AMN Reviews: Mariska Baars & Rutger Zuydervelt – Eau (2019; Machinefabriek)

This short album (or long EP) features Mariska Baars on vocals, guitar, and kalimba, with Rutger Zuydervelt on guitars and sound processing. But that simple description does not capture the essence of Eau, which is French for “water”. And that title is apt, as the music ebbs and flows like a stream of consciousness.

Baar’s vocals are heavily processed with echo and delay. She both lilts and lulls, navigating through a haunting and alien soundscape. Her words are not as important as the timbres and melodies of her voice. The closest analogy is perhaps to Eastern European folk music with a post-modern approach. The guitar playing features cleanly picked or sustained electric notes that compliment Baars more than accompany her.

Consisting of a single 30-minute track with generous studio manipulation, Eau is a gentle yet unconventional dream sequence laden with minimalistic effects, crackling elements and a bassy rumble or two. Overall, while too busy to be considered “ambient” in the traditional sense, the album is best listened to as a member of that loose genre. An unusual and highly compelling release.

AMN Picks of the Week: Thomas Kozumplik / Mariska Baars & Rutger Zuydervelt / Erick d’Orion & Guillaume Cliche / John Luther Adams

Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that has caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended.

Thomas Kozumplik – Child of the Earth (2019)
Mariska Baars & Rutger Zuydervelt – Eau (2019)
Erick d’Orion & Guillaume Cliche – PUNT (2019)
John Luther Adams – Become Desert (2019)

Chicago Scene: May 4-11, 2019

This is a weekly overview of live avant performances in the Chicago area. Contact us if you’d like your shows listed.

Saturday, May 4th 2019

2:00PM at the May Chapel at Rosehill Cemetery, 5800 N Ravenswood (Free)
Exposure Series 2019
Forbes Graham, Tomeka Reid
Claire Rousay Solo
Ava Mendoza, Forbes Graham, Joshua Abrams, Tyler Damon

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($20-$15)
Chicago Jazz String Summit
Sara Caswell, Eddy Kwon, Lia Kohl, Peter Maunu

Sunday, May 5th 2019

3:30PM at Steppenwolf 1700, 1700 N Halsted ($20-$15)
Dal Niente Woodwind Trio : Emma Hospelhorn, Andrew Nogal, Katherine Schoepflin Jimoh — music by Victoria Cheah, Hans Abrahamsen, Carola Bauckholt, Sandra Lemus Hernandez, Alex Temple, Joël-François Durand, Brian Ferneyhough, Franco Donatoni, Ruby Landau-Pincus

9:00PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont ($15 suggested donation) (wheelchair-accessible)
Chicago Jazz String Summit
Stirrup : Fred Lonberg-Holm, Nick Macri, Charles Rumback
Sara Caswell, Eddy Kwon, Tristan Honsinger, Tomeka Reid, special guests TBA

Monday, May 6th 2019

7:30PM at Myopic Books, 1564 N Milwaukee, 773.862.4882
Kimberly Sutton, Corey Lyons

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($15)
SAICOBAB : YoshimiO, Yoshida Daikiti, Motoyuki “Hama” Hamamoto

9:00PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444
Extraordinary Popular Delusions : Jim Baker, Ed Wilkerson Jr, Brian Sandstrom, Steve Hunt

Tuesday, May 7th 2019

9:30PM at The Whistler, 2421 N Milwaukee ($12) (wheelchair-accessible)
The Bridge
Crying Out Loud : Dan Bitney, Rob Frye, JayVe Montgomery, Olivia Scemama, special guests TBA

Wednesday, May 8th 2019

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($12)
The Bridge
Crying Out Loud : Dan Bitney, Rob Frye, JayVe Montgomery, Olivia Scemama, Simon Sieger, with Marvin Tate, Ben LaMar Gay, Mike Reed

9:00PM at Café Mustache, 2313 N Milwaukee, 773.877.3327 (wheelchair-accessible)
Context Series
Free Jazz Date Night — details TBA

Thursday, May 9th 2019
7:00PM at Comfort Station, 2579 N Milwaukee (Donation)
Eli Namay
The Bridge

8:00PM at Slate Arts and Performance, 3203 W North Ave, 847.312.1527
Katherine Young with special guests
ZRL : Zach Good, Ryan Packard, Lia Kohl

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Christophe Erb, Joshua Abrams, Mike Reed
Ugochi Nwaogwugwi, Simon Sieger, Tim Stine, Olivia Scemama

Friday, May 10th 2019

8:00PM in Fulton Recital Hall, 1010 E 59th, 4th Fl, 773.702.8069 (Free)
Ensemble Dal Niente — music by Paul Beckman, Elle Jensen, Reiny Rolock, Austin D Simonds, Yuting Tan, Tonia Ko

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($15-$12)
Artifacts Trio : Nicole Mitchell, Tomeka Reid, Mike Reed

Saturday, May 11th 2019

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Angel Bat Dawid’s Mothership 9 : A June Tyson Space Odyssey
Featuring Julian Otis, Deborah Powell, Aquarius Aquarius, Dr Adam Zanolini, Rudra Xristián, N W Long, Vincent Davis, Jonathan Woods-Apuat En Heru, Deborah Jackson, Nicole Melanie Davis

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Oren Ambrachi’s Interviewed About Black Truffle Label and Cafe OTO Shows

Source: The Wire.

Oren Ambarchi hosts a three-day residency at London’s Cafe Oto starting on 11 May. The Sydney born guitarist and drummer is marking his 50th birthday and the tenth anniversary of his Black Truffle imprint with several shows, featuring performances by close-collaborators and label affiliates such as Eiko Ishibashi, Alvin Curran and David Toop, among others. These tracks were selected by Ambarchi to form a mixed compilation, which will be released by Kompakt on 10 May. The musician answered some questions about the project over email.

The Best New Ambient on Bandcamp: April 2019 

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

A quick browse through the Bandcamp ambient tag will reveal any number of ambient works from composers unified in their artistry through atmosphere, but with wildly differing approaches to how they achieve their goals. From the intimate and warm to the unsettling and tense, ambient is a diverse and endlessly thought-provoking genre. Every month, Ari Delaney will walk through the best recent releases you can find right here on Bandcamp.

In this edition, we’re highlighting albums released from March 15 through April 15, including the standalone debut from an acclaimed video game composer, and the ideal road trip music for an imaginary countryside.

pfMENTUM New Releases

Source: pfMENTUM.

Present Quartet: Routes, Paths, Courses (PFMCD131)
A SUPERB and delightfully imaginative work featuring a mix of pfMENTUM veterans and newcomers!
Ellen Burr – flutes: C, alto, bass, piccolo
Anne LeBaron – harp, electronics
Jeff Schwartz – bass
Charles Sharp – Bb and alto clarinets, alto sax, piri, electronics
Recorded at Roy O. Disney Concert Hall, CalArts, December 16, 2018

Michael Vlatkovich: 5 Winds: Five of Us (PFMCD130)
Vlatkovich. What more can we say? Awesome compositions and improvisation!
David Mott – baritone saxophone
Lina Allemano – trumpet
Michael Vlatkovich – trombone
Nicole Rampersaud – trumpet
Peter Lutek – tenor saxophone and frankenpipe
Recorded June 3, 2015 at Array Space, Toronto