Edgefest Preview

Source: The Michigan Daily.

The soul of the saxophone, the pounding of percussion, the mellow of the cello — these sounds blend into a traveling tune, dancing through the air to the ears of the crowd. Edgefest, the four day festival of avant-garde music, features a plethora of world-renowned artists, each a master of their own form of music. Ground-breaking musicians, influenced by jazz, rock and classical, are bringing innovative and improvised melodies to the Kerrytown Concert House this weekend. With several performances throughout the evening each day, there are plenty opportunities to make time for musical talents that radiate with passion and expertise.

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Phil Miller Remembered

Source: Team Rock.

The death of Phil Miller announced yesterday evening robs progressive music of one of its most distinctive voices. The guitarist, whose work with a string of bands that included Delivery, Matching Mole, Hatfield And The North, National Health and his own outfit, In Cahoots, came to define the Canterbury scene.

Vital Weekly Reviews 1102

Source: Vital Weekly.

LAST DOMINION LOST – ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION (CD by The Epicurean/La Esencia)
FTARRI 5TH ANNIVERSARY (4CD by Ftarri/Meenna)
ROLAND KAYN – A LITTLE ELECTRONIC MILKY WAY OF SOUND (16CD by Frozen Reeds) *
JULIEN OTTAVI – SECRETS TELLURIQUES (CD by Fibrr Records) *
JARL – HYPNOSIS COLOUR (CD by Reverse Alignment) *
INVENCIONES. LA OTRA VANGURADIA MUSICAL EN LATINOAMERICA 1976-1988 (2CD by Munster Records)
VISION OF DARKNESS IN IRANIAN CONTEMPORARY MUSIC (2CD by Cold Spring Records)
MIREILLE CAPELLE WITH HERMESENSEMBLE – DO’UN (CD by audioMER) *
AUXHALL PLEASURE GARDENS – Same (CD by Creative Sources Recordings)
ERIC ZINMAN – ZITHER GODS (CD by Improvising Beings)
KENT CARTER & SYLVAIN GUÉRINEAU – COULEUR DE L’EXIL (CD by Improvising Beings)
RYOJI HOJITO & HUGUES VINCENT – STRANGE DAYS (CD by Improvising Beings)
BURTON GREENE – COMPENDIUM (SOLOS DUOS TRIOS) (2CD by Improvising Beings)
RAISON D’ETRE & TROUM – XIBIPIIO. IN AND OUT OF EXPERIENCE (CD by Transgredient Records) *
HORST QUARTET – EDGED TIMBRE (CD by Intonema) *
KICKGUITARSINRUN – THERE AND BACK (DVD-R by Intonema) *
TRAX TEST (2LP by Ecstatic Records)
BASS COMMUNION – SISTERS OREGON (10” by Substantia Innominata)
PROTOCOL WARUM (CDR by Care Not Care) *
FRED LORCA – EVERY MOMENTITO (CDR, private) *
ZOUL – JISATSU (CDR by Bellerpark Records) *
PHILIP NUSSBAUM & DAS KRAULEN BRAUCHEN (CDR by Bellerpark Records) *
PLATZANGST – CALL BEFORE YOU DIG (cassette by Ota Tapes) *

Avant Scena Reviews

Source: Avant Scena.

The WISSELTANGCAMATTA – “indes” (Umland Records, 2017)

Arditti Quartet, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Pascal Rophé – “Pascal Dusapin: Quatuor Vl “Hinterland” & Quatuor Vll “OpenTime”” (aeon music, 2017)

Lina Allemano Four – “Sometimes Y” (Lumo Records, 2017)

Lina Allemano’s Titanium Riot – “Squish it!” (Lumo Records, 2017)

Longleash – “Passage” (New Focus Recordings, 2017)

Psithurism Trio with Xavier Charles – “LURE” (Sound Out Recordings, 2017)

Large Unit – “Fluku” (PNL Records)

Dover Quartet – “Voices of Defiance” (Cedille Records, 2017)

Sun Ra’s Contemporary Influence

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Source: Rolling Stone.

Onstage at New York’s Radio City Music Hall earlier this month, Solange, still touring behind her momentous 2016 album, A Seat at the Table, was flanked by two pyramids; between them was a massive orb, resembling a heavenly body in the night. Behind those structures was a bleachers-like setup, where horn and string players would assemble, lending an extra sonic hand to Solange’s core band, which includes a trumpeter and trombonist. The show, part of a six-concert run dubbed Orion’s Rise, found the performers dressed entirely in white. All in all, an attendee could have been forgiven for feeling like they were at a concert by Sun Ra, the late jazz keyboardist, composer, philosopher and all-around cultural force whose avant-garde big band, the Arkestra, wore Egyptian-inspired outfits and played songs called “Tiny Pyramids” and “Space Is the Place.”

Steve Roach Interview

Source: Inside the Rift.

If you’re familiar with ambient music, there is a good chance you’ve heard of Steve Roach. Having amassed a dedicated fanbase as a result of his deep, prolific catalogue, Steve has immortalized himself into the metaphorical ambient music Hall of Fame. Steve’s earthy atmosphere coupled with an impressive array of synth compositions makes for quite the experience. He was introduced to the scene with his debut album Now in 1982, but soon found himself the subject of tremendous acclaim for his sonic excursions, Structures from Silence and Dreamtime Return. With a resume spanning the greater part of three decades and consistently mentioned as one of the greatest ambient acts of all time, it is with great pleasure that I bring you an interview with him. Here, we discuss the nature of the creative impetus and solitude.

Second Inversion Reviews

Source: Second Inversion.

Orpheus Unsung by Steven Mackey with Jason Treuting

Michael Gordon: Timber (Cantaloupe Music) Remixed by Ikue Mori

Julia Wolfe: Lick (Cantaloupe Music) Bang on a Can All-Stars

Florence Price: Dances in the Canebrakes (MSR Classics) William Chapman Nyaho, piano

Ballaké Sissoko & Vincent Ségal: “N’kapalema” (No Format Records)

Possessed by Robert Black