The Story Of Impulse! Records 

Source: uDiscover.

Founded in 1961 by Creed Taylor, Impulse! Records is regarded as one of the most important and iconic record labels in jazz. Its history is rich with pioneering musicians who refused to sit still, pushing musical boundaries and creating a discography that’s the equal of any other major jazz record label.

One man looms large in Impulse! Records’ history: John Coltrane. A musical seeker who played saxophone and flute, and recorded for Prestige, Blue Note and Atlantic before landing at Impulse! in 1961, Coltrane evolved into a paradigm-busting pathfinder who became not only the label’s talisman but also, both musically and spiritually, its guiding light. Indeed, such was his influence on the company’s mindset and raison d’être that Impulse! Records was often referred to as “the house that Trane built”.

Experimental Musicians as South Park Characters

Source: Dangerous Minds. A little bit of humor to end the day.

If you like your music adventurous, you’ll probably get a huge kick out of Noise Park, a Tumblr that features South Park versions of many avant-garde, experimental, and generally out-there musicians. Whoever is making these charmingly made the decision to follow his or her own esoteric musical tastes, which is a nice way of saying that a good many of the subjects are a bit obscure (Blevin Blectum, Moth Cock, Rotten Milk, etc.), which has the effect of turning it all into an inside inside joke of sorts.

But a lot of the subjects are quite well-known, covering the more cerebral end of the musical spectrum (Kraftwerk, Beefheart, Residents). I spent a fair amount of time trying to come up with a plausibly minimalist South Park episode plot involving Terry Riley, but I failed. Then I switched to Throbbing Gristle and my brain exploded.

Seattle Scene: April 19-27, 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.

Austin Larkin
Fri. Apr. 19, 8 PM; $5 – $15 donation at door

Violinist/composer Austin Larkin and ensemble perform a composition of harmonics and tuned densities unfolding and persisting in time. Transmute states of variance and continuity are held, extended, measured through the vibration of strings and resonant bodies within a room. In the realization of this piece, a focus is placed on the ordering of tone, the diffusion of spectra, and congruences of silence.

Stephen Fandrich
Sat. Apr. 20, 8 PM; $5 – 15 donation at door

Nonsequitur presents composer/pianist Stephen Fandrich, joined by special guests Gamelan Pacifica and Del Sol String Quartet. Fandrich performs compositions and improvisations at the piano in just intonation, and presents two unusual instrumental combinations with Javanese gamelan: Iron Tears, for String Quartet and Javanese Gamelan, and Ketawang Chroma, for Diphonic Singing and Javanese Gamelan.

Tue. 4/23 – Earshot Jazz presents Swiss/Argentine tenor saxophonist and composer María Grande performing Persphone / HerStory

Sat. 4/27 – Nonsequitur presents cellist/composer Ha-Yang Kim’s TERMINALS, a full-length meditative audiovisual work inspired by the peripatetic quality of contemporary life, with Hahn Rowe (NYC – guitar, violin/viola, electronics), violist Heather Bentley, and video artist Ursula Scherrer (NYC/Berlin)

The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

Marion Brown/Dave Burrell: Live at the Black Musicians’ Conference, 1981 (NoBusiness, 2018) ****

Anthony Shadduck – Anthony Shadduck Quartet/Double Quartet (Big Ego Records, 2019) ****

David Torn, Tim Berne & Ches Smith – Sun Of Goldfinger (ECM, 2019) *****

Arrington De Dionyso/Ben Bennett – Live at China Cloud 1/12/2018 (s/r, 2019) ****½

Michael Attias – Solo & Quartet at Greenwich House, New York on April 6, 2019

The Diagonal (Jeff Parker/Jeb Bishop/Pandelis Karayorgis/Nate McBride/Luther Gray) Filter (Not Two, 2018) ****

Sol Sol – Unaccustomed Soil (Signal And Sound Records, 2019) ****

Trapper Keaper – Meets Tim Berne and Aurora Nealand (ears&eyes Records, 2019) ****

Claudia Solal, Katherine Young, Tomeka Reid, Benoit Delbecq – Antichamber Music (The Bridge Sessions, 2019) **½

Rouba 3i + Tony Buck live at Borderline Festival (Athens, April 5 th, 2019)

Shortlist for Scottish New Music Awards Announced

Source: New Music Scotland.

