AMN Reviews: Firetail – Nylon (2018; Bandcamp)

Firetail is the endeavor of Andrea Vascellari, who recorded this 14-minute EP in one take earlier this month. Aptly titled, Nylon features just classical guitar, albeit heavily processed. The result is a set of three short drones. The source material for each can be discerned with careful listening – vibrating, rattling, and scraping of strings. But from there Vascellari uses delays to overlap tones into rolling waves of sound that ebb and flow. While minimalist in nature, Nylon encompasses both pastoral and mildly harsh moments. Vascellari is at his best when unleashes rapidly morphing walls of noise that demand the listener’s attention. Still, Nylon can be enjoyed on many levels, and the detail therein will reward those who are looking for immersive or observational musical experiences.

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MicroFest 2018

Source: MicroFest is an LA area series focusing on microtonal music, the “the notes between the notes” as they put it.

Microtonal Landscapes part I
March 2nd, 2018 | @ Boston Court

Just Brass
March 10th, 2018 | @ Art Share L.A

Polytope
March 18th, 2018 | @ Automata

Beyond 12
March 21st, 2018 | @ Santa Monica Public Library

Microtonal Landscapes part II
March 24th, 2018 | @ Mary Chapel, Mount St. Mary’s University

Metallophones & Cellphones
April 22nd, 2018 | @ Drinkward Recital Hall, Harvey Mudd College

Makrotonal
May 9th, 2018 | @ Zebulon Cafe

The Cantata
May 23rd, 2018 | @ REDCAT

Daphne of the Dunes
June 15th & 16th, 2018 | @ REDCAT

Newsbits: Unsilent Majority / Les Fillesharmoniques / Pierre Boulez / Ornette Coleman / ADT / Machinefabriek

Ornette Coleman

Another protest album, this one from a 34-piece free-jazz big band with poets directed by guitarist Ross Hammond, called Unsilent Majority, is out on Gold Lion Records. All of the money from sales will go to the ACLU.

Concordia’s all-female and non-binary electroacoustic band is profiled.

The music and philosophy of Pierre Boulez is discussed.

An Ornette Coleman boxed set is on the way.

The new album from ADT is reviewed, and a new single from Machinefabriek is out.