AMN Reviews: Ensemble neoN – Niblock/Lamb [Hubro HUBROCD2601]

For their new CD, Ensemble neoN, a Norwegian chamber group dedicated to performing works of new music, chose to program together two conceptually and sonically dovetailing works by composers Phill Niblock and Catherine Lamb. Call it two perspectives on drone music.

Niblock’s To Two Tea Roses (2012), a paradigmatic work, is a long-tone composition for combined live and prerecorded orchestras. Niblock makes good use of nuanced movement within a solid block of sound, giving the piece the character of a sustained, suspended major chord with a fluctuating undertow of microtonal disquiet. Ensemble neoN’s realization employs an octet of winds, strings, piano and bowed vibes that fuses into a composite voice that has the ringing sound and subtle, cyclical dynamics of a particularly dense tamboura.

Catherine Lamb’s Parallax Forma (2016), like To Two Tea Roses a long-tone work, is less dense than Niblock’s and includes more overt harmonic movement. The piece’s foreground is dominated by singers Stine Janvin Motland and Silje Aker Johnsen, whose voices float ethereally over the seven-piece chamber orchestra.

Post-Haste Reed Duo Appears Tonight in Tysons, VA

Source: 1st Stage Tysons.

1st Stage Tysons presents Post-Haste Reed Duo’s 10th Anniversary concert celebration on Thursday, August 15th at 7:30pm. Comprised of saxophonist Sean Fredenburg and bassoonist Javier Rodriguez, this virtuosic duo’s unique instrumental pairing delves into brilliant new sound worlds. Selections from their two albums, Beneath a Canopy of Angels…a River of Stars and Donut Robot! will be featured on the program. Tickets are $15.

Thursday, August 15, 2019 at 7:30pm
1st Stage Tysons
1524 Spring Hill Road, Tysons, VA 22102
(703) 854-1856

One of the most active commissioning duos on the new music scene, the saxophone-bassoon Post-Haste Reed Duo (PHRD) is internationally acclaimed for performing “music of limitless stylistic range and emotional scope” by textura and as “essential listening” by I Care If You Listen. Saxophonist Sean Fredenburg and bassoonist Javier Rodriguez seek not only to increase the amount of quality chamber music literature for saxophone and bassoon duo, but also to foster widespread exploration of non-traditional chamber ensembles.

Coming to NY’s Areté Venue & Gallery

Source: Areté Venue & Gallery.

Oasi Trio Presents: Post-Cortona Premieres Concert
Saturday, 9/7/19, 7:30pm
Kathryn Vetter (clarinet), Claire Niederberger (violin), and Magnus Villanueva (piano) as the Oasi Trio present six world premieres by composers Will Healy, Paul Hwang, Clark Hubbard, Chelsea Komschiles, and Diana M. Rodriguez. All composers and performers are alumni of the Cortona Sessions for New Music in Cortona, Italy. The commissioned pieces vary in instrumentation with two trios, one trio with electronics, a solo violin piece, a solo clarinet piece, and a duo for clarinet and piano. These premieres showcase diverse styles including electroacoustic elements, music paired with an olfactory experience, and genre-mixing art-pop.

Saxophonist Jack Wright and guitarist Doug Theriault
Wednesday, 9/11/19, 7:30 pm
Described twenty years ago as an “undergrounder by design,” Jack Wright isa veteran saxophone improviser based mainly in Philadelphia. He has played mostly on tour through the US and Europe since the early 80s in search of interesting partners and playing situations. Now at 76 he is still the “Johnny Appleseed of Free Improvisation,” as the late guitarist Davey Williams called him in the 80s, on the road as much as ever.

Ambient Lullabies
Wednesday, 9/25/19, 7:30pm
Ambient Lullabies is a music series curated by Concetta Abbate. It showcases music around a concept rather than a genre. The series features music that falls between categories, leaves space for contemplation, meditation and reflective thoughts. It explores Music as Medicine; as a daily practice. The shows calls for a listening room. Audience is invited to bring drawing, journals, sketchbooks, painting and any silent creative work that compliments listening to music.

Sly Horizon – ‘The Anatomy of Light’ CD Release
Thursday, 9/26/19, 8:00pm
SLY HORIZON is a brand new group founded by a trio of well-seasoned New York based creative musicians: Rick Parker (trombone, electronics, synths), Álvaro Domene (7 string electric guitar and electronics), and Jeremy Carlstedt (drums/electronics). Rick Parker’s processed trombone functions as a focal point of enthralling lyricism, while Domene’s haunting soundscapes and metallic expressions provide the playground for Carlstedt, whose approach to drumming constantly enhances the groove and forward motion of the group’s music. Their ear-grabbing improvisational music, without any trace of artistic compromise, has the potential to appeal to a broad range of listeners, including adventurous jazz fans, open-minded metal listeners and devotees of ambient and electronic music. SLY HORIZON creates an ever-expanding sonic universe that, while finding inspiration in many sources, ultimately exists in a space all its own.

