Yet Another Big Ears Review

Source: Echoes.

Attending the Big Ears Festival is a massive undertaking with well-over a hundred concerts, events and films. The festival embodied everything from folk with Rhiannon Giddens and Bela Fleck to jazz with the Art Ensemble of Chicago and Jack DeJohnette to ambient with Harold Budd and the 12-hour Drone to rock with Mercury Rev and Spiritualized. It’s hard to locate a center because everything is pushing at the edges.

This year, some 18,000 attended the festival, although it didn’t feel that way with concurrent concerts splitting the audience across 15 venues from the massive and magnificent Tennessee Theatre to the tiny Pilot Light club, which everyone described as a dive bar.

I tend to go to entire performances and not hop and skip from one to another, leaving in the middle here, arriving in the middle there, so perhaps I saw fewer events, 24 in total, but I soaked them all in, going from 12 noon to after 1am each night. That said, my highlight is a concert of which I only saw about 25 minutes.

Free Music Trio Boneshaker Profiled

Source: free-times.com.

Few players are busier than the three that constitute Boneshaker. Saxophonist Mars Williams is cut in the mold of Nels Cline or Marc Ribot: When he’s not leading extemporaneous free music groups, he’s touring as a sideman for big pop acts. Last year, he toured for nearly five months with The Psychedelic Furs, the English new wave band he’s been a part of for nearly 30 years. Bassist Kent Kessler has his feet planted in the avant-garde scenes in Chicago (where he frequently collaborates with Ken Vandermark, Hamid Drake and Joe McPhee) and Europe (Mats Gustafsson, Misha Mengelberg, Peter Brötzmann). Drummer Paal Nilssen-Love is Norway’s Art Blakey, leading from behind the kit his Large Unit ensemble of rising Scandinavian jazz musicians when he’s not playing with any one of his seemingly innumerable combos. Moreover, there’s a matter of physical distance: Williams and Kessler are in Chicago, but Nilssen-Love, when he’s not globetrotting, splits his spare time between Norway and Portugal.

Avant Scena Reviews

Source: Avant Scena.

The Fictive Five – “ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE” (Clean Feed, 2019)

Steffen Schleiermacher | Kaija Saariaho | Michael Wertmüller | Musikfabrik – “Sturm” (Wergo, 2019)

Alister Spence / Satoko Fujii Orchestra Kobe – “Imagine Meeting You Here” (Alister Spence Music, 2019)

Green Dome – “Thinking In Stitches” (Casestudy, 2019)

Evan Parker / Paul G. Smyth – “Calenture and Light Leaks” (Weekertoft, 2019)

Ericson / Nästesjö / Berre – “Ausfahrt Freihalten!” (Barefoot Records, 2019)

Marker – “New Industries” (Catalytic Sound, 2019)

Carla Bley Interviewed and Profiled

Source: Westword.

Renowned jazz composer and pianist Carla Bley has recorded albums with her own big band and arranged and written music for Charlie Haden Liberation Music Orchestra, so it’s not surprising that when she performs with her trio, which includes bassist Steve Swallow and saxophonist Andy Sheppard, she approaches the music like a big band.

Vital Weekly Reviews 1176

Source: Vital Weekly.

FABIO ORSI – UNCHARTED WATERS (CD by Zoharum) *
RIGOR MORTISS – WBREWNY (CD by Zoharum) *
DIFFERENT STATE – ENORMOUS COMPONENTS OF MOTOR UNIT VOL. 1 (CD by Zoharum) *
IDEA FIRE COMPANY – THE ISLAND OF TASTE (CD by Fuordämning Archiv) *
DANIELLE PALARDY ROGER – CANNIBALE (CD by Ambiances Magnétiques)
WELF DORR UNIT – BLOOD (CD by Creative Sources Recordings) *
BECK HUNTERS – HAS IT BEEN FOUND (CD by Discus Music) *
STALE STORLØKKEN – THE HAZE OF SLEEPLESSNESS (CD by Hubro) *
TRANSTILLA – I (CD by Opa Loka Records) *
HAARVÖL & XOÁN-XIL LÓPEZ – UNWRITTEN RULES FOR A CEASELESS JOURNEY (CD by Cronica Electronica) *
VIVIANKRIST – MORGENRØDE (CD by Cold Spring) *
MAATH – NO SURVIVORS FOR THE NEW WORLD (CD by Eibon Records) *
MAATH – DARKNESS, VOID AND SILENCE (CD by Eibon Records) *
SCHWALBE & ELEPHANT – 2 AKT (LP by Wide Ear Records)
NAPPE – MMEMM NOLAIN (LP by Dysmusie)
HAWN – FOR A RIDE (cassette by Strategic Tape Reserve)
MODUS PONY/VLK (split cassette by Strategic Tape Reserve)
GIUSEPPE FALIVENE – AIR CHRONICLES (cassette by Amek) *
V-STÓK – PRIMORDIAL SOUP (cassette by Amek) *
RE-CLIP – NOON (cassette by Hyster)

The “Lowercase Music” Genre is Ambient at Its Most Minimal

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

Pasadena sound artist Steve Roden, the composer most associated with the subset of minimal ambient music known as “lowercase,” characterizes it as music that “bears a certain sense of quiet and humility; it does not demand attention, it must be discovered. [The] work might imply one thing on the surface but contain other things beneath… it’s the opposite of capital letters—loud things which draw attention to themselves.”

