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Hedvig Mollestad Profiled


Embed from Getty Images Source: Chicago Reader. I began considering the music of ferocious Norwegian guitarist Hedvig Mollestad, whose aggressive instrumental trio evokes Jimi Hendrix, John McLaughlin, Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi, and the earliest work of fellow Norwegian Terje Rypdal. … Continue reading

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RIP Don Buchla (1937-2016)


Don Buchla, creator of the Modular Electronic Music System, the Electric Music Box and the Music Easel, among other synthesizers, died on September 14 at the age of 79. Buchla was also the designer of the sound system used on … Continue reading

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Julius Eastman Profiled


Source: The Guardian. When Eastman died of heart failure, alone, in Millard Fillmore hospital in Buffalo, New York, on 28 May 1990, aged just 49, his work disappeared with him. A former child soprano and ballet dancer from Ithaca, New … Continue reading

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Janel Leppin Profiled


Source: The Washington Post. Janel Leppin isn’t holding back. In addition to playing cello in the forward-thinking folk duo Janel and Anthony alongside her husband, guitarist Anthony Pirog, the Virginia native has dropped two distinctive solo albums this year: a … Continue reading

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Sonny Sharrock Profiled


Source: Premier Guitar. Sonny Sharrock, whose guitar playing harnessed the explosiveness and beauty of a summer thunderstorm, recorded Seize the Rainbow in 1987. By then, he’d been doing just that for more than two decades, using his guitar as a … Continue reading

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Steve Coleman Profiled


Source: The New York Times. Steve Coleman is the most important jazz musician that many fans have never heard of. He’s been the leader on 30 albums in the last three decades and the mentor to a dozen younger artists … Continue reading

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Sound American: The Anthony Braxton Issue


Source: Sound American. Anthony Braxton: A Constant Presence by SA Editor Nate Wooley An Anthony Braxton Overview by Taylor Ho Bynum An Introduction to Language Music by Nate Wooley featuring a very special set of solo recordings of each of … Continue reading

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