AMN Picks of the Week: Moloch Conspiracy / Shiroishi, Fujioka & Casanova / Matt Piet / Coleman & Byrd

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.

Moloch Conspiracy – The Cave of Metaphysical Darkness & Lights (2018)
Patrick Shiroishi / Dylan Fujioka / Paco Casanova – Kage Cometa (2018)
Matt Piet – City in a Garden (2018)
Rodger Coleman / Sam Byrd – The Mathematics of War (2018)

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Meerenai Shim Interview

Source: I Care If You Listen.

Meerenai Shim takes on many roles in new music. As a flutist, she has release three solo albums: Sometimes the City is Silent, The Art of Noise, and Pheromone. As a chamber musician, she appears with groups including A/B Duo and Areon Flutes. Most recently, she has added record label entrepreneur to the list as the founder of Aerocade Music. I asked her a few questions about her varied musical life.

Avant Scena Reviews

Source: Avant Scena.

DELL | BRECHT | LILLINGER | WESTERGAARD – “Boulez Materialism” (plaist, 2018)

NakedEye Ensemble – “Storylines Crossing” (Starkland, 2018)

Flamingo – “LOUD” (Relative Pitch Records, 2018)

Robert Burke | Tony Malaby | Mark Helias – “Head Under Water” (FMR, 2018)

Barker Trio – “Avert Your I” (Astral Spirits, 2018)

Stephanie Richards – “FULLMOON” (Relative Pitch Records, 2018)

Laurent Estoppey – “HiLyeDyeLieDieWhyBye” (SR, 2018)

New From Tzadik

Source: Tzadik.

John Zorn : In A Convex Mirror
“In a Convex Mirror” features Zorn’s unique saxophone playing and keyboard stylings in an extended foray into the nexus of voudun and downtown improvisation. An intense student of Haitian drumming and a regular at ceremonies from NYC to Port-au-Prince Haiti, Ches Smith weaves a hypnotic tapestry of polyrhythms that are constantly in flux. The result is an exciting new context for Zorn the performer. With special guest Ikue Mori creating moody electronic soundscapes, the music is as hypnotic as it is exhilarating. Three pieces of sonic voodoo for the 21st century!
Personnel:
Ikue Mori: Electronics
Ches Smith: Haitian Tanbou, Bell, Cymbals
John Zorn: Alto Saxophone, Fender Rhodes Piano

Okkyung Lee : Cheol-Kkot-Sae (Steel.Flower.Bird)
Okkyung Lee’s newest project has her delving deep into her Korean roots to create an amazing long-form piece combining electronics, improvisation, composed melodies and noise with Korean traditional music. The piece unfolds like a ritual, making these disparate and unusual pairings seem totally organic and natural. Performed by an all-star international ensemble of musicians from Korea, Norway, Britain and the United States, this is one of the most compelling fusions of Korean traditional and contemporary music ever created. Shamanistic, primal and astonishing music unlike anything you have ever heard before!
Personnel:
John Edwards: Bass
Okkyung Lee: Cello
Ches Smith: Drums, Percussion, Vibes
John Butcher: Saxophones
Jae-Hyo Chang: Korean Traditional Percussion
Song-Hee Kwon: Pansori Singing
Lasse Marhaug: Electronics

Vital Weekly Reviews 1139

Source: Vital Weekly.

AMANTRA VS SUBMERGED – LOST DIRECTION (CD by Kvitnu) *
MARGARIDA GARCIA – DER BAU (CD by Headlights Recordings) *
TAKASHI MASUBUCHI – R,R,R (CD by Headlights Recordings) *
SERGIO SORRENTINO – DREAM: AMERICAN MUSIC FOR ELECTRIC GUITAR (CD by Mode Records)
BAARS & ELGART & KNEER – LIVE AT KONFRONTATIONEN NICKELSDORF (CD by Evil Rabbit)
JOEY MOLINARO –LIVE IN SWEDEN (CD by Gold Bolus)
ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE – FOR M.F. (CD by Pax Recordings) *
EXIT IN GREY – (RUSSIAN TITLE) (CD by Frozen Light) *
NURSE WITH WOUND – CHANGEZ LES BLOCKEURS (LP by Dirter Promotions)
THE NEW BLOCKADERS – SCUM TACTICS (12″ by Dot Dot Dot Music)
MATT WESTON – THIS IS YOUR ROSEMONT HORIZON (12” by 7272Music)
JAMES WYNESS – LANDFILL (CDR by Breathing Space Records) *
RED BOILING SPRINGS – CHOKED TRANSMISSION (3″CDR by Inner Demons Records)
ARASH AKBARI – PERPETUAL (3″CDR by Taalem) *
EXPORTION – PHANTOM LINE (3″CDR by Taalem) *
ESCALLON & ISAZA – NUBES (3″CDR by Taalem) *
NILS QUAK – FORM PHALLUS FUNCTION (cassette by Otomatik Muziek) *
S.U.V. – STERBEN/SHIFTING (cassette by Otomatik Muziek) *
MATTHEW ATKINS – POROUS INNER MONTAGE (cassette by Minimal Resource Manipulation) *
EDUARDO ASTUDILLO & ANNE-F JACQUES – ATRAPANIEBLAS (cassette by Crustaces Tapes)
ALE HOP – BODILESS (cassette by Buh Records)
CLAWING & OFFERBEEST – SPLIT (cassette by Nailbat Tapes)