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.