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.
Aseptic Void – Ideazione di Contrasto (2018)
We All Break (Smith/Mitchell/Brevil/Schwartz) – We All Break (2017)
Ghost Flute & Dice – Kropsbygning (2018)
Henry Threadgill / 14 or 15 Kestra: AGG – Dirt…And More Dirt (2018)
Jean Derome – Resistances (2018)
Source: The New York Times.
Ms. Mitchell, 50, the artist-in-residence at this week’s Winter Jazzfest in New York, brings an eclectic ear and a frothy vigor to her instrument. The flute is rarely given much of a chance in jazz — maybe it seems too quiet, too liquid, too fey — but she has transcended all that, becoming a leading voice of the music’s cutting edge.
Yet Ms. Mitchell has the demeanor of an author more than a protagonist. Her projects typically begin with a conceptual narrative and end as a group endeavor, with many voices spilling into a collective expression. What can sometimes be forgotten is that Ms. Mitchell is probably the most inventive flutist in the past 30 years of jazz. So too can the fact that all her music — from its fetching melodies and shadowy harmonies to the synergistic resolve of her bands — flows from her careful engineering.
Source: I Care If You Listen.
Sarah Cahill is not only a skilled and accomplished pianist, but also an incredible champion of new music. She seems to make a habit of commissioning new works and showcasing composers–both established and new–all over America while also becoming a central force in the San Francisco music scene. Her latest project turns a spotlight on Terry Riley celebrating his 80th birthday with a four CD set entitled Eighty Trips Around the Sun: Music by and for Terry Riley. Eight additional composers–Samuel Adams, Danny Clay, Christine Southworth, Dylan Mattingly, Gyan Riley, Elena Ruehr, Keeril Makan, and Pauline Oliveros–were invited to create new works for the project in honor of Riley, and the end result is incredible. Naturally, we had some questions for Cahill about the project.