The Free Jazz Collective Reviews

Source: The Free Jazz Collective.

Virtual Gig List

Gareth Davis and Merzbow – Broken Landscapes (Moving Furniture Records, 2020) ****

Joe McPhee and Fred Lonberg Holm – No Time Left For Sadness (Corbett vs Dempsey, 2020) ****

Two from Charles Gayle

The Singular Vision of Swedish Pianist Lisa Ullén

Yiorgis Sakellariou – Nympholepsy (Noise Below, 2019) ****

Palynology – Axel Dörner & Agustí Fernández (Sirulita Records, 2019) ****½

Ivo Perelman and Matt Shipp – Amalgam (Mahakala Music, 2020) ****½

Exclaim! Reviews

Source: Exclaim!

Scientists Reveal How Coronavirus Would Sound If It Was a Song

Spirituality and Distortion

Absolutely Free’s Moshe Fisher-Rozenberg Announces Debut Album as Memory Pearl

Italy’s Sonor Music Editions Opens the Vaults for Self-Isolation Livestream Series

Jon Hassell
Vernal Equinox

Roger Eno and Brian Eno
Mixing Colours

Tzadik Records to Release its First Opera

Source: Broadway World.

Tzadik Records presents the debut recording of THE WAKE WORLD, a hallucinatory choral fantasy by Los Angeles-based composer David Hertzberg. The Wake World premiered to wide critical acclaim on Opera Philadelphia’s inaugural Festival O17 in an intimate, visceral, site-specific production by director R.B. Schlather at The Barnes Foundation. The work went on to win the Music Critics Association of North America’s Best New Opera award. Tzadik founder and executive producer John Zorn now presents the opera in high definition, recorded and mastered by Grammy Award-winning engineers Andreas Meyer and Scott Hull, for the general public.

Lisa Mezzacappa’s ‘Cosmicomics’ Extensively Reviewed

Source: NPR.

Bay Area bass player and composer Lisa Mezzacappa says she needs external stimulus to spark a new piece of music. Her sextet projects draw on literary sources, such as the novels of Dashiell Hammett and Paul Auster. The band’s new album was inspired by the scientific surrealism of the late Italian writer Italo Calvino. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead has more.

Documentary About the Art of Sun Ra Reviewed

Source: The New Yorker.

The prevalence of documentaries about musicians is a curse, because most of these films do a terrible job of showcasing music. One rare and moving exception is the work of the director Robert Mugge, whose film “Sun Ra: A Joyful Noise”—about the musician and bandleader whose multimedia and pan-cultural activities made him one of the prime artists of Afrofuturism—is one of the most satisfying musical portraits I’ve ever seen. (It is streaming on SnagFilms and Amazon.) The film’s revelatory perspectives on Sun Ra’s work arise not only from the filmmaker’s analytical understanding of it, and the discussions that he films with Sun Ra and other members of the band, but also from his approach to filming music itself, in rehearsal and concert.

Interview with Peter Andersson 

Source: Andersson is the driving force behind Raison d’Etre and various other dark ambient efforts. Scroll down for English.

Around this time I had also started to listen to more non-commerical music, industrial music (Einsturzende Neaubauten, SPK, Coil) and ambient (Brian Eno, Robert Rich) music. I just felt very much belonging to it. I didn’t want to be a pop star. I just wanted to make music than mean something to me. Music that could get med flowing around in my inner space. After some years, in 1988, I got a keyboard as birthday present. I started finally to make music on my own. It was a simple instrument but it got a synthesizer function and I think I manage to make to most out of it. I tried to to some serious stuff. I also experimented with a broken tape recorder and I manage to make some very experimental pieces.