Avant Scena Reviews

Source: Avant Scena.

Perelman, Shipp, Parker, Kapp – “Ineffable Joy” (ESP Disk, 2019)

Fun Art Music (Peter Kunsek, Jan Roder, Uli Soyka & Uli Rennert) – “The Royal Garden Sessions” (Apartment 42 Productions, 2019)

The Clinamen – “Swervitude” (Zoar Records, 2019)

Taylor Ho Bynum 9-tette – “The Ambiguity Manifesto” (Firehouse 12 Records, 2019)

Flin van Hemmen – “Casting Spells & The Coves” (Neither/Nor Records, 2019)

The Balderin Sali – “Variations – Boreal Delights At the Soundscape & Soundportraits Festival – 2018” (Leo Records, 2019)

Dans les Arbres – “Volatil” (Sofa Music, 2019)

Pi Recordings Profiled

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

Pi Recordings’s Seth Rosner and Yulun Wang will never forget the day they called Henry Threadgill to tell him he had won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Music; he was only the third jazz artist to do so.

“We were so excited, we were tripping over each other trying to tell him about it,” laughs Wang. “And Henry was getting madder and madder, because he had no idea what we were talking about!”

Once all became clear, the mood was jubilant. “He’s really trying to invent his own musical language,” says Rosner of the master composer, saxophonist, and flutist. “For the Pulitzer people to finally recognize him for tackling this challenge—it’s definitely one of the prouder moments of my life.”

Roscoe Mitchell Interviewed Ahead of Pittsburgh Performance

Source: Pittsburgh Current.

As Roscoe Mitchell explains some of his current music, which aims to blur the line between composition and improvisation, he cites one of his rules to illustrate his methods: “Don’t follow. If you know your part and I don’t know mine, I’m sitting around waiting to see what you’re going to do,” he says by phone from Portugal. “By the time I do that, I’m behind. And that… would be like being behind on a written piece of music.”

The saxophonist has broken new musical ground several times over throughout his career. He was an early member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, a group of Chicago composers and performers who devised a forum for modern works that didn’t fit with the city’s diverse jazz scene. After more than half a century, the AACM continues to nurture new talent. What began as the Roscoe Mitchell Art Ensemble became the Art Ensemble of Chicago, a world-revered band.

Vital Weekly Reviews 1205

Source: Vital Weekly.

MIKE VERNUSKY – MOTHERSPEAK (CD by Audiobulb) *
MAGINOT (CD by Decimation Sociale) *
SABOTEUR SABOTEUR (CD by Decimation Sociale) *
ANAÏS MAVIEL – IN THE GARDEN (CD by Gold Bolus)
PAST PRESENT & TORTUSA –ETERNAL RETURN (CD by Jazzland Recordings) *
DIETER AMMANN/JANNIK GIGER – AMMANN GIGER (CD by A Tree in a Field Records) *
DAN ARMSTRONG – ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (CD by Reflection Records) *
K. LUST – SLOW DOWN (CD by AVK) *
SUSANNE SKOG – SIBERIA/SIRENS (CD by Fylkingen Records) *
ELSA JUSTEL – YEGL (CD by Empreintes Digitales) *
GABRIELLE MITELLI – THE WORLD BEHIND THE SKIN (CD by We Insist! Records) *
DANS LES ARBRES – VOLATIL (CD by Sofa Music) *
GAËL SEGALEN – SOFIA SAYS (LP by Coherent States/Erratum Musical/Sofia) *
WILDER GONZALES AGREDA – MUSIC FOR DREAMERS (CDR by Super Space Records) *
EDITH ALONSO – KHORA (CDR by Truthtable) *
TYRANNIC HORIZON – CHOICES (double CDR by Tyrannic Horizon) *
JASPER STADHOUDERS/LÄRMSCHUTZ (split cassette by Faux Amis Records)
MISE_EN_SCENE – -O-R-G-A-N- (cassette by Cronica Electronica)
AMBIENT V. 4.1 (software by Audiobulb)

ICE, Lewis, & Schick in NY Reviewed

Source: I Care If You Listen.

Over the past decade, numerous projects have drawn composer George Lewis, percussionist Steven Schick, and the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) into collaboration: the premiere of Lewis’ first opera, Afterword (2015), a portrait album, George Lewis: The Will to Adorn (2017), and a summer program, Ensemble Evolution, at BANFF Centre for the Arts and Creativity. On October 18-19, 2019 at New York University’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, the trio assembled to give the New York premiere of Lewis’ recent works that invite critical reflections on movement, place, and collective organization.

Karl Berger Honored with LA Performance

November’s installment of flutist Ellen Burr and bassist Jeff Schwartz’ “Thirdsday” (Third Thursday) residency at the Industry Cafe and Jazz is a tribute to underground jazz icon Karl Berger. A pianist and vibraphonist, Berger has worked with artists from Don Cherry to Yellowman to Jeff Buckley. He is also the founder of the Creative Music Studio, a music school in upstate New York which he developed in the 1970s along with Ornette Coleman, John Cage, Buckminster Fuller, and a team of other major artists and intellectuals. On Nov. 21, from 8-10PM, Burr and Schwartz will perform two sets of Berger’s compositions, joined by saxophonist Robert Reigle who, like Burr and Schwartz, has studied at the Creative Music Studio, plus saxophonist/clarinetist Andrew Pask and drummer Garth Powell. Berger himself will not appear, but he is assisting with the musical arrangements and may even send some new compositions. There is no cover charge, but donations are encouraged, the artists will have CDs for sale, and the Industry Cafe offers Ethiopian, Eritrean, and soul food, with many vegetarian and vegan options, as well as beer and wine. 6039 Washington Blvd. Culver City.

Edgetone Records New Releases

Source: Edgetone Records.

Rent Romus’ Lords of Outland
25 years under the mountain
Rent Romus’ Lords of Outland celebrate 25 years of underground music with their newest album under the mountain. The music features the core trio with drummer Philip Everett and bassist Ray Schaeffer and newest collective member guitarist Alex Cohen.
Rent Romus – alto, soprano, c-melody saxophones, flutes, kantele, percussion
Ray Schaeffer – 6-string electric bass
Philip Everett – drums, autoharp, electronics
Alex Cohen – electric guitar, viola da gamba

Heikki “Mike” Koskinen
Teppo Hauta-aho
August Conversations
Born out of many years of musical collaborations these free flowing tracks were created in the moment through deep listening and responding to each other’s ideas. Recorded live in Helsinki, August Conversations is a meeting of two music veterans whose collaboration spans over five decades, and celebrates the long standing musical partnership of Finnish improvising musicians Teppo Hauta-aho & Heikki “Mike” Koskinen. It coincides with both of them receiving Finnish Music Archive’s “Jazz Legends” awards # 33 & 34 in Helsinki, on Sept 10, 2019.
Heikki “Mike” Koskinen – e- trumpet & tbn, tenor recorder & perc
Teppo Hauta-aho – bass, cello & perc

Divided State
Spurious Emissions
Spontaneous improvised textural atmospheres realized with field recordings, manipulated samples, and synthetic magnification of the unknowable.
Andre Custodio – manipulated sampling, synthesizers, percussion
Leroy Clark – field recordings, synthesizers, sampling, mixing