AMN Picks of the Week: A Half With Tinnitus / Common Eider, King Eider / Biota / Danketsu 9

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.

A Half With Tinnitus – A Half With Tinnitus (2019)
Common Eider, King Eider – Égrégore (2019)
Biota – Counterbalance (2019)
Danketsu 9 – Towards a Walk in the Sun (2019)

AMN Reviews: Thomas DeLio – Selected Compositions III (1986-2017) [Neuma 450-120]

Selected Compositions III (1986-2017) is Neuma’s third compilation of work by composer Thomas DeLio (b. 1951). As with the previous two CD releases, which surveyed his work of 1991-2013 and of 1972-2015, Selected Compositions (1986-2017) collects both acoustic instrumental and electroacoustic pieces, with a particular emphasis on DeLio’s settings of texts.

When writing about the second album in the series, I characterized DeLio’s work as embodying an aesthetic of intermittence—a focus on sound as such standing alone in well-defined islands of time. The pieces collected on this third album further elaborate DeLio’s deep engagement with the intermittences of sound. One area where this engagement makes itself especially felt is in DeLio’s settings of spoken texts.

On this as on previous releases, DeLio presents compositions that take recordings of the poetry of P. Inman as source material. Two pieces appear here: by parch reading (2016) and “decker” (1998). DeLio has said he has a particular affinity for Inman’s work and it isn’t hard to see why: what DeLio does with sound is analogous to what Inman does with language, which is to say, breaking it not at the joints one would expect, but instead dismantling it across those joints, the better to alienate it from its usual function—for Inman and language, the semantic or meaning-conveying function; for DeLio and sound, the function afforded by temporal continuity–and to recompose it in unexpected ways. Inman’s poetry recasts words and phrases from semantic elements into a kind of musique concrète of utterance; in a similar way, DeLio breaks sounds up to play off against each other as a series of timbral contrasts and likenesses. When DeLio electronically modifies recordings of Inman’s poetry a kind of multiplier effect is at work; what results are conflicts and concordances of consonants and vowels–an abstract music of the voice.

This same use of fragmentation is a significant factor in the instrumental works; for example, the two pieces for percussion ensemble: 2002’s wave / s for marimba and one-person percussion ensemble, and the earliest composition in the set, the two-movement Against the Silence…of 1984-1985. On both pieces sounds—a wash of cymbal, a trill on the marimba, scattered strikes on tuned and untuned surfaces of wood, metal, and membrane—play against the silence that breaks them apart and at the same time frames them. In fact it may be that this idea of silence—or at any rate a negative audio space—as a frame for sound is given its most complete expression in the series of six brief works from 2017 that appear interspersed throughout the album: each piece in itself traces silence as a framing device while at the same time serving to frame the works on either side. It’s a central motif of DeLio’s, put to work at two different levels.

All About Jazz Reviews

Source: All About Jazz.

Joseph Branciforte/Theo Bleckmann
LP1 (greyfade)

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

Bertrand Denzler / CoÔ
Arc (Potlatch Records)

Urs Leimgruber, Jacques Demierre, Barre Phillips, Thomas Lehn
Willisau (Jazzwerkstatt)

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

John Coltrane 50th Memorial Concert At Cafe Oto
Paul Dunmall’s Sunship Quartet

Alice Coltrane
Live At The Berkeley Community Theater 1972 (BCT)

Joe Fonda
New Origin (Not Two Records)

This Week in New York 


The Knights perform music by Colin Jacobsen, Benjamin Britten, Eric Jacobsen, Kyle Sanna, Lisa Bielawa, and Felix Mendelssohn.
Tuesday, June 18 at 7:00 PM
Temple Emanu-El, 5th Avenue and East 65th Street, New York, NY

North/South Chamber Orchestra concludes its 39th consecutive season performing five exciting works by composers from Italy and the Americas. To be heard in New York for the first time are recent works by Hayg Boyadjian, Federico Ermirio, Max Lifchitz, and Julia Mermelstein. Also, a work for strings by Teresa Carreno, the 19th-century pianist-composer from Venezuela.
Tuesday, June 18 at 8:00 PM
Christ and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 120 West 69th Street, New York, NY

Fusing architecture, installation, and performance, Argentinian composer, musician, and media artist Cecilia Lopez closes her Roulette residency creating a living acoustic environment that uses the unique architecture of Roulette’s theater. In RED two large woven wire nets hung from Roulette’s ceiling hold instruments to create a complex feedback organism that reflects and refracts the space into a mesmerizing audio experience. The suspended drums and double bass act as resonant bodies intensified by the instruments simultaneously played in the space by percussionist Gerald Cleaver and bassist Brandon Lopez.
Thursday, June 20 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $18 online, $25 doors
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

