AMN Reviews: Morgan Evans-Weiler – Unfinished Variations (for Jed Speare) [Weighter Recordings]

Morgan Evans-Weiler’s Unfinished Variations (for Jed Speare) is a 44-minute piece dedicated to the memory of Jed Speare (1954-2016), a Boston-area sound artist who created audio soundscapes and sculptures out of found sounds. Far from being found, the sounds that Evans-Weiler crafts on this work for solo violin are carefully constructed and assembled; like much sculpture, the long performance is built up of discrete and elementary structural units that combine into a strong architectural whole. These units consist of a set of related gestural themes, which Evans-Weiler varies through a series of small-scale movements. He works with motifs derived from microtonal chords and basic bowing patterns, which he subjects to changes of length and intensity. In their simplicity of material and dynamic restraint, the quieter sections recall Morton Feldman’s musical language; the collateral sounds of rasping bowhair traversing the strings adds a degree of material immediacy to these passages. In the louder and texturally thicker middle sections, the bowstrokes become boulder and more strident, while the convergences and divergences of the pitch material become correspondingly more continuous and pronounced. Evans-Weiler makes good use of silences as structural elements, breaking the long piece into discrete events that maintain their distinct characters but nevertheless support each other.

Daniel Barbiero

Marc Ribot Interview

English: Marc Ribot

Source: MusicRadar.

Marc Ribot is travelling light. Currently halfway through a solo tour that will end in Shenzhen, China, he pulls up outside Cafe Oto in Dalston carrying a battered old Gibson acoustic and a requinto jarocho, an exotic four-string instrument not entirely dissimilar to a ukulele. It might not be an obvious choice for a guitarist, but then Marc is anything but predictable.

Since his genre-defying session work with Tom Waits in the ’80s, his unparalleled style has augmented the recordings of a diverse host of artists including John Zorn, The Lounge Lizards, Elvis Costello, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, The Black Keys, Marianne Faithfull and Beat Generation poet, Allen Ginsberg.

AMN Picks of the Week: Political Ritual / Psyclopean / Art Zoyd / Ensemble SuperMusique

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.

Political Ritual – Political Ritual (2018)
Psyclopean – The King in Yellow (2017)
Art Zoyd – 44 1/2 at a Glance: Selections from the Art Zoyd Box Set (2017)
Ensemble SuperMusique – Les Porteuses d’O (2018)

This Week in New York


StoneFest will present and celebrate experimental, improvisatory, and avant-garde artists from across the stylistic spectrum. Continuing the great tradition of The Stone, the festival will focus on creating a platform for groundbreaking artists who are challenging traditional notions of genre, style, and the role of the artist in advancing culture today. The festival will be coming to The New School’s Tishman Auditorium (63 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY) on December 17, 18, and 19.
Monday, December 18 & Tuesday, December 19 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $25
The New School, John L. Tishman Auditorium, University Center, 63 5th Avenue, Room U100, New York, NY

Thursday, December 21st marks the seventh annual Make Music Winter, featuring participatory music parades down and through the sidewalks, storefronts and parks of New York City.
Thursday, December 21 all day
Various Locations

All About Jazz Reviews

English: Mary Halvorson, Jazz guitarist; Pictu...

Source: All About Jazz.

Haberdashery (Leo Records)

Jen Shyu
Song of the Silver Geese (Pi Recordings)

David Stackenäs
Bricks (Clean Feed Records)

Mat Maneri
Sounding Tears (Clean Feed Records)

Wingfield – Reuter – Sirkis
Lighthouse (MoonJune Records)

Albert Ayler
Copenhagen Live 1964 (Hatology)

Dave Rempis
Lattice (Aerophonic Records)

Bobby Zankel
Celebrating William Parker at 65 (Not Two Records)

Die Enttäuschung
Lavaman (Intakt Records)

Mary Halvorson
Paimon: Book of Angels Volume 32 (Tzadik)

Multiple Artists
The Possibilities of Percussion: Yarn/Wire & ensemble, et. al