Exclaim! Reviews

Daniel Lanois plays with Black Dub in 2011

Source: Exclaim!

Steve Roach
Dreamtime Return

Venetian Snares x Daniel Lanois
‘Venetian Snares x Daniel Lanois’ (album stream)

Brian Eno
Music For Installations

Luton
Black Box Animals

Colin Stetson
“Charlie”

Various
1+1=X

Arvo Pärt
The Symphonies

Sarah Davachi
Let Night Come On Bells End the Day

Harold Budd
Luxa

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AMN Reviews: XYQuartet – Orbite [Nusica 11]; Alessandro Fedrigo – Secondo Solitario [Nusica 13]

Nusica is a six year-old netlabel from northeastern Italy dedicated to releasing “open content”—generally, free downloads and accompanying material. It was founded by musicians of the XYQuartet, who are represented here by the quartet’s Orbite and acoustic bass guitarist Alessandro Fedrigo’s second solo recording, Secondo Solitario.

In addition to Fedrigo, the XYQuartet comprises Nicola Fazzini on alto saxophone, Saverio Tasca on vibes and Luca Colussi on drums. Orbite, their third album, is a concept album whose individual pieces are named for the pioneering cosmonauts and astronauts of the early Space Age. Although the group’s music sits within the jazz tradition, its focus is as much on deftly-played, challenging compositions as it is on improvisation. The rhythm section is adept at dividing and subdividing time into complex quanta while undergirding contrasting and asymmetrical melodies spun out from saxophone and vibes.

Solo albums devoted to acoustic bass guitar are rare, but Fedrigo’s Secondo Solitario dispels any potential skepticism about how successful they actually can be. The album opens somewhat anomalously with a set of abstract sounds that could’ve come from a bowed double bass rather than Fedrigo’s acoustic bass guitar, but the following ten tracks move into sonic territory belonging to a guitar that just happens to be pitched lower than a standard acoustic guitar. Fedrigo plays tightly-constructed pieces based on guitar-like arpeggios, flamencoish alternate picking, and single-note lines. There’s even a rather unexpected arrangement of Giant Steps. All of the pieces are played without electronics or effects of any kind, making this an album of pure solo acoustic guitar, albeit of an unorthodox kind.

http://www.nusica.org

Daniel Barbiero

This Week in New York 

Source: I CARE IF YOU LISTEN.

BORDER CROSSING: MUSIC OF DEREK BERMEL WITH JACK QUARTET
Composer and clarinetist Derek Bermel joins the JACK Quartet for his clarinet quintet A Short History of the Universe plus additional works by Bermel.
Monday, May 7 at 7:30 PM
Free
Advent Lutheran Church, 2504 Broadway, New York, NY

CECILIA LOPEZ: MACHINIC FANTASIES
machinic fantasies is a performative installation based on the idea of producing a sonic and visual live “mediation process/machine”. The work, which is the result of Argentinean composer and artist Cecilia Lopez’s investigations spanning many years, utilizes multichannel video and sound spatialization techniques to augment the audience’s perception of specific kinetic sound objects.
Tuesday, May 8 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $15
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

TRISTAN PERICH: DRIFT MULTIPLY
As part of Red Bull Music Festival New York, composer and sound artist Tristan Perich will premiere his most ambitious project yet: A piece for 50 violins and 50 self-built 1-bit speakers. Perich investigates the spaces where the physical world meets the abstract world of computational electronics, writing intricate arrangements that blend lo-fi 1-bit sound with cascading melodies. Also performing will be Lesley Flanigan.
Wednesday, May 9 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $20
The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY

CHE CHEN WITH TALICE LEE AND PATRICK HOLMES
Guitarist and multi-instrumentalist in 75 Dollar Bill, his project with drummer Rick Brown, Che Chen has taken this Roulette/Jerome Foundation commission as an opportunity to push deep into the sound worlds of modal improvisation, untempered tunings, and extended, slow-moving durational structures. Built around a just intonation tuning matrix and modes devised by Chen, this intimate, evening-length work aims to slow the listener’s attention and direct it towards minute differences in pitch, timbre, and awareness.
Wednesday, May 9 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $15
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

