AMN Picks of the Week: SUSS / Raison d’Etre / Angelica Sanchez Trio / Kabas

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.

SUSS – Ghost Box (2018)
Raison d’Etre – Alchymeia (2018)
Angelica Sanchez Trio – Float the Edge (2017)
Kabas + Luís Vicente – Negen (2017)
Kabas + Luís Vicente + Godinho (2017)

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Avant Scena Reviews

Source: Avant Scena.

Quentin Rollet, Jean-Marc Foussat, Christian Rollet – “Entrée des Puys de grêle” (Bisou Records, 2018)

Jonny Axelsson and Musica Vitae Chamber Orchestra – “Roots & Branches” (Jonny Axelsson Percussion Recordings, 2017)

Ivo Perelman | Nate Wooley | Brandon Lopez |Gerald Cleaver – “Octagon” (Leo Records, 2017)

Rajada (Pedro Sousa/ Miguel Mira/ Afonso Simões) – “Rajada” (Multikulti Project, 2018)

Blaise Siwula | Lisbon String Trio – “K’ampokol Che K’aay” (Creative Sources, 2017)

Anna Webber|Elias Stemeseder|Devin Gray – “Jagged Spheres II” (2017)

The Octopod – “Monoliths and Sepulchres” (2018)

Vijay Iyer Profiled

English: The Vijay Iyer Quartet performed an i...

Source: Mercury News.

The 46-year-old pianist-composer-bandleader — who performs Jan. 18-21 at the SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco — might downplay all the critical acclaim. Yet, it’s hard to ignore his burgeoning cheering section, which includes DownBeat, the influential jazz magazine that has bestowed Iyer with its most prestigious award — artist of the year — on multiple occasions.

Vital Weekly Reviews 1115

Source: Vital Weekly.

COMMON EIDER, KING EIDER – SHRINES FOR THE UNWANTED, RESPITE FOR THE CAST ASIDE (CD by Cold Spring)
IG WITZELSUCHT – SOMETIMES PUNS ARE A SIGN OF A DAMAGED BRAIN (CD by Knock’em Dead Records) *
NAKAMA – WORST GENERATION (CD by Nakama Records)
CAMILLE ÉMAILLE – BEKKOS (CD by Creative Sources Recordings)
EXCESSIVE VISAGE – YOU ARE LOST ANYWAY (CD by Off Record)
AKP (CD by Middle Eight Recordings) *
MARTYRIA (CD by Malignant Records) *
K. LEIMER – IMPOSED ORDER/IMPOSED ABSENCE (2CD by Palace Of Lights) *
TELE:FUNKEN – ROCKER SUMMER (CD by Static Caravan) *
MASAYUKI IMANISHI – WORN TAPE (CD by Moving Furniture Records) *
ZENO VAN DEN BROEK – PARANON (CD by Moving Furniture Records) *
TASOS STAMOU – CAVEMAN (LP by Moving Furniture Records) *
ROBERT SCHWARZ – DOUBLE NEGATIVE (LP by Gruenrekorder)
AKADAMA BROS – SUNSHINE (12” by Adaadat)
JOE GERMLIN – NO MASTER DYNAMICS (12” by Adaadat)
EILEAN 58 (CDR compilation by Eilean Records)
GHOST FLUTE & DICE – KROPSBYGNING (CDR, private) *
MIKE KRAMER/CORE SHOFT/RICARDO FREDERIKS – ONTDEKKINGEN (CDR by CS Music)

Seattle Scene: January 18-27, 2018

From Seattle’s Wayward Music Series:

WAYWARD MUSIC SERIES

Chapel Performance Space at Good Shepherd Center

4th Floor, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Seattle 98103 (corner N 50th St. in Wallingford)

Every month, Nonsequitur and a community of like-minded presenters and artists offer ten concerts of adventurous music in an informal yet respectful all-ages setting: contemporary classical, free improvisation, the outer limits of jazz, electronic music, microtonal/new instruments, sound art, and other extraordinary sonic experiences.

Helen Pridmore & Friends
Thu. Jan. 18, 8 PM; $5 – $15 donation at door

Canadian singer Helen Pridmore focuses on experimental music and improvisation. With Seattle musicians Lori Goldston (cello) and Mark Hilliard Wilson (guitar), she will explore graphic scores by John Cage and Earle Brown — music to see and to hear, with visual interpretation of the score as a crucial part of the performance. In the second set, accordionist Kyle Hanson joins for improvisations.

Delgani String Quartet
Fri. Jan. 19, 8 PM; $20 general/$12 students

For the opening night of the inaugural Spontaneous Combustion New Music Festival, the Delgani String Quartet from Eugene, OR performs a new work by Benjamin Krause inspired by the Oregon Cascade Range.The concert also includes the first string quartets by Seattle composer Alan Hovhaness and Hungarian György Ligeti. This is Delgani’s premiere performance in Seattle.

Marc Barreca & Rob Angus
Sat. Jan. 20, 8 PM; $5 – $15 donation at door

Two veterans of the Seattle electronic music scene perform solo sets and a duo set. Marc Barreca will play electro-acoustic loop based compositions with a laptop and MIDI accordion. Rob Angus will perform pieces from his recording projects Ethnoloopography and Slow Rain on vintage sampling keyboards.

