AMN Reviews: Benoit Cancoin – Orbital Solo [Blumlein]; Birgit Ulher & Benoit Cancoin – Electric Green [Blumlein]

The primary focus of French double bassist Benoit Cancoin’s music is on the changeable qualities of sound as such. As with his previous solo work and his work with the extraordinary, free improvisational string quartet Quatuor BRAC, his two most recent recordings, one a solo and the other a duet with trumpeter Birgit Ulher, find him deeply immersed in the double bass’s palette of sounds.

In Orbital Solo Cancoin’s concentration is on transformations of sonority rather than changes of pitch. The latter he often holds constant or very nearly so, as when he brings out the subtle differences between the same note as played on different strings and different positions, or as played plucked, tapped and bowed. He’s especially adept at highlighting the different sets of overtones obtainable from the same note when one changes the position and weight of the bow as when, for example, he takes the open D string as an anchor and uses variations in bowing to coax a rich range of harmonics from it.

Orbital Solo is one long, unbroken performance in which the double bass is played organically–without amplification or augmentation by electronics or foreign objects. The title is a reference to Cancoin’s having rotated the instrument around the axis of its endpin while playing, in order to foreground the spatial aspects of the sound.

On Electric Green Cancoin partners with Birgit Ulher, another musician known for exploring the less ordinary side of her instrument’s sound capabilities. The album is marked by an understated, dynamically subtle expressionism communicated through an extended vocabulary of creaks, chattering, squeals, whooshes, and gurgles.

Daniel Barbiero

All About Jazz Reviews

Source: All About Jazz.

Matthew Shipp – Mark Helias – Gordon Grdina
Skin And Bones (Not Two Records)

Ivo Perelman / Matthew Shipp
Efflorescence Volume 1 (Leo Records)

Jon Irabagon
Invisible Horizon (Irabbagast Records)

Go: Organic Orchestra & Brooklyn Raga Massive
Ragmala: A Garland Of Ragas (Meta Records)

This Week in New York 


Momenta Festival V opens with a celebration of Momenta’s 15th anniversary with selected milestones from their unique and eclectic personal repertoire along with world premieres by Matthew Greenbaum and the Chamber Music America commission of Alvin Singleton. The Momenta Quartet is joined by baritone Brad Walker.
Tuesday, October 15 at 7:00 PM
Americas Society, 680 Park Avenue, New York, NY

Concrète Jungle is a work of sound art performed live by composer Dan Siegler and special guests. The piece is inspired by and takes its title from musique concrète, an electroacoustic genre in which readymade sounds are employed in place of instrumentation. Featuring hundreds of intricately edited New York voices, Concrète Jungle highlights borough-specific accents, linguistic filler, and word repetitions to form assembled sentences and musical grooves.
Thursday, October 17 and Friday, October 18 at 7:30 PM
$15 suggested donation
The Invisible Dog Art Center, 51 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, NY

Featuring the world premiere of Christopher Stark’s Seasonal Music, American Voices highlights music all written in the past 15 years.
Friday, October 18 at 7:00 PM
Tenri Cultural Institute, 43 West 13th Street, New York, NY

Soundlines: A Dreaming Track is George Lewis’s musical interpretation of percussionist and composer Steven Schick’s journal documenting his 700-mile walk from the US-Mexico border to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2006. Directed by Jim Findlay, Schick performs as speaker and percussionist, joined by a chamber ensemble featuring eight musicians from the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and electronics.
Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October 19 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $35-$45
NYU Skirball, 566 LaGuardia Place, New York, NY

R. Andrew Lee will perform the latest music of composer Michael Vincent Waller, in celebration of the October release of Moments via Unseen Worlds.
Friday, October 18 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $12
The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, 450 West 37th Street, New York, NY

For the first time, New York City is hosting a festival celebrating the music of Wolfgang Rihm (b. 1952). This is the second concert in a series of events stretching over three months, and will present intimate settings of the poetry of Mörike & Rückert; the piano trio Strange Scene II, which was meant as an homage to Robert Schumann; as well as the US premiere of ET LUX, a “requiem” for vocal quartet and string quartet.
Saturday, October 19 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $15-$25
The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, Cary Hall, 450 West 37th Street, New York, NY

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the completion of Charles Ives’ ground-breaking “Concord” Sonata, pianist Jason Hardink will perform the work on Ives’ birthday along with selections of his Studies and the world premiere of Jason Eckardt’s a melody which the air had strained, a piece which combines original music with reimagined passages from the Sonata, commissioned expressly to commemorate its centennial. The concert also features flutist Claire Chase.
Sunday, October 20 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $25
National Sawdust, 80 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY

PIANO+ #17
New solo, duo, and ensemble works by Germaine Sijstermans, Vladan Kulišić, Grzegorz Marciniak, Assaf Gidron, and Teodora Stepančić for clarinet, sine tones, keyboards, and piano, featuring Douglas Farrand on trumpet and melodica.
Sunday, October 20 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $15
Areté, 67 West Street, Brooklyn, NY

Gapplegate Music Reviews

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Michael Byron, Bridges of Pearl and Dust, Specially Priced EP

New Jewish Music, Vol. 2, Murphy-Dorman-Glick

Istvan Anhalt, The Timber of Those Times, Ajtony Csaba, SALT Festival Orchestra, Hungarian Radio Symphony

Munir N. Beken, A Turk in America, ISSA Sonus Ensemble

John A. Carollo, Symphony No. 3, London Symphony Orchestra, Miran Vaupotic

Patricia Nicholson’s 70th Birthday Benefit on November 19, 2019 


Patricia Nicholson’s 70th Birthday Benefit
Supporting Arts for Art
November 19, 2019 – 6pm-11pm
The Clemente
107 Suffolk St, New York, NY 10002

Arts For Art is proud to present a celebration and benefit honoring dancer-choreographer Patricia Nicholson, the founder and guiding light of Arts For Art and the Vision Festival, on the occasion of her 70th birthday. The evening will include performances and artwork from some of the hundreds of artists she has supported over the years, as well as catered food and fine wine.

William Parker
Lewis Barnes
Rob Brown
Dave Burrell
Daniel Carter
Ellen Christi
Whit Dickey
Melanie Dyer
​William Hooker
Jason Kao Hwang
Val Jeanty
​Darius Jones
​Ingrid Laubrock
​James Brandon Lewis
​Tony Malaby
Ava Mendoza
Isaiah Parker
​William Parker
Matthew Shipp
Lisa Sokolov
Raina Sokolov-Gonzalez
​Fay Victor
​John Zorn

Bob Holman
No Land
Patricia Spears Jones
Visual Artists
Jo Wood Brown
​Katy Martin
William Mazza
Jeff Schlanger

Yoshiko Chuma
Douglas Dunn
K.J. Holmes
Djassi DaCosta Johnson
Jason Jordan
Miriam Parker

Juan Pablo Carletti
Jeremy Carlstedt
​Warren Trae Crudup
​Shayna Dulberger
​Dave Hofstra
​Matt Lavelle
​Kyoko Kitamura
​Masahiko Kono
​Brandon Lopez
Aquiles Navarro
​Dave Sewelson
​​Luke Stewart
Newman Taylor Baker
​TA Thompson

Coming to Washington DC

On Sunday, October 20, 2019, “Music For Our Friend”, live music in support of our friend Bill Brower. Hosted by drummer Nasar Abadey. In the Old Firehouse Studio @ 3840 Bladensburg Rd. Cottage City, MD. All proceeds benefit the William A. (Bill) Brower Rehabilitation

On Sunday, November 24, 2019@7PM, Colla Parte,
w/Daniel Barbiero on double bass, Rich O’Meara on vibes and percussion, Kevin O’Meara on drums and percussion, and Perry Conticchio on reeds and flute.
@Rhizome@6950 Maple Street in Takoma, DC.

And on Saturday, December 7, 2019@7PM,
COOPER-MOORE, a rare solo piano performance
@Tonal Park’s Alleyworld@7014 Westmoreland Avenue, in Takoma Park, MD. Presented by Transparent Productions in collaboration with Rhizome. Tickets via Rhizome.

TROST Records New Releases

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Keiji Haino + SUMAC
Out now on : CD / 2LP Ltd edition clear vinyl / Digital
four sprawling tracks of ominous, atmospheric music that ranges from eerily dissonant to noisily disturbing. That it came out of an improvised jam is exciting; that it’s born of Sumac joining forces with one of psychedelic music’s weirder minds is just awesome. Kerrang

THRENODY – Trio of Küchen / Berthling / Noble
Three musicians active in various formations in the improvisation and jazz scene with disctinct vocabularies, now formed a solid trio – intense and intuitive!

Brötzmann /Schlippenbach / Bennink at Lila Eule
new trio recordings in celebration of Machine Gun!

New album from Dirk Serries, Andrew Lisle and Colin Webster. Recorded in one intense live session at the White Noise studio in The Netherlands during a day-off on a European tour.