OTOroku Releases 

English: Keiji Haino at Moers Festival 2007

Source: OTOroku.

HAINO KEIJI / JOHN BUTCHER – LIGHT NEVER BRIGHT ENOUGH
Keiji Haino, one of the foremost exponents of the Japanese avant-garde, always provides a masterclass in constantly shifting improvisation. John Butcher is a saxophonist of rare grace and power, who has expanded the vocabulary of the saxophone far beyond the conventions of jazz and other musics, to encompass a staggering range of multiphonics, overtones, percussive sounds, and electronic feedback.

KAN MIKAMI / JOHN EDWARDS / ALEX NEILSON – LIVE AT CAFE OTO
Japanese bluesman Kan Mikami is nothing less than an unalloyed force of nature. A skin-shredding blast of frozen wind from the poor, rural north of Japan that he calls home. In the late 1960s, like thousands of other Japanese young people Mikami made his way to Tokyo in search of a life different from that of his parents. Since then he has forcefully carved out a space for himself in the culture as a modernist poet, a raging folk singer, an author, a actor, an engaging TV personality, and one of Japan’s most uniquely powerful performers.

PAT THOMAS – THE ELEPHANT CLOCK OF AL JAZARI
Recorded live at OTO in May 2015 and mastered by Giuseppe Ielasi, the LP comprises four typically genre-defying and sonically dexterous pieces from one of the UK’s most extraordinary pianists.

BROETZMANN / PARKER / DRAKE – SONG SENTIMENTALE
Over 3 nights in January 2015 the trio seduced a winter worn crowd with the kind of organic interplay only these three can conjure. Warm and urgent the material that covers both formats unveils a wide range of techniques and emotions. This is music on the edge of itself; a living, breathing and existing force documented for repeated visits.

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RIP Z’EV 

English: Z'EV

Source: Wikipedia. Multiple sources are reporting on the passing of Z’EV at age 66.

Z’EV (born Stefan Joel Weisser, February 8, 1951 – December 16, 2017) was an American poet, percussionist, and sound artist. After studying various world music traditions at CalArts, he began creating his own percussion sounds out of industrial materials for a variety of record labels. He is regarded as a pioneer of industrial music.

December Point of Departure

Source: Point of Departure.

Page One: a column by Bill Shoemaker

Lisa Mezzacappa: Crossing Over: an interview with Troy Collins

The Book Cooks:
Du Piano-Épave/The Well Weathered Piano
Ross Bolleter
(Editions Lenka lente; Nantes, France)

Ezzthetics: a column by Stuart Broomer

Jumpin’ In: a column by Greg Buium

Moment’s Notice: Reviews of Recent Recordings

Archive

Ensemble Dal Niente Presents Holes and Tunnels on January 7 in Chicago

Source: Ensemble Dal Niente.

DN Presents: Holes and Tunnels
Sunday, January 7, 2018
8:30 PM 9:30 PM
Constellation
3111 North Western Avenue Chicago, IL, 60618 United States

Humans and objects merge to form a hybrid space of perforated sounds, shifting locations, and disorienting structures in this evening of experimental pieces, featuring pianist Mabel Kwan with Jesse Langen (electric guitar) and special guests Eric Derr (percussion), Tom Snydacker (saxophone), and Fredrick Gifford (electronics).

Be there for premieres by Sivan Cohen-Elias, whose strange inventions tie together movement, sound, space, and visual objects; Fredrick Gifford, whose compositions, dependent on real-time listening cues and performer interactions, are never the same twice; and Michelle Lou’s “wobbly, obsessive” Untitled Three Part Construction for electric guitar and two performers who click, crank, and clack.