Preview of Jazz Trio Thumbscrew’s Pittsburgh Performance 

Source: Pittsburgh Current.

The photos on Thumbscrew’s second album, Convallaria, show the band posing in an undeveloped building. Considering the trio’s connection with the experimental jazz scene in New York, the locale might be misconstrued as a loft in that city. But the pictures were taken in Pittsburgh in the space that has since become Alphabet City, the performance space, book store and restaurant connected with the City of Asylum organization.

The 2015 residency that yielded both Convallaria’s music and photos was the first of several trips that Mary Halvorson (guitar), Tomas Fujiwara (drums) and Michael Formanek (bass) have made to Pittsburgh. They have recorded three albums at Mr. Smalls Studio in the North Side, a stone’s throw from Alphabet City. All three have also brought their own projects to town.

All three members of Thumbscrew lead other bands, but they launched the trio as a cooperative where everyone brings in compositions and has an equal say. Despite their busy schedules, all three of them are committed to making time for the project.

New Releases From Denovali Records

Source: Denovali Records.

RICARDO DONOSO – RE_CALIBRATE

‘Re_Calibrate’, the companion piece to Donoso’s 2018 acclaimed album ‘Calibrate’ continues to obfuscate any clear definition of genre or style and continues to push his music into stranger, more complex and extreme territories. Equal parts tender and twisted, cynical and honest, beautiful and obnoxious, ‘Re_Calibrate’ shines through as a major point in the composer’s discography – and provides a glimpse into the new directions being taken. ‘Re_Calibrate’ is a challenging listen; void of any trendy tropes or appeal for consumers of watered down, homogenized and dogmatic electronic music.

MARIO DIAZ DE LEON – CYCLE AND REVEAL

Denovali is pleased to present Cycle and Reveal, the fourth full length LP of contemporary classical works by acclaimed composer Mario Diaz de Leon. Featuring bold performances by a cast of longtime collaborators, this compilation is an essential chapter in his celebrated series of recordings for acoustic instruments and electronics.

The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

Michel Doneda, Lê Quan Ninh – Thirty Ways to Avoid Talking (Relative Pitch, 2019) ****

Hermann Nitsch – Albertina Quartett (Trost, 2019) ****

Two from Daniel Studer

Ellen Arkbro – CHORDS (Subtext, 2019) ****

Larry Ochs/Nels Cline/Gerald Cleaver – What Is To Be Done (Clean Feed, 2019) ***½

Susan Alcorn, Joe McPhee, Ken Vandermark – Invitation To A Dream (Astral Spirits, 2019) ****

Ben Bennett/Zach Darrup/Jack Wright – Never (Palliative records, 2019) *****

Three New Books Coming From Blank Forms

Source: Blank Forms.

Joseph Jarman
Black Case Volume I and II:
Return From Exile
142 pages
6.75 x 8.25 inches
Paperback

Joseph Jarman (1937 – 2019) was a saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist best known as a founding member of trailblazing avant-garde jazz group Art Ensemble of Chicago. Jarman was responsible for the Art Ensemble’s signature face paint and elaborate costumes as well as the pioneering theatrical and multimedia elements of their shamanistic performances, which could include dance, comedy, performance art, surreal pranks, and—notably—the recitation of Jarman’s poetry.

Loren Connors
Autumn’s Sun
302 pages
5 x 7.5 inches
Paperback

One of the world’s most singular guitarists, Loren Connors is among few living musicians whose prolific body of work can be said to be wholly justified in its plenitude. On more than 100 records across almost four decades, Connors has wrung distinct shades of ephemeral blues from his guitar, its sound ever-shifting while remaining unmistakably his own. From his early, splintered take on the Delta bottleneck style through his song-based albums with Suzanne Langille and on to the painterly abstraction that defines his current work, Connors has earned the admiration of many, leading to collaborations with the likes of John Fahey, Jim O’Rourke, Keiji Haino, and Kim Gordon.

Catherine Christer Hennix
Poësy Matters and Other Matters
2 individual books, packaged together
311 pages, 488 pages
6.75 x 9.5 inches
Paperback

This two-volume set, Poësy Matters and Other Matters, presents selected texts by the Swedish polymath Catherine Christer Hennix. Volume one, Poësy Matters, is divided into two sections: poetry and drama, with each section also containing pieces of commentary by Hennix or her longtime collaborator Henry Flynt. Volume two, Other Matters, is divided into two sections: first, program notes and essays about a wide range of topics (including music, psychoanalysis, and mathematics), and second, a reproduction of Hennix’s 1989 work The Yellow Book. The first comprehensive publication of Hennix’s written work, Poësy Matters and Other Matters illustrates the singular depth and variety of her contributions to contemporary music, art, literature, and mathematics.

