Bill Orcutt & Zachary James Watkins in San Francisco, November 15

Source: Other Minds.

Bill Orcutt & Zachary James Watkins
Thursday, November 15, 7:30pm @ Center for New Music

On the next edition of Latitudes—an album release show on the occasion of Bill Orcutt and Chris Corsano’s new record “Brace Up.” Join Other Minds’ Blaine Todd at the Center for New Music as he presents two singular voices in the world of experimental guitar music. Bill Orcutt performs his convulsive blues on four-string electric, while composer and former Black Spirituals guitarist, Zachary James Watkins sketches an aural map of the C4NM through walls of feedback.

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Vital Weekly Reviews 1155

Source: Vital Weekly.

MARC BARRECA – SHADOW AESTHETICS (CD by Palace Of Lights) *
BIRGIT ULHER & CHRISTOH SCHILLER – TULPE SCHICHT BRILLE (CD by Inexhaustible Editions) *
JASON MEARS & STPEHEN FLINN – IRREVERSIBLE MOTIONS (CD by Inexhaustible Editions) *
CRISTIAN ALVEAR & MOKOTO OSHIRO & HIROYUKI URA – LA PERPETUIDAD DEL ESBOZO #3 (CD by Inexhaustible Editions) *
CHIHEI HATAKEYAMA – AFTERIMAGE (CD by White Paddy Mountain) *
DEAD PIANO (CD by Silentes) *
CARL LUDWIG HÜBSCH & PIERRE-YVES MARTEL & PHILIP ZOUBEK – OTHERWISE (CD by Insub Records) *
PHILIP CORNER – EXTREEMIZMS (CD by Unseen Worlds) *
ANDERS LONNE GRONSETH – MULTIVERSE (CD by Pling Music)
WAKO – UROLIGE SINN (CD by Ora Fonogram) *
KALE PLANKIEREN – DUTCH CASSETTE RARITIES 1981-1987 VOLUME II (LP compilation by Knekelhuis)
(THE) MUDGUARDS – ON GUARD (LP by Horn Of Plenty)
MUSIC FOR HARD TIMES – GIANT POWDER DANGEROUS (LP by Docking Station)
MUSIC FOR HARD TIMES – SEA METALS I & II (2CDR by Docking Station) *
NAGUAL & STEFAN CHRISTENSEN – THIRD (7″ by Il Disci Del Barone)
MONOKULTUR (7″ by Il Disci Del Barone)
JORN TEN HOOPEN – I STILL THINK OF YOU (LP, private)
LEND ME YOUR UNDERBELLY – COCOON (CDR, private) *
WILL FABER – FOLDED HILLS (CDR by Cord Records) *
ONE LAST REGION – A RANDOM SET OF SARCASTIC IMPLICATIONS (CDR by E-Klageto) *
ADAM BASANTA – INTRICATE CONNECTONS FORMED WITHOUT TOUCH (SD card by Kasuga) *
DAMAS PROSPECT – EXODE (cassette by Urubu Tapes)
SA BERNARDO – CPO (cassette by Urubu Tapes)
ZARABATANA/LUCIFER’S ENSEMBLE (SPLIT cassette by Urubu Tapes)
STORY TELLER/BRUCE MCCLURE & BJORN HATLESKOG – THE STUBBORN ORGANIC EMBLEM OF SOCIAL AND BIOLOGICAL SURVIVAL (cassette by Adaadat)
CINEMA PERDU – FRAGMENTS OF ECHOES (cassette by Audio Visuals Atmosphere) *
PASCAL SAVY – COLOUR FIELDS (cassette by Audio Visuals Atmosphere) *
LÄRMSCHUTZ – NOISE PLAYGROUND (cassette by Faux Amis)

Myra Melford on Tour

Source: Myra Melford.

November 2 – 3, 2018
SF Jazz
San Franciso, CA, USA Snowy Egret

November 4, 2018
Earshot
Seattle, WA, USA Snowy Egret

November 7 – 8, 2018
Dizzy’s NYC
New York, NY, USA Snowy Egret

November 11, 2018
exploratorium berlin
Berlin, Germany Tiger Trio

November 12, 2018
8:30 pm 19 Rue Paul Fort
Paris, France Tiger Trio
For info and reservations: helenaziza@19paulfort.com

November 13, 2018
Strasbourg Festival
Strasbourg, France Tiger Trio

November 15, 2018
Stromboli
Hall in Tirol, Austria Snowy Egret

November 17, 2018
Gottingen, Germany Snowy Egret

November 20, 2018
Elbphilharmonie
Hamburg, Germany Snowy Egret

November 22, 2018
EFG London Jazz Festival
London, England, United Kingdom Snowy Egret

December 8 – 14, 2018
New Smyrna Beach, FL, USA Residency at the Atlantic Center for the Arts

Avant Scena Reviews

Source: Avant Scena.

The Verdigris Trio – “iron and stone” (Brazen Head Recordings, 2018)

Alister Spence/Satoko Fuji – “Intelsat” (Alister Spence Records, 2018)

Cécile Cappozzo Trio – “Sub rosa” (Ayler Records, 2018)

ASSIF TSAHAR — Assif Tsahar, William Parker, Hamid Drake – “In Between the Tumbling a Stillness” (Hopscotch, 2018)

Antonis Anissegos/Christos Yermenoglou – “Intertitles” (Creative Sources, 2018)

Friends & Neighbors – “WHAT´S NEXT?” (Clean Feed, 2018)

Dark Ritual Ambient Overview

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

The notion of pairing music with ritual practices dates back centuries. In traditional societies, singing and music-making was often a communal affair, and it served a number of purposes—like communicating traditions, or strengthening community bonds. In other cases, music is used to achieve more mystical ends: Native American and ancient Greek societies believe that music can have healing properties, and Buddhist and Hindu cultures use chants and mantras to aid meditation.

That concept of “ritual music” continues to the present day, with many artists—particularly in the realms of dark ambient and drone—seeking new ways to combine their haunting sonics with spiritual energy. In the early ‘80s, bands like Psychic TV drew inspiration from paganism, Buddhism, and the writings of occultist Aleister Crowley; they even boasted their own affiliated magickal fellowship, Thee Temple ov Psychick Youth. Peter Christopherson’s Coil drew Buddhist temple music to radical queer ends. Their first record, 1984’s How To Destroy Angels—a bleak soundscape of ringing gongs and eerie drones—was subtitled “ritual music for the accumulation of male sexual energy.”

Where Psychic TV and Coil led, other early ‘80s groups like Lustmord, Nocturnal Emissions, and SPK followed, exploring aspects of shamanism, Satanism, and paganism as a route to enlightenment. Much modern dark ambient owes its sound to these early experiments. But as Rudolf Eb.er, Austrian sound artist, shaman, and devotee of Dzogchen explains, those spiritual pursuits can fulfill a deeper purpose. “Speaking as an artist, I’d say it is of profound importance to know how your mind and your creativity works,” he says, “for not just poking in insignificant bullshit.” In short, this is music—but it’s also something more.