AMN Reviews: Raison d’Etre – Alchymeia (2018; Cyclic Law)

Raison d’Etre’s Peter Andersson has released over a dozen albums under this moniker. All of these are satisfying, if not genre-defining, examples of ethereal dark ambiance. Alchymeia is his first new effort since 2014 and consists of four tracks coming in at about 17 minutes each.

At first blush, the album appears to be more in the electroacoustic vein than previous releases. Along with slow, deep drones, Andersson supplies rattling percussion and object noises, bells, bassy rumblings, and crashing thunder. As each piece evolves, these aspects move in and out of focus but never really disappear. And the chanting…on Nigredo monks seem to be reading from a sacred text, Albedo evokes the low-frequency singing of giants in their mountain halls, and Citrinitas features choral work. Throughout, there is something sinister at work – a disquieting intentionality that remains mysterious but omnipresent.

Indeed, Alchymeia is intended to be a journey through the subconscious based on Carl Jung’s notion of archetypes. In that sense, the juxtaposition of concrete, organic foreground elements with more subtle background layers seems to represent the inescapable link between conscious thought and that which lies underneath. Accordingly, the background ebbs and flows, but comes to tenebrously dominate the focus of each track. But even without the psychology, this is a compelling release and a high point of Andersson’s career.

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Chicago Scene: January 14-20, 2018

English: Mars Williams performing live at Doub...

This is a weekly overview live avant performances in the Chicago area. Contact us if you’d like your shows listed.

Sunday, January 14th 2018

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($20-$15)
Chicago Composers Orchestra with special guest Tomeka Reid — music by Tomeka Reid, Lawrence Axelrod, Beth Bradfish, George Walker

9:00PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont ($10 suggested donation) (wheelchair-accessible)
Hassles : Ken Vandermark, Terrie Ex, with Norwegian friends

9:00PM at The Whistler, 2421 N Milwaukee (wheelchair-accessible)
Jim Baker, Nick Macri, Julian Kirshner

Monday, January 15th 2018

9:00PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444 (wheelchair-accessible)
Extraordinary Popular Delusions : Jim Baker, Mars Williams, Brian Sandstrom, Steve Hunt

Tuesday, January 16th 2018

7:30PM at Café Logan, 915 E 60th, 773.702.ARTS (Free)
Ari Brown

Thursday, January 18th 2018

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Dave Rempis, Frank Rosaly
Friday, January 19th 2018

8:00PM at Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219 S Morgan, 773.837.0145 ($10)
International Anthem presents
Katinka Kleijn Solo
Nick Mazzarella Trio reunion & 10th anniversary performance : Nick Mazzarella, Anton Hatwich, Frank Rosaly

8:30PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Christian Wolff with a.pe.ri.od.ic

Saturday, January 20th 2018

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($20-$10)
Blackbird Creative Lab Showcase — music by Danny Clay, Viet Cuong, Ned McGowan, Kate Soper, Philippe Manoury, Jessie Marino

For more information, such as directions, as well as upcoming performances, see:

http://now-is.org/, http://www.ratchetmusic.com, http://www.mcachicago.org, http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/chicago_culturalcenterschedule.html, http://www.skylarkchicago.com, http://www.hideoutchicago.com, http://www.elasticrevolution.com, http://www.myopicbookstore.com/music.html, http://www.lampo.org, http://dalniente.com, http://iceorg.org/events/category/chicago, http://www.emptybottle.com/

ESP-Disk Celebrates 55 Years in NY on January 27

Source: Sound It Out!

JAN. 27: ESP-Disk Celebrates 55 Years!

DATE: SATURDAY, JANUARY 27
TIME: 7:30 P.M.
TICKETS: $15 ($12 FOR STUDENTS & SENIORS)
Founded in 1963, the Brooklyn-based ESP-Disk label was an important outlet for avant-garde jazz from start, with Albert Ayler, Pharoah Sanders, Ornette Coleman, Paul Bley, Ran Blake, Sun Ra, Steve Lacy and the New York Art Quartet all making key early LPs for the imprint, among many others. Sound It Out presents a special 55th anniversary concert for ESP-Disk, featuring a multi-act lineup: Ken Kobayashi, Megumi Yonezawa & Masa Kamaguchi; TALIBAM! Hard Vibe with Matt Nelson & Ron Stabinsky; Stephen Dydo & Alan Sondheim; and Kali Fasteau.

Coming to Toronto’s Array Music 

Source: Array Music.

Four New Works
January 26, 8pm, Array Space
The Array Ensemble performs four new works commissioned by Arraymusic written by four of the most exciting composers working in Canada today: Rebecca Bruton (Calgary), Marielle Groven (Montréal), Stephen Parkinson (Toronto) and Holger Schoorl (Toronto).

The Array Ensemble performs four new works commissioned by Arraymusic written by four of the most exciting composers working in Canada today: Rebecca Bruton (Calgary), Marielle Groven (Montréal), Stephen Parkinson (Toronto) and Holger Schoorl (Toronto).

Rat-drifting 3: Rebecca Bruton, Marielle Groven, Stephen Parkinson and Holger Schoorl
January 27, 8pm, Array Space
Composers and established improvisers Rebecca Bruton, Marielle Groven, Stephen Parkinson and Holger Schoorl will spontaneously compose together in various combinations.

The day after the premieres of their Four New Works, composers and established improvisers Rebecca Bruton, Marielle Groven, Stephen Parkinson and Holger Schoorl will spontaneously compose together in various combinations.