Santa Sangre Reviews

Source: Santa Sangre.

Worgor – Invidious

Phragments – Fratres

Autumn Tears – Colors Hidden Within the Gray

Un Regard Froid ‎– Palinodie (Anticinéma)

Esoctrilihum – Inhüma

Lifelost – Dialogues from Beyond

A Storm of Light – Anthroscene

Jozef Van Wissem ‎– We Adore You, You Have No Name

Murcof – Lost in Time

Shrine – Celestial Fire

AMN Reviews: Santi Costanzo – Autocracy of Deception Vol. 1 [Setola di Maiale SM3780]; Alan Courtis – Buchla Gtr [Firework Editions FER1122]

Two albums by guitarists Santi Costanzo and Alan Courtis show some of the many facets of sound obtainable from this versatile instrument, either alone or augmented by objects and/or electronics.

Autocracy of Deception Vol. 1 is the first solo release from Santi Costanzo, a guitarist from Catania, Sicily. In group environments as well as solo settings, Costanzo has pursued a personal path of experimentation that has encompassed the heterogeneous musical languages of jazz, rock, free improvisation, and even serial composition. He’s been able to assimilate and transfigure these influences by projecting his own musical ideas forward, all the while maintaining an understanding and appreciation of these different forms of music, but without having any of them unduly limit his own field of possibilities. This sense of independence within assimilation comes out over the course of his album, which shows a fluency in tonal and atonal music within a fundamental, improvisational openness to following a line wherever it leads, as well as a broad-based technical mastery. The recording’s collection of four improvisation and seven “abstractions” find him pivoting between clearly articulated, complex chords in a classical fingerpicking style; heavily distorted rock freakouts; and looped, reversed, and other processed sounds. On some pieces, Costanzo further extends the guitar’s range of timbres by preparing it with foreign objects. But once all these modifications and transformations are stripped away, Costanzo’s default sound reveals itself to be an especially rich, crystalline, reverb-inflected tone.

In contrast to the natural guitar sounds that undergird Autocracy of Deception, Buchla Gtr by the prolific Buenos Aires guitarist Alan Courtis takes the guitar’s native voice and transposes it almost entirely into the electronic dialects of the Buchla 200 synthesizer. For these recordings, which were made on the Buchla in EMS Stockholm’s studio, Courtis ran the guitar directly through the synthesizer and supplemented it with some pedals. The result is a double LP each side of which contains one long, sonically-textured piece. The guitar is for the most part unrecognizable as a guitar; rather, it serves as the engine driving an evolution of sounds that take on the guises of a shortwave radio tuned in between stations; a power drill emitting a high-frequency whine; a reverb unit being bumped and jostled; and intermittent drones of various timbres.

Daniel Barbiero

In On the Corner Reviews

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Hifiklub – E Lisboa (Shhpuma Records)

Alister Spence and Satoko Fujii’s Orchestra Kobe – Imagine Meeting You Here (Alister Spence Music)

Lansing McLoskey / The Crossing – Zealot Canticles (Innova Recordings)

Yonathan Avishai – Joys and Solitudes (ECM Records)

Gerald Cleaver, Nels Cline, and Larry Ochs – What Is To Be Done (Clean Feed Records)

Vicki Ray and Tom Chiu at the Santa Monica Public Library, February 21

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The Soundwaves new music series at the Santa Monica Public Library welcomes back pianist Vicki Ray, joined by New York violinist Tom Chiu, for a special presentation of Morton Feldman’s “For John Cage,” on Thursday February 21, 2019, at 7:30pm in the Main Library Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium, at 601 Santa Monica Blvd.

Written in 1982 for Cage’s 70th birthday, Feldman’s tribute to his friend, teacher, and colleague is approximately 75 minutes long. Ray and Chiu will perform it in full, joined by Butoh dancers, on the 26th, at Zipper Hall in downtown LA, as part of the Pianospheres concert series. Founded in 1994 by Leonard Stein, PianoSpheres presents a core group of four pianists plus guest artists in annual recitals. It is one of the pillars of the LA classical music scene, celebrating their 25th season in 2018-19. For more information, see

The Library is delighted to present free previews of most Pianospheres events. For this one, Ray and Chiu will discuss the piece, show a short film on Feldman, and perform a substantial excerpt.

Feldman’s music has become increasingly influential and widely performed and recorded, especially his later works, which are very long, quiet, and change very slowly and subtly. This is a rare opportunity to sample one of his major compositions performed at a very high level in an informal setting.

This is Vicki Ray’s fourth appearance at Soundwaves. One of the icons of new music in Los Angeles, she teaches at CalArts and regularly appears with the LA Philharmonic. Tom Chiu is best known as the founder and first violinist of the Flux Quartet, who have collaborated with artists from Matthew Barney to Ornette Coleman.

Soundwaves is a concert series featuring composers and performers 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. The Santa Monica Public Library is wheelchair accessible. For other disabled services, call Library Administration at (310) 458-8606 at least one week prior to event. For more information, visit or contact the Santa Monica Public Library at (310) 458-8600.

