS (LP by B.a.a.d.m.) *
A THING HEARD: FOUR WAYS OF LISTENING (10” lathe cut by ppppp)
JON THORNE – HOMESTEAD (CDR & 7” lathe cut by Static Caravan) *
DIECI ENSEMBLE – SAME (CDR by Setola Di Maiale)
BARTOSZ DZIADOSZ & TOMASZ MREŃCA – MIRAGE (3”CDR by Taalem) *
CENDRE OGATA – DE MAGIA (3”CDR by Taalem) *
INTERNAL FUSION – WAÏSSAD (3”CDR by Taalem) *
JEROEN DIEPENMAAT – DOUBLE LANDSCAPE (business card CDR, private) *
SANELIV – PENINSULA (cassette by Illuminated Paths)

The New Face of Prog Rock

Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Feb. 3, 1978

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

By the early 1970s, progressive rock had taken over the music industry, with a ‘60s-era economic boom contributing to longer, more expensive and sophisticated recordings. Progressive rock, or “prog” as it later came to be known, found rock music drifting away from a dance-oriented approach, its most prominent bands instead shifting to a more immersive headphone-listening experience. Bands such as King Crimson, Yes, Genesis, and Emerson, Lake & Palmer paired unconventional and experimental songwriting with narrative concepts, sometimes incorporating them into LP side-length suites. Other scenes emerged as prog evolved, such as the jazz-influenced Canterbury scene (Soft Machine, Robert Wyatt, Caravan), the more electronics-heavy krautrock scene in Germany (Can, Neu!, Harmonia), and the much less song-oriented experiments of avant-prog (Magma, Univers Zero, Henry Cow).

Progressive rock today maintains the ornate instrumentation and ambition of its classic era, but as rock music itself evolved, so has prog. The recording budgets may not be what they once were, but contemporary prog bands still see beyond stylistic boundaries, embracing the instrumental skill and complex songwriting of the genre’s creators while finding new ways to evolve and change its shape. Some of them favor air-tight composition while others delve into improvisational spaces, but they all are redefining progressive rock in their own way.

Taran’s Free Jazz Hour Podcast 22/2017

Cameron Brown playing at Iridium on December 9...

Source: Taran’s Free Jazz Hour.

Cleanfeed
Knknighgh: Nate Wooley Trumpet | Chris Pitsiokos Alto Saxophone | Brandon Lopez Bass | Dré Hočevar Drums

Metamorphosis: Joachim Badenhorst Clarinet and Bass Clarinet | Susana Santos Silva Trumpet | Gonçalo Almeida Double Bass, Keys, Effects and Loops | Greg Smith Drums and Electronics

Leo Records
Haberdashery: Ziv Taubenfeld, Bcl/ Shay Hazan, B/ Nir Sabag, Dr

Free Reservoir: Simon Nabatov, P/ Max Johnson, B/ Michael Sarin, Dr

Edith’s Problem: Deniz Peters, P/ Simon Rose, Bari S, as

Walking Contradiction: Pierre Audétat, Keyboard/ Vinz Vonlanthan, G, Vo

the Bridge
Twins: Fred Jackson Jr, as/ Stéphane Payen, as/ Edward Perraud, Dr, Perc/ Frank Rosaly, Dr, Perc

Iluso
Slow Learner: Josh Sinton, Bari Sax/ Jason Ajemian, B/ Chad Taylor, Dr, Perc

Lena Bloch
Heart Knows: Lena Bloch, Ts/ Russ Lossing, P: Cameron Brown, B/ Billy Mintz, Dr

Slam
Glowering Figs: Dave Fowler, Dr/ Ivor Kallin, Vo, B/ Jerry Wiggens, El G

Emanem
in Backward Times: Paul Rutherford, Tbn/ Paul Rogers, B/ Veryan Weston, P/ Marcio Mattos, Cello, Electronics

Startlingly Fresh Records
Just Saying: Duke Way, Poet with Lots of Musicians

Aerophonic
Lattice: Dave Rempis, as, Ts, Bari Sax