Dorico Award for Small / Medium Scale Work sponsored by Steinberg (1-10 performers)
James Dillon – Quartet No. 9
Claire McCue – I Regret Your Sex
Lisa Robertson – The Inimitable Brightness of the Air

Large scale New Work (11+ performers) sponsored by PRS for Music
Helen Grime – Woven Space
David Fennessy – Triptych
Ailie Robertson – Caoineadh

The Good Spirits Co award for innovation in New Traditional Music
Ailie Robertson – Seven Sorrows
Grit Orchestra – Bothy Culture

EVM Award for Electroacoustic/sound art work
Louise Harris – Visaurihelix
Alex Menzies – Other World Music Vol 1
Pippa Murphy – Breathe In Me

Community/Education project
Get Composing – sound
Incredible Distance – Scottish Chamber Orchestra / WHALE Arts / Fruitmarket Gallery / Scottish Society of Artists
Lost At Sea – East Neuk Festival / Scanner / Svend McEwan-Brown

The RCS Award for Contribution to new music in Scotland
Red Note Ensemble
Enterprise Music Scotland
Fiona Robertson

Prize for Collaboration
Anthems for Queer Youth – Patricia Auchterlonie / Gareth Mattey / Savage Parade / Robert Reid Allan
Simon Thacker’s Svara – Kanti Simon Thacker Neyveli/ B. Venkatesh/ K.V. Gopalakrishna/ N Guruprasad/ Farida Yesmin/ Raju Das Baul / Sunayana Ghosh
WEAR – Alistair White / UU Studios / Gemma A. Williams

Recorded New Work
ANNO:Four Seasons by Anna Meredith & Antonio Vivaldi – Anna Meredith and the Scottish Ensemble – Moshi Moshi Music
Out of Silence – John Mcleod / RSNO / Evelyn Glennie / Holly Mathieson – Delphian Records
softLOUD – Sean Shibe – Delphian Records

Award for Creative Programming
The Night With…

The RCS Award for Making it Happen
Glasgow Experimental Music Series
Nevis Ensemble
Nordic Viola

New Music Performer(s) of the Year
Drake Music Scotland
Garth Knox

Kate Gentile Interview

Source: Heavy Metal Bebop Podcast.

Kate Gentile is a drummer-composer with a highly advanced and personal musical language. Trained in jazz from high school on, she began listening to metal in recent years and has since gravitated toward some of the more intense, outlandish areas of the underground. In this episode, she discusses a slew of her favorite death-metal bands — including Cenotaph, Defeated Sanity and Malignancy — the process of incorporating double-kick drumming into her jazz work, why Tony Williams’ playing was a revelation early on, what she admires about metal fandom and much more. To learn more about Kate and her work, go to

2019 AngelicA Festival, May in Bologna

Source: AngelicA.

Saturday 4 May 2019 – 21.30 – Music Research Center / Teatro San Leonardo – BOLOGNA X
Rohan de Saram ° + Vincent Royer °° (Sri Lanka / England, France) Italian premiere
Iannis Xenakis (Romania, 1992 – France, 2001) Kottos (1977); for cello Horațiu Rădulescu (Romania, 1942 – France, 2008)
Lux Animae (1996/2000); for cello; version for viola (dedicated to Vincent Royer) created in 2000 by Vincent Royer Italian premiere
Rohan de Saram (Sri Lanka, 1939) / Vincent Royer (France, 1961)
Spectral Rituals (2019); (improvisations) for cello and viola absolute first
Rohan de Saram cello; Vincent Royer purple
music by Iannis Xenakis , Horațiu Rădulescu , Rohan de Saram , Vincent Royer

Sunday 5 May 2019 – 21.30 – Music Research Center / Teatro San Leonardo – BOLOGNA
Toshinori Kondo + Massimo Pupillo + Tony Buck ETERNAL TRIANGLE premiere (Japan, Italy, Australia)
Toshinori Kondo trumpet, electronic; Massimo Pupillo electric bass, electronics; Tony Buck battery
music by Tony Buck , Toshinori Kondo , Massimo Pupillo

