AMN Picks of the Week: Josh Charney / Big Heart Machine / Kreysing, Penschuck, & Stadlmeier / Kiss the Frog / Zevious

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.

Josh Charney – Chaos Magic (2018)
Big Heart Machine – Big Heart Machine (2018)
Kreysing / Penschuck / Stadlmeier – Re-encypher (2018)
Kiss the Frog – 07/15/2018 Harvelle’s, Long Beach CA (2018)
Zevious – Lowlands (2018)

Coming to Detroit

Source: Trinosophes.

Friday, July 20 at 9 pm: Irreversible Quartet
(feat. Keir Neuringer and Luke Stewart)
IRREVERSIBLE QUARTET is the instrumental formation of Irreversible Entanglements, a free jazz + poetry quintet whose 2017 debut recording rocked the year-end lists of Wire Magazine, NPR, The Quietus, Stereogum and a host of others. The Quartet, featuring Keir Neuringer on saxophone, Aquiles Navarro on trumpet, Luke Stewart on bass, and Tcheser Holmes on drums, reps scenes in Philadelphia, New York, and DC.
Doors at 9pm; $10.

Saturday, July 21: Crown of Eternity (Mike Tamburo), Nick Schillace
Allow yourself to enter a timeless space, listening as Crown of Eternity’s Mike Tamburo orchestrates his way through 50+ overtone rich instruments including Gongs, Bells, Hammered Dulcimer and tuned metal instruments. Over the past 20+ years Mike Tamburo has become well known as a multi-instrumentalist, music educator, interdisciplinary sound artist, video artist, sound therapist, writer, meditation teacher and avid traveler; sharing over 1800 public performances and recording more than 60 albums of ecstatic and transcendental music as well as folk, drone, ambient and sometimes unclassifiable sounds.
Doors at 7 pm; $20 day of – $15 advance tickets available at:

Thursday, July 26: Matt Endahl’s Doomsday Philharmonic
Pianist and former Ann Arbor resident Matt Endahl has played with heavyweights like Steve Coleman, Jimmy Heath and Henry Grimes. Now he returns to town with his new unit, The Doomsday Philharmonic. The Doomsday Philharmonic is an improvisation group, influenced by the large ensemble dynamics of Anthony Braxton, Sun Ra, Miles Davis and Cecil Taylor. The Philharmonic’s 12+ improvise as “ensembles within an ensemble”, arranging into quartets, trios, duos and soloists, to perform Jacob’s Ladder, a structured improvisation based on the atoms of DNA. This is sure to be a unique musical experience, for the audience, as well as for the members of the band.
Doors at 8 pm; $10.

Dusted Reviews

Source: Dusted.

The Mike Westbrook Concert Band – The Last Night at the Old Place (Cadillac)

Rodrigo Amado / Joe McPhee / Kent Kessler / Chris Corsano — A History of Nothing (Trost)

Brötzmann/ Aaltonen/ Kowald/ Vesala – Hot Lotta (Svart/Blue Master Special)

Toshiya Tsunoda/Taku Unami — Wovenland (Erstwhile)

Benoit Delbecq 4 – Spots on Stripes (Clean Feed)

Upcoming DC Area Creative Music Shows

From DC’s Impending Bloom:

On Saturday, July 21st, From 7:30pm to 11:00pm, The Baltimore Electronic Music 2018 Summerfest Concert. @Electric Maid, 268 Carroll Street NW Washington, DC, across from the Takoma Park Metro (subway) Station.

Also on Saturday, July 21st, violinist Jamie Wolf, plus Raven Bauer & Stephen Carroll Pake, @ Rhizome, 6950 Maple Street, Takoma DC.

On Friday, July 27th @8PM, guitarist Luca Brode, experimental musician John Thayer, saxophonist Sarah Hughes & drummer Nate Scheible, and mandolinist Corey Thuro. @ Rhizome, 6950 Maple Street, Takoma DC

On Saturday, July 28th @ 3PM, Bass in 3D Redux +2, w/bassist & Concertmaster Mike Bowie, bassist James King, and bassist Steve Novosel, w/pianist Allyn Johnson, and drummer Carroll V. Dashiell. At the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, Northern VA Community College; Alexandria Campus. 4915 E. Campus Drive; Alexandria, VA 22311.

On Wednesday, August 8th @7:30PM, cellist Bonnie Thron, and pianist Carl Benner, perform sonatas by Fauré, Beethoven & Brahms. @Banner Arts, 7502 Flower Avenue, Takoma Park MD.

On Saturday, August 11th @8PM, saxophonist Sam Newsome, trumpeter Jamie Branch, and Heart of a Ghost featuring saxophonist Jarrett, bassist Luke Stewart, and drummer Ian McColm. @ Rhizome, 6950 Maple Street, Takoma DC.

On Monday, August 20th @8PM, guitarist Daniel Bachman. @ Rhizome, 6950 Maple Street, Takoma DC.

The Reinvention of Bassist Luke Stewart

Source: Downbeat.

Luke Stewart wields a ubiquitous presence in Washington, D.C. He plays electric or upright bass in one of nine bands; presents concerts through his efforts with CapitalBop; and hosts a weekly radio show on WPFW Pacifica. Then there’s the steady flow of new albums.

The day before the June 25 release of his new disc—Blacks’ Myths (Atlantic Rhythms), a heady yet emotionally transcendental duo offering with drummer Warren “Trae” Crudup III—Stewart anchored a trio led by tenor saxophonist James Brandon Lewis in the city’s Goethe-Institut as part of the D.C. Public Library’s “Jazz in the Basement” concert series. The trio—which also featured Crudup—engaged in scalding, cathartic surges of energy during which Stewart provided as much bristling texture as he did rhythmic momentum and harmonic support.