AMN Picks of the Week: KTL / Alex Inglizian / Tim Daisy / Barbiero & Bocci / Golia, Richards & Turetzky / Metcalf & Seelig

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.

KTL – 20190323 Big Ears​@​Mill and Mine, Knoxville, TN (2019)
Alex Inglizian / Tim Daisy – Looking Out (2019)
Tim Daisy – October Music (Vol. 3) 7 Compositions for Duet (2019)
Daniel Barbiero / Cristiano Bocci – Wooden Mirrors (2019)
Vinny Golia / Steph Richards / Bert Turetzky – Trio Music (2019)
Byron Metcalf / Mark Seelig – Persistent Visions (2019)

Seattle Scene: March 28 – April 6, 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.

FHTAGN + Nital Etch + Blood Rhythms
Thu. Mar. 28, 8 PM; $5 – $15 donation at door

FHTAGN is an experimental chamber ensemble employing non-traditional means of scoring and conduction, often using large groups and spatial dispersion. Nital Etch is cello and synth-based ambient drone and post-classical. Blood Rhythms (Chicago transplant Arvo Zylo) began as a brass/drone ensemble, evolving into a synth and junk-metal collective focused on studio work, minimal trios and more dense sonic concepts.

Inverted Space: Twin Peaks / Partch
Fri. Mar. 29, 8 PM; $5 – $15 donation at door

Inverted Space presents a reinterpretation of the music from Twin Peaks. The concert will feature a handful of the Harry Partch instruments and draw upon different elements of improvisation. The goal will be to produce a new sound to an already innovative score.

Thu. 4/4 – choreographer Iván Espinosa and sound artist Rocco Strain present SKINESPHERES: Somatic Ecologies in a More-Than-Human World – a striking integration of Deep Ecology, electroacoustic sound art and experimental dance inviting the audience to consider the connection(s) between sensorium and ecosystem, the body and the earth.

Fri. 4/5 – Bodies.Space.Time.Sound – an evening of improvisation consisting of 4 sound and 4 movement artists joining together in sets of chance occurrences curated by Tom Baker & Alia Swersky

Sat. 4/6 – clarinetist and composer James Falzone presents his meditative solo work, Sighs Too Deep For Words, plus new compositions for his Tao Trio pianist Wayne Horvitz and bassist Abbey Blackwell

Matthew Shipp Interviewed

Source: Rock and Roll Globe.

Over the last four decades, pianist Matthew Shipp has been steadily building a catalog of countless exemplary jazz recordings spanning the entire scope of the genre’s sonic threshold. But it is when he is in the trio format does the pianist truly flourish as a creative force of nature. On Signature, Shipp convenes with longtime bassist Michael Bisio and drummer Newman Taylor-Baker to deliver one of his most stirring programs yet. Expertly produced by ESP-Disk torchbearer Steve Holtje, it was recorded last summer in a series of first takes at one of the pianist’s favorite venues, Park West Studio, and truly encapsulates not only the adventure but the beauty of his distinctive playing.

