Joe McPhee and Susan Alcorn Win Improvised Music Award

Source: Bleader.

This morning Chicago art gallery Corbett vs. Dempsey—which also runs a superb record label under the same name, focusing on jazz and improvisation—announced the winners of the first Instant Award in Improvised Music. The honor, which includes an unrestricted prize of $50,000, is the first of its kind celebrating improvised music.

The Instant Award is granted by a new organization called the Horse With No Name, formed specifically for that purpose by the funder of the prize (who insists on anonymity). Corbett vs. Dempsey functions as a conduit for administering the award. “The selection process is private, but involves an independent committee chosen by the patron,” says gallery co-owner John Corbett. “The aim of the prize is to award specific musicians and to support improvised music in general as an art form.”

The first two winners are Poughkeepsie multi-instrumentalist (and frequent Chicago visitor) Joe McPhee, who shows no sign of slowing down at age 78, and Baltimore pedal-steel virtuoso Susan Alcorn.

Other Minds to Release Archival Collections of San Francisco Area Electronic Musicians

Source: Other Minds.

On July 20th, Other Minds Records begins the second edition of Modern Hits, a collection of archival works by pioneers of electronic music. Modern Hits is a series of digital-only releases focused on unearthing archival works by the unsung pioneers of electronic music from the Bay Area and beyond. Previous editions have included work by John Bischoff, Ramón Sender, Sheila Booth, and others. This latest edition features works by Tom Djll {pronounced Dill}, Jerry Hunt, Philip Bimstein, and Alden Jenks.

Tom Djll has long been developing his idiosyncratic language for trumpet—a vocabulary expanded by the use of modular synthesizers. Serge Works collects compositions and improvisations recorded between 1983 and 1988, relatively early in the development of his improvisational work. Included in the liner notes is an extensive interview between Djll and Bay Area improviser Aaron Oppenheim on Djll’s techniques and history.

Jerry Hunt is a unique and often misunderstood figure in New Music. His MH release from ‘Ground’ captures an excerpt from a performance of his avant-garde operatic piece Ground at KPFA’s studios in Berkeley, CA. In this unique expression of ritualistic music, the composer uses his voice and body to trigger electronic samples. Included are detailed liner notes by David Menestres.

Philip Bimstein is a composer and politician based in a small town in rural Utah. His work often engages with the every day lives of those in the community around him. Angels, Cats & Shackles collects three vastly different works. Cats in the Kitchen is a piece for woodwind duo (expertly performed by Michele Fiala and Heidi Pinter) and an electronic accompaniment made from samples of everyday kitchen objects. Lockdown! is a haunting and moving piece made from recorded interviews with young men confined in Washington County Youth Crisis Center in St. George, Utah.

On the aptly named Drones, Alden Jenks shares three longform pieces of delicate synthesis recorded in the late 60s and early 70s. While the pieces are hardly blissful, they represent somewhat of a link between the avant-garde and New Age music scenes simultaneously percolating in the Bay Area in that time period.

RIP Oliver Knussen 

Source: The Guardian.

British composer and conductor Oliver Knussen has died age 66, his publisher has announced. Knussen was one of the most influential and performed composers of his generation, for many decades a vital presence on the UK music scene –celebrated as a conductor, curator and artistic director, and for his generous support and patronage of a generation of younger composers who included Mark-Anthony Turnage, Julian Anderson and Ryan Wigglesworth.



July 5, 2018
Agustí Fernández, Joe Morris, Mark Feldman, Lester St. Louis, Spectrum
Mark Feldman Agustí Fernández Lester St. Louis Joe Morris

July 6, 2018
Agustí Fernández, Joe Morris, Charmaine Lee, Zach Rowden, IBeam
Agustí Fernández Charmaine Lee Joe Morris Zach Rowden

June 28, 2018
Jaimie Branch Trio, Pioneer Works
Jaimie Branch Lester St. Louis Mike Pride

Musique Machine Reviews

Source: Musique Machine.

KING GONG – Dian Long: Soundscape China / Destruction of Chine

Dødsmaskin – Fiende

Ragnar Johnson – Crying Bamboos : Ceremonial Flute Music From New G

Nightmare Park – Box Of Teeth

Dødsmaskin – Ingenting

Le Bambole DI Velluto – Size 36

She Walks Crooked – Pink Foot Bandage Volume 2

Lost Graves – Cave Burial

Bong – Thought and Existence

5049 Records Podcast Episode 168 – Samara Lubelski  

Source: 5049 Records.

Samara Lubelski is a prolific singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who was born and raised in Lower Manhattan. Trained as a violinist, she has been active since the early 90s in an incredibly broad range of music. Under her own name she has released several recordings of incredibly detailed and intimate pop songs on labels like Social Registry and Ecstatic Peace. She has contributed to the recordings of Fiery Furnaces, Nate Wooley, MV & EE, Thurston Moore and many many more. As it turns out, Samara and I are also neighbors. Today’s talk covers a lot of ground, a lot of which centers around the peculiarities of New York City. It’s a good one and I’m happy to share it with you.