2018 Best of Lists from Around the Web: Part II

It’s that time again. We gather best-of-2018 lists from around the web and provide links here. Sure, we haven’t reached the end of the year yet, but some intrepid individuals just cannot be held back. The AMN Best of 2018 is coming in early January. Stay tuned…

A Closer Listen on the year’s best winter music.

Pop Matters best jazz of 2018.

Jazziz best jazz albums of 2018.

Stereogum best jazz albums of 2018.

See also:
2018 Best of Lists from Around the Web: Part I

Julia Wolfe’s Anthracite Fields at Carnegie Hall Reviewed

Source: I Care If You Listen.

Julia Wolfe’s Pulitzer-prize winning oratorio Anthracite Fields returned to New York City and a full house on December 1st, 2018 for its Carnegie Hall debut. Since premiering in 2014, the work’s revelation of Pennsylvania Anthracite Coal Region culture found an unexpected resonance both in the United States and abroad, and Wolfe has come to anticipate the stories and familial connections that each performance generates. The 9 PM Late Nights at Zankel Hall crowd proved eager to hear the acclaimed piece in its updated multimedia presentation, and in return, Carnegie offered the Bang on a Can All-Stars and Choir of Trinity Wall Street directed by Julian Wachner.

Avant Scena Reviews

Source: Avant Scena.

Anthony Braxton/Taylor Ho Bynum/Bob Bresnan – “Eight Improvisations – (Trio) 2014” (Tubapede Records, 2018)

David S. Ware Trio – “The Balance” (Aum Fidelity, 2018)

The Cluttertones with Lee Pui Ming – “Leeways” (SnailBongBong Records, 2018)

Gordon Beeferman – “Other Life Forms” (Different Track, 2018)

Heisenberg Quintet – “Live At Kuhlspot” (Aut Records, 2018)

Farida Amadou / Timothée Quost / Tom Malmendier – “QUAM” (Raw Tonk, 2018)

Trondheim Jazz Orchestra & Ole Morten Vågan – “Happy Endings” (Odin Records, 2018)

Vital Weekly Reviews 1161

Source: Vital Weekly.

ANTONELLA EYE PORCELLUZZI & DEAF SOCIETY – THE VELOCITY OF VELOCITIES (CD by Opa Loka Records) *
CUTS – A GRADUAL DECLINE (CD by Village Green Recordings) *
JESSICA SLIGTER & ILBERT BULSINK – UNTITLED #2 (THE MUTE) (CD by Unsounds / Gaudeamus) *
ZENO VAN DEN BROEK & GAI PETROVIC – OB-LITERATE (CD by Unsounds/Gaudeamus) *
GENETIC TRANSMISSION – SPÓJRZCIE ПОЖАЛУЙСТА, JAKIE PIĘKNE MACIE (CD by Zoharum) &
VIDNA OBMANA – THE SURREAL SANCTUARY/THE CONTEMPORARY NOCTURE (2CD by Zoharum) *
MACHINEFABRIEK WITH ANNE BAKKER – SHORT SCENES (CD by Zoharum) *
TANCE SNU – MEANDER (CD by Zoharum) *
LECH NIENARTOWICZ – WZDLUZ PASMA (CD by Kosmodrone) *
DEREK BARON – RECOLLECTS (LP by (LP by Reading Group) *
MARCIN BARSKI – WANDA’S DREAM (LP by Reading Group) *
MARK BOKOWIEC – VISITATIONS (CDR by MPS Music and Video) *
FERGUS KELLY – TREMBLING EMBERS (CDR by Room Temperature) *
MUGWOOD & LANDSHIPPING (5″ lathe cut & CDR by Static Caravan) *
DOC WÖR MIRRAN/STADLMEIER/GORMLEY – UN-ART-ED (CDR & 3″ CDR by Marginal Talent) *
KEROAÄN – PULSARS IN RHOMBUS FORM (cassette by Nada Recs)
CELER – I WISH YOU COULD (cassette by Constellation Tatsu)
CALINECZKA – THE CITY BEHIND THE FENCE (cassette by Park70)
BREBUS TAPES I (cassette compialtion by Brebus tapes)

Latitudes 3 in San Francisco, December 20

Source: Other Minds.

Chuck Johnson & Leila Abdul-Rauf
December 20, 2018, 7:30 PM @ Center for New Music

Pedal steel guitar player Chuck Johnson’s western-tinged ambient works drawl out slow and stately, like disappearing shadows on the desert floor while the sun rises overhead. Again the light changes with trumpet player and vocalist Leila Abdul-Rauf whose blurred melancholic songs obscure the day’s memories in a mesmeric haze.

