14 Years of Avant Music News

Once again, I have to step back and consider how much this site has grown since I launched it on this day in 2003. We have published over 675 album and concert reviews and 45 interviews, not to mention nearly 25,000 total articles. I estimate that we’ve recommended 2,000 or so albums in our AMN Picks of the Week series.

Of course, what keeps us coming back is our audience, which has continued to increase each year. Thanks to all of you for your attention in a world that is overrun with media, and thanks for your appreciation of avant / creative / weird music.

The Roulette in May

John Zorn (cropped version)

Source: New York’s Roulette.

JOHN ZORN: GAME PIECES
SATURDAY, MAY 6, 2017 @ 8:00 PM
Zorn hosts an assembly of great players in a display of strategy, tactics, and musical chutzpah for his classic game pieces, Cobra & Xu Feng.

MATTHEW GOODHEART + MATTHEW OSTROWSKI: ACTION AT A DISTANCE
MONDAY, MAY 8, 2017 @ 8:00 PM
Ostrowski and Goodheart play activated objects. Sound reembodied in objects, light reembodied in sound.

MIYA MASAOKA: A LINE BECOMES A CIRCLE
WEDNESDAY, MAY 10, 2017 @ 8:00 PM
A Line Becomes A Circle is a Shomyo-Noh chamber opera featuring a libretto with Haiku fragments.

GUY KLUCEVSEK: BELLOWS BRIGADE
THURSDAY, MAY 11, 2017 @ 8:00 PM
The virtuoso and bellowphonian activist presents an all-accordion group, an homage to Pauline Oliveros, and other new pieces by bandmembers.

INTERPRETATIONS: SPACE (ROSCOE MITCHELL, THOMAS BUCKNER, & SCOTT ROBINSON) // REGGIE NICHOLSON PERCUSSION CONCEPT
THURSDAY, MAY 25, 2017 @ 8:00 PM

JG THIRLWELL: CHOLERA NOCEBO
TUESDAY, MAY 30, 2017 @ 8:00 PM
JG Thirlwell presents Cholera Nocebo, a 50 minute electro-acoustic surround sound immersive cinematic presentation.

THE M6: MEREDITH MONK MUSIC THIRD GENERATION
WEDNESDAY, MAY 31, 2017 @ 8:00 PM
The M6 vocal ensemble perform rarely heard compositions by Meredith Monk, including “Dolmen Music.”

Chicago Scene: April 29 – May 6, 2017

Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, University of Chi...

This is a weekly overview live avant performances in the Chicago area. Contact us if you’d like your shows listed.

Saturday, April 29th 2017

7:30PM at the Rockefeller Chapel, 5850 S Woodlawn, 773.702.2100 ($35-$20)

Spektral Quartet and Third Coast Percussion — music by Augusta Read Thomas

Sunday, April 30th 2017

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($15)
Tenor Battle
Håkon Kornstad

Monday, May 1st 2017

9:00PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444 (wheelchair-accessible)
Extraordinary Popular Delusions : Jim Baker, Mars Williams, Brian Sandstrom, Steve Hunt

Tuesday, May 2nd 2017

9:00PM at Café Mustache, 2313 N Milwaukee, 773.877.3327 (wheelchair-accessible)
Ratchet Series
Clark Sommers’s Ba(SH), with Geof Bradfield, Dana Hall
Typical Sisters : Greg Uhlmann, Clark Sommers, Matt Carroll

Thursday, May 4th 2017

7:30PM at Comfort Station, 2579 N Milwaukee (Donation)
Tim Daisy Solo
Vagabond Maurice

Friday, May 5th 2017

8:00PM at Experimental Sound Studio, 5925 N Ravenswood, 773.769.1069 ($10-$8)
Outer Ear
Mabel Kwan

Saturday, May 6th 2017

4:00PM at Iridium Clothing Co, 1330 N Milwaukee
The Lynching Of : an Avant Garde Jazz Hip HOpera
David Boykin and Sebau

8:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Rami Atassi, Tatsu Aoki
Avreeayl Ra, Coco Elysses, JoVia Armstrong, KIOTO, Su Wun Choi

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
Stephan Crump’s Rosetta Trio with Liberty Ellman, Jamie Fox

For more information, such as directions, as well as upcoming performances, see:

http://now-is.org/, http://www.ratchetmusic.com, http://www.mcachicago.org, http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/chicago_culturalcenterschedule.html, http://www.skylarkchicago.com, http://www.hideoutchicago.com, http://www.elasticrevolution.com, http://www.myopicbookstore.com/music.html, http://www.lampo.org, http://dalniente.com, http://iceorg.org/events/category/chicago, http://www.emptybottle.com/

Jazzword Reviews

Source: Jazzword.

