New From Tzadik

Source: Tzadik.

Scott Johnson : Mind Out Of Matter

Another masterwork by one of America’s true mavericks—Scott Johnson, a composer/performer who works slowly and meticulously crafts every detail. A new work from him is truly a cause for celebration and this sprawling, extended 74-minute eight movement suite marks the culmination of his pioneering work transcribing speech into musical melodies. Here recordings of philosopher Daniel C. Dennett are set in lush and colorful musical landscapes that brilliantly mix pop sensibilities with classical rigor. A labor of love and five years in the making, this is one of Scott’s greatest creations, successfully synthesizing opposing musical inheritances into an exciting new language.

Karl Berger : In A Moment—Music For Piano And Strings

Founder of the Creative Music Studio and a close collaborator of Don Cherry, Ornette Coleman, Gato Barbieri, Anthony Braxton and so many more, Karl Berger is a master musician and one of the pioneers of creative music. The third and final CD in his trilogy for Tzadik features fourteen tracks spanning a wide variety of moods. Karl’s gorgeous string arrangements are highlighted here in this beautiful and soulful suite of music for piano and strings.

Hyper+ Amir ElSaffar Touring Italy this Weekend

March 2018
Hyper+ Amir ElSaffar
Amir ElSaffar (trumpet)
Nicola Fazzini (alto sax)
Alessandro Fedrigo (electric bass)
Luca Colussi (drums)

A virtuous melting pot made of different musicians, with some fundamental common lines: they all like free improvisation and contamination of styles and rhythms. Contemporary language and free jazz are mixed with old Arabian roots by the ElSaffar’s attitude to “maqaam” and to the ancient musical patterns form his birth place, Iraq.

24 March 2018 h 21.00
San Vito Jazz – San Vito al Tagliamento

25 March 2018 h 14.00
Jazz Area Metropolitana – Dolo

26 March 2018 h 21.00
Carambolage – Bolzano

Avant Scena Reviews

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Source: Avant Scena.

Yuko Kakuta/ Yukiko Sugawara / Trio recherche – “Got Lost” (Wergo, 2018)

Okkyung Lee – “Dahl​-​Tah​-​Ghi” (Pica Disc, 2018)

Triptet – “Slowly, Away” (Triptet and Engine Studios, 2018)

Heath Watts / M.j. Williams / Nancy Owens / Blue Armstrong – “Sensoria” (Leo Records, 2018)

Frode Gjerstad Trio + Steve – “Bob Stop” (Clean Feed, 2018)

James Brandon Lewis and Chad Taylor – “Radiant Imprints” (Off Records, 2018)

The Jack Novotny Trio – “Trio Theophany (feat. Ronzo Smith & Jordan McBride)” (Project Novo, 2018)

Vital Weekly Reviews 1124

Source: Vital Weekly.

ANDREW CHALK & DAISUKE SUZUKI – YAMA TO NASHI (CD by Siren)
NEW OLD LUTEN QUINTET – LETZTER RABATZ (CD by Euphorium)
NEW OLD LUTEN SEPTET – LETZTES REMMIDEMMI (CD by Euphorium)
NEW OLD LUTEN TRIO – LETZTER RADAU (MINICD by Euphorium)
PLY – RENDS TOI/CLUZEL (LP/CD by Warm Desk) *
MODELBAU – XEROX (LP by Des Astres d’Or) *
HOLZKOPF – HOUSE OF AUD (CDR, private) *
THOMAS TILLY – CODEX AMPHIBIA (CDR by Glistening Examples) *
ARIES MOND – COME ON LET’S WAIT (CDR by Eilean Records) *
EMMANUEL WITZTHUM – SONGS OF LOVE AND LOSS (CDR by Eilean Records) *
KATJA INSTITUTE/PETER WULLEN – SHAPES (CDR by Katja Institute) *
LÄRMSCHUTZ – DRITTE TAFELMUSIK (cassette by Lurker Bias) *
INCARNASCOPE – THE DISINTEGRATING MAN (cassette by Dinzu Artefacts) *
ORPHAX – SUMMER’S END (cassette by Low Point) *
CLAUS POULSEN – DELICATE MONSTERS (cassette by Know Your Enemy)
STAR TURBINE – THE GREAT DISTORTION (cassette by Aphelion) *

JOY ON FIRE and Heterodyne at Galaxy Hut in DC, March 25

On March 25, NJ’s JOY ON FIRE and Heterodyne (Baltimore & DC) join forces at Arlington’s iconic Galaxy Hut, which is located at 2711 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington Virginia equidistant to Clarendon and Courthouse metro stations (Orange/Silver Lines) a few blocks away. Admission is $5 (all of which goes to the bands); the venue is 21+.

JOY ON FIRE formed in 2009 in Baltimore, as SuperSharpShooter. When Chris (drums) joined the band in 2013, and Anna (sax) and John (bass) moved to North Carolina, they changed the name to JOY ON FIRE and released their self-titled debut album. Now based in New Jersey, and with the release of Fire with Fire, their second album and first with PROCRASTINATION RECORDS, JoF tours from Burlington to New Orleans, with frequent stops in Maryland, both for gigs and for recording at Mobtown Studios in Baltimore, where the group is currently working on its third record, Hymn.

Heterodyne is an improvisational project; its core performers are Maria Shesiuk (synthesizers and processed vocalizations) and T. A. Zook (NS Design Omni Bass, strung as a basscello). Although it is essentially a duo, when complex schedules permit, it  performs with Patrick Whitehead on quarter-tone flügelhorn and trumpet; Bob Boilen on ARP synthesizer; Doug Kallmeyer on bass; Jerry Busher on drums; Sarah Hughes on sax; Leah Gage on drums; Sam Lohman on drums; Amanda Huron on drums; and Dan Gutstein, spoken word . Links to free downloads of Heterodyne’s sessions and performances are posted at https://goo.gl/SK7Hqz ; https://goo.gl/zM3Y2R ;  https://goo.gl/SRTZqD ; https://goo.gl/V9tbkN ; and https://goo.gl/gtMCe2.

For additional information:  tedzook@hotmail.com

Yarn/Wire Profiled

Source: free-times.com.

There’s something surprisingly elegant about the unusual pairing of two pianists with two percussionists in a chamber music group — particularly when you’re talking about playing the kind of adventurous, boundary-pushing avant-garde compositions that fall under the “new music” head of contemporary classical work being made today.

“It just sort of happened that way,” shrugs pianist Laura Barger, a co-director of the New York City-based Yarn/Wire, which has thrived with that eclectic personnel, becoming an urgent force on the contemporary classical scene.