AMN Picks of the Week: Common Eider, King Eider / The League of Assholes / The Heliosonic Tone-Tette / Tomas Fujiwara / Ed Palermo Big Band

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.

Common Eider, King Eider – Shrines For The Unwanted, Respite For The Cast Aside (2017)
The League of Assholes – IM PEACH (2017)
The Heliosonic Tone-Tette – Heliosonic Toneways, Vol. 1 (2017)
Tomas Fujiwara – Triple Double (2017)
Ed Palermo Big Band – The Adventures of Zodd Zundgren (2017)

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Olivia Block Interviewed

Source: Another Timbre.

This suite was created over a span of several years. I developed techniques inside piano through rehearsals and performances, sketched the basic ideas out–the motives, physical materials, etc., leaving a lot of room for improvisation between the composed bits. I think of the suite as somewhat modular. I can switch sections around while key features, like patterns on the keys in each section, are composed.

There are certain aspects that are unpredictable by nature. For instance, the resonant notes inside the piano, amplified through the contact mics and mini speaker, lead the note choices I play in the keyed patterns.

So in terms of live performance, each piano and the materials I place inside the piano become key factors. The score sets these processes in motion, but leaves room for my spontaneous reactions to the natural acoustic phenomena within certain boundaries.