The Best New Ambient Music on Bandcamp

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

There are infinite atmospheric worlds available on Bandcamp. From the dreamy to the nightmarish, and the meditative to the deeply unsettling, these compositions often fall under the ambient umbrella. Albums without words that are deeply thoughtful and thought-provoking in their own way—these releases come from all corners of the globe. Every month, Aurora Mitchell will take you through the best ambient releases. In this edition, there’s music that declares the powerful message of “no fences,” physics-inspired ambient, and chill-inducing crow caws.

New Haven’s Firehouse 12 Profiled

Ninth Square Historic District, New Haven.

Source: Dwell.

Ask any two people from New Haven what Firehouse 12 is, and you’re almost bound to get two different answers. To music lovers, the restored 1905 fire station on Crown Street is Connecticut’s preeminent venue for experimental jazz, a place where artists who normally have a hard time booking gigs outside of major cities can draw an enthusiastic crowd. For the civic-minded, it’s a local success story, the crown jewel in New Haven’s decades-long effort to clean up the Ninth Square district. And for others, it’s simply a downtown watering hole, albeit a very nice one presided over by an award-winning bartender.

The truth is, Firehouse 12 is all those things, a beacon for the arts and a hub for the community. And at the heart of the venture, started 12 years ago by owner Nick Lloyd, is a recording studio that pulls double duty as a 75-seat auditorium for live shows during the spring and fall jazz series.

Vital Weekly Reviews 1099

Source: Vital Weekly.

NOGAWA KAZUNE – REFLECTIONS (CD by White Paddy Mountain) *
OKADA TAKURO & DUENN – MUJO (CD by White Paddy Mountain) *
MELODIA – SMALL CONVERSATIONS (CD by White Paddy Mountain) *
DAVID CORDERO & DOT TAPE DOT – SEEP (CD by Plop) *
LISE-LOTTE NORELIUS – SKY (CD by Firework Edition Records) *
CELER – ALCOVES (CD by Two Acorns) *
CELER – ON OR NEAR THE SURFACE (7” flexi disc by Two Acorns)
FRED VAN HOVE & ROGER TURNER – THE CORNER (CD by Relative Pitch Records)
MAGDA MAYAS & JIM DENLEY – TEMPLE JETZ (CD by Relative Pitch Records)
JOHN BUTCHER & JOHN EDWARDS & MARK SANDERS – LAST DREAM OF THE
MORNING(CD by Relative Pitch Records)
FALTER BRAMNK – GLASSICAL MUSIC (CD by Circum Disc) *
DAVID LEE MYERS – ETHER MUSIC (CD by Starkland)
CHRISTIAN KOBI & CHRISTIAN MÜLLER – A SECOND DAY (CD by Herbal International) *
SOUND OF THE MOUNTAIN – AMPLIFIED CLARINET & TRUMPET (CD by Mystery *
And Wonder)
KALE PLANKIEREN (LP compilation by Knekelhuis)
DOMESTIC SAMPLER UMYU (LP compilation by Discos Transgenero)
THE MANCHESTER MEKON – NO FORGETTING (LP by Discos Transgenero)
JARRA – MUSICA RESERVATA VIVA (CDR, private) *
AVSA – PARALLELS (CDR by Manyfeetunder/Concrete) *
CICELY IRVINE – EXCAVATION (CDR by Eilean Records) *
GIOVANNI LAMI – HYSTERESIS III (cassette by Soft Error) *
STRICT NURSE – ERRATIC (cassette by Vatican Analog)
MODELBAU – CONFLUENCE (DL by Korm Digitaal)
MODELBAU – QONRAD (cassette by Aubjects Aujx)
MODELBAU – TYPEWRITER (cassette by Dokuro)
ANDROID AUTOMATIC – MOJAVE (cassette by Katuktu Collective)
POINT PLEASANT – SOLEMN (cassette by Katuktu Collective) *
TOUCH TEST (cassette by Katuktu Collective) *
BRØRBY & CLAUSEN – MANNEN FALLER (cassette by Katuktu Collective)
GALKINA & AVROVIN & DMITRIEV, LIS – MAY 2016 (cassette, private)
G. AVROVIN – WANCHMAN (cassette, private)
G. AVRORIN – LEATHER IS SKIN (cassette, private)

Steve Swell News

Source: Steve Swell.

