AMN Reviews: Shatner’s Bassoon – Disco Erosion (2018; Wasp Millionaire Records)

In pop culture, Shatner’s Bassoon refers to a fictional part of the brain that influences one’s perception of time. Alternatively, and perhaps more interestingly, Shatner’s Basson is also a five-piece art rock / creative jazz / Zappaesque group from the U.K. consisting of Oliver Dover on sax and clarinet, Craig Scott on guitar, Johnny Richards on keyboards, Michael Bardon on bass, and Joost Hendrickx on drums. This outfit romps through four idiosyncratic and playful tracks on Disco Erosion, an album scheduled for release on April 27.

The first piece, Derpa Days, begins with a bang. It features fractured rhythms from funky keyboards and bass overlaid with angular guitar and sax leads. The latter two instruments form roughly interlocking melodic structures, as well as split off for short solos. Darts begins slowly with quiet, atmospheric improv, but evolves into a sax-driven stop-start melody. On the other hand, Zuppa focuses on a deranged main rhythm that lends itself to frenetic sax soloing. The finale, You’ve Got to Play the Game, alternates between complex uptempo themes that approach free jazz, with an emphasis on keyboards. But the preceding descriptions just begin to scratch the surface – there are so many ideas in each track that it can be challenging to follow all of them.

Disco Erosion is a singular release that would have fit in with the avant-jazz that has been put out on the Cuneiform Records label. Perhaps lines can be drawn to other adventurous U.K. groups, such as Guapo and Led Bib, but Shatner’s Bassoon forges their own path and genre. Highly recommended.

Seattle Scene: April 19 – May 5, 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.

Jaap Blonk: Dr. Voxoid’s Next Move
Thu. Apr. 19, 8 PM; $15 – 15 donation at door

Unique for his powerful stage presence and almost childlike freedom in improvisation, the renowned Dutch vocalist/sound poet Jaap Blonk’s new voice/electronics performance may contain sound poetry (his own works and an occasional ‘classic’), pieces in invented languages, phonetic etudes and processes, live soundscapes, improvisations for solo voice and with electronics, and more…

Kin of the Moon
Fri. Apr. 20, 8 PM; $15 – 15 donation at door

What Better Than Call a Dance is inspired by the relationship of dance to music, how they inform each other. Beth Fleenor (clarinet/voice/elec-tronics) and dancer Karin Stevens interweave improvisations amongst four new takes on pre-existing dance music forms composed by Kin of the Moon members Kaley Lane Eaton (soprano/piano/electronics) and Heather Bentley (violin/viola), with Leanna Keith (flute).

Drone Cinema Film Festival #4
Sat. Apr. 21, 8 PM; $15 – 15 donation at door

The Drone Cinema Film Festival showcases cutting-edge minimalist works of ethereal beauty that transmute sonic drones into the visual realm, drawing inspiration from the experimental films of Stan Brakhage and Jordan Belson, the minimalist drones of La Monte Young and Terry Riley, and the recent film genre Slow Cinema. Silent Records founder Kim Cascone’s new ensemble composition Pollen & Fragments opens the show.

THU. 4/26 – Matt Kocmieroski (percussion), Roger Nelson (piano) and Paul Taub (flute) play Morton Feldman’s Crippled Symmetry

FRI. 4/27 – Inverted Space Ensemble showcases newly commissioned works

SAT. 4/28 – Mark Cooper’s AIR celebrates the second CD/digital release in a projected tetralogy of ambient soundscapes based on the four classical elements, featuring field recordings, granular synthesis, and processed string instruments

THU. 5/3 – Blake DeGraw presents Dissociative Containment: Chamber & Vocal Music – works for twelve violins, six violins, twelve vocalists, and solo voice with fixed media + Noel Kennon & Greg Kelley duo improvisations

FRI. 5/4 – Seattle Compsoers’ Salon: new and recent works by Jay Hamilton, Gavin Borchert, Peter Nelson-King, Jeremiah Lawson

SAT. 5/5 – Matt Shoemaker memorial concert with Jim Haynes, Climax Golden Twins, Dave Knott and more

Musique Machine Reviews

Source: Musique Machine.

Haptic – Ten Years Under The Earth
Ten Years Under The Earth blends together elements of (mostly) pared back improv, acoustic industrial/ ritual texturing, organic dark ambience & field recordings. The single forty five minute track offered up here moves from the foreboding & eerier, to the building & atmospheric, onto the denser & (semi) noisy.

Nordvargr – Metempsychosis
Swedish industrial stalwart Nordvargr returns to the fold once again with his latest, Metempsychosis. His first on the revered Cyclic Law label, this brutal slab of grim, pounding, ritualistic industrial unleashes Nordvargr’s long distant, primitive past, and captures the raw emotion of the human condition. The struggle for survival is not always pretty, and the music on Metempsychosis revels in this grim, uphill battle.



Otomo Yoshihide
April 14, 2018
Aram Shelton & Håkon Berre with Jaimie Branch & Michael Coleman, IBeam
Håkon Berre Jaimie Branch Michael Coleman Aram Shelton

April 12, 2018
Weasel Walter, Sandy Ewen, Damon Smith, JACK
Sandy Ewen Damon Smith Weasel Walter

April 12, 2018
The Gate, JACK
Tom Blancarte Brian Osborne Dan Peck

April 11, 2018
Keir Neuringer Solo, JACK
Keir Neuringer

April 11, 2018
Brandon Lopez, Michael Foster, Weasel Walter, JACK
Michael Foster Brandon Lopez Weasel Walter

April 3, 2018
Evan Parker & Dan Weiss, The Stone
Evan Parker Dan Weiss

April 2, 2018
Burton Greene Quartet, Scholes Street Studio
Igal Foni Burton Greene Adam Lane Reut Regev

5049 Records Podcast Episode 157 – Briggan Krauss

English: Briggan Krauss at a concert with Sex ...

Source: 5049 Records.

Based in Brooklyn since 1994, Briggan Krauss is a saxophonist and composer whose work explores the sonic possibilities of his instrument in great detail. He’s released several records under his own name, leading bands like 300 and H-Alpha. In addition to his solo and group projects, he’s worked closely with a broad range of artists from Bill Frisell to Ikue Mori, Antony to Satoko Fuji, and is widely known for his contributions to Steven Bernstein‘s long-running Sex Mob. Most recently he has begun an extensive study of the electric guitar and has been releasing a series of solo saxophone recordings entitled “The Art of the Saxophone”.