Interview with Can’s Irmin Schmidt 

Source: Louder.

As co-founder of Can, alongside Holger Czukay, Michael Karoli and Jaki Liebezeit, Irmin Schmidt left an indelible imprint on the musical landscape of the late 60s and 70s. The German collective, formed in Cologne in 1968, drew from elements of rock, jazz, ethnic funk, classical music and minimalism to create a new kind of language, governed by an intuitive sense of exploration. The band’s keyboardist and (later on) occasional singer, Schmidt remained with Can through to their initial split in 1979, a run that included such peerless classics as Tago Mago, Ege Bamyasi and Future Days. “Everybody had ideas,” he recalls of their unique chemistry. “The music had so many different styles because we all contributed everything we knew.”

AMN Reviews: PoiL – Sus (2019; Dur et Doux)

PoiL is what you would get if you mixed Etron Fou Leloublan, The Cardiacs, Miriodor, and a touch of Zappa into a French avant-prog chamber rock outfit with speed punk tendencies. Intrigued yet?

A trio, the group is consists of Antoine Arnera on keyboards, Boris Cassone on bass, and Guilhem Meier on drums, with all three members combining on multi-part vocals. Their hallmark style is jagged all-out and start-stop rhythms with crunchy bass and wigged out keys. Digging a little deeper, PoiL strings together a series of labyrinthine themes, moving from one to another before any wears out its welcome. Arnera trades off leads and rhythm roles, while the Cassone and Meier mostly stick to the latter. And just when Arnera’s leads are heading toward 70’s free-improv land, he reins them back in to join his bandmates in a more structured exercise.

What sets PoiL apart, however, are the vocals. Landing somewhere between Renaissance counterpoint, multi-vocal hard rock, and Eastern European prog stylings, they add a unique layer to the group’s efforts. In particular, the almost-catchy harmonizing on Luses Fadas is in stark contrast to the abrupt complexities that would have otherwise dominated that track.

Needless to say at this point, Sus is a stellar album that merges controlled chaos with the ethereal vocal wackiness. Even fans of the King Crimson and Ruins will be taken aback by the rhythmic sophistication at play here. A solid album of the year candidate.

2018-19 UChicago Arts Concert Series 

Source: The University of Chicago.

Thursday & Friday, May 2 & 3, 2019 / Logan Center Penthouse
CHIMEfest 2019: Live Electronics Symposium
The CHIME Studio presents CHIMEFest 2019, a meeting of electronics performers and improvisers from around the globe, with leading artists and researchers from the United States, the UK, and Europe.
May 2
10 am – 2 pm – Talks Session I with Anne La Berge, Jeff Snyder, Pierre Alexandre Tremblay, and Alex Harker
7 pm – Concert I featuring Anne La Berge, Ted Moore, Katherine Young, and RAGE THORMBONES
May 3
4 pm-6 pm – Talks Session II with Sam Pluta, Ted Moore, and Lauren Sarah Hayes
7 pm – Concert II featuring Katie Schoepflin Jimoh, Pedro Lopes, Jeff Snyder, Anne La Berge, Sam Pluta, and Ben Lamar Gay
Presented by the CHIME Studio, Chicago Center for Contemporary Composition, and the Arts, Science & Culture Initiative.

Friday, May 10, 2019 / 8 PM / Fulton Recital Hall
UChicago Composers Concert with Ensemble Dal Niente
Ensemble Dal Niente performs the world premieres of works by University of Chicago composers, including undergraduates Paul Beckman, Elle Jensen, and Reiny Rolock, graduate students Austin Simonds and Yuting Tan, with a work by Postdoctoral Researcher Tonia Ko. Michael Lewanski will conduct the concert.

Saturday, May 11, 2019 / 9 AM – 4 PM / Logan Center Performance Hall
Grossman Ensemble Open Rehearsal
The Grossman Ensemble rehearses and workshops music by Kate Soper, Steve Lehman, Joungbum Lee, and David Dzubay in an interactive open rehearsal offering unique access to the creative process.

