AMN Reviews: Moljebka Pvlse – Komoku (2019; Cyclic Law)

Although Sweden’s Moljebka Pvlse has been around for 20 years, this is the first time one of their recordings has crossed my desk, which makes me wonder how much more music of this caliber is out there that I’m not aware of. Komoku explores a cross-genre blending of dark ambient and electroacoustic music, an area in which more and more artists are poking around. As such, it consists of oscillating drones with soft noise walls as well as string, reed, and percussion elements in the foreground (or at least, audio structures that resemble these instruments). Gentle grinding and humming accompany waves and pulses throughout the frequency spectrum. Fractured samples and fleeting utterances overlap with unsteady synthesized rhythms.

The album was developed by Mathias Josefson, who made field recordings in American deserts, and John Björkman, who plays instruments acquired in Nepal. Throughout, both have been deconstructed and processed into waves. These are merged in various ways and forms.  The result is an album that is rich in information and detail, with a feel that is both organic and architectural. Each listen brings forth nuances and subtleties that may not have previously been apparent, but without ever being overbearing

Needless to say, this is an unusually strong release that follows its own unique and twisted path.

The Stone Calendar

Source: The Stone Calendar.

8/1 Thursday (RB)
8:30 pm
Prana Voice
Rosie Hertlien (violin, voice) William Parker (bass) Gary Hassay (alto sax) Daniel Carter (reeds, brass)

8/2 Friday (HM)
8:30 pm
Seraphic LIGHT
Matthew Shipp (piano) Daniel Carter (reeds, brass) William Parker (bass)

8/3 Saturday (KM)
8:30 pm
Quartet
Sylvie Courvoisier (piano) John Zorn (alto sax) Okyung Lee (cello) William Parker (bass)

8/6 Tuesday (DT)
8:30 pm
Anti-House 4
Ingrid Laubrock (tenor and soprano saxes) Mary Halvorson (guitar) Kris Davis (piano) Tom Rainey (drums)

8/7 Wednesday (HM)
8:30 pm
Grammy Season Sextet
Ingrid Laubrock (tenor and soprano saxes) Brandon Seabrook (guitar) Michael Formanek (bass) Tom Rainey (drums) Mazz Swift (violin) Tomeka Reid (cello)

8/8 Thursday (DT)
8:30 pm
Laubrock/Crump/Smythe
Ingrid Laubrock (tenor and soprano saxes) Stephan Crump (bass) Cory Smythe (piano)

8/9 Friday (HM)
8:30 pm
New Music for Quartet with Nels Cline, Hank Roberts and Ches Smith
Ingrid Laubrock (tenor and soprano saxes) Nels Cline (guitar) Hank Roberts (cello) Ches Smith (drums, percussion)

8/10 Saturday (HTM)
8:30 pm
Music by Anthony Braxton for Quintet with Nate Wooley, Adam Matlock, Brandon Lopez and Tom Rainey
Ingrid Laubrock (tenor and soprano saxes) Adam Matlock (accordion) Brandon Lopez (bass) Nate Wooley (trumpet) Tom Rainey (drums)

8/13 Tuesday
8:30 pm
INVISIBLE GUY
Ben Goldberg (clarinet) Michael Coleman (keyboards) Hamir Atwal (drums) Eli Crews (live electronics)

8/14 Wednesday (ICS)
8:30 pm
QUINTET
Ben Goldberg (clarinet) Ellery Eskelin (tenor sax) Mary Halvorson (guitar) Michael Formanek (bass) Tomas Fujiwara (drums)

8/15 Thursday (SK)
8:30 pm
OCTET
Ches Smith (xylophone) Kenny Wollesen, Will Shore (vibraphone) Allison Miller (drums, percussion) Kirk Knuffke (cornet) Ryan Ferreira (electric guitar) Ben Goldberg (clarinet) Andrew Conklin (electric guitar)

8/16 Friday (DG)
8:30 pm
QUARTET
Ravi Coltrane (tenor sax) Chris Lightcap (bass) Gerald Cleaver (drums) Ben Goldberg (clarinet)

8/17 Saturday (DG)
8:30 pm
TRIO
Nels Cline (electric guitar) Tom Rainey (drums) Ben Goldberg (clarinet)

8/21 Wednesday (FM)
8:30 pm
Schema I and II
Gerald Cleaver (drums) Matana Roberts (sax)

8/22 Thursday
8:30 pm
Schema III and IV
Ava Mendoza (guitar) Matana Roberts (sax)

8/23 Friday
8:30 pm
Schema V and VI
Liberty Ellman (guitar) Matana Roberts (sax)

8/24 Saturday
8:30 pm
Schema VII and VIII
Vijay Iyer (piano) Matana Roberts (sax)

Roulette’s Fall Schedule Announced

Source: New York’s Roulette.

