AMN Picks of the Week: Metamatic Percussion Trio / Wesseltoft & Balasz Pandi / Dan Phillips Quartet / Sutekh Hexen / Hafdís Bjarnadóttir

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.

Metamatic Percussion Trio – 7 Situations (2019)
John Wesseltoft / Balasz Pandi – Terreng (2019)
Dan Phillips Quartet – Light at Depth (2019)
Sutekh Hexen – Sutekh Hexen (2019)
Hafdís Bjarnadóttir & Passepartout Duo – A Northern Year (2019)

Seattle Scene: March 14-23, 2019

From Seattle’s 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.

Dan Joseph + Blevin Blectum
Thu. Mar. 14, 8 PM; $10 at the door

A shared evening of electronic and electro- acoustic music with recent Seattle transplant Blevin Blectum (Bevin Kelley) and New York- based composer Dan Joseph. Blectum will present a new set of electronic pieces, while Joseph will present Dulcimer Flight, a long-form work for hammer dulcimer and electronics informed by acoustic ecology, ambient music and early minimalism.

SIMF: Paul Hoskin Tribute (take 2)
Fri. Mar. 15, 8 PM; $5 – $20 donation at door

A large group of veteran Seattle improvisers gather to pay tribute to SIMF founder Paul Hoskin, who passed away last November. Various groupings TBD, and an ensemble performing Hoskin’s open score Quietude. (Originally scheduled for Feb. 9, but cancelled due to snow. The previous artist line-up has since changed somewhat due to the number of participants and their conflicting schedules.)

Guitar Cult + Horist + Flory-Barnes
Sat. Mar. 16, 8 PM; $5 – $15 donation at door

Composer/guitarist Ben McAllister debuts his new group The Guitar Cult, Evan Flory-Barnes brings original songs with chamber ensemble vibes, and Bill Horist brings the inimitable Horist guitar experience.

Thu. 3/21 – Iterations: an evening of performative experiments by UW’s DXARTS PhD students Riah Buchanan, Chanee Choi w/ Sarah Lisette Chiesa, Cameron Fraser, R.M-TNKRT, Breana Tavaglione and Rihards Vitols

Fri. 3/22 – Nonsequitur presents Mother Tongue (Angelina Baldoz + kt shores) with guests Greg Kelley (trumpet), Greg Campbell (drums), and poet Omar Willey

Sat. 3/23 – Gamelan Pacifica with Jessika Kenney and Indonesian guest artist Darsono

Simon Draper and the Story of Virgin Records 

Source: Red Bull Music Academy Daily.

In its first phase of existence, Virgin put out some of the most uncompromisingly experimental music ever to loiter on the outskirts of the rock mainstream, including records by Can, Henry Cow, Gong, Tangerine Dream, Hatfield and the North, Ashra’s Manuel Göttsching, Steve Hillage, Lol Coxhill and Slapp Happy, to name a few. From 1973-1976, the label operated as kind of “audio Arts Council,” in the words of Al Clark, rock critic turned early Virgin press officer – a reference to the British institution that subsidizes minority-interest artists. In Virgin’s case, the funding resources came not from the government and taxpayers, but from the general public’s enthusiasm for Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells, the label’s early, unexpected blockbuster hit.

The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

Evan Parker & Paul G. Smyth

Two from Chris Corsano – Featuring Mette Rasmussen, Okkyung Lee, and Ches Smith

Andrew Barker & John Dikeman – All Things Are Possible (Phantom Ear Music, 2018) ****

TORU – Volumes 1-6 (Self-released, 2018-2019), Anthology 1 (Chant, 2019) ****

Flavio Zanuttini – Notte (Umland/Creative Sources, 2018) ****

Michael Foster, Katherine Young & Michael Zerang – Bind the Hand(s) That Feed (Relative Pitch, 2018) *****

Iro Haarla’s Around Again – The Music of Carla Bley (TUM, 2019) ****½

Music from Legendary SUNY Buffalo Center Focus of Santa Monica Concerts

Source: Surf Santa Monica.

Two local avant-garde music series will join forces to celebrate a creative arts program launched across the country 55 years ago that shaped the course of American classical music.

Jacaranda and the Soundwaves new music series will present programs next month that feature music by members of the SUNY Buffalo Center of the Creative and Performing Arts.

The Soundwaves concert Wednesday April 10 at 7:30 pm at the Santa Monica Library offers a free preview of excerpts from “STAY ON IT,” a Jacaranda concert April 13 at the First Presbyterian Church in downtown Santa Monica.

Laurie Anderson Interviewed About Lou Reed Tribute

Source: Gothamist.

Tomorrow night, the halls of The Cathedral of St. John the Divine will vibrate with the sounds of drones humming and sawing. These drones, though, are “not to be confused with the little surveillance camera” types, as the multi-disciplinary performer and musician Laurie Anderson tells Gothamist. Instead, Anderson and a host of other avant-garde luminaries, including avant-garde composer John Zorn, will improvise a performance rooted in experimental, unpredictable drone sounds—all of them playing off of the feedback that Lou Reed’s openly-tuned old guitars emit when placed against amplifiers.

Audrey Chen and Phil Minton at the Hill of James Magee, May 4

Source: Nameless Sound.

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Phil Minton (London) voice
Audrey Chen (US/Berlin) – voice
The Feral Choir – TBA

The Cornudas Mountain Foundation and Nameless Sound present the fourth in their series of rare site-specific events at The Hill of James Magee, a monumental work of art located in a vast expanse of West Texas’ Chihuahuan dessert.

Performing at The Hill will be two of the foremost practitioners of this art form. Minton is one of the key pioneers of vocal improvisation. Beginning his career as a jazz trumpet player, his reputation as a vocalist emerged during London’s groundbreaking and influential free improvisation scene of the 1960’s. Classically trained on cello and voice, Audrey Chen began her improvisational practice among Baltimore’s vibrant Red Room/High Zero scene of the early aughts. Her global appearances and collaborations have established her as one of the important experimental voices of the current generation.

In addition to the duo of Minton and Chen, there will be a performance by a locally sourced Feral Choir under Minton’s direction. Phil Minton’s Feral Choirs are improvisational ensembles that often consist of people who have never before performed as vocalists. It works on a principle that “anyone who can breathe, is capable of producing sounds that give a positive aesthetic contribution to the human condition and many of these contributions are without any cultural influences or references.”