Interview with Michael Stearns 

Source: 15 questions.

I’m generally very messy in my creative environment … wires strewn across floors, instruments on chairs, etc. Nothing like the studios you see on Youtube. The creative process is a messy one, “No mud, no lotus”. There can be earlier versions of music I’m working on, or versions I just wipe out and start anew, knowing that creating the earlier material was essential to where the musical road will lead. That happened several times on Chronos.

Dusted Reviews

Source: Dusted.

Gordon Grdina’s Haram — Night’s Quietest Hour (Attaboygirl Records)

Oceans of Silver and Blood — Acetate (Confront)

Bog Body — Cryonic Crevasse Cult (Profound Lore)

Mary Lattimore and Paul Sukeena —West Kensington (Three Lobed)

J. Pavone String Ensemble—…of late (Astral Spirits)

ensemble 0—Musica Nuvolosa (Sub Rosa)

Coming to San Francisco

Source: Bay Improviser Calendar.

Friday, May 20

Fri 5/20 8:00 PM Old First Concerts [1751 Sacramento St. SF]
Friction Quartet

Fri 5/20 8:00 PM Mosswood Sound Series [3630 Telegraph Ave enter 2nd door on 37th St Oakland]
THE SCRIVENERS (Myles Boisen, TIM ROWE, SAFA SHOKRAI) / Chris Brown and BEN DAVIS

Fri 5/20 8:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Ensemble in Process makes its Northern California debut with a second performance from our successful concert at Spectrum NYC on the 14th of September, 2019. Light of Strings is a special concert that will take the audience on an intimate journey of faith, spirituality, catharsis, grief, redemption, and light. Brian Mark (piano) and Allyson Clare (violin) will perform a combination of solo and duet works for piano and violin, viola. Light of Strings will include works by Ryan Brown, Meredith Monk, Anuj Bhutani, Erik Satie, Missy Mazzoli, Michael Gordon, Ted Hearne, and Brian Mark, including guest performers James Jaffe (cello), Charith Premawardhana (viola), and Center for New Music’s curator Jennifer Ellis (harp).

Fri 5/20 8:30 PM The Lab [2948 16th St SF]
Gravity Spells II: program 2
Artists: Bill Basquin + Paul DeMarinis • Lynn Marie Kirby + Zach Iannazzi • Headboggle + Greta Snider
TICKETS HERE

Saturday, May 21

Sat 5/21 7:00 PM Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts [360 Kansas Street]
Pamela Z: Other Rooms, an evening of works for solo voice, electronics, and video

Sat 5/21 8:00 PM California Jazz Conservatory [2040 Addison Street Berkeley]
IMPROVISED MUSIC with Fred Frith, Phillip Greenlief & Jordan Glenn

Sat 5/21 8:30 PM The Lab [2948 16th St SF]
Scott Stark + Wobbly
Amma Ateria + Mark Wilson
Anna Geyer + Billy Gomberg

Sunday, May 22

Sun 5/22 2:30 PM SFJAZZ Center [201 Franklin Street (at Fell) SF CA]
in the LABORATORY series: Synergy and Synthesis – San Francisco Contemporary Music Players

Sun 5/22 4:00 PM Dresher Ensemble Studio [2201 Poplar St Oakland]
First Set : Lisa Mezzacappa Tangle Trio
Sheldon Brown, saxophone/clarinets
Lisa Mezzacappa, acoustic bass
Kjell Nordeson, drums
Second Set : Looney-Mezzacappa-Nordeson
Scott Looney, acoustic and electronically-modified piano
Lisa Mezzacappa, bass
Kjell Nordeson, drums

Sun 5/22 8:30 PM The Lab [2948 16th St SF]
Gravity Spells II: program 4
May 22—8:30pm @ The Lab
Artists: Alix Blevins + Zachary James Watkins • Molly Fishman + Janis Crystal Lipzin •
Joshua Churchill + Konrad Steiner

Thursday, May 26

Thu 5/26 7:30 PM CCRMA [660 Lomita Dr, Stanford, CA 94305]
Streaming:Click for stream
CCRMA presents a live performance by Cruel Diagonals.
Free and Open to the Public

Friday, May 27

Fri 5/27 8:00 PM Mosswood Sound Series [3630 Telegraph Ave enter 2nd door on 37th St Oakland]
JASON KAHN + Kevin Corcoran / KIM NUCCI

Fri 5/27 8:00 PM Temescal Arts Center [511 48th Street Oakland]
A LECTURE/PREVIEW CONCERT OF EIGHT HOURS ‘ROUND MIDNIGHT
Friday May 27 8:0010:30pm $20 (cash only) at door
John Schott: composer, guitarist
Cecilia Engelhart, Aurora Josephson: vocals
Cory Wright, Nikita Manin: clarinets
Scott Larson: trombone
Crystal Pascucci: violoncello
Mark Clifford: vibraphone
Kanoko Nishi: koto
Lisa Mezzacappa, Safa Shokrai: bass
Suki O’Kane: percussion
John Hanes, Jason Levis: drums

The Squid’s Ear Reviews

Source: The Squid’s Ear.

