AMN Reviews: Keeril Makan – Dream Lightly (2019; BMOP Sound)

Keeril Makan is on the music faculty of MIT and Dream Lightly brings together four of his works from the last decade or so. Like many modern composers, his influences are not limited to traditional or classical music, as evidenced by his use of electric guitar on the title track of this release. Having said that, the chamber arrangements herein – recorded between 2006 and 2014 – would fall comfortably within the wide rubric of post-modern classical music, with an emphasis on texture and mood rather than outright dissonance (though the latter rears its head as the album progresses).

The aforementioned title track features gently-plucked electric guitar harmonics throughout with backing from the Boston Modern Orchestra Project. It indeed evokes a dream-like or trance-like state with sweeping waves filling out slow-moving horn and string progressions. Particularly, the guitar melodies add a unique twist that is rare in orchestral music. If We Knew the Sky, the longest offering at over 25 minutes, follows. Here, winds, percussion, harp, and strings combine for a sparse and unhurried exploration of long-held notes, chords, and the spaces between. Nonetheless, slightly more than halfway through the pace picks up with a staccato-oriented string and wind theme backed by slow chords and sweeps from the harp. Tender Illusions is another effort that evolves in an unhurried fashion with discordance from a string quartet as well as spiraling bassoon, double bass, and horn themes.   Still finishes up by largely exploring tones from single wood, brass, or stringed chamber instruments or simple combinations thereof. The discordance returns, evoked again by violin and viola.

Despite Makan’s deliberate – often gentle – approach on most of Dream Lightly, the album maintains a sense of discomfort and low-frequency tension. The compositions keep the listener in a slow-burn state, waiting for a seemingly-inevitable surprise that is held in abeyance. This juxtaposition is remarkably compelling as Makan artfully flirts with the avant-garde in the guise of the familiar.

Sound American 22: The Lee Hyla Issue is Out

Source: Sound American.

The Lee Hyla Issue
From The Editor
LOSS AND CELEBRATION
Nate Wooley

Sites of Formation 1922
CONSIDERING JAKI BYARD
Jerome Harris

Site of Formation 1944
“WE WILL JOIN THE SPHERES ONCE MORE”: SOCIAL CRITIQUE AND THE SCIENTIFIC IMAGINATION IN JOHANNA BEYER’S STATUS QUO
Charissa Noble
LEE HYLA’S BASIC TRAINING: FORM AND NARRATIVE
Stephen Drury
LEE HYLA AND THE PEDAGOGY OF PERMISSION
Eliza Brown
HYLA HOWLING (2019): A NON-LINEAR VERSE FOR LEE HYLA
Ben Hjertmann
COMPOSING SPONTANEITY: LEE HYLA AND THE SCORE AS A FIELD OF ACTION
Chris Fisher-Lochhead
LEE HYLA’S USE OF TIME: INFLUENCES, PERCEPTION, AND ANALYSIS
Bryan Hayslett
HYLA LICK MANEUVERS
David Rakowski
CARAVAGGIO: THE LEE HYLA OPERA THAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN
Scott Wheeler
REMEMBRANCES OF LEE HYLA
Rhonda Rider
LEE HYLA GALLERY
Katherine Desjardins

Sites of Formation 1966
ON STEVEN MALKMUS
Rick Moody

Sites of Formation 1988
TEN THOUGHTS UPON FIRST LISTENING TO SON HOUSE
Sam Amidon

Sites of Formation 2010
ON HENRYK GÓRECKI’S THIRD SYMPHONY AND SORROW
Colin Stetson

A Bunch of People Doing Something
AN INTERVIEW WITH CLAIRE CHASE ABOUT HER DENSITY 2036 PROJECT AND CREATING A NEW REPERTOIRE
Nate Wooley
SAM’S GOING TO THE DINER AT NOON: ON LIVING THE COMPOSER’S LIFE
Kate Soper Eric Wubbels

Exquisite Corpse
2019 PART TWO: COMPOSER SHAWN JAEGER
Shawn Jaeger

Chicago Scene: September 28 – October 5, 2019

This is a weekly overview of live avant performances in the Chicago area. Contact us if you’d like your shows listed.

