AMN Reviews: Reid Karris Group – Ghost Dancers Slay Together (2018; Lurker Bias)

Chicago-based Reid Karris is no stranger to the weird. Here, accompanied by Alexander Adams (Galaxuu) on drums and Bryant Eiting (Blue Movies) on sax and loops, Karris provides prepared guitar, drums, and effects. Landing somewhere between musique concrete, walled noise, and free improv, Ghost Dancers Slay Together is a 35-minute slab of the exquisitely unusual.

Karris and Adams offer an uncoordinated dual drum attack, a chaotic underpinning that sets the tone of the recording. On guitar, Karris supplies distorted chords, brief wails, and indeterminately picked notes. Comparisons to the work of Derek Bailey would not be too far off track.  Eiting’s sax harshly warbles out short motifs and fractured statements, intermittently rising up from primordial boilings. Throughout all of this, the effects and loops are used to establish twisted atmospherics.

Ghost Dancers Slay Together is a different animal – not even music in the conventional sense. Instead, it is a textured, multi-faceted all-out assault. This is a dense, melody-free, rhythmless exploration. But somehow, within the discord, Karris, Adams, and Eiting manage to also provide a certain degree of information-rich charm – an album that sounds like what would happen if you listened to half a dozen different recordings at the same time.

This Week in New York 


Monday, May 14 at 6:00 PM
Miller Theatre, 2960 Broadway, New York, NY

Wednesday, May 16 at 7:30 PM
Austrian Cultural Forum New York, 11 East 52nd Street, New York, NY

Thursday, May 17 at 7:30 PM
The Secret Theatre, 4402 23rd Street, Queens, NY

Thursday, May 17 at 8:00 PM
the cell, 338 West 23rd Street, New York, NY

Friday, May 18 at 8:00 PM
The Secret Theatre, 4402 23rd Street, Queens, NY

Saturday, May 19 at 1:00 PM & 3:00 PM
Governors Island, Colonels Row, New York, NY

Saturday, May 19 at 8:00 PM
The Secret Theatre, 4402 23rd Street, Queens, NY

Tickets $20
National Sawdust, 80 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY

Sunday, May 20 at 5:00 PM
The Secret Theatre, 4402 23rd Street, Queens, NY

Full Vision Festival 2018 Lineup

Dave Burrell


Wednesday May 23 –
Dave Burrell Lifetime of Achievement

6:30 PM – Opening Invocation
Patricia Nicholson, dance
Hamid Drake, percussion
William Parker, bass

7:00 PM – Harlem Renaissance
Dave Burrell – piano
Darius Jones – alto sax
Steve Swell – trombone
Harrison Bankhead – bass
Andrew Cyrille – drums

8:00 PM – Archie Shepp Quartet featuring Dave Burrell
Archie Shepp – sax
Dave Burrell – piano
William Parker – bass
Hamid Drake – drums

9:00 PM – Djassi DaCosta Johnson/Shayna Dulberger
Djassi DaCosta Johnson -dance
Shayna Dulberger – bass

9:30 PM – Dave Burrell Quintet
Dave Burrell – piano
James Brandon Lewis – tenor sax
Kidd Jordan – tenor sax
William Parker – bass
Andrew Cyrille – drums

Thursday May 24

5:00 PM – Panel Discussion:
#WeHaveVoice Collective
Creating Safe(r) Spaces in the Performing Arts *Free Admission* – 5 PM
Nicole Mitchell, Fay Victor, Maria Grand, Imani Uzuri, Sara Serpa

7:00 PM – Mary Halvorson’s Code Girl
Mary Halvorson – guitar
Amirtha Kidambi – voice
Adam O’Farrill – trumpet
Michael Formanek – bass
Tomas Fujiwara – drums

8:00 PM – Whit Dickey Trio (with Guests)
Whit Dickey – drums
Rob Brown – alto sax
Michael Bisio – bass
Karen Borca – bassoon
Jackson Krall – percussion

9:00 PM – Women with An Axe to Grind
Patricia Nicholson – dance
Nicole Mitchell – flute
Joëlle Léandre – bass
Melanie Dyer – viola

10:00 PM – SPACE
Thomas Buckner – baritone
Roscoe Mitchell – woodwinds
Scott Robinson – multi-instrumentalist

Friday May 25

7:00 PM – Irreversible Entanglements
Camae Ayewa – voice
Keir Neuringer – alto sax
Aquilles Navarro – trumpet
Luke Stewart – bass
Tcheser Holmes – drums