Percussionist Caitlin Cawley and clarinetist Ford Fourqurean host a double set of works using interactive electronics and multimedia. Caitlin will present a program of theatrical works for percussion and electronics, featuring David Adamcyk’s Six Drawings by Randall for amplified balloon, electronics and projected art by Julia Randall, as well as original compositions and improvisations. She also premieres a new work written for her by Carolyn Chen. Ford performs works from Project M, an initiative developing new music for clarinet and Mugic sensor through Max and Max4Live, including premieres by Rojin Sharafi and Lisa Atkinson as well as the New York premiere of Unstuck in Time by Mark Micchelli.
Friday, June 21 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $15, $10 students
Spectrum, 70 Flushing Avenue, Garage A, Brooklyn, NY

The program features the music of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw, as well as other local composers Jessica Meyer, inti, and the late Pauline Oliveros, alongside music by Ethel Smyth. The program is rounded out by early-music selections of Corelli, to open a discussion about queering the canon of classical music.
Friday, June 21 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $10-$18
Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX), 421 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

Composers Concordance presents a concert featuring the myriad ways that contemporary music composition and language can intersect. Music by Leo Brouwer, Gloria Coates, Dan Cooper, Peter Jarvis, Jay Kauffman, Mark Kostabi, Gene Pritsker, Bill Schimmel, Ralph Schutti, Bjørn Bolstad Skjelbred, David Rothenberg, and Charlie Rauh.
Sunday, June 23 at 6:00 PM
Tickets $15
Jim Kempner Fine Art, 501 West 23rd Street, New York, NY

ChamberQUEER will present its final concert of the series, featuring the music of Hildegard von Bingen; Jessica Meyer; Saunder Choi; and Caroline Shaw. Madrigals of Gesualdo Monteverdi and Thomas Tallis are interwoven with the modern selections, as well as with improvisations on guitar by Grey McMurray, to explore the dialogue between early and contemporary music.
Sunday, June 23 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $10-$18
Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX), 421 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

Coming to the Santa Monica Public Library

Source: Santa Monica Public Library.

The Decisive Instant, an avant-garde big band, appears at the Eagle Rock Center for the Arts on Sunday July 7 as part of the Open Gate concert series curated by Will Salmon and Alex Cline.

Founded in 2012 by Jeff Schwartz, Charles Sharp, and the late Robert Leng, the Decisive Instant has performed music by artists
including Anthony Braxton, Sun Ra, Frank Zappa, Don Cherry, Peter Brotzmann, and John Coltrane, as well as by members of the group. This show features five Los Angeles composers, each leading their own work: Jack Curtis Dubowsky, Vinny Golia, George Oldziey, William Roper, and Charles Sharp. Each takes a different approach to combining improvisation and composition for a large group.

This is the largest version of the group so far, with over twenty members, representing an inter-generational and stylistically diverse sample of LA’s experimental jazz and improvised music communities.

The program begins at 7PM with a solo percussion set by Chris Garcia, a master of Indian and Central American instruments best known for his drumset work with the Zappa alumni band The Grandmothers of Invention.

On Wednesday July 17, 2019, at 7:30 pm, the Soundwaves new music series at the Santa Monica Public Library presents a set of improvised music by pianist Thollem McDonas and drummer Alex Cline in the Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium of the Main Library at 601 Santa Monica Blvd.

McDonas has toured literally nonstop for over a decade, performing around the world solo and in collaborations with artists from contemporary classical music, free jazz, punk rock, and other genres, including Pauline Oliveros, William Parker, and Mike Watt. He appears on over sixty albums.

Alex Cline’s work has been more local, with highlights including major projects for the 2012 and 2015 Angel City Jazz Festivals and at the Hammer Museum, appearances at the Blue Whale with Satoko Fujii and David Binney, and a rare out-of-town trip to accompany his twin brother Nels at the 2016 Newport Jazz Festival. He also co-hosts the Open Gate concert series at the Eagle Rock Center for the Arts.

Soundwaves is a concert series emphasizing artists who appear on the DRAM (Database of Recorded American Music) streaming service. The Santa Monica Public Library is the first public library to offer this service to its cardholders. Listings of past and upcoming Soundwaves shows as well as sound and video recordings are at