This power trio’s odd name is derived from those of its constituents, bassist Andi Schnellmann, guitarist Manuel Troller, and drummer David Meier. Rights is the follow-up to their 2015 release, X (review). While the group’s basic approach has not changed – instrumental math rock with interlocking rhythms and a slight twinge of psychedelia. This 40-minute album is to the point. Its underlying structure is based on repetitions and variations on a handful of relatively simple yet layered themes. Not unlike late-era offerings from labelmates Present, Schnellertollermeier takes these building blocks and crafts skyscrapers of cinematic sound and texture. The outcome can be thought of a mix of Godspeed You Black Emperor with 80’s King Crimson. Or a Euro-take on Zevious and Ahleuchatistas. Troller’s use of harmonic-laden melodies, in particular, is reminiscent of the latter. A strong release.
The trumpet is making a comeback as a lead instrument of choice in left-of-center music. Wadada Leo Smith, Nate Wooley, Daniel Rosenboom, Jaimie Branch, Stephen Haynes, and many others have released excellent material over the last decade, if not in the last several months. Canadian Lina Allemano is no newcomer – she has quietly put out a cadre of recordings going back 15 years. With Sometimes Y coming out next month as one half of a two-CD release respectively featuring each of Allemano’s bands, you can expect her profile to increase. Simply put, the music is just that good.
The Lina Allemano Four has its origins in the early 2000’s and has had a static lineup for over 10 years. Joining Allemano is Brodie West on alto sax, Andrew Downing on bass, and Nick Fraser on drums. Sometimes Y is a cohesive and well-organized romp through disjointed timings, shifting rhythms, and scattershot themes. They come together and pull apart, generating an unpredictable tension. Still, the group manages to pull off flurries of free improvisation without sounding overtly outside.
Of particular note is the interplay between Allemano and West, consisting of staccato pulses, atmospheric harmonies, and distorted but airy phrasings. Their elastic cohesion stretches between tightly-played leads to disparate individual warblings. Downing provides a bed of sound rather than rhythm per se, employing both bowed and picked playing. Fraser’s work is similarly understated and frequently devoid of a traditional beat.
Perhaps because they have been together so long, this quartet has an exquisite feel for space and timing. They don’t need to play loudly or rapidly to grab the listener’s attention. The downtempo pieces are overflowing with ideas, flourishes, and unusual directions. Sometimes Y is a stellar effort – there is much to like here no matter where one falls on the jazz / creative music spectrum.
Source: Taran’s Free Jazz Hour.
Live at the Lamp Tavern: Paul Dunmall, Ts, as/ Sebastiano Dessanay, B/ James Bashford, Dr
Sun and Shadow: Eric Plaks, P/ John Murchison, B/ Leonid Galaganov, Dr
Planets of Kei: Samo Salamon, AC G/ Szilard Mezei, Vla/ Achille Succci, Bcl, as
Heliocentric Toneways: the Heliocentric Tonetette with Marshall Allen &Amp; Scott Robinson
Cordonbleu at Nof: Renato Cordovani: Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Alto Sax Claudio Ingletti: Bass Clarinet, Tenor Sax, Baritone Sax Francesco Cangi: Trombone Emanuele Parrini: Violin Filippo Pedol: Double Bass Stefano Rapicavoli: Drums
Hawkward: Toxydoll-vicent Doménech – Sax | Alberto Cavenati – Guitar | Bob Meanza – Keys and Electronics | Olga Nosova – Drums
Una Busqueda Infinita: Jorge Torrecillas Ensamble
Timeless: Eve Risser, P/ Marcelo Dos Reis, AC G
Slow Learner: Josh Sinton, Bari Sax/ Jason Ajemian, B/ Chad Taylor, Dr, Perc
Twins: Fred Jackson Jr, as/ Stéphane Payen, as/ Edward Perraud, Dr, Perc/ Frank Rosaly, Dr, Perc
Source: Avant Scena.
en en en – “Grønn & Gul” (Particular Recordings Collective, 2017)
Things To Sounds – “3 [42:02] Live” (Wide Ear Records, 2017)
Vasco Trilla – “Still Now ( If you still)” (FMR Records, 2017)
Michael Coleman/Ben Goldberg/Matt Nelson/Ches Smith – “1(800)729-3700” (Minus Zero, 2017)
Erik Hove Chamber Ensemble – “Polygon” (Inner Circle Music, 2017)
Bearthoven – “Trios” (Cantaloupe, 2017)
Amok Amor – “We Know Not What We Do” (Intakt, 2017)
Source: Vital Weekly.
