AMN Reviews: John Tilbury / Keith Rowe / Kjell Bjørgeengen – Sissel [SOFA 563]

The fundamental and inescapable fact of our existence is that we are finite beings conscious of our finitude, and no more so than when someone near to us dies. This is the background to Sissel, a quietly moving performance by pianist John Tilbury, electric guitarist/electronics artist Keith Rowe, and Norwegian video artist Kjell Bjørgeengen, who collaborated with Tilbury and Rowe in the capacity of producer. The single piece that makes up the album was recorded as part of the Moving Sound concert series in Stavanger, Norway, in 2016, shortly after the death of Bjørgeengen’s wife Sissel, to whom the album is dedicated.

Taking as their inspiration the Poussin painting “The Gathering of the Ashes of Phocion by His Widow,” Tilbury and Rowe created a spaciously meditative sound environment that seems to move at the measured pace of reflective thought. The focus of the piece falls on Tilbury’s piano lines, which are less lines than intermittent handfuls of resonant notes sounding and fading away—sonic fragments shoring up the piece amid the ruins of silence, giving it a deeply affecting emotional definition and weight.

It’s possible to hear these sounds vanishing into silence as an allegory for the process of working through loss, a gradual process that approaches, but never really arrives at, absolute closure. There’s always some residue that remains, call it memory or the shadow of nothingness that lies across the image we reflect back to ourselves in moments of lucidity.

http://www.sofamusic.no

Daniel Barbiero

All About Jazz Reviews

Source: All About Jazz.

Yoni Kretzmer’s New Dilemma
Months, Weeks and Days (OutNow Recordings)

Sun Ra
Space Is The Place (Impulse!)

Nat Birchall
Cosmic Language (Jazzman Records)

Dominique Vantomme
Vegir (MoonJune Records)

Kirk Knuffke/Ben Goldberg
Uncompahgre (Relative Pitch Records)

Wadada Leo Smith
Najwa (TUM Records)

Aruán Ortiz Trio
Live in Zürich (Intakt Records)

Slivovitz
Liver (MoonJune Records)

TIME:SPANS Festival in NY, August 14-18

Source: TIME:SPANS.

The Earle Brown Music Foundation Charitable Trust is pleased to announce TIME SPANS 2018. Scheduled from August 14 to 18, 2018, at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music in Manhattan,TIME SPANS 2018 will include five concerts, performed by Bozzini Quartet (Montreal), 8/14; Alarm Will Sound (NYC), 8/15; Talea Ensemble (NYC), 8/16; Yarn/Wire (NYC), 8/17; and JACK Quartet (NYC) + SWR Experimentalstudio Freiburg, 8/18.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018
8:00 pm
Bozzini Quartet

Wednesday, August 15, 2018
8:00 pm
Alarm Will Sound

Thursday, August 16, 2018
8:00 pm
TALEA Ensemble

Friday, August 17, 2018
8:00 pm
Yarn/Wire

Saturday, August 18, 2018
8:00 pm
JACK + SWR Experimentalstudio Freiburg (Germany)

Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter

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Source: Downtown Music Gallery.

Daniel Carter / William Parker / Matthew Shipp William Parker’s AquaSonics Quartet! Two More Gems from Satoko Fujii: Natsuki Tamura / Joe Fonda / Gianni Mimmo..! 5 from Relative Pitch: Tomeka Reid/Kyoko Kitamura/Joe Morris/Taylor Ho Bynum! Kirk Knuffke & Ben Goldberg! Martin Kuchen Trio! Stephanie Richards and Flamingo. Okkyung Lee with John Butcher/JOhn Edwards/Lasse Marhaug..! Oluyemi Thomas! Harvey Mandel Quartet! And much more..!

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Upcoming Sets at Downtown Music Gallery – FREE, every Sunday at 6pm

THE DMG 28TH ANNIVERSARY SERIES OF SONIC CELEBRATIONS Continue with:

Sunday, June 3rd:
6pm: DAVID AARON / ROB RITCHIE / DAVE GOULD – Soprano Sax / Electric Guitar / Drums
7pm: SAM NEWSOME – Solo Soprano Sax

Monday, June 4th: DMG 28th Anniversary Celebration!
I am working on it – More info soon.

Sunday, June 10th:
6pm: CARLO COSTA / CHRISTIAN MEAAS SVEDSEN / SAM KULIK – Percussion / Bass / Trombone
7pm: JONATHAN MORITZ / SEAN ALI / CARLO COSTA – Sax / Bass/ Drums

Rare, Monday June 11th:
6:30 – CARTOON JUSTICE With G. CALVIN WESTON/MIKA PONTECORVO/KERSTI ABRAMS/ADRIANE PONTECORVO/MARK PINO/ELIJAH PONTECORVO – Drums/Guitar/Alto Sax/Cello/El. Bass/Waterphone!

Sunday, June 17th:
6pm: PRACTITIONER: BEN GOLDBERG and MICHAEL COLEMAN – CD Release Set
7pm: NICOLA HEIN TRIO

DMG is located at 13 Monroe St. (between Catherine & Market Sts) in a basement below a small gallery. Take the F train to East Broadway or the 6 train to Canal or the B or D to Grand, or the M-15 bus to Madison & Catherine. Come on Down, the Sunday Music Series is Always Free & the Vibes are Always Cosy

CD Release Concert for WELF DORR UNIT!

10pm Friday May 18th at Nublu Classic
62 Avenue C in NYC

Henry Threadgill Interview

Source: WBGO.

Henry Threadgill, the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, bandleader, saxophonist and flutist, has not exactly settled into the calm of late-career eminence. At 74, he’s nearly as productive as he has ever been — and every ounce the visionary, judging by two albums out today on Pi Recordings.

Threadgill recently joined Simon Rentner for a frank and scintillating conversation on The Checkout, addressing some of this music as well as a few broader topics of conversation — like the “enfolding and outfolding” strategies of the classical composer Edgard Varèse, which he took as a springboard, and the importance of flow in any musical invention, no matter how spiky or abstruse.