AMN Reviews: Ingar Zach – Floating Layer Cake [SOFA571]

One way of making existing material new is by rearranging it. On Floating Layer Cake Norwegian percussionist/composer Ingar Zach takes two of his compositions and reimagines them through creative reorchestration. The Lost Ones, originally written for Zach’s percussion and the text and voice of poet Caroline Bergvall, is here rearranged for an ensemble comprising the Canadian string quartet Quatuor Bozzini and guitarist Kim Myhr on acoustic 12-string and zither, as well as Zach and Bergvall. Rearranged this way, The Lost Ones is a work of timbral ambiguity, where it’s initially difficult to disentangle the instruments from the collective sound. The individual voices become more sharply defined as the piece continues: Bergvall’s voice enters for a brief passage; Myhr’s guitar and zither ornament the enveloping drone, as does Zach’s percussion; the quartet gradually adopts bowing patterns that divide the undifferentiated mass of sound into a regular rhythm, further emphasized by Myhr’s forceful strumming. Listening is like watching objects slowly emerge out of fog: first as a vague mass, then as discernible outlines, and finally as three-dimensional bodies projecting out against a grey curtain. The second and final piece on the album, Let the Snare Speak, was first written for percussion ensemble but here is performed by Zach alone. The work, for three snare drums, electronics and vibrating speakers, is a series of hums and flutters produced by a series of sine tones projected through the speakers and altered by their interaction with the drumheads.

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All About Jazz Reviews

Source: All About Jazz.

Angles 3
Parede (Clean Feed Records)

Arild Andersen / Clive Bell / Mark Wastell
Tales Of Hackney (Confront Recordings)

Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra Featuring Marilyn Crispell And Evan Parker
Parallel Moments Unbroken (FMR Records)

Mark Dresser Seven
Ain’t Nothing But a Cyber Coup & You (Clean Feed Records)

André Carvalho
The Garden Of Earthly Delights (Outside In Music)

Human Feel
Gold (Intakt Records)

This Week in New York 

Source: I CARE IF YOU LISTEN.

BROOKLYN RIDER & KINAN AZMEH | MUSIC MONDAYS
Brooklyn Rider and Kinan Azmeh perform music by Caroline Shaw, Azmeh, Colin Jacobsen, and Beethoven.
Monday, May 6 at 7:30 PM
Free
Advent Lutheran Church, 2504 Broadway, New York, NY

BIG DOG LITTLE DOG | POP-UP CONCERTS
big dog little dog is the brainchild of artists Jessie Montgomery and Eleonore Oppenheim. The duo uses an improvisational composition technique that draws on numerous genres.
Tuesday, May 7 at 6:00 PM
Free
Miller Theatre, 2960 Broadway, New York, NY

NORDIC NOIR: MY BEAUTIFUL DECAY 1973, EJNAR KANDING
American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME) performs music by Danish artists whose work has been fostered by the mood of the north, both geographical and philosophical, including Ejnar Kanding and My Beautiful Decay 1973 (alias Carsten Bo Eriksen).
Tuesday, May 7 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $15-$20
Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY

HYPERCUBE PRESENTS: VOIDED CROSS BY ERIC WUBBELS
Hypercube presents the U.S. premiere of Eric Wubbels’s Voided Cross and performs additional works by Erin Rogers and Nick Deyoe.
Tuesday, May 7 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $10
The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, 450 West 37th Street, New York, NY

SOLAR FLARE: WORLD PREMIERES BY THE 2019 LUNA COMPOSITION LAB FELLOWS
The five 2019 Fellows in Kaufman Music Center’s Luna Composition Lab mentorship program for young, female-identifying, non-binary,5 and gender non-conforming composers will premiere their commissions at Merkin Hall. The program also includes music by Shelley Washington, Mary Halvorson, and Alex Temple.
Wednesday, May 8 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $15
Merkin Concert Hall, 129 West 67th Street, New York, NY

