Newsbits: Doubting All Things Aligned / Meredith Monk / Smith, Taborn, and Maneri / Miranda Cuckson / National Drone Day
Burning Ambulance reviews a release from Miranda Cuckson.
National Drone Day is celebrated in Saskatoon.
PROBES #13.2. Auxiliaries. 10.08.2015 (29′ 49”)
This new auxiliary by Chris Cutler digs into new sounds made with long-forgotten instruments.
PROBES #13.1. 09.06.2015 (53′ 22”)
Chris Cutler’s PROBES #13 tracks the recovery and reassignment of ancient and folk instruments in unfamiliar contexts.
PROBES #12.2. Auxiliaries. 25.05.2015 (30′ 32”)
This is the auxiliary in which harpsichords boldly go.
PROBES #12. 30.04.2015 (52′ 17”)
In Chris Cutler’s PROBES #12 harpsichords return from the dead; a spectre is haunting music: the harpsichord.
PROBES #11.2. Auxiliaries. 10.04.2015 (30′ 58”)
This auxiliary by Chris Cutler listens to voices, mostly in groups, doing extraordinary things.
PROBES #11. 11.03.2015 (61′ 03”)
PROBES #11 goes oral: everything your mother wouldn’t tell you about what people can do with their mouths, and a little bit of spit.
PROBES #10.2. Auxiliaries. 27.01.2015 (28′ 32”)
This auxiliary by Chris Culter wonders what the human voice can’t do.
The Lost Civilizations Experimental Music Project records most of their shows and releases them for free download. Some of these recordings are listed below, and all are worthwhile.
http://archive.org/details/oz047 (a live performance, released on the ItalianOzky e-sound netlabel with Angela Morrish (Phonic Riot; Washerwoman) on vocals)
http://bit.ly/uITI6n (with Angela Morrish on vocals and Doug Kallmeyer on electronics)
http://goo.gl/OaXF9 (a live performance by the Lost Civilizations experimental music project with pedal steel icon Susan Alcorn)(video at http://bit.ly/XNJBzy (Part 1) and http://bit.ly/URzzKT (Part 2))
http://bit.ly/Aj3kVY (a live performance by the Lost Civilizations experimental music project with Sam Lohman (Akris; Trio OOO) on percussion)
http://bit.ly/Aq45TN (a live performance by the Lost Civilizations experimental music project)
http://bit.ly/sLb7dw (a live performance by the Lost Civilizations
experimental music project with Ben Azzara (DC Improvisers Collective) on percussion)
http://archive.org/details/oz033 (“Lost Civilizations VII”, with Larry Gomez on percussion, released on the Italian Ozky e-sound netlabel)
http://bit.ly/Kh1wST (May 15, 2012 live performance at Dynasty Ethiopian Restaurant)
http://bit.ly/KOJcCC (May 19, 2012 live performances at Artomatic 2012 with Doug Kallmeyer and Jerry Busher)
http://bit.ly/KlIzCu (May 20, 2012 live performance at Arlington’s Galaxy Hut with Doug Kallmeyer)
http://bit.ly/K8IJu6 (June 14, 2012 live performance at Baltimore’s An die Musik with Doug Kallmeyer and Jerry Busher)
http://bit.ly/LGcOUs (June 21, 2012 live performance at The Fillmore Silver Spring)
http://bit.ly/TQ5c5r (August 18, 2012 benefit for the Sonic Circuits Festival of Experimental Music, featuring Doug Kallmeyer on electronics)
http://bit.ly/PiKrvZ (August 21, 2012 performance by Doug Kallmeyer, Ben Broeking & T. A. Zook @ Dynasty Ethiopian Restaurant)
http://bit.ly/R0gh3V (September 18 , 2012 performance at Dynasty Ethiopian Restaurant)
http://bit.ly/UB4kA6 (September 29, 2012 performance featuring Jerry Busher at the Great Hall of the Atlas Performing Arts Center for the 2012 Sonic Circuits Festival of Experimental Music)
http://bit.ly/UNH562 (October 7, 2012 performance at Adams Morgan’s Mellow Mushroom in the STPPMMXII Festival) Review by Gregory Ayers is posted at http://bit.ly/Orw7oC (excerpted from http://bit.ly/Orw7oC,which also posts John-Paul Zajackowski’s video of part of the performance)
http://bit.ly/UQ6Tyn (October 8, 2012 performance featuring Ben Azzara on percussion at Arlington’s Galaxy Hut)
