AMN Reviews: Bangladeafy – Ribboncutter (2018; Nefarious Industries)

Let’s get the obvious comparison to Ruins out of the way. Bangladeafy’s Jon Ehlers and Atif Haq certainly harken back to that other hyperactive bass / drums duo. But on Ribboncutter, their second album, they update the sound and approach of Tatsuya Yoshida and his varying compatriots while sticking to what is best described as an avant-prog approach. Or what might happen if the rhythm section of King Crimson overdosed on caffeine.

This effort consists of 10 tracks totaling less than 22 minutes. Each is a short burst of energy with the longest still under three minutes. Haq provides jagged rhythms landing somewhere between math rock and technical metal. Ehlers give his bass guitar a workout whether riffing, speed-picking, or providing an angular counterpoint to Haq’s complex pounding. Ehlers also doubles on synths, which adds an additional layer of texture and retro atmosphere to an otherwise frenetic offering.  He even provides death-metal vocals on one track, which fit the music well but are easy enough to ignore if that’s not your thing.

There is a lot to like here – a vague late-70’s Magma influence even. Beyond that, Ribboncutter is a fun (though not lighthearted) romp through a frenetic, anxiety-driven set. The album comes out on September 21.

Seattle Scene: August 23-31, 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.

Plancklength, Morher, Noel Kennon
Thu. Aug. 23, 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door

Electroacoustic works presented in six-channel surround sound. Plancklength (Jeff Anderson, Chloe Wicks, Blake DeGraw): sound as physical phenomenon and music as three-dimensional construct. Morher is Seattle/Chicago multimedia artist Ambrosia Bardos: vocalization, biometric data, analog manipulation. Noel Kennon is a composer/performer/improviser from Tennessee: indeterminacy, stochasticity, and microtonality.

Radon Daughters & guests
Fri. Aug. 24, 8 PM; $5 – $15 at the door

Radon Daughters (Patrick Neill Gundran, Clifford Dunn, Blake DeGraw, horridus) + Butoh artist Kaoru Okumura: interaction of sound, movement and light without expectation, the goal is no goal. Caspar Sonnet (Portland): lap steel, dobro, harmonica, percussion, pre-war blues, world music, minimalism. Adam Levitt: saxophone/electronics somewhere between noise, drone, ambient and free jazz.

THU. 8/30 – French horn maestro Tom Varner plays late summer improvisations with various instrumentalists and phonographers

FRI. 8/31 – Rest & Digest – ambient, spoken word, etc. with Dog Sister (Lauren Moore & Vida Rose) + Ashley Erickson + SoundBath + Nick Tombs + Mystical Orchid

The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

Some Recent Recordings by d’incise and Cyril Bondi (and Magnus Granberg)

Latest Collaborations of Electronics Player Ikue Mori

Mette Rasmussen &Tashi Dorji (Feeding Tube Records, 2018) ****½

Torben Snekkestad, Agustí Fernández, and Barry Guy – Louisiana Variations (Fundacja Słuchaj, 2018) ****

ZKKP – 12354 (Červený Kůň, 2018) ***

Re-examining the 70s

Yunohana Variations (YoshimiO / Susie Ibarra / Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe) – Flower of Sulphur (Thrill Jockey, 2018) ****

Community Gardens Free Jazz in New York


September 8, 9, 15
Children’s Magical Garden – 129 Stanton St. & Norfolk St.

Sunday, September 16, 22
6BC Botanical Garden – E. 6th St. between Ave B & C

Saturday, September 23, 29, 30
First Street Green – E. 1st St btwn 1st & 2nd Ave

InGardens is Arts for Art’s annual celebration of family friendly, innovative art in community gardens on the lower east side. Over four weekends, InGardens brings free performances of world-class musicians, poets & dance to inspire and empower us and to help create a world that we want to live in.

Saturday 09/08 at Children’s Magical Garden – 129 Stanton Street
1:30pm Aquiles Navarro / Tcheser Holmes Duo
Aquiles Navarro – trumpet / Tcheser Holmes – drums
2:30pm Poetry
No Land – poetry / Devin Brahja Waldman – sax, synth / Daniel Carter – sax //
Aliah Rosenthal – poetry
3:30pm William Parker / Daniel Carter Duo
William Parker – bass / Daniel Carter – sax, trumpet
4:30pm Steve Swell / Whit Dickey Duo
Steve Swell – trombone / Whit Dickey – drums

Sunday 09/09 at Children’s Magical Garden – 129 Stanton Street
1:30pm Lisa Sokolov
Lisa Sokolov – voice, piano
2:30pm On Ka’a Davis
On Davis – guitar / Daniel Carter – horns / Alexis Marcelo – keyboards /
Reggie Sylvester – drums
3:30pm Trombone Insurgency
Joe McPhee – trombone / Dick Griffin – trombone / Steve Swell – trombone
4:30pm Ahmed Abdullah Landmark Band
Rosedeli Marte – vocals / Monique Ngozi Nri – vocals / Ahmed Abdullah – trumpet, flugelhorn, vocals / Don Chapman – tenor saxophone / Gabriel Paiano – guitar / Jonah Poweranz – bass / Harry Smith – drums

Saturday 09/15 at Children’s Magical Garden – 129 Stanton Street
Nick Lyons – alto sax / TBA
2:30pm Newsome / Morris / Lee
Sam Newsome – soprano sax / Joe Morris – guitar / Charmaine Lee – voice
3:30pm William Hooker / Ahmed Abdullah Duo
William Hooker – drums / Ahmed Abdullah – trumpet
4:30pm CP Unit
Chris Pitsiokos – alto sax / Henry Fraser – electric bass / Sam Lizabeth – guitar
Jason Nazary – drums