Ricardo Gallo solo piano
Thursday, 9/26/19, 9:30pm
Ricardo Gallo presents in this format compositions from his repertoire for other groups in solo-piano versions, and improvised pieces. As pianist-composer, Gallo looks to minimize the distinction between improvisation and composition. Or, in other words, to present in a distilled and direct way the creative process of his music that has been known mainly through his work with other groups and collaborations with other musicians.

HOTEL ELEFANT
Friday, 9/27/19, 7:00pm
​Hotel Elefant brings an awareness of todayʼs music to the general public through commissions, performances, and moderated discussions between composers, performers, and audiences. Committed to modern sounds and sonic explorations, this “audacious and unafraid” (​New Music Box)​ ensemble highlights living composers who are blurring lines, pushing boundaries, and fostering creativity.

Avant Scena Reviews

Source: Avant Scena.

Rempis/Abrams/Ra + Baker – “Apsis” (Aerophonic Records, 2019)

Simon Proffitt and Ash Cooke – “Gwrth​-​gitâr” (Linear Obsessional, 2019)

Jeb Bishop / Alex Ward / Weasel Walter – “Flayed” (Ugexplode Records, 2019)

Koglmann, Franz Septet (w / Clark / Arcari / D’Agaro / Turkovic / Pasztor / Herbert): Fruits Of Soli (Hat Hut Ezz-Thetics)

Christian Marclay & Mats Gustafsson – “Link” (Smalltown Supersound, 2019)

Gayle/Barcella/Cabras – “The Alto Sessions” (El Negocito Records, 2019)

Nature Work – “Nature Work” (Sunnyside Records, 2019)

Vital Weekly Reviews 1195

Source: Vital Weekly.

EDWARD KA-SPEL – THE MOON CRACKED OVER ALBION (CD by Neuteka) *
STEPHAN MATHIEU – RADIOLAND (2CD by Schwebung) *
ASMUS TIETCHENS & FRANS DE WAARD – OORDEEL (CD by Auf Abwegen) *
EDWARD SOL & FRANS DE WAARD – SIBILANTS REPERTOIRE (2 cassettes by Sentimental) *
[ISM] – METAPHOR (CD by Umlaut Records)
GIOVANNI MAIER & PIETRO RICCI & RICCARDO MORPURGO – MESMER (CD by Palomar Records) *
ASHTRAY NAVIGATIONS & ANLA COURTIS – PROTOZOIC ROCK EXPRESS (CD by Public Eyesore) *
DAN ARMSTRONG – A LONG TIME COMING (CD by Reflection Records) *
MASSIMO TONIUTTI – CAVA XI.XI.86 (CD by Ferns Recordings) *
OVOD – FOREST THOUGHTS (LP by Ovod Music) *
MATT WESTON – A NEW FORM OF CRIME (LP by 7272 Music) *
IDEA FIRE COMPANY – THE LIGHT THAT NEVER CEASES TO FAIL (LP by Feeding Tube Records) *
TÖRST & CANECAPOVOLTO – IN FRANCE (CDR by Törst) *
GIUSEPPE FALIVENE – VISIONS (cassette by Cloudchamber) *
GIOVANNI LAMI – RAW (cassette by Cloudchamber) *
AUDIO OBSCURA – OBSIDIAN TIMELINES (cassette by Cloudchamber) *
KRUELECO – TERREUR A UNE ETOILE (cassette by Stupro Rituale)
JACKEN ELSWYTH/ALULA DOWN (split cassette by Betwixt & Between)
JACK VAN DER WEIDE & ALFRED BOLAND – INKTVINGERS: DE STENCILKUNST VAN
KNUST 1983-2019 (book by Uitgeverij Vantilt)
TOWNER (CDR/cassette by Crush Grove Records)

Mr. Bungle Reuniting For First Shows In 20 Years 

Source: Stereogum.

The experimental rock band Mr. Bungle are reuniting for their first live shows in almost 20 years. The band’s most recent album was 1999’s California — it celebrated its 20th anniversary just last month — and the band played their last live show the following year.

As Metal Sucks reports, the group will be performing their 1986 demo The Raging Wrath Of The Easter Bunny live in full at three concerts in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York in February 2020.

The band lineup will consist of Trevor Dunn, Mike Patton, and Trey Spruance, and they’ll be joined by Scott Ian on guitar and Dave Lombardo on drums.