AMN Picks of the Week: Snek Trio / Adams, Howard & Lyons / Robert Scott Thompson / Experiment#508 / Bryce Catherin

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.

Snek Trio – November 14th 2018 (2018)
Adams / Howard / Lyons – Live at Elastic Arts, May 9, 2018 (2018)
Robert Scott Thompson – Phonotopological (2018)
Experiment#508 – The Hollow Ward (2018)
Bryce Catherin – make sure you have exhausted all that is communicated through stillness… (2018)

The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

Friends & Neighbors – What’s Next (Clean Feed, 2018) ****½

Sarah Marie Hughes – Coy Fish (Self, 2018) ***

Unlimited 32 Festival, Wels, Austria, Nov. 9-11, 2018

Der Verboten (Clean Feed, 2017) ****

A Pair of FMR Releases from the Szilárd Mezei Septet

Adam Hopkins – Crickets (Out of Your Head Records, 2018) ****

Trio Generations – Unfolding (Particular Recordings, 2018) ****

Jeremiah Cymerman – Decay of the Angel (5049 Records, 2018) ****½

2018 Forward Festival Lineup

Source: Forward Festival takes place December 7 & 8 in NY:

577 Records started the Forward Festival in 2015 to mark the momentous occasion of Daniel Carter’s 70th birthday. The festival has become an annual tradition and continues to delight audiences year after year with its surprising and eclectic lineup.

2018 marks the fourth edition of the Forward Festival. The following artists and groups are scheduled to appear this year:

Daniel Carter
Federico Ughi
Patrick Holmes
Matthew Putman
Hilliard Greene
Mary Anne Driscoll
William Parker
Rachel Musson
Tobias Wilner
Donald Sturge Anthony McKenzie II
Jeff Snyder
New York United
Listening Group

The Forward Festival 2018 is happening December 6th and 7th at ShapeShifter Lab in Brooklyn, NY.

Coming to Philadelphia


Allen Crawford + Chrysalis Ensemble
NOVEMBER 30, 2018

Arcana New Music Ensemble
DECEMBER 6, 2018

Arcana New Music Ensemble
DECEMBER 14, 2018

Wadada Leo Smith Receives 2018 Religions and the Arts Award

Source: American Academy of Religion.

Since joining the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians in 1967, Smith has consistently practiced such investigation. As he himself evolved religiously—his influences include his Christian upbringing as well as Rosicrucianism, Rastafarianism, and Islam—Smith has steadily documented his music, which collectively has produced a huge body of work that changes our understanding of what “music” is, and how new musical ideas can promote justice, solidarity, and reflectiveness among humans.