AMN Reviews: Gazzi Perciballi Moro – Rehearsal [Bandcamp]

It’s described as a demo recording of rehearsals put together for a series of upcoming live dates, but really there’s more to it than that. The recording of eight improvisations by the trio of percussionist Luca Gazzi, guitarist Luca Perciballi and cellist Annamaria Moro not only is a set of music worth listening to in its own right; it also represents one realization of a conceptual system that Gazzi calls the LIARSS method of improvisation.

LIARSS is the Italian acronym for what in English would be Free Self-Managed Improvisation for the Claims of Sonic Space. In practical terms, LIARSS is a method that draws on extended as well as conventional technique, coupled with an appreciation for listening as a complex act that inevitably impacts the quality and development of an improvisation. Gazzi, who is from Treviso, seems to see LIARSS as a way for improvisation to become a reflective art aware of the grounds of its own making, rather than simply to be a series of ad hoc responses to the contingencies of circumstance. Gazzi, who’s self-taught as a musician, has an academic background in philosophy with a focus on structural relationships between concepts; the LIARSS method, with its consideration of the elements of improvisation and their interactions, seems to give him a holistic way of combining his philosophical perspective with the concrete demands of musical production.

Gazzi isn’t the only member of the trio to bring a rich background to the music. Perciballi, from Modena, trained as a classical composer but also worked with Butch Morris, serving for a time as the latter’s assistant. Moro is a visual artist as well as a cellist; she plays a range of music running from free improvisation to the world-folk of the Paduan ensemble Zephyros.

For all their varied backgrounds, together Gazzi, Perciballi and Moro fuse their voices into an organic unity that leaves room for their individual sensibilities to show through. Over the course of the eight improvisations on the recording, the group negotiates the territory between pure sound and more conventional musical material by freely crossing back and forth between and through the two. Gazzi’s percussion in particular tends to move toward abstraction while Moro’s cello, for all its willingness to explore, remains rooted in the instrument’s natural voice and timbres, with a particular sensitivity to contrasting long bowed and shorter plucked tones. Perciballi’s guitar often plays a mediating role, coloring the collective sound and acting as a kind of aural adhesive. The group sound equally at home playing with a focus on timbre and texture or moving to a defined rhythm or cello ostinato overlaid with shimmering guitar that could’ve come from the soundtrack to a forgotten western. The philosophy behind the music may be challenging, but the sound is welcoming.

Daniel Barbiero

All About Jazz Reviews

Source: All About Jazz.

Anna Webber
Clockwise (Pi Recordings)

Catherine Lamb And Johnny Chang
Viola Torros (Another Timbre)

Franz Koglmann / Bill Dixon
Opium For Franz (Black Monk)

Josh Sinton’s Predicate Trio
Making Bones, Taking Draughts, Bearing Unstable Millstones Pridefully, Idiotically, Prosaically (Iluso Records)

Aviva Endean
cinder: ember: ashes (SOFA)

David Torn/Tim Berne/Ches Smith
Sun Of Goldfinger (ECM Records)

Sun Ra
God Is More Than Love Can Ever Be (Cosmic Myth)

Assif Tsahar / William Parker / Hamid Drake
In Between the Tumbling a Stillness (Hopscotch Records)

Kris Davis/Matt Mitchell/Aruán Ortiz/Matthew Shipp
New American Songbooks, Volume 2 (Pleasure Of Text Records)

Chris Pitsiokos, Susana Santos Silva, Torbjörn Zetterberg
Child Of Illusion (Clean Feed Records)

This Week in New York 


The February 25 program will begin with pianist Nadia Shpachenko-Gottesman performing works from her recently released CD, The Poetry of Places. Composers represented on the CD, all who will be present include: Lewis Spratlan, Harold Meltzer, Hannah Lash, James Matheson, Amy Beth Kirsten, Jack Van Zandt, and Victoria Bond. The second half of the program features Japanese-American composer Paul Chihara’s Amatsu Kaze, performed by mezzo-soprano Sophia Maekawa; clarinetist Alan Kay, flutist Elizabeth Mann, violinist Jesse Mills, cellist Paul Wiancko, and pianist Rieko Aizawa.
Monday, February 25 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $20 advance, $30 day of show
Symphony Space, Leonard Nimoy Thalia, 2537 Broadway, New York, NY

Third Sound ensemble in Plaza de San Francisco, in Havana, CubaThird Sound ensemble in Plaza de San Francisco, in Havana, Cuba (photo: Tristan Cook)
Third Sound, the New York-based collective of chamber music superstars, makes its Miller debut with an eclectic program of pieces spanning a century. Schoenberg’s Chamber Symphony, Op. 9, anchors two more recent creations, including one by Third Sound Director Patrick Castillo.
Tuesday, February 26 at 6:00 PM
Miller Theatre, 2960 Broadway, New York, NY

The performance features Irreversible Entanglements in a first-time collaboration with two Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians members: the pianist/vocalist/improviser Amina Claudine Myers and the composer/flutist Nicole Mitchell.
Thursday, February 28 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $25
Merkin Concert Hall, 129 West 67th Street, New York, NY