Saturday, September 28th 2019

1:00PM at the Logan Center Performance Hall, 915 E 60th, 773.702.ARTS
2019 Hyde Park Jazz Festival
Angel Bat Dawid’s Requiem for Jazz
7:00PM Sylvie Courvoisier, Mary Halvorson

1:30PM on the Jame W Wagner Stage, Midway Plaisance at Woodlawn Ave
2019 Hyde Park Jazz Festival
1:30PM Ari Brown Quintet

3:00PM at the Augustana Lutheran Church, 5500 S Woodlawn
2019 Hyde Park Jazz Festival
3:00PM Karuna : Hamid Drake, Adam Rudolph

3:30PM at Little Black Pearl, 1060 E 47th, 773.285.1211
2019 Hyde Park Jazz Festival
3:30PM David Boykin: Abeeku

3:30PM at the Logan Center Performance Penthouse, 915 E 60th, 773.702.ARTS
2019 Hyde Park Jazz Festival
3:30PM Richard Johnson Solo
8:00PM Ambrose Akinmusire Trio featuring Kris Davis and Nasheet Waits
9:30PM Ambrose Akinmusire Trio, second session

7:00PM at Allen Recital Hall, 2330 N Halsted ($20-$5)
Ensemble Dal Niente — music by Tim Page, Carola Bauckholt, Alican Çamci, Igor Santos, Fred Gifford, Wang Lu, Kyong Mee Choi

7:00PM at Heaven Gallery, 1550 N Milwaukee, 2nd Fl, 773.342.4597 ($10 suggested donation)
Outside/Inside
Anatolia Evarkiou-Kaku, Rebecca McDaniel — music by Toru Takemitsu, David Lang, Mavis MacNeil, John Supko

8:00PM at the Green Mill, 4802 N Broadway, 773.878.5552 ($15) (wheelchair-accessible)
Broken Shadows : Dave King, Reid Anderson, Tim Berne, Chris Speed

10:00PM at the Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia, 773.227.4433 ($8)
FIRE-TOOLZ — album release
BBsitters Club
Giant Claw
Seth Graham

11:00PM at the Rockefeller Chapel, 5850 S Woodlawn, 773.702.2100
2019 Hyde Park Jazz Festival
Amir ElSaffar’s Ahwaal featuring Ksawery Wójci&nacute

Sunday, September 29th 2019

7:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($12)
Jazztopad Festival Presents
Wac&lstrok
aw Zimpel, Josh Berman, Ksawery Wójciski, Mike Reed

9:00PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont ($10 suggested donation) (wheelchair-accessible)
Never : Jack Wright, Zach Darrup, Ben Bennett
Keefe Jackson, Jim Baker, Julian Kirchner

Monday, September 30th 2019

9:00PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444
Extraordinary Popular Delusions : Jim Baker, Ed Wilkerson Jr, Brian Sandstrom, Steve Hunt

Saturday, October 5th 2019
8:00PM at the Rockefeller Chapel, 5850 S Woodlawn, 773.702.2100 (Free, RSVP)
Sarah Davachi

For more information, such as directions, as well as upcoming performances, see:

http://now-is.org/, http://www.ratchetmusic.com, http://www.mcachicago.org, http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/chicago_culturalcenterschedule.html, http://www.skylarkchicago.com, http://www.hideoutchicago.com, http://www.elasticrevolution.com, http://www.myopicbookstore.com/music.html, http://www.lampo.org, http://dalniente.com, http://iceorg.org/events/category/chicago, http://www.emptybottle.com/

Jazzword Reviews 

Source: Jazzword.

Anemochore
Suites and Seeds

Daniel Studer
Extended For Strings & Piano

Samo Šalamon/Szilárd Mezei/Jaka Berger
Swirling Blind Unsettled

Guillotine
Guillotine

Antonio Panda Gianfratti/Marco Scarassatti/Otomo Yoshide/Paulo Hartmann
Psychogeography An Improvisational Derive

Ken Vandermark & Terrie Ex
Scaffolding

Julien Desprez/Mette Rasmussen
The Hatch

Yoni Kretzmer 2 Bass Quartet
Mis-Take

Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter

Source: Downtown Music Gallery.

