RIP Perry Robinson

Source: Wikipedia.

Robinson was born and grew up in New York City. He attended the Lenox School of Jazz in Massachusetts in the summer of 1959. Robinson served in a U.S. military band in the early 1960s. His first record, Funk Dumpling (with Kenny Barron, Henry Grimes, and Paul Motian) was recorded in 1962. He also appeared with Grimes on The Call in 1965, on the ESP-Disk label (ESP 1026).

AMN Reviews: Transient Canvas – Wired [New Focus Recordings FCR218]

On Wired the acoustic duo Transient Canvas—bass clarinetist Amy Advocat and marimbist Matt Sharrock—are indeed wired. Most of the seven pieces on the CD, which the duo commissioned between 2014 and 2017, supplement the basic reed and percussion ensemble with electronic sounds of one kind or another.

Many of the compositions reflect the influence of rock or other recent popular music: they may have discernible, song-like harmonic cycles or well-defined rhythms, or both. But that’s just a jumping-off point; these are influences to be reworked, dismantled and reassembled into something particular to each composer. Exergy Bubblebath, for example, a 2015 composition by Peter VanZandt Lane, takes explicit inspiration from the dance music of the 1990s but refigures it in a series of deftly executed, rapid unison figures for bass clarinet and marimba while electronic sounds ricochet in the background. Syncopation propels Dan Van Hassel’s Epidermis (2017), which breaks up into twitchy repetitions of fragmentary phrases covered in a skin of electronic sounds. Kirsten Volness’s Year Without a Summer (2017) opens with deep, brooding electronic tones before developing into a movingly plaintive bass clarinet melody placed over arpeggiated chords on marimba. Branches, a 2015 composition by David Ibbett, sets out rock rhythms in changing time signatures recalling some of the more challenging kinds of progressive rock; from there, it swerves into an infectiously upbeat outro. Somnambula (2014), by Rudolf Rojahn, repeats a relatively simple but haunting melody over a cyclic song structure, which it then takes through a series of variations. On the more abstract side, Lainie Fefferman’s Hyggelig (2016), which appears to be a purely acoustic piece for Advocat and Sharrock alone, moves in free-floating trills and measured lines. Mischa Salkind-Pearl’s solm (2016) captures in musical analogy the experience of hearing a foreign language whose meanings one doesn’t understand: what stands out are the prosody as well as bits and pieces of phonics with the semantics stripped out. Accordingly, the music is fragmented and focused on the sound qualities of the instruments, enriched by an electronic overlay.

Daniel Barbiero

In On the Corner Reviews

Source: In On the Corner.

Ingrid Laubrock – Contemporary Chaos Practices: Two Works for Orchestra (Intakt Records)

David Virelles – Igbó Alákọrin (The Singer’s Grove) Vol. I and II (Pi Recordings / El Tivoli Music)

Anguish – Anguish (RareNoise Records)

Marcus Strickland – People of the Sun (Blue Note Records / Revive Music)

Patrick Shiroishi – Sparrow’s Tongue (Fort Evil Fruit)

This Week in New York


Yarn/Wire performs holiday favorites with a twist, including a musical preview of Carnival of the Animals, Miller’s annual holiday offering on December 15.
Tuesday, December 4 at 6:00 PM
Miller Theatre, 2960 Broadway, New York, NY

loadbang performs music by Charles Wuorinen, Reiko Füting, Eve Beglarian, Andy Akiho, Hannah Lash, and Alexandre Lusqui.
Tuesday, December 4 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $20, $15 students
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

Ensemble Ipse presents a concert of recent works for string quartet at Areté Gallery in Brooklyn.
Tuesday, December 4 at 8:00 PM
Areté, 67 West Street, Brooklyn, NY

Ensemble Connect performs Bach’s Sonata sopra il Soggetto Reale from A Musical Offering; Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s Hrim; and Dvořák’s String Sextet in A Major.
Wednesday, December 5 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $32-$38
Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, 881 7th Avenue, New York, NY

loadbang performs music by Carlos Cordeiro, Jeffrey Gavett, Andy Kozar, and William Lang.
Wednesday, December 5 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $20, $15 students
The Church of the Intercession Crypt, West 155th and Broadway, New York, NY

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loadbang performs music by Gary Philo, David Bird, Evan Johnson, David Franzson, Chris Fisher-Lochhead, and Ioannis Angelakis.
Thursday, December 6 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $20, $15 students
The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, Cary Hall, 450 West 37th Street, New York, NY

Violinist Kyra Davies and soprano Stephanie Lamprea perform Kate Soper’s Cipher along with works by Jason Eckardt, Daniel Felsenfeld, Ashkan Behzadi, and Bright Sheng.
Saturday, December 8 at 8:30 PM
Tickets $15, $10 students/seniors
Spectrum, 70 Flushing Avenue, Garage A, Brooklyn, NY

All About Jazz Reviews

Source: All About Jazz.

Wayne Horvitz
The Snowghost Sessions (Songlines Recordings)

Jakob Bro
Bay of Rainbows (ECM Records)

Ghost Box – Expanded (Northern Spy Records)

Satoko Fujii / Yuko Yamaoka
Diary 2005-2015: Yuko Yamaoka Plays the Music of Satoko Fujii (Libra Records)

David Chevallier – Valentin Ceccaldi
Zebres (Ayler Records)