AMN Reviews: Forrest Fang – Scenes from a Ghost Train (2018; Projekt)

Forrest Fang falls squarely into the camp of U.S.-based ambient / electronic musicians (also including Steve Roach, Robert Rich, and Michael Stearns among others) who were influenced by the Berlin school, but bring their own unique takes to the genre. Case in point, on the nine tracks of Scenes from a Ghost Train, Fang combines gently layered drones, slow-moving piano themes, and violin, as well as subtle Eastern string, wind, and percussive elements.

Fang alternates between uptempo pieces driven by multi-tracked percussion and more introspective, minimalist approaches. But even in the latter, there is an abundance of individually-evolving themes. Fang’s restlessness shows throughout, as these quieter tracks are anything but simplistic. But he shines the brightest when combining his influences into an amalgam of atmosphere, melody, and ethnic mysticism. Ultimately, the acoustic and the electronic aspects of Scenes from a Ghost Train blend into a seamless continuum.  This allows the album to have a broad appeal including to those interested in synth-driven music in general as well as others who seek out rich, detailed soundscapes.

With the prevalence of dark ambient, aggressive electronics, and harsh noise walls (all of which have their own allure), it is nice to hear a new release from one of the originators of the genre that was a forbearer thereto. Established fans will find much to like here, and for others Scenes from a Ghost Train is a great place to begin exploration of Fang’s discography.

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San Francisco Scene: February 2-9, 2018

Source: Bay Improviser.

Friday, February 2

Fri 2/02 7:30 PM Herbst Theatre [401 Van Ness Ave SF]
Kronos Quartet and Timo Andres – On Playing Glass

Fri 2/02 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Heating Up: Hot Air Music Festival Preview Concert
The Hot Air Music Festival presents its second annual preview concert, Heating Up, featuring performances by the Nicholas Denton-Protsack and Siroko Duo.

Fri 2/02 8:00 PM Kala Arts Institute and Gallery [Kala Art Institute and Gallery 2990 San Pablo Ave Berkeley, CA 94702]
No(!)sy Room #1: Curiosity Garden of Sound and Light, conceived and directed by pianist/composer is a performance series of an immersive experience of sound and light, utilizing the unique architectural features of the space hosting the installation, a multi directional surround sound system and light/video projections. Day 1 with Jesse Gilbert and Norman Teale. Each performance will be followed by short artist talk, Q&A, and reception with drink and snacks. All Ages.

Saturday, February 3

Sat 2/03 5:00 PM Kala Arts Institute and Gallery [2990 San Pablo Ave Berkeley, CA 94702]
No(!)sy Room #1: Curiosity Garden of Sound and Light, conceived and directed by pianist/composer Motoko Honda is a performance series of an immersive experience of sound and light, utilizing the unique architectural features of the space hosting the installation, a multi directional surround sound system and light/video projections. Day 2 with Jesse Gilbert. Each performance will be followed by short artist talk, Q&A, and reception with drink and snacks. All Ages.

Sat 2/03 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Thomas Dimuzio and Matt Waters
Thomas Dimuzio is a musician, composer, improviser, sound designer, mastering engineer, label proprietor, and music technologist. Matt Waters will open the program performing Kraut-styled electrical psych.

Sat 2/03 8:00 PM Hertz Hall [UC Berkeley campus near corner of College and Bancroft Berkeley]
Eco Ensemble
Works by UC Berkeley graduate student composers, including Jon Yu

Sat 2/03 8:00 PM Temescal Arts Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
SO AR, the musical partnership of Shanna Sordahl and Robert Lopez,
presents a collaborative embodiment of sounding – physically, aurally and psychologically.
With dancers Kevin Lopez and Heather Stockton, and visual artist Kit Young. In
conjunction with the TAC Music Series.

Sat 2/03 8:00 PM Private home in Berkeley [Harry@fullplatemedia.com]
Kahil El’Zabar and The Ethnic Heritage Ensemble in celebration of 45th year of creative improvisation.

Sat 2/03 8:00 PM Radius Gallery [1050 River St #127 Santa Cruz]
Eoin Callery and Anna Friz mount performance-installations at Radius Gallery, involving radios and resonating strings deployed in various configurations. Eoin Callery is an Irish artist and composer of electroacoustic music whose installations incorporate feedback and found materials. Anna Friz is a sound and media artist who specializes in multichannel radio transmission systems for installation, performance, and broadcast.

