AMN Reviews: Jakob Heinemann – Latticework [Scripts Records]; Matt Nelson – Starting [Eschatology Records ER-005]

As recently as sixty years ago, there was very little in the way of literature for the double bass as a solo voice; it was barely even considered a particularly musical instrument. (And don’t get me started on double bass jokes. As the ancient sage Jimmy Durante once said, I got a million of ‘em.) But now, not only is there a substantial and growing body of work written for the double bass either alone or as the solo voice within an ensemble, there is an even greater and faster-growing set of recordings for double bass as a vehicle for adventurous solo improvisation. Two fine new recordings by Jakob Heinemann and Matt Nelson can claim to be part of this now-venerable tradition. Both albums are concise and to the point—Heinemann’s four tracks total 34 minutes, while Nelson’s five come to 23 minutes—in presenting each artist’s engagement with the instrument’s broad range of techniques and consequent palette of sounds. While both bassists make generous and almost exclusive use of techniques largely developed within the last several decades, each does so with a sensibility that’s quite specific and ultimately personal. Heinemann seems drawn to the instrument’s naturally dark woodiness of tone, something he brings out with a robust, heavily percussive touch using both hands and bow. He’s especially effective at combining bow strikes with a strong left-hand attack to create a dense polyphony of timbres. Like Heinemann, Nelson is attentive to subsuming pitch in unconventional sound colors, albeit in a way less oriented toward auto-counterpoint. He shows himself to be particularly adept at exploring the multiphonic possibilities inherent in subjecting heavy strings to varying pressures from bow and fingers; on two tracks he plays with the microtonal variations that arise from simultaneously sounding stopped and open strings.

https://scriptsrecords.com/

https://jakobheinemann.com/

https://www.eschatologyrecords.com/product/matt-nelson-starting

https://www.facebook.com/matthewjoshuanelson

Daniel Barbiero

AMN Picks of the Week: Green Dome / Africa Anthology / Liebman, Rudolph & Drake / Rajna Swaminathan / Mount Meander

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.

Green Dome (Parkins / Sawyer / Smith) – Thinking In Stitches (2019)
Various Artists – Anthology of Contemporary Music From Africa Continent (2019)
Dave Liebman / Adam Rudolph / Hamid Drake – Chi (2019)
Rajna Swaminathan – Of Agency and Abstraction (2019)
Mount Meander – Live in Berlin (2019)

Something Else! Reviews

Source: Something Else!

Matthew Shipp Trio – ‘Signature’ (2019)

Jon Lundbom and Big Five Chord – ‘Harder On the Outside’ (2019)

Jamie Saft, Steve Swallow and Bobby Previte – ‘You Don’t Know the Life’ (2019)

Eric Dolphy – ‘Musical Prophet: The Expanded 1963 New York Studio Sessions’ (1963; 2019 release)

Miles Davis’ Expanded ‘Kind of Blue: Legacy Edition’ Struck the Perfect Balance

Avant Scena Reviews

Source: Avant Scena.

Christian Winther Christensen – “Almost in G” (col legno, 2019)

Rempis/Lopez/Packard – “The Early Bird Gets” (Aerophonic Records, 2019)

Mount Meander – “Live in Berlin” (Gotta Let It Out, 2019)

James Brandon Lewis – “An UnRuly Manifesto” (Relative Pitch Records, 2019)

Guerino Mazzola / Heinz Geisser – “Live at Le Classique” (PfMentum, 2018)

GGRIL – “Façons” (Tour De Bras, 2018)

Christiane Bopp – “Noyau de Lune” (Fou Records, 2018)

Maryanne Amacher in Philadelphia April 9-13

Source: Bowerbird.

Bowerbird, in collaboration with Blank Forms, is pleased to present Maryanne Amacher: Perceptual Geographies, a multipart exploration into the work of pioneering sound artist and composer Maryanne Amacher (1938–2009). A collaborator with John Cage and Merce Cunningham, Amacher spent her formative years as an artist in Philadelphia, where she studied at the University of Pennsylvania with composer Karlheinz Stockhausen. Known by many for her sonic explorations of psychoacoustics or her architecturally staged installations, few listeners have been able to experience this wide breadth of Amacher’s “listening mind” in person.

Informed by years of research and presented by an international network of artists and scholars, Maryanne Amacher: Perceptual Geographies offers audiences a rare opportunity to experience Amacher’s work posthumously. In addition to a series of workshops and talks exploring Amacher’s methodology and artistic philosophy, the weekend will feature performances of Amacher’s compositions Adjacencies (1965), for two percussionists and electronics, and Petra (1991) for two pianos. The artistic collective Supreme Connections will also create a site-specific performance-installation using archival audio and visual materials. The concerts will take place at Holy Apostles and The Mediator Episcopal Church (51st and Spruce), with each component being sited in a different architectural space on the historic congregation’s expansive campus.

