AMN Reviews: Matteo Liberatore – “Solos” [Innova 985]

“Solos” is the first solo guitar album from guitarist Matteo Liberatore. It was mixed and mastered by guitarist-composer Elliot Sharp. The recording contains twelve pieces that explore the sonic possibilities of the solo acoustic guitar without electronics or any overdubs. Instead Liberatore employs extended techniques that includes the use of objects like metal springs, alligator clips, a bass bow and a kick drum beater. This is not just sonic novelty or gratuitous use of extended techniques; each of the pieces while largely improvised, have clarity and purpose that creates really interesting and memorable pieces of music.

The first track “Agnes” builds a texture somewhere between a hammer dulcimer and the tremolos of the classical guitar, but with very modern harmonies.

“Untitled #9” is a stark exploration of counterpoint with the contrasting colors of the prepared guitar.

“Barrea” is a striking piece that on a blind listen I doubt that most listeners could correctly identify the source instrument. It is a lyrical noise piece with extensive bowing that sounds like its coming from a cello or two.

Then there is “Causeway” which is a haunting but a somewhat more “conventional” piece that explores a “folky” melodic theme that slowly transforms with each pass.

Matteo Liberatore’s “Solos” is a wonderful record that introduces us to an interesting new voice in the world of experimental guitar. Liberatore’s music is very imaginative.  “Solos” explores textures driven by propulsive rhythms, stark counterpoint of contrasting colors, and lyrical noise, sometimes all in the same piece. Highly Recommended!

Chris DeChiara

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Seattle Scene: February 9-17, 2018

From Seattle’s 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.

Antenna Project: Nyxology Sessions
Thu. Feb. 9, 8 PM; $8 donation, cash/card/NFC

Part music concert, part neo-dance jam, part sociocultural lab test, these evenings are designed as a hybrid experience for you to explore what The Antenna Project‘s music inspires you to do. Bring a book, bring a sketchpad, bring a pillow, bring a yoga mat, bring a camera, bring a movement idea, bring a friend… The Nyxology Sessions are all about building a bridge to that next authentic level.

Sound Ensemble: Life Transformed
Sat. Feb. 10, 8 PM; $10 /$15 in advance

In this evening of monumental works The Sound Ensemble perform pieces that represent profoundly transformative times in either the life of the composer, or in the life of a character within the piece. With great works, such as Arnold Schoenberg’s iconic sextet Verkläte Nacht and the incredible Chamber Symphony by John Adams, you will not want to miss out.

FRI. 2/16 – 33rd Seattle Improvised Music Festival: Tom Baker, Clifford Dunn, Monika Khott, Cristin Miller, Tomeka Reid, Jane Rigler, Davey Williams

SAT. 2/17 – 33rd Seattle Improvised Music Festival: (3 PM) improvising musicians & dancers; (5:30 PM) community potluck; (8 PM) Ruby Dunphy, Stephen Fandrich, Eric Muhs, Jane Rigler, Paul Rucker, Davey Williams.

The Best Jazz on Bandcamp: January 2018 

Source: Bandcamp Daily

It’s a new year of new music. This month’s column has “January” in its title, but we scooped up some extra stuff from December, since last month’s column was dedicated to the Best Jazz Releases of 2017. Last year may have been a dumpster fire but, in terms of music, the album’s in this month’s roundup offer compelling reasons to open your heart to hope.




February 4, 2018
Dogtown, Spectrum
Henry Fraser Jason Nazary Elias Stemeseder

February 4, 2018
Moda, Spectrum
Carlos Cordeiro Nicola Hein Lester St. Louis

February 4, 2018
Nate Wooley Quartet, Spectrum
Dré Hočevar Brandon Lopez Chris Pitsiokos Nate Wooley

February 3, 2018
AR and Live Draw presentation, Spectrum
Joshue Ott

February 3, 2018
Joe Morris, Ingrid Laubrock, Dré Hočevar, Sam Yulsman, Lester St. Louis, Henrik Munkeby Nørstebø, Spectrum
Dré Hočevar Ingrid Laubrock Lester St. Louis Joe Morris Henrik Munkeby Nørstebø Sam Yulsman

February 3, 2018
Nicola Hein, Charmaine Lee, Brad Henkel, Spectrum
Nicola Hein Brad Henkel Charmaine Lee

February 2, 2018
The New York Review of Cocksucking, Heck
Michael Foster Richard Kamerman

February 2, 2018
Zach Rowden & Leila Bordreuil, Heck
Leila Bordreuil Zach Rowden

5049 Records Podcast Episode 148 – Kelly Moran 

Source: 5049 Records.

Kelly Moran is an exceptional pianist and composer originally from Long Island, now based in Brooklyn, NY. Her current work focuses on performances for both prepared and unprepared solo piano. A student of 20th century composition, her output contains healthy amounts of lyricism and dissonance, beauty and black metal aesthetics. For today’s conversation we get into a lot of it, from Cage to Krallice, Sakamoto to Kayo Dot. Check it.