AMN Reviews: Ni – Pantophobie (2019; Dur et Doux Records)

The cover of Pantophobie is a cross between the surrealism of M. C. Escher and technological horror of H. R. Giger. Thus it is no surprise that the accompanying music demonstrates similar eclecticism. Indeed, Ni is a dual-guitar driven rock quartet from France that lands somewhere between King Crimson, post-rock, and metal with a tad of Mr. Bungle thrown in. Most tracks feature angular riffing over jagged rhythms with a shifting base. The pieces are highly structured and the group rarely deviates from their pre-defined path.

Nonetheless, there is plenty of variety throughout, with gritty textures, open-string chording, complex bass lines, and the occasional indecipherable yelling. Guitarists Anthony Béard and François Mignot trade off riffs, atmospherics, and short motifs. But the overall approach is modern – the guitar is not an avenue for extended solos, but instead a co-equal instrument to the others. Indeed, each piece moves from idea to idea so seamlessly, that the entire album can be enjoyed as if it were one extended track. While the album and track titles explore various types of fear, the feel therein is not of overwhelming anxiety or distress, but rather of a lurking darkness around the edges.

This is not Ni’s first go-around. Pantophobie, which comes out on March 1, is their fourth release overall, following a previous full album in 2015 and two earlier EPs. The group displays an elevated level of comfort and mastery in their quirky style, and this latest effort is well worth a listen.

Classical Music in N.Y.C. This Weekend

Source: The New York Times.

ETHEL at the Jewish Museum (Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m.). Julia Wolfe has become most notable in recent years for working on a large scale, particularly with “Fire in My Mouth” and her Pulitzer Prize-winning “Anthracite Fields,” but here is an opportunity to delve deep into her chamber music, with a first-ever concert of her complete string quartets performed by the contemporary foursome Ethel.

INBAL SEGEV at Roulette (Feb. 28, 8 p.m.). This recital, titled “21st Century Women,” features Segev playing recent solo cello works by five of our more prominent female composers. Works by Anna Clyne, Missy Mazzoli and Kaija Saariaho are all on the bill, as are ones by Reena Maria Esmail and Gity Razaz, which are accompanied by films by Heather McCalden and Carmen Kordas, respectively.

San Francisco Scene: February 22 – March 1, 2019

Source: Bay Improviser.

Friday, February 22

Fri 2/22 9:30 PM Octopus Literary Salon [2101 Webster St. #170 Oakland]
Music for People: Voicehandler, Mossossoppo, Colossal Yes & Mitch Stahlmann

Fri 2/22 9:00 PM The Lab [2948 16th St SF]
Lucrecia Dalt & Aaron Dilloway
The name Lucrecia Dalt may recall her past five albums (her last, Ou, on Care Of Editions), or her previous collaborations with Laurel Halo, or Julia Holter. Her sixth album, and first venture on RVNG Intl, Anticlines, is a volume of bodily and geological substrates within poetic theory and sound. It explores the boundaries and limitations of human consciousness.
Aaron Dilloway is an experimental musician born in 1976. He is an improvisor and composer originally from Brighton, Michigan who works with the manipulation of 8-Track tape loops in combination with voice, tape delays and various organic and electronic sound sources. A founding member of the industrial noise group Wolf Eyes, Dilloway now resides in Oberlin, OH where he runs Hanson Records and Mailorder.

Saturday, February 23
Sat 2/23 7:30 PM Incarnation Episcopal Church [1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122]
San Francisco-Munich Trio
Friedrich Edelmann, Rebecca Rust, Jeanette Tietze

Sunday, February 24

Sun 2/24 2:00 PM San Francisco Conservatory of Music [50 Oak St. SF]
Pamela Z will perform a new work composed for voice and electronics with chamber orchestra as part of the San Francisco Conservatory’s Beethoven Interpolations Event at San Francisco Conservatory of Music in San Francisco, CA USA

Sun 2/24 3:00 PM Maybeck Studio for the Performing Arts [1537 Euclid Ave. Berkeley]
Jenny Maybee will be presenting new piano and vocal compositions inspired by her recent Creative Residency at Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island, where she focused on composing for visual media and exploring the intersection between nature and creativity.

Monday, February 25

Mon 2/25 7:30 PM Tom’s Place [3111 Deakin Street Berkeley]
Sandy Ewen (Guitar, NYC) and Phillip Greenlief (sax, Oakland) are winding up their west coast tour with an appearance at Tom’s Place. Matt Ingalls will open the bill with one of his blistering clarinet solos.

