Coming to Philadelphia


Audrey Chen Duo
Daniel de Jesús
Bowerbird is excited to present a rare Philadelphia appearance by experimental vocal duo Audrey Chen and her British singing partner. Opening the evening will by cellist-singer Daniel de Jesús. With primary focus on the interplay between the uttered sounds of the mouth and vocal chords, Audrey Chen and her long time collaborator (pictured above) plumb the depths of their most inherent and bodily instruments. Set to levitate toward the stratosphere, cello-wielding frontman Daniel de Jesus captivates with his powerful, soaring vocals and steals the hearts of all mortals in his presence.
Friday January 19th 8pm
Venue: The Rotunda
4014 Walnut St

Daedelus Quartet
performs Henri Dutilleux‘s “Ainsi la nuit”
Bowerbird is pleased to present the Daedalus Quartet, Penn’s quartet-in-residence for an evening that features “Ainsi la nuit” (Thus the Night) composed by the French composer Henri Dutilleux between 1973 and 1976. “Ainsi la nuit” is considered one of the most important works in the genre and has been called “one of the treasures of the 20th century quartet repertoire”. Also on the program will be new works by Philadelphia composers Kevin Laskey, Nathan Courtright, Joshua Hey, and Jacob Walls.
Tuesday, January 23rd 8pm
Venue: University Lutheran
3637 Chestnut Street
$12 Admission, Free with PennID

Headed to New York City!
Julius Eastman: That Which is Fundamental
We are thrilled to announce that we are working with The Kitchen to bring an expanded edition of our Eastman retrospective to New York City from January 19 to February 20, 2018. This project brings more than four years of research by curators Tiona Nekkia McClodden and Dustin Hurt to The Kitchen, an early supporter of Eastman’s work, with contributions from Katy Dammers, Tim Griffin, Matthew Lyons, and Christopher McIntyre.

AMN Reviews: Aseptic Void – Ideazione di Contrasto (2018; Eighth Tower Records)

Aseptic Void is Davide Terreni, and Ideazione di Contrasto is his fifth release under that moniker, including two soundtracks. But this album is pure experimental dark ambient, and cinematic in scope. Shifting and roiling drones are accompanied by samples including scattered found object sounds, forlorn voices, and mechanical noises. Distorted elements share prominence with backwards-masking, electronic crackling, and metallic scraping. Rather than focusing on the drawn-out nature of most ambient efforts, the album is an amalgam of disturbing snippets put to music. The number of raw ideas present is nothing short of remarkable, as Terreni leads the listener through a descent into madness in which ominous threats lurk just out of sensory range. Released just a few days into 2018, Ideazione di Contrasto has already set an early high water mark in dark ambient for the year. Very well done.

The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

English: Marc Ribot

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

Agustí Fernández – Celebration Ensemble (Fundacja Słuchaj, 2017) ****

Itaru Oki, Nobuyoshi Ino, Choi Sun Bae – Kami Fusen (NoBusiness Records, 2017) ****

Alex Ward – Proprioception (Weekertoft, 2017) ***½

Ross Hammond – Mason Lawn (Prescott, 2016) ****½

Eric Hofbauer – Prehistoric Jazz Volume 4 (Reminiscing in Tempo) (Creative Nation Music, 2017) ****

Rob Price – All Regions Player (Gutbrain, 2017) ****

Samo Salamon – Free Sessions Vol 1: Planets of Kei (NotTwo 2017) ****½

Miles Okazaki – Trickster (PI Recordings, 2017) ****

Jessica Ackerly Trio – Coalesce (s/r, 2017) ****

Elliot Sharp, Marc Ribot, Mary Halvorson– Err Guitar (Intakt, 2017) ****

Scott DuBois – Autumn Wind (ACT, 2017) ****

Vitor Rua – Do Androids Dream of Electric Guitars (Clean Feed, 2017) ****

Willem Breuker Kollektief – Out of the Box (BVHAAST, 2017) *****

Johannes Bauer / Peter Brötzmann ‎– Blue City (Trost, 2017) ****

Taran’s Free Jazz Hour Podcast 02/2018

English: Joe McPhee, moers festival 2010

Source: Taran’s Free Jazz Hour.

saxophone anatomy: sax solos by lao dan, as/ rick countryman, as/ colin webster, bari sax

tomo jacobson
birthday: tomo jacobson, b/ emanuele maniscalco, p/ oliver laumann, dr

neither nor
while we still have bodies: Ben Gerstein, tbn/ Michael Foster,ts, ss/ Flin van Hemmen, perc/ Sean Ali, bass

leo records
oriental orbit: John Wolf Brennan/ Tony Majdelani/ Marco Jencarelli

elements: Pat Battstone – piano, perc, Marialuisa Capurso – vocals, ocarina, electronics, Adolfo La Volpe – live electronics, guitar, Mariasole De Pascali – flutes, Francesco Massaro – sax, Giacomo Mongelli – drums, perc

imaginary numbers: Joe McPhee pocket trumpet & tenor saxophone | Pascal Niggenkemper double bass | Ståle Liavik Solberg drums and percussion

ran do: Kjetil Møster tenor saxophone | Jeff Parker guitar | Joshua Abrams double bass | John Herndon drums

eli wallace
the angel and hte brute sing songs of wrath: eli wallace, p/ rob pumpelli, dr

slow learner: josh sinton, bari sax/ jason ajemian, b/ chad taylor, dr, perc

sebastiano dessanay
live at the lamp tavern: paul dunmall, ts, as/ sebastiano dessanay, b/ james bashford, dr

francois carrier
out of silence: françois carrier, as, chinese obeoe/ michel lambert, dr

eric plaks
sun and shadow: eric plaks, p/ john murchison, b/ leonid galaganov, dr