EVENTS

TUESDAY, APRIL 9 AT 7:00PM
MARYANNE AMACHER: AN INTRODUCTION
Kislak Center (UPENN)

FRIDAY, APRIL 12 AT 7:30PM
ADJACENCIES, PETRA, SUPREME CONNECTIONS
at Holy Apostles and The Mediator

SATURDAY, APRIL 13, 1PM TO 5PM
WAYS OF HEARING WORKSHOP
at Holy Apostles and The Mediator

SATURDAY, APRIL 13 AT 7:30PM
ADJACENCIES, PETRA, SUPREME CONNECTIONS
at Holy Apostles and The Mediator

Vital Weekly Reviews 1171

Source: Vital Weekly.

S.E.T.I. – SLEEP ENVIRONMENTS FOR INTERPLANETARY TRAVEL (8CD by Loki Found) *
MERZOUGA – DE RERUM NATURA/DANCE OF THE ELEMENTS (CD by Gruenrekorder) *
THE SENSORY ILLUSIONS (CD by Karaoke Kalk) *
SAMUEL ANDREYEV – THE TUBULAR WEST (CD by Torpor Virgil Records) *
TIM OLIVE & YAN JUN – BROTHER OF DIVINITY (CD by 845 Audio) *
CAL LYALL & TIM OLIVE – LOWERING (CD by 845 Audio) *
YAN JUN (CD by Firework Edition Records) *
TETUZI AKIYAMA – MISREPRESENTING MEMORY (CD by Ftarri) *
MASAHI TAKASHIMA & MADOKA KOUNO & MASAHIDE TOKUNAGA & YUMA TAKESHITA – HUBBLE DEEP FIELDS (CD by Ftarri) *
YASUMUNE MORISHIGE & YOKO IKEDA & TAKASHI MASUBUCHI – SHADE (CD Ftarri) *
BLOD & MILJÖ (7″ by I Dischi Del Barone)
ARMPIT (7″ by I Dischi Del Barone)
THE STATIC MEMORIES – PUDDLING (CDR by Linear Obsessional) *
MICHAEL BENTLEY – ARCHAI (CDR by The Foundry) *
DISSECTING TABLE – SHATTERED ILLUSION (CDR/DVDR by Ultimate Psychological Description Organization) *
JOEL DANIELSSON – IRR.LICHT (cassette by Audio Visuals Atmosphere) *
STEFAN CHRISTOFF & JOSEPH SANNICANDRO – TEMPS DE TRAVAIL, SYNCOPE (cassette by Moon Villain) *
FREE PERCUSSION (cassette compilation by Tsss Tapes)
THE FIELD OUT THERE (cassette compilation by Audio Visuals Atmosphere)
KANTOOR (cassette compilation by Staaltape Berlin/Petrichor)

March at Areté 

Source: Areté Venue & Gallery.

~Nois in New York
3/1/19, 7:00pm
This concert series serves as the New York debut of ~Nois, and features three world premieres written for the occasion by New York based composers Nathan Hudson, Howie Kenty and Ed Rosenberg III. The other pieces on the program are Gemma Peacocke’s ‘Dwalm’, ‘Thirteen Changes’ from Pauline Oliveros and Georg Friedrich Haas’ ‘Saxophonquartett’.

Piano+ #13
3/3/19, 8:00pm
Piano+ensemble: music by Alison Isadora, Maya Verlaak, Lucie Vítková and Eva-Maria Houben performed by LCollective. Piano+ is a concert series dedicated to new and recent piano music curated by composer and pianist Teodora Stepančić. Works for piano solo, with other instruments and media. LCollective: Danielle Mink-Bellizzi. Denera James. Rahul Nair. Douglas Farrand. Rachel Mangold. Jesse Greenberg. Christopher Foss. Matt Lau. Assaf Gidron. Teodora Stepancic .

Denman – Jack – Reuben
3/5/19, 7:00pm
This trio of improvisers began when Jack Wright and Denman Maroney met and played together, around 2003 or so, and then invited one of Wright’s regular partners to join, Reuben Radding. They did a number of concerts on tour in 2004 and recorded in 2005. The Arete concert March 5 2019 will be the first time they have gotten together since that time, and improvisers continue evolving apart from each other.

Grotto: an Electronic Baroque Sound Cave
3/8/19, 7:00pm
A baroque keyboard + vocal program with an electronic twist
with two sets of music by Bach, Handel & Porpora
Dk (Lu Wang), electronics composer
HH (Hitomi Honda), piano
Ju-eh (Juecheng Chen), voice

Nick Millevoi / Ron Stabinsky Duo
3/8/19, 9:00pm
Nick Millevoi and Ron Stabinsky play a new set of music composed by Millevoi that references American popular music from the middle of the 20th century. Leaning heavily on surf, country, and rock and roll, this guitar and organ duo reconstructs elements of those genres through a lens indebted to artists as far out as Thelonious Monk and Captain Beefheart.

