Gapplegate Music Reviews

Source: Gapplegate.

Poul Ruders, Rudersol Chamber Players, Clarinet Quintet, Throne, Piano Quartet

Lowell Liebermann, Violin Concerto, Aiman Mussakhajayeva, Kazakh State Symphony Orchestra, Tigran Shiganyan

Sarah Cahill, The Future is Female, Vol. 3, At Play, Woman Composers for Piano, 1700s to Today


All About Jazz Reviews

Source: Jazz Album Reviews.

Two Previously Unreleased Gems From Abbey Rader’s Catalogue
Multiple Artists

Tines Of Change
Mark Dresser

2 + 2 With Jen Baker & Liz Allbee
Jon Raskin / Phillip Greenlief


Irreversible Entanglements on Tour in Europe This Week

Source: Bandsintown.

Tuesday June 6th – Milan, Italy @ Santeria Toscana 31

Wednesday June 7th – Stockholm, Sweden @ Fasching

Thursday June 8th – Gothenburg, Sweden @ Clandestino Festival

Friday June 9th – Helsinki, Finland @ Sideways Festival

Sat June 10th – Copenhagen, Denmark @ ALICE

Artist Profile Podcasts

Modulisme 86: Michael J. Schumacher 

Source: Modulisme.

Michael J. Schumacher has composed more than 70 works for a variety of instruments and voices, and we are proud to present this Session focusing on his modular work.


Partch Ensemble Performance in LA

Source: Partch Ensemble.

Join us at REDCAT on June 16-17 for Harry Partch’s complete masterwork The Wayward, [Barstow, San Francisco, The Letter, U.S. Highball, Ulysses]: “A collection of musical compositions based on the spoken and written words of hobos and other characters—the result of my wanderings in the Western part of the United States from 1935 to 1941.” We’ll open with the rousing Cloud Chamber Music, followed by the premiere of a new work by microtonal maven Kyle Gann.


Gerry Hemingway Upcoming US Performances

Source: Gerry Hemingway.

Reggie Workman Celebration Ensemble – Vision Festival
18. June 10:00pm – Roulette, Brooklyn, NY

Solo Performance – Drum Songs, Sung Songs and Stories
June 21, 2023, 8pm // Shift , 411 Kent Street, Brooklyn, NY

double bill with violinist Tom Chiu (solo)
June 21, 2023, 8pm // Shift , 411 Kent Street, Brooklyn, NY

BassDrumBone (46th Anniversary performance)
June 29, 2023 8pm – Zürcher Gallery, NYC

June 29, 2023 8pm
Zürcher Gallery, 33 Bleeker Street, NYC

Marilyn Crispell, Mark Dresser, Gerry Hemingway – plays Braxton and more
July 1, 2023 The Stone, NYC, 8:30pm

additional performances:

July 7, 2023 – Real Art Ways, Hartford CT 7:30pm
July 8, 2023 – Solar Myth (formerly Boot & Saddle), 1131 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA, two shows: 5pm and 8pm

AMN Reviews

AMN Reviews: Richard Bégin – Phase 5 (2023; Reverse Alignment)

The sound worlds of Richard Bégin are grounded in electroacoustic ambient incorporating shimmering structures combined with static, pops, and clicks. This adds analog warmth to an approach that otherwise would be leaning toward the cold and dark. Indeed, several tracks of the ten on this recording include patterns of synth chords that are both ominous yet strangely melodic.

Beyond the drones – of which there are plenty – Bégin has a penchant for finding unusual sounds and structures for accompaniment. These elements are echoed and looped. Whether lightly percussive, sculpted white noise, mechanical, or more traditionally musical in nature, they waft about in a dreamlike fashion. Their wavelike patterns are gritty and borderline psychedelic, yet (with just a few exceptions) proceed with a degree of gentleness.

The bottom line is that Bégin’s use of textures is exquisite in its detail, simplicity, and impact. While he draws from a broad palette, each piece makes maximal use of its constituent parts. Thus, despite their varied and unpredictable nature, these offerings come across as being carefully composed.

Phase 5 was released on May 11 by Reverse Alignment. If you appreciated Bégin’s 2022 offering, Fragile Section, you will find much to like here.

AMN Reviews

AMN Reviews: Merzbow – Hatomatsuri (2023; Dinzu Artefacts)

Hatomatsuri is the latest dense slab of tinnitus-inducing walled noise from Merzbow. All of the usual musical(?) elements are present – grinding substrates of distorted static, sculpted feedback, wispy features, and drill-like staccato constructs. From these building blocks, Merzbow assembles two 15-minute tracks of loosely-controlled chaos. While Hatomatsuri does not break much ground when compared to the Merzbow discography as a whole (with its more than 500 releases), that is not the point of this project. Instead, let Masami Akita guide you through a truly disorienting and strangely psychedelic torrent of harsh sounds.

AMN Picks General

AMN Picks of the Week: Gianluca Becuzzi / Colin Webster / Robert Scott Thompson / Stein, Smith & Shead / Satoko Fujii

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

Gianluca Becuzzi – We Can Be Everywhere (2023)
Colin Webster Large Ensemble – First Meeting (2023)
Robert Scott Thompson – Placid (2023)
Stein / Smith / Shead – Hum (2023)
Satoko Fujii – Torrent (2023)


A Closer Listen Reviews

Source: a closer listen.

follow ~ Old Haunts

Field Recording & Soundscape

Vargkvint ~ Månens Hav

Karen Vogt ~ Losing the Sea / Losing the Sea Remixes

Hanna Svirska ~ Yangola

Joel Lundberg ~ Odysseys and Apostrophes

The Light Surgeons ~ SuperEverything*