RESONANT BODIES FESTIVAL 2019: CHARMAINE LEE & CONRAD TAO, ANTHONY ROTH COSTANZO, JANE SHELDON
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2019 @ 7:30 PM
RBF features 9 of the contemporary music world’s most virtuosic, innovative vocalists, giving them carte blanche to curate their repertoire.

RESONANT BODIES FESTIVAL 2019: ANAÏS MAVIEL, KATE SOPER, TED HEARNE
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2019 @ 7:30 PM
RBF features 9 of the contemporary music world’s most virtuosic, innovative vocalists, giving them carte blanche to curate their repertoire.

RESONANT BODIES FESTIVAL 2019: STEPHANIE BLYTHE, AROOJ AFTAB WITH VIJAY IYER & SHAHZAD ISMAILY, ERIN GEE
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2019 @ 7:30 PM
RBF features 9 of the contemporary music world’s most virtuosic, innovative vocalists, giving them carte blanche to curate their repertoire.

TOMAS FUJIWARA’S 7 POETS TRIO ENSEMBLE: ALBUM RELEASE
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2019 @ 8:00 PM
The trio, featuring the drummer/composer alongside cellist Tomeka Reid and vibist Patricia Brennan, celebrates their eponymous debut record.

URSULA SCHERRER & MARCIA BASSETT: UP-CYCLE
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2019 @ 8:00 PM
A durational performance about time and untime by Ursula Scherrer with Marcia Bassett

JESSICA PAVONE STRING ENSEMBLE: BRICK AND MORTAR
MONDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2019 @ 8:00 PM
This concert celebrates the release of Brick and Mortar, Jessica Pavone’s newest incarnation for string ensemble.

LIBERTY ELLMAN’S SUPERCELL: THE LAST DESERT
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2019 @ 8:00 PM
Guitarist Liberty Ellman presents Supercell: Stephan Crump, Jonathan Finlayson, Steve Lehman, Jose Davila, and Damion Reid

NICK HALLETT: TO MUSIC’S FINAL ACT // EMILY MANZO: HOW TO RESCUE
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2019 @ 8:00 PM
Nick Hallet’s final act of his opera-in-progress, To Music | Emily Manzo’s world premiere of her new multimedia song cycle, How to Rescue

MARY HALVORSON & JOHN DIETERICH: A TANGLE OF STARS
MONDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2019 @ 8:00 PM
Guitarists Mary Halvorson and John Dieterich debut their duo album A Tangle of Stars (New Amsterdam Records).

RBA: L. SHANKAR | MUSIC OF INDIA
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2019 @ 8:00 PM
Master violinist and vocalist L. Shankar (aka Shenkar) is renowned for his deeply soulful performances of Indian classical music. Since playing […]

PHILL NIBLOCK: 6 HOURS OF MUSIC AND FILM
Phill Niblock stages his annual Winter Solstice concert

New From Tzadik

Source: Tzadik.

Gnostic Trio : The Book Beri’ah Vol 7–Netzach
One of Zorn’s most beloved and unique 21st century ensembles, the Gnostic Trio features the distinctive guitar of Bill Frisell, the vibraphone of Kenny Wollesen and the ethereal harp stylings of Carol Emanuel. The sounds are soulful and heavenly and for this, their seventh cd together, they perform nine tunes from the “Book Beri’ah”, the last book of music completing the Masada legacy. Frisell’s magical sonorities dance around harp and vibraphone creating a heavenly improvisational counterpoint. Truly music of the angels, “Netzach” is a gem.
Personnel:
Carol Emanuel: Harp
Bill Frisell: Guitar
Kenny Wollesen: Vibraphone

John Zorn : Tractatus Musico-Philosophicus
On fire with creativity and burning so brightly that even an uncomprehending world does not deter him, Zorn remains defiant, focused solely on giving expression to the many muses and angels animating his life while harnessing the powers of the chthonic deities buried deep in his subterranean soul. Tractatus brings many of his lifelong interests together into a new musical universe drawing inspiration from philosophy, avant-garde cinema, drama and music.
Personnel:
John Zorn: Sax, Vocals, Fender Rhodes Piano, Prepared Piano, Organ, Guitar, Drums, Bass, Game Calls, Percussion, Objects, Samples

A Closer Listen Reviews

Source: A Closer Listen.

Emmanuel Witzthum ~ The Book of Dusts

Banks Bailey ~ Mountains and Waters / René Aquarius ~ Woodland Sigil

YATTA ~ WAHALA

Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch ~ Organes Electriques Mixtape Premiere

*Press A* ~ 2019’s Best Videogame Soundtracks So Far

Derek Hunter Wilson ~ Steel, Wood & Air

Russian Circles ~ Blood Year