All About Jazz Reviews

Source: All About Jazz.

Kirk Knuffke
Witness (SteepleChase Records)

Jamie Saft
You Don’t Know The Life (RareNoiseRecords)

Marilyn Crispell – Tanya Kalmanovitch – Richard Teitelbaum
Dream Libretto (Leo Records)

Wadada Leo Smith
Rosa Parks: Pure Love (TUM Records)

Iro Haarla, Ulf Krokfors & Barry Altschul
Around Again: The Music Of Carla Bley (TUM Records)

Matthew Shipp Trio
Signature (ESP Disk)

Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord
Harder On The Outside (Hot Cup Records)

Alister Spence
Imagine Meeting You Here (Alister Spence Music)

Bobby Bradford – Hafez Modirzadeh
live at the Blue Whale (NoBusiness Records)

This Week in New York 


In collaboration with choreographer Daria Faïn, composer and 2019 Van Lier Fellow Anaïs Maviel will offer a solo performance incorporating material that has nurtured her practice thus far. Designed as a performative ritual establishing a throughline between loneliness and relation, body, time and space, self and tools and machines, the night will transition into a duo set with pianist Sam Yulsman.
Tuesday, February 5 at 8:00 PM
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

This newly reconstructed opera by the late Robert Ashley (written in 1985 and first performed in 1991) follows the adventures of its protagonist Linda, whose travels and romances can be read as attempts at assimilation and cultural cross-pollination, with varying degrees of success and rejection. The metaphor stretches in time from 1492—the beginning of a European consciousness of America and the expulsion of the Sephardic Jews from Spain—to the late 1940s on the West Coast (representing the future of the USA). Densely layered streams of text, lush live vocals, and a minutely structured electronic orchestra combine to present Ashley’s portrait of the American psyche.
Thursday, February 7 to Saturday, February 9 at 8:00 PM
The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, New York, NY

The program will center around pieces by living female composers, including works by Ann Cleare, Augusta Read Thomas, Diana M. Rodriguez, and a world premiere by Emily Praetorius. It will be the first collaboration between Berrow Duo and Aviary, two like-minded groups who share a passion for pushing the boundaries of their combined instrumentation.
Friday, February 8 at 7:30 PM
MISE-EN_PLACE, 678 Hart Street, Brooklyn, NY

Argento New Music Project presents selections of Erin Gee’s vocal works spanning from 2000 to 2016 performed by the composer herself alongside the musicians of Argento’s ensemble—including the NYC premiere of Mouthpiece 29 and the world premiere of Mouthpiece 33.
Friday, February 8 at 8:00 PM
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

Bearthoven (Karl Larson, piano; Pat Swoboda, double bass; and Matt Evans, percussion) releases its second album, American Dream, on Cantaloupe Music. To celebrate the release, the ensemble will perform the album in its entirety. The album features the works of composer Scott Wollschleger, including his Gas Station Canon Song, American Dream, and We See Things That Are Not There.
Friday, February 8 at 8:00 PM
Tenri Cultural Institute, 43 West 13th Street, New York, NY

Kronos Quartet spotlights music from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan, and Libya—seven predominantly Muslim nations that have figured prominently in current events. Joining Kronos will be Mahsa Vahdat, Iranian vocalist and advocate for freedom of expression.
Friday, February 8 at 9:00 PM
Carnegie Hall, Zankel Hall, 881 7th Avenue, New York, NY

Composers Concordance, in conjunction with Goddard Riverside Community Arts, presents Silent Film Night, an event combining contemporary music compositions with a myriad of brief cinematic works past and present. The concert features compositions by Lynn Bechtold, Seth Boustead, Dan Cooper, Lara St. John, Milica Paranosic, Gene Pritsker, Anton Rovner, and Stefan Zeniuk.
Saturday, February 9 at 8:00 PM
Goddard Riverside, Bernie Wohl Center, 647 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY

Ensemble Dal Niente to Close the Frequency Festival in Chicago

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Frequency Festival: Ensemble Dal Niente
Sunday, February 24, 2019
8:30 PM 9:30 PM

For the closing concert of Constellation’s annual Frequency Festival, Dal Niente brings two incredible composers back to Chicago with world premieres from Viola Yip and Ted Hearne. Alex Ross wrote in The New Yorker that Ted Hearne’s music “holds up as a complex mirror image of an information-saturated, mass-surveillance world, and remains staggering in its impact.” His new piece for Dal Niente will reflect his dual fascinations with high and mass culture, as musicians sample and re-use their own sounds. Meanwhile, Viola Yip’s music explores the resonances between visual and sonic vibrations: In the Hong Kong and NYC-based composer’s new work for Dal Niente, musicians will interact with a stage-sized “chandelier” of lights as well as their own instruments, creating a multi-sensory experience that uses space, light, and sound as musical material.