AMN Picks of the Week: Sly & the Family Drone / Phillips Pabian Daisy Trio / In Tenebris Scriptus / Yuko Fujiyama / William Parker / Kyoko Kitamura

Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that has caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended.

Sly & the Family Drone – Live at Cafe Oto (2018)
Phillips Pabian Daisy Trio – Divergent Flow (2018)
Various Artists – In Tenebris Scriptus – A Dark Aural Tribute to H.P.Lovecraft (2018)
Yuko Fujiyama – Night Wave (2018)
William Parker – Lake of Light: Compositions for AquaSonics (2018)
Kyoko Kitamura’s Tidepool Fauna – Protean Labyrinth (2018)

Seattle Scene: June 7-16, 2018

From Seattle’s Wayward Music Series:


Chapel Performance Space at Good Shepherd Center

4th Floor, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Seattle 98103 (corner N 50th St. in Wallingford)

Every month, Nonsequitur and a community of like-minded presenters and artists offer ten concerts of adventurous music in an informal yet respectful all-ages setting: contemporary classical, free improvisation, the outer limits of jazz, electronic music, microtonal/new instruments, sound art, and other extraordinary sonic experiences.

Ramen Trio
Thu. June 7, 8 PM; $5 – $15 donation at door

Ramen Trio plays composed and improvised music informed by jazz but not bound by it. James DeJoie (clarinet, bass clarinet), Doug Lilla (bass guitar), Jay Weaver (drums) constantly search for “spines” in the music whether it’s written or improvised and revel in making music live and breathe.They find balance in keeping off balance and taking risks that let the music proceed rather than stagnate.

Sarah Davachi + Lori Goldston
Fri. June 8, 8 PM; $5 – $15 donation at door

Canadian electronic composer Sarah Davachi is primarily concerned with disclosing the delicate psychoacoustics of intimate aural spaces, utilizing extended durations and simple harmonic structures that emphasize subtle variations in overtone complexity, temperament and intonation, and natural resonances. Cellist Lori Goldston is possessor of a restless, semi-feral spirit, and a Seattle treasure.

Seattle Modern Orchestra
Sat. June 9, 8 PM; $25 / $15 / $10

For its season finale concert, Seattle Modern Orchestra is thrilled to perform the West Coast premiere of British composer Jonathan Harvey’s 50-minutes epic work Bhakti (devotion) for chamber ensemble and quadraphonic tape (1982), centered around sanskrit hymns from the Rig Veda toward a transcendent consciousness.

WED. 6/13 – Earshot Jazz and Nonsequitur present Ken Vandermark (saxophone) and Nate Wooley (trumpet)

THU. 6/14 – Guitarist Satchel Henneman performs newly commissioned pieces by various composers from Seattle and elsewhere

FRI. 6/15 – electronic music by Bit Graves, Jordan Rundle, and Marcus Price

SAT. 6/16 – Kin of the Moon performs Tyaga: Divine Life Suite, a newly commissioned work by Chicago composer Renee Baker

The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

The Thing – Again (Trost Records, 2018) ****½

Detail – At Club 7 (Not Two, 2017) ****

Test – Always Coming From The Love Side (Eremite, 2016) ****

The Nu Band – The Final Concert (NoBusiness, 2016) & Live In Geneva (Not Two, 2017) ****

Trio X – Craig Kessler, Green Bay, Kerrytown & Sugar Maple (CIMPol, 2016) ****

Generations Quartet – Flow (Not Two, 2016) ****

Graham Lambkin – No Better No Worse (Vol. 1) (label, 2018) ****½

Alexander Hawkins – Unit[e] (AHM, 2017) *****

Gnigler – Straight On, Downstairs, 2nd Door Left (Col Legno, 2018) ****½

Axel Dörner, Snekkestad, Zanuttini & Walter – Bruit 4 (Umland, 2017) ****½

Coming to Philadelphia

Source: Ars Nova Workshop.

Sunday, June 10 – 8:00pm
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

DREAM BILL ALERT! 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.

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Friday, June 15 – 8:00pm
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



Sunday, June 17 – 8:00pm
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.

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An Interview With Jakob Ullmann

Source: Title Magazine.

akob Ullmann (b. 1958, Freiberg, East Germany) is a composer based between Naumburg and Basel. Though he formally studied sacred music and organ with the organist for the Dresden Cathedral, Hans-Jürgen Scholze, from 1979 to 1982, both the Protestant and Catholic Church forbade him to perform as an organist because of his refusal to serve in the National People’s Army of East Germany. Accused of defaming the state and passing on information with the intention of hurting East German interests, he was later barred from attending the Academie der Künste in East Berlin, which led him to study privately with composer Friedrich Goldmann. For most of his early career, Ullmann supported himself with a series of menial jobs while composing music in his spare time. Since 2008, Ullmann has been a professor of composition, notation, and music theory at the Musik-Academie Basel.