Luc Ferrari & Éliane Radigue Retrosepctives


This past November, two dissident voices of French postwar music were the subject of retrospectives in New York. The resolutely unclassifiable Luc Ferrari (1929–2005) was warmly celebrated in “Stereo Spasms,” a two-night program of performances at Pioneer Works in Brooklyn on November 18–19, while the series “Recherches Filmiques” at Anthology Film Archives (November 21–27) spotlighted his work in cinema, both as a filmmaker and as a composer of scores. Meanwhile, musician Éliane Radigue (b. 1932) has been the subject of “Intermediate States,” an ongoing program organized by Blank Forms in collaboration with Radigue herself. That Radigue and Ferrari should be toasted in parallel is appropriate: while their work took wildly different forms, both figures began their careers in the orbit of musique concrète, or music created by manipulating recorded sound on tape. They separately broke from this blueprint, cultivating practices that have proven radically prescient.

Ivo Perelman & Matthew Shipp Profiled

Source: burning ambulance.

Over the last three decades, saxophonist Ivo Perelman and pianist Matthew Shipp have assembled a staggering catalog of releases. They made three albums together in the late 1990s, then pursued separate creative paths until the beginning of this decade, when one of the most explosive creative runs in jazz history began. They have released over 30 titles together, including several multi-disc sets with more to come. In addition to duo sessions, they work in all sorts of trio and quartet configurations, bringing in bassists, drummers, violinists or anyone else who seems like an interesting complement to their constantly evolving one-on-one language.

Don Moye Interviewed About the Art Ensemble of Chicago

Source: Jazzwise.

Celebrating their 50th anniversary, the legendary Art Ensemble of Chicago show no signs of slowing down. The group’s new double-album, We Are On The Edge, finds longstanding members Roscoe Mitchell and Famoudou Don Moye joined by guests including Nicole Mitchell, Tomeka Reid and Dudu Kouyate on a typically adventurous set. It’s a fitting testament to this iconic, ever-challenging band, who took Paris by storm in the late 1960s, and remain as relevant as ever. Don Moye tells it like it is to Kevin Le Gendre

Tyshawn Sorey is Opera Philadelphia’s New Composer-in-Residence

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Opera Philadelphia’s next composer-in-residence is a musical polymath whose work bridges a wide range of influences and genres. Tyshawn Sorey — a percussionist, pianist, conductor, trombonist, composer, and 2017 MacArthur Fellow — will spend the next year or two immersing himself in the elements of a genre new to him. Sorey grew up in Newark, N.J., and is a professor at Wesleyan University. Although he has never written an opera, his appointment grew out of Cycles of My Being, a set of emotionally complex songs he composed for Opera Philadelphia exploring the African American male experience. It premiered at the Kimmel Center in 2018.

Sunn O))) Profiled

Source: The Guardian.

Very little about the band has changed in the two decades since. Rather, it is the culture around them that has changed, and some of that is due to the group itself. They are the heaviest band this century has seen so far, and like the giant celestial body they share a name with homophonically, they exert a massive amount of gravity on the culture that surrounds them, drawing more into their orbit while radiating giant waves of creative energy back outwards. Put simply, it’s not all that weird to hear them on daytime radio.

On Patricia Nicholson

Source: Jazz Right Now.

Patricia Nicholson is an artist and the founder and director of the free jazz organization Arts for Art (AFA). In 2016, I was interning at Arts for Art and taking one-on-one dance classes with Patricia when William Parker suggested I interview her in the perspective of putting a book together. Here are some excerpts of our conversations, important biographical elements, and anecdotes.

The Story of Gong

Source: The Guardian.

The Gong mythos was a fantastical sci-fi narrative involving the peaceful Planet Gong, its small green inhabitants, the Pothead Pixies, and their healing gurus the Octave Doctors. The Pixies had propellers on their heads that doubled as aerials tuned into the telepathic transmissions of Radio Gnome Invisible (an interstellar pirate radio station) and they travelled by “glidding” in flying teapots (a stoner-friendly joke on flying saucers).