The 2018-19 season of Musical Ecologies continues Thursday, February 28 with San Francisco-based composer/performer Pamela Z. Well-known for her mixed-media solo performances that incorporate voice, electronics, video, found objects and midi-based gesture controllers, Z will perform a selection of short works and excerpts from her extensive solo repertoire, using processing on her voice, and manipulating live and sampled sounds with her gestures.
Thursday, February 28 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $10
Old Stone House of Brooklyn & Washington Park, Brooklyn, NY

Inbal Segev performs solo cello works by five of today’s prominent female composers: Missy Mazzoli, Reena Esmail, Anna Clyne, Gity Razaz, and Kaija Saariaho. The program’s focal point, Legend of Sigh, is a new multimedia, immersive piece for cello and electronics written for Segev by Razaz with video and projection design by filmmaker Carmen Kordas.
Thursday, February 28 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $18 online, $25 doors
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

This features three world premieres by New York-based composers Nathan Hudson, Howie Kenty, and Ed Rosenberg III. The other pieces on the program are Gemma Peacocke’s Dwalm, Pauline Oliveros’s Thirteen Changes, and Georg Friedrich Haas’s Saxophonquartett.
Friday, March 1 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $15, $10 students
Areté, 67 West Street, Brooklyn, NY

Claire Chase at Ojai Music Festival 2017Density 21.5 with Claire Chase at Ojai Music Festival 2017–Photo by David Bazemore.
For the sixth year of Density 2036, her 23-year project to commission an entirely new body of repertory for solo flute each year until the 100th anniversary of Edgard Varèse’s groundbreaking 1936 flute solo, Density 21.5, Claire Chase premieres new works by Olga Neuwirth, Phyllis Chen, Pamela Z, and Sarah Hennies, featuring Constellation Chor. She will also be joined by instrumentalist and composer Tyshawn Sorey for a reprise of their collaboration from Density, part iv.
Friday, March 1 & Saturday, March 2 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $25 general, $20 members
The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, New York, NY

On Saturday, March 2nd, Japanese Composers Influenced by John Cage, curated by musicologist Miyuki Shiraishi, will feature six composers. A highlight of the program will be the world premiere of a new piece by Takahiro Kuroda, commissioned by Music From Japan. The concert will be preceded by a lecture by the curator, and followed by an open forum with a question and answer session.
Saturday, March 2 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $20, $15 students/seniors
Scandinavia House, 58 Park Avenue, New York, NY

This features three world premieres by New York-based composers Nathan Hudson, Howie Kenty, and Ed Rosenberg III. The other pieces on the program are Gemma Peacocke’s Dwalm, Pauline Oliveros’s Thirteen Changes, and Georg Friedrich Haas’s Saxophonquartett.
Sunday, March 3 at 4:30 PM
Tickets $15, $10 students
Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 3, 185 Orchard Street, New York, NY

Coming to DC

From the Impending Bloom Calendar:

On Thursday, February 28th, @8PM, The Clarice Artist Partners Program presents, The Sirius Quartet. @Milkboy ArtHouse, located at 7516 Baltimore Avenue, in College Park, MD.

On Friday, March1st, @8PM, Fay Victor’s Herbie Nichols SUNG Project, GDS Jazz and Creative Music Festival presents Fay Victor’s Herbie Nichols SUNG project, in celebration of the pianist’s centennial. Featuring, Fay Victor (vocals, lyrics, conception), Anthony Coleman (piano), Ratzo Harris (bass), w/Brad Linde (alto saxophone), and Deric Dickens (drums). There will also be a short opening set by GDS Jazz and Creative Music Honors Ensemble “Jazz Club”, kicking off the evening. @Allyword’s Tonal Park, located at 7014 Westmoreland Ave Unit B, next to WOWD Takoma Radio.

Also on Friday, March 1st@8PM, alto saxophonist Aaron Martin, and James Wolf, playing violin, guitar, bass and keyboards, along with choreographer and dancer Chartamia “Shay” Turner, in a performance that explores the potentialities and limitations inherent in the theme “Sound Heals All Wounds”, and will include discussions on the subject of playing through health challenges. @Rhizome, 6950 Maple Street in Takoma, DC, @8PM.

On Sunday, March 10th, @5PM Transparent Production’s presents saxophonist David Murray in ‘solo’ and ‘trio’ settings, Solo at 5PM, then with bassist Luke Stewart & drummer Trae Crudp in trio at 6:00PM. @Rhizome, 6950 Maple Street in Takoma, DC.

On Saturday, March 16th, @7:30PM, Musica Viva presents violinist and violist Eric Pritchard, clarinetist Fred Jacobwitz, along with pianist Carl Banner, @Banner Arts, located at 7502 Flower Avenue, in Takoma Park, Md.

On Tuesday, March 26th, @8PM, Transparent Production’s presents Fire!, w/Mats Gustafsson on reeds, Johan Berthling on bass, and Andreas Werliin on drums. Opening will be guitarist Julia Reidy. @Rhizome, 6950 Maple Street in Takoma, DC, @8PM.

Marshall Allen Interview

Source: Beat Magazine.

There’s always an element of improvisation and flexibility to Arkestra performances; now, the Arkestra are bringing a mixture of familiar and new free jazz compositions to the Melbourne International Jazz Festival.

When saxophonist Marshall Allen joined Sun Ra and his Arkestra in 1958, manned spaceflight was still a dream. As times changed, so did the Arkestra’s music – always remaining a few steps ahead of the present.