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.
Dan Phillips Trio – Sound Energy in Space (2019)
Magma – Zess (2019)
E. Millar – No Instrument Machine, Air (2019)
The Attic (Amado / Almeida / Govaert) – Summer Bummer (2019)
Gjerstad / Dyani / Stevens – Day Two (1982)
Three Free Radicals is actually two people: Minnesota electronics artist Scott L. Miller and Estonian guitarist Mart Soo. Miller and Soo have previously collaborated on two albums; for this third album, they were joined by Estonian harpist Liis Viira. The result is a sound centered within a neat triangulation of sharp-edged electronics, atmospheric guitar, and harmonically centered harp.
As becomes apparent from the beginning, adding Viira to the core duo was an inspired move. Miller and Soo are particularly adept at creating textural music, setting out shifting densities of sound underwritten equally well by the thick abrasiveness of the electronic hum, drone and feedback as by the reverb-soaked shimmering of the guitar. Soo, in particular, is able to create a brooding ambiance suggestive of empty landscapes: call it the soundtrack to unpopulated plains of the imagination. To all of this Viira brings a harmonic focus that manifests itself in chord progressions both cyclical and irregular, or in ostinatos and melodic lines hinting at modal harmony. In addition, the crystalline, staccato sounds of the harp contrast most dramatically with the denser interactions of guitar and electronics. On a piece like M12 Viira supplements Soo and Miller’s underlying polyrhythms with a set of on- and off-beats of her own, while on Sagittarius she sets the music within the angular frame of an altered mixolydian mode.
Source: I CARE IF YOU LISTEN.
A walk-about concert and listening party in the style of a roving electro-acoustic music mini-festival featuring performances and hard-wired installations. The event is named for a piece on Spiritual America, the new album written by William Brittelle (featuring Metropolis Ensemble, Wye Oak, and Brooklyn Youth Chorus) and music inspired by the mosaic of sonic worlds found on this large-scale work. In celebration of the new album (released in a special partnership with Nonesuch and New Amsterdam Records), selections will be played between live performances and attendees will receive a complimentary copy of the album.
Tuesday, June 25 at 7:00 PM
Public Records, 233 Butler Street, Brooklyn, NY
MILFORD GRAVES: MUSIC MEETS MEDICINE AND SCIENCE
Drawing upon two decades spent developing musical elements from heart recordings, Milford Graves has produced a set of specific rhythmic structures that will serve as the compositional basis for his overlain improvisations. Using sonifications of heart data, Graves has composed electronic melodies by breaking waveforms into dozens of parts and producing melodies from their rippling sequences. In performance, Graves will embed the physiological melodies into his own live percussion, amplifying the vibrations of the body as a backdrop for his improvisation. The premiere of this new composition will flow into a talk and workshop with participants Akash Mittal, Dor Ben-Amotz, Shahzad Ismaily, and Jake Meginsky.
Thursday, June 27 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $25, $18.75 members
Blank Forms at Gavin Brown’s enterprise, 439 W est127th Street, New York, NY
ANAÏS MAVIEL: TIME IS DUE
In the second performance of her year-long Van Lier Fellowship, composer and vocalist Anaïs Maviel presents Time is Due—a musical drama designed for a multitude of textures performed by a large electro-acoustic ensemble.
Friday, June 28 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $18 online, $25 doors
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
Source: Downtown Music Gallery.
The past few weeks have been an exciting and demanding time for yours truly. First there was the Victo Fest in Quebec, 21 sets in four days in May (16th-19th) and then there was the Vision Fest at Roulette in Brooklyn (June 11th-16th), which had some 30 or so sets in six days! Two extraordinary music experiences! And then last Monday (6/17/19), we had an incredible double-header at DMG with Chris Pitsiokos/Mark Helias/Michael Vatcher and Steve Swell/Mark Segger. This was also a (pre) birthday celebration for me and I did indulge a bit too much in food, drink and some dancing. Hence, I felt terrible yesterday for my 65th birthday, but did take it easy, fasted & just drank water all day. I did get some lovely cards and e-mail from family and friends and feel much better today, just back from yoga class at the Y. Special thanks to all of the lovely comments on our Facebook page from the many musicians & serious listeners worldwide! I finally finished my Victo review which will be transmitted shortly (sorry for the delay). All of this wonderful & challenging music, as well as all the fine folks that I spent with checking it out, helps me to feel better about life and the things & folks who enrich & inspire us. Special thanks to the folks who run both Victo (FIMAV) and the Vision Fests, as well as all the incredible musicians who play here at DMG throughout the year! You know who still loves you all, me, Bruce Lee G.
Here is a list of my favorite sets at Victo and at the Vision Fest:
Festival Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville – May 16th – 19th: 6 Favorite Sets:
1.JOHN BUTCHER – Solo (at Eglise St- Christophe Church)
2.BARRE PHILLIPS – Solo / PETER BROTZMANN / HEATHER LEIGH / HAINO KEIJI
3.PEGGY LEE BAND – “Echo Painting” (w/ Wayne Horvitz)
4.VIJAY IYER SEXTET
5.JOANE HETU ENSEMBLE – “Joker”
6.SENYAWA / HAINO KEIJI
24th Annual Vision Festival – June 11th – 16th at Roulette in Brooklyn: Favorite Sets:
1.KIDD JORDAN / JOEL FUTTERMAN / WILLIAM PARKER / HAMID DRAKE
2.JAMES BRANDON LEWIS UNRULY QUINTET!!!
2.ANDREW CYRILLE With MILFORD GRAVES/WADADA LEO SMITH & BRANDON ROSS/TOMEKA REID
3.ROB BROWN / STEVE SWELL / CHRIS LIGHTCAP / CHAD TAYLOR
4.KRIS DAVIS / WILLIAM PARKER / JEFF “TAIN” WATTS
5.JEMEEL MOONDOC/BOBBY ZANKEL/IDRIS ACKAMOOR/WILLIAM PARKER/GERALD CLEAVER
6.HEROES ARE GANG LEADERS
Both of these festivals were filled so much incredible music that it hard to absorb it all in the short period of time that the festivals took place. So, I completely understand why folks wait to attend festivals like this just a few times per year. Coming up, check the schedules for the Guelph Jazz Fest (in Ontario in September) and the Edge Fest (in Ann Arbor in October). And please come check out Free Music at DMG almost every Sunday at 6pm!
The Downtown Music Gallery 28th Anniversary Celebrations began on May 1st & Continues!
Every In-store This Summer Helps Celebrate the Spirit of Creative Music Performed Live.
Sunday, June 30th:
6pm: RAS MOSHE & MUSIC NOW!
Sunday, July 7th:
6pm: RAF VERTESSEN / ANNA WEBBER / ADAM O’FARRILL – Drums / Reeds / Trumpet!
DMG is located at 13 Monroe St. (between Catherine & Market Sts) in a basement below a small gallery. Take the F train to East Broadway or the 6 train to Canal or the B or D to Grand, or the M-15 bus to Madison & Catherine. Come on Down, the Sunday Music Series is Always Free & the Vibes are Always Cosy. You can check the weekly in-store sets through our Instagram feed