AMN Reviews: Albert / Day / Kreimer – Mutations [Public Eyesore PE 142]

Mutations is the product of the virtual collaboration of sound artists and instrument builders Bryan Day of San Francisco and Jay Kreimer of Lincoln, Nebraska, and Marco Albert, an Italian-born musician now based on Oaxaca, Mexico. The three played together in Queretaro, Mexico, in 2018 at the Festival Internacional de Improvisación y Música Extrema, where they had the idea of continuing to work together via file sharing. For Mutations, each recorded his part at home; Albert provided the final mix.

The six tracks give evidence of the trio’s fine chemistry and obvious compatibility of approaches to sound, as well as the willingness of each to build an uncluttered audio space in which the others can thrive. Consequently, Day and Kriemer’s invented instruments combine with Albert’s electronics and voice to create richly colored environments telling of unlikely sounds: imaginary objects ricocheting off of mirrors amid electronic glisses bringing news of yesterday’s vision of the future. Albert’s voice grounds several of the pieces as he whispers coded messages against a background of kalimba-like, ad hoc percussion and scraped metal, delivers a lecture on modern art and objectification to an increasingly raucous—skeptical?—Greek chorus of noise, or chants over burbling sounds recalling the reaction of baking soda with hot water.

Daniel Barbiero

5049 Records Podcast Episode 192 – Sarah Hennies

Source: 5049 Records.

For episode 192 we are joined by Sarah Hennies, a percussionist and composer born and raised in Louisville KY, now living in Ithaca, NY. Her work is concerned with a variety of musical, sociopolitical, and psychological issues including queer & trans identity, love, intimacy, psychoacoustics, and percussion. She has performed around the world and her recent composition “Contralto” continues to see performances at a variety of venues and festivals including Bent Frequency (Atlanta), La Sobilla (Verona), Monday Evening Concerts (Los Angeles), MOCA Tucson, Time-Based Art (Portland, OR), and the Toronto International Film Festival’s Bell Lightbox Theatre. Sarah is as deep as they come and this is a good talk.

Coming to Areté 

Source: New York’s Areté Venue & Gallery.

Tuesday Night Mega Power Concerts
1/15/19, 7 & 9 pm
7 pm – loadbang solos (Carlos Cordeiro)
9 pm – the Rhythm Method (with guest William Lang on a new work from Marina Kifferstein)
Praised for their “uncompromising and unreserved . . . intense, and sensuously gestural” performances (, The Rhythm Method strives to reimagine the string quartet in a contemporary context. Loadbang’s clarinetist Carlos Cordeiro presents a program of music for clarinet with music by Ana-Maria Avram, Chikako Morishita, Alvin Lucier and Tyshawn Sorey.

Bop Kabbalah and Voices: New Radical Yiddish Liberation Songs
Ty Citerman / Judith Berkson / Sara Serpa
Vocalist/Mrudangam duo Ganavya and Rajna
1/18/19, 7:30pm
Guitarist/composer Ty Citerman presents the third and culminating concert in his Brooklyn Arts Council sponsored series Bop Kabbalah and Voices: New Radical Liberation Songs. Teaming up with Judith Berkson and Sara Serpa, the three will premiere new works that set century-old labor songs to 21st century music that brings the words of the early labor movement into sharp focus today. Vocalist Doraiswamy and percussionist Rajna Swaminathan present new work at the nexus of Indian musical traditions and creative music, reflecting “on whiteness and the various alchemies of power.

No Longer Mountains – debut
Ches Smith, Nick Dunston & Raf Vertessen
1/23/19, 9pm
No Longer Mountains is a brand new experimental music group founded by Raf Vertessen. His compositions intertwine freedom and structure based on a new method of notating pitch and rhythm that pushes the performers to explore themselves and the going-on through the execution of sound and silence.

Arctic Circle
1/24/19, 7pm
Arctic Circle is a collection of New York-based musicians versed in Jazz and Classical music. In the tradition of artists like Thelonious Monk, Ornette Coleman, Keith Jarrett and Vijay Iyer, they seek to explore the boundaries between improvisation and composition. The band is Annie Nikunen on flute, John Melendez on piano, Danny Stanitta on alto sax, Gui Duvignau on bass and Rishav Archaya on drums.

1/24/19, 8:30pm
FYRN is a guitar ensemble that performs ambient compositions by ensemble leader Geoff Gersh. The instruments are bowed with metal files and metal bars, creating dense and hauntingly beautiful, decaying sonic ambient landscapes that engulf the audience as the ensemble sets up in a large circle around them. Performers: Steve Blanco, Dana Schechter, Eric Hubel, Dave Steele, Arad Evans, Luke Schwartz

Mary Prescott, solo piano
1/25/19, 8pm
Mary Prescott is an interdisciplinary artist, composer and pianist who explores the foundations and facets of identity and social conditions through experiential performance. After her recent spring residency of wide-ranging experimental works, Prescott returns to Areté for an evening of solo piano improvisation.

Indian Classical Ragas on the Piano
Utsav Lal, piano
1/25/19, 9:15pm
Young Steinway Artist, creative pianist Utsav Lal has set a precedent with his innovative handling of Indian Classical music. The 26 year classical & jazz pianist’s music has a powerful intensity and is known for its sincerity, simplicity and depth. Lal will perform traditional Indian ragas and interpretations of Indian repertoire drawing from his experience with different types of improvised music.

Andrea Lodge, piano
1/28/19, 8:00pm
Pianist Andrea Lodge has been called a “Must See” (The Telegram, St. John’s, Canada). A champion of new music, she is committed to commissioning and performing new works. In NYC, Andrea performs regularly as soloist, with the Sorce/Lodge Duo and with Hypercube, a quartet of saxophone, guitar, percussion and piano.

1/31/19, 7pm
Gino Sitson: voice, body percussion & compositions
Jennifer Vincent: cello & voice
An exciting and energetic combination of new sounds, where percussive grooves and enchanting vocals are intertwined with lyrical melodies. The concept, which has Roots in the African tradition with hints of classical European and American jazz, makes the music and the experience of listening to it truly unique.

Jason Kao Hwang, Ken Filiano, Andrew Drury in DC

Source: Transparent Productions.

Sunday, January 27, 2019 @8PM
Jason Kao Hwang’s Human Rites Trio

Jason Kao Hwang – violin & viola
Ken Filiano – double bass
Andrew Drury – drums

Composer, violinist, and violist JASON KAO HWANG has created works spanning the genres jazz, classical, creative improvised, and world music. Hwang’s commissioned works have been performed at the Chicago World Music Festival, as well as Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery in Washington, D.C.
Drummer ANDREW DRURY is a student of ancestor drummer Ed Blackwell, and possesses a drumming style that shows a deep respect for tradition combined with and adventurous spirit towards unique sound production. His extended techniques and percussive voice employ wind, friction, voice, bows, and small metal objects.
Bassist KEN FILIANO has been called a creative virtuoso and master of technique, and is one of the most in-demand bassists in jazz and improvised music circles.

8PM/$20 (at the door)
6950 Maple Avenue, in Takoma DC