AMN Reviews: Martin Küchen – Lieber Heiland, Lass Uns Sterben [SOFA560]

Martin Küchen’s grimly titled Lieber Heiland, lass Uns Sterben was, fittingly enough, recorded in a crypt. The room, a stone-floored space built in 1121 and reputed to be the oldest such space in Sweden, is part of Lund Cathedral. Küchen went there in May, 2016 to set out the music that makes up this recording. Küchen plays alto, tenor and baritone saxophones; he uses radio, iPod and electronic tambura as additional sound sources. Two of the tracks feature overdubbing, but it is the three unedited live performances at the literal center of the set that carry the greatest expressive immediacy, even when Küchen’s horn is supplemented by sounds in fixed media. The brief Music to Silence Music unfolds with the lightness of rising and falling waves of sound that recall a fluttering of wings. The resonance of the crypt’s acoustics undoubtedly enhance the subtle shadings Küchen coaxes from his instrument; here, as on other pieces, Küchen’s saxophone sound takes on a flutelike airiness. The long Purcell in the Eternal Deir Yassin is a slowly developing, uncluttered alap for solo saxophone accompanied by electronic tambura. Ruf zu mir Bezprizorni…also uses prerecorded sound, in this case of a piano, over which Küchen’s saxophone laments hoarsely. While the set seems to represent a meditation on history’s uneasy dialectic of barbarity and cultivation, the stark beauty of the individual pieces provides an opportunity for reflection that the listener can fill with his or her own meanings.

Daniel Barbiero

AMN Picks of the Week: Dur Untash / Shocron, Parker, and Diaz / Gridfailure / Taylor Ho Bynum / Jose R. Sosaya

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.

Various Artists – Dur Untash (2017)
Paula Shocron / William Parker / Pablo Diaz – Emptying the Self (2017)
Gridfailure – When the Lights Go Out Vol. 1 (2017)
Taylor Ho Bynum – THB Bootlegs Volume Two: Sextet Live at the Vision Festival 2008 (2017)
Jose R. Sosaya – Im-Pulsos – Musica Instrumental y Electroacustica (1989-2000) (2017)

Seattle Scene: December 7-16, 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.

Inverted Space Ensemble
Thu. Dec. 7, 8 PM; $5 – $15 donation at door

Inverted Space opens its 6th Season with an exploration of American music. Fred Frith’s Elegy for Elias and John Luther Adams’ Canticles of the Sky evoke a timeless quality and invites personal reflection. The Alabama Song by Kurt Weill is presented in an extraordinary reworking by Morton Feldman. Lou Harrison’s incredible Suite for Violin and American Gamelan is featured to end the program.

Eveline Müller’s Klang Quintet
Fri. Dec. 8, 8 PM; $5 – $15 donation at door

Eveline Müller’s home-built percussion instrument the Boeing consists of sawblades, airplane washer, school bells and pan lids. Her Klang Quintet – Stuart McLeod, Carl Farrow, Bob Rees, Jim Knodle, Kole Galbraith – combines acoustic, electric, and electronic worlds into beautiful, ugly, scratchy, ringy, loud, quiet, tense and sparse soundscapes. Opening is a duo of Eveline and dancer Vanessa Skantze.

Seth Parker Woods
Sat. Dec. 9, 8 PM; $5 – $15 donation at door

Esteemed Chicago cellist Seth Parker Woods performs an evening of Seattle premieres for solo cello with and without electonics: Edward Hamel’s Gray Neon Life; Pierre Alexandre Tremblay’s asinglewordisnotenough 3 (invariant); Alvin Singleton‘s Argoru II; George Lewis’ Not Alone. Presented by Nonsequitur.

FRI. 12/15 – improvised music by Dave Haney, FHTAGN, and Nadya Kadrevis

SAT. 12/16 – Neal Kosaly-Meyer continues his Finnegans Wake project



November 30, 2017
Nina Dante Solo, St. Lydia’s
Nina Dante

November 30, 2017
Sean Ali, Leila Bordreuil, Joanna Mattrey, St. Lydia’s
Sean Ali Leila Bordreuil Joanna Mattrey

November 30, 2017
‘A Girl’ by Roy Assaf, St. Lydia’s
Isabel Umali

November 27, 2017
Sandy Ewen & Weasel Walter, The Cobra Club
Sandy Ewen Weasel Walter

November 27, 2017
Internet, The Cobra Club
Hiroko Seishin Yoshitoki Seishin

November 27, 2017
Michael Foster, Brandon Lopez, Austin Vaughn, The Cobra Club
Michael Foster Brandon Lopez Austin Vaughn

5049 Records Episode 141 – Oren Ambarchi 

Español: Oren Amabrchi, músico australiano de ...

Source: 5049 Records.

Based in Sydney, Australia, Oren Ambarchi is a gifted composer, multi-instrumentalist and improviser who has been traveling the world, crafting a most singular musical vision for the past twenty five years. He’s also an enthusiastic listener and avid record collector, a gourmand and happens to be one of my favorite musicians around. On a quick visit to New York for performances with Alvin Lucier and Loren Connors, Oren dropped by for a candid conversation about his early days as an Hasidic student in NYC, record collecting, learning to play guitar, running his own record label and a whole lot more. I love Oren’s music deeply and am delighted conversation got to happen. After our talk, Oren and I headed over to Russ & Daughters Cafe and gorged on smoked fish and chopped liver.