MACHINEFABRIEK – BECOMING (CD by Machinefabriek) *
ASTRID & EPHRAIM WEGNER – FELDSTUDIE GÖPPINGEN (CD by Verlag Kunsthalle Göppingen)
NAD SPIRO – SIRIUS SIGNALS (CD by Farpoint Recordings) *
JUXTAPOSITION (CD by Nakama Records) *
DRØNE – MAPPA MUNDI (CD by Touch)
KEITH BERRY – VIABLE SYSTEMS 1 (CD by VSM Theory) *
MARTINA VERHOEVEN & DIRK SERRIES – INNOCENT AS VIRGIN WOOD (CD by New Wave Of Jazz) *
MAGNUS GRANBERG – NATTENS SKOGAR (LP by Insub)
DAVID MARANHA – CAI BEM (LP by Tanuki Records)
MINGLE – EPHEMERAL (CDR/LP by Kvitnu) *
FREIBAND IN THE KATJA INSTITUTE – MERKTEKEN (CDR by Katja Institute) *
BRUNK – IT WILL HAPPEN ANYWAY (CDR, private) *
SUBSTITUTION PRODUCT (CDR by Visceral Circuitry) *
FEBRA – FURT PRIETENESC (cassette by Amek Collective)
PSYCHOTROPES (cassette compilation by Continuum Records)
STEFFEN ROTH – KALBE/MILDE (cassette by Anaott) *
NATIONAL CRIME HISTORY – ONRUST / ICON TEMPLATE / ORPHAN SWORDS / RIPIT (Double cassette on Silken Tofu / Idiosyncratics)
BOKOM/GORDOA & ZAPPAROLI (split cassette by Spina! rec)
INVISIBLE RALF – AARBLOM (download by Melusine Records) *
This morning, the latest crop of MacArthur Fellows was announced — the so-called “genius” awards. Sometimes, a MacArthur fellowship is given as a capstone to honor a long, glorious career. But one of this year’s winners, Tyshawn Sorey, is just 37 years old.
Earlier this week, I visited Sorey at his office at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn., where he began teaching this fall. When we met, Sorey was dressed entirely in black, as he usually is. When he plays, he often wears sunglasses — no matter the time of day or night. That’s a stereotypical uniform for a jazz musician. But Sorey seems to wear it because it fits his shy personality.
When we meet, he’s known that he was being given a MacArthur fellowship for nearly a month already, but he says it wasn’t hard to keep it under wraps. “I’m a very private person anyway,” he observes, “so it was it was no problem for me to keep it a secret.”
Source: Ars Nova Workshop.
Tuesday, November 7 – 8:00pm
EVER PRESENT ORCHESTRA: Works by Alvin Lucier
with Bernhard Rietbrock, guitar; Jan Thoben, guitar; Oren Ambarchi, guitar; Gary Schmalzl, guitar; Felix Profos, piano; Charles Ng, saxophone; Joan Jordi, saxophone; Oliver Arcos, saxophone; Valentine Michaud, saxophone; Rebecca Thies, violin; Fabienne Früh, violin; Cecile Vonderwahl, violin; and Nora Peterhans, violin
FringeArts, 140 N. Christopher Columbus Blvd.
$18 General Admission
Ars Nova Workshop and FringeArts are pleased to present the Philadelphia premiere of the Ever Present Orchestra, a 12-piece ensemble dedicated to performing the music of experimental music composer Alvin Lucier. The concert will also celebrate the publication of a new Lucier box set featuring four vinyl LPs, a CD, and a book with essays, interviews, scientific articles and archival photos, edited by EPO Artistic Director Bernhard Rietbrock.
The Ever Present Orchestra, based in Berlin and Zurich, was founded on the occasion of a festival celebrating American composer Alvin Lucier’s 85th birthday. The orchestra attempts to make Lucier’s beating-pattern-focused instrumental music approachable to a wide audience with its uncommon instrumentation of four electric guitars, three saxophones, four violins and a piano. Along with classical musicians, the EPO features prominent Lucier interpreters from other genres such as experimental guitarist Oren Ambarchi.
Saturday, November 25 – 8:30pm
Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden Street
$30 General Admission
Ars Nova Workshop and Union Transfer are pleased to present the inventive, electrifying saxophonist, composer and bandleader Kamasi Washington.
Part of the expansive, genre-warping West Coast musical collective known as the “West Coast Get Down,” Kamasi Washington seized the world’s attention with his sprawling three-disc, 172-minute album The Epic. Both a wildly ambitious debut and a career-defining magnum opus, the aptly-named album featured Washington’s 10-piece ensemble The Next Step along with a full string orchestra and choir.
Friday, December 1 – 8:00pm
MARK GUILIANA JAZZ QUARTET
with Mark Guiliana, drums; Jason Rigby, saxophones; Fabian Almazan, piano; and Chris Morrissey, bass
Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th Street
$25 General Admission
Drummer/composer Mark Guiliana is at the forefront of top drummers in the world for creating an entirely new vernacular on the instrument – blending virtuosic skills on acoustic drums alongside electronic elements and processing. The New York Times recognized Guiliana as “a drummer around whom a cult of admiration has formed.” Guiliana’s prowess, conceptual approach and unmistakable sound were recently featured in Blackstar, the critically and commercially acclaimed final studio recording from the late David Bowie. Over the past decade, Guiliana has recorded and toured around the world with artists including Brad Mehldau, Meshell Ndegeocello, Gretchen Parlato, bassist Avishai Cohen, Matisyahu, Lionel Loueke, and his own groups, Beat Music and the Mark Guiliana Jazz Quartet.
+ HOLLENBERG-MILLEVOI QUARTET perform the music of JOHN ZORN
with Matt Hollenberg, el. guitar; Nick Millevoi, el. guitar; Johnny DeBlase, bass; and Jeff Eber, drums
Admore Music Hall, 23 E. Lancaster Avenue
$17 Advance / $20 Day of Show / $27 Reserved
Ars Nova Workshop and Ardmore Music Hall are thrilled to present the return of the explosive trio of guitarist Nels Cline, drummer Gerald Cleaver, and saxophonist Larry Ochs. Three experimental icons, individually and collectively drawing upon the outer limits of Midwestern free jazz, Bay Area structured improvisation, and bicoastal noise punk, reconvene in Philadelphia for a rare meeting.