http://bit.ly/TOx9rO (October 26, 2012 performance at Del Ray’s FIreFlies)
http://bit.ly/SSLnIA (November 20, 2012 solo performance by T. A. Zook at Dynasty Ethiopian Restaurant)
http://bit.ly/U65Vip (November 24, 2012 performance at the Pyramid Atlantic Art Center)
http://bit.ly/QHCVjg (December 3, 2012 performance at IOTA featuring Jerry Busher)
http://bit.ly/12Bpi85 (December 18, 2012 performance at Dynasty Ethiopian Restaurant (featuring Jerry Busher, Doug Kallmeyer and Emily Chimiak); reviewed at http://pinklineproject.com/article/lost-civilizations-experimental-music-project-sonic-circuits-dynasty-ethiopian-restaurant
http://goo.gl/wPJ4x (March 5, 2013 performance at 9th & Beats, with Doug Kallmeyer, Jerry Busher & Emily Chimiak); review (from http://dcrocklive.blogspot.com/2013/03/jacco-gardner-janel-anthony-lost.html)
http://goo.gl/JLBiC (March 24 performance at DC9: video:https://vimeo.com/jamalahmed/lost-civilization; review (from http://dcrocklive.blogspot.com/2013/03/lost-civilizations-onward-chariots.html)
http://goo.gl/VHhE0 — April 11, 2013 performance at Arlington’s Whole Foods Market
http://goo.gl/BTOls – April 21, 2013 performance at Baltimore’s An die Musik
http://goo.gl/AugSs – April 22, 2013 performance at Arlington’s Galaxy Hut w/ Lucio Meregon on guitar.
http://goo.gl/nwDQS – May 9, 2013 performance at DC’s Tree House Lounge
http://goo.gl/ZYRmU – June 6, 2013 performance at DC’s Tree House Lounge
http://goo.gl/W38dr – June 8, 2013 performance at DC’s Studio 1469
http://goo.gl/xcO0m – June 15, 2013 performance at DelRay’s (Alexandria) St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub, with Emily Chimiak (violin) and Nate Scheible (percussion)
http://goo.gl/izHqMa – September 4, 2013 performance at Chief Ike’s Mambo Room, with Amanda Huron on percussion.
http://goo.gl/RhaOW1 – September 26, 3013 performance at Club K, Baltimore
http://goo.gl/HDt8lp – November 1, 2013 performance at Dos Gringos Cafe, Washington DC.
http://goo.gl/WyUtk2 – November 13, 2013 performance at the Black Squirrel, Washington, DC.
http://goo.gl/kMzjPS – January 3, 2014 performance at the Velvet Lounge.
http://goo.gl/Yr6qHA – February 16, 2014 performance in the “Indie Adams Morgan” Series Residency at the Black Squirrel.
http://goo.gl/xlyPTS – February 28, 20 14 @ St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub (Alexandria) w/ The Mariner Project.
http://goo.gl/9s10Fo – March 16, 2014 performance in the “Indie Adams Morgan” Series Residency at the Black Squirrel.
http://goo.gl/edyg3s – March 30, 2014 performance by MAZE (Martin And Zook Ensemble: Aaron Martin (alto) & T. A. Zook (basscello)) in the “Indie Adams Morgan” Series Residency at the Black Squirrel.
http://goo.gl/q1zcVZ – May 12, 2014 performance at Arlington’s iconic Galaxy Hut, with Jerry Busher sitting in on drums.
http://goo.gl/TBYgHL – May 18, 2014 performance in the “Indie Adams Morgan” Series Residency at the Black Squirrel, with John Hallberg sitting in on drums and electric dulcimer and Manabu Nagase sitting in on electric violin.
http://goo.gl/DczTka – June 15, 2014 performance in the “Indie Adams Morgan” Series Residency at the Black Squirrel, featuring Patrick Whitehead on flügelhorn and trumpet.
http://goo.gl/V5DweG (T. A. Zook, as part of the Transmissions ensemble) – June 26, 2014 performance of “Transmissions” at Arlington, Virginia’s Artisphere. The performance was part of Arlington’s Fermata event (goo.gl/wHJUvN).
http://goo.gl/1uaXpF – July 16, 2014 performance @ Velvet Lounge.
http://goo.gl/Ld5pCo – July 20 , 2014 performance @ the Black Squirrel.
http://goo.gl/YEUjJA – August 17, 2014 performance @ the Black Squirrel w/ Mark Pry on drums and the Duo Exchange poetry project.
