Minus Zero is a new label started by Vijay Anderson, Ben Goldberg, and Dina Maccabee. All of the proceeds from album sales are donated to Planned Parenthood. This is a review in an ongoing series covering the label’s releases.
Written for choreographed dance, Tethered Music is a four-track EP featuring Dina Maccabee on violin, viola, and vocals, with Jessica Ivry on cello. The pieces fall somewhere between folk and classical, with slight avant-garde twinges. Maccabbee makes heavy use of plucking in additional to contrapuntal bowed motifs. Only one track contains vocals, overdubbed into a duet, with Maccabee’s delivery resembling that of Bent Knee vocalist Courtney Swain. Perhaps the most interesting offering is the final track and its layered string drone. But at only one-and-a-half minutes, it is gone far too soon.
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.
John Wiese – Escaped Language (2017)
WK569 – Omaggio a Marino Zuccheri (2017)
Carter / Holmes / Putman / Greene / Ughi – Telepathic Alliances (2017)
David Lee Myers – Ether Music (2017)
Via The Free Jazz Collective.
Boneshaker – Thinking Out Loud (Trost Records, 2017) ****½
Charles Rumback – Threes (ears&eyes Records, 2017) ****
Daniel Carter, Watson Jennison, William Parker, Federico Ughi – Live! (577 Records, 2017)
Marco Scarassatti – Casa Acústica (Fragments From An Improvisation Diary) (Creative Sources, 2017) ****½
Bones – Haberdashery (Leo Records, 2017) ****
Lisa Mezzacappa – Glorious Ravage (New World Records, 2017) ****
Paolo Angeli is profiled.
Beginning Saturday, November 18, the crow with no mouth radio podcast will be dedicated to the Occam / Ocean compositions (2011-2017) of Eliane Radigue; subsequent programs on December 2 and 16 will include a surprise or two, centered around this unfurling body of works, presently at 22 discrete solo realizations and more than 20 chamber versions. As always. the radio podcast airs on odd Saturdays at 11 p.m. Pacific on KOWS, and is immediately archived on the crow Podomatic site.
Mario Diaz de Leon’s Sanctuary is reviewed.
On Saturday December 2, the Creative Music Studio will present Billy Martin’s Omnispheric Orchestra, an improvising ensemble that weaves prose and sound into a dynamic musical and literary experience. The all-star ensemble includes Billy Martin (percussion), Marty Ehrlich, Ned Rothenberg and Daniel Carter (reeds), Adam Lane (bass), and the poets Ashley August, Mohamad Hodeib, Bob Holman and Nkosi Nkululeko. The performance is at the Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow Street in Greenwich Village.
The Belgrade Jazz Festival is reviewed.
This event is part of VisArts’ In(Site) Project Series, which places contemporary art, music, and performance art in non-traditional spaces and venues. VisArts encourages active looking, sociability, interaction, and encounters with art and music in architectural spaces often considered “pass throughs” (hallways, atriums, lobbies, and windows). The In(Site) Project Series aims to feature artists and performers working in a variety of modes, media, and platforms.
HETERODYNE: an improvisational collaboration between Ted Zook and Maria Shesiuk, sometimes joined by other musical improvisers including Bob Boilen (ARP synth), Patrick Whitehead (quarter-tone flügelhorn and trumpet), Doug Kallmeyer (bass and electronics), Jerry Busher (drums), Sarah Hughes (saxophone) and Leah Gage (drums).
Maria Shesiuk is an experimental improviser from Baltimore. She uses vintage Casio keyboards manipulated through various effects for live experimental music improvisations. Recently she also started composing electronic music using Moog synthesizers, manipulated vocals, and field recordings.
Ted Zook is primarily a nylon-string guitarist; however, in live performances he more commonly plays an NS Design Omni Bass, set up as a basscello, through digital signal processors. He has frequently performed at the Sonic Circuits Festival in DC.
BOAT BURNING: Melding elements of classical music and punk, the DC-based experimental rock collective BOAT BURNING explores ‘maximal minimalism,’ an intricate hybrid of composition and improvisation for massed-electric guitars where elemental passages played by a multitude of instruments produce shimmering towers of densely-stacked harmonics. The result is powerful, majestic music that combines the wide-screen, panoramic sweep of classical with the sheer physical thrall of punk.
TIME IS FIRE indirectly originates from the DC punk scene by influence and residence but explodes the signature sound of the nation’s capital with a high-energy mix of Afro-disco, Mid Eastern-psychedelia and spaced-out dub. Their music transcends mainstream influences, incorporating strong global and experimental-fusion elements into their often psychedelic and funk-inflected sound. A static blast of experimental radio from an imaginary country!