THU. 1/25 – Spontaneous Combustion New Music Festival: Iktus flute/percussion duo from NYC perform works by Lou Harrison, Joseph Pereira, Adam Vidiksis, James Romig, and Seattle composer Bruce Hamilton

FRI. 1/26 – Inverted Space Ensemble plays music of Cage, Ligeti, and Stockhausen

SAT. 1/27 – Sarah Pyle premiers experimental works for Baroque and modern flutes using extended techniques, electronics and percussion by herself, Andrew Stiefel, and Daniel Webbon, plus works by Francesca Caccini, Vivian Fine, and Elizabeth Brown

Leyya Tawil + Jeff Surak / TL0741 / Juliana Ponguta Forero+Ken Manheimer+Daniel Barbiero in DC, January 27

Source: Sonic Circuits.

Saturday Jan 27th 2018 @Rhizome
Leyya Tawil + Jeff Surak, TL0741, Juliana Ponguta Forero+Ken Manheimer+Daniel Barbiero

Leyya Tawil + Jeff Surak
​Leyya Mona Tawil is an artist working with dance and music practices. She is a Syrian-Palestinian-American engaged in the world as such. Tawil is the director of ELIXIR and TAC: Temescal Art Center. Her work has been presented in 16 countries and throughout the states. Her approach to experimental performance is based on conceptual scoring and location-based variables. Her work has been discussed and reviewed in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal,American Theatre, NEA Art Talks, ​Movement Research’s Critical Correspondence, and the PAJ: Journal of Performance and Art. She was a Columnist-in-Residence for SF MOMA’s Open Space, and published an essay on Arab Experimentalism for Detroit Research Journal (Vol 2).
http://www.danceelixirlive.org

TL0741 (NoVA)
http://www.tl0741.com
https://www.facebook.com/TL0741/
Pat Gillis (b. 1965, USA) began performing as TL0741 in 2005. Discovering electronic music in adolescence, he found the instrumentation and techniques had inherent possibilities deserving exploration on their own merits, free of service to the conventions of Bach’s time through those of the British Invasion and the many permutations between and following. Gesture, timbral novelty, pacing, atmosphere and dynamics are given primacy over musical expectations. Irrespective, musical qualities are evident in the results.

Juliana Ponguta Forero and Ken Manheimer, dancers, Daniel Barbiero, double bass.
Contemporary dancer, teacher and dance movement therapist, Juliana Ponguta Forero was born in Colombia and currently lives in the Washington DC area where she is a member of the Nancy Havlik Dance Group. Trained in classic, modern and contemporary dance in Mexico, Perú and Argentina, she started dancing Colombian folk dances and tango in her youth: since then, she has been wondering about movement, creativity and expressivity. More recent work has led her into a variety of techniques such as Yoga, Judo, Contact Improvisation and Dance Movement Therapy among others. She has guided contemporary dance classes, improvisation, and movement research workshops in Argentina, Perú, Colombia and Brazil. She deeply enjoys sharing her knowledge and experiences, hoping to bring new and rich experiences for all. At present she is researching the relationship between body and instinct, body intelligence and the difference between creativity and imagination in trying to develop body language.

For Ken Mannheimer, improvised collaborative dance is an antidote to the static of daily life. His ongoing practice provides what has come to be a precious opportunity to play for the sake of play, rather than for competition or work or glamor or whatever ulterior motives. Still, he’s studied with central teachers (including extensively with Nancy Stark Smith and Susan Schell, among many others), in addition to practicing regularly with other zealous folk at the DC CI jam (http://dccontactimprov.net). Ken coordinates that jam, and helps to organize the Spring East Coast Jam (https://eastcoastjam.com), and has taught many small and medium scale classes and workshops.

Daniel Barbiero (1958, New Haven CT) is a double bassist with an interest in gestural, modular and sound-based composition and improvisation in acoustic and electro-acoustic environments. He frequently works with improvisational dancers and writes regularly on music and related subjects.
http://danielbarbiero.wordpress.com

Saturday Jan 27th 2018 @ 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.
~ $10

Rhizome
6950 Maple Street NW, Washington DC, DC
http://rhizomedc.org/

Subtle Degrees (LaPlante and Cleaver) on Tour 

Gerald Cleaver, jazz drummer, picture taken in...

Source: Subtle Degrees.

A Dance That Empties is Travis Laplante’s latest album-length composition written for Subtle Degrees, a new two-musician ensemble consisting of Laplante (tenor saxophone) and Gerald Cleaver (drums). The duo’s uncategorizable sound evokes everything from contemporary classical music, avant garde jazz, minimalism, technical metal, and sacred world music. Laplante is also the founder/composer of saxophone quartet Battle Trance and the ensemble Little Women.

February 23, 2018 — Burlington, VT @ Light Club Lamp Shop

February 24, 2018 — Putney, VT @ Next Stage Arts Project

February 26, 2018 — Amherst, MA @ Hampshire College

February 27, 2018 — Providence, RI @ Machines with Magnets

February 28, 2018 — Northampton, MA @ A.P.E. Gallery

March 1, 2018 — Portland, ME @ Space Gallery

March 4, 2018 — Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool