AMN Reviews: Eli Wallace – Barriers [Eschatology ER-004]

The title of Brooklyn pianist/composer Eli Wallace’s first solo release entails something of an artful misdirection. Far from being about barriers—such as would separate compositional thinking from improvisational practice, or conventional pianism from technical experimentation—the recording seems instead to demonstrate the permeability of these otherwise antithetical categories, at least in Wallace’s hands.

Barriers is a single 38-minute live improvisation recorded in June 2018. Although unconventionally structured, Wallace’s performance is informed by a dynamism and tense energy that keeps the music moving forward as if by logical predestination. Wallace takes care to create complex textures of sometimes startling juxtapositions: jittery bursts of notes and chords give way to anticipatory silences and such gestural counterpoint as having one hand drum on the outside of the piano while the other plays directly on the strings inside. This is an assured, richly considered performance that carries the listener along with it.

Daniel Barbiero

AMN Picks of the Week: Alden Jenks / Eli Keszler / Ben Lamar Gay / Cosgrove, Shipp & Parker / Gleb Kanasevich / Rodrigues & Moir

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.

Alden Jenks – Drones (2018)
Eli Keszler – Empire (2019)
Ben Lamar Gay – Confetti In The Sky Like Fireworks (2019)
Jeff Cosgrove / Matthew Shipp / William Parker – Near Disaster (2019)
Gleb Kanasevich – Asleep (2019)
Guilherme Rodrigues / Johan Moir – Hollow Wood (2018)

All About Jazz Reviews

Source: All About Jazz.

David Torn
Sun Of Goldfinger (ECM Records)

Bryan McAllister
Very Stable Genius (Orenda Records)

Peter Evans / Sam Pluta
Two Live Sets (Carrier Records)

Eric Dolphy
Musical Prophet: The Expanded 1963 New York Sessions (Resonance Records)

Peter McEachern
Bone Code (Clean Feed Records)

Jeff Cosgrove/Matthew Shipp/William Parker
Near Disaster (Grizzley Music)

Jason Kao Hwang – Burning Bridge
Blood (Self Produced)

Stephanie Richards
Take The Neon Lights (Birdwatcher Records)

Franz Koglmann / Steve Lacy
Flaps (Black Monk)

Chris Pitsiokos
Silver Bullet in the Autumn of Your Years (Clean Feed Records)

Zlatko Kaućić
Diversity (Not Two Records)

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

Martin Kuchen
Baza (NoBusiness Records)

This Week in New York


In a snapshot of the endlessly varied forms of musical expression throughout our community, the 22 musicians of Contemporaneous will host a non-genre musical gathering with performances by some of the most powerful artists working amongst us – daring avant-rock band Boio, the genre-obliterating Warp Trio, and Forward Music Project, Amanda Gookin’s multimedia project of solo cello works developed to empower women and girls.
Wednesday, March 6 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $18 online, $25 doors
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

This year, Bang on a Can’s PCF invites all of North America to dance, with world premieres by four composers from Canada, Mexico, and the United States – Nicole Lizée, Josué Collado Fregoso, Henry Threadgill, and Trevor Weston. Each composer was asked to make his or her own idiosyncratic form of dance music, to redefine what it means to create music for dancing. The second half of the concert features three classics from Bang on a Can history by Annie Gosfield, Arnold Dreyblatt, and Glenn Branca, with a rare performance of Branca’s massive “three dimensional” Movement Within, written specifically for the Bang on a Can All-Stars, in his unique tuning system and on his own original instruments.
Wednesday, March 6 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $25
Merkin Concert Hall, 129 West 67th Street, New York, NY

loadbang presents Premieres Vol 11, part of an ongoing series of concerts dedicated to commissioning and performing new repertoire for their unique instrumentation (trumpet, trombone, bass clarinet, baritone voice).
Thursday, March 7 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $20, $10 students/seniors
The National Opera Center, Marc A. Scorca Hall, 330 7th Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, NY

John Zorn returns to Miller Theatre’s Composer Portraits series for a program of chamber music that has been written within the last three years.
Thursday, March 7 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $20-$30
Miller Theatre, 2960 Broadway, New York, NY

Trinity’s Associate Organist Janet Yieh performs a recital of solo and chamber works reflecting the Time’s Arrow theme, by composers Rachel Laurin, Florence Price, Amy Beach, Clara Schumann, and others.
Friday, March 8 at 1:00 PM
Trinity Church, 75 Broadway, New York, NY

Lagrime Mei explores the female perspective in composition, particularly the raw evocation of emotion heard in the music of the famous baroque artist Barbara Strozzi, who broke through gender barriers to become the most successful composer of secular vocal music in Venice in her time. Works by Strozzi and several of her contemporaries are paired with world premieres of Trinity-commissioned works focusing on empowering female voices. With world premieres by Jessica Meyer, Doug Balliett, Molly Joyce, and Alyssa Weinberg.
Friday, March 8 at 8:00 PM
Trinity Church, 75 Broadway, New York, NY

Ekmeles will perform new works by ICEBERG New Music composers Stephanie Ann Boyd, Victor Baez, Derek Cooper, Max Grafe, and Jonathan Russ. Also on the program is a work by one of the winners of ICEBERG’S third annual call for scores. Like every ICEBERG event, this concert features an open bar happy hour beginning at 7:30, and a discussion with the composers and performers after the show.
Saturday, March 9 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $10-$20
The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, 450 West 37th Street, New York, NY

ECM Records Artists on Tour

Source: ECM Records.

Roscoe Mitchell
March 6 New York, NY (Park Ave. Armory Veteran’s Room)

Vijay Iyer
March 7 San Diego, CA (Prebys Concert Hall UCSD)
March 9 San Francisco, CA (SF Jazz – Herbst Theater)
March 10 Saratoga, CA (Mondavi Center)

Sun of Goldfinger
March 12 San Francisco, CA (Freight and Salvage)
March 13 Los Angeles, CA (Zebulon)
March 14 Portland, OR (Holocene)
March 15 Seattle, WA (Earshot / Royal Room)
March 17 Denver, CO (Dazzle)
March 18 Minneapolis, MN (Icehouse)
March 19 Madison, WI (Arts and Literature Laboratory)
March 20 Pittsburgh, PA (Spirit)
March 21 New York, NY (Nublu)

Vijay Iyer / Craig Taborn
March 12 Brooklyn, NY (Roulette)

Carla Bley/Andy Sheppard/Steve Swallow
March 17 Buffalo, NY (Albright-Knox Gallery)
March 19-20 New York, NY (Jazz Standard)
March 22 Washington, DC (Atlas PAC – Sprenger Theatre)
March 24-25 Denver, CO (Dazzle)
March 29-30 Cambridge, MA (Regattabar)

Nik Bartsch Ronin
March 20 Philadelphia, PA (World Café Live)
March 21 Phoenix, AZ (Apache Junction Performance Art Center)
March 26 Sarasota, FL (Art Ovation Hotel)