Cafe OTO in September

Source: Cafe OTO.

SUNDAY 1 SEPTEMBER 2019, 7PM
ALIEN JAMS PRESENTS:
WILTED WOMAN & NICK KLEIN + CONTAINER + DAVEY HARMS + CHLOE FRIEDA (DJ)

MONDAY 2 SEPTEMBER 2019, 7.30PM
EMMANUELLE PARRENIN + PADANG FOOD TIGERS W/ ANDREW WEATHERS

TUESDAY 3 SEPTEMBER 2019, 7.30PM
DUNCAN WHITLEY: KIMBERLIN (FILM PREMIERE)

4–7 SEPTEMBER 2019
PETER BRÖTZMANN FESTIVAL

SUNDAY 8 SEPTEMBER 2019, 7.30PM
TAKEO MORIYAMA & MASAHIKO SATOH W/ LEON BRICHARD / IDRIS RAHMAN

MONDAY 9 SEPTEMBER 2019, 7.30PM
NANDINI MUTHUSWAMY

TUESDAY 10 SEPTEMBER 2019, 7.30PM
SOUND MATTER – ANDIE BROWN / SHARON GAL / MARK WASTELL / LUIGI MARINO

WEDNESDAY 11 SEPTEMBER 2019, 7.30PM
NORBERTO LOBO

THURSDAY 12 SEPTEMBER 2019, 7.30PM
MUSICS AND OTHER LIVING CREATURES:
ANIMAL SOUNDS W / NEIL CAMPBELL / JULIAN BRADLEY + OAKEN PALACE RECORDS + ANGUS CARLYLE + THE ANIMAL CHOIR

13–14 SEPTEMBER 2019
SLIP AND 33-33 PRESENT:
OBJECT COLLECTION: ‘YOU ARE UNDER OUR SPACE CONTROL’ (UK PREMIERE) + TIM PARKINSON: ‘PLEASURE ISLAND’ (UK PREMIERE) + JESSICA HICKIE-KALLENBACH + ODIE JI GHAST

SUNDAY 15 SEPTEMBER 2019, 2PM
MUSICS AND OTHER LIVING CREATURES:
FREE DAYTIME LISTENING EVENT, FEATURING DIFFUSIONS OF ANNEA LOCKWOOD, JANA WINDEREN & MORE

15–16 SEPTEMBER 2019
PLACE LANGUAGE – TWO-DAY RESIDENCY

TUESDAY 17 SEPTEMBER 2019, 7.30PM
PAUL DUNMALL QUARTET

WEDNESDAY 18 SEPTEMBER 2019, 7.30PM
JOHN TILBURY / BERTRAND GAUGUET

19–20 SEPTEMBER 2019
TREVOR WATTS AT 80 – TWO-DAY RESIDENCY

SATURDAY 21 SEPTEMBER 2019, 7.30PM
UPSET THE RHYTHM PRESENTS:
TRASH KIT + CHILD’S POSE + THE PLAN

SUNDAY 22 SEPTEMBER 2019, 7.30PM
THE JADID SERIES:
BAGMAN (STURE ERICSON / PAT THOMAS / RAYMOND STRID)

MONDAY 23 SEPTEMBER 2019, 7.30PM
TRIO GENERATIONS (MAGGIE NICOLS / LISA ULLÉN / MATILDA ROLFSSON) W/ PHIL MINTON

24–25 SEPTEMBER 2019
MAZEN KERBAJ – TWO-DAY RESIDENCY

FRIDAY 27 SEPTEMBER 2019, 7.30PM
MIKE COOPER – RELUCTANT SWIMMERS / VIRTUAL SURFERS W/ DAVID TOOP / STEVE BERESFORD / PAT THOMAS

SATURDAY 28 SEPTEMBER 2019, 7.30PM
TOUCH PRESENTS:
PHILIP JECK + BILL THOMPSON + MARK VAN HOEN + JANA WINDEREN

SUNDAY 29 SEPTEMBER 2019, 6PM
XWORM – THE TAPEWORM X CAFE OTO W/ LAURA AGNUSDEI + STEFAN GOLDMANN + JAY GLASS DUBS + PHILIP JECK X JANA WINDEREN + MARTA DE PASCALIS + SIMON FISHER TURNER + ZEROCROP

MONDAY 30 SEPTEMBER 2019, 7.30PM
DANTE BOON