AMN Reviews: Karris Adams Duo – Nothing Stays Buried (la la la la) (2019; Personal Archives)

Chicago improvisers Reid Karris and Alexander Adams team up for this live-in-the-studio-with overdubs EP, released at the beginning of the month as a cassette and download by Personal Archives. Karris provides prepared guitar and skatchbox (a cardboard box with contact mics and a number of household items taped thereon that can be played by manipulating the items), while Adams mans the drum kit.

This is non-repeating music. There are no melodies, harmonies, rhythms or beats of note. Instead, Karris and Adams build dense structures with controlled timbres and colors. Adams sets forth an aleatoric, patternless base that resembles an all-out drum solo. Karris overlays these with textures that often sound little like traditional guitar. Blasts of distortion and short feedback drones combine with speed picking, loops, effects, and delay. Karris and Adams are at their best when they hold nothing back and bury the listener under massive walls of sound that are constructed and de-constructed on an ongoing basis.

Comparisons? If you are familiar with the previous works of these artists, Nothing Stays Buried (la la la la) will probably not sound like it is out of left field. Otherwise, some similarities to the Flying Luttenbachers might be observed. Regardless, this singular release is in its own twisted category and comes highly recommended.

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Cuneiform Records Artists on Tour

Source: Cuneiform Records.

BEAT CIRCUS
April 7 – L’Escogriffe Cafe Bar – Montreal, Canada
April 11 – The Parlour – Providence, RI

EMPIRICAL
May 6 – Ronnie Scott’s – London, UK
June 1 – CBSO Centre – Birmingham, UK

FORGAS BAND PHENOMENA
June 8 – La Casa di Alex – Milan, Italy

THE GREAT HARRY HILLMAN
April 8 – Cully Jazz Festival – Cully, Switzerland
April 15 – Kozlov Club (Mansarda stage) – Moscow, Russia
April 16 – Nikitin – Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
April 17 – Topographia Culture Center – Tula, Russia
April 18 – JFC Jazz Club – St Petersburg, Russia
April 19 – Dreadnought – Kaliningrad, Russia
April 20 – Sound Museum – St. Petersburg, Russia
April 22 – City Jazz Center – Yaroslavl, Russia
April 23 – Dubrava Culture Center – Sergiev Posad, Russia
April 24 – Jewish Culture Center – Moscow, Russia
April 25 – Petrovsky Book Club – Voronezh, Russia

HENRY KAISER
April 20 – Fly! Fly! Fly! Fly! Fly! A Tribute to Cecil Taylor – CounterPulse – 80 Turk Street – San Francisco, CA 94102 [ performing Dark to Themselves, performed by Orkestrova—a flexible expansion of the Rova Quartet, including guitarists Jean-Paul Bourelly and Henry Kaiser, bassist Jason Hoopes, and drummer Donald Robinson]
April 21 – Sweetwater Music Hall – 19 Corte Madera Avenue – Mill Valley, California 94941 [performing John Coltrane’s ‘A Love Supreme’ featuring Henry Kaiser, John Hanrahan, Scott Looney, Murph Murphy, Mads Tolling]

LE REX
April 6 – Sonarraum U64 – Bern, Switzerland [record release show!]
May 17 – Kulturcinema – Arbon, Switzerland

MESSTHETICS [featuring Anthony Pirog]
April 11 – Casbah – 2501 Kettner Blvd – San Diego, CA [with Craig Wedren]
April 13 – Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival – Indio, CA
April 15 – Club Congress – 311 East Congress St – Tucson, AZ
April 16 – Rebel Lounge – 2303 East Indian School Rd – Phoenix, AZ
April 20 – Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival – Indio, CA
April 21 – Velvet Jones – 423 State St – Santa Barbara, CA [with Craig Wedren]
April 22 – The Chapel – 777 Valencia St – San Francisco, CA [with Craig Wedren]
April 23 – Harlow’s – 2708 J St – Sacramento, CA [with Craig Wedren]
April 24 – Jub Jub’s – 71 South Wells Avenue – Reno, NV
May 10 – 9:30 Club – Washington, DC
May 17 – Festival Of Disruption – Brooklyn, NY
May 22 – Spazio 211 – Turin, Italy
May 23 – Locomotiv – Bologna, Italy
May 24 – Evol – Roma, Italy
May 25 – The Cage – Livorno, Italy
May 26 – Raindogs – Savona, Italy
May 27 – Dachstock – Bern, Switzerland
May 29 – La Nef – Angouleme, France
May 30 – This Is Not A Love Song – Nimes, France

