Vital Weekly Reviews 1156

Source: Vital Weekly.

M.A.L. – MY SIXTEEN LITTLE PLANETS (CD by Sub Rosa) *
KOSMOSE – FIRST TIME OUT (2CD by Sub Rosa) *
4 IN 1 VOLUME 5 (LP/CD by EE Tapes)
PSEUDO CODE – NEXT ONE’S CALLED (LP by Sub Rosa) *
SAEKI & IKEDA & SUGIMOTO & IKEDA & THUT & WERDER – SEXTET (CD by Meenna) *
COMMON OBJECTS – SKULLMARKS (CD by Meenna) *
TAKU SUGIMOTO & MINAMI SAEKI – SONGS (2CD by Ftarri) *
ANDERS VESTERGAARD & FINN LOXBO – I’M FINE WITH THE SWIRLING COLORS (CD by Gikt Records)
AVIVA ENDEAN – (CD by Sofa) *
FEE STRACKE – INSTRUMENTAL CHAIRS (CD by Unit Records) *
ERIS 136199 (CD by Buster and Friends)
MAZE & LINDHOLM – WHERE THE WOLF HAS BEEN SEEN (CD by Aurora Borealis) *
THE VEGETABLE ORCHESTRA – ONIONOISE (CD by Transacoustic Research) *
ZIMIAMVIAN NIGHT – 3 (2CD by Infraction Records) *
JULIEN BAYLE – VIOLENT GRAINS OF SILENCE (CD by Elli Records) *
ASMUS TIETCHENS – STENOGRAMME, ZWEITE FOLGE (CD by Entr’acte) *
ASMUS TIETCHENS – STROPHEN (LP by Stencil Trash)
WILHELM BRAS – LIVING TRUTHFULLY UNDER IMAGINARY CIRCUMSTANCES (LP by Attitudes)
LÄRMSCHUTZ – WOOD + TIN (CDR by Baltos Rozes Tinklas) *
VARROPAS – SAAT VAPAAT KÄDET (CDR by Magma Tones) *
VARROPAS – RAKUUNA (cassette by Ikuisuus)
BENJAMIN FLESSER – RESA (casssette by Cloudchamber Recordings) *
BIRCHES – BIRCHES SESSIONS VOLUME 3 (cassette by Dropsongs) *

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Avant Scena Reviews

Source: Avant Scena.

Han-earl Park/Catherine Sikora/Nick Didkovsky – “Eris 136199” (2018)

Pandelis Karayorgis, Damon Smith, Eric Rosenthal – “Cliff” (Driff Records, 2018)

Moore / Edwards / Prevost – “Darkened, Yet Shown” (Matchless, 2018)

Paul Dunmall / Philip Gibbs / Neil Metcalfe / Ashley John Long – “Seascapes” (FMR, 2018)

Jonathan Finlayson – “3 Times Round” (Pi Recordings, 2018)

Alex Ward Item 10 – “Volition (Live At Cafe Oto)” (Copepod, 2018)

Philip Zoubek Trio – “Outside” (WhyPlayJazz, 2018)

Art Ensemble of Chicago and Mary Halvorson at Berlin JazzFest

Source: Jazzwise.

The Grand Opening night operated a seven-hour timetable with multiple choices, which might have been frustrating on one level, but also magnified the vitality of the evening, with cross-current crowds and extreme musical contrasts. Two of the strongest themes involved artists identified with Chicago (even if many of them eventually fled to NYC), and a heavy number of sets revolving around individualist guitarists.

MusicNow Series in Chicago Featuring Missy Mazzoli

Source: Symphony Center.

Nov 19
Monday 7:00 PM
MUSICNOW: CHICAGO’S OWN
PROGRAM
Farrin Uscirmi di braccia
Krauss destroy the middle
Baker Charon
Macklay Many Many Cadences
Bjarnason Bow to string
PERFORMERS
Musicians from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Alan Pierson conductor
Weijing Wang viola
Katinka Kleijn cello
Missy Mazzoli Mead Composer-in-Residence

Apr 8
Monday 7:00 PM
MUSICNOW: DARK WITH EXCESSIVE BRIGHT
PROGRAM
Diaz de León Anima
Smith Riprap
Mazzoli Dark with Excessive Bright [World Premiere chamber arrangement, CSO Commission; originally commissioned by Australian Chamber Orchestra and Aurora Orchestra]
Southam Webster’s Spin
PERFORMERS
Musicians from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Edwin Outwater conductor
Cynthia Yeh marimba
Alexander Hanna bass
Missy Mazzoli Mead Composer-in-Residence

May 20
Monday 7:00 PM
MUSICNOW: BREAK AWAY
PROGRAM
Eastman Joy Boy [World Premiere of new arrangement, CSO Commissioned Arrangement]
Monk, arr. Mazzoli Passage, What Does It Mean? [World Premiere of new arrangement, CSO Commissioned Arrangement]
Montgomery Break Away
Eastman Gay Guerrilla [World Premiere of new arrangement, CSO Commissioned Arrangement]
PERFORMERS
Musicians from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Missy Mazzoli Mead Composer-in-Residence

Mark Dresser Profiled

Source: San Diego Troubadour.

I first encountered the force that is Mark Dresser at the tender age of 19, right about the time my adventure in jazz began. He was playing in a small art gallery downtown, with a group that featured vocalist Diamanda Galas, cellist Dave Millard, and multi-instrumentalist Jim French. This would have been in 1978. The music was very foreign to me, but Dresser cut an indelible impression—tall, rail-thin, with a beard of Biblical proportions.