Coming to Cafe OTO

Source: Cafe OTO.

3–5 AUGUST 2021
DANIEL O’SULLIVAN – THREE-DAY RESIDENCY

SUNDAY 8 AUGUST 2021, 2–5PM
STRANGE ATTRACTOR PRESS PRESENTS:
IN A SOUND WORLD WITH MARIE ROUX, R.W.M. HUNT AND DAVID TOOP – MATINEE

MONDAY 9 AUGUST 2021, 7.30PM
FILM SCREENING:
‘ACID MOTHERS REYNOLS. LIVE AND BEYOND’

TUESDAY 10 AUGUST 2021, 7.30PM
LAILA SAKINI + FLORA YIN WONG + THE SPRIGS

WEDNESDAY 11 AUGUST 2021, 7.30PM
BLURT

THURSDAY 12 AUGUST 2021, 7.30PM
ELEANOR CULLY BOEHRINGER + JORGE BOEHRINGER

WEDNESDAY 18 AUGUST 2021, 7.30PM
NEIL CHARLES / SEB ROCHFORD (DUO) + NEIL CHARLES (SOLO)

THURSDAY 19 AUGUST 2021, 7.30PM
STRANGENESS OF DUB WITH EDWARD GEORGE

MONDAY 23 AUGUST 2021, 7.30PM
VARIOUS ENSEMBLE PRESENTS ‘IN C’ BY TERRY RILEY

THURSDAY 26 AUGUST 2021, 7.30PM
ACTION PYRAMID + BRIGITTE HART + LI SONG

SUNDAY 29 AUGUST 2021, 7.30PM
LOU BARNELL: MELTA + NICOLA WOODHAM

TUESDAY 31 AUGUST 2021, 7.30PM
SIMON FINN

The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

More electro-acoustic alchemy from Tim Olive

Solo bass

Jen Shyu & Jade Tongue – Zero Grasses: Ritual for the Losses (Pi Recordings, 2021) ****½

Samo Salamon and Hasse Poulsen’s String Dancers (Samo Records, 2021) ****

Recent Releases from Pianist Philip Zoubek

Two from William Parker: Painter’s Winter & Mayan Space Station

Ben Goldberg – Everything Happens to Be. (BAG Production Records, 2021)****
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The Sun Ra Arkestra Make Triumphant Return to SummerStage 

Source: NYS Music.

On Saturday, July 24th, The Sun Ra Arkestra returned to Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage for their fifth stint at the concert series. Still led by Sun Ra himself at the time, the band headlined the festival’s first ever concert back in 1986 at the old Central Park Bandshell. After Sun Ra’s death in 1993, the band continued on as The Sun Ra Arkestra, remaining quite active under the leadership of Marshall Allen who has been performing with the group since 1958. At 97 years young, Allen and The Arkestra were as tight as ever in Central Park.

AMN Picks of the Week: Gridfailure & S.C.R.A.M. / Mark Seelig / Tyshawn Sorey & Alarm Will Sound / Camila Nebbia & Patrick Shiroishi / Day Before Us / Jose Lencastre & NAU Quartet

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.

Gridfailure / S.C.R.A.M. – Gridfailure / S.C.R.A.M. Split EP (2021)
Mark Seelig – The Disciple’s Meditation (2021)
Tyshawn Sorey / Alarm Will Sound – For George Lewis / Autoschediams (2021)
Camila Nebbia / Patrick Shiroishi – The Human Being As A Fragile Article (2021)
Day Before Us – As My Spirit Wanders Free (2021)
Jose Lencastre / NAU Quartet – Thoughts are Things (2021)

AMN Capsule Comments: Mike Eisenberg’s Recent Playlist (July 27, 2021)

From time to time, AMN writer Mike Eisenberg revisits older albums that he has not listened to in a while and provides comments.

Atlas – “Blå Vardag” (1979)

I felt like ye olde school prog and, when it comes to ye olde school prog, the Swedes did it swimmingly! Atlas was a 5 piece with two keyboard players, guitar, bass, and drums and (I think) this was their only album. Obviously, with the two dedicated keyboardists, their palette was quite symphonic and these guys played it to the hilt. They were very fond of the “BIG ORCHESTRAL BUILD-UP”, and they did it really well too. One of the keyboardists loved his Mini Moog in a huge way and like all the Rick Wakeman’s before him, he definitely held his own on that particular axe. (Sorry, nowhere close to Kit Watkins from the American band Happy the Man.)

All the other players are pretty excellent too (don’t you have to be, to be in a prog band???). The guitarist often switched from Acoustic to Electric within the same song and he didn’t shy away from the (more than) occasional jazz chording’s, which added a nice touch. Overall, there were quite a few memorable melodic moments on this record. I have the 1995 reissue which adds some bonus material from a reformed version of the band. I really enjoyed this listen from my long-haired leaping gnome days.

Värttinä – “Ilmatar” (2000)

Värttinä is a Finnish ensemble fronted by 4 female vocalists who sing in their native Karelian dialect. The energy on this album is off the charts and the 4-part vocal arrangements were magnificent. I couldn’t help being reminded of the highly complex vocal work in Magma and, while sounding nothing like Zeuhl, this quartet of singers certainly summoned down the old gods with their chanting.

The backing band consisted of accordions, fiddles, and other Scandinavian folk instruments. I think I heard some hurdy-gurdy, lots of drums and percussion, and some incidental electric keyboards rendering some dark forest atmospheres.

They don’t stick to only Finnish folk either, throughout I heard Balkan dance rhythms, Irish fiddles, and even some Middle Eastern melodies. This is the only album I have by them but, I’m thinking that may change sooner rather than later. The music doesn’t sound overly complex if you were casually listening to it, in fact, it’s pretty danceable…but if you take a peek under the hood, the rhythms are certainly not standard 4/4 and, those vocal arrangements…insanely creative. High rec!  

Fläsket Brinner-“The Swedish Radio Recordings 1970-1975”

This is a big 4 cd box of live and live-in-studio recordings and it does a great job of showing the 5 year evolution of this band, all in fantastic sound.

Fläsket Brinner falls squarely into the jazz-rock camp with maybe some slight Canterbury nods. The backline of electric bass, drums and keyboards (mostly organ and electric piano) do an excellent job of providing the rock-solid bedrock for lots of Sax soloing and some really intense guitar pyrotechnics. Playing from all is tight and you can tell these guys were very well-rehearsed and comfortable playing with each other. The extended jams reach high levels of intensity, and I would imagine what great shows these must have been if you were there to witness them live. Their sound morphed from a very loose Psyche-Jazz vibe on the early discs to a more fleshed-out, slicker sound later on. This was due to a much higher keyboard presence. I personally prefer the earlier stuff but, at the end of the day, it’s all excellent showing a band that was very much on top of their game.

Michael Eisenberg
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Musique Machine Reviews

Source: Musique Machine.

Ouroborean Piss – Dawn Of Toillet

Verhalten – Corrupted Structures v.3

Jana Irmert – The Soft Bit

Niili – Second Anxiety Crisis

Aar & Dag – Tifold af Fri Form og Fælles Motiv

Unsustainable Social Condition – Disparate Strata of Humanity

Various Artists – Destination Forbidden Planet

Tomasz Sroczynski – Symphony n°2 / Highlander

Neil Chaney – Aura(OST)