16 Years of Avant Music News

On April 29, 2003, I launched a very rudimentary version of Avant Music News. This was before blogs, social media, or legal music streaming services were a thing.

Since then, we have gone through three different hosting platforms and three different software packages for hosting. To a modest extent, the site caught on and grew. In the early years, our biggest problem was finding an article or two to post about every day. Today, our biggest problem is keeping up with news, article, and music review submissions (a quick look at the inbox indicates that the current count of unread submissions is 32, down from twice as many due to yesterday’s sort-and-purge activities).

We are not supported by advertising or beholden to anyone. What you see is the ongoing effort of volunteers who are really into the music. In a world where not-for-profit independent music sites rarely survive long, somehow we’ve managed to stick it out. Maybe that’s because we’re doing what we enjoy and it doesn’t seem like a job. Having said that, I wish we could do more – in particular, more original reviews and interviews. But there is a lot of material coming in and only so many hours in the day.

In any event, I’d like to thank the site’s contributors and writers, the musicians and labels who keep us up to date with what they are doing, and of course our several thousand regular and semi-regular readers. You guys have provided us with reasons to keep going for over a decade and a half.

All About Jazz Reviews

Source: All About Jazz.

Multiple Artists
Four releases on Another Timbre from a “wonderfully fertile grey area”

The Art Ensemble Of Chicago
We Are On The Edge: A 50th Anniversary Celebration (Pi Recordings)

Trio Heinz Herbert
Yes (Intakt Records)

Dustin Laurenzi
Snaketime: The Music Of Moondog (Astral Spirits)

Michael Bisio / Kirk Knuffke / Fred Lonberg-Holm
Requiem for a New York Slice (Iluso Records)

This Week in New York 

Source: I CARE IF YOU LISTEN.

THE ABANDONED CASTLE AND OTHER STORIES
The New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy (NWS), presents a special event featuring a string quartet comprised of NWS Fellows, playing music by Jessie Montgomery, Antonín Dvořák, and the world premiere of Jordan Millar’s, The Abandoned Castle.
Tuesday, April 30 at 12:00 PM
Free
Yamaha Artist Studio, 689 5th Avenue #3, New York, NY

MARY PRESCOTT: SONGS BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH
For her Roulette Commission, interdisciplinary artist, composer, and pianist Mary Prescott presents Songs Between Life and Death—a performative song cycle integrating music, word, movement, physical theater, and installation. Inspired by the idea of conscious spiritual existence unattached from the physical body, Songs Between Life and Death explores the hidden spaces, emotional experiences, clarity, and chaos of inhabiting this unknown place for the first time.
Tuesday, April 30 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $18, $25 doors
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

BRENDON RANDALL-MYERS / MARATECK / MIKI SAWADA: MACHINES AND MIRRORS
This show presents two thematically-related large scale pieces representing composer/guitarist Brendon Randall-Myers’s work with instrumental rock band Marateck, and with pianist Miki Sawada and director Daniel Pettrow.
Wednesday, May 1 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $18 online, $25 doors
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

NEW WORLD SYMPHONY
Michael Tilson Thomas conducts the NY premiere of Julia Wolfe’s Fountain of Youth.
Wednesday, May 1 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $12-$08
Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Avenue, New York, NY

LOVESTATE | SILENT VOICES
Featuring commissions by Pulitzer Prize winners David Lang and Caroline Shaw, Nico Muhly, Bryce Dessner, Paola Prestini, Toshi Reagon, and others, Silent Voices: Lovestate explores a young generation’s vision of a more inclusive and compassionate future.
Thursday, May 2 at 7:00 PM; Saturday, May 4 at 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM; Sunday, May 5 at 12:00 PM and 4:00 PM
Tickets from $17
The New Victory Theater, 229 West 42nd Street, New York, NY

INTERPRETATIONS | ANNIE GOSFIELD & EDMUND CAMPION
Commissioned by the Library of Congress​, Gosfield presents the ​NYC premiere​ of ​A Mother’s Note and a Single Vote,​ written for the ​centenary of the passage of the 19th Amendment​, which granted women the right to vote. Edmund Campion​​ will present ​​Recumulations, ​​Four Bells For Tom, the ​NY premiere​ of ​Auditory Fiction II, and the ​​world premiere​​ of ​​Late Bloomer​​.
Thursday, May 2 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $20
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

ROBERTS / WHITE / HALL | QUBIT
Philip White, Mariel Roberts and Alec Hall will perform solo sets.
Saturday, May 4 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $15
Santander Bank, 172 East 4th Street, New York, NY

MACRO & MICRO | 8TH ANNUAL COMPCORD FESTIVAL
The first program, a collaboration with the ‘Entertaining Science’ series, will be a study in music of the large and extremely small fauna. In alternation with a scientific mini-lecture, CompCord Ensemble will premiere eight compositions examining extraordinary life forms on our planet.
Sunday, May 5 at 7:00 PM
Michiko Rehearsal Studios, 149 West 46th Street, New York, NY

LOADBANG, MAJEL CONNERY, DARIUS JONES | LOOK + LISTEN FESTIVAL
The 2019 Look + Listen Festival continues May 5 with “So To Speak” — a curation of performances featuring experimental songwriting and contemporary chamber music focused on the relationship between music and the written word.
Sunday, May 5 at 8:00 PM
Free
Areté, 67 West Street, Brooklyn, NY

Sub Rosa New Releases

Source: Sub Rosa.

ERIC THIELEMANS AND BILLY HART
Talking about the Weather

YANNICK FRANCK PRESENTS MT GEMINI
Just Like A River

AN ANTHOLOGY OF GREEK EXPERIMENTAL ELECTRONIC MUSIC 1966-2016
Various

THE NOISE OF ART: BLIXA BARGELD, LUCIANO CHESSA, FRED MÖPERT, OPENING PERFORMANCE ORCHESTRA
The Noise Of Art