I have just finished a ten day tour with the amazing Frode Gjerstad, Paal Nilssen-Love and Jon Rune Strom. This was our third tour and the band just grows and evolves each night. We had an amazing first gig in Chicago where Dave Rempis played the second set and then we went on each day traveling then playing in the evening. We spent quality time with legend Chuck Nessa in Michigan as he shared some great stories and played us a new release of Roscoe Mitchell‘s. We finished the tour at the great Firehouse 12 space in Connecticut. The feeling of the band musically and the friendships here have been gratifying to me both musically and personally. I am ever so lucky to know and play with these gentlemen. The group will be touring Europe in February of next year. Also while we had a gig and a day off in Montreal, Matana Roberts invited me to a studio there to record her new Coin Coin record. How great is that!!!

Coming up next will be my Leaf Peeping in Poland: If Trains Could Speak piece with my text and music presented as part of the Interpretations series at Roulette on October 5 at 8pm.

Also look for my live performance/recording of “Music for Six Musicians: Hommage à Olivier Messiaen” completed and performed on June 13.

The day after my Roulette performance I will leave for St. Louis, Missouri where I will conduct several workshops/talks, one at Washington University then perform the next evening with my band Soul Travelers as part of St. Louis’ New Music Circle. That band has Jemeel Moondoc, Dave Burrell, William Parker and Chad Taylor.

The day after that I will fly from St. Louis to Krakow, Poland to perform Swedish musician Per-Ake Holmlander’s compositions with a number of terrific European improvisers.

I will be doing two concerts with Joe McPhee and Dick Griffin with our trombone trio: Trombone Insurgency in Seattle, October 28 and also at Edgefest on October 18th.

At Edgefest on October 21 I will perform again with Soul Travelers but with Gerald Cleaver on drums this time

On November 11 I will be at Joe’s Pub performing David Haney’s “Jazz Stories” concert once again with Bernard Purdie and on December 4th I will be at the Stone for Mars Williams’ celebration of Albert Ayler with Joe McPhee, Chris Corsano

Chicago Bass Clarinetist Jason Stein Profiled

Source: Chicago Reader.

In December 4, 2015, Chicago bass clarinetist Jason Stein played his first arena show, at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee. He knew that the 14,000 people in the audience hadn’t come to see him, even though he’s toured on several continents and earned acclaim in the New York Times and DownBeat magazine—free jazz isn’t a lucrative racket. For Stein and the musicians who share his circuit, a crowd of 50 in a cozy bar like the Hungry Brain counts as a respectable turnout.

The star who’d filled the arena was one of Stein’s two younger sisters, comedian Amy Schumer—and that night was the beginning of what would become a regular opening gig for Stein and his long-­running trio Locksmith Isidore, with Chicago bassist Jason Roebke and New York drummer Mike Pride.

New From Tzadik

John Zorn (cropped version)

Source: Tzadik.

John Zorn : The Interpretation Of Dreams

This powerful collection of new work inspired by the surrealism of Luis Buñuel and the psychotropic dream world of William Burroughs comprises three remarkable compositions—two stream-of-consciousness tours de force for vibraphone and rhythm section and the sensual piano quintet Obscure Objects of Desire, one of Zorn’s most evocative new works. Performing is the powerful young vibraphonist Sae Hashimoto, along with JACK quartet, Steve Gosling, Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz and Tyshawn Sorey from Zorn’s devoted inner circle. A colorful and varied program of breathtakingly transcendent compositions conjuring dreams and obsessions both real and imaginary!

John Zorn :
Arcana VIII: Musicians on Music — Ten Year Anniversary

Initiated in 1997 and now in its eighth installment, John Zorn’s acclaimed Arcana series is a major source of new music theory and practice in the 21st century. To date over 250 musicians (spanning three generations) have contributed, addressing the inner workings of composing, improvising, teaching, living, touring and thinking about music via essays, manifestoes, interviews, notes, critical papers and more. This special anniversary edition presents writings spanning classical music, jazz, rock, improvisation, world music, film soundtracks and more by exciting young artists, established masters and visionary mavericks.

The Stone in October

English: Steven Bernstein live at Saalfelden 2...

Source: New York’s The Stone.