Sunday 09/16 at 6BC Garden – 630 E. 6th St.
1:30pm Dan Kurfirst – drums / Daniel Carter – trumpet, sax / Stelios Michas – guitar
2:30pm Anne Waldman / Devin Waldman Duo
Anne Waldman – poetry / Devin Waldman – sax
3:30pm Karen Borca – bassoon / Larry Roland – bass / Hill Greene – bass /
Jackson Krall – drums
4:30pm Rob Brown / Whit Dickey Duo
Rob Brown – alto sax / Whit Dickey – drums

Saturday 9/22 at 6BC Garden – 630 E. 6th St.
1:30pm While We Still Have Feet
William Parker – shakuhachi / Amirtha Kidambi – voice / Andrea Wolper – voice / Lisa Sokolov – voice / Kyoko Kitamura – voice / Morley Kamen – voice
2:30pm Poets
Steve Dalachinsky – poetry // Jane Omerod – poetry
3:30pm Whit Dickey / Daniel Carter Duo
Whit Dickey – drums / Daniel Carter – sax, trumpet
4:30pm Jason Hwang Critical Response
Jason Hwang – violin / Anders Nilsson – guitar / TA Thompson – drums /
Stomu Takeishi – electric bass

Sunday 9/23 at First Street Green – 33 E. 1st St
1:30pm K.J. Holmes / Ramsey Ameen Duo
K.J. Holmes – dance / Ramsey Ameen – violin
2:30pm Jackson Krall Ensemble
Jackson Krall – drums / John Blum – keyboard / Larry Roland – bass /
Elliott Levin – sax
3:30pm Open Discussion on Art and Justice w/ Inspire Change
5:00pm New Artists Orchestra led by James Brandon Lewis and Luke Stewart

Saturday 9/29 at First Street Green – 33 E. 1st St
1:30pm Emilie Lesbros “Emphasis”
Emilie Lesbros – voice / Mara Rosenbloom – synthesizer / Sean Conly – bass /
Satoshi Takeishi – drums
2:30pm Jaimie Branch Trio
Jaimie Branch – trumpet / Mike Pride – drums / Luke Stewart – bass
3:30pm Sewelsonics
Dave Sewelson – baritone sax / Bobby Kapp – drums / William Parker – bass
4:30pm Andrew Lamb Trio
Andrew Lamb – sax / Tom Abbs – bass / Ryan Jewell – drums

Sunday 9/30 at First Street Green – 33 E. 1st St
1:30pm Laubrock / Mela / Lopez
Ingrid Laubrock – sax / Francisco Mela – drums / Brandon Lopez – bass
2:30pm Miriam Parker / Luke Stewart Duo
Miriam Parker – dance / Luke Stewart – bass
3:30pm Stewart / Settles / Navarro / Holmes
Luke Stewart – bass / Brian Settles – tenor sax / Aquiles Navarro – trumpet /
Tcheser Holmes – drums
4:30pm Fay Victor / Brandon Lopez Duo
Fay Victor – voice / Brandon Lopez – bass

Joe McPhee’s Vast and Brilliant Improvisational Discography

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

Joe McPhee has been playing music for more than six decades, but he still has the enthusiasm of someone just getting started. “I like the concept of discovery,” he says over the phone from his home in Poughkeepsie, NY. “I’m a romantic. I love music and I love the stories it can tell that quite often don’t get heard.”

That love goes back to when McPhee was just eight years old, and his trumpet-playing dad taught him how to use the instrument. He stuck with it until his early 30’s, when he says he “fell in love with the music of Albert Ayler” and taught himself to play saxophone. Since then, he has carved out a huge, fascinating discography, much of it in collaboration with like-minded artists. “It’s always a conversation, it’s always a give and take,” he says of his musical partnerships. “It comes down to having a close-knit family of friends and knowing each other for a long time.”

That family is evident on the 85 releases on McPhee’s Bandcamp page, which spans 30 years and includes stalwarts like Evan Parker, Chris Corsano, Peter Brötzmann, and Matthew Shipp. “More often than not, my recordings come from live performances, and then I move on,” McPhee admits. “It’s difficult for me to listen to things that I do—it takes me a long time to go back to them, and then maybe I find something new I can use moving forward.” Still, McPhee was happy to tell us about some of the most interesting records in his Bandcamp catalog.

Performances by ICE of Courtney Bryan, George Lewis, and John Adams at Mostly Mozart

Source: I Care If You Listen.

Each summer, the Lincoln Center hosts the Mostly Mozart Festival, “a celebration of Mozart’s creative legacy of beauty, openness, and innovation.” The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) has appeared as one of Mostly Mozart’s ensembles in residence since 2014, curating several concerts which embody the spirit of the festival. This year, ICE’s opening concert on the festival, entitled “Grand Pianola Music,” was billed as a celebration of innovation surrounding the piano and various technologies. Featuring works by Courtney Bryan, George E. Lewis, and John Adams, the program and performances reinforced the ensemble’s uniquely creative artistic vision.

Season 30 of Interpretations Announced

Source: Interpretations.

Interpretations 30 Season Schedule

9/27/18 – Reidemeister Move / Miya Masaoka
10/18/18 – Thurman Barker / Andrew Lamb
11/16/18 – Bun Ching Lam / Tana Quartet
12/13/18 – Earl Howard / Anthony Davis
3/14/19 – Randi Pontoppidan / Joan La Barbara
4/4/19 – Thomas Buckner
5/2/19 – Edmund Campion / Annie Gosfield
6/6/19 – Pauline Kim / Sam Ashley

509 Atlantic Ave. Downtown Brooklyn
2, 3, 4, 5, C, G, D, M, N, R, B & Q trains & LIRR.
General admission: $20 / $15 Roulette Members, Students, Seniors.