AMN Picks of the Week: John Zorn / Quatuor Bozzini / Miguel Carvalhais & Pedro Tudela

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.

John Zorn / Secret Chiefs 3 – The Book Beri’ah: Malkhut (2018)
John Zorn / Zion80 – The Book Beri’ah: Hod (2018)
John Zorn / Craig Taborn / Vadim Neselovsky – The Book Beri’ah: Da’at (2018)
Quatuor Bozzini – Phill Niblock: Baobab (2019)
Miguel Carvalhais / Pedro Tudela – Re:Coimbra (2019)

The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

Denzler/Grip/Johansson – Zyklus 1 (Umlaut/SAJ Records, 2019) ****½

Christoph Schiller and Anouck Genthon – zeitweise leichter Schneefall (New Wave of Jazz, 2019) ***½

Ackley/Frith/Kaiser/Shelton – Unexpected Twins (Relative Pitch, 2019) ****½

Der Finger – Le Cinque Stagioni (Toten Schwan, 2019) ****

Dave Douglas with Uri Caine and Andrew Cyrille – Devotion (Greenleaf Music, 2019) ****

Jozef van Wissem and Jim Jarmusch – An Attempt to Draw Aside the Veil (Sacred Bones Records, 2019) ****

Two From Guy and Hemingway

A Beginner’s Guide to the Surreal Music of Frank Zappa

Source: Treblezine.

The discography of Frank Zappa is much like the parable of the blind men and the elephant. Depending on the album you start with, your first impression of what Zappa does will be wildly different. With a career spanning from the Mothers of Invention’s 1966’s psych-rock Freak Out! album to the orchestral Yellow Shark released a month before he died in 1993, delving into his massive catalog might seem daunting. But If you are looking to get into Zappa you have come to the right person. The first album I heard was Frank Zappa Vs the Mothers of Prevention during an acid trip in high school. It piqued my interest—I found a double cassette of Joe’s Garage when I came down, and now 25 years later I am writing this guide to getting into Frank that does not require an eight-hour hallucination. Little did I know, aside from smoking a couple joints in the 60s, Frank was not into drugs, which might come across as a a surprise, considering how crazy his music can get.

Lea Bertucci Interviewed about New Album 

Source: The Wire.

New York City based composer and sound designer Lea Bertucci is about to release her third album via US label NNA Tapes. Called Resonant Field, it comprises of several pieces Bertucci performed on saxophone in Silo City’s Marine A Grain Elevator, a vast and empty building with a 13 second natural decay. She answered some questions about the work over email.

Seattle Scene: July 17-26, 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.

Rich Pellegrin & Neil Welch
Wed. July 17, 8 PM; $5 – $15 donation at door

Having played together for a decade in a quartet, saxophonist Neil Welch and pianist Rich Pellegrin perform for the first time as a duo. Pellegrin’s playing is noted for its intensity, conviction, directness of expression, and percussive yet sonorous tone quality. Welch is dedicated to expanding the saxophone’s role in modern improvisation. Each will play a solo set before joining forces for a duo set.

Holland Andrews + Bardos/Miranda
Fri. July 19, 8 PM; $5 – $20 donation at door

Seattle Improvised Music Festival event that was snowed out in February. Holland Andrews (PDX) is an extended-technique vocalist and clarinetist combining complex vocal layerings to create all-encompassing cathartic soundscapes traversing a vast terrain ranging from opera and throat singing to noise and ambient. Cellist Ebony Miranda duets with (in absentia) Ambrosia Bardos.

Earshot: FrancescoJazz + Kissyface
Thu. July 18, 7 PM; $5 – $15 online or at door

Earshot’s Jazz: The Second Century series continues. Pianist Francesco Crosara’s eclectic brand of jazz is steeped in the tradition of Italian and European romantic musical heritage and is heavily influenced by improvisation and lyrical expressions drawn from jazz and Latin vocabularies. Multi-instrumentalist and composer Kevin Nortness’ trio Kissyface draws on the talents of Troy Schiefelbein and Mike Gebhart.

Symbion Project + Dahliia
Sat. July 20, 8 PM; $10 – $15 donation at door

Symbion Project (Kasson Crooker) performs work from the ambient album Gishiki and the new dark electronic album Backscatter w/ koto, modular synthesis, field recordings, ultrasonic audio and projections. DAHLIIA (Cindy Reichel & Tom Butcher) convenes several eras of recorded sound, from musique concrète and drone tones to current fusion of modular synthesizer with spatialized sound processing.

Thu. 7/25 – Earshot Jazz presents Jazz: The 2nd Century, a juried series featuring local artists redefining jazz; Jeremy’s Pyramid Scheme + Xavier Lecouturier Quartet

Fri. 7/26 – Yesod is a meeting of Middle Eastern and Middle Western musical influences where pure musical impulses flux between sound explorations and accessible improvisational hooks

Interview with Alvin Lucier 


Alvin Lucier has spent the past six decades exploring sound—its physical properties, how it moves and morphs in space, and the ways in which we can manipulate our own auditory perception.

His music makes you listen differently. Instead of traditional notions of melody and harmony, his music plays with the very wavelengths of sound itself, placing you in the center of the acoustic phenomena and inviting you to hear the sound as it shifts and unfolds within the space.

We caught up with Lucier at the 2019 Big Ears Festival, which featured performances of his music by Joan La Barbara, the Ever Present Orchestra, and the composer himself—including his most iconic work, I Am Sitting in a Room.