AMN Reviews: Quatuor Bozzini / Gyula Csapó – Déjà? Kojâ? [Actuelle CQB 1821]

The title of this three-part work by Hungarian-Canadian composer Gyula Csapó–French and Persian for “Already? Where to?”—seems an appropriate epigraph for someone whose itinerary brought him from Budapest to Saskatchewan, via Paris and Buffalo and points in between.

Csapó completed studies in composition and music theory at the Béla Bartók Conservatory and the List Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest before going to Paris to study computer music and acoustics at IRCAM. In the 1980s, he came to the US to study with Morton Feldman, a composer whose work proved to be a significant influence. In the early 1990s, he moved to Canada and, after a period teaching composition at Princeton University, settled in Saskatoon, where he currently teaches composition and music theory.

In its scale and general profile, Déjà? Kojâ? takes some of Feldman’s approaches to arranging sounds and develops them in a way that is Csapó’s own. The work, composed between 2011 and 2016, is structured as a triptych of three roughly equal lengths. The sounds move slowly, as if there were carried along on tectonic plates approaching, receding, and grinding together in a sometimes overt, sometimes more submerged, dissonant fluctuation. Texture here is architecture, as Csapó layers sound masses into striated blocks whose fault lines divide the higher and lower registers. The differentiation of voices rather than classic counterpoint really does seem to be the structural key to this sometimes darkly opaque work; throughout it, the Quatuor Bozzini maintain a clarity of individual articulation, even in the densest passages.

Daniel Barbiero



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5049 Records Podcast Episode 162 – Robbie Lee

Source: 5049 Records.

Robbie Lee is a multi-instrumentalist who plays an array of instruments, all inter-connected for him, but sometimes far apart in sound and genre. He grew up in Massachusetts but has lived in Brooklyn for the past several years where he has founded two record labels, I and Ear, and more recently Telegraph Harp. Frequently he appears behind the scenes, performing as a sideman, producer and engineer. He recently stopped by to discuss two upcoming records of his own, both of which represent a major step forward as an artist: a trio with Norbert Rodenkirchen and James Ilgenfritz called Opalescence, coming out on Telegraph Harp June 22, as well as a duo with the great Mary Halvorson, Seed Triangular, coming out on New Amsterdam this fall.

Taran’s Free Jazz Hour Podcast 10/2018

Source: Taran’s Free Jazz Hour.

Sloth Racket
a Glorious Monster: Cath Roberts, Bar/ Sam Andrae, as/ Anton Hunter, G/ Seth Bennett, B/ Johnny Hunter, Dr

François Carrier
Beyond Dimensions: François Carrier, as/ Michel Lambert, Dr/ Rafal Mazur, Bass G

Noah Preminger/ Rob Garcia
Chopin Project: Noah Preminger, Ts/ Nate Radley, B/ Rob Garcia, Dr

Leo Records
L’eterno: Stefano Lombardi, FL/ Marco Colonna, Cl/ Antonio Bertoni, Cello/ Frdolin Blumer, B/ Heinz Geisser, Perc

Democratic Vistas: Mark Harvey and Aardvark Jazz Orchestra

Dialogues: Lucas Leidinger, P/ Daniel Daemen, S

Naked Dance: Stephen Rush, P/ Jeremy Edwards, Dr/ Andrew Bishop, Cl, Bcl/ Tim Flood, Synth/ Davy Lazar, Tp

Lewis Jordan
This Where I Came in: Lewis Jordan and Music at Large

Ponguru: AL Fraser, Taongo Puoro/ Phil Boniface, B

Doubtless: Jure Pukl, Ts/ Melissa Aldana, Ts/ Joe Sanders, B/ Gregory Hutchinson, Dr

Boomerang: George Mcmullen, Tbn/ Nick Rosen, B/ Alex Cline, Dr, Perc

Reflections and Meditations on Monk: Leo Smith, Solo Tpt

Evil Rabbit
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IBeam Brooklyn in June and July

Source: IBeam Brooklyn.

Ed Neumeister Quartet
Friday, June 1st 8:30 PM $15 Suggested Donation
Ed Neumeister – Trombone
Marc Copland – piano
Drew Gress – bass
Tom Rainey – drums

Ty Citerman / Judith Berkson
Saturday, June 2nd 8:30 PM $15 Suggested Donation
Judith Berkson (voice and keyboards)
Ty Citerman (voice, guitar and electronics)

Ben Perowsky Trio
Friday, June 15th 8:00 PM $15 Suggested Donation
Ben Perowsky – Drums
Sylvie Courvousier – Piano
Hank Roberts – Cello

Luca Soul Trio
Friday, July 20th 8:30 PM $15 Suggested Donation
Elias Stemeseder – piano
Billy Mintz – drums
Luca Soul – bass & compositions