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.

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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.