10/1 Sunday (AV)
8:30 pm
The mind has no form, but sometimes it can have form
Darius Jones (alto sax) Daniel Marcellus Givens (electronics) Sean Conly (bass) Shahzad Ismaily (drums, guitar, synths), Fay Victor (voice), Emilie Lesbros (voice), Sugar Vendil (piano, synths)

10/2 Monday (NM)
8:30 pm
Wasser Works
Luisa Muhr (voice, concept, image score) Richie Barshay (drums, percussion) Patricia Brennan (vibraphone)

10/3 Tuesday (NA)
8:30 pm
WITH STRINGS
Mazz Swift (violin) Tomeka Reid (cello) Brandon Lopez (bass) Dan Lippel (guitar) Craig Taborn (piano) Miya Masaoka (koto) Peter Evans (trumpets)

10/4 Wednesday (NM)
8:30 pm
Peter Evans and Levy Lorenzo duo
Levy Lorenzo (percussion, electronics) Peter Evans (trumpets)

10/5 Thursday (FM)
8:30 pm
Peter Evans Septet
Peter Evans (trumpets, compositions) Mazz Swift (violin) Sam Pluta (live electronics) Ron Stabinsky (piano, synthesizers) Tom Blancarte (bass) Levy Lorenzo (percussion, electronics) Jim Black (drums, electronics)

THE STONE AT THE NEW SCHOOL—55 WEST 13TH STREET
CYRO BAPTISTA
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHTS OCTOBER 6–7 AT 8:30PM
FRIDAY OCT 6—BANQUET OF THE SPIRITS: Cyro Baptista (percussion) Tim Keiper (drums) Brian Marsella (keyboards) Shanir Blumenkranz (bass)
SATURDAY OCT 7—CYRO BAPTISTA SOLO: Cyro Baptista (percussion)

10/6 Friday (JAFM)
8:30 pm
duos, trios, quartets
Peter Evans (trumpets) Rajna Swaminathan (mrindangam) Sam Pluta (live electronics) Shayna Dunkelman (percussion)

10/7 Saturday (ISDT)
8:30 pm
Peter Evans and David Byrd-Marrow Duo
Peter Evans (trumpets) David Byrd-Marrow (french horn)

10/8 Sunday (HM)
8:30 pm
Peter Evans Solo
Peter Evans (solo trumpet)

10/9 Monday (SK)
830 pm
ON KA’A DAVIS
On Ka’a Davis (instruments and voice)
A RARE PERFORMANCE BY EAST VILLAGE LEGEND ON KA’A DAVIS! DONT MISS IT!

10/10 Tuesday (NB)
8:30 pm
Orphic Machine
Ben Goldberg (clarinet) Carla Kihlstedt (violin) Ches Smith, Kenny Wollesen (vibes) Myra Melford (piano) Ron Miles (trumpet) Nate Radley (guitar), Trevor Dunn (bass)

10/11 Wednesday (RK)
8:30 pm
The Out Louds + Eskelin / Crump
Tomas Fujiwara (drums) Ben Goldberg (clarinet) Mary Halvorson (guitar) Ellery Eskelin (sax) Stephan Crump (bass)

10/12 Thursday (DT)
8:30 pm
Ben Goldberg, Tim Berne, Mike Formanek, Kenny Wollesen
Ben Goldberg (clarinet) Tim Berne (sax) Mike Formanek (bass) Kenny Wollesen (drums)

THE STONE AT THE NEW SCHOOL—55 WEST 13TH STREET
STEVEN BERNSTEIN
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHTS OCTOBER 13–14 AT 8:30PM
FRIDAY OCT 13— Sexmob: Briggan Krauss (sax) Tony Scherr (bass) Kenny Wollesen (drums) Steven Bernstein (trumpet)
SATURDAY OCT 14—Oct 14 Steven Bernstein’s Millennial Territory Orchestra: Doug Wieselman (reeds) Peter Apfelbaum (reeds) Erik Lawrence (reeds) Charlie Burnham (violin) Curtis Fowlkes (trombone) Ben Allison (bass) Kenny Wollesen (drums) Steve Bernstein (trumpet)

10/13 Friday (ARNA)
8:30 pm
MATMOS + Nels Cline & Ben Goldberg
Ben Goldberg (clarinet) Nels Cline (guitar) Drew Daniel, Martin Schmidt (electronics)

10/14 Saturday (RBSK)
8:30 pm
Invisible Guy with Eli Crews
Ben Goldberg (clarinet) Michael Coleman (keyboards) Hamir Atwal (drums) Eli Crews (live electronics)

10/15 Sunday (SZ)
8:30 pm
Ben Goldberg Trio
Ben Goldberg (clarinet) Kris Davis (piano) Billy Mintz (drums)

10/17 Tuesday (JT)
8:30 pm
Nels Cline and Okkyung Lee
Nels Cline (guitar) Okkyung Lee (cello)

10/18 Wednesday (RK)
8:30 pm
Chris Corsano, Okkyung Lee and Ches Smith
Chris Corsano, Ches Smith (drums, percussion) Okkyung Lee (cello)

