RIP Scott Walker

Source: 4AD.

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Scott Walker. Scott was 76 years old and is survived by his daughter, Lee, his granddaughter, Emmi-Lee, and his partner Beverly.

For half a century, the genius of the man born Noel Scott Engel has enriched the lives of thousands, first as one third of The Walker Brothers, and later as a solo artist, producer and composer of uncompromising originality.

Scott Walker has been a unique and challenging titan at the forefront of British music: audacious and questioning, he has produced works that dare to explore human vulnerability and the godless darkness encircling it.

Mikroton New Releases

Source: Mikroton.

Ken Ganfield x Kurt Liedwart x Petr Vrba
Something Wrong There

The science fiction yearning for utopia sometimes falls into dystopian space. Kurt Liedwart with Ken Ganfield and Petr Vrba tried to follow the impulse of getting to the ideal world but their most powerful and fearful predictions and prophesies came to the fore and “Something Wrong There” happened all the time. Liedwart recently became dissatisfied with the improvisation’s disability to create sonically fresh sound worlds and completely remixed the studio recordings. Did it prevent him from making something wrong here? Try to guess. What you hear is a combination of elements of trogged-out electronic psychedelia with a deadly serious mid-European minimalism and dreamy modal ambient improvisations that owe more to the outer limits of cutting-edge electronic music and burnt-out free music from Germany. Pulpy quasi-cinematic tension, blasts of voidal motorik, raptures of psychedelic intensity, these dangerously seductive imagery exists in the space between the serious and the banal, science and mysticism, experiment and pop, knowledge and intuition, mastership and failure.

Wabi Experience
Wabi Experience

It all began in 2002, or it might have been also in 2001, I don’t remember anymore. For whatever reason, I had an idea to remix songs of Czech country hero Wabi Daněk, who’s music I remembered from my childhood, from singing around the fireplace. I thought this will be some sort of funny game for me, with which I will spend few weeks the most. I worked with sampler Roland JS-30, borrowed from a friend. It had no external memory, so I had to always keep it on. The result was not so special, but I got hooked on the material. I continued exploring its possibilities, which I just began to see. At some point I deliberately erased everything I had, so I would start again from zero. I started working with computer and various softwares and I totally changed the course of where the whole thing was heading previously. I stopped talking about remixing and started to think about deconstruction. I did some stuff, which I finally liked, but then my computer crashed and I lost everything again. I started again, with new computer, new software, new direction. I still wanted to finish this project, it became a kind of obsession. I felt this needed to be finished, one way or another.

This Week in New York 

Source: I CARE IF YOU LISTEN.

COMPCORD BIG BAND
CompCord Big Band runs amok on a program featuring premieres by Aaron Alter, John Clark, Dan Cooper, Gerson Galante, Franz Hackl, Carlton Holmes, Peter Melnick, Melanie Mitrano, Ginka Mizuki, Alon Nechushtan, Gene Pritsker, Sebastian Pritsker, Zinovy Pritsker, Daniel Schnyder, Dave Soldier, David Taylor, and Stefan Zeniuk.
Thursday, March 28 at 7:00 PM
The Bitter End, 147 Bleecker Street, New York, NY

NYFOS NEXT: KATE SOPER & FRIENDS
Composer/performer Kate Soper curates and performs a program that includes excerpts from her new opera, The Romance of the Rose. The evening will also feature songs by Kaija Saariaho, and Natacha Diels, and a set of vocal/electronic improvisations by Charmaine Lee and Sam Pluta.
Thursday, March 28 at 7:30 PM
The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, 450 West 37th Street, New York, NY

TYSHAWN SOREY | COMPOSER PORTRAITS
This Portrait features two new works by Tyshawn Sorey, written for ensembles with which he has close ties.
Thursday, March 28 at 8:00 PM
Miller Theatre, 2960 Broadway, New York, NY

CAPTIVA | ZEENA PARKINS
This concert celebrates the release of Zeena Parkins’s project for acoustic harp and electronics, Captiva, on Good Child Music. A duo improvisation with trombonist Jim Staley will follow the Captiva pieces.
Thursday, March 28 at 8:00 PM
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

NILS FRAHM
Nils Frahm performs music from his album All Melody at Brooklyn Steel.
Friday, March 29 & Saturday, March 30 at 8:00 PM
Brooklyn Steel, 319 Frost Street, Brooklyn, NY

HARD WOOD: DAXOPHONE CONSORT WITH DANIEL FISHKIN, CLEEK SCHREY & RON SHALOM
ISSUE presents composers and instrumentalists Daniel Fishkin, Cleek Schrey, and Ron Shalom — the U.S.’s only extant daxophone consort. The daxophone is a thin wooden strip played with a bow, which was created by the German improviser/inventor Hans Reichel in 1987. The instrument’s sound, somewhere between a cello and badger, ranges from furtive gurgles and delicate whistles to wild screams.
Saturday, March 30 at 8:00 PM
ISSUE Project Room, 22 Boerum Place, Brooklyn, NY

All About Jazz Reviews

Source: All About Jazz.

Vijay Iyer And Craig Taborn
The Transitory Poems (ECM Records)

Sonar
Live At Moods (7d Media)

DKV & Joe McPhee
The Fire Each Time (Not Two Records)

Jason Kao Hwang & Burning Bridge
Blood (Self Produced)

Iro Haarla, Ulf Krokfors & Barry Altschul
Around Again: The Music Of Carla Bley (TUM Records)

Liudas Mockūnas
Hydro 2 (NoBusiness Records)

Choi Sun Bae
Arirang Fantasy (NoBusiness Records)

Christoph Irniger Pilgrim
Crosswinds (Intakt Records)

Michael Gregory Jackson Clarity Quartet
WHENUFINDITUWILLKNOW (Golden Records)

Neuköllner Modelle
Zyklus 1 (Umlaut Records)

New Dark Companion Releases

Source: Dark Companion.

KEITH & JULIE TIPPETT / LINO CAPRA VACCINA / PAOLO TOFANI – A Mid Autumn Night’s Dream
A Mid Autumn Night’s Dream faithfully report a one-shot concert that took place at Conservatorio Nicolini in Piacenza on October 1st, 2016. The four giants of new music never played together before: Keith Tippett, Julie Tippetts, Lino Capra Vaccina, and Paolo Tofani.

VINCENZO RAMAGLIA – Atomic City
Vincenzo Ramaglia is a Roman composer active in contemporary music experimentation and in what he calls PEM (“popular experimental music”). After the academic training — at the end of which he won the TIM (Tournoi International de Musique) with an orchestral work — his music research insinuates itself into the alchemy between score and improvisation, between electronics, acoustic instruments (often investigated in their extended techniques) and voice.

MARKUS STOCKHAUSEN / ALIREZA MORTAZAVI – Hamdelaneh Intimate Dialogues
Dark Companion label head Max Marchini on Hamdelaneh Intimate Dialogues (January 2019): “Another true masterpiece from Dark Companion Records. I met Markus Stockhausen after inviting him and his wife to ‘Musiche Nuove In Piacenza’ festival in autumn 2018.”

AMN Picks of the Week: Oort Smog / Pat O’Reilly / Abdelnour & Corsano / Stereocilia / Polyorchard

Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that has caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended.

Oort Smog – Smeared Pulse Transfers (2019)
Pat O’Reilly – Three Sheets to the Wind (2019)
Christine Abdelnour / Chris Corsano – Quand fond la neige, oů va le blanc? (2019)
John Scott (Stereocilia) – The Silence That Follows (2019)
Polyorchard – Black Mountain (2019)
Polyorchard – Sommian (2019)