Chuck Johnson is a composer and musician residing in Oakland, CA. He approaches his work with an ear towards finding faults and instabilities that might reveal latent beauty, with a focus on guitar, experimental electronics, minimalism and soundtrack composition. Recordings of his work have been published by VDSQ, Trouble in Mind, Scissor Tail, Merge, and Three Lobed, among others.

He has toured internationally and performed at the Hopscotch Music Festival (Raleigh, NC), Debacle Fest (Seattle), the Liverpool Festival of Psychedelia, the San Francisco Electronic Music Festival, Siren Fest (New York), BENT (New York) and the San Francisco International Film Festival. Johnson’s credits as a film composer include scores for the HBO documentary Private Violence and the popular PBS show A Chef’s Life. In 2009 he received an MFA in Electronic Music and Intermedia Art from Mills College.

Leila Abdul-Rauf is a composer and multi-instrumentalist based in Oakland. A co-founder of extreme metal bands Vastum, Saros, and electronic/ambient trio Ionophore, she is also currently a member of Hammers of Misfortune and Cardinal Wyrm. As an ambient solo artist, Leila has released 3 albums under her name, and has collaborated with countless others.

Combining electronics, acoustic instruments, voice and field recordings, Leila creates an overall atmosphere of introspection, accessing what is often unconscious and obscured by the human condition: songs are not so much composed as captured from dreams. Evoking haunting and desolate places, a private world is exposed, where time and space are distilled down to what remain of distant memories and hidden emotions, melded into a symphony of ethereal melancholy.

Leila will be joined by long-time collaborators, Nathan A. Verrill and Ryan Honaker, who will be accompanying her set with multiple instruments, live sound captures, and visual projections designed by Verrill. Selections will draw mostly from her recent album Diminution, that was released earlier in 2018, and will also include earlier works embedded within improvisational pieces.

Fresh Sound Music 2019 Schedule

Source: Fresh Sound Music.

White Box Live Arts
2590 Truxtun Road, Studio 205 (on the corner of Truxtun Rd and Roosevelt Road)
San Diego, CA 92106

All concerts will be held at 7:30 pm
Tickets at the door – $20.00 and $10.00 for students

Friday, January 25, 2019, 7:30 PM
Stephanie Richards: Take the Neon Lights

After her “spellbinding” (NPR) debut record, new music trumpeter Stephanie Richards follows up with a premiere of works from her latest project. Using New York City as a backdrop, Richards selected poems from icons including Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, and Allen Ginsberg to name a few, and has crafted music for quartet that explores a spontaneous prose of grit and brilliance; the ugly beauty of the city. In conjunction with The San Diego Symphony’s fourth annual January Festival, this year entitled Hearing the Future. The concert will feature Joshua White, piano; Brian Walsh, bass clarinet; Andrew Munsey, drums; and bass, Mark Dresser.

Thursday, February 28, 2019 7:30 PM
ROSETTA TRIO
Stephan Crump, Liberty Ellman, Jamie Fox – 3 guitars

Stephan Crump brought together Rosetta Trio for the first time in 2005 to record an album of pieces written in the aftermath of 9/11. That “engaging and sublime meeting” (Signal to Noise) of Crump on acoustic bass with guitarists Liberty Ellman and Jamie Fox, produced Rosetta, which was greeted with enthusiasm and inclusion on multiple top ten lists, and ecstatic reviews for its narrative depth and outstanding performances.

Sunday, March 31, 2019, 7:30 PM
Jennifer Curtis, violin

Jennifer Curtis navigates with personality and truth in every piece she performs. Her second solo concert at Carnegie Hall was described by the New York Times as “one of the gutsiest and most individual recital programs,” and she was celebrated as “an artist of keen intelligence and taste, well worth watching out for.”

Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 7:30 PM
Scott Worthington, bass and electronics

Scott Worthington presents Ground Bass, featuring music for bass and electronics by Jenny Olivia Johnson, Julia Wolfe, Alexandra Gardner, and more. Since hearing a festival of computer music during college, Worthington has consistently performed, composed, and commissioned electro-acoustic music for his instrument.

Saturday, May 11, 2019, 7:30 PM
Bill Solomon, percussion David Friend, piano

Bent Duo is an emerging NYC-based project investigating the limits of chamber music for piano and percussion and the exciting innovations that happen at the outer fringes of this repertoire. Founded in 2015, the duo has performed at a wide variety of venues and is equally committed to works that exploit the performers’ virtuosic instrumental technique as to those that are developing new performance techniques entirely