Coming to Philadelphia

Paal Nilssen-Love

Source: Ars Nova Workshop.

Thursday, May 24 – 8:00pm
BROKEN SHADOWS
with Tim Berne, alto saxophone; Chris Speed, tenor saxophone + clarinet; Reid Anderson, bass; and Dave King, drums
Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 Frankford Avenue
$20 General Admission

Ars Nova Workshop is pleased to present the Philadelphia premiere of Broken Shadows, a new quartet bringing together members of two ANW favorites: Tim Berne’s Bloodcount and The Bad Plus.

Details and ticketing: http://www.arsnovaworkshop.com/events/broken-shadows-05-24-2018

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Saturday, June 2 – 8:30pm (doors at 7:30pm)
NELS CLINE’S LOVERS (FOR PHILADELPHIA)
Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden Street
$20 (standing), $35 (seated), $125* (VIP)

Ars Nova Workshop, “Philadelphia’s most reliable and ambitious presenter of new jazz and improvised music” (Wire Magazine), is proud to present a new commission to be performed by Nels Cline, lead guitarist for the band Wilco and one of Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Guitarists.”

“Lovers (for Philadelphia)” has been created specifically for and inspired by Philadelphia, and is an expansion of Cline’s ravishing project “Lovers,” released on Blue Note Records in 2016, which “puts an elegant, knowing spin on orchestral jazz” (The New York Times).

TICKETS ARE SELLING QUICKLY: http://www.arsnovaworkshop.com/events/nels-clines-lovers-philadelphia-06-02-2018

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Sunday, June 10 – 8:00pm
JEFF PARKER’S THE NEW BREED
with Jeff Parker, electric guitar; Josh Johnson, alto saxophone + keyboards; Paul Bryan, electric bass guitar + synth; and Makaya McCraven, drums + sampler
+ INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY ENSEMBLE (ICE) performs PAULINE OLIVEROS: Sound Listening (2013) for amplified table and ensemble
with Joshua Rubin, clarinet; Rebekah Heller, bassoon; Ryan Muncy, saxophone; Jacob Greenberg, Indian Harmonium; Ross Karre, percussion; Nathan Davis, percussion; Levy Lorenzo, electronics; and Phyllis Chen, toy piano and accordion
Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 Frankford Avenue
$18 General Admission

Ars Nova is pleased to present the Philadelphia debut of Tortoise’s Jeff Parker and The New Breed. The evening begins with a performance of Pauline Oliveros’s Sound Listening for amplified table and ensemble.

Details and tickets: http://www.arsnovaworkshop.com/events/jeff-parkers-new-breed-06-10-2018

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Friday, June 15 – 8:00pm
DAVID MURRAY / KAHIL EL’ZABAR DUO
with David Murray, saxophone; and Kahil El’Zabar, percussion

Ars Nova is pleased to welcome two legendary modern jazz musicians – saxophonist David Murray and percussionist Kahil El’Zabar – in an intimate setting.

Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th Street
$25 General Admission

TICKETS WILL SELL OUT QUICKLY: http://www.arsnovaworkshop.com/events/david-murray-kahil-elzabar-duo-06-15-2018

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Sunday, June 17 – 8:00pm
PAAL NILSSEN-LOVE LARGE UNIT
with Thomas Johansson (NO), cornet and flugelhorn; Mats Äleklint (SE), trombone; Julie Kjær (DK), alto saxophone and flute; Klaus Holm (NO), alto and baritone saxophone; Per Åke Holmlander (SE), tuba; Ketil Gutvik (NO), electric guitar; Tommi Keranen (FIN), electronics; Kalle Moberg (NO), accordion; Jon Rune Strøm (NO), double and electric bass; Christian Meaas Svendsen (NO), double and electric bass; Andreas Wildhagen (NO), drums and percussion; and Paal Nilssen-Love (NO), drums and percussion
Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad Street
$15 General Admission

This powerhouse Scandinavian large ensemble makes its very first appearance in Philadelphia to tear the roof off of Boot & Saddle.

Details and tickets: http://www.arsnovaworkshop.com/events/paal-nilssen-loves-large-unit-06-17-2018

Vital Weekly Reviews 1132

Source: Vital Weekly.

