AMN Reviews: Lee Ranaldo / Jim Jarmusch / Marc Urselli / Balázs Pándi – s/t (2019; Trost Records)

This rather interesting combination of artists effectively functions as a thinking person’s jam session. Ranaldo, well-known as the guitarist of Sonic Youth, teams with film-maker and guitarist Jarmusch (yes, the same Jim Jarmusch who wrote and directed the current zombie comedy The Dead Don’t Die), bassist and producer Urselli (a long-time John Zorn collaborator), and the all-around amazing percussionist Pándi. The resulting self-titled live-in-the-studio recording consists of five largely improvised tracks, the longest coming in around 20 minutes.

Ranaldo and Jarmusch contribute jangly, spacious guitar parts with effects and occasional synth. Urselli’s bass lines are low-frequency and largely understated. Pándi, on the other hand, is what you would expect if you are familiar with his work – non-stop action that rarely breaks into a discernable rhythm but also does not distract from his bandmates.

This category-defying album has at least some feel in common with the more introspective early Krautrock (think Popol Vuh), drone music, and a taste of Sonic Youth due to Ranaldo’s distinctive style. But despite its spontaneous nature, the album resembles a soundtrack where atmosphere and abstract structures are more important than melody or harmony.

Brilliant stuff indeed.

Chicago Scene: July 15-20, 2019

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

Monday, July 15th 2019

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

Tuesday, July 16th 2019

5:30PM at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago, 312.280.2660 (Free) (wheelchair-accessible)
Tuesdays on the Terrace
Joshua Abrams and Chad Taylor

Wednesday, July 17th 2019

9:00PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont (Free) (wheelchair-accessible)
Hanami : Andrew Trim, Mai Sugimoto, Jason Stein, Charles Rumback

9:00PM at Café Mustache, 2313 N Milwaukee, 773.877.3327 (wheelchair-accessible)
Fred Jackson’s Erudition Project, with Corey Wilkes, Harrison Bankhead, Avreeayl Ra

Thursday, July 18th 2019

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Tim Daisy’s Vox 4, with James Falzone, Macie Stewart, Fred Lonberg-Holm

Friday, July 19th 2019

8:00PM at Slate Arts and Performance, 3203 W North Ave, 847.312.1527 ($10-$5)
Aperiodic : Matt Schulz, Kevin Parrett, Ben Perkins
Secret Means Of Escape : Mark Shippy, Richard Syska
Michael Vallera

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
New Japan Ensemble Chicago/Obihiro Exchange Project

Saturday, July 20th 2019

8:00PM at the Jazz Estate, 2423 N Murray Ave, Milwaukee, 414.964.9923
Jimmy Bennington Colour and Sound, with Fred Jackson Jr, Dustin Laurenzi, Mike Harmon

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
New Japan Ensemble Chicago/Obihiro Exchange Project

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Natasha Barrett Performs Electro Dream Space at EMPAC, July 19

Source: EMPAC.

Remove the visible and be touched by sound. Experience a transformation of the world, the way it behaves, and the traces that it leaves behind in a unique electroacoustic music concert unfolding inside EMPAC’s high-density loudspeaker arrays, featuring hundreds of loudspeakers.

Natasha Barrett will perform a free public concert, Electro Dream Space, on Friday, July 19, at 8:30 PM, as part of the Spatial Audio Summer Seminar, which takes place at EMPAC July 18-20, gathering audio experts, musicians, and composers for an intensive exploration of sound in space. Works will include one of Barrett’s latest compositions in high-resolution Ambisonics and Wave Field Synthesis, as well as recreations of works not previously heard in full 3D.

Natasha Barrett is a composer and performer of acousmatic and live electroacoustic concert works, sound and multi-media installations, and interactive music. She is a leading voice in the new wave of artists working with Ambisonics, 3D sound, and its contemporary musical context. Her work is commissioned, performed, and broadcast throughout the world by festivals, organizations, and individuals, and includes a regular schedule of portrait concerts and featured programs.

Her inspiration comes from the immediate sounding matter of the world around us, as well as the way it behaves, the way it is generated, and by systems and the traces that those systems reveal. These interests have led her into the worlds of cutting-edge audio technologies, geoscience, sonification, motion tracking, and some exciting collaborations involving solo performers and chamber ensembles, visual artists, architects and scientists. Binding together these inspirations is an overarching search for new music and the way it can touch the listener.

Barrett will spend two weeks before the concert as artist in residence at EMPAC, where she will collaborate with the digital artist and filmmaker Mark Downie on the new work Innermost, which will be premiered this coming September at the Ultima Festival in Oslo, Norway. Innermost will be performed at EMPAC in Spring 2020.

Vijay Iyer at the Village Vanguard Next Week

Source: Village Vanguard.

July 16-21
Vijay Iyer Sextet
Village Vanguard
178 7th Ave South New York, NY 10014

Vijay Iyer, piano
Graham Haynes, cornet & flugelhorn
Mark Shim, tenor sax
Steve Lehman, alto sax
Stephan Crump, bass
Jeremy Dutton, drums

Keyboardist-composer Vijay Iyer’s work in the sextat format finds him reaching a new peak, furthering an artistry that led him to be voted DownBeat Artist of the Year in 2012, 2015 and 2016 and for The Guardian to dub his work the “dizzying pinnacle of contemporary jazz multitasking.” With horn players Graham Haynes, Steve Lehman and Mark Shim alongside rhythm partners Stephan Crump and Jeremy Dutton – the group leverage a wealth of jazz history while pushing boldly forward. “This group has a lot of fire in it, but also a lot of earth, because the tones are so deep, the timbres and textures,” Iyer says. “There’s also air and water – the music moves.”

Further Massaker Reissues Reviewed

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Continuing to pay homage to legendary noise/metal/improv trio Caspar Brötzmann Massaker, Southern Lord Records have now reissued the next two albums in a five-album series, 1992’s Der Abend Der Schwarzen Folklore and 1993’s Koksofen. With these two albums, we see the line-up solidify, with Danny Arnold Lommen permanently taking over what had been a rotating position behind the drums. Now the trio was complete and could began focusing their energy on the further progression of their sound.