AMN Picks of the Week: Death Drag / John McCowen / Stray / Forrest Fang / Samá, Espinal, & Pablo Díaz

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.

Death Drag – Shifted (2018)
John McCowen – Solo Contra (2017)
Stray (Butcher / Lash / Russell / Solberg) – Into Darkness (2017)
Forrest Fang – Scenes from a Ghost Train (2018)
Hernán Samá / Jorge Espinal / Pablo Díaz – Mandril (2017)

The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

Eddie Prévost playing at Avanto Festival, Glor...

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

Marcus Schmickler and Thomas Lehn – Neue Bilder (Mikroton, 2017) ****

Christian Lillingers GRUND— COR (Plaist Music, 2018) *****

Amok Amor – We Know Not What We Do (Intakt, 2017) ****

Chris Speed Trio – Platinum on Tap (Intakt, 2017) ***½

Quin Kirchner – The Other Side of Time (Astral Spirits, 2018) ****

Francisco López – Untitled #352 (Nowhere Worldwide, 2017) ****½

Christian Wolff/ Eddie Prévost – Uncertain Outcomes: Two Concerts of Experimental Improvisation (Matchless Recordings, 2017) *****

Magda Mayas & Jim Denley – Tempe Jetz (Relative Pitch, 2017) ****

February at the Cornelia Street Cafe

Mark Helias at Cornelia street cafe Pnoto: Cla...

Source: New York’s Cornelia Street Cafe.

Sunday, Feb 04 – 8:30PM
Jane Ira Bloom, soprano sax; Mark Helias, bass; Bobby Previte , drums

Friday, Feb 09 – 8:30 & 10:00pm
Mark Helias, bass; Gerry Hemingway, drums; Ray Anderson, trombone

Saturday, Feb 10 – 8:30 & 10:00pm
Jacob Sacks, piano; Ellery Eskelin, tenor sax; Tony Malaby, tenor sax; Michael Formanek, bass; Dan Weiss, drums

Friday, Feb 16 – 8:30 & 10:00pm
Tony Malaby, tenor sax; Marc Hannaford, piano; Michael Formanek, bass; Randy Peterson, drums

Friday, Feb 23 – 8:30 & 10:00pm
Jon Irabagon, tenor sax; Tim Hagans, trumpet; Michael Formanek, bass; Mike Pride, drums

Carl Testa 6tet in Boston, March 23

Source: Carl Testa 6tet: Multi-instrumental w/voice, Contemp New Music.

The First Creative Music Series Concert of 2018!
Fans (and new comers) of Improv (Jazz, too), Electronics, Contemporary Chamber Ensembles, Experimental Music, Composition.

The Carl Testa Sextet comes to town-Boston debut Multi-instrumental w/voice, Contemporary New Music from New England/New York in a Boston debut!

Carl Testa – bass, electronics
Erica Dicker – violin, baritone violin
Junko Fujiwara – cello (Boston)
Louis Guarino Jr – trumpet
Andria Nicodemou – vibraphone, percussion (Boston)
Anne Rhodes – voice

At the intersection of improvisation, electronics, experimental music, new media. The sextet will be performing with the latest iteration of Carl Testa’s interactive electronic music system called Sway, inspired by the works of George Lewis and Richard Teitelbaum that runs without direct intervention from Carl or the ensemble.

Carl Testa (b. 1984, Chicago, IL), residing in New Haven, CT now. As a composer, he has written acoustic and electronic music for configurations ranging from solo to chamber orchestra, including multimedia pieces that incorporate electronics, lighting, dance, and theater. His work has been performed throughout the US and Europe, and is documented on many recordings, most recently “Iris (for solo bass and electronics)” (Lockstep Records 2013), and “Sⁿ (for prepared guitar and electronics)”, a collaboration with guitarist Christopher Riggs (Gold Bolus Records 2015).
In addition to his work as a leader/collaborator, he performs regularly with composer Anthony Braxton’s ensembles and bassist Mario Pavone’s ensembles. He serves as the Director of Publishing and Creative Technology for Braxton’s Tri-Centric Foundation where he manages all facets of the production of digital and print scores for the organization. He is the production manager for noted jazz venue and record label Firehouse 12. He also organized The Uncertainty Music Series from 2007-2017, which was a monthly concert series in New Haven, CT featuring improvised, electronic.

Musique Machine Reviews

English: Penny Rimbaud photographed by Graham ...

Source: Musique Machine.

Pinkcourtesyphone – Elision

Hooded Menace – Ossuarium Silhouettes Unhallowed

Coldmoon – Ténèbres Des Marais

Statichor – Smolder

Bruising Pattern – Life As Seen Through A Distorting Lens

Shurayuki-hime – In The Beginning, Woman Was The Sun

Various Artists – Visions of Darkness (In Iranian Contemporary Music

Penny Rimbaud – Kernschmelze II | Cantata For Improvised Voice



January 28, 2018
Michael Vatcher & Jack Wright, Downtown Music Gallery
Michael Vatcher Jack Wright

January 28, 2018
While We Still Have Bodies, Downtown Music Gallery
Sean Ali Michael Foster Ben Gerstein Flin van Hemmen

January 23, 2018
Kris Davis Trio, The Stone
Kris Davis Trevor Dunn Tom Rainey

January 17, 2018
Du-Ah-Oh!, Balboa
Sean Ali Jake Henry

January 17, 2018
Barker Trio, Balboa
Andrew Barker Tim Dahl Michael Foster

Fluid Radio Reviews

Source: Fluid Radio.


Shuttle358 – Field

Hakobune – Parhelion

Dr – Field Recording Meets Sound

Rosalind Hall and Judith Hamann – Gossamers

Strië – Perpetual Journey

Eilean 58

Tyler Wilcox – Works for Two Chapels


Sarah Payton & Rutger Zuydervelt – What It Seems to Be

Ensemble 0 – 0=12

Ian Hawgood &Amp; Danny Norbury – Faintly Recollected

We Like We – next to the Entire all

Kate Carr – from a Wind Turbine to Vultures (and Back)