Fish Wool (feat. Susana Santos Silva/Yedo Gibons/Vasco Trilla) – Live in Cerkno (Listen! Foundation (Fundacja Sluchaj!))

Paul Dunmall / Jonathan Impett / Andrew Ball / Paul Rogers / Phillip Gibbs – Undistracted (FMR)

Magnus Granberg and Skogen – How Lonely Sits the City? (Another Timbre)

Pascal Battus / Michel Doneda – Miracle (Potlatch)

Sam Rivers Quartet (feat. Jerry Byrd / Rael Wesley Grant / Steve Ellington) – Archive Series. Volume 5: Undulation (NoBusiness Records)

Sandy Ewen / Keith Rowe / Damon Smith + Gooseberry Marmalade – Houston 2012 (Balance Point Acoustics)

Interview with Eraldo Bernocchi 

Source: 15 questions.

It really depends what I’m working on, if it’s something conceptual or not. I can slap a piece of meat to create a snare, a dead meat snare. Or I can work on specific frequencies to give life to an esoteric formula linked to numerology. On the other hand, I can work on a bass sound and fall in love with it, resulting in an entire track in a single day. If I come across something that tangles me up, I preserve it, record it, and give it a name. It could be sitting in a folder for years and then bloom in a track.

RIP Vangelis

Source: The Guardian.

Vangelis, the Greek composer and musician whose synth-driven work brought huge drama to film soundtracks including Blade Runner and Chariots of Fire, has died aged 79. His representatives said he died in hospital in France where he was being treated.

Vital Weekly Reviews 1336

Source: Vital Weekly.

DENEUVE – .BE (CD by Blowpipe Records) *
ALEXANDRA GRIMAL – REFUGE (CD by Relative Pitch Records) *
DAVID TUDOR – RAINFOREST IV (CD by Neuma) *
DIE FERMENTIERTEN – GHOST SHIP (CD by Veto Records)
RICHARD SCOTT – EVERYTHING IS ALWAYS AT ONCE (CD by Discus Music) *
AIDAN BAKER – THE EVELYN TABLES (CD by Cloudchamber) *
KHEM ONE – THRESHOLD OF EASTERN OCTAVES (CD by Silent Records) *
AMBASCE – ISOLA SANTA (CD by Dissipatio) *
LUCA FORMENTINI – INTRA- (CD by Subcontinental) *
GIOVANNI DAL MONTE – ANESTETICO V1 & V2 (2CD by Sonica Botanica) *
SEBATIAN STRINNING – TURM (LP by Wide Ear Records) *
TEST CARD – PATTERNS (CDR by Sound In Silence) *
ALESSANDRO INCORVAIA – IT EMERGED TO HOLD ME (CDR by Shimmering Moods Records) *
ICE YACHT – NOISY NYLON (cassette by Snatch Tapes) *
QUEIMADA – MI PIEL (cassette by Søvn Records) *
TONTO – FUNCTIONAL STUPIDITY (cassette by Grandine Records) *
HYACINTH. – ALL DREAMS FADE. (cassette by Moonside Tapes) *
IACOBUS DE ALBION – MESSE EN MIDI (cassette by Moonside Tapes) *
LEITMOTIV LIMBO – SPIRTUAL DISTURBANCE (cassette, private) *

A Stroll Through the Matmos Catalog 

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

The music of Matmos is often tied to specific objects. The duo of Drew Daniel and M.C. Schmidt have built albums from the sounds of hospital operating rooms and the gurgling washing machine in their basement, and have collaborated with everyone from Terry Riley and Björk to an enthusiastic group of garden snails. Yet no matter what sounds these partners in life, love, and avant-garde head-fuckery choose to grind up, Matmos albums are defined by their deft musical technique, always amounting to more than the sum of their endlessly surprising parts. Yes, Daniel and Schmidt are masters of the sonic slice-up, but they always bring to their source material something personal. Artistic passions, histories, friendships, fears, and moments of incredible chance—listen close, and you can hear so much more in Matmos’s work than simply the things you can see or touch.

King Crimson Album Recommendations

Source: Louder.

Forget a linear career; there’s nothing stable or logical about the way King Crimson have conducted themselves since forming in 1968. This most exhaustive and exhausting of prog bands have had nearly two dozen full-time members across five decades.

Their mid-70s drummer Bill Bruford once called Crimson “a terrifying place”, and that’s perhaps the best description of the band started by guitarist Robert Fripp and drummer Michael Giles, when their previous band Giles, Giles And Fripp ceased to be of interest to them.

The pair abandoned that trio’s whimsical pop in the pursuit of more headstrong and head-fuck music, and brought in multi-instrumentalist Ian McDonald, bassist/vocalist Greg Lake and lyricist Pete Sinfield. Since then Fripp has remained the sole constant.