AMN Picks of the Week: Viviankrist / Marilyn Mazur / Brian Krock / Torn, Berne & Smith

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.

Viviankrist – Morgenrøde (2019)
Marilyn Mazur – Shamania (2019)
Brian Krock – Liddle (2019)
David Torn / Tim Berne / Ches Smith – Sun of Goldfinger (2019)

Lampo Winter / Spring Schedule Announced

Source: Lampo. Chicago’s source of experimental music and media has just put out a soft-announcement of its upcoming season. Great stuff.

Florian Hecker – Sat March 9, Poetry Fdn

Hecker plays Inspection II, an immersive, 7-channel sound work using computer-generated sound and synthetic voice.

Pita – Sat March 16, Graham Fdn

Peter Rehberg (aka Pita) performs with a new modular set-up — the concert is his first solo date in the U.S. in more than a decade.

James Hoff – Sat Apr 27, Graham Fdn

Hoff presents a site-specific version of his most recent audiovisual project HOBO UFO, which uses a custom hack of Google Maps’ Street View to make the platform sound reactive.

Kepla & DeForrest Brown Jr – Sat May 11, Green Line Arts Center

U.K. artist Jon Davies (Kepla) & New York based-DeForrest Brown Jr. perform Substantia Nigra, in the duo’s first U.S. appearance.

Anthony Pateras – Sat June 8, Graham Fdn

Anthony Pateras offers a new quad, psychoacoustic piece for synthesizers.

Col Legno Releases

Source: Col Legno.

Christian Winther Christensen: Almost in G

An unmistakable language, a singular tone of voice, an own voice – all this is rarely to be experienced as in Christian Winther Christensen’s music. It flashes some of the times of earlier times, but lingers radically in the 21st century. Yes, classical instruments are playing. And yes – it’s about new music. But the old building blocks are reassembled in a way that you can hear the resulting music. And gladly, often in succession and in all circumstances … and with SCENATET we can welcome one of the most innovative European ensembles at col legno !

Annette Bik: Double Bach

On her first solo album, Annette Bik (Violinist of the Klangforum Wien) launches a fascinating experiment: In addition to all of Bach’s famous “Partita in B Minor,” she asked four first-rate contemporary composers to write a double, a Double Double Bach. A stroke of genius in the mirror of the present time, a fascinating audio document in which the utmost virtuosity and direct effect form a rare link.

Martin Ptak: River Tales

Film music and improvisation, childhood memory and farewell, surface and depth effect, trombone choir, string surface and piano pattern. […] Martin Ptak, trombonist, pianist and composer presents his new longplayer River Tales: a long-lasting soundtrack from the source to the mouth – and for the track in between

Upcoming Philadelphia Shows 

Source: Ars Nova Workshop.

Tuesday, February 19, 8pm
with Chris Pitsiokos, alto saxophone and electronics; Sam Lisabeth, electric guitar; Henry Fraser, electric bass; and Jason Nazary, drums and electronics

The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street
Free Admission

Please join us for a brain-rattling evening of extreme jazz with the Brooklyn-based Chris Pitsiokos Unit.

The bracing music of saxophonist and composer Chris Pitsiokos combines the lyricism of jazz and the go-for-broke intensity of extreme rock forms and noise with the attention to detail and abstraction of contemporary classical music. His audacious quartet steamrolls over the borderlines between prog complexity, punk attitude, and jazz virtuosity with breakneck intensity.

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Wednesday, February 20, 8pm
with Steve Baczkowski, saxophone; Brandon Lopez, bass; and Gerald Cleaver, drums

The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street
Free Admission

Please join us for a performance by the Brandon Lopez Trio, featuring saxophonist Steve Baczkowski and drummer Gerald Cleaver.

Brandon Lopez is a bassist and composer working in the field of far-left musics, with a primary focus on improvisation. Since relocating to New York City not long ago, the Passaic, New Jersey native has become one of the most in-demand players of his generation, sharing the stage with such avant-garde visionaries as William Parker, Nate Wooley, Ingrid Laubrock, and the Sun Ra Arkestra. Lopez performs regularly with Amirtha Kidambi’s Elder Ones and the Weasel Walter Large Ensemble, along with groups led by Peter Evans, Tyshawn Sorey, and Joe Morris. He was the 2018 Artist-in-Residence at Issue Project Room and the Van Lier Fellow at Roulette Intermedium.

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Sunday, February 24, 8pm
with Nate Wooley, trumpet + amplifier; Mary Halvorson, guitar; Susan Alcorn, pedal steel; and Ryan Sawyer, drums + vocals

Ruba Club, 416 Green Street
$18 General Admission

Please join us for the Philadelphia debut of trumpeter Nate Wooley’s new quartet Columbia Icefield, featuring Mary Halvorson, Susan Alcorn, and Ryan Sawyer.

Nate Wooley grew up in Oregon near the mouth of the mighty Columbia River, which flows more than 1,200 from the Canadian Rockies through Washington and into the Pacific; the eclectic trumpeter saw the Columbia empty into the ocean nearly every day of his youth. Now, in the auspicious new quartet Columbia Icefield, he traces it back northeast to the massive geographic feature of the same name, the place where snowmelt and glacial collapse gives rise to the river. The quartet’s evocative songs—which move from confident rhythmic strut to near-pastoral drone, from drifting reverie to ghostly dissonance—convey a fitting sense of topography, of watching a landscape rise in plain sight.