30-CD Gentle Giant Box Set to be Released in December

Source: Burning Shed.

Madfish proudly present the ultimate box set of Gentle Giant music. Highly regarded in the prog-rock world for the 12 albums they released between 1970 and 1980, this comprehensive set sees the band’s catalogue augmented by 15 new concert albums: seven never previously released, seven never previously officially released and one never previously released on CD. The 30-disc total also includes two posthumous live/outtake albums and a Blu-ray bonus disc. Also included are books, posters, replica promotional items and much more.

AMN Reviews: Ben Melsky / Ensemble Dal Niente – s/t [New Focus Recordings FCR236]

The harp is one of those instruments whose extraordinary versatility makes it well-suited to musical experimentation. Berio’s 1963 Sequenza II for solo harp showed just how rich the instrument’s sonic resources are, given a willingness to extend technique beyond the conventional. The new and recent works on harpist Ben Melsky’s self-titled album continue in that decidedly untraditional tradition.

Melsky specializes in modern and contemporary music for the harp and has a particular interest in expanding the repertoire of challenging new compositions for the instrument. He’s joined on this album by members of the contemporary chamber ensemble Dal Niente, of which he is Executive Director as well as harpist. It’s quite simply a beautiful recording that manages to be both sensuous and cerebral all at once.

As different as the album’s individual pieces are, there are a couple of features that recur throughout the recording: a basic interest in foregrounding timbre over pitch, generally through the uses of extended technique and imaginative instrumental pairings; and uncluttered textures often made up of discrete sound events.

Except for Tomás Gueglio’s two-part After L’Addio/Felt (2014) for solo harp, all of the compositions are for harp in a duet setting. After L’Addio places a continuo of rough, scraping sounds under glissandi and individually plucked notes; the aptly titled Felt filters a measured sequence of atonal notes and harmonics through felt applied to the instrument. Whereas L’Addio/Felt draws timbral contrasts through extended technique for harp alone, the other works explore the timbral implications of different instrumental pairings. The phrasing in Alican Çamci’s Perde for bass flute and harp (2014) is based on the rhythms of a 15th century Persian poem; the resonant, vocal quality of the line is emphasized by having bass flutist Emma Hospelhorn sing and speak through her instrument while Melsky supplies staccato punctuation and accents. On-dit (2014) by Eliza Brown also matches voice to harp; soprano Amanda DeBoer Bartlett sings, whispers, and sustains notes over the harp’s more fragmentary interventions.

Mobile 2015: Satirise, an open-form work by Frederick Gifford, was written for an inspired combination of harp and guitar (played by Jesse Langen), two instruments with similar timbral profiles. It’s a similarity that, paradoxically, dramatizes their differences by virtue of their not being identical. The piece’s microtonality adds another, subtle degree of separation between the two. Igor Santos’ 2019 Anima for harp and percussion has percussionist Kyle Flens and Melsky converge on spiky, composite timbres, while Wang Lu’s After some remarks by CW on his work (2018) for harp and clarinet blends ample open spaces, multiphonics from Katie Schoepflin’s clarinet, and harp harmonics in a sequence of sound-islands of uncanny, composite timbres.


Daniel Barbiero

San Francisco Scene: September 20-27, 2019

Source: Bay Improviser.

Friday, September 20

Fri 9/20 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Colin Martin and Friends

Fri 9/20 8:00 PM Mills College Littlefield Concert Hall [5000 MacArthur Blvd Oakland]
The Del Sol String Quartet performs works by Terry Riley, Ben Johnston, Darius Milhaud, and Elena Kats-Chernin at Mills College.

Saturday, September 21

Sat 9/21 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Christina Braun and Tom Nunn perform “Deep States,” a set of 8 pieces for dancer and original experimental instruments. Each dance features a particular state of consciousness or circumstance and instrument.

Sat 9/21 10:00 PM El Rio [3158 Mission St SF]
Soundwave Festival kicks off with a special dance party curated by The House of Malico “Twerk 4 Mother Earth: Throwing It Back & Forth” featuring genre bending DJs and queer, safe(r) spaces at El Rio.