CHROMIC
Chromic makes its debut at MISE-EN_PLACE. The program features a world premiere by Samn Johnson, inspired by Lucretius’s On the Nature of Things, for two prepared pianos and electronics.
Thursday, May 9 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $15, $10 students
MISE-EN_PLACE, 678 Hart Street, Brooklyn, NY

ARTO LINDSAY, IKUE MORI, YOSHIMIO
Performers Arto Lindsay, Ikue Mori, and YoshimiO come together for a special evening of music.
Thursday, May 9 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $18 online, $25 doors
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

THE PERCUSSION COLLECTIVE
This concert features the world premiere of Alejandro Vinao’s Stress and Flow the NY premiere of Garth Neustadter’s Seaborne, and the world premiere of Theo Woodward’s Living Geometries of the Emergent Breath.
Thursday, May 9 at 8:00 PM
Free
Frederick Loewe Theatre, 35 West 4th Street, New York, NY

ANIMAL GALLERY | COMPOSERS CONCORDANCE
Taking inspiration from photographs, artworks, and short films of various animals, composers and performers will present compositions that transform those influences into sound, as images of the works that prompted their creativity are shown onscreen during the performance.
Friday, May 10 at 8:00 PM
Estonian House, 243 East 34th Street, New York, NY

Coming to Philadelphia

Source: Ars Nova Workshop.

THURSDAY, JUNE 13
8:00PM
Sun Ra Arkestra / Sounds of Liberation
Marshall Allen 95th Birthday Celebration / Record Release Celebration
The Sun Ra Arkestra has been hailed as one of the greatest big bands of all time, and their maestro Marshall Allen will be celebrating his 95th “arrival day” this year! In celebration, Ars Nova Workshop is presenting the Arkestra with another legendary Philadelphia collective, Sounds of Liberation. Drummer-composer Eli Keszler, best known for his work with Laurel Halo and Oneohtrix Point Never, opens.

TUESDAY, JUNE 18
7:00PM
Jennifer Walshe / Lary 7’s “Owl Movie”
Please join Ars Nova Workshop and the Institute of Contemporary Art for Dreamweapons, a series of performances celebrating the multivalent influences of Tony Conrad. It kicks off with a double-bill featuring the Philadelphia debut of Jennifer Walshe and a screening of Lary 7’s Owl Movie.

THURSDAY, JUNE 27
8:00PM
HEVM / David Grubbs
Please join Ars Nova Workshop and the Institute of Contemporary Art for Dreamweapons, a series of performances celebrating the multivalent influences of Tony Conrad. Tonight features the Philadelphia premiere of HEVM, the trio of MV Carbon, Eve Essex, and Hunter Hunt-Hendrix. David Grubbs, best known for his work with Gastr del Sol, opens.

SATURDAY, JULY 13
8:00PM
Charlemagne Palestine
As part of Dreamweapons, Ars Nova and the ICA’s series of performances celebrating the multivalent influences of Tony Conrad, Charlemagne Palestine performs on the organ at St. Mary’s Church.

SUNDAY, JULY 21
3:00PM
Michael Morley’s Music for The Never Quartet
Please join Ars Nova Workshop and the Institute of Contemporary Art for Dreamweapons, a series of performances celebrating the multivalent influences of Tony Conrad. The final performance in this series features The Dead C’s Michael Morley and his Music for the Never Quartet.

The Best Experimental Music on Bandcamp: April 2019 

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

All kinds of experimental music can be found on Bandcamp: free jazz, avant-rock, dense noise, outer-limits electronics, deconstructed folk, abstract spoken word, and so much more. If an artist is trying something new with an established form or inventing a new one completely, there’s a good chance they’re doing it on Bandcamp. Each month, Marc Masters picks some of the best releases from across this wide, exploratory spectrum. April’s selection includes solo voice calisthenics, four-piece harmonium drones, active percussion improvisations, and the final chapter in a eight-year, 21-part series.