Mon 2/25 9:30 PM Studio Grand [3234 Grand Ave, Oakland]
Oakland Freedom Jazz Society: Kanoko Nishi-Smith/Wobbly [Duo] + Smomid

Tuesday, February 26

Tue 2/26 7:00 PM Octopus Literary Salon [2101 Webster St. #170 Oakland]
4 Guitars: Nick Millevoi, Ross Hammond, Sandy Ewen, Karl Evangelista
Four improvising guitarists from lands near and far—Oakland’s Karl Evangelista, Sacramento’s Ross Hammond, NYC-based Sandy Ewen, and Philadelphian Nick Millevoi—converge for a roving, diverse evening of solo guitar.

Tue 2/26 7:30 PM California Jazz Conservatory [2040 Addison Street Berkeley]
Way Out West Concert Series – Ian Carey Quintet+1 Plays “Fire In My Head” & More

Thursday, February 28

Thu 2/28 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
8:15 pm Pex/Hodel
Jakob Pek – guitar, Lee Hodel – acoustic bass
Far out explorations exploring just intonation, deep listening, sound as music as art, and noise
8:50 pm Sandy Ewen – prepared guitar
9:25 pm Millevoi/Orcutt duo
Nick Millevoi – guitar, Bill Orcutt – guitar
First time improv with guitarists Nick Millevoi and Bill Orcutt

Thu 2/28 8:00 PM Freight & Salvage [2020 Addison St. Berkeley]
Bill Frisell Trio featuring Tony Scherr & Kenny Wollesen with Special Guest Sam Amidon

Friday, March 1
Fri 3/01 10:00 AM CCRMA [660 Lomita Dr, Stanford, CA 94305]
CCRMA Open House
Stanford’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) will hold its annual free open house on Friday, March 1, 2019, from 10am to 5pm. CCRMA students, faculty, and staff will present their research in a wide variety of formats.

Fri 3/01 7:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Kurt Rohde’s Farewell Tour—Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 continues with PART 2, featuring new works for viola and electronics.

Fri 3/01 8:00 PM Temescal Arts Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
DO-OVER Music Series #3: The Jordan Glenn Party with a solo set by guitarist Joel Nelson
A music composition/improvisation lab co-curated by Jordan Glenn and Lisa Mezzacappa
Every First Saturday (EXCEPT THIS ONE) at Temescal Art Center, Oakland

Fri 3/01 8:00 PM Wind River [421 Wild Way, Santa Cruz]
Portato Portato is an Oakland/Santa Cruz based quartet that performs original works and select compositions from the 20th and 21st centuries. They are committed to presenting experimental and underrepresented music, as well as highlighting the processes of the composer-performer relationship in new music creation. The ensemble’s 2018 program features works by living composers, including premieres of new music by David Dunn, Julie Herndon, Laura Steenberge, and Declan Seifkas

Moogfest 2019 Announced

Source: Moogfest.

Moogfest 2019 happens April 25-28 in Durham, NC, and this year the festival is celebrating its 15th anniversary. The initial lineup includes William Basinski, Tim Hecker & The Konoyo Ensemble, GAS, U.S. Girls, A Place to Bury Strangers, Kimbra, Martin Gore, Matthew Dear, Suzi Analogue, The Field, Ela Minus, and more.

Baltimore SDIY Group 2019 Winterfest Concert One

The Baltimore SDIY Group announces its 2019 Winterfest Concert One, to be held Saturday, February 23, at the Electric Maid, 268 Carroll Street NW, Washington DC 20012. The concert is all-ages with a $10 admission.

The concert is a tribute show to the memory of our good friend & music colleague, Keith “Fast Forty” Sinzinger. Playing are Dave Vosh & Chris Videll; VIU; Novparolo; Logan Mitchell Sr.’s Synth Tech Project with guest Ken Moore; and Helium Road.

Saturday, February 23, 7:30 PM. Doors at 7:00.

For more information, visit the Baltimore SDIY webpages.

Tyshawn Sorey Composer Portrait in NY, March 28

Source: Miller Theatre at Columbia University.

Tyshawn Sorey
Thursday, March 28, 2019, 8pm
Miller Theatre at Columbia University

Tyshawn Sorey is a visionary artist who is erasing the lines of musical preconceptions. The 2017 MacArthur Fellow has a wide-ranging creative practice, embracing the roles of composer, conductor, multi-instrumentalist, scholar, and educator. This Portrait features two new works, written for ensembles with which Sorey has close ties.


Tyshawn Sorey composer
JACK Quartet
International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE)


Autoschediasms for Creative Chamber Orchestra (2019), world premiere, Miller Theatre commission
…Changes (2018), New York premiere
Violin and Glockenspiel, in Memoriam Muhal Richard Abrams (2018)
Bertha’s Lair (2016)
Ornations (2014)