Sunday, September 22
Sun 9/22 4:00 PM Pro Arts [150 Frank H Ogawa Plz Oakland]
This is a 2 part event! First a workshop for a touch synth/analog controller, then a show!
Workshop: DIY Electronics: The Pipsqueak by Mroztronium
4pm – 6pm
Paypal $70 to mroztronium@gmail.com to reserve your Pipsqueak, please include your full name, and “Proarts Workshop” in paypal message, thanks!
Music: 8pm – 11pm
Shatter Pattern
Martin Freeman
Angst Hase Pfeffer Nase
Sally Decker

Sun 9/22 6:00 PM SFJAZZ Center [201 Franklin Street (at Fell) SF CA]
Broken Shadows with Tim Berne, Chris Speed, Reid Anderson & Dave King
Sunday, September 22, Joe Henderson Lab
6:00pm & 7:30pm
Named for one of Ornette Coleman’s most evocative compositions, this all-star project honors the Coleman legacy along with the music of Coleman’s fellow Fort Worth native reed players Dewey Redman and Julius Hemphill, featuring the wildly inventive saxophonists Tim Berne and Chris Speed, and the Bad Plus rhythm section of bassist Reid Anderson and drummer Dave King. Debuting as a band in January 2017 for the Konceptions Music Series at Brooklyn’s Korzo, the band is a remarkably balanced vehicle for performing Coleman’s work, approaching it with fearless experimentation, deep grooves, and wicked humor.

Sun 9/22 8:00 PM Pro Arts [150 Frank H Ogawa Plz Oakland]
Martin Freeman Comes To Oakland

Monday, September 23

Mon 9/23 8:00 PM Make-Out Room [3225 22nd St SF]
The Monday Make-Out II
The cutting edge of Bay Area jazz and improvised music–
Set #1: Amanda Chaudhary (solo electronics)
Set #2: Instagon (jazz-rock improvisation from Sacramento)
Set #3: Phillip Greenlief/Thomas Dimuzio Duo
Phillip Greenlief-saxophone, Thomas Dimuzio-electronics

Mon 9/23 9:00 PM Pro Arts [150 Frank H Ogawa Plz Oakland]
The Lost Shapes & Jason Levis Trio

Tuesday, September 24
Tue 9/24 7:30 PM Tom’s Place [3111 Deakin Street Berkeley]
Two Duos:
Karl Evangelista (gtr) + Ben Goldberg (cl)
Lewis Jordan (sax) + Sandy Poindexter (vln)

Tue 9/24 7:30 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
After years performing in the all-winds improvisation trio SPECTRAL, Ochs + Johnston get together for a special first-time quartet meeting with electronics masters Tim Perkis and Madalyn Merkey. The hope here: to combine improvising sensibilities of 4 players, setting each other up time and again to capitalize on structural possibilities that give meaningful form to an otherwise very spontaneous music.

Tue 9/24 8:30 PM Starline Social Club [2236 Martin Luther King Oakland]
Alförjis (Lisbon)

Wednesday, September 25

Wed 9/25 6:00 PM Pro Arts [150 Frank H Ogawa Plz Oakland]
Towards a Solidarity Economics Conduction System for Improvisors

Thursday, September 26

Thu 9/26 8:00 PM Luggage Store Creative Music Series [1007 Market Street SF]
Hartyga – (Republic of Tuva)
The “new wave” of Tuvan rock
Feral Luggage
Kersti Abrams – alto saxophone/thumb piano, Mika Pontecorvo – guitar/electronics/voice, Colleen Kelly T – cello/ electronics, Mark Pino- drums/percussion, Elijah Pontecorvo – bass/vocals, Lorenzo Arreguin – drums/guitar
Joel Nelson – guitar/electronics

Friday, September 27

Fri 9/27 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Refracted Pathways: Dirt and Copper with Rebeca Bollinger

Fri 9/27 8:00 PM California Jazz Conservatory [2040 Addison Street Berkeley]
Steven Bernstein’s Millennial Territory Orchestra West

Lampo Fall Schedule Announced

Source: Chicago’s Lampo.

