AMN Reviews: Michael Bonaventure – In Tenebris Ratione Organi [Eighth Tower Records]

No less than the synthesizer, the electric organ, with its versatility of compass and timbre, can create electronic music of uncannily evocative sounds. Klaus Schulze’s Irrlicht deftly demonstrated this back in the early 1970s; now comes the solo organ work In Tenebris Ratione Organi by Michael Bonaventure, whose universe of electronic sounds follow a creative logic uniquely his own.

Bonaventure, who is based in both Edinburgh and Amsterdam, is a composer and concert organist whose performances include new music as well as the organ works of Messiaen. His own compositions have been written for organ, piano, carillon, and choir; the eleven-track Works 2008-2017, available from the Unexplained Sounds Group netlabel, is a good introduction to some of his recent output.

Intriguingly, some of the sounds of the instruments and groups he composes for in other contexts obliquely find their way into In Tenebris Ratione Organi. Through the shimmering washes of bright timbres and richly constructed chords there emerge the sounds of a strangely altered choir of human (or synthetic?) voices; resounding, bell-like tones saturated in delay; and a musical rhetoric that at times recalls the retro-futurist murmurings of analogue synthesizers. Throughout all of the overlays and distortions the organ’s essential voice remains intact. Bonaventure characterizes the music as a kind of alchemy, and it’s clear that the basic organ sound provides him with the prima material he needs to work his often stunning sonic transmutations.

San Francisco Scene: August 30 – September 5, 2019

Source: Bay Improviser.

Friday, August 30

Fri 8/30 6:00 PM Et Al Gallery [620 Kearny St San Francisco, CA 94108]
Katy Cowan & Heidi Howard Closing Reception
Music performances:
Eve Essex
Cranky (Sean Keenan / Jake Parker Scott / Mitch Stahlmann)

Monday, September 2

Mon 9/02 8:00 PM Make-Out Room [3225 22nd St SF]
The Monday Make-Out
The cutting edge of Bay Area jazz and improvised music–
Set #1: Practitioner (duo treatments of the music of Steve Lacy)
(Ben Goldberg-clarinet, Michael Coleman-keyboard)
Set #2: Poncho Poncho (jazz pop)
Saki Minamimoto-voice, with Robert Woods-LaDue, Karl Evangelista, Robert Lopez, & Ben Goldberg
Set #3: Fluke-Mogul/Mezzacppa/Glenn (free improvisation)
(gabby fluke-mogul-violin, Lisa Mezzacappa-bass, Jordan Glenn-drums)

Tuesday, September 3

Tue 9/03 7:30 PM California Jazz Conservatory [2040 Addison Street Berkeley]
Fellow Hominids is the most recent project of saxophonist and composer Cory Wright, featuring jazz and improv veterans John Schott and John Finkbeiner on guitars and Jordan Glenn on drums. The compositions run the gamut from meditative and minimal to sharply tailored grooves to blunderbuss attacks – a piece might provide a wide open field, a tight rope, or a wrestling pit for the group’s interactions. These four Bay Area musicians have played together in a wide variety of settings and configurations over the past 15 years and a feeling of camaraderie and playfulness informs all of the band’s impulses and musical decisions.

Wednesday, September 4

Wed 9/04 7:30 PM Bird & Beckett Books and Records [653 Chenery St. SF]
PRACTITIONER – Ben Goldberg and Michael Coleman
explore the music of Steve Lacy

Thursday, September 5

Thu 9/05 6:30 PM Honey Hive Gallery [4117 Judah St SF]
Crude Drawings / Sarah Lockhart / Dylan and Lee

The Bridge Mini-Festival in Paris and Bordeaux, October 16-20

This October, The Bridge will celebrate the passage from one cycle to next with a mini-festival in Paris and Bordeaux, alongside a conference on W.E.B. DuBois organized with the University of Chicago, Paris-VII and Bordeaux.

Here are the 5 Bridge ensembles that’ll be present:

Sonic Communion [The Bridge #1]
Jean-Luc Cappozzo – trumpet, flugelhorn
Douglas R. Ewart – woodwinds, sound objects
Joëlle Léandre – double bass
Bernard Santacruz – double bass
Michael Zerang – drums, percussions

The Turbine! [The Bridge #3] + guests
Benjamin Duboc – double bass
Hamid Drake – drums, frame drum
Ramon Lopez – drums, tabla
Thibault Cellier – double bass
Mike Reed – drums

Shore to Shore [The Bridge #4]
Rob Mazurek – cornet, electronics
Mwata Bowden – clarinet, baritone saxophone, didjeridoo, percussion
Julien Desprez – electric guitar
Matt Lux – electric bass guitar
Mathieu Sourisseau – acoustic bass guitar

Transatlantic Amazon Gods [The Bridge #9]
Mike Ladd – improvised poetry/lyrics, EMS synthi
Mankwe M. N. Ndosi – voice, poetry, story, texture
Sylvain Kassap – clarinets
Dana Hall – drums, cymbals

The Bridge #12
Lisa E. Harris – voice
Nicole Mitchell – flute
Christian Pruvost – trumpets
Lionel Garcin – saxophones
Christophe Rocher – clarinets

Best Experimental Releases on Bandcamp: August 2019 

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

All kinds of experimental music can be found on Bandcamp: free jazz, avant-rock, dense noise, outer-limits electronics, deconstructed folk, abstract spoken word, and so much more. If an artist is trying something new with an established form or inventing a new one completely, there’s a good chance they’re doing it on Bandcamp. August’s selection includes improvisations for jaw-harp and video, Japanese harsh noise, meditations on sleep deprivation, and a cacophonous long-distance collaboration.

Dave Rempis Profiled Ahead of Chicago Jazz Festival

Source: Chicago Reader.

Dave Rempis has been on the Chicago scene for more than 20 years. I vividly recall his first gigs as a member of the Vandermark 5, where in 1998 he’d replaced Mars Williams as second saxophonist to bandleader Ken Vandermark. Rempis was just 22 when he shifted from studying jazz and ethnomusicology at Northwestern to vying for a spot in the Chicago creative-music pantheon. He was crackling hot. With some bop licks still to shake out of his system and a bright, searing tone on alto and tenor, he spent years diligently shaping his sound and learning the ropes of free music, crafting a musical persona unique to him. It’s been beautiful to follow.

Upcoming Treesearch Tour Dates

Source: Kyle Motl:

TREESEARCH (Keir GoGwilt – violin, Kyle Motl – contrabass) will be on tour in the northeast US early September:

9/2 9:30pm Desperate Annie’s, Saratoga Springs NY (+ Fred Lonberg-Holm & Frode Gjerstad Duo + Adam Tinkle)
9/5 8:30pm Crunch House, New Haven CT (+ Larocca/Milberger/Carroll/Rubinstein + Gannon/Potes + McColm/Hamel)
9/6 8pm Outpost 186, Boston MA
9/7 afternoon The Firehouse, Worcester MA (early afternnon set during the noise fest)
9/8 6pm Downtown Music Gallery, NYC (+ Ughi/Holmes/Putman/Greene)
9/9 6pm Willimantic Records, Willimantic CT
9/11 7pm Museum of Chinese in America, NYC
9/12 9pm The Avalon Lounge, Catskill NY
9/15 8:30pm Spectrum, Brooklyn NY