AMN Reviews: Simon McCorry – Borderland [Bandcamp]; Fabio Orsi – Each Day Moon Tide [Oltrarno Recordings]

Two recent releases of electronic music supply dreamscapes for autumn’s beginning.

On Borderland, UK cellist and sound designer Simon McCorry offers floating, resonant music suggestive of expansive spaces and deep perspectives. McCorry’s sound consists in slowly changing harmonies of layered tones that create a subdued, dramatic tension by moving toward and away from each other. The tracks are crafted from looped and treated cello and field recordings, with the cornet of Harry Furniss appearing on the densely dissonant Awakening.

Fabio Orsi is an electronic artist from Taranto in Puglia, Italy. His release on Berlin’s Oltrarno Recordings is a collection of soundscapes with a decidedly retro shading. The three tracks on Each Day Moon Tide were recorded live and built up out of looped cells undergirded with electronic rhythms; while they recall some of the classic electronic recordings of the 1970s and 1980s, they manage to retain a particular sound of their own.

Fred Anderson Profiled

Source: burning ambulance.

Anderson, who died in 2010, was a fascinating figure. Though he was an early member of the AACM, appearing on the late Joseph Jarman‘s Song For and As If It Were the Seasons, he didn’t record as a leader until 1978, when he made Another Place for the Moers Music label with trumpeter Billy Brimfield, trombonist George Lewis, bassist Brian Smith, and Drake, then calling himself Hank, on drums. He recorded Dark Day the following year, with Brimfield, Drake, and bassist Steven Palmore. The Missing Link was also recorded in 1979, with Drake, bassist Larry Hayrod, and percussionist Adam Rudolph, but it wasn’t released until 1984. And after that, nobody heard from him for 12 years, until the 1996 release of Birdhouse on the Okka Disk label. He focused on running his bar, and providing a stage for other players.

Between 1996 and his death, though, Anderson was in a creative frenzy. He recorded 25 albums in 15 years (there have also been two posthumous live releases), and guested on eight more by Misha Mengelberg, Matana Roberts, the Art Ensemble of Chicago, and Muhal Richard Abrams, among others. Though he had a pool of regular collaborators, Hamid Drake first among them, he was open to all kinds of playing situations, and seemed to particularly enjoy passing his knowledge on to younger musicians. He was compelling to watch, too. He performed bent at the waist, the horn’s keys at a level with his knees; my back hurts just looking at video of the guy onstage. I have no idea how he did that for decades.

This Week in New York 


The John Zorn Commissioning Series celebrates The Stone, which served as a vital spot for new music in the East Village for over a decade. Held on the last Wednesday of every month, National Sawdust honors the spirit of The Stone, hosting artists selected by John Zorn presenting world premieres of new works. This month’s concert features improvising guitarist, banjo player, vocalist, and poet Wendy Eisenberg.
Wednesday, September 25 at 7:00 PM
National Sawdust, 80 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra presents the world premiere of Jessie Montgomery’s Shift, Change, Turn, and Variations.
Thursday, September 26 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $22.50 to $117
Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Avenue, New York, NY

The program features the music of Rocco Di Pietro, performed by Mivos Quartet (strings); Joseph Kubera (piano); Kathleen Supové (piano); Robert Dick (flute); Larry Marotta (guitar) — plus a special performance of ​Hail Mary​ composed by the late Julius Eastman, with Di Pietro on piano. The program also includes the world premiere of Ben Neill’s ​Fantini Futuro, an audio-visual work based on the music and life of early Baroque trumpeter/composer Girolamo Fantini. With Ryland Angel (countertenor); Gwendolyn Toth (Baroque keyboards); and a production team including Bob McGrath, Rachel Budin, Liz Prince, and Carl Brunt.
Thursday, September 26 at 8:00 PM
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

A program of music by Carlos Bandera and Sean Harold, selected from a recent call for scores; Patrick Castillo, Alexandra Gardner, and Kaija Saariaho (Oi kuu); and culminating in Lois V Vierk’s Red Shift, for cello, electric guitar, synthesizer, and percussion.
Friday, September 27 at 7:00 PM
Areté, 67 West Street, Brooklyn, NY

Featuring work by Clara Schumann, Mary Lou Williams, Meredith Monk, Missy Mazzoli, Paola Prestini, Ellen Reid, and inaugural Hildegard Competition winner Emma O’Halloran, the evening includes performances by Nico Muhly and Timo Andres.
Friday, September 27 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $35
National Sawdust, 80 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY

Pianists Steven Beck, Matt Herskowitz, and Mark Kostabi join the CompCord String Orchestra, to perform compositions by Charles Coleman, Dan Cooper, Matt Herskowitz, Peter Jarvis, Mark Kostabi, Milica Paranosic, Gene Pritsker, and Dave Soldier.
Saturday, September 28 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $15
The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, 450 West 37th Street, New York, NY

From an exploration of musical memories to a work that draws from the intricate patterns of stuttered speech, flutist Claire Chase presents five original pieces from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music’s Composing Women program.
Sunday, September 29 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $25
National Sawdust, 80 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY

All About Jazz Reviews

Source: All About Jazz.

Kris Davis
Diatom Ribbons (Pyroclastic Records)

Momentum 4: Consequent Duos 2015>2019 (Box Set)
Ken Vandermark With Kris Davis/Hamid Drake/Paul Lytton/Ikue Mori/William Parker

Brötzmann / Schlippenbach / Bennink
Fifty Years After… (Trost Records)

John Coltrane
Blue World (Impulse!)

Mario Pavone Dialect Trio
Philosophy (Clean Feed Records)

Kronos Quartet/Terry Riley
Sun Rings (Nonesuch Records)

Noah Preminger Group
Zigsaw: Music Of Steve Lampert (Self Produced)

Fictional Souvenirs (Astral Spirits)

Angles 9
Beyond Us (Clean Feed Records)

Taylor Ho Bynum
The Ambiguity Manifesto (Firehouse 12 Records)

PAK on Tour in NY and West Coast

Source: Ron Anderson.

Sept 25 @ Saint Vitus – Couch Slut, PAK, Häßliche Luftmasken, Sally Gates Trio

As a warm up for the West Coast tour in October, PAK is psyched to be at Saint Vitus on September 25th with headliners Couch Slut – “frenzied, rhythmically jagged hardcore, hudding noise-rock, with hints of punkish black metal and swaggering riff rock”. Häßliche Luftmasken an avant metal project of Nick Didkovsky (Doctor Nerve, Vomit Fist) and opening, the tech metal improv of Sally Gates / Greg Fox / Shahzad Ismaily.

Wednesday, Sept. 25 @7pm
Saint Vitus Bar
1120 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11222

PAK West Coast Tour

Oct 10 – Oakland, CA – The Uptown with Disastroid, PG13, Onkos INFO

Oct 11 – San Diego, CA – Til-Two Club with Dreambro5, Peymaar INFO

Oct 12 – Long Beach, CA – The Prospector with Blind John Pope, TBA INFO

Oct 13 – Los Osos, CA – Sweet Springs with OXX, Mountaineer INFO

Oct 14 – Sacramento, CA – Dwellpoint with Gentleman Surfer INFO

Oct 16 – Portland, OR – Turn Turn Turn with Shahzad Ismaily, ZVI INFO

Oct 17 – Seattle, WA – Parliament Tavern with SULPHUR, KO SOLO INFO

Oct 20 – Pacifica, CA – Winters with Disastorid, Utopian Trap INFO