Sarah Davachi – Sat October 5, Rockefeller Chapel
Laura Steenberge – Sat October 19, Lampo Annex
Roc Jimenez de Cisneros – Sat Nov 9, Graham Fdn
Caterina Barbieri – Mon Nov 18, Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Architecture Biennial
Catherine Lamb & Rebecca Lane – Sat December 14, Graham Fdn

Sarah Davachi has created a new work for pipe organ, two french horns, and the soaring interior of Rockefeller Chapel. She visited Chicago last summer to work in the chapel, to begin composing the new piece, now titled la brume jaune. This is Lampo’s third project with Sarah, our second in Rockefeller, and our umpteenth with our friends at the Renaissance Society.

California artist Laura Steenberge has created a new performance for the constraints of our small 10 x 20 foot office. Similar to our past projects with Nate Wooley and Jeff Witscher, these will be offered for a very small number of people. We’ll open up RSVPs first to members in the coming weeks.

Roc Jimenez de Cisneros (half of Barcelona duo EVOL) will premiere a new audiovisual project for Lampo and the Graham Foundation … an explicit tribute to the legacy of early Chicago house music … wonky bass lines and drum patterns bent, flexed and contracted … a weird love letter to the tracks, producers and sounds that shaped dance music.

Italian composer Caterina Barbieri will make her Chicago debut … (on a Monday!) … with an epic new multichannel work for Lampo and the Chicago Architecture Biennial.

The great Catherine Lamb (viola/voice) and Rebecca Lane (microtonal flute/voice) will close out the Lampo season and 2019, performing new and recent works, as they make their Chicago debut.

Coming to Portland

Source: Creative Music Guild.

Mark Hannesson recital
Sept 21st, 2019 — 7pm
$10-25, sliding scale
Resound NW
1532 SW Jefferson St, PDX

Halfbird, Social Stomach, Winnie Black, Galaxy Research, TBA
Oct 15th, 2019 — 8:30pm
No Fun
1709 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR

PAK (NY) and Shahzad Ismaily (NY) join local Ron Zvi
Oct 16th, 2019 — 8-10pm
$10-20, sliding scale
Turn Turn Turn
8 NE Killingsworth, PDX, OR

Darius Jones, Embedded Star Ensemble with Shahzad Isamaly and Saloli
Oct 17th, 2019 — 8pm
1001 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR

Shahzad Ismaily w/ Gordon Grdina, Max Kutner, Jamondria Harris, Crystal Cortez, Briggan Kraus
Oct 18th, 2019 — 8pm
7320 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR

Extradition Series 2019 Fall Concert
Oct 19th, 2019 — 7:30pm
$10-20, sliding scale
Leaven Community
5431 NE 20th Avenue Portland, OR

Hearts and Minds, Rich Halley, Noah Simpson
Oct 20th, 2019 — All day
Varies per set
The 1905
830 N Shaver St, Portland, OR

Upcoming Noah Preminger Performances

Source: Noah Preminger.

NP Group w Jason Palmer/Kim Cass/Dan Weiss
Singen, Germany

NP Group w Jason Palmer/Kim Cass/Dan Weiss
Reutlingen, Germany

NP Group w Jason Palmer/Kim Cass/Dan Weiss
Neuburg An Der Donau, Germany

NP Group w Jason Palmer/Kim Cass/Dan Weiss
Liebnitz, Austria

NP Group w Jason Palmer/Kim Cass/Dan Weiss
Marburg, Germany

NP Group w Jason Palmer/Kim Cass/Dan Weiss
Tilburg, Netherlands

NP in studio w Mike Feinberg (w/ Versace/Liebman/Froman)
Paramus, NJ, United States

NP w Christina Goh for Boiler House Jazz Series
Waltham, MA, United States

Dead Composers Club w NP/RG/Godwin Louis/Nate Radley/Gary Versace/Kim Cass
Washington, PA, United States

Jo Quail Interview

Source: The 405.

Jo Quail is an internationally acclaimed composer and virtuoso cellist from London. Handpicked to play Meltdown Festival 2018 by Robert Smith, she has also shared stages over the last few years with MONO, Amenra, God is an Astronaut, Boris, Myrkur as well as playing ArcTangent, Hellfest and a bunch of other festivals. Later this month she will be touring the UK supporting Emma Ruth Rundle before the release of her album Exsolve on her own label, Adderstone. The 405 got the chance to catch up with Jo before she began what is going to be a hectic few months to close 2019.