AMN Reviews: AJNA – Lucid Intrusion (2018; Cyclic Law)

AJNA is a U.S. dark ambient act who goes by the name “Chris F”, and has put out numerous albums over the last few years. Lucid Intrusion is his first release on Cyclic Law, and is a fitting addition to the label’s oeuvre.

The focus here is on walled drones combined with crackling electroacoustic elements that represent a lucid dream gone horribly wrong. This dreamscape is windswept with rumblings of distant thunder as well as more foreboding nearby sounds. Layers of breathy static and processed samples lurk in the foreground, but are often gone as fast as they arrived. At times, the drones seem to growl, while the samples can be jarring and percussive. But much of this occurs at low volume levels, on the edge of perception.

This is a strong release that fans of Raison d’Etre should find appealing.

Edgefest 2018 Lineup Announced

Source: Kerrytown Concert House. With a distinctly Chicago-oriented focus.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17

Guillermo Gregorio Trio
Guillermo Gregorio, clarinet • Fred Lonberg-Holm, cello • Carrie Biolo, vibraphone/percussion

Roscoe Mitchell with Detroit Friends

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18

Kirsten Carey’s Uruboros Sextet
Kirsten Carey, guitar • Andrew Bishop and Molly Jones saxophones • Ben Willis, bass • Jonathan Taylor, percussion

Lonberg-Holm/Reid/Young Trio
Fred Lonberg-Holm, cello • Tomeka Reid, cello • Kathryn Young, bassoon

Harrison Bankhead Quartet
Harrison Bankhead: bass • Ed Wilkerson: tenor Saxophones • Jim Baker, piano/electronics • Avreeayl Ra, drums

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19

Adam Shead’s Tradition Talks
Matt Piet, piano • Tony Piazza, bass • Adam Shead, drums

Artifacts Trio
Nicole Mitchell, flute/electronics • Tomeka Reid, cello • Mike Reed, drums

Jason Stein’s Hearts and Minds
Jason Stein, bass clarinet • Paul Giallorenzo, piano/electronics • Chad Taylor, drums

Jaimie Branch Quartet
Jaimie Branch, trumpet • Lester St Louis, cello • Anton Hatwich, bass • Chad Taylor, drums

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20

Edgefest Parade and Picnic

Tiger Trio
Myra Melford, piano • Nicole Mitchell, flute • Joëlle Léandre, bass

Myra Melford, piano SOLO

Rempis/Abrams/Ra + Baker
Dave Rempis, saxophone • Joshua Abrams, bass • Avreeayl Ra, drums • Jim Baker, piano/electronics

Art Ensemble of Chicago 50th Anniversary Project:
A Tribute to Lester Bowie, Joseph Jarman, Malachi favors and their lasting contributions to “Great Black Music-Ancient to the Future”
Roscoe Mitchell, saxophones/flute/percussion/etc. • Famoudou Don Moye, drums/percussion/etc. • Hugh Ragin, Trumpets • Fred Berry, Trumpet/Flugelhorn • Nicole Mitchell, Flutes • Christina Wheeler, Voice/Electronics • Jean Cook, Violin • Stephanie Griffin, Viola • Tomeka Reid, Cello • Silvia Bolognesi, Bass • Jaribu Shahid, Bass • Junius Paul, Bass • Dudu Kouaté, African Percussion

All About Jazz Reviews

Source: All About Jazz.

Don Cherry
Home Boy, Sister Out (WEWANTSOUNDS)

John Coltrane
Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album Deluxe Edition (Impulse!)

Rich Halley 3
The Literature (Pine Eagle Records)

Rodrigo Amado
A History Of Nothing (Trost Records)

Turbamulta
Turbamulta (Clean Feed Records)

Dwiki Dharmawan
Rumah Batu (MoonJune Records)

This Week in New York 

Source: I CARE IF YOU LISTEN.

ADAMS, GORECKI, WOLFE | STRING ORCHESTRA OF BROOKLYN
Saturday, July 28 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $15, $10 students/seniors
St. Ann and the Holy Trinity Church, 157 Montague Street, Brooklyn, NY

JENNY Q CHAI
Saturday, July 28 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $15, $10 students/seniors
Spectrum, 70 Flushing Avenue, Garage A, Brooklyn, NY

Exhibition of Poland’s Electroacoustic Music

Source: The First News.

An exhibition telling the extraordinary story of the birth of electroacoustic music in Poland has gone on show in Germany. The exhibition “Through the Soundproof Curtain. The Polish Radio Experimental Studio” is a collection of archival recordings and videos from the Polish Radio Experimental Studio (PRES) which dedicated itself to discovering new sounds and instruments. The Studio was a joint venture between classically trained composers and engineers, incorporating science and art by using tone generators, mixing consoles, an oscillograph and tape recorders. With new equipment acquired systematically, PRES could just as easily resemble a mad scientist’s lab, rather than the birthplace of avant-garde music, breaking the Eastern Block’s conventions.