AMN Picks of the Week: Penny Rimbaud / Favourite Animals / Uuskyla, Øgrim, & Berg / Some Some Unicorn / Lea Bertucci

English: Penny Rimbaud photographed by Graham ...

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.

Penny Rimbaud – Kernschmelze II (2017)
Favourite Animals – Favourite Animals (2017)
Peeter Uuskyla / Tellef Øgrim / Anders Berg – LAIV (2017)
Some Some Unicorn – Live at Iklectik (2017)
Lea Bertucci – All That is Solid Melts into Air (2017)

AMN Reviews: 03 – Trashumancia [Sofa 561]

On this second release by the international trio O3—Norwegian percussionist Ingar Zach, Italian flutist Alessandra Rombolá, and Spanish accordionist Esteban Algora—the group return to the chapel of Ermita de la Anunciada in Urueña, Spain, where their debut recording was made. This new recording opens with two resonant and widely-spaced percussive thumps, gradually followed by the clink of ceramic surfaces in collision and the whoosh and scrape of objects finding their voices. It’s an appropriate introduction to the exploration of space and timbre that follows. O3’s work is a kind of abstract painting with sound—more Miró than Pollock—with splashes of color in irregular shapes occupying discrete zones of audio space. Although the sound textures tend toward a higher density the further the playing develops, the points at which sounds join tend to be permeable; so too are the spaces between individual pieces, with the seven tracks working together as a single, non-narrative suite of timbral events.

Daniel Barbiero

Robert Rich Interview

Via Inside the Rift.

For those of you unfamiliar with Robert Rich, he was a fan and student of the synthesizer based drone and ambient music coming out of Europe during the 70s popularized by an outfit called the Berlin School. Their works quickly began to turn heads and laid the foundation for much of the electronica we consume today.

Robert began to receive acclaim during the 80s with his earthy, almost shamanic take on the traditionally spacey textures being produced by his contemporaries during this time.

Before long, he revolutionized the concert experience when he began giving performances to sleeping audiences across the globe. These displays (commonly referred to as Sleep Concerts) ultimately led to the creation of Somnium, a seminal release with almost 7 hours of content. Although it’s been over fifteen years since it’s release and Robert has had no shortage of albums, this one still makes the rounds in conversations about some of the genre’s most ambitious projects. There is always an outpouring of dedicated individuals who look forward to participating in his brand of Sonic Surrealism.

This Week in New York

Oliveros (right) playing in Mexico City in 2006


In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Voyager spacecraft, composer Gerald Cohen wrote Voyagers, a new musical piece for clarinet and string quartet. The program features the Cassatt Quartet and clarinetist Vasko Dukovski accompanied by visualizations designed by Director of Astrovisualization Carter Emmart. Timothy Ferris, producer of Voyager’s Golden Record, joins as a special guest.
Tuesday, November 28 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $15
Hayden Planetarium, Space Theater, 200 Central Park West, New York, NY

After Pauline Oliveros’ death in November 2016, the experimental American composer’s unfinished, collaborative intermedia opera continued to be a source of inspiration, imagination, and retrospection. Excerpts from The Nubian Word for Flowers, performed by International Contemporary Ensemble under the direction of writer and sound artist IONE, offer a glimpse into the hybrid process of posthumous creation, and invite discussion around topics of creation and remembrance.
Tuesday, November 28 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $20
Baryshnikov Arts Center, 450 West 37th Street #501, New York, NY

Experiments in Opera, ICE (International Contemporary Ensemble), and M.o.M., Inc. celebrate the life and legacy of Pauline Oliveros with the premiere of her opera collaboration with writer / director IONE. Encompassing the Nubian Diaspora and the life of Lord Horatio Herbert Kitchener of Khartoum, the opera uses live performance, electronics and moving images to create a deep dream exploration of Nubian soul and Colonial Mind. EiO will also present selections from Rainbird, a work-in-development between EiO co-founder Aaron Siegel and director Mallory Catlett, based on the work of author Janet Frame.
Thursday, December 30 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $15-$20
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

Violinist Alexi Kenney collaborates with pianist Renana Gutman for a recital of music by J.S. Bach, George Crumb, Schubert, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Respighi.
Friday, December 1 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $33-$43
Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, 881 7th Avenue, New York, NY

Ekmeles vocal ensemble will perform Ekmeles+, a program of works for voices augmented by innovative electronics. The program includes music by Christopher Trapani, Kaija Saariaho, and John Cage.
Friday, December 1 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $15, $10 students
The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, Cary Hall, 450 West 37th Street, New York, NY

The concert celebrates the recent release of Parthenia’s newest disc on MSR Classics, Nothing Proved – New Works for Viols, Voice and Electronics, which features works that Parthenia commissioned over the past decade by American composers Kristin Norderval, Tawnie Olson, and Frances White. The quartet, with guest Baritone Malcolm Merriweather, will also perform contemporary works from past Parthenia CDs by Richard Einhorn and Will Ayton, along with a cantata for voice and viols by the late Brooklyn composer Saville Clark.
Sunday, December 3 at 4:00 PM
Tickets $35
Picture Ray Studio, 245 West 18th Street, New York, NY

New Releases from Zeromoon

Via Zeromoon.

J. Surak – Skull Fracking [zero182]
Unyielding electronic drilling paired with lofi arrangements for autoharp and tapes.

Julie Rousse – First There Was Only Waves [zero181]
JULIE ROUSSE (1979) lives and works in Paris //
Sound artist, improviser performer and electroacoustic composer.
Her work is diverse and expressed through many different projects : live performances, electroacoustic composition, sound installations, music scores for film, dance and video art. Before all she is a nomad phonographer, a noise lover and live performer She has played in many different venues and festivals around the world – from Afghanistan to Chile. This piece is a Live Show recorded by the sound engineer in the Cité des Arts de Chambéry (France) in the fall 2017. Working with field recordings from around the planet and electromagnetic noise captured onsite, it depicts an abstract journey between waves – from space to earth.

Gary Rouzer and Sarah O’Halloran – Only the Eyes Only Just [zero172]
Sarah and Gary met in September 2013. Both were members of Gino Robair’s ensemble for the performance of his original opera, I Norton, at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage in Washington DC. In January 2015 Gary asked Sarah to record a reading of Ping by Samuel Beckett to use for his upcoming May 2015 solo set. Afterwards they decided to work together on a release. The live recording from May 2015 was used in the construction of track 3.

Girls on Tape – At Home [zero180]
Girls on Tape is a collaborative moment that is hurled into existence by Jeff Surak and Rinus Van Alebeek. The duo provides sounds of various lo-fi origins as a frame for a show that opens up for elements of surprise, that will fill in the empty spaces. Anything can happen as soon as Pandora’s sonic box will be opened.
Rinus Van Alebeek: walkmen, voice, acoustic laptop
Jeff Surak: walkmen, sampler, lentil crisps
Available as a limited edition cassette and digital download.