ED PALERMO BIG BAND
April 13 – The Falcon – 1348 Route 9W – Marlboro, NY 12542
April 22 – The Iridium – 1650 Broadway – NYC, NY
May 20- The Iridium – 1650 Broadway – NYC, NY

PRESENT
May 11 – Rock In Opposition Festival 2019 – Les Abbatoirs – 18 route de l’Isle d’Abeau – 38300 Bourgoin Jallieu – France

SCHNELLERTOLLERMEIER
April 7 – Hafen 2 – Offenbach, Germany
April 8 – Cafe Wagner – Jena, Germany
April 12 – L’Amalgame – Yverdon-Les-Bains, Switzerland
April 13 – tba – Basel, Switzerland
April 24-27 – in residence at Live In Vevey – Vevy, Switzerland
May 9 – XJAZZ Festival – Berlin, Germany
May 10 – Rock In Opposition Festival 2019 – Les Abbatoirs – 18 route de l’Isle d’Abeau – 38300 Bourgoin Jallieu – France

WADADA LEO SMITH
April 7 – CREATE Festival – Firehouse 12 – 45 Crown St – New Haven, CT

SOFT MACHINE
May 2 – London Jazz Cafe – London, UK
May 10 – Town Hall – Sutton Coldfield, UK
June 2 – Lichfield Jazz & Blues Festival – Lichfield, UK

THE SPELLCASTERS [Joel Harrison / Anthony Pirog / Dave Chappell / John Previte / Barry Hart]
May 8 – The Bitter End – 147 Bleecker St [between Thompson and LaGuardia] – New York, NY 10012 [CD release show!]
May 9 – 49 West Cofferhouse & Winebar – 49 West St. – Annapolis, MD 21401 [CD release show!]
May 13 – Blues Alley – 1073 Wisconsin Avenue [in the alley] – Washington, DC [CD release show!]
May 14 – Keystone Korner – 1350 Lancaster St – Baltimore, MD [CD release show!]

TATVAMASI
April 11 – Tu – ul. Rewolucji 1905 r 10 – Lodz 90-273, Poland

THUMBSCREW [Michael Formanek – Tomas Fujiwara – Mary Halvorson]
April 10 – Public Records – 233 Butler St – Brooklyn, NY

Ligeti Quartet in London, May 9

Source: Kings Place.

Ligeti Quartet – Consciousness

Ruth Crawford Seeger String Quartet
Cliff Kerr Brainstaves for string quartet and EEGs (LQ Commission 2019)
Shiva Feshareki Venus/Zohreh
Witold Lutoslawski String Quartet

What does the brain sound like? Neuroscientist and composer Cliff Kerr explores what happens when performers become composers by translating their brain activity in real time into musical scores. Leveraging recent advances in non-invasive EEG hardware and time series analysis methods information is extracted from the brain. This world premiere is surrounded by pieces which make use of some of the same elements. The shared consciousness represented in Witold Lutosławski’s masterminding of the aleatoric process; Ruth Crawford Seeger’s trailblazing use of textures in her highly original 1931 string quartet where the whole is greater than the sum of individual parts; and Feshareki’s slowly cumulative exploration of open strings inspired by studies of the planet, Venus, which requires deep listening and a heightened state of mindfulness from both performers and listeners.