Ullén/Muller
Into the Staring Town

Agustí Fernández/Rafał Mazur
Ziran

Kim Myhr
Bloom

Harth/Seidel/Spera/Van der Plas
Malcha

New Old Luten Quintet
Krawall!

Dieter Glawischnig & Friends
Birthday

Eve Risser White Desert Orchestra
Les Deux Versants Se Regardent

Tom Hamilton and Al Margolis (If, Bwana) on Tour

TOM HAMILTON – electronics
AL MARGOLIS (If, Bwana) – clarinet, violin, objects, electronics
Wed. May 3 at 8pm – Rhizome DC, 6950 Maple St NW (Takoma), Washington, DC. http://www.rhizomedc.org/about-rhizomedc/
Thurs. May 4 at 8pm – Survival Kit @ 78th Street Studios – 1305 West 80th Street, Suite 303, Cleveland, OH http://78thstreetstudios.com/survival-kit-gallery

Fri. May 5 at 8PM – Frequency Fridays,
It Looks Like It’s Open 13 E Tulane Rd, Columbus, OH http://thefusefactory.org/frequency-fridays/

Sat. May 6 at 9pm – The Robinwood Concert House, 2564 Robinwood Ave, Toledo, OH https://toledobellows.wordpress.com
Sun. May 7 at 2pm – Making Contemporary Music workshop, Heiser Auditorium, Kendal at Oberlin, 600 Kendal Dr, Oberlin, OH 44074
Mon. May 8 at 8pm – The Spaghetti Warehouse (behind Church Brew Works), Pittsburgh, PA.

Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter

Source: Downtown Music Gallery.

Fred Frith & Hans Koch! Henry Kaiser Solo AntArctic Guitar! Elliott Sharp / Gareth Davos / Ensemble Resonanz! Barry Guy / Jurg Wickihalder / Lucas Niggli! Gunter Baby Sommer /Gianluigi Trovesi / Manfred Schoof! Miroslav Vitous Quintet! Vinny Golia Solo Woodwinds & Percussion! Trevor Watts/Amalgam Rare Trio Reissue!

Michel Portal & WDR Radio Big Band! Bebo Ferra Tribute to King Crimson! PEK Solo! JA Granelli’s Gowanus Reggae & Ska Society! Love Slave Label Sale! Michael Attias CD Sale! More from Lovely Music: Robert Ashley & David Tudor! Steve Lacy Trio Back! LP Section: Faust! Richard Pinhas/Heldon! Edgar Varese/Henry Cowell/John Cage..! Allen Ginsberg! Jowe Head! More and More and..!

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DOWNTOWN MUSIC GALLERY Turns 26 and Celebrates Our Longevity!

This Monday, May 1st will be the 26th Anniversary of Downtown Music Gallery! That’s right, you heard right! We opened our doors on May 1st of 1991 in the East Village at 211 East 5th (between 2nd & 3rd Aves), having no idea how long we would last considering that there were upwards of a hundred record stores in Manhattan alone at that time. Now there are less than a dozen!?! We are in our third location (13 Monroe St in Chinatown), for eight years now, struggling to survive but still providing creative music for serious listeners from around the world with New Sounds: on CDs, records, DVDs, magazines, T-shirts and even a few cassettes. This, our e-mail newsletter goes out to some 5,000 subscribers every week with an occasional sales update as well. We still get visitors from around the world and we are open 7 days a week, from noon til 6pm, later on Sundays when we have our free in-store series. See the schedule below. Thanks to all who have supported us through our long journey!

