AMN Reviews: Kim Myhr – pressing clouds passing crowds [HUBROCD2612]

Few notions encapsulate the human condition more tidily than the notion of passage: of passing to different places or stages of life, or simply passing through in any of its literal or figurative meanings. On pressing clouds passing crowds guitarist/composer Kim Myhr has collaborated with poet Carolyn Bergvall on a suite of pieces touching on passage and transience in their many manifestations.

The music, which was written before Bergvall’s words were composed, is performed by Myhr on twelve-string guitar and Ingar Zach on percussion, along with the string quartet Quatuor Bozzini, from Montreal. In a structural allusion to passage the six parts of the suite segue naturally from one to the other, and feature repeated figures, ringing chords and arpeggios over insistent rhythms; for the Bozzini there are restrained drones and elongated, unstable chords with subtly rising and falling inner voices. Myhr’s penchant for repetition underscores the spirit of Bergvall’s text: repetition, as the recurrence of something that by itself doesn’t last, is simply the other side of flux. By the same token, Bergvall’s text is well-suited to the music: through images, anecdotes and aphorisms, she crafts an anti-narrative of what it’s like to experience the passing nature of things—in her words, to “move into unknown terrain where the ground is imperceptibly changing.”

Daniel Barbiero


All About Jazz Reviews

Source: All About Jazz.

Trio Blurb
W (Evil Rabbit Records)

David Virelles
Igbó Alákọrin (Pi Recordings)

The End
Svårmod Och Vemod Är Värdesinnen (RareNoiseRecords)

Jemeel Moondoc Quartet
The Astral Revelations (Rogue Art)

Rent Romus’ Life’s Blood Ensemble
Rogue Star (Edgetone Records)

Ingrid Laubrock
Contemporary Chaos Practices (Intakt Records)

Jonas Cambien Trio
We Must Mustn’t We (Clean Feed Records)

Dialectical Imagination
Two Infinitudes; The One You “see” and the One That Is You. (Leo Records)

Colin Edwin & Lorenzo Feliciati
Twinscapes Vol. 2: A Modern Approach To The Dancefloor (RareNoiseRecords)

Cory Smythe
Circulate Susanna (Pyroclastic Records)

Francois Houle – Alexander Hawkins – Harris Eisenstadt
You Have Options (Songlines Recordings)

This Week in New York 


MATA presents its fifth annual MATA Jr. Festival in partnership with the Kaufman Music Center’s teen new-music ensemble Face the Music. The culmination of a six-month mentorship process, the event will feature Face the Music performing newly composed works by six young composers ranging in age from eleven to eighteen selected from a global search together with music of their mentors, MATA-alumni composers Murat Çolak (MATA 2017), Molly Herron (MATA 2017), and Shawn Jaeger (MATA 2018).
Monday, November 19 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $20 online, $25 at door
ShapeShifter Lab, 18 Whitwell Place, Brooklyn, NY

Flutist Isabel Lepanto Gleicher performs music by Barry Sharp, Aaron Helgeson, Toshio Hosokawa, David Lang, Frederic Rzewski, and Hildegard von Bingen.
Tuesday, November 20 at 6:00 PM
Miller Theatre, 2960 Broadway, New York, NY

The Kitchen presents Leila Bordreuil’s Piece for Cello and Double Bass Ensemble II, the newest in her series of compositions for amplified cello and six double-basses, which she began in 2015. This work will feature her largest and loudest ensemble yet, creating a violent wall of sound as she uses varied amps and microphones to give immense proportions and unrecognizable textures to acoustic instruments.
Tuesday, November 20 & Friday, November 21 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $15, $12 members
The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, New York, NY

The Glass Farm Ensemble returns from a concert tour in Spain and Switzerland to play “Memory & Silence” in New York. The program includes premieres by Cesar Camarero, Yvonne Troxler, and Ian Wilson.
Saturday, November 24 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $25, $20 students/seniors
Symphony Space, Leonard Nimoy Thalia, 2537 Broadway, New York, NY