Friday, June 7, 2019 / 7:30 PM / Logan Center Performance Hall*
Grossman Ensemble
David Dzubay, conductor
In the final concert of the season, the Grossman Ensemble presents four world premiere works by acclaimed soprano Kate Soper, a Pulitzer Prize finalist whose works have been commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the American Composers Orchestra, Carnegie Hall, Tanglewood Music Center; Steve Lehman, whose most recent album was called the #1 Jazz Album of the year by NPR Music and the Los Angeles Times, UChicago composer Joungbum Lee, and David Dzubay, Professor of Music, Chair of the Composition Department, and director of the New Music Ensemble at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, who will also conduct the concert.

Roulette in May

Source: Roulette.

BRENDON RANDALL-MYERS / MARATECK / MIKI SAWADA: MACHINES AND MIRRORS
WEDNESDAY, MAY 1, 2019 @ 8:00 PM
This show presents two thematically-related large scale pieces representing composer/guitarist Brendon Randall-Myers’s work with instrumental […]

INTERPRETATIONS: ANNIE GOSFIELD | EDMUND CAMPION
THURSDAY, MAY 2, 2019 @ 8:00 PM
Real & Imagined Sounds For Instruments & Electronics with Pauline Kim and Vicky Chow. Edmund Campion With Marilyn Nonken, Manuel Laufer, Russel […]

MAY THE 4TH BE WITH YOU: JAIMIE BRANCH’S ANTELOPER AND FLY OR DIE
SATURDAY, MAY 4, 2019 @ 8:00 PM
Commissioned artist Jaimie Branch presents new work for Anteloper and Fly or Die.

ARTO LINDSAY, IKUE MORI, YOSHIMIO
THURSDAY, MAY 9, 2019 @ 8:00 PM
Venerable performers Arto Lindsay, Ikue Mori, and YoshimiO come together for a special evening of music.

TIGUE: THIS NEW FOREST
MONDAY, MAY 13, 2019 @ 8:00 PM
This New Forest is an evening-length performance inspired by ecological speculations fusing nature and machine; translating authentic and […]

SHAYNA DULBERGER: ACTIVE PROJECTS
TUESDAY, MAY 14, 2019 @ 8:00 PM
These three comrades will create a journey of rhythms and tones through a world of sax, bass, and drums.

TRAVIS LAPLANTE & YARN/WIRE: INNER GARDEN
TUESDAY, MAY 21, 2019 @ 8:00 PM
Resident artist Travis Laplante presents a three-movement work inspired by a dream.

JOEL ROSS: REVELATION
WEDNESDAY, MAY 22, 2019 @ 8:00 PM
Joel Ross is a 2019 commissioned artist. Revelation is a collection of composed and improvised music inspired by a reflection of self. As we […]

KIT FITZGERALD & PETER GORDON: FROZEN MOMENTS OF PASSION
THURSDAY, MAY 23, 2019 @ 8:00 PM
The iconic video artist and composer duo return with Gavin Rayna Russom, Michaël Attias, and Max Gordon for this world premiere.

JOSEPH JARMAN MEMORIAL CELEBRATION
SATURDAY, MAY 25, 2019 @ 2:00 PM
In honor of avant-garde jazz pioneer and icon Joseph Jarman, Roulette will host a memorial to celebrate his life after his passing earlier this […]

MARÍA GRAND: SEXTET WORK FOR GHOST ENSEMBLE
TUESDAY, MAY 28, 2019 @ 8:00 PM
For the second, and final concert of her Roulette residency, prolific saxophonist and composer María Grand creates a body of work on the theme

The Stone in May

Source: The Stone.