Wednesday 8 May 2019 – 21.30 – Music Research Center / Teatro San Leonardo – BOLOGNA §
Akio Suzuki + Aki Onda mo no no (Japan) Italian premiere
Akio Suzuki analapos, stone flute, metal, wood, cocktail mixers,
cardboard box, portable mirror with sponge, water;
Aki Onda cassette walkmans, radio, toy synthesizer, amplifiers, cymbals,
bamboo flutes, bells, emergency blankets
music by Akio Suzuki , Aki Onda
by Julia Eckhardt

Thursday 9 May 2019 – 21.30 – Music Research Center / Teatro San Leonardo – BOLOGNA X
uliet Fraser Songs for Solitude (England) Italian premiere
Morton Feldman (United States, 1926-1987)
Only (1947); text by Rainer Maria Rilke ; by voice
Lisa Illean (Australia, 1983)
A through-grown earth (2018); text by Gerard Manley Hopkins;
for voice and Italian premiere tape
Cassandra Miller (Canada, 1976)
Tracery (2017 / …… ..):I. Lazy, Rocking II. The Slits ; for meditating singer and Italian premiere tape
Lawrence Dunn (England, 1991)
While we are both (2016/2017); text by Caitlín Doherty ; for voice and Italian premiere tape
Morton Feldman (United States, 1926-1987)
Only (1947); text by Rainer Maria Rilke ; by voice
Juliet Fraser soprano
music by Morton Feldman , Lisa Illean , Cassandra Miller , Lawrence Dunn

Friday 10 May 2019 – 21.30 – Music Research Center / Teatro San Leonardo – BOLOGNA ()
BRÖTZMANN / GANIA / DRAKE (Germany, Morocco, United States) Italian premiere
Peter Brötzmann alto sax, tenor sax, clarinet, tarogato; Maâlem Moukhtar Gania guembri , voice; Hamid Drake drums, percussion
music by Peter Brötzmann , Maâlem Moukhtar Gania , Hamid Drake

Saturday 11 May 2019 – 9.30 pm – Music Research Center / Teatro San Leonardo – BOLOGNA
BRÖTZMANN / LEIGH (Germany, United States) ()
Peter Brötzmann alto sax, tenor sax, clarinet, tarogato;
Heather Leigh electric pedal steel guitar
music by Peter Brötzmann , Heather Leigh
Edoardo Marraffa + Jasper Stadhouders (Italy, Netherlands) Italian premiere
Edoardo Marraffa tenor sax, sopranino sax;
Jasper Stadhouders electric guitar, acoustic guitar
music by Edoardo Marraffa , Jasper Stadhouders

Thursday 16 May 2019 – 9.30 pm – Music Research Center / Teatro San Leonardo – BOLOGNA //
Giorgio Magnanensi + INCROCI orchestra TDU / XLAB (Italy) world premiere
INCROCI orchestra : Clara La Licata , Chiara Pelloni , Federica Orlandini , Anais Del Sordo : voice; Ariel Bicchierai voice, flute; Doriana De Luca flute in C, alto flute, piccolo; Giulia Carriero soprano sax, tenor sax; Francesco Salmaso tenor sax, baritone sax; Tobia Bondesan soprano sax, alto sax, tenor sax; Walter Zanetti , Leonardo Melchionda , Federico Ceriola , Emanuele Guadagno , Daniele Armata ,
Lorenzo Piantedosi :
electricguitar; Davide Benincaso electric guitar, electric bass; Leandro Paradisi , Filippo Turillazzi : electric bass; Giuseppe Sardina drums, percussion; Diana Paiva Cruz battery; Stefano Forlani percussions; Michele Russo piano; Mattia Loris Siboni , Daniele Carcassi , Giovanni Onorato , Tobia Bandini , Simone Grande , Pierpaolo Ovarini , Pasquale Savignano : electronics
music by Giorgio Magnanensi

Friday 17 May 2019 – 8.30 pm – Church of San Barnaba – MODENA []
ELEMENTS TRIO performs The Alchemy (United States, India, Holland) first European
George Brooks soprano sax, tenor sax; Kala Ramnath violin, vocals;
Gwyneth Wentink harp