Lowercase’s other (often barely) audible precursors include classical minimalists like Webern and Morton Feldman, John Cage’s experiments with silence, and musique concrète. The genre also often includes elements of ambient field recordings and drones, but all of it is rooted in an attention to liminal detail, inviting the listener to scrutinize every last tiny instrumental event scattered throughout the background buzz. Here are some essential releases to get you started.

The Stone in April

Source: The Stone.

4/2 Tuesday (BM)
8:30 pm
VOCAL WORKS AND SONTAG WORDS
Liv Redpath (voice) Amanda Gookin (cello) Robert Fleitz (piano)

4/3 Wednesday
8:30 pm
SOLOS AND DUOS
Francesca de Pasquale (violin) Ian Rosenbaum (percussion, vines, marimba) Jonah Sirota (viola) Jeffrey Zeigler (cello)

4/4 Thursday
8:30 pm
FOLEY OPERA AND OTHER VOCAL WORLDS
Eve Gigliotti (voice) Gyan Riley (guitar) Jeffrey Zeigler (cello) Sxip Shirey (live foley) Laura Krumm (voice) Robert Fleitz (piano)

4/5 Friday
8:30 pm
WORKS FOR VIOLIN FEATURING REBECCA FISCHER
Rebecca Fischer (violin)

4/6 Saturday
8:30 pm
NELSON PATTON
Dave Nelson (trombone, electronics) Marlon Patton (drums, moog bass)

ONE NIGHT ONLY! TUESDAY APRIL 9TH
AN EVENING WITH LAUNEDDAS MASTER LUIGI LAI
DISCUSSION AT 8PM-CONCERT AT 830!

4/9 Tuesday (RB)
8 pm
AN EVENING WITH LUIGI LAI MASTER OF THE LAUNEDDAS!
Luigi Lai (launeddas) Mauro Palmas (mandola)

4/10 Wednesday (NB)
8:30 pm
TRIO
Jonathan Finlayson (trumpet) Mark Helias (bass) Tom Rainey (drums)

4/11 Thursday (KM)
8:30 pm
TRIO
Jonathan Finlayson (trumpet) Brian Settles (tenor sax) Chad Taylor (drums)

4/12 Friday (RK)
8:30 pm
QUINTET
Jonathan Finlayson (trumpet) Immanuel Wilkins (alto sax) David Bryant (piano) Nick Dunston (bass) Eric Mcpherson (drums)

4/13 Saturday (HTM)
8:30 pm
Odyssey of Big Boy
Jonathan Finlayson (trumpet) Andre Solomon-Glover (vocals, recitation) Mat Maneri (viola) Cristopher Hoffman (cello) David Bryant (piano) Chris Tordini (bass) Craig Weinrib (drums)

4/16 Tuesday (DT)
8:30 pm
Sylvie Courvoisier Solo
Sylvie Courvoisier (piano)

4/17 Wednesday (DT)
8:30 pm
Sylvie Courvoisier, Ikue Mori, Mary Halvorson
Sylvie Courvoisier (piano) Ikue Mori (electronics) Mary Halvorson (guitar)

4/18 Thursday (RK)
8:30 pm
Sylvie Courvoisier TRIO
Sylvie Courvoisier (piano) Drew Gress (bass) Kenny Wollesen (drums)

4/19 Friday (HM)
8:30 pm
QUARTET
Sylvie Courvoisier (piano) Mark Feldman (violin) Ingrid Laubrock (sax) Tom Rainey (drums)

4/20 Saturday (HM)
8:30 pm
Sylvie Courvoisier TRIO with special guest Jonathan Finlayson
Sylvie Courvoisier (piano) Drew Gress (bass) Kenny Wollesen (drums) Jonathan Finlayson (trumpet)

THE STONE RESIDENCIES
OKKYUNG LEE
APR 23–27

4/23 Tuesday (KM)
8:30 pm
QUINTET
Cory Smythe (piano) Jeanann Dara (viola) Brandon Lopez (bass) Okkyung Lee (cello) Ches Smith (drums)

4/24 Wednesday
8:30 pm
QUARTET
Sara Serpa (voice) Ches Smith (percussion) Cory Smythe (piano) Okkyung Lee (cello)

4/25 Thursday (RB)
8:30 pm
QUARTET
Maeve Gilchrist (harp) Jeanann Dara (viola) Okkyung Lee (cello) Ches Smith (percussion)

4/26 Friday
8:30 pm
QUARTET
Ganavya Doraiswamy, Sara Serpa (voices) Ches Smith (vibes) Okkyung Lee (cello)

4/27 Saturday (KM)
8:30 pm
QUARTET
Ches Smith (drums) Brandon Lopez (bass) Ganavya Doraiswamy (voice) Okkyung Lee (cello)

4/30 Tuesday (FM)
8:30 pm
Satoko Fujii Orchestra NYC
Oscar Noriega, Briggan Krauss (alto sax) Ellery Eskelin, Tony Malaby (tenor sax) Andy Laster (baritone sax) Dave Ballou, Herb Robertson, Kappa Maki (trumpet) Joe Fiedler, Curtis Hasselbring (trombone) Nels Cline (guitar) Stomu Takeishi (bass) Ches Smith (drums)