These two ambitious, yet very different, releases of music for reeds reveal two distinct faces of avant-garde music.
Treviso saxophonist/composer Luciano Caruso’s +4 LINKS No. 3—WILL (Perceptive Flow Approach to Music) is a collection of compositions for saxophone quartet. Caruso, who plays curved soprano saxophone, is joined on the recording by alto saxophonist Walter Vitale, tenor saxophonist Lorenzo DeLuca, and baritone saxophonist Ivan Pilat. The compositions take the form of graphic scores partly inspired by abstract painter Wassily Kandinsky’s work and partly by a theory of self-organizing social networks. The music, consequently, is intricate and complex, consisting of now-tighter, now-looser knots of sound. The saxophone quartet is in many ways ideal for this kind of music, since the relative uniformity of the instruments tends to subordinate color to line. At the same time, it brings to the foreground awareness of the essentially mobile position of the individual voice within the collective sound. The pieces on the album tend toward a kind of block polyphony—harmonies and sound masses in which the four saxophones nevertheless remain distinct. This they do by playing broken chords, overlapping and sustained tones held in greater or lesser degrees of harmonic tension, free-blowing simultaneous soloing, and closely choreographed unison passages: a music of dynamic interaction.
Quando ero un bambino farò l’astronauta, a solo release by the Milanese Davide Rinella, is ambitious in a way different from +4 LINKS No. 3. Whereas Caruso’s album is centered on composition, Rinella’s is freely improvised. Rinella plays chromatic harmonica—which of course is another reed instrument—in spontaneous performances captured on eight tracks. An album of solo free improvisation for harmonica is rare if not unprecedented; happily, Rinella takes up the challenge with musicality as well as ingenuity.
Source: ISSUE Project Room.
MICHAEL MORLEY: MUSIC FOR THE NEVER QUARTET / NATACHA DIELS: SAD MUSIC FOR LONELY PEOPLE
Fri 19 Jul, 2019, 8pm, 22 Boerum Place, Brooklyn
ISSUE & Harvestworks present acclaimed musician Michael Morley presenting Music for The Never Quartet + 2019 Harvestworks Resident artist Natacha Diels premiering Sad Music for Lonely People a series of works involving a step-by-step guide to using heavy machinery in healing rituals.
MICHAEL MORLEY: MUSIC FOR THE NEVER QUARTET / URSULA SCHERRER & MICHAEL SCHUMACHER: EXOTICA
Sat 20 Jul, 2019, 8pm, 22 Boerum Place, Brooklyn
ISSUE & Harvestworks present a second showing of Michael Morley’s Music for The Never Quartet + 2019 Harvestworks Resident artist Ursula Scherrer & Michael Schumacher premiering Exotica, a new piece that subverts the sonic and visual tropes of the city — sirens, alarms, jackhammers, and more.
ACTRESS / SUSIE IBARRA / SPEAKER MUSIC (DEFORREST BROWN JR.)
Sat 27 Jul, 2019, 7pm, 22 Boerum Place, Brooklyn
ISSUE presents a special “end of season” program gathering three singular artists working across avant-garde rhythmic music. The evening showcases new work from iconic electronic musician Actress, composer, percussionist, and sound artist Susie Ibarra, and “rhythmanalyst” Speaker Music (DeForrest Brown Jr.).
Source: Santa Monica Public Library.
Los Angeles jazz legend Bobby Bradford brings his all-star band to Santa Monica for a set of original music, on Wednesday August 21, 2019, at 7:30 pm, in the Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium of the Main Library, at 601 Santa Monica Blvd.
Since the 1960s Bradford has worked steadily as a leader and collaborated with artists including Ornette Coleman, John Carter, Vinny Golia, David Murray, Nels Cline, Mark Dresser, and many more.
At 85, his skill and imagination on the cornet continue to be admired by players of all ages.
His sextet represents three generations of the LA musical underground. Keyboardist Don Preston is Bradford’s contemporary. In 1971, when Bradford recorded the classic LP “Science Fiction” with Ornette Coleman, Preston played on Frank Zappa’s “Fillmore East – June 1971,” Carla Bley’s “Escalator Over the Hill,” and John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s “Some Time in New York City.”
Vinny Golia (reeds) and William Roper (tuba) came up in the 1970s-80s, and have each created major bodies of work as soloists, leaders, collaborators, and sidemen for everyone from Anthony Braxton and Horace Tapscott to Elton John and Patti Smith.
Dave Tranchina (bass) and Tina Raymond (drums) both graduated CalArts, where Golia teaches, in the 2000s, and both appear on Orenda Records, currently one of LA’s hottest indie jazz labels, as leaders and accompanists, frequently as a team.
This show is part of Soundwaves, 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 SoundwavesNewMusic.com
Admission is free and all are welcome. Seating is limited and on a first-arrival basis. The Santa Monica Public Library is wheelchair accessible. For other disabled services, call Library Administration at (310) 458-8606 at least one week prior to event. For more information, visit smpl.org or contact the Santa Monica Public Library at (310) 458-8600.
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.
Moljebka Pvlse – Komoku (2019)
John Zorn / Klezmerson – The Book Beri’ah: Tiferet (2018)
John Zorn / Gnostic Trio – The Book Beri’ah: Netzach (2018)
Muur – Bod (2019)
Robert Scott Thompson – Pluviophilia (2019)
Source: Can This Even Be Called Music?
Sevish, Glacier, Louis-Vincent Hamel, Zeitgeber, John Zorn, and Jack Quartet
Joliette, Le String’Blö, Low Vertigo, Liquid Quintet, A World Wondered Full, and Andrea Belfi