CHIARA STRING QUARTET: PHILIP GLASS PREMIERE
Chiara String Quartet gives its final major performance presented by MetLiveArts. This culminating concert, celebrating 18 years together, is centered around the New York premiere of Philip Glass’ Piano Quintet “Annunciation,” with pianist Paul Barnes. The Chiara String Quartet opens the program with Nico Muhly’s Diacritical Marks, written for them in 2011, and concludes with Beethoven’s String Quartet in A minor, Op.132.
Saturday, May 12 at 2:00 PM
Tickets $45-$65
Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium, 1000 5th Avenue, New York, NY

AND SO NOW
BAM presents a new experimental work by Ben Vida that examines the aural threshold between verbal sense and nonsense. Featuring a quartet of vocalists, And So Now oscillates between the phonetic and the linguistic; at times the tempo and rhythm of the speech lifts the language outside the realm of communication, shifting it into pure sound. Cyclical singing is juxtaposed with spoken monologues foregrounding the material aspects of language. As the vocalists exchange words and phrases, a narrative develops, revealing how the communicative “signal to noise” ratios have fallen out of balance. Accompanying the vocalists is a soporific bed of electronically synthesized audio.
Saturday, May 12 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $18
BAM Fisher, Fishman Space, 321 Ashland Place, Brooklyn, NY

INNOVATOR LAB: LAURA COCKS
Laura Cocks performs new works for flute, electronics, and mixed media as part of Qubit’s Innovator Lab series.
Saturday, May 12 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $10-$15
Project Q, 1850 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY

BANG ON A CAN MARATHON
The 2018 Bang on a Can Marathon will feature 10 hours of music By: Jeffrey Brooks, Tom Chiu, Fjola Evans, Michael Gordon, David Lang, Nicole Lizee, Dylan Mattingly, Jessie Montgomery, Brendon Randall-Myers, Terry Riley, Frederic Rzewski, Gabriella Smith, Galina Ustvolskaya, Aleksandra Vrebalov, Alex Weiser, and Julia Wolfe.
Sunday, May 13 at 12:00 PM
Free
NYU Skirball, 566 LaGuardia Place, New York, NY

PATTERNS IN A CHROMATIC FIELD
Patterns in a Chromatic Field is a late work by Morton Feldman, an 80-minute odyssey for cello and piano exploring different degrees of stasis and patterns of harmony and color. This performance features pianist Marilyn Nonken and cellist Stephen Marotto.
Sunday, May 13 at 3:00 PM
Tickets $25, $15 students/seniors
St. Bart’s, 325 Park Avenue, New York, NY

KA BAIRD: CENTERS: 4 CHANNELS
For her Jerome Foundation Residency at Roulette, Ka Baird will premiere centers: 4 channels, two pieces incorporating 4-channel synthesis with spatialized light and movement. The first part of the evening will premiere piano: vivification exercises, a work written for piano and electronics that plays with dissonance and consonance of tone, interference patterns between frequencies, repetition, rhythm, and chromatic stumbles. Crystal Penalosa will add additional electronics for the last exercise of this piece.
Sunday, May 13 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $15
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

All About Jazz Reviews

William Parker

Source: All About Jazz.

Nik Bärtsch’s Ronin
Awase (ECM Records)

Jon Rune Strøm Quintet
Fragments (Clean Feed Records)

Jon Irabagon Quartet With Tim Hagans
Dr. Quixotic’s Traveling Exotics (Irabbagast)

Daniel Carter / William Parker / Matthew Shipp
Seraphic Light [Live At Tufts University] (AUM Fidelity)

Esbjorn Svensson Trio
e.s.t. live in london (ACT Music)

Alexander Hawkins / Elaine Mitchener Quartet
UpRoot (Intakt Records)

Ross Hammond & Jay Nair
Songs Of Universal Peace (Prescott Recordings)

Vinny Golia Sextet
Trajectory (Orenda Records/Nine Winds)

Michael Dessen Trio
Somewhere In The Upstream (Clean Feed Records)

Alexander Von Schlippenbach / Globe Unity Orchestra
Globe Unity – 50 Years (Intakt Records)