AMN Picks of the Week: Sonologyst / Zwitschermaschine / Rowden, Gilgore & McColm / Reid & Monico / Ranaldo, Jarmusch, Urselli & Pandi

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.

Sonologyst – Phantoms (2019)
Zwitschermaschine – System For Us (2019)
Rowden / Gilgore / McColm – First Lapse (2019)
Tomeka Reid / Filippo Monico – The Mouser (2019)
Ranaldo / Jarmusch / Urselli / Pandi – Ranaldo / Jarmusch / Urselli / Pandi (2019)

Newsbits: Derek Bailey / Harry Partch / Alice Coltrane / Cafe Oto’s New Series

A new monograph on Derek Bailey, as well as a translation of Bailey’s book Improvisation into Chinese, have been announced.

A new Harry Partch release is out.

A new and previously unreleased Alice Coltrane live album is reviewed.

Cafe Oto in London has announced Music and Other Living Creatures, a new series running on various dates between 23 June and 5 December. It’s dedicated to “music about, with, or by other living creatures”. That’s birds, tigers, chickens, insects and more explored through a variety of methods from sound-walks and commissioned performances to live responses and discussions.

Seattle Scene: June 20-29, 2019

From Seattle’s Wayward Music Series:


Chapel Performance Space at Good Shepherd Center

4th Floor, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Seattle 98103 (corner N 50th St. in Wallingford)

Every month, Nonsequitur and a community of like-minded presenters and artists offer ten concerts of adventurous music in an informal yet respectful all-ages setting: contemporary classical, free improvisation, the outer limits of jazz, electronic music, microtonal/new instruments, sound art, and other extraordinary sonic experiences.

SIMF: Improvised Dance & Music
Thu. June 20, 8 PM; $5 – $20 donation at door

Seattle Improvised Music Festival presents a performance (rescheduled from February 9, which was cancelled due to snow) of curated by Stephanie Skura. Musicians: Beth Fleenor, clarinets/vox; Dave Knott, homemades; Steve Peters, field recordings, found things. Dancers: Linda Austin, Paige Barnes, Vanessa DeWolf, Nate Dryden, Jordan MacIntosh-Hougham, Stephanie Skura.

Lotus Lungs + Neil Welch + Amelia Coulter/Haley Freedlund
Sat. June 22, 8 PM; $5 – $15 donation at door

Lotus Lungs (Matt Benham, Bill Horist, Tom Scully) celebrate the release of their first album, Guitar Improv Summit Vol. 1. Neil Welch performs acoustic solo works on soprano, tenor and bass saxophones, traversing abstract “resonance imaginations” through multiphonics, air and non-tempered melody. Trombone duo of Amelia Coulter & Haley Freedlund open.

Fri. 6/28 – vocalist Amelia Love Clearheart’s new improvisational ensemble LovePunk, with Heather Bentley (viola), Greg Krupit (cello), Carol J Levin (harp), Dashiell Morgan (flute), Carlos Snaider (electric guitar)

Sat. 6/29 – Sound of Late plays recent works by Anthony R. Green, Shawn E. Okpebholo, Evan Williams, and Eve Beglarian

Upcoming Carl Testa Performances

Source: Carl Testa.

I’m very pleased to announce that I’ll be performing with Sway four times this week. The first show is Wednesday night in Hamden, CT at Best Video. I’ll be playing a solo set along with solo sets by the vocalist Anne Rhodes and the guitarist Lucas Brode. Then from Thursday through Saturday I’ll be the opening musical act for The Technodramatists run of shows at TheaterLab on the West Side of Manhattan. The Technodramatists focus on creating theatre pieces that all utilize technology in some way especially augmented reality and facial recognition. All of my performances will feature my live processing environment Sway along with projected visuals (see photo from March performance above) that I’ve developed over the past few months.