FRODE HALTLI – AVANT FOLK (CD by Hubro) *
NONTURN – TERRITORY (CD by Audiobulb Records) *
TOC – WILL NEVER PLAY THESE SONGS AGAIN (CD by Circum Disc)
KAZE – ATODY MAN (CD by Circum Disc)
VINCENT GLANZMANN – Z/RZW-SHIIIIIII (CD by Through States of Matter)
LA STPO – LES EXPLOSITIONNISTES (CD by Exklageto)
EMMELUTH’S AMOEBA – POLYP (CD by Orafonogram)
LOUIS BEAUDOIN DE LA SABLONNIERE & LOUIS-VINCENT HAMEL & ERIC NORMAND – BRÛLEZ LES
MEUBLES (CD by Tour de Bras)
SKYDIVE TRIO – SUN SPARKLE (CD by Hubro Music)
JULIAN SKAR – EXHAUST/RENEW (CD by Aurora )
TOM HALL – SPECTRA (CD by Elli Records) *
CARL LUDWIG HÜBSCH & PHIL MINTON – METAL BREATH (CD by Inexhaustible Editions) *
MICK SUSSMAN – THE ROSENBERG ALGORITHMIC MUSIC GENERATOR: SELECTED WORKS, VOL. 1 (CD by The Sublunar Society) *
DAVID WELLS – 4 (CDR, private) *
MORGAN EVANS-WEILER – ITERATIONS & ENVIRONMENTS (CDR by Rhizome-s) *
AFFINITÉS SÉLECTIVES VOLUME 1 (CDR by Rhizome-s)
JLIAT – DEVIANT (CDR plus book by Jliat/Noise Qua Noise) *
DRVG CVLTVRE – SELECTED AMBIVALENT WORKS VOLUME II (CDR by Degenerate Trifecta) *
XENTONE – JUNK SCIENCE JUNKYARD (cassette by by Degenerate Trifecta)
MRS DINK/FUGUE STATE (cassette by by Degenerate Trifecta)

Avant Scena Reviews

Craig Taborn (Prezens, at the Vortex (London) ...

Source: Avant Scena.

Dave Holland|Evan Parker|Craig Taborn|Ches Smith – “Uncharted Territories” (Dare 2 Records, 2018)

CP Unit|Chris Pitsiokos – “Silver Bullet In The Autumn Of Your Years” (Clean Feed, 2018)

Trio HLK – “Standard Time” (Ubuntu Music, 2018)

Chrysakis / Cundy / Schlechta / Volquartz – “Music for Two Organs & Two Bass Clarinets” (Aural Terrains, 2018)

Otherworld Ensemble – “Live at Malmitalo” (Edgetone Records, 2018)

Ronny Graupe|Laura Schuler|Alfred Vogel – “KWESTIA” (Boomslang Records, 2018)

Luís Vicente|Seppe Gebruers|Onno Govaert – “Live at Ljubljana” (Multikulti Project, 2018)

The World of Cecil Taylor 

Cecil Taylor at moers festival 2008

Source: The New York Review of Books.

In 1966, the pianist Cecil Taylor appeared in Les Grandes Répétitions, a series of Nouvelle Vague-influenced documentaries for French television about Olivier Messiaen, Karlheinz Stockhausen, and other modern composers. Taylor, who died at eighty-nine in April, was the only jazz musician featured. The avant-garde jazz movement was young, brash, and commanding increasing respect from a classical establishment that had been, at best, indifferent to black music, and Taylor, a conservatory-trained pianist who was creating a radical synthesis of jazz improvisation and European modernism, had emerged as one of its most militant and sophisticated leaders. That same year, he had ended a four-year recording silence with two extraordinary albums, Unit Structures and Conquistador! He was also profiled in A.B. Spellman’s classic book on the avant-garde, Four Lives in the Bebop Business. After more than a decade working menial jobs to pay his bills, he was finally living off his art, and being noticed. Far from being grateful for the attention, though, he insisted that mere recognition was not enough; he wanted to change the very terms of the discussion about musical creation and musical value.

Innova’s Inn-fest 2018 Reviewed

Source: I Care If You Listen.

Co-presented with Zeitgeist, Inn-fest was a three-day celebration tied to brand new and recently released albums on innova, which featured the wide array of original composed and improvised music on the label. In the last decade, the label’s catalog has grown from 70 to over 550 titles, with innova producing 24-30 releases a year. This year’s celebration began with an April 24th album release event and then continued in the Lowertown district of St. Paul in Studio Z with a relay of music on April 27-28th.

Ten Musicians Updating Electroacoustic Music for the 21st Century 

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

Electroacoustic music has a long, winding history that defies a quick summary. It began around the time John Cage realized—with 1939’s Imaginary Landscape No. 1—that you could use electronic audio equipment to manipulate the speed at which recorded tones were played back during a performance, and you could also pair those warped tones with pianos and other live instrumentation. That fusion of electric and live acoustics laid the foundations for electroacoustic music, and it has since mutated to incorporate elements of musique concrète, tape music, and electronic music, adapting faithfully to each new wave of technology.

It is, in other words, an ever-evolving reflection of the eras and environments in which it is created. The artists in this list are part of that evolution, redefining electroacoustic music using the latest technology and production techniques, transfiguring the underlying instrumentation in new and exciting ways. Of course, with so many musicians using electronic elements in their work, and with so much music now falling under the description of “electroacoustic,” it’s becoming increasingly difficult to detect where the “electro” ends and the “acoustic” begins. Here are 10 artists blurring that line.