AMN Reviews: Visions – Temples (2019; Cyclic Law)

Cyclic Law’s head Frederic Arbour returns under the moniker of Visions. On this outing, he focuses on deep, dark, slowly oscillating drones and subtlely distorted loops that form a primordial low-frequency sound sculpture. Arbour thoughtfully layers textures upon one another to create a barely restrained walled intensity that spans all seven tracks of this release. Each voice growls, expands and contracts, or provides a semblance of melody that joins together in a coherent assault.

Despite its in-your-face nature, cinematic is also a good way of describing the impact of Temples. Deep caverns, abandoned towns, windswept cliffs, and fog-cloaked woodlands come to mind – all infested with a sense of dread. The title track, in particular, begins with a haunting two-tone pattern that is accompanied by a drifting, pseudo-metallic melody. Ultima, on the other hand, brings unease to life with distorted waves breaking over shifting drones and a pulsing rhythm. Continuum ends the album with shimmering, grinding vehemence, as life is consumed until the cycle begins again.

Built up from relatively simple elements and patterns, there is nonetheless a lot going on as you listen to Temples. This is a solid and compelling release that will afford many listens.

AMN Picks of the Week: Charlie Kirchen / Simon McCorry / Alister Spence & Satoko Fujii / Alexander Noice

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.

Charlie Kirchen Quartet – I’ve Fallen and I Can’t Get Up (2019)
Simon McCorry – Border Land (2019)
Alister Spence & Satoko Fujii – Imagine Meeting You Here (2019)
Alexander Noice – Noice (2019)

Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter

Source: Downtown Music Gallery.

The Downtown Music Gallery 28th Anniversary Celebrations began on May 1st & Continues!
Every In-store This Summer Helps Celebrate the Spirit of Creative Music Performed Live.

Sunday, August 4th:
6pm: ALEX WARD / SAM WEINBERG / HENRY FRASER –
Clarinet & Guitar / tenor & soprano saxes / Contrabass!
7pm: SEAN ALI – Solo ContraBass!

Rare Monday, August 5th:
6:30: ROBERT DICK and LESZEK “HEFI” WISNIOWSKI – International Flute Duo!

Sunday, August 11th:
6pm: LOUNA DEKKER-VARGAS / LEDAH FINCK / TAL YAHALOM / NICK DUNSTON /
STEPHEN BOEGEHOLD – Flute / Violin / Guitar / Bass / Drums
7pm: BEN GOLDBERG / CAROLINE DAVIS & Company

Sunday, August 18th:
6pm: BEN GOLDBERG / SIMON JERMYN / RYAN FERREIRA – Clarinet & Two Guitars
7pm: JACK WRIGHT / EVAN LIPSON / ZACH DARRUP – Alto Sax / Contrabass / Guitar

Sunday, August 25h:
6pm: AARON RUBINSTEIN / WILLIAM PARKER / KEVIN MURRAY – Guitar / Bass / Drums!
7pm: CAMILLA NEBBIA / JOANNA MATTREY / VIOLETA GARCIA / DIANA ARIAS –
Tenor Sax / Viola / Cello / Double Bass!

Sunday, September 1st:
6pm: SAM WEINBERG / WEASEL WALTER / HENRY FRASER – Tenor Sax / Drums / Contrabass!
7pm: MILO TAMEZ – ToBeOrNotToBeat: Solo Drums!

Sunday, September 8th:
6pm: KYLE MOTL / KEIR GoGWILT – Contrabass / Violin!
7pm: FEDERICO UGHI / DANIEL CARTER / PATRICK HOLMES –
Drums / Reeds & Trumpet / Clarinet!

DMG is located at 13 Monroe St. (between Catherine & Market Sts) in a basement below a small gallery. Take the F train to East Broadway or the 6 train to Canal or the B or D to Grand, or the M-15 bus to Madison & Catherine. Come on Down, the Sunday Music Series is Always Free & the Vibes are Always Cosy. You can check the weekly in-store sets through our Instagram feed

Brooklyn Raga Massive and Sirius Quartet Coming to the Rite of Summer Music Festival

Source: Rite of Summer Music Festival.

Brooklyn Raga Massive
Nolan Park
1:00PM & 3:00PM
Aug 10, 2019

In “D” – Composer-sanctioned version of Terry Riley’s “In C”

Brooklyn Raga Massive has been making waves for their role instigating what the New York Times, New Yorker, and Wall Street Journal have called a “Raga Renaissance.”

Terry Riley composed the iconic work In “C” in 1964 and the piece, first performed with a group including Steve Reich and Pauline Oliveros is often credited with creating the genre of minimalism. Riley was influenced by Indian Classical music and later studied deeply initially under the guidance of Pandit Pran Nath. Brooklyn Raga Massive, “Leaders of the Raga Renaissance,” (New Yorker) are an artist collective that share a love of Indian Classical music, and have have made big waves in New York City over the past seven years for” Preserving the past while blurring genres in an inventive spirit.” (New York Times.) A raga influenced performance and recording of In ‘C’, by Brooklyn Raga Massive was a perfect fit for the adventurous crew and brought the piece, and genre, full circle, back to it’s Indian Classical roots.

The dreams of the musicians in Brooklyn Raga Massive were exceeded when Terry Riley heard their version and began corresponding with them dreaming up a new piece for the group. In their performances of In “C” Terry suggested that the “use the basic In C form but open it up to solos…based on some of the patterns.” The piece has evolved in the hands of the collective and has grown to touch on a series of ragas, Indian classical modes that evoke particular rasas, or emotional essences. Filled with improvisation and synchronicity no two performances are alike. Brooklyn Raga Massive will perform “In D,” their own composer-sanctioned version of Terry Riley’s epic “In C.”

Sirius Quartet
Nolan Park
1:00PM & 3:00PM
Sep 7, 2019

Program
Paths Become Lines (Jeremy Harman)
Beside the Point (Fung Chern Hwei)
Ceili (Fung C.H.)
New World, Nov 9, 2016 (Gregor Huebner)
Knives Out (Radiohead, are. G. Huebner)
#STILL (G. Huebner)
To A New Day (Fung C.H.)
Eleanor Rigby (The Beatles, are. G. Huebner)

About Sirius Quartet
Internationally acclaimed veterans of contemporary music, Sirius Quartet combines exhilarating repertoire with unequalled improvisational fire. These conservatory-trained performer-composers shine with precision, soul and raw energy, championing a forward-thinking, genre-defying approach.

Since their debut concert at the original Knitting Factory in New York City, Sirius has played some of the most important venues in the world, including Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, the Beijing Music Festival, the Cologne Music Triennale, Stuttgart Jazz, Musique Actuelle in Canada, the Taichung Jazz Fest – Taiwan’s biggest jazz event – and many others.

Having premiered works by significant living composers, Sirius continues their long-running commitment to musical innovation with bold, original works by its own members, pushing beyond the conventional vocabulary of string instruments by incorporating popular song forms, extended techniques, gripping improvisations and undeniable, contemporary grooves.

JazzPOP 2019 at the Hammer Museum

Source: LA’s Hammer Museum.

JazzPOP: Alex Cline’s Limitless Light Ensemble: Remembering Joseph Jarman
The Los Angeles drummer convenes an all-star nonet to pay tribute to Joseph Jarman, member of the Art Ensemble of Chicago.
THU AUG 8 2019
8:00 PM

JazzPOP: Joshua White 6tet
The San Diego pianist directs his band through a performance featuring elements of classical, gospel, and modern jazz.
THU AUG 15 2019
8:00 PM