Wednesday 19 June 2019
Solo Bass and Electronics (Sway)
Best Video
1842 Whitney Ave
Hamden, CT

Thursday 20 June 2019
Solo Bass and Electronics (Sway)
Technoaramatists Performance Laboratory
357 West 36th St 3rd Floor
New York, NY

Thursday 21 June 2019
Solo Bass and Electronics (Sway)
Technoaramatists Performance Laboratory
357 West 36th St 3rd Floor
New York, NY

Thursday 22 June 2019
Solo Bass and Electronics (Sway)
357 West 36th St 3rd Floor
New York, NY

Thursday 11 July 2019
Solo Bass and Electronics (Sway)
Soundworks Gathering
The Flywheel
43 Main St
Easthampton, MA

Flux Quartet to Perform in San Diego, August 5

Source: Fresh Sound Music.

Monday, August 5, 2019, 7:30 PM
Tom Chiu, violin; Conrad Harris, violin; Max Mandel, viola; Felix Fan, cello White Box Live Arts, Liberty Station 2590 Truxton Rd #205 San Diego, CA 92106

The FLUX Quartet is “one of the most fearless and important new-music ensembles around” (San Francisco Chronicle), and has performed to rave reviews in venues worldwide, including the Tate Modern with BBC Radio3, Park Avenue Armory, Kennedy Center, Mount Tremper Arts, EMPAC, Walker Art Center, and Carnegie’s Zankel Hall, as well as international festivals in Australia, Europe, and Asia. MORE

FLUX has also premiered new works on numerous experimental incubators, including Roulette, The Music Gallery, and Mount Tremper Arts. FLUX’s radio appearances include NPR’s All Things Considered, WNYC’s New Sounds and Soundcheck, and WFMU’s Stochastic Hit Parade. The group’s discography includes recordings on the Cantaloupe, Innova, New World, Passin Thru, and Tzadik labels, in addition to two acclaimed releases on Mode encompassing the full catalogue of Morton Feldman’s output for string quartet.

Strongly influenced by the “anything-goes” philosophy of the fluxus art movement, violinist Tom Chiu founded FLUX in the late 90s. The quartet has since cultivated an uncompromising repertoire that combines twentieth-century iconoclasts such as John Cage, Conlon Nancarrow, Giacinto Scelsi, and György Ligeti with today’s visionaries, including Oliver Lake, Michael Hersch, David First, Alvin Lucier, Michael Schumacher, Sean Shepard, Wadada Leo Smith, Julia Wolfe, Matthew Welch, and others. Having premiered over 100 new works, FLUX has been awarded grants from the American Composers Forum, Aaron Copland Fund, Meet-The-Composer, New Music USA, and Chamber Music America. FLUX also discovers emerging composers from its many college residencies, including Wesleyan, Dartmouth, Williams, Princeton, Bard, and the College of William and Mary.

The spirit to expand stylistic boundaries is a trademark of the FLUX Quartet, and to that end the quartet avidly pursues interdisciplinary projects, resulting in acclaimed new works with choreographers Pam Tanowitz and Christopher Wheeldon, avant balloonist Judy Dunaway, digital collective The OpenEnded Group, and visual artist Matthew Barney. In the upcoming season, FLUX will perform and record the full string quartet output of Toshi Ichiyanagi, widely acknowledged as an influential pioneer of the Japanese avant-garde.

AACM gears up for Wadada Leo Smith in Chicago

Source: Chicago Tribune.

“We’re going to do the same as we’d planned for the last concert,” says Dawkins, meaning the first part of the concert will feature Smith playing solo in music from his album “Solo: Reflections and Meditations on Monk.”

The second set will spotlight Smith with the Great Black Music Ensemble – more than a dozen strong – in two major Smith compositions: “Joy: Spiritual Fire: Joy” and “Queen Hatshepsut.” Considering that Smith will be joined by such formidable Chicago experimenters as Dawkins, Ben Lamar Gay, Steve Berry, Dee Alexander and Maggie Brown, the music-making could be dynamic.