AMN Picks of the Week: Sloth Racket / Sarah Page / Orchestra Entropy / Mario Pavone / Trigger

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.

Sloth Racket – Dismantle Yourself (2019)
Sarah Page – Dose Curves (2019)
Orchestra Entropy – Ritual (2019)
Mario Pavone Dialect Trio – Philosophy (2019)
Trigger – Pull (2019)

The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

Sounds from Portugal

Two from Cellist Judith Hamann

Jose Lencastre Nau Quartet- Eudimonia (FMR, 2018) ****

Sei Miguel – O Carro de Fogo de Sei Miguel (Clean Feed, 2019) ****

Kontrabassduo Studer-Frey with Jürg Frey and Alfred Zimmerlin – Zeit (Leo Records, 2019) ****

Werner Dafeldecker – Small Worlds (Edition Telemark, 2019) ****½

Manuela+ (Rüdiger Carl, Hans Reichel, Carlos Zingaro, Jin Hi Kim) Live in Berlin (FMP, 2011 | Destination: OUT Digital Reissue, 2019) *****

Michael Bisio, Kirk Knuffke, Fred Lonberg-Holm – Requiem for a New York Slice (Iluso Records, 2019) ****½

Seattle Scene: July 31 – August 9, 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.

The Alchemy of Improvisation
Wed. July 31, 8 PM; $5 – $15 donation at door

The Alchemy of Improvisation is a cross-genre, improvised musical project bringing together the varied talents of bassist Abbey Blackwell, drummer Will Lone, and pianist Daniel Salka. Genres and styles blend into a tapestry of improvisation aimed at representing the mystical qualities of life and sound – an alchemical process in which consciousness transmutes sound and sound transmutes consciousness.

Songs from the Exotic
Fri. Aug. 2, 8 PM; $5 – $20 donation at door

Join accomplished multi-instrumentalists Emily Ostrom and Peter Nelson-King for an evening of striking contemporary art songs for medium voice and piano. This widely varied program features modern masterworks that prove the art song has remained a vital medium for contemporary classical music in America. Music by Hale Smith, Judith Weir, Aaron Kirschner, Emily Ostrom, Peter Nelson-King, and more.

Thu. Aug. 1, 8 PM; $5 – $15 donation at door

Composer Jim Knapp’s unique ensemble of jazz-inflected guitar & bass, plus symphonic harp & strings, celebrates its ninth year with a return to the Chapel. SCRAPE is a 9-20 player ensemble playing original compositions. It features noted local musicians, including bassist Chris Symer, guitarist Brian Monroney, violinist/leader Heather Bentley, and principal violinist/librarian/music editor Brianna Atwell.

Dodd & Hoskins duo + Spontanea
Sat. Aug. 3, 8 PM; $5 – $15 donation at door

The duo of vocalist Vickie Dodd and cellist James Hoskins explores new musical territory that is at once organic and otherworldly. Together (and with guest Carol J Levin on harp), they spontaneously generate an improvised soundscape that is unlike any other and changes throughout each performance. Spontanea is an eclectic improvisational quartet integrating a wide range of influences.

Thu. 8/8 – East Coast Meets West brings together two multi-talented trumpet players – East Coast transplant Judson Scott and Seattle native Peter Nelson-King – to perform an exciting variety of works for trumpet and piano written by contemporary East- and West-Coast composers

Fri. 8/9 – Inverted Space Ensemble plays music by Julia Wolff, Gyorgy Kurtag, Dan Joseph, Peter Garland, and Lou Harrison

Post-Haste Reed Duo Appears August 3rd at New York’s Spectrum

Source: Spectrum.

SPECTRUM presents the New York album release show for Donut Robot!, the sophomore album from Portland-based Post-Haste Reed Duo (saxophonist Sean Fredenburg and bassoonist Javier Rodriguez) out on Aerocade Music. Donut Robot! features six new pieces by Edward J. Hines, Drew Baker, Andrea L. Reinkemeyer, Takuma Itoh, Michael Johanson, and Ruby Fulton which explore the many possibilities of this unique instrumental pairing while delving into a completely new sound world. This recording highlights Post-Haste Reed Duo’s virtuosic playing and is an important addition to the saxophone-bassoon duet repertoire. Selections from the album will be performed on Saturday, August 3rd at 7pm.

EMPAC Fall Music Schedule Announced

Source: Troy’s Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC).

FRIDAY / SEPTEMBER 20, 2019 AT 7:30 PM
Ken Ueno

Short Shadows: Thought Figures
Carissa Rodriguez / Marcos Serafim, Zé Kielwagen and Steevens Simeon / Calum Walter

Clarissa Tossin

Sarah Hennies

Continuum in Santa Monica, August 29

Source: Santa Monica Public Library.

The acclaimed LA jazz quintet Continuum appears Thursday August 29, 2019, at 7:30 pm, in the Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium of the Santa Monica Main Library, at 601 Santa Monica Blvd.

Formed in East LA in 1987, inspired by the great electric bands of the 1970s such as Weather Report and the Mahavishnu Orchestra, as well as the subtler sounds of Oregon and the ECM Records label, Continuum have developed a body of original work combining complex compositions, exciting grooves, and creative improvisations. This concert will be a special mostly-acoustic performance, in honor of the 99th birthday of bebop pioneer Charlie Parker.

The members of Continuum: Pablo Calgero (reeds), Daniel Weidlein (saxophones), Craig Ochibuko (keyboards), Al Garcia (bass), and Chris Garcia (percussion), are all successful bandleaders and sidemen. Drummer Chris Garcia is especially well-known for his work with the Frank Zappa alumni band The Grandmothers of Invention.

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

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 or contact the Santa Monica Public Library at (310) 458-8600.