Closing Night Party for Robin Bell’s Washington DC Exhibition, March 31

Closing Night Party for Robin Bell’s “Open” Public · Hosted by Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at the George Washington University 500 17th St NW, Washington, DC.
As Robin Bell’s ground-breaking exhibition of lights and projections comes to a close, join us for a closing night party, just blocks away from the White House, on its last evening. This event is free and open to the public.
Throughout the evening, guerrilla projectionist Robin Bell will mix content live on installations exhibited on the grand staircase in the Flagg Building’s atrium. Dancers and musicians will react to the installations, collaborating with the artist to reflect on the exhibition’s themes: the struggle we’re facing as a country and in the world of how to remain open and transparent. For Bell, the Flagg Building’s location also has enormous resonance: it is directly across from the security gate by which visitors enter the White House. OPEN, the welcoming, familiar letters that glow from a favorite restaurant or all-night corner store, informs the show.
As the exhibition inside closes, the event will inspire participants to create and take with them openness to the outside world. In the words of Robin Bell, “Openness is not a destination at which a society can arrive and rest; it is a constant effort.”
Performances (subject to change) include:
6:15 PM – Swamp Dance – Professor Maida Withers, Erica Rebollar and the Improv Dancers at the George Washington University react to the installation themes and projections as they happen live on the grand staircase of the Corcoran’s Flagg Building. They will also perform at 7:15 PM and 8 PM. See and to learn more about the performers.
6:30 PM – Boat Burning: Music for Massed Guitars – An ensemble of thirty guitars and two drummers will bring out the sound of the community on the grand staircase. Boat Burning has been called a “sonic symphony.” They are an experimental music collective from Washington, D.C., that combines classically-influenced, minimalist compositions with the maximal ferocity and power of punk rock. Featuring a core of five composer/guitarists, Boat Burning explores “maximum minimalism,” an intricate hybrid of composition and improvisation where elemental passages played by a multitude of instruments produce shimmering towers of densely-stacked harmonics. Boat Burning’s approach is to radically embrace simplicity, community and chance, harnessing the power of each to create music of unexpected complexity and emotional resonance. Read more at
7:15 PM – Dance on the Grand Staircase – Improv Dancers at the George Washington University
8 PM – Fanoplane – Ted Zook, a musician based in Arlington, VA, is co-founder of Heterodyne; the Lost Civilizations experimental music project ; Chimiak & Zook; and Rosati and Zook.  He will be performing electronic music as part of Fanoplane, having collaborated previously with Robin Bell on a series of live-action documentary films.
Fanoplane’s seed was planted in a duo performance by Bob Boilen and Ted Zook.  Following that, Bob sat in for a couple of performances with the Lost Civilizations experimental music project , then several performances with Heterodyne.
In addition to Bob Boilen and Ted Zook, Fanoplane’s March 31 debut at the Corcoran will include Jerry Busher (percussion), Doug Kallmeyer (bass; electronics), Maggie Gilmore (vocalizations; flute) and Sonia Maria (violin).  This will be Fanoplane‘s debut; the performance will be unscored, unrehearsed and improvised extemporaneously on the spot — and it will be the first time that all of these musicians have performed together,
8:30 PM – Closing Dance – Improv Dancers at the George Washington University

Joe Morris Profiled

Source: Premier Guitar.

The history of guitar is driven by improvisation and invention—the heroes of which are the innovators who found uncommon ways to approach the instrument and create new sounds. Guitarist Joe Morris has made the study of this evolution a central part of his modus operandi as both a player and a teacher. “If you invent skills, if you invent a solution, you’re really following in the legacy of what is essentially guitar music,” he explains. Morris has done just that, and inspired many musicians to follow in that same path and to forge their own approach.

The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

Carla Bley / Steve Swallow / Andy Sheppard @ the Jazz Standard on March 20, 2019

Keeping Up with Paal Nilssen-Love

Tim Berne and Matt Mitchell – Angel Dusk (Screwgun, 2018) ****

New Sounds from Sweden

Michael Hoppe – Put a Filter to Your Ears and Just Smile Through It (Get On! Records, 2018) ****

David Sewelson -Music for a Free World (FMR, 2018) ****

Alex Cline, Dan Clucas, Peter Kuhn, Dave Sewelson, Scott Walton– Dependent Origination (Dependent Origination Music, 2018) ***½

Another Big Ears Review

Source: Rolling Stone.

Not everyone in Knoxville, Tennessee, knows exactly what to make of Big Ears. “I’ll admit it. I’ve never heard of a single artist on this festival,” reads the top comment on last December’s lineup-announcement post on the city’s Reddit forum, a recurring sentiment among much of the city’s non-music-head contingent — from service-industry workers to cab drivers — over the past weekend. “There’s two reactions,” festival founder Ashley Capps told Rolling Stone. “One is completely mystified. The other is, ‘This is the festival of my dreams.’”

The summit for eclectic, envelope-pushing music, art, film, dance and more just celebrated its ninth installment. Capps, the festival savant whose Knoxville-based AC Entertainment company also puts on Bonnaroo, began Big Ears in 2009 as a passion project, took a break to regroup from 2011 to 2013, and has since presented it annually. From last Thursday morning to Sunday night, impossible-to-pigeonhole sounds from the jazz, ambient, classical, folk, punk and noise worlds filled the Appalachian industrial and college city’s downtown and bohemian Old City district, echoing out from 15 venues ranging from historic theaters to churches, museums, pubs and dive bars.