LyonFest 2019: Beats and Chaos
3/13/19, 7:00pm and 9:00pm
An evening celebrating the music of 2018 Guggenheim Fellow and computer music pioneer, Eric Lyon, featuring long-time collaborators String Noise (Conrad Harris & Pauline Kim Harris), Kyle Hutchins (saxophone), Kathleen Supové (piano), Max Mandel (viola), Margaret Lancaster (flute), Jay Crone (trombone), Jason Crafton (trumpet), Cory Bracken (percussion), and the Kandinsky Trio (Elizabeth Bachelder, Benedict Goodfriend, and Alan Weinstein). This event will present two marathon sets of mostly recent works involving instrumental and electronic interactions with beats and chaos.
String Noise: Fabric For String Noise

Convergences V – Weston Olencki // Biliana Voutchkova
3/14/19, 8:00pm
Weston Olencki – capacity (solo trombone)
George Lewis – Oraculum (solo trombone)
Weston Olencki – pulse train (modified euphonium)
‘capacity’ is a set of three solo pieces focusing on geometrical presentations of extremely dense spectral resonance. Low brass instruments are molded into pressurized & intense extrusions of sonic matter.
Biliana Voutchkova – ‘Modus of Raw’
A clutter of sound and imagery taking place in a micro-environment of a solo combining the sound of the violin and the voice. Creating depths and abstractions, resonance and echo, expending the borders of the known.

Nick Dunston’s Atlantic Extraction
3/14/19, 10:00pm
Atlantic Extraction’s next and last show for a while, as we’ll be making our first record the day after…so don’t miss it, one 45ish minute set only!
Louna Dekker-Vargas- flutes, Ledah Finck- violin, viola, Tal Yahalom- guitar, Nick Dunston- bass, Stephen Boegehold- drums

Longleash premieres Shawn Jaeger’s Places We Know
3/15/19, 7:00pm
Places We Know is a collection of pieces for digital piano trio inspired by the soundscapes of urban and rural streams, rivers, and harbors. Written by Shawn Jaeger for Longleash (Pala Garcia, John Popham, Renate Rohlfing), Places references waterways close to the homes, both past and present, of the artists, exploring the significance of the memory and presence of a place.

Duo2: improvisations for guitar & bass duos
3/15/19, 9:00pm
An evening of experimental guitar and bass duos featuring:
Steve Blanco (bass) & Geoff Gersh (guitar) Johnny DeBlase (bass) & Sally Gates

Gamelan Dharma Swara
3/17/19, 8:00pm
Described by the NY Times as “ambitious and powerful ensemble”, Gamelan Dharma Swara opens its thirtieth year with an evening-length program of traditional and contemporary works for Balinese gamelan and dance.

Biliana Voutchkova & Hans Tammen
3/20/19, 9:00pm
Biliana Voutchkova – violin/voice, Hans Tammen – prozesshansl
Berlin-based violinist Biliana Voutchkova meets New Yorker Hans Tammen, who will transform the sounds of violin & voice into a strange world of bizarre textures, with layers of intensity at times unsettling and anti- sentimental.

Wesely/Wallace/Moffett + Ted Reichman
3/21/19, 9:00pm
Currently on faculty at both Berklee School of Music and New England Conservatory, Ted Reichman’s career has spanned working with Anthony Braxton, extensive film score work, and his current collaborative trio with Anthony Coleman and Tanya Kalmanovitch. His solo work deals with perception through the use of duration, drone, and repetition creating cascades of sound that shape a truly experiential musical performance. The second set of the evening will feature Drew Wesely (gtr), Eli Wallace (pn), and Joe Moffett (tpt). Their music explores relationships between pitch, timbre, and noise through improvised textures that run the gamut from abstracted lyricism and ferocious rhythmic energy to sparse minimalistic gestures and quivering silence.

Record Release for Turning Jewels Into Water
3/22/19, 9:00pm
Turning Jewels into Water::The Intersection of Ritual, Improvisation and Global Rhythm. Opening set by Kamyar Arsani (Solo set/voice & daf).
This new project with Val Jeanty arose from her participation in a jam session at Pioneer Works in Brooklyn, NY while Momin was artist-in-residence there in September of 2017. Their collaboration, rooted in improvisation, evokes the esoteric realms of the creative subconscious. Drawing from the voodoo religion, Val recreates the ancient rhythm and pulse of Haiti through digital beats, while Momin, whose own musical background is rooted Indian, North African and Middle-eastern traditions, has developed an original blend of electro-acoustic beats, drawing together the improvisational traditions in Jazz and Indian folk music.

Nikki Joshi: The Yellow Wallpaper
3/24/19, 8:00pm
Contemporary percussionist Nikki Joshi presents a night of avant-garde theatre music, featuring The Yellow Wallpaper- a brand new commission for theatrical percussion by composer Matt Curlee. Based on Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s 1892 feminist short story of the same name, this innovative new piece includes elements such as dramatic staging, storytelling, and choreography. With Gilman’s gothic text at the forefront, this work explores the concept of societal attitudes towards women’s mental health. This performance will also feature works by Leah Asher, Rolf Wallin, Annea Lockwood, Christopher Adler, and George Aperghis. Nikki Joshi is a Toronto-based percussionist and Rebanks Family Fellow at the Glenn Gould School.