10/19 Thursday (AP)
830 pm
Banff Night I
Alec Aldred (trumpet) Sasha Berliner (vibes) Gabriel Chakarji (piano) Cole Davis (bass) Jhoe Garay (guitar) Maria Grand (saxophone) Okkyung Lee (cello) Nicolino Locche (drums) Steve Williams (bass)

THE STONE AT THE NEW SCHOOL—55 WEST 13TH STREET
ERIK FRIEDLANDER
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHTS OCTOBER 20–21 AT 8:30PM
FRIDAY OCTOBER 20—Oscalypso: Friedlander’s tribute band plays new originals inspired by Oscar Pettiford as well as some of OP’s most well-known masterpieces like “Bohemia After Dark” and “Tamalpais Love Song” Erik Friedlander (cello) Michael Blake (saxophone) Uri Caine (piano) Michael Sarin (drums) Michael Bates (bass)
SATURDAY OCTOBER 21—Friedlander’s new quartet “Throw A Glass” plays Artemisia a new hypnotic, absinthe-inspired project that will be released in 2018. Erik Friedlander (cello) Uri Caine (piano) Ches Smith (drums) Shanir Blumenkranz (bass)

10/20 Friday (HWSZ)
8:30 pm
Banff Night II
Noah Becker (alto saxophone, clarinet) Conner Duke (bass) Jasper Dütz (bass clarinet, saxophone) Noa Fort (voice) Noah Abrahams Gershwin (guitar) Alex Hamburger (flute, baritone saxophone) Colin Avery Hinton (drums) Okkyung Lee (cello) Chien Chien Lu (vibes) Prawit Siriwat (guitar) Jonah Udall (guitar) Theo Walentiny (piano)

10/21 Saturday (RKAR)
830 pm
Liberty Ellman and Okkyung Lee
Liberty Ellman (guitar) Okkyung Lee (cello, composition)

10/22 Sunday (SL)
8:30 pm
Maeve Gilchrist, Okkyung Lee, Eivind Opsvik and Jacob Sacks
Maeve Gilchrist (harp) Okkyung Lee (cello, composition) Eivind Opsvik (bass) Jacob Sacks (piano)

10/24 Tuesday (JT)
8:30 pm
Bee Line
Chris Cochrane (guitar) Kato Hideki (bass) Billy Martin (drums)

THE STONE COMMISSIONS
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 25: BRIAN MARSELLA
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

10/25 Wednesday (HM)
8:30 pm
Imogai
Ned Rothenberg (shakuhachi, reeds, flutes) Billy Martin (percussion)

THE STONE AT RUSS AND DAUGHTERS CAFE!
THURSDAY OCTOBER 26: JULIAN LAGE
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!

10/26 Thursday (FM)
8:30 pm
Universal Melodic Brass Band
Steven Bernstein, Frank London (trumpets) Art Baron, Curtis Fowlkes (trombones) Matt Darriau, Oscar Noriega (reeds) Ben Stapp (tuba) Billy Martin (drums)

THE STONE AT THE NEW SCHOOL—55 WEST 13TH STREET
JEN SHYU: Song of Silver Geese Pi Records CD release
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHTS OCTOBER 27-28 AT 830PM
FRIDAY OCTOBER 27—Song of Silver Geese: Jen Shyu (compositions, vocals, piano, Taiwanese moon lute, gayageum, soribuk, Japanese biwa, violin, percussion) Chris Dingman (vibraphone) Mariel Roberts (cello) Ches Smith (drums) Kaoru Watanabe (winds)
SATURDAY OCTOBER 28—Nine Doors, solo ritual drama in 8 languages: Jen Shyu (compositions, vocals, piano, Taiwanese moon lute, gayageum, soribuk, Japanese biwa, percussion)

10/27 Friday (NBHW)
8:30 pm
Music for Film
Jane Scarpentoni (cello) Pauline Kim (violin) Conrad Harris (violin) Isabel Hagen (viola)

10/28 Saturday (RBMC)
8:30 pm
Vevé Méchanique
Billy Martin (electronics, percussion) Martin Dosh (keyboards, electronics, percussion) Todd Clouser (guitar) JT Bates (drums)

10/29 Sunday (NH)
8:30 pm
Other Dimensions in Percussion
Billy Martin with the Komodo Whirlygig Orchestra

10/31 Tuesday (AP)
8:30 pm
Blue Buddha
Dave Douglas (trumpet) Louie Belogenis (tenor sax) Bill Laswell (bass) TBA (drums)