AMN Picks of the Week: Dan Weiss / Dikeman, Allemano, Svirsky & Baggiani / Psyclopean / Pedro Melo Alves / Yuen Chee Wai & Lasse Marhaug

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.

Dan Weiss – Starebaby (2018)
Dikeman / Allemano / Svirsky / Baggiani – The 2nd Path to Nowhere (2018)
Psyclopean – Children Of R’lyeh (2018)
Pedro Melo Alves – Omniae Ensemble (2017)
Yuen Chee Wai / Lasse Marhaug – In Praise of Shadows (2018)


John Zorn’s The Book Beriah on PledgeMusic

John Zorn (cropped version)

Source: PledgeMusic. With our help, John Zorn is releasing an 11-CD culmination of his Masada songbook.

THE BOOK BERIAH the final 92 compositions that complete the 25-year Masada legacy

CD1 Keter – crown SOFIA REI
CD2 Chokhma – wisdom CLERIC
CD3 Binah – understanding SPIKE ORCHESTRA
CD4 Chesed – loving kindness JULIAN LAGE-GYAN RILEY
CD5 Gevurah – severity ABRAXAS
CD6 Tiferet – beauty KLEZMERSON
CD7 Netzach – eternity GNOSTIC TRIO
CD8 Hod – splendor ZION80
CD9 Yesod – foundation BANQUET OF THE SPIRITS
CD10 Malkhut – kingship SECRET CHIEFS 3



March 4, 2018
Ned Rothenberg & Nicola Hein, Experimental Intermedia
Nicola Hein Ned Rothenberg

March 3, 2018
Jim Denley & Susan Alcorn, HappyLucky no.1
Susan Alcorn Jim Denley

March 3, 2018
John Dikeman, Steve Swell, Jasper Stadhouders, Tony Piazza, Adam Shead, HappyLucky no.1
John Dikeman Tony Piazza Adam Shead Jasper Stadhouders Steve Swell

March 1, 2018
Martin Escalante & Luis Toto Alvarez, Outpost Artists Resources
Luis Toto Alvarez Martin Escalante

March 1, 2018
God Is My Co-Pilot, Outpost Artists Resources
Jason Blackkat Craig Flanagin Kate Gentile Kevin Shea Normandy Sherwood

March 1, 2018
Jim Denley, Chris Penalosa, Joe Hertenstein, Outpost Artists Resources
Jim Denley Joe Hertenstein Chris Penalosa

Seattle Scene: March 9-30, 2018

English: Bobby Bradford, moers festival 2008

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.

Andrew McInnis + Raymond Larsen
Fri. Mar. 9, 8 PM; $5 – $15 donation at door

Andrew McInnis presentsa series of tone poems for solo guitar, mixing through and spontaneous composition borrowing from 12-tone and Lydian Chromaticism, inspired by recent travels through the high Andes of Peru, as well lucid dreaming, and lunar cycle meditations. Trumpeter/composer Raymond Larsen is known for his unique and spirited approach to the instrument. He will present new material with a surprise cast.

David Stout: the Janus Switch
Sat. Mar. 17, 8 PM; $15 – 15 donation at door

David Stout is a visual artist, composer and performer exploring cross-media synthesis and interdisciplinary approaches to hybrid genres bridging the arts. He is founder and director of the Hybrid Arts Laboratory at the University of North Texas. The Janus Switch v.2 (2016) is a digital performance work merging live cinema and electronic sound in a poetic exploration of generative audio-visual feedback structures.
Upcoming Events (always subject to change; check our website for updates)

If you are interested in playing on the Wayward Series and have never done so before, PLEASE READ THIS before requesting a date.

THU. 3/22 – New music multi-instrumentalist and rabble-rouser Peter Nelson-King presents the world premiere of The Magpie’s Shadow, a large-scale cycle of piano miniatures inspired by the poetry of Yvor Winters

FRI. 3/23 – Nonsequitur presents Polytope by Los Angeles composer Daniel Corral, a multimedia microtonal performance for MIDI quartet

SAT. 3/24 – composer/pianist Keith Eisenbrey presents the first 11 parts of his large-scale work-in-progress Études d’exécution imminent, including the complete Second Thoughts, Corollaries and the three sightings of Ghosting Doubles (after Amy Denio)

FRI. 3/30 – Ancient to Future – a festival celebrating the great revolution in jazz of the 60s and 70s, w/ tributes to Muhal Richard Abrams, John Carter & Bobby Bradford (featured guest artist Alex Cline), + Tiny Ghost

Khost Interview


Khost create an an unnerving and physically imposing sound. They first came to my attention with the album Copper Lock Hell released on Cold Spring. It was a forceful release of mammoth and colossal doom chords, deep bass tones and cavernous textures woven with a distinctive use of ethnic samples, ethereal voices and location recordings of the city scape and its vacant spaces and abandoned buildings. Tracks such as ’14 Daggers’ and ‘Revelations Vultures Jackals Wolves’ from the following Corrosive Shroud album easily show the inventive nature and uniqueness of the khost sound with their use of ethereal and indigenous samples and strings. Elsewhere elements of industrial noise and free-jazz nestle beside experimental electronics, massive sound shudders and rhythmic clatter. Both albums, as well as their latest album Governance, are unrelenting in their brutal and unflinching power.

Taku Sugimoto, Minami Saeki, Mark Durgan, Luke Nickel, Josie Grounds in Bristol UK, April 2.

Taku Sugimoto

Source: Bang the Bore.

Taku Sugimoto & Minami Saeki (duo)
Mark Durgan (solo)
Luke Nickel & Josie Grounds (duo)

Rough Trade,
3 New Bridewell,
Nelson Street,
Bristol, BS1 2QD

Monday 2nd April 2018
Doors at 7.00, first act 8.15
£6.00 on the door

Taku Sugimoto is one of the world’s pre-eminent avant garde guitarists. Over the last quarter of a century he has been a pivotal figure in the Onkyō, free improvisation and now Wandelweiser scenes, amassing countless releases with countless collaborators, as well over twenty albums as a solo artist or bandleader. His current work is primarily composed, quiet, lyrical and transparent.

Minami Saeki is a singer, dancer and film actress from Nagasaki. She works in both experimental and pop music, with collaborators including Taku Sugimoto, Junichiro Tanaka, Wakana Ikeda, Masafumi Ezaki, Takashi Masubuchi, Manfred Werder, and Stefan Thut. Her filmography includes Village on the Village, Natsu no Musumetachi: Himegoto, and Ambiguous Places.

Mark Durgan has been active in the UK noise scene for thirty years, releasing records under his own name or as Putrefier for legendary labels such as Harbinger, RRRecords and Broken Flag. His music is carefully tactile, combining modular synths and homemade electronics with pressure-sensitive controls. Recurring collaborations include The New Blockaders, John Wall and Spoils & Relics.

Luke Nickel is an award-winning Canadian artist and researcher whose recently completed PhD focuses on the oral transmission of experimental composition. His work investigates notions of notation, re-performance, loss of fidelity, and memory. Collaborators include EXAUDI, James Saunders, the Bozzini Quartet, the Arnoflini Gallery, and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.

Josie Grounds is currently Bristol’s most diverse and unpredictable musician, capable of moving fluently between noise, wonky pop, stand-up comedy, improvisation, storytelling and DJing. Unifying these modes is her unerring feel for the absurd, subversive and fantastic. Other/former aliases include Himë Bangs, DJ Sarah Wilson, Twocsinak and An Unnecessarily Justified With.