8:00 PM – Douglas Dunn + Dancers
Douglas Dunn, Grazia Della-Terza, Jin Ju Song-Begin, Emily Pope, Jake Szczypek, Alexandra Berger, Jules Bakshi, Janet Charleston, Timothy Ward – dance
Critical Response Trio:
Jason Kao Hwang – violin
Anders Nilsson – guitar
Michael TA Thompson – drums

8:30 PM – Seraphic Light
Daniel Carter – woodwinds, trumpet
William Parker – bass
Matthew Shipp – piano

9:00 PM – Nasheet Waits Equality
Nasheet Waits – drums
Mark Helias – bass
Aruán Ortiz – piano
Darius Jones – alto sax

10:00 PM – Matthew Shipp Acoustic Ensemble performs Inward Motion
Matthew Shipp – piano
Michael Bisio – bass
Newman Taylor-Baker – drums
Jason Kao Hwang – viola
Mateusz Walerian – clarinet
Nate Wooley – trumpet

Saturday May 26

6:00 PM – Visionary Youth Orchestra
Arts for Art’s improvising youth ensemble! Directed by Jeff Lederer and Jessica Jones
Featuring special guest Dave Burrell

7:00 PM – Mutations for Justice
Fay Victor – voice, comp
Jaimie Branch – trumpet
Luke Stewart – bass
Michael Vatcher – drums

8:00 PM – Afro-Algonquin
Mixashawn – sax
Rick Rozie – bass
Royal Hardigan – drums

9:00 PM – Patricia Spears Jones – poetry with Jason Kao Hwang – violin –

9:30 PM – Akinmusire/Davis/Sorey
Ambrose Akinmusire – trumpet
Kris Davis – piano
Tyshawn Sorey – drums

10:30 PM – AfroHORN Fellow
Ahmed Abdullah – trumpet, flugelhorn
Bob Stewart – tuba
Sam Newsome – soprano sax
Aruán Ortiz – piano
Rashaan Carter – bass
Roman Diaz – percussion
Francisco Mora Catlett – Drums

Sunday May 27

3:00 PM – Panel Discussion
The Ongoing Struggle for Cultural Equity in NYC Music Communities pt. 1
Steve Cannon, Dave Burrell, William Parker, Bernadette Speach, Craig Harris, Adam Shatz,Moderator Scott Currie *Free Admission*

6:30 PM – Frode Gjerstad Trio
Frode Gjerstad – alto sax
Paal Nilssen-Love – drums
Ingebrigt Håker Flaten – bass
w/ Steve Swell – trombone

7:30 PM – Cleaver/Lopez/Potter/Virelles
Gerald Cleaver – drums
Brandon Lopez – bass
Chris Potter – tenor sax
David Virelles – piano

8:30 PM – Two films by Arthur Jafa
Cassowary: Mechanics of Empathy (2017, 7min); Considerations (1982, 15min)
followed by Q&A w/ Jafa and Fred Moten–

9:30 PM – Craig Harris Brown Butterfly
Craig Harris – trombone, composer
Eddie Allen – trumpet
Jay Rodriguez – reeds
Adam Klipple – keyboards
Calvin Jones – bass
Tony Lewis – drums
Kahlil Kwame Bell – percussion

Monday May 28

Panel Discussion – The Ongoing Struggle for Cultural Equity in NYC Music Communities pt. 2 – 3 PM – ft. Reggie Workman, Ahmed Abdullah, Jemeel Moondoc, Luke Stewart, Warren Smith, Patricia Nicholson Parker, Moderated by Mike Heller,
*Free Admission*

Jaimie Branch’s Fly or Die – 6:00 PM
Jaimie Branch – trumpet
Lester St. Louis – cello
Chad Taylor – drums
Anton Hatwich – bass

7:00 PM – Cooper-Moore – solo piano

8 PM – Julie Ezelle Patton
Julie Ezelle Patton – poetry, visual art,
Ken Filiano – bass
Nasheet Waits – drums
Paul Van Curen – guitar

8:30 PM – New World Pygmies
Jemeel Moondoc – alto sax
Hamid Drake – drums
William Parker – bass

9:30 PM – Oliver Lake Big Band
SAXOPHONES: Oliver Lake, Bruce Williams, James Stewart, Alex Harding, Darius Jones and Mike Lee; TRUMPETS: Josh Evans, Freddie Hendrix, Nabate Isles, Greg Glassman
TROMBONES: Aaron Johnson, Al Patterson, Terry Greene II, Stafford Hunter
PIANO: Yoichi Uzeki
BASS: Robert Sabin DRUMS: Chris Beck

AMN Reviews: Olivia De Prato – Streya [New Focus FCR193]

Streya is the debut solo album of Austro-Italian violinist Olivia De Prato, now resident in New York. De Prato specializes in contemporary composed music as well as improvisation; in addition, she is co-founder of the Mivos Quartet, a chamber ensemble that also specializes in performing contemporary work. For Streya, she has assembled six new pieces for violin alone or with electronics, four of which were written specifically for her.