Saturday 18 May 2019 – 21.30 – Music Research Center / Teatro San Leonardo – BOLOGNA
Cheryl Ong & Vivian Wang (Singapore) ” first European appearance
Cheryl Ong traditional Chinese percussion, drums; Vivian Wang synthesizer, electronic
music by Cheryl Ong , Vivian Wang
John White + MJ Coldiron + Andrea Rocca LIVE BATTS! (England, Italy) X
John White casio pt30, yamaha dx100, korg monotron, korg microkorg, toys;
MJ Coldiron voice, vocoder; Andrea Rocca electric guitar, samples

Thursday 23 May 2019 – 9.30 pm – Music Research Center / Teatro San Leonardo – BOLOGNA
Aisha Orazbayeva (Kazakhstan)
Nicola Matteis (Italy, 1650 – England, 1700)
Broken Pass (1676); from Ayres for the Violin
John Lely (England, 1976)
The Harmonics of Real Strings (2006/2013); for any Italian first string instrument
Nicola Matteis Jr (England, 1690 – Austria, 1749)
Alia Fantasia (1720); for violin
Johann Sebastian Bach (Germany, 1685-1750)
Andante and Presto ; Sonata in A minor from Six Sonatas and Partitas for violin only 1720
James Tenney (United States, 1934-2006)
KOAN (1971 – for Malcolm Goldstein); for violin
Aisha Orazbayeva violin
Aisha Orazbayeva + Mark Knoop (Kazakhstan, England) X first Italian appearance
Bryn Harrison (England, 1969)
Receiving the Approaching Memory I. II. III. IV. V. (2014); for violin and Italian piano first
Aisha Orazbayeva violin; Mark Knoop piano

Friday 24 May 2019 – 9.30 pm – Music Research Center / Teatro San Leonardo – BOLOGNA
Sunniva Rødland (Norway) ∆ first Italian appearance
Simon Steen-Andersen (Denmark, 1976)
History of My Instrument (2011); for prepared harp and Italian premiere video
Raymond Murray Schafer (Canada, 1933)
The Crown of Ariadne (1979); for harp and percussionI. Ariadne Awakens – II. Ariadne’s Dance – III. Dance of the Bull -IV. Dance of the Night Insects – V. Sun Dance – VI. Labyrinth Dance
Sunniva Rødland harp, percussion
music by Simon Steen-Andersen , Raymond Murray Schafer
Daniela Cattivelli GARRULUS GLANDARIUS (Italy)
Daniela Cattivelli live electronics, calls for birds; Camillo Prosdocimo chioccolatore
music by Daniela Cattivelli

Saturday 25 May 2019 – 18.30 – Basilica of Santa Maria dei Servi – BOLOGNA
Hermann Nitsch ORGELKONZERT (Austria) Italian premiere
Hermann Nitsch organ
assistants of the organ performance: Josef Smutny , Leopoldo Siano
music by Hermann Nitsch

Sunday 26 May 2019 – 21.30 – Music Research Center / Teatro San Leonardo – BOLOGNA
Pandit Uday Bhawalkar RAGA YAMAN (India, Italy)
Pandit Uday Bhawalkar voice; Jasdeep Singh jori;
Marged Trumper tanpura

Friday 31 May 2019 – 6 pm – Musical Research Center / Teatro San Leonardo – BOLOGNA
Small Angelic Choir TEST MOMENT ^
Giovanna Giovannini direction; Silvia Tarozzi direction;
Gloria Giovannini coordination;
Small Angelic Choir : Agata Arcelli , Agata Celli , Amalia Giuditta Cantaluppi , Anita Serra , Arturo Vespignani , Bianca Moruzzi , Elisa Zerbo , Elvira Apolito , Emilia Arcidiacono , Francesco Lucchesi , Giulia Bugugnoli , Greta Bünger Gadale , Olga Cau , Pietro Nicotera , Romeo Celeste Simonini , Sofia Schembri
guests: Luigi ‘Lullo’ Mosso double-bass, voice; Choir of the Jumpers
Music by Piccolo Coro Angelico , Giovanna Marini , Mirco Mariani , Tristan Honsinger , Luigi ‘Lullo’ Mosso ,