AMN Reviews: Pita – 20190316 Lampo​@​The Graham Foundation, Chicago, IL (2019; Bandcamp)

The immediacy of the Internet age has its pros and cons. We are tempted to react online without thinking carefully, but we are also provided with information and media with a timeliness that was previously not possible. Case in point, Pita (Peter Rehberg who runs the Editions Mego label) performed a 45-minute set in Chicago on Saturday night and yesterday that recording was released.

Brought to town by the Lampo organization, Rehberg used a combination of analog and digital sources to provide dense layers of moody, crackling drones to an overflowing room of listeners. Pulsing, staccato waves combined with twisted feedback, booming low-frequency lines, and scratchy electronics. Sequenced themes occasionally emerge, lurching beneath distorted sonic elements.  Rehberg manipulated these sources in real time, forming a structured improvisation on the spot with samples and effects as his instruments.

As is the often case with this uncategorizable style of music, the focus was on forms, shapes, and textures built organically from strata of sounds. Nonetheless, I was one of several people who left the performance convinced that this was one of the best shows that Lampo had put on in the last several years. And such praise does not come easy given the overall quality of these events.


AMN Reviews: Pareidolia – Selon le Vent [JACC Records JR035]

Selon le Vent, a set of two long improvisations from the trio Pareidolia, features music that maintains a creative opposition between conventional and extended techniques and consequently, between line and color. The two tracks—Himmelkino, which roughly translates as “Sky Cinema,” and Herzkino, or “Heart Cinema”—were recorded during a residence in Coimbra, Portugal in May and June 2016. The trio—violist João Camões, pianist Yves Arques and reedist Gabriel Lemaire—were joined by double bassist Alvaro Rosso on Herzkino. Perhaps as a result of this additional voice, the music in Herzkino takes on a sound quite different from Himmelkino. This latter piece is largely an exploration of pure timbre as fabricated by prepared and expansively played acoustic instruments. Herzkino, consistent with its title, seems by contrast to mimic a complex clash of affective states as it traces a long dynamic buildup of taut lines emerging from masses of sound, eventually finding release in eddying piano and a gently rhythmic coda. Whether as a trio or a quartet, the musicians display a high degree of synergy.

Daniel Barbiero

Chaya Czernowin in LA

Source: M.E.C.

8pm | Zipper Hall | The Colburn School

Robert Schumann – PIANO QUINTET in E-flat major, Op. 44
Chaya Czernowin – HIDDEN (West Coast premiere)

Of her new work for string quartet and electronics, composer Chaya Czernowin writes:

“HIDDEN is an attempt to get at what is hidden underneath expression or underneath music. It attempts to reach even further where there is a barely audible presence, which is on the edge of our perception. We do not know this presence, and it might be foreign, undecipherable. HIDDEN is a very slow-moving 45-minute experience transforming the ear into an eye. The ear is given space and time to observe and orient itself in the unpredictable aural landscape. It is an underwater, submerged landscape of rocks, inhabited by low vibrations which are felt rather than heard and with layers and layers of peeling away fog. Monolithic groups of sonic ‘rocks’ are seen/heard from various angles. The piece is about observation; it tries to trace/perceive/sense the emergence of expression.”

This piece, performed by the riveting JACK Quartet and IRCAM finds a perhaps unexpected historical companion in Robert Schumann’s transcendental Piano Quintet. Though the Schumann and Czernowin serve as archetypal works of the Romantic and High Modernist eras respectively, they both seem to employ sound as a means of yearning for something beyond.



March 16, 2019
Ben Stapp’s Mind Creature Sound Dasein, IBeam
Stephen Haynes Joe Morris Ben Stapp

March 15, 2019
Brandon Lopez Solo, IBeam
Brandon Lopez

March 15, 2019
Biliana Voutchkova, Brandon Lopez, Susan Alcorn, IBeam
Susan Alcorn Brandon Lopez Biliana Voutchkova

March 15, 2019
Biliana Voutchkova & Susan Alcorn, IBeam
Susan Alcorn Biliana Voutchkova

5049 Records Podcast Episode 200 – Henry Fraser 

Source: 5049 Records.

For episode 200, we welcome young bass virtuoso, Henry Fraser, onto the show for lots of good talk about his first few years in New York, his work with the Anthony Coleman Trio, his ongoing collaboration with Sam Weinberg, starting to play electric bass in his twenties, Boston and a whole lot more. Henry is the man and you will be hearing from him for years to come. To kick things off, we go through six years of listener emails to which I am finally getting around to responding. EPISODE 200!!!!

Nicole Mitchell and Alex Lough in Santa Monica, April 17

Source: Santa Monica Public Library.

On Wednesday April 17, 2019, at 7:30 pm, the Soundwaves new music series at the Santa Monica Public Library presents a set of improvised duets by flutist Nicole Mitchell and electronic musician Alex Lough, in the Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium of the Main Library at 601 Santa Monica Blvd.

Nicole Mitchell was the first woman President of the AACM (Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians) and has repeatedly won the Downbeat Critics and Readers Polls as a flutist and composer/bandleader, among many other honors. She records and performs prolifically as a leader and collaborator, including on the forthcoming 50th anniversary double-album by the Art Ensemble of Chicago. Since 2011 she has taught at the University of California at Irvine, but this fall she will leave her native California to run the Jazz Studies program at the University of Pittsburgh.

Alex Lough is working on his PhD at UC Irvine, studying with Nicole Mitchell, among others. His practice links performance and visual art with sound, making creative use of everyday objects and obsolete technologies and amplifying the resonances of materials and spaces.

Soundwaves is a concert series emphasizing artists who appear on the DRAM (Database of Recorded American Music) streaming service. The Santa Monica Public Library is the first public library to offer this service to its cardholders. Listings of past and upcoming Soundwaves shows as well as sound and video recordings are at

Admission is free and all are welcome. Seating is limited and on a first-arrival basis. The Santa Monica Public Library is wheelchair accessible. For other disabled services, call Library Administration at (310) 458-8606 at least one week prior to event. For more information, visit or contact the Santa Monica Public Library at (310) 458-8600.