AMN Reviews: Quatuor Bozzini – Phill Niblock: Baobab [Collection QB CQB 1924]; Simon Martin: Musique d’art [Collection QB CQB 1922]

Founded by the Bozzini sisters, cellist Isabelle and violinist Stéphanie, the eponymous Montréal-based string quartet has been a significant presence in Canadian new music since the early 2000s. The Bozzini’s two CDs, one each of works by US composer Phill Niblock and Québec’s Simon Martin, are the latest additions to a substantial catalogue of recordings of sound- and concept-based contemporary music.

Baobab presents two large-scale works by Niblock (b. 1933). Both pieces—Baobab, originally composed in 2011, and Disseminate, composed in 1998—were first written for orchestra and appear here as revised in 2017. By means of multi-track layering, they’ve been rearranged for string quartet multiplied times five. Both pieces are quintessential Niblock—thickly textured swarms of drones made up of microtones and moving timbres. Sustaining the requisite long tones undoubtedly is a challenge to the players’ physical stamina, but the sounds never falter.

For Musique d’art, a five-movement, hour-long work for string quintet by Martin (b. 1981), the quartet—which in addition to the Bozzini sisters includes violinists Alissa Cheung and Clemens Merkel—is joined by double bassist Pierre-Alexandre Maranda. Like Niblock’s two pieces, Musique d’art is centered on the development elongated chords, but with more variability of density, dynamics and rates of harmonic change. Pitches drop out and fade in; discordant tones come and go as the intervals between notes widen and narrow; bow articulations shift to introduce changes to timbre and to add complexity to the stacked overtones. Not all of this is about pitch relationships: while at times the quintet sounds like a robust, tuned and detuned tamboura, at other times their collective sound dissolves into harsh, grey noise and rough, unpitched textures. Martin set out to create a fecund dialectic of sound and music with the piece, and in that he has succeeded.

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Daniel Barbiero

Avant Scena Reviews

Source: Avant Scena.

Lorenzo Belli – “immigration and love songs” (Psalmus Diuersae, 2019)

Terry Day / Dominic Lash / Alex Ward – “Midnight and Below” (Iluso, 2019)

Beck Hunters – “Has It Been Found?” (Discus Music, 2019)

Denman Maroney feat. Jack Wright & Reuben Radding – “Fuse” (SR, 2019)

Biliana Voutchkova, Vardan Ovsepian – “The Archaic Present” (Biliana Voutchkova + Vardan Ovsepian, 2018)

Nate Wooley – “Columbia Icefield” (Northern Spy, 2019)

Walter / Parfitt / Hirt – “RTS Live” (Acheulian Handaxe Records, 2019)

Vital Weekly Reviews 1172

Source: Vital Weekly.

PSYCH KRIST KASTRATOR – NOTHING SUBTLE (CD by EE Tapes) *
AGOGOL & NAABTALDEATH – MO#NO#NO (CD by Tonkunst Manufaktur) *
CAO KELLER SIEDL – MODULUS OF RESILIENCE (CD by Attenuation Circuit) *
INERT/E – CONGRUENCES CONTRARIEES (CD by Zora Records) *
TATAKAI TRIO – HAPPI (CD by Relative Pitch Records)
DAS RAD – DAS RAD (CD by Discus Music)
ÅKE HODELL – VERBAL BRAINWASH AND OTHER WORKS (3xCD by Fylkingen) *
GAD WHIP – POST INTERNET BLUES (CD by Fourth Dimension) *
CALJAN-WISSEL-NILLESEN – FOURTYFOUR FIFTYTHREE (CD by Creative Sources) *
THOMAS OLBRECHTS – INERTIA (CD by Seminal Records) *
GINTAS K – M (CD by GK Records) *
GINTAS K – ACOUSMA LIGHT (CD by GK Records) *
SZABOLCS ESZTÉNYI HUBERT ZEMLER – KREATURA (LP by Bolt Records)
POLONKA – POEMAT KONFESYJNY (LP by Bolt Records)
AFFINITES SELECTIVES VOLUME 2 (CDR by Rhizome.s)
ANDREA BORGHI – 3DISCOS (CDR by Rhizome.s) *
IDEA FIRE COMPANY – LIVE ABOARD THE SINKING SHIP (cassette by Regional Bears) *
JELENA GLAZOVA & LEO LOBREV – DIE URSPRÜNGE (cassette by Cruel Nature Records) *

The Best New Ambient Music on Bandcamp: February 2019

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

A quick browse through the Bandcamp ambient tag will reveal any number of ambient works from composers unified in their artistry through atmosphere, but with wildly differing approaches to how they achieve their goals. From the intimate and warm to the unsettling and tense, ambient is a diverse and endlessly thought-provoking genre. Every month, Ari Delaney will walk through the best recent releases you can find right here on Bandcamp.

In this edition, we’re highlighting albums released from January 15 through February 15, including the newest in a series of conceptual noise albums exploring the pains of growing up, and a fictional movie score from an anonymous composer.

Seattle Scene: March 1-9, 2019

From Seattle’s Wayward Music Series:

WAYWARD MUSIC SERIES

Chapel Performance Space at Good Shepherd Center

4th Floor, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Seattle 98103 (corner N 50th St. in Wallingford)

Every month, Nonsequitur and a community of like-minded presenters and artists offer ten concerts of adventurous music in an informal yet respectful all-ages setting: contemporary classical, free improvisation, the outer limits of jazz, electronic music, microtonal/new instruments, sound art, and other extraordinary sonic experiences.

Seattle Composers’ Salon Returns!
Fri. Mar. 1, 8 PM; $5 – $15 donation at door

An evening of music and discussion curated by Tom Baker with Seattle composers Ha-Yang Kim, Neil Welch, Kaley Lane Eaton, Blake Degraw, Lily Shabbabi, Liam Hardison. The Seattle Composers’ Salon fosters the development, performance and appreciation of new music by regional composers, featuring finished works, previews, and works in progress in a casual setting.

Earshot: Rosetta Trio
Sat. Mar. 2, 8 PM; $15, $13, $10 online/at door

Earshot Jazz is pleased to present Brooklyn bassist Stephan Crump and his Rosetta Trio, a “string ensemble for the new century” with Liberty Ellman on acoustic guitar and Jamie Fox on electric guitar. The lack of drums is unexpected, and the ensemble embraces the rhythmic flexibility and challenges it presents. The result is a sound that sits within the liminal space of jazz, avant-garde, and contemporary folk.

Fri. 3/8 – Morsel Trio led by pianist Steven Damouni performs contemporary piano trios by Charles Corey, Luke Fitzpatrick, Kaija Saariaho, and Daniel Webbon

Sat. 3/9 – Seattle Modern Orchestra celebrates flutist, compsoer and conductor Robert Aitken, with works by Aitken, Takemitsu, Xenakis, and Brian Cherney

The Stone in March

Source: The Stone.

3/1 Friday (HTM)
8:30 pm
Jim Black BunkySwirl
Ikue Mori (laptop) Jim Black (drums, electronics) and special guest

3/2 Saturday (VP)
8:30 pm
bb&c
Nels Cline (guitar) Jim Black (drums, laptop) Tim Berne (sax)

3/5 Tuesday (FM)
8:30 pm
Nels Cline, Val Jeanty and Ches Smith
Nels Cline (guitar) Val Jeanty (electronics) Shahzad Ismaily (bass) Ches Smith (drums, percussion)

3/6 Wednesday (DT)
8:30 pm
Mary Halvorson, Liberty Ellman, Nick Dunston and Ches Smith
Mary Halvorson, Liberty Ellman (guitars) Nick Dunston (bass) Ches Smith (drums)