5/1 Wednesday (DT)
8:30 pm
Satoko Fujii and Joe Fonda
Satoko Fujii (piano) Joe Fonda (bass)

5/2 Thursday (RK)
8:30 pm
Kappa Maki, Satoko Fujii, Ikue Mori and Chris Corsano
Kappa Maki (trumpet) Satoko Fujii (piano) Ikue Mori (electronics) Chris Corsano (drums)

5/3 Friday
8:30 pm
Satoko Fujii, Devin Gray and Chris Tordini
Satoko Fujii (piano) Devin Gray (drums) Chris Tordini (bass)

5/4 Saturday
8:30 pm
Kira Kira
Kappa Maki (trumpet) Al Martin (fender rhodes piano) Satoko Fujii (piano) Andrew Drury (drums)

THE STONE RESIDENCIES
MATT SHIPP
MAY 7–11

5/7 Tuesday (KM)
8:30 pm
Matthew Shipp Trio
Matthew Shipp (piano) Michael Bisio (bass) Newman Taylor Baker (drums)

5/8 Wednesday (RB)
8:30 pm
Matthew Shipp-Ivo Perelman Duo
Matthew Shipp (piano) Ivo Perelman (tenor sax)

5/9 Thursday (KM)
8:30 pm
Matthew Shipp Quartet
Matthew Shipp (piano) Rob Brown (alto sax) William Parker (bass) Whit Dickey (drums) special guest Steve Dalachinsky (poetry)

5/10 Friday (NB)
8:30 pm
Matthew Shipp-Darius Jones Duo
Matthew Shipp (piano) Darius Jones (alto sax)

5/11 Saturday (KM)
8:30 pm
Matthew Shipp Trio
Matthew Shipp (piano) Michael Bisio (bass) Newman Taylor Baker (drums)

5/14 Tuesday
8:30 pm
Val Jeanty, Chad Taylor and Nicole Mitchell
Val Jeanty (electronics) Chad Taylor (drums) Nicole Mitchell (flute)

5/15 Wednesday (KM)
8:30 pm
Matthew Shipp Trio with Nicole Mitchell
Matthew Shipp (piano) Michael Bisio (bass) Newman Taylor Baker (drums) Nicole Mitchell (flute)

5/16 Thursday (NB)
8:30 pm
Jean Cook, Marika Hughes and Nicole Mitchell
Jean Cook (violin) Marika Hughes (cello) Nicole Mitchell (flute)

5/17 Friday
8:30 pm
Tomas Fujiwara, Patricia Franceschy and Nicole Mitchell
Tomas Fujiwara (drums) Patricia Franceschy (vibes) Nicole Mitchell (flute)

5/18 Saturday (HM)
8:30 pm
Funkish
André ‘Dré Gló Lassalle (guitar) Jared Nickerson (bass) Calvin Gantt (spoken word) Nicole Mitchell (flute)

5/21 Tuesday
8:30 pm
a&k and friends
Kathryn Schulmeister (bass) Wilfrido Terrazas (flutes) Alexandria Smith (trumpet) Wendy Eisenberg (guitar)

5/22 Wednesday
8:30 pm
a&k and friends
Kathryn Schulmeister (bass) Nina Rosalind Dante (voice) Madison Greenstone (clarinets) Felix Del Tredici (bass trombone) Alexandria Smith (trumpet)

5/23 Thursday (RK)
8:30 pm
BRASS
Caroline Miller (voice and sampler) David Aguila (trumpets) Annie Lemieux (trumpet) Alexandria Smith (trumpet) Kalun Leung (trombone) Dave Taylor (bass trombone) Felix Del Tredici (bass trombone)

5/24 Friday
8 pm
QUINTET
Matt Leece (electric guitar) Billy Martin (drums, percussion) Evan Strauss (electric bass) Alexandria Smith (trumpet) Caroline Miller (sample, voice)

5/28 Tuesday (RB)
8:30 pm
QUARTET
Uri Caine (piano) Drew Gress (bass) Ben Perowsky (drums) Jon Irabagon (sax)

5/29 Wednesday (FM)
8:30 pm
TRIO
Uri Caine (piano) Mark Helias (bass) Clarence Penn (drums)

5/30 Thursday (DT)
8:30 pm
JOHN ZORN’S MASADA BOOK OF ANGELS
Uri Caine (piano)

5/31 Friday
8:30 pm
TANGO
Uri Caine (piano) Mark Feldman (violin) Agustin Uriburu (cello) Julien Labro (bandoneon) Pablo Aslan (bass)