Sat 2/03 8:30 PM The Lab [2948 16th St SF]
Bob Ostertag / Fred Frith

Sunday, February 4

Sun 2/04 7:30 PM First Presbyterian Church San Anselmo [72 Kensington Rd San Anselmo, CA 94960]
Echo Chamber Orchestra with guest artists Mana Saxophone Quartet play music of Schubert, Nilsson, and Glass on Feb 4th in San Anselmo.

Monday, February 5

Mon 2/05 7:30 PM Taube Atrium Theater [401 Van Ness Avenue (4th floor) San Francisco]
Earplay Concert 1: A Delicate Arrangement of Sounds

Mon 2/05 8:00 PM Make-Out Room [3225 22nd St SF]
The Monday Make-Out
The cutting edge of Bay Area jazz and improvised music–
Set #1: Ross Hammond (solo guitar from Sacramento)
Set #2: Song & Dance Trio (ecstatic garage jazz/improvisation)
Karl Evangelista-guitar, Jordan Glenn-drums, Cory Wright-saxophone
Set #3: Ashen Cleric (new music/improvisation)
Cory Wright-tenor sax, flute, Crystal Pascucci-cello, Tim DeCillis-vibes, percussion, drums, Jordan Glenn-drums, accordion, percussion, Nathan Clevenger-compositions, guitar, melodica, percussion

Mon 2/05 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Oakland Freedom Jazz Society: The Deconstruction of What You Know + AMWI Saxophone Quartet

Wednesday, February 7

Wed 2/07 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
animals & giraffes with guests Jmy James Kidd & Tara Jane Oneil
Phillip Greenlief (reeds) and Claudia La Rocco (text, voice) are animals & giraffes, the Center for New Music’s current ensemble in residence. For this concert, they join forces with dance artist Jmy James Kidd and multi-instrumentalist Tara Jane Oneil — the first time all four have improvised together.

Thursday, February 8

Thu 2/08 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
The Nouveau Classical Project: Currents
The Nouveau Classical Project (NCP) is a New York-based, all-women contemporary classical music ensemble that collaborates with visual artists and fashion designers, and has been hailed for “bringing a refreshing edge” to concerts (VICE). “Currents” features works composed for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, and electronics commissioned by The Nouveau Classical Project. Music by Olga Bell, Gabrielle Herbst, and Isaac Schankler.

Thu 2/08 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8:00 pm Ken Field (sopranino sax/flute) & Amy X Neuburg (voice/percussion/electronics): Improvisations
9:00 pm Walton/Perkis/Ingalls/Djll
Scott Walton, bass, Tim Perkis, electronics, Matt Ingalls, clarinets, Tom Djll, trumpet and electronics

Friday, February 9

Fri 2/09 12:00 PM Mills College Littlefield Concert Hall [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland]
Ashley Fure, guest composer, lectures about her work.

Fri 2/09 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Brent Miller’s 40th Birthday Celebration Concert!

A 40th birthday extravaganza that everyone is invited to, featuring performances of recent works and a couple of BRAND NEW pieces, meaning YOU HAVEN’T HEARD THEM YET! And did I mention there will be drinks?…

Fri 2/09 8:00 PM Kala Arts Institute and Gallery [2990 San Pablo Ave Berkeley, CA 94702]
No(!)sy Room #1: Curiosity Garden of Sound and Light, conceived and directed by pianist/composer Motoko Honda, is a performance series of an immersive experience of sound and light, utilizing the unique architectural features of the space hosting the installation, a multi directional surround sound system and light/video projections. Day 3 with Ian Winters and Norman Teale. Each performance will be followed by short artist talk, Q&A, and reception with drink and snacks. All Ages.

Nate Wooley Upcoming Concerts

Source: Nate Wooley.

