How to Get Reviewed on Avant Music News

Happy Fall from Chicago.

Lately, we have been receiving an uncounted number of albums being submitted for review. (They are uncounted because I haven’t bothered to count them but we’re talking 10-15 per day.) Clearly, we cannot review every one, and we often don’t have time to respond. Sorry but that’s just the facts.

So, if you have or are thinking of submitting a recording for review, please hop on over to our updated page, How to Get Reviewed for the scoop on our present situation, and a few pointers on how you can increase your chances of having one of us write about your music.


Seattle Scene: October 24 – November 4, 2017

From Seattle’s Wayward Music Series:


Chapel Performance Space at Good Shepherd Center

4th Floor, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Seattle 98103 (corner N 50th St. in Wallingford)

Every month, Nonsequitur and a community of like-minded presenters and artists offer ten concerts of adventurous music in an informal yet respectful all-ages setting: contemporary classical, free improvisation, the outer limits of jazz, electronic music, microtonal/new instruments, sound art, and other extraordinary sonic experiences.

Earshot: M. Mitchell + D. Clement
Tue. Oct. 24, 8 PM; $18, $16, $10 in advance
Pianist/composer Matt Mitchell is interested in the intersections of various strains of acoustic, electric, composed, and improvised new music. For this solo concert he performs the music of saxophonist/composer Tim Berne. Also: Resident Artist, pianist Dawn Clement in a series of duo settings. Presented by Earshot Jazz Festival.

Earshot: R. Holcomb + M. Trzaska
Thu. Oct. 26, 8 PM; $18, $16, $10 in advance
Celebrated pianist/vocalist/composer Robin Holcomb joins with two of British Columbia’s finest: trumpet player JP Carter and drummer Dylan van der Schyff. Opening: saxophonist Mikołaj Trzaska from Gdansk, Poland, where he has distinguished himself in performances and film-score composition. Presented by Earshot Jazz Festival, with support from Polestar and the Polish Film Festival.

Vocalise: Out of the Drawer
Fri. Oct. 27, 8 PM; $20 donation at the door
Vocalise Women’s Ensemble’s inaugural performance features new contemporary classical music for women’s voices by local composers Don Skirvin and Reg Unterseher, as well as music by Rita Ueda, Stef Conner, Joshua Fishbein, and three premieres by our composer in residence, Philip Wharton. Free admission for seniors, disabled, children, and unemployed.

Todd Barton + Jason E Anderson
Sat. Oct. 28, 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door
Todd Barton is a composer and analog synthesist specializing in Buchla, Serge and Hordijk modular systems. After four decades he is still delving deeply into the frontiers of musical expression. This performance will be a live improvisation on Buchla Music Easel. Jason E Anderson creates sound using synthesis, acoustic recordings, programming and text. Presented by Nonsequitur.

THU. 11/2 – Nonsequitur & Earshot Jazz Festival present Jovino Santos Neto & Martin Kuuskmann

FRI. 11/3 – Seattle Composers’ Salon – Clement Reid, Calvin Senter, Nicole Truesdell, Mark Wilson

SAT. 11/4 – Paul Matthew Moore tribute to Pauline Oliveros

AMN Reviews: Party Pack ICE – Party Pack ICE (2017; pfMENTUM)

Every so often an album comes along that is so strangely charming and forthright in its lack of convention that one cannot help but enjoy it. Party Pack ICE, led by bassist Adam Hopkins (from Ideal Bread, Kate Gentile’s Mannequins, The Christopher Hoffman Trio, and Quartet Offensive among many others) is the debut from the group of the same name. Also featuring dual tenor sax, guitar, and drums, it was recorded at Brooklyn’s iBeam two and a half years ago.

The album keeps the listener guessing, interspersing medium-length tracks of three to nine minutes between shorter pieces. The composed offerings are reminiscent of many artists on Cuneiform Records (think Rattlemouth, Gutbucket, or a heavier and weirder version of Curlew). The group lays down an angular rhythm which they take in various directions while soloing and providing accentuations thereupon. But the majority of this recording is less focused on structure and more on texture, with heavy guitar riffing and contrapuntal sax wailing. Hopkins alternates between plucked and bowed playing, the latter providing droning walls that add another dimension to the free-form guitar / sax assault.

And just when it gets going, Party Pack ICE is over. Lasting only 25 minutes, the album is perhaps best thought of as an EP. It certainly does not overstay its welcome, though one hopes that this is just the first of many from Hopkins and company.

AMN Picks of the Week: Raoul Björkenheim / Haunted Me / Barry Adamson / Big Bold Back Bone / Tim Berne

Tim Berne

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.

Raoul Björkenheim, / eCsTaSy – Doors of Perception (2017)
Haunted Me – Slow (Remix) (2017)
Barry Adamson / Pan Sonic / Halfer Trio – The Hymn Of The 7th Illusion (2001)
Big Bold Back Bone – In Search Of The Emerging Species (2017)
Tim Berne – My First Tour – Live in Brussels (1983)