To help us celebrate our long & winding history, present and future, we are sponsoring a series of celebrations in the next few months. Please come visit us and help us usher in another era of Creative Music! Thanks to all of the musicians who are helping us to celebrate with their music. Here is the current schedule and we are working on even more events to come:

DMG 26TH ANNIVERSARY SERIES OF CELEBRATIONS:

Sunday, June 3rd at Downtown Music Gallery:
6pm: THOMAS HELTON / JAIMIE BRANCH / MICHAEL EVANS!
7pm: MYSTERY GUEST COSMIC JAM!

Monday, June 4th at ZURCHER GALLERY (33 Bleecker St, east of Lafayette)
7pm: RAOUL BJORKENHEIM / JOE FONDA / GERALD CLEAVER New TRIO!

Monday, June 19th at THE STONE:
Bruce’s Birthday Celebration & Concert of Spiritual Jazz!
7pm: UNBROKEN: LOUIE BELOGENIS / SHANIR BLUMENKRANZ / KENNY WOLLESON!
8:30: FRANKLIN KIERMYER QUARTET Featuring:
JOVAN ALEXANDRE – Tenor Sax / DAVIS WHITFIELD – Piano / OTTO GARDNER – Bass!
July, 2017 is the 50th Anniversary of the Passing of John Coltrane – We Embrace his Spirit!

Saturday, July 15th at DMG: Super Rare Solo Performance by:
6pm: HENRY KAISER – Solo Electric Guitar!

Live Long & Prosper – Bruce Lee Gallanter, Dave Miller and Anders Zelinski at DMG

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The FREE DMG Weekly New Music In-Store Series Continues on Sundays with:

Sunday, April 30th:
6pm: NO SIGNAL: AARON NOVIK & JEREMIAH CYMERMAN – Clarinets and AVA MENDOZA & BRANDON SEABROOK – Guitars!
7pm: GUILLERMO GREGORIO / VINCENT CHANCEY / BRANDON LOPEZ – Clarinet / French Horn / ContraBass

Sunday, May 7th:
6pm; BEN STAPP & ELIJAH SHIFFER – Tuba and Sax & Clarinet
7pm: CATHERINE SIKORA & BRIAN CHASE – Tenor Sax and Drums

Sunday, May 14th:
6pm: ALEC HARPER & TYLER GILMORE

AMN Reviews: Harris Eisenstadt – Recent Developments (2017; Songlines)

I have a theory that adding bassoon to any piece of music can make that piece better. While there are generous portions of bassoon on Harris Eisenstadt’s latest release, I suspect that it would be a stellar album regardless.

Eisenstadt is a drummer and bandleader who has released one or two albums a year for the last decade or so, notably with his Canada Day and Golden State groups. Here, he leads a nonet featuring a who’s who of creative music: Anna Webber on flute, Sara Schoenbeck on said bassoon, Nate Wooley on trumpet, Jeb Bishop on trombone, Dan Peck on tuba, Brandon Seabrook on banjo, Hank Roberts on cello, and Eivind Opsvik on bass. Thus, the overall sound is one of a jazz orchestra playing angular music. Think Anthony Braxton, but not just because several of his collaborators are featured.

Structurally, the 41-minute Recent Developments consists of six longer “parts” with eight interludes. The “parts” are highly-composed with contrapuntal lines. The interludes are more transitional in nature, recorded by ad hoc subsets of the nonet to improvise over aspects of the compositions. The result is a distinctly varied swathe of music with loosely-coupled themes. This is modern avant-garde in so many ways, notably in how influences from jazz, classical, and big band are blended with ease.

Particularly appealing is not only the bassoon (which offers some awesome bouncing low-register lines and drones), but Seabrook’s punk-inflected banjo playing. Not only does the instrument add a unique color to the mix, Seabrook has a penchant for assertiveness, speed picking, and adding notes at unexpected moments.

A standout track is Part 4, which features Schoenbeck, Webber, and Eisenstadt starting off in trio form, but eventually joined by the rest of the ensemble to set forth a complex, angular set of overlapping melodies which end with a blowout between Webber and Roberts. Not to be outdone by this composition, Part 4 is followed by Interlude Group 2, an aggressive free improvisation from all contributors featuring jagged left turns.

This is quite the release – an album of the year candidate.

http://songlines.com/release/recent-developments/