The Downtown Music Gallery 28th Anniversary Celebrations began on May 1st & Continues!
Every In-store This Summer Helps Celebrate the Spirit of Creative Music Performed Live.

September 29th:
6pm: VINNIE SPERRAZZA / NOA FORT / SIMON JERMYN – Drums / Vocals / Guitar!
7pm: SAM NEWSOME / DANIEL CARTER – Soprano Sax / Woodwinds!

October 6th:
6pm: SAM OSPOVAT – Solo Drums!
7pm: GUILLERMO GREGORIO & JEFF SHURDUT!

Sunday, October 13th:
6pm: ROSS HAMMOND – Solo Resonator Guitar!
7pm: RAF VERTESSEN / HANS TAMMEN / KEISUKE MATSUNO – Drums / Buchla Synth / Guitar!
8pm: MICHAEL VATCHER & SEAN CONLY!

Sunday, October 27th:
6pm: DAVID GROLLMAN and KENNY MILLIONS!
7pm: SEAN ALI & SANDY EWEN!

DMG is located at 13 Monroe St. (between Catherine & Market Sts) in a basement below a small gallery. Take the F train to East Broadway or the 6 train to Canal or the B or D to Grand, or the M-15 bus to Madison & Catherine. Come on Down, the Sunday Music Series is Always Free & the Vibes are Always Cosy. You can check the weekly in-store sets through our Instagram feed

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DMG Recommended Gigs for this week:

A CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION for the NEW SCHOOL:

This Sunday, October 6th at 3pm
The New School, 66 W 12th St
Admission Free!

JOHN ZORN – LAURIE ANDERSON DUO!

Followed by the 35th Anniversary Performance of

JOHN ZORN’S COBRA!

Featuring:
Wendy Eisenberg, Matt Hollenberg & Taylor Levine on guitars
Brian Marsella, Nick Shellenberger & Uri Caine on keyboards
Simon Haines & Brandon Lopez on basses
Sae Hashimoto on vibes & percussion
Kenny Wollesen, Kenny Grohowski & Brian Cahse on drums & percussion
John Zorn – Prompter

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Zürcher Gallery Presents:

ELLIOTT SHARP
Acoustic guitar and bass clarinet
Monday, September 30, 2019
at 8:00 PM
Admission: $20

Zürcher Gallery is located at
33 Bleecker St., just east of Lafayette
Subway stop at Broadway & Lafayette:
6, B, D, F & M trains

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WADADA LEO SMITH & PHEEROAN AkLAFF
AKIRA SAKATA & CHIKAMORACHI

Next Thursday, October 3rd, 2019, 8pm
Blank Forms at Brooklyn Music School Theater
126 St Felix St, Brooklyn, NY 11217
One pair of free tickets will be given to the
first DMG customer who responds to this e-mail

The Boundary-Pushing Music of 577 Records 

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

“I’m always surprised when someone pays attention,” says Federico Ughi, co-founder of 577 Records, “because we’re the underground of the underground!” The self-appointed title is a joke, but it hints at both the label’s relatively low profile and—inadvertently—at the unifying sound running through all of their releases. The label, which is nearly two decades old, evades easy definition, producing experimental jazz that pushes beyond traditional boundaries.

577 Records was born from a series of house shows in Brooklyn’s Park Slope neighborhood in 2000, part of a shared project between Ughi and his friend and label co-founder, NYC jazz legend Daniel Carter. The pair hosted small monthly shows in Ughi’s apartment—not because they lacked venues, but as a way “to create a DIY space we could manage, a safe place for musicians. Instead of going somewhere else, it was something we could do for ourselves. That’s still the platform we have: musicians come first,” says Ughi. In the following year, Ughi and Carter founded their label, which they named after their apartment number.