3/7 Thursday (ICS)
8:30 pm
James Brandon Lewis, Nels Cline, Nick Dunston and Ches Smith
James Brandon Lewis (sax) Nels Cline (guitar) Nick Dunston (bass) Ches Smith (drums)

3/8 Friday (RK)
8:30 pm
Kris Davis, Marc Ribot, Leon Boykins, Devin Hoff, Ches Smith
Kris Davis (piano), Marc Ribot (guitar), Leon Boykins, Devin Hoff (bass), Ches Smith (drums)

3/9 Saturday (HTM)
8:30 pm
Laugh Ash
Jennifer Choi (violin) Davy Lazar (trumpet) Anna Webber (flutes) Oscar Noriega (clarinets) Michael Nicolas (cello) Ches Smith (drums, vibraphone, electronics)

3/12 Tuesday (RK)
8:30 pm
SPECIAL SHOW—LILY MAASE: The Suite Unraveling
Lily Maase (guitar, electronics) Jeff Tobias (saxophone, synth) Nick Millevoi (electric bass) Tyshawn Sorey (drums)

3/13 Wednesday (RB)
8:30 pm
Marianne Gythfeldt and Adrian Morejon
Marianne Gythfeldt (clarinet) Adrian Morejon (bassoon)
Works by Edward Jacobs, Mikel Kuehn, Eun Young Lee, Georges Aperghis, Filippo Santoro, Marc Mellits

3/14 Thursday (NB)
8:30 pm
Hannah Levinson
Hannah Levinson (viola)
Works by Marcello Messina, Lucia Ronchetti, Marco Momi, Franco Donatoni

3/15 Friday (SK)
6:30 pm
THE MUSIC OF LEE HYLA
Bryan Hayslett (cello) Marilyn Nonken, Tristan McKay (piano) Jessica Tsang (percussion) Michiko Theurer, Paul Hauer (violins) Hannah Levinson (viola)
Repertoire: Mother Popcorn Revisited, Amore Scaduto, How Was Your Weekend, Winter/Fall, Dream of Innocent III, and Amnesia Redux

8:30 pm
Chris Gross Solo
Chris Gross (cello)
Works by Alvin Lucier, Giacinto Scelsi, Salvatore Sciarrino, Mario Diaz de Leon, Eva-Maria Houben

3/16 Saturday
8:30 pm
Greg Chudzik, Tristan Kasten-Kraus, Evan Runyon, Pat Swoboda
Greg Chudzik (double bass) Tristan Kasten-Kraus (double bass) Evan Runyon (double bass) Pat Swoboda (double bass)
Works by Greg Chudzik

3/26 Tuesday
8:30 pm
Apfelbaum, Rojas, Baptista Trio
Peter Apfelbaum (woodwinds, organ, piano, percussion) Marcus Rojas (tuba, percussion) Cyro Baptista (percussion, vocals)

3/27 Wednesday (RB)
8:30 pm
Peter Apfelbaum, Bill Laswell, Brandon Seabrook, Aaron Johnston
Peter Apfelbaum (sax, organ, piano) Brandon Seabrook (guitar) Bill Laswell (bass, electronics) Aaron Johnston (drums, electronics)

3/28 Thursday
8:30 pm
Peter Apfelbaum & Dafnis Prieto Duo
Peter Apfelbaum (saxes, piano) Dafnis Prieto (drums)

3/29 Friday (FM)
8:30 pm
Peter Apfelbaum & Sparkler
Peter Apfelbaum (keyboards, sax, vocals) Natalie Cressman (trombone, bass, vocals) Jill Ryan (sax, flute, vocals) Will Bernard (guitar) Kyle Sanna (synth, electronics) Charlie Ferguson (drums, sampler)

3/30 Saturday (HM)
8:30 pm
Peter Apfelbaum & the New York Hieroglyphics
Peter Apfelbaum (sax, piano, percussion) and the Hieroglyphics