AMN Reviews: Møster! – States of Minds [HUBROCD2577]

Møster! is a quintet of Norwegian rock and experimental musicians led by multi-instrumentalist Kjetil Møster. On States of Minds, a two-LP release also formatted for two CDs, Møster plays saxophone, clarinet, electronics, and percussion; the rest of the group includes Hans Magnus Ryan on guitar and electronics; Jørgen Træen on modular synthesizer and lap steel guitar; Nikolai Hængsle on electric bass and electronics; and Kenneth Kapstad on drums. The group’s sound is a creative amalgamation of elements that at first may seem incongruous, but in fact fit together comfortably in a kind of instrumental space rock for the 21st century. The CDs’ focal points are the two long improvisations, which show Møster!’s skill at creating complex textural pieces balancing a broad spectrum of instrumental color. On some of the shorter, more propulsive pieces Møster or Ryan may take the lead, but in general the sound is a collective one. All in all, this is high quality, intelligent improvisational rock.

http://www.hubromusic.com

Daniel Barbiero

AMN Reviews: Ikizukuri – Hexum (2018; Zona Watusa)

Ikizukuri is another group entering a sparsely populated (but growing) soundspace – free jazz / heavy metal crossovers with no electric guitar. And the most remarkable thing about these efforts is not just how well they work, but that the music (so far) has been consistently stellar. The group is a three piece featuring Julius Gabriel on sax and electronics, Gonçalo Almeida on bass, and Gustavo Costa on drums. Both Almeida and Costa have played with Rodrigo Amado, to give a taste of where they are coming from, though they sport much longer resumes. Julius Gabriel exerts himself on the sax, staying comfortably left of center.

Hexum is a cassette, the first side of which consists of 10 short tracks (most are under two minutes). These bursts of energy feature metal-inflected speed drumming along with sax wailing. When not playing along with the drums, Almeida creates dense walls, drones, and just about everything in between. There are melodies and structure to these pieces, but over these are discordant sax explorations – some sticking to the structures while others are aggressive improv.

The high point of the album is the 18-minute title track, which begins with subtle atmospherics and slowly builds in intensity and variety. Costa once again provides rock-oriented drumming, but with unusual beats. This builds into a noisy, pounding crescendo. The piece ends with slow bass strumming accompanied by what sounds like layers of processed sax.

While hard-hitting, Hexum is also a pleasant mixture of disjoint styles. Strong recommendation.

This Week in New York 

Source: I CARE IF YOU LISTEN.

SONIC TEMPLES: MUSIC OF SAARIAHO & BARRIÈRE WITH JENNIFER KOH, DEVÓNE TINES & FRIENDS
The music of Kaija Saariaho and Jean-Baptiste Barrière is presented on this iteration of Music Mondays.
Monday, November 12 at 7:30 PM
Free
Advent Lutheran Church, 2504 Broadway, New York, NY

SACRED MUSIC IN A SACRED SPACE
Sacred Music in a Sacred Space (SMSS) presents the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, performing an evening of the music of Estonian composer Arvo Pärt.
Monday, November 12 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $38-$88
Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, 980 Park Avenue, New York, NY

CIRCUS: WANDERING CITY
As part of the string quartet’s 20th anniversary season, ETHEL returns to BAM with Circus: Wandering City, a multimedia musical journey into the history of the iconic Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus that explores and honors the complex relationship between circus troupes, their performers, and the audiences they inspired.
Wednesday, November 14 to Saturday, November 17 at 7:30 PM
Tickets start at $25
BAM Harvey Theater, 651 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY

QUBIT PRESENTS: PATRICK HIGGINS AND THE MIVOS QUARTET WITH DAVID BIRD AND ALEC HALL
Qubit presents new work and performances by Patrick Higgins, Mivos Quartet, David Bird, and Alec Hall at Project Q.
Wednesday, November 14 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $10-$15
Project Q, 1850 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY

CONCERT IN THE CRYPT
loadbang will perform by composers including Eve Beglarian, Jeffrey Gavett, Evan Johnson, William Lang, Hannah Lash, Paula Matthusen, and a NY premiere of a new work for loadbang by Christian Wolff.
Thursday, November 15 at 7:30 PM
The Church of the Intercession Crypt, West 155th and Broadway, New York, NY

JENNY LIN
Bang on a Can and the Jewish Museum’s 2018-2019 concert season, pairing music with the Museum’s exhibitions and showcasing leading female performers and composers, continues with a performance by pianist Jenny Lin. Set alongside the exhibition Chagall, Lissitzky, Malevich: The Russian Avant Garde in Vitebsk, 1918-1922, this performance features the New York premiere of Philip Glass’s Passacaglia in a collision with recently re-discovered music from early 20th century Russia.
Thursday, November 15 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $12-$20
The Jewish Museum, 1109 5th Avenue, New York, NY

DU YUN | COMPOSER PORTRAITS
International Contemporary Ensemble performs the music of Du Yun at this composer portraits concert.
Thursday, November 15 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $20-$30
Miller Theatre, 2960 Broadway, New York, NY

DAVID WATSON: LISTEN FASTER! | MUSICAL ECOLOGIES
The 2018-19 season of Musical Ecologies continues Thursday, November 15 with experimental musician David Watson.
Thursday, November 15 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $10
The Old Stone House in Washington Park, 3rd Street & 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

YOU.HAVE.NO.IDEA (MUSIC OF DANIEL FELSENFELD)
Semiosis Quartet and Aliana de la Guardia present a portrait concert of the composer Daniel Felsenfeld.
Friday, November 16 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $15, $10 students/seniors
Spectrum, 70 Flushing Avenue, Garage A, Brooklyn, NY

MULTI-DIMENSIONAL SOUNDSCAPES: LANZILOTTI AND POISSONNIER
Project Q presents Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti and David Poissonnier performing an evening of works for viola and electronics by Kaija Saariaho, Nina C. Young, Ken Ueno, Jonathan Harvey, and Lanzilotti.
Friday, November 16 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $15, $10 students
Project Q, 1850 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY

AROUND THE WORLD
This concert features music by Jordi Barceló, Luciano Berio, Duke Bojadzijev, Dan Cooper, Oriol Cruixent, Jinhee Han, Arthur Kampela, Debra Kaye, Vasilije Mokranjac, Luigi Porto, Gene Pritsker, Dina Pruzhansky, David Rozenblatt, and Roger Tréfousse.
Friday, November 16 at 8:00 PM
Free
The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, 450 West 37th Street, New York, NY