AMN Reviews: Cape Willoughby Road & Blear Moon – Split (2019; Secret Press)

This split album pairs up individual artists Cape Willoughby Road (Evgen Vrublewski) and Blear Moon (Vlas Presnetsov), each contributing approximately 20 minutes of gritty but non-threatening analog drones, loops, and manipulations. As the recording was released on cassette, each artist’s efforts are captured on one side thereof.

Cape Willoughby Road’s three tracks were formed from early 20th century Russian classical music and samples from movies. The pieces were processed into overlapping, distorted waves of sounds with bright characteristics, occasional piano, and whispering voices. While not exactly something that you can bliss out to, these windswept soundscapes offer a subtle organic warmth.

Blear Moon used tape processing and electroacoustic elements to create a more systematic set of tracks, with bassy drones and oscillating foreground patterns. Unlike his compatriot, Blear Moon looks to the sky, rather than the Earth, for inspiration. Consequently, his ambiance evokes notions of near and outer space. Lines build and gently pulse, while staccato bursts of shaped distortion adds texture.

To reiterate a point that I’ve made before, there is so much drone-related music being released that artists have a difficult time standing out. Cape Willoughby Road & Blear Moon accomplish this goal of novelty through procedural composition. In other words, if you are looking for an ambient / drone recording that is unique, fresh, and not run of the mill, give this album a try. The closest comparison that comes to mind is Basinki’s Disintegration Loops, but these guys go in a different direction.

Chicago Scene: May 25 – June 1, 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 25th 2019

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($25, or $40 festival pass)
Transference Fest 2019
Ikue Mori and friends
King Vision Ultra (Geng)

Sunday, May 26th 2019

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
Fonema Consort : Nina Dante, Dalia Chin, Emily Beisel, Sam Rowe
Ursa : Rachel Brown, Veronica Nettles, Nicholas Jeffrey

9:00PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont ($10 suggested donation) (wheelchair-accessible)
Jorrit Dijkstra, Keefe Jackson, Jason Stein, Josh Berman
Chris Pitsiokos, Tyler Damon

Monday, May 27th 2019

7:30PM at Experimental Sound Studio, 5925 N Ravenswood, 773.769.1069 ($10-$8) (wheelchair-accessible)
Mabel Kwan

9:00PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444
Extraordinary Popular Delusions : Jim Baker, Ed Wilkerson Jr, Brian Sandstrom, Steve Hunt
9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Chris Pitsiokos Solo
Dan Thatcher’s Sift, with Jim Schram, Nate Friedman

Tuesday, May 28th 2019

8:30PM at the Empty Bottle, 1035 N Western, 773.276.3600 ($10) (wheelchair-accessible)
Caleb Willitz with Rami Atassi, Charles Rumback, Tatsu Aoki, Edward Wilkerson, Jim Baker
Gone Valley : Jason Bennett, Tim Bennett, Tim McNulty
Seven Houses : Paul Grill, Mitchell Settecase

Friday, May 31st 2019

7:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($50)
Elastic Arts 2nd Annual Benefit
Honoring Travis, featuring William Parker, Hamid Drake, AJ McClennon, DJ Bonita Appleblunt, more TBA

8:00PM at Prop Thtr, 3502 N Elston ($15)
Apple Pie – a play in 13 words and 4 movements
Play with live chamber music — music by Sofia Gubaidulina, Ben Johnston, Galina Ustvolskaya, Charles Ives

Saturday, June 1st 2019

8:00PM at Prop Thtr, 3502 N Elston ($15)
Apple Pie – a play in 13 words and 4 movements
Play with live chamber music — music by Sofia Gubaidulina, Ben Johnston, Galina Ustvolskaya, Charles Ives

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Joshua Abrams & Natural Information Society on tour

Source: Natural Information Society.

Joshua Abrams & Natural Information Society on tour

May 25: New Music Circle, Off Broadway, St.Louis, MO, USA
June 07: Union Pool, Brooklyn, NY, USA (opening for Sachiko Kanenobu)
June 28: Album Release Event, Constellation, Chicago, IL, USA
July 01: Roulette, Brooklyn, NY, USA
July 04: Kongsberg Jazzfestival, Kongsberg, Norway
July 07: Arkaoda, Berlin, DE, Germany
July 08: Cafe Oto, London, UK (2 day residency day 1)
July 09: Cafe Oto, London, UK (2 day residency day 2)
July 10: Copenhagen Jazz Festival, Alice, Copenhagen, Denmark
July 13: OKLA, Éthel Outdoor Parking Garage, Verdun, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

While it has seemed like a lot of eyes on jazz have been focused on London for a while now, discerning folk have also been keeping a strong gaze on Chicago. Joshua Abrams is one of the key figures reshaping jazz in that city – on call for everyone from artist Theaster Gates to visiting musicians like Evan Parker (who called on him recently when Schillipenbach was denied a visa). Joshua plays not only the bass but the Moroccan equivalent – the gimbri or guimbri. Along with the band Natural Information Society (which includes his partner in life visual artist and musician Lisa Alvarado) Joshua and cohorts have been carving out a unique place for themselves sound wise. Recently this place has become even wider with a new album of hypnotic material that is as much Can or Steve Reich as it is Don Cherry They’ve also got much closer to electronic music in their live sound and through gigs appearing alongside acts like Hieroglyphic Being. This band transcends genres. Now the band is about to embark on their second tour of 2019 with two dates in New York, two nights in London and much more – do yourself a favor and check ’em out.

Holly Herndon on Using AI with Her Latest Project

Source: MusicTech.

If you listened to Holly Herndon’s 2012 EP, Movement, you could be forgiven for filing it under ‘experimental’. An academic by day and a laptop performer by night, the electronic avant-garde musician was deep into visual programming language Max/MSP and creating her own processors and instruments. Fast-forward to 2019, and for her third full-length studio album, PROTO, Herndon is exploring the musical worlds opened up by artificial intelligence by birthing a new collaborator called Spawn, housed within a high-spec gaming computer.

Jazzword Reviews 

Source: Jazzword.

Matthew Shipp Trio

Matthew Shipp-Mat Maneri
Conference of the Mat/ts

Strings 4

Ear Duration

Uri Caine/PRISM Quartet
The Book of Days

Stephen Gauci/Sandy Ewen/Adam Lane/Kevin Shea
Live at the Bushwick Series
May 22, 2019

Crux Trio +1
Up and At ‘Em
May 22, 2019

Healing Unit
Repeat Please!

New Releases From Clean Feed Records 

Source: Clean Feed.

Scheen Jazzorkester & Thomas Johansson – As We See it

Evan Parker & Kinetics – Chiasm

Mark Dresser – Ain´t Nothing But a Cyber Coup & You

Angles 9 – Beyond Us

Gabriel Ferrandini – Volúpias

O carro de Fogo de Sei Miguel

Gabriele Mitelli & Rob Mazurek – Star Spliter (CD/LP)

Ilia Belorukov & Gabriel Ferrandini – Disquiet

Monopiece & Jaap Blonk

Luís Lopes – Love Song: Post Ruins