Fri 2 Feb
Anthony McCall Solid Light Works: SOLD OUT
Pioneer Works, Pioneer Street, Brooklyn, NY, United States

Sat 3 Feb
Julius Eastman‘s TRUMPET: SOLD OUT
The Kitchen, West 19th Street, New York, NY, United States

Sun 4 Feb
knknighgh US TOUR! (Chris Pitsiokos, Brandon Lopez, Dre Hocevar)
Spectrum, Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, United States

Thu 8 Feb
knknighgh US TOUR! (Chris Pitsiokos, Brandon Lopez, Dre Hocevar)
Vital Joint, Meserole Street, Brooklyn, NY, United States

Fri 9 Feb
knknighgh US TOUR! (Chris Pitsiokos, Brandon Lopez, Dre Hocevar)
Sugar Maple, East Lincoln Avenue, Milwaukee, WI, United States

Sat 10 Feb
knknighgh US TOUR! (Chris Pitsiokos, Brandon Lopez, Dre Hocevar)
Fulton Street Collective, West Hubbard Street, Chicago, IL, United States

Mon 12 Feb
knknighgh US TOUR! (Chris Pitsiokos, Brandon Lopez, Dre Hocevar)
St. John’s Episcopal Church, West 26th Street, Cleveland, OH, United States

Tue 20 Feb
knknighgh US TOUR! (Chris Pitsiokos, Brandon Lopez, Dre Hocevar)
Rhizome DC – Art Learning DIY Culture, Maple Street Northwest, Washington, DC, United States

Wed 21 Feb
John Zorn Last Improv Nights at the Stone
The Stone, Avenue C, New York, NY, United States

Thu 22 Feb
knknighgh US TOUR! (Chris Pitsiokos, Brandon Lopez, Dre Hocevar)
H0L0, Queens, NY, United States

Ken Vandermark Interviewed About His New Group

Ken Vandermark, at "Sonore" concert,...

Source: Free-times.com.

The French director’s influence on Vandermark partially explains the name of his newest ensemble, Marker. (The group’s name, Vandermark says, has no explicit connection to the old Vandermark 5 tune “Second Marker”; in fact, he’d forgotten the song existed.) Comprising Vandermark, guitarists Andrew Clinkman and Steve Marquette, keyboardist and violinist Macie Stewart, and drummer Phil Sudderberg, Marker expands the conventional orchestration for an improvising quintet. Its variegated membership — Vandermark, at 54, is 24 years older than Marquette, the group’s second-oldest member — brings to the ensemble a wealth of reference points. Marker is deeply inspired by free jazz and Bernie Worrell‘s keyboard work with Parliament Funkadelic and Talking Heads, but also contemporary classical music, the guitar work of post-punk groups like Wire and The Ex, and groove methodologies from Brazil, Afro-Beat and funk.

February / March Perfect Sound Forever

Source: Perfect Sound Forever.

BLACK SABBATH
Poetic sludge- early years

CRISTIANO BOCCI
Composer adds his math- interview

JOHN CASSAVETES
Faces soundtrack revisted

NICK CAVE
Skeleton Tree’s psychic drama

SIMON CRAB
Experimental dance, Brit style

DAVID CROSBY
Dreamer, madman, pscyhoanalysis

PAT DINIZIO
Only a memory

NANCY DUPREE
Soul poet remembered

ROB ECHEVERRIA
Helmet/Biohazard man- interview

KIM JORDAN
Scott-Heron’s music maker- interview

TONY KINMAN
Dils, Rank & File- interview

PELL MELL
Indie instrumentals- interview

PROG ROCK
The twilight era

SAM SHEPARD
Peter Stampfel’s tribute

VINYL ANACHRONIST
Record cleaner 2018

Transparent Productions Upcoming DC Shows

Kahil El'Zabar at Chicago's Ethnic Heritage En...

Source: Washington DC’s Transparent Productions.

RONNIE BURRAGE’S
Holographic Principle
Ronnie Burrage: drums
Michael Wierba:piano
Nimrod Speaks:bass
Sunday, February 11, 2018

KAHIL EL’ZABAR’S
ETHNIC HERITAGE ENSEMBLE
Kahil El’Zabar: percussion
Corey Wilkes:trumpet
Alex Harding:baritone saxophone
Friday, February 23, 2018
RHIZOME
6950 Maple Avenue, in Takoma DC
7:00 and 9:00PM | $15 at door only