Jazzword Reviews 

Source: Jazzword.

The Vegetable Orchestra
Green Album

Martin Tétreault
Plus de Snipettes!!

Kurt Liedwart/Julien Ottavi/Keith Rowe

Ellen Fullman & Okkyung Lee
The Air Around Her

Mátyás Szandai, Mathias Lévy, Miklós Lukács
Bartók Impressions

Anna Webber

Anthony Braxton Update

Source: Tri-Centric Foundation.

Anthony Braxton’s newest release Quartet (New Haven) 2014 is now available at Firehouse 12 Records. This rapturous recording finds Anthony in the company of Taylor Ho Bynum, Nels Cline and Greg Saunier, with tracks dedicated to Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, James Brown and Merle Haggard. Rolling Stone’s Hank Shteamer, in his recent in-depth interview with Anthony, describes the recording as “the sound of four world-class players relishing the chance to step away from their typical musical zones and forge a new shared language.”

Anthony was also recently in the The New York Times article by Seth Colter Walls titled “Opera Lives in Cycles”, an excellent piece about the multi-opera works of Wagner, Stockhausen and Braxton. (For a glimpse of the large-format score for Anthony’s next opera Trillium L, head over to Mr. Walls’ earlier interview of Anthony in The New York Times.)


On August 14th, Anthony will be performing in duo with harpist Jacqueline Kerrod at The Broad in Los Angeles. Tickets can be ordered here.

Braxton75 events are happening around the world. Please check our Braxton75 page for a complete list.

In the fall, Miller Theatre celebrates the 20th anniversary of its flagship Composer Portraits series with an all-Braxton program on September 25th.

There is an international call for research papers on the music of Anthony Braxton by the Institute for Historical Musicology of the University Hamburg, Germany. It aims to discuss different research projects concerned with Braxton’s compositional techniques as well as his instrumental- and music-philosophical thinking. The conference will take place from June 18th to 20th 2020 at the Hamburg University, Germany.

Tri-Centric just finished working with two youth ensembles, Face the Music and Visionary Youth Orchestra. Students learned to conduct Language Music and worked on one composition (Comp No. 151 or 255). Tri-Centric and Face the Music have already confirmed our collaboration for the coming 2019-2020 season.

We now have videos from the Tokyo workshops which took place in March this year. One video documents the musicians demonstrating Language Music and the other shows musicians performing Compositions 136, 56 and 254. This is the work of just two days, led by our executive director Kyoko Kitamura and Japanese composer and keyboardist Masayasu Tzboguchi. We hope to have more opportunities to collaborate with musicians around the world.


A major component of what makes all our activities possible, including our work with the youth ensembles and Braxton75, is our archive. In an incredible effort led by our director of publishing Carl Testa and our board president James Fei, over 160 Anthony Braxton scores have now been digitized partially or completely, and over 1600 audiovisual material has been inventoried. We will continue to digitize the approximately 400 compositions we currently have stored, and will keep on working with Anthony on his future compositions and recordings.

Where to Start With King Crimson

Source: Pitchfork.

Up until this month, King Crimson were among the final streaming-service holdouts from the classic rock era. And it made sense. Robert Fripp has famously stated that his pioneering prog outfit isn’t simply a band but also a “way of doing things.” Often, that way of doing things involves resisting the obvious path—sometimes at the expense of the band’s stability. The past 50 years of Crimson have been defined by restlessness, thanks to an ever-changing lineup and a sound that’s always searching (typically in odd tunings and time signatures). In one song, they’re a gnarly rock trio with tritone riffs; in another, they’re a gorgeous folk outfit with flutes and fantastical lyrics. Combine that tendency with their myriad spin-off projects (referred to as ProjeKcts), collaborative releases, and absurdly elaborate box sets, and you have one of the more intimidating bodies of work in rock history.

Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir Interview

Source: Burning Ambulance.

The latest episode of the Burning Ambulance podcast features an interview with cellist Saeunn Thorsteinsdóttir. Thorsteinsdóttir was born in Iceland, and came to the US as a child; she received a Bachelor of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music, a Master of Music from the Juilliard School and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from SUNY Stony Brook. She’s currently a cello and chamber music teacher at the University of Washington, cellist for the Seattle-based chamber music group Frequency, and cellist and founding member of Decoda, the Affiliate Ensemble of Carnegie Hall. Her latest album is Vernacular, a solo disc featuring four compositions by Icelandic composers: Þuríður Jónsdóttir, Halldór Smárason, Páll Ragnar Pálsson, and Hafliði Hallgrímsson.

The Noise-Arch Archive Up for Free Download

Source: Internet Archive. Over 30GB of recordings.

This collection is a compilation of underground/independently-released cassette tapes from the days when the audio cassette was the standard method of music sharing… generally the mid-eighties through early-nineties. The material represented includes tape experimentation, industrial, avant-garde, indy, rock, diy, subvertainment and auto-hypnotic materials. Much of this material defies category, and has therefore not been given one.

The bulk of the tapes in this library were donated to the project by former CKLN FM radio host Myke Dyer in August of 2009. The original NOISE-ARCH site was hosted and maintained by Graham Stewart and Mark Lougheed.

Chicago Scene: June 22-29, 2019

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

Saturday, June 22nd 2019

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($12-$15)
Fabian Almazan Trio with Linda May Han Oh, Henry Cole

Sunday, June 23rd 2019

9:00PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont ($10 suggested donation) (wheelchair-accessible)
Josh Berman, Jason Stein, Emma Adomeit, Emerson Hunton

Monday, June 24th 2019

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

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

Thursday, June 27th 2019

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Bill Harris Solo
Tim Stine, Jason Roebke, Mike Reed

Friday, June 28th 2019

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($15-$17)
Joshua Abrams and Natural Information Society, with Lisa Alvarado, Mikel Avery, Ben Boye, Hamid Drake, Ben LaMar Gay, Nick Mazzarella, Jason Stein

Saturday, June 29th 2019

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western
Glad Rags

For more information, such as directions, as well as upcoming performances, see:

http://now-is.org/, http://www.ratchetmusic.com, http://www.mcachicago.org, http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/chicago_culturalcenterschedule.html, http://www.skylarkchicago.com, http://www.hideoutchicago.com, http://www.elasticrevolution.com, http://www.myopicbookstore.com/music.html, http://www.lampo.org, http://dalniente.com, http://iceorg.org/events/category/chicago, http://www.emptybottle.com/