November 10, 2018
Anna Lindal Solo, Schl8hof, Wels
Anna Lindal

November 10, 2018
Dialogues With Strings, Schl8hof, Wels
Alison Blunt Hannah Marshall Trevor Watts Veryan Weston

November 10, 2018
Fly or Die, Schl8hof, Wels
Chad Taylor Jaimie Branch Jason Ajemian Lester St. Louis

November 10, 2018
Gaudenz Badrutt, Kai Fagaschinski, Jonas Kocher, Christof Kurzmann, Medien Kultur Haus, Wels
Christof Kurzmann Gaudenz Badrutt Jonas Kocher Kai Fagaschinski

November 10, 2018
Jim Baker Solo, Schl8hof, Wels
Jim Baker

November 10, 2018
Piñata, Schl8hof, Wels
Angélica Castelló Billy Roisz Guro Skumsnes Moe Jerome Noetinger Katharina Ernst Liz Allbee

November 10, 2018
Rdeča Raketa & Natascha Gangl: Wendy Pferd Tod Mexiko, Kornspeicher, Wels
Maja Osojnik Matija Schellander Natascha Gangl

November 10, 2018
Sophie Agnel, Joke Lanz, Michael Vatcher, Schl8hof, Wels

To Save or not to Save Chicago’s Hideout

Source: Chicago Tribune.

What’s all this fuss about saving the Hideout? It’s the little bar that’s standing its ground amid a rising $5 billion tide of corporate buildings and music venues that are supposed to transform Lincoln Yards, a once largely overlooked pocket of land in Chicago’s North Branch industrial corridor, a few blocks east of the Kennedy Expressway. Development projects of this scale typically have little use for Prohibition-era taverns that have been repurposed as small-scale music venues.

For most of the last century, Chicago has been home to fiercely independent labels and clubs outside the network of multinationals that dominate the music and concert industries. The city owes much of its cultural diversity and richness to these small businesses. Yet it’s precisely because they operate outside the big corporate business template that recent Chicago administrations envision as key to the city’s future, that they are viewed as expendable.

Tofighi, Denney, and Fink at Soundwaves in LA, December 19

Source: Santa Monica Public Library

The Soundwaves new music series at the Santa Monica Public Library welcomes Tofighi, Denney, and Fink to the Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium of the Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Boulevard, on December 19 at 7:30pm.

These three composer/performers collectively explore the multifacted history and sonic potential of the electric guitar.

Alan S. Tofighi is an interdisciplinary artist who lives and works in Valencia CA. His work deals with analyses of the dispersion, obfuscation, and deformation of information. As a musician he emphasizes free improvisation, with occasions of written work. Synthesis, just intonation, acoustics, preparations, non-formulaic scordatura, extended techniques, and conceptual grounding are all central concerns.

Maxwell Denney is a member of Soup New Music and a founding member of Washington DC’s Beat on the Bard Theatre Company where he still serves as Music Director. His work primarily focuses on harmonic fields, and the slow shift of focus within those fields over time.

Michael Jon Fink has composed for and performed with experimental and new music groups including the Negative Band, Musica Veneris Nocturnus, Stillife and Ghost Duo; and currently plays electric guitar with the Feedback Wave Riders (Free Improv), Trio Through the Looking-Glass (Jazz-inflected), and Spectral Dawn Spirits (hierophanic, somewhat metallic, post-psychedelic ambient instrumental). He has taught composition, orchestration and analysis at CalArts for over thirty years. His music appears on the Cold Blue, Contagion, C.R.I., Trance Port, Raptoria Caam and Wire Tapper labels.

Soundwaves is a concert series presenting artists who appear on the DRAM (Database of Recorded American Music) streaming service. The Santa Monica Public Library is the first public library to offer this service to its cardholders. Listings of past and upcoming Soundwaves shows as well as sound and video recordings are at

Admission is free and all are welcome. Seating is limited and on a first-arrival basis.