Laurie Spiegel Interviewed

Source: Crack Magazine.

Spiegel is an innovator of electronic music. She worked with early sythesisers at Bell Laboratories, created a popular music programming software called Music Mouse (which became a commercial product for Macintosh, Amiga and Atari personal computers), and had her haunting interpretation of Kepler’s Harmony of the Worlds sent into space, as part of the Voyager 1 and 2’s Golden Record project in 1977. But the artist has, until recently, operated in relative obscurity. It was around 2012, when Spiegel’s 1972 song Sediment was included on the Hunger Games soundtrack, that she re-emerged in the public eye.

Scott Amendola Upcoming Performances

Source: Scott Amendola.

Wed, AUG 7
A night of experimental music w/ Scott Amendola/Phillip Greenlief/Tom Dimuzio- acoustic/electric/electronic – solo-duo-trio!
Albany, CA

Sun, AUG 25
Wil Blades’ 40th Bday Bash and Farewell Party! feat. Donald Harrison Jr., Mike Clark, Scott Amendola, Jeff Parker, and more
Berkeley, CA

Mon, AUG 26
Wil Blades’ 40th Birthday Party with Donald Harrison Jr., Jeff Parker, Scott Amendola & Mike Clark. Amendola vs. Blades set/Trio set w/ Blades/Clark/Harrison
Santa Cruz, CA

Sat, AUG 31
Mike Patton’s Mondo Cane in Italia!
Prato, Italy

Mon, SEP 2
Mike Patton’s Mondo Cane in Italia!
Milano, Italy

Fri, SEP 13
The Jazz Kitchen
Indianapolis, IN

Fri, OCT 11
Trevor Dunn/Phillip Greenlief/Scott Amendola Trio @ Mitchell Park Community Center w/ special guest Motoko Honda (solo piano – opening)
Palo Alto, CA

Sat, OCT 12
Phillip Greenlief / Trevor Dunn / Scott Amendola @ Angel City Jazz Festival
Los Angeles, CA

Sun, OCT 13
Trevor Dunn/Phillip Greenlief/Scott Amendola Trio @ The Uptown!
Oakland, CA

Oren Ambarchi’s Favorite Jazz Recordings

Source: The Quietus.

Australian musician Oren Ambarchi is a self-described obsessive. More than once, he described putting together his Baker’s Dozen as “like pulling teeth”. The first version was a cryptic list of over 25 records assembled into 13 positions, which had a hidden logic to the connections. A second version required narrowing the focus to a small but extremely influential set of records pertaining mostly to his teenage years. He still struggled not to include more than one album per listing – formative influences like Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman and the entire ECM catalogue wouldn’t be pulled apart. What all this points to is that Ambarchi has always been into bodies of work – the way he talks about music is about understanding catalogues and artist’s work, rather than isolating and identifying an individual album as the be all and end all of someone’s output.

Han-Earl Park Interview

Source: Improvised Music Company.

Described by Brian Morton as “a musical philosopher… a delightful shape-shifter”, guitarist and composer Han-earl Park is drawn to real-time cyborg configurations in which artifacts and bodies collide. He has performed with some of the finest practitioners of improvised music, leads Sirene 1009 with Dominic Lash, Mark Sanders and Caroline Pugh, and is part of Numbers with Richard Barrett. Together, Park, guitarist Nick Didkovsky and saxophonist Catherine Sikora forge an improvisative space where melody can be melody, noise can be noise, meter can be meter, metal becomes metal, bluegrass turns to bluegrass, jazz transforms into jazz, all there, all necessary without imploding under idiomatic pressures.

Ahead of Eris136199’s performance on Monday 12th August at the Fumbally Stables, Han-Earl told us a bit about his approach to music, unusual inspirations from politics, to cinema to pop music, and the particular collisions which make up the music of Eris136199.

Pop-Up Concerts Coming to Miller Theatre 

Source: Miller Theatre at Columbia University.

Tuesday, September 10
Stephen Gosling
Music of John Zorn
Stephen Gosling, piano
Pianist Stephen Gosling premiered five new short works by John Zorn during his Composer Portrait at Miller last spring. Inspired by the experience, the prolific composer wrote 12 additional inventions, creating an evening-length major new work to be heard for the first time at this Pop-Up Concert.
John Zorn 18 Studies from the Sketchbooks of JMW Turner (2019), world premiere

Tuesday, October 29
Music of Jessica Meyer
Miranda Cuckson, violin; Jessica Meyer, viola
Caleb van der Swaagh, cello; Benjamin Fingland, clarinet; Ning Yu, piano
The composer/performer collective counter)induction has been hailed by The New York Times for its “fiery ensemble virtuosity” and for its “first-rate performances” by The Washington Post. The ensemble makes its return to the Miller stage to highlight one of their own, violist and composer Jessica Meyer with a selection of her recent works.
Jessica Meyer I Only Speak of the Sun (2018)
Sagrada Familia (2017)
Only a Beginning (2015)
But Not Until (2014)
Released (2014)

Tuesday, November 26
TAK Ensemble
Marina Kifferstein, violin; Laura Cocks, flute; Carlos Cordeiro, clarinet
Ellery Trafford, percussion; Charlotte Mundy, voice
The ambitious TAK Ensemble—a quintet dedicated to the commissioning of new works and direct collaboration with composers and artists—makes its Miller debut with a daring collection of works. The program primarily features compositions written for the ensemble, which “impresses with the organicity of their sound, their dynamism and virtuosity” (WQXR).
Ashkan Behzadi Ballad of the Water of Sea from Love, Crystal and Stone (2017)
Erin Gee Mouthpiece 28 (2016)
Taylor Brook Amalgam (2015)
Tyshawn Sorey Ornations (2014)
David Bird Series Imposture (2013)