One of the four is Streya. The piece was originally composed in 2010 for De Prato by Victor Lowrie, the Mivos Quartet’s violist; the version recorded here was expanded in 2016 for the recording. Although it draws—moderately—on modern techniques of juxtaposition and disruption, Streya retains a lyrical continuity underscored by a dramatic use of dynamics. De Prato’s interpretation vivdly brings out the piece’s sense of proportion and balance. Ned Rothenberg’s Percorso insolito (“extraordinary path”) of 2016, which like Streya is a kind of contemporary counterpart to the Baroque solo violin sonata, is a cleanly played, linear piece that ranges up and down the instrument’s compass. Taylor Brook’s Wane (2016) also exploits the violin’s range, but in a different way. The multitracked piece builds layers out of five violin parts, each with a different tuning. The composite sound is of rising and falling glissandi embellished by imploring, vocal-like ornaments. Missy Mazzoli’s 2014 Vespers for Violin also uses recorded material, this time samples from the performance of her Vespers for a New Dark Age, as a sonic scrim against which De Prato projects her own part. This atmospheric piece features some of the rich, enveloping timbres of electronic ambient music and provides a lush contrast to the more austere works that precede it.

Streya also includes Samson Young’s electroacoustic Ageha.Tokyo (2008), and Reiko Füting’s Tanz.Tanz (2010) for solo violin.

Daniel Barbiero

All About Jazz Reviews

English: Roscoe Mitchell, moers festival 2009

Source: All About Jazz.

Art Zoyd – 44 1⁄2 At A Glance: Selections from the Art Zoyd Box Set (Cuneiform Records)

The Heliosonic Tone-Tette
Heliosonic Toneways Vol. 1 (ScienceSonic Laboratories)

Sonar With David Torn
Vortex (RareNoiseRecords)

Jon Irabagon Quartet
Dr. Quixotic’s Traveling Exotics (Irabbagast)
Reviewed by Mark Corroto

Meg Okura
NPO Trio – Live at the Stone (Chant Records)

Roscoe Mitchell / Matthew Shipp
Accelerated Projection (Rogue Art)

Multiple Artists
Clean Feed 2018

Into Darkness (Iluso Records)

Christy Doran
Undercurrent – Live at Theater Gutersloh (Intuition)

Memphis Concrète 2018, June 22-24

Source: Memphis Concrète.

Friday 6/22
Listening Room
5:00-5:30 Noiserpuss
5:40-6:10 M. Geddes Gengras
6:20-6:50 Cloudland Canyon
7:00-7:45 Mike Honeycutt
9:00-10:00 Circuit des Yeux
5:10-5:40 signalsundertests
5:50-6:20 Kristina Warren
6:30-7:00 Mike Doughty
7:15-9:15 The Legend of Hell House (movie with live score)

Saturday 6/23
Listening Room
4:40-5:10 The Pop Ritual
5:20-5:50 Leslie Deere
6:00-6:30 Aesthetic Barrier
6:40-7:10 Tavishi
7:20-8:05 George Clanton
8:15-9:00 Gel Set
9:15-10:00 Negative Gemini
4:10-4:40 A Minor Motion Picture
4:50-5:20 Andrew Raffo Dewar
5:30-6:00 Freak Effect
6:10-6:55 Sci Fi Industries
7:15-9:15 The Day the Earth Stood Still (movie with live score)

Sunday 6/24
Listening Room
3:00-3:30 Disco Volante
3:40-4:10 Alyssa Moore
4:20-4:50 Spookstina
5:40-6:25 LInda Heck
6:35-7:20 Optic Sink
7:35-8:20 Alex Zhang Hungtai
8:30-9:00 Pharmakon
3:10-3:40 Avery Vaughn
3:50-4:20 Jack the Giant Killer
4:30-5:00 The E.G.G.G.
5:30-8:30 Woman in the Moon (movie with live score)