AMN Picks of the Week: Bonini Bulga / Devin Gray / David Dominique / SLUGish Ensemble / Christopher Sky / Rene Lussier Quintet

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.

Bonini Bulga – Sealed (2018)
Devin Gray – Dirigo Rataplan II (2018)
David Dominique – Mask (2018)
SLUGish Ensemble – An Eight Out of Nine (2018)
Christopher Sky – Vastness (2018)
Rene Lussier Quintet – Rene Lussier Quintet (2018)

Chicago Scene: September 23-29, 2018

This is a weekly overview live avant performances in the Chicago area. Contact us if you’d like your shows listed.

Sunday, September 23rd 2018

9:00PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont ($10 suggested donation) (wheelchair-accessible)
Ithra : Dave Rempis, Tomeka Reid, Joshua Abrams — Record release

Monday, September 24th 2018

9:00PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444
Extraordinary Popular Delusions : Jim Baker, Mars Williams, Brian Sandstrom, Steve Hunt

Tuesday, September 25th 2018

5:30PM at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago, 312.280.2660 (Free) (wheelchair-accessible)
Artifacts : Nicole Mitchell, Tomeka Reid, Mike Reed

8:00PM at Slate Arts and Performance, 3203 W North Ave, 847.312.1527 ($5 suggested donation)
Jamison Williams
Reid Karris
KG Price

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($15)
Dan Weiss Starebaby with Craig Taborn, Matt Mitchell, Ben Monder, Trevor Dunn

Thursday, September 27th 2018

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Kieran Daly, Jason Roebke
Tiny Home Living : Fred Jackson, Jason Stein, Ishmael Ali, Kim Sutton, Emerson Hunton
Friday, September 28th 2018

7:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western (Free)
Nate Chinen: Playing Changes
Nate Chinen in conversation with Mike Reed, part 1

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($15-$12)
Ken Thomson Sextet with Matt Ulery’s “By a Little Light” : Ken Thomson, Anna Webber, Russ Johnson, Andy Clausen, Adam Armstrong, Ron Wiltrout, Matt Ulery, Yvonne Lam, Nick Photinos, Doug Perkins, Rob Clearfield, Jon Deitemyer — CD release

Saturday, September 29th 2018

2018 Hyde Park Jazz Festival : Talks
Nate Chinen: “Playing Changes: A Conversation About Jazz in the New Century”

2018 Hyde Park Jazz Festival
7:30PM-8:30PM Mike Reed’s “The City Was Yellow: The Chicago Suite”

2018 Hyde Park Jazz Festival
Kris Davis Solo

2018 Hyde Park Jazz Festival
Ravi Coltrane with Brandee Younger

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Jazzword Reviews 

Source: Jazzword.

Mahakaruna Quartet

Unholy Elisabeth

John Tilbury/Keith Rowe/Kjell Bjørgensen

Yoni Kretzmer’s New Dilemma
Month, Weeks and Days

Ramon Lopez/Percy Pursglove/Rafal Mazur

François Carrier/Michel Lambert/Rafal Mazur
Beyond Dimensions

Roots Magic
Last Kind Words

Beaver Harris-Don Pullen 360° Experience
A Well Kept Secret

Dirk Serries/Colin Webster

Martina Verhoeven & Dirk Serries
Innocent as Virgin Wood

Clément Janinet

Bruit 4
Bruit 4

2018 Chicago Jazz Festival Reviewed

Source: JazzTimes.

Nicole Mitchell’s Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds, which her Black Earth Ensemble performed at the Pritzker Pavilion on the first day of the 2018 Chicago Jazz Festival, is a visionary Afrofuturistic fable of new beauty arising from old—“merging,” as Mitchell has said, “the chalice with the blade, the urban with the earth-focused, the electronic/electric with the acoustic, the female with the male.” And, she might have added, the past and present with the future. The Ensemble’s instrumentation made this clear; the ancient sounds of traditional Asian percussion, wind, and string instruments (taiko, shamisen, shakuhachi)melded seamlessly with the outer-space ululations of a theremin alongside more ostensibly conventional “jazz” and “classical” voices. Musical stylings ranged from ensemble blends rooted in the Western canon through funk, fusion, art rock, and post-Sun-Ra free-form harmonic cosmology, all the way back home to deep-roots soul/gospel testifying.

New Releases From All That Dust

Source: All That Dust.

all that dust is a new independent record label producing a small number of high-quality contemporary music releases each year. It is run by Newton Armstrong, Juliet Fraser and Mark Knoop. In our first batch we have three CDs:

ATD1: Morton Feldman ‘For John Cage’, performed by Aisha Orazbayeva (violin) & Mark Knoop (piano)
ATD2: Matthew Shlomowitz ‘Avant Muzak’, performed by ensemble asamisimasa & Håkon Stene (percussion)
ATD3: Séverine Ballon ‘inconnaissance’, performed by Séverine Ballon (cello)

Morton Feldman’s 75-minute work dedicated to his friend John Cage was written in 1982. Mark and Aisha set out to draw the listener into the charged space between the performers. Our new disc of music by Matthew Shlomowitz includes Avant Muzak (2010) and Popular Contexts 7: Public Domain Music (2014), both performed by asamisimasa, and Popular Contexts 8: Five soundscapes for a contemporary percussionist (2015) performed by Håkon Stene. Our third release presents eight new works composed and performed by cellist Séverine Ballon; this is her debut disc as a composer.

Plus we have two binaural downloads:

ATD4: Milton Babbitt ‘Philomel’, performed by Juliet Fraser (soprano)
ATD5: Luigi Nono ‘La fabbrica illuminata’, performed by Loré Lixenberg (mezzo soprano)

Both composed in 1964 for voice and pre-recorded 4-channel surround sound, our new binaural recordings of these seminal works are something of a landmark: the tape parts have been cleaned up and re-mastered and the binaural recording method recreates wonderfully the 3-D listening experience of live performance. The result is a welcome clarity in the sound, and a new fidelity to the score.