http:goo.gl/fHv5H3 – August 23, 2014 performance at Del Ray’s St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub w/ Brent Robbins on drums.
http://goo.gl/fUMkv2 – September 13, 2014 performance in the Indie Adams Morgan Series @ Adams Morgan’s Green Island.
http://goo.gl/Mp28QQ – September 14, 2014 performance for Indie Adams Morgan Day @ the Black Squirrel.
http://goo.gl/RtcpjZ – September 18, 2014 @ Ebenezers.
http://goo.gl/VCcgUC – September 19, 2014 performance in the Indie Adams Morgan Series @ Adams Morgan’s Club Heaven.
http://goo.gl/NEZPHZ – September 21, 2014 performance in the Indie Adams Morgan Series at the Black Squirrel.
http://goo.gl/C3U17T – September 26, 2014 performance in the Indie Adams Morgan Series at Green Island DIY.
http://goo.gl/Q66fxW– September 27, 2014 performance with Jerry Busher (drums), Emily Chimiak (violin) and Patrick Whitehead (trumpet & flügelhorn) at Baltimore’s An die Musik recital hall.
http://goo.gl/UOTiux – September 29, 2014 performance at Arlington’s Galaxy Hut.
http://goo.gl/Doqu2U – October 2, 2014 performance by Sebastian, Kozumplik, Risotto & Zook at Green Island DIY in Washington’s Adams Morgan district.
http://goo.gl/78jJbp – October 19, 2014 performance by WAZE (the Whitehead And Zook Ensemble) in the Indie Adams Morgan Series at the Black Squirrel.
http://goo.gl/ngDFRM – November 16, 2014 performance with Nick DePinto sitting-in on guitar in the Indie Adams Morgan Series at the Black Squirrel.
http://goo.gl/By5qdv – December 21, 2014 performance with Sam Lohman sitting in on drums in the Indie Adams Morgan Series at the Black Squirrel.
http://goo.gl/hS0AhP – January 18, 2015 performance in the Indie Adams Morgan series at the Black Squirrel.
goo.gl/7PK71N – January 24, 2015 performance with Jerry Busher (drums), Doug Kallmeyer (bass and electronics) and Emily Chimiak (violin) in the Sonic Circuits series hosted by the Pyramid Atlantic Art Center in Silver Spring, MD.
http://goo.gl/RmYjjh – January 31, 2015 performance in the Indie Adams Morgan Series at Green Island.
http://goo.gl/1syinJ – March 15, 2015 performance with the Duo Exchange poetry project in the Indie Adams Morgan Series in the Black Squirrel’s Tap Room.
http://goo.gl/UHtxug – April 19, 2015 performance in the Indie Adams Morgan Series in the Black Squirrel’s Tap Room.
http://goo.gl/Zq6jtc – April 20, 2015 performance at IOTA Club
https://goo.gl/XBBFko – May 11, 2015 performance at IOTA Club and Café
Sunn O))) have uploaded more than 60 “tapers’ & fans’ audience recordings,” promising “raw & live” sets from the group’s archives. Some of the shows date back to 2002, and concerts from around the world are included. Head to Bandcamp to stream/download your favorite shows. Last we heard, the group was working on a new album this year to follow up 2014’s collaborative albums with Norwegian experimental collective Ulver and veteran musician Scott Walker.
From The Guardian, a link to a free preview stream of Ms. Roberts’ next album:
Most artists end up looking cautious and blinkered when put next to Matana Roberts and her utterly epic 12-album project Coin Coin, which has now reached its third chapter. She’s jokingly described it as “my Ring Cycle”, and it’s just as weighty. It’s an exploration of black history, femininity and American identity, reaching back into the horrors – and moments of glorious emancipation – of the antebellum era and the civil rights struggle.
In Chapter One: Gens de Couleur Libres, she used a jazz orchestra, contracting to a smaller ensemble for Chapter Two: Mississippi Moonchile. In chapter three, subtitled river run thee, Roberts strikes out solo, threading her saxophone, improvised song and spoken word through multiple layers of field recordings, in a gorgeously dense journey to the past.
From New Orleans’ Open Ears Music Series:
Scott Nicholson – No Hand Jiving – 22 July 2014 – Audio Archive
Scott Nicholson – voice & violin; Will Thompson – keys; Brad Walker – saxophone; Jesse Morrow – bass; Brad Webb – drums
Improv Mash-up – 1 July 2014 – Audio Archive
Reagan Mitchell – alto sax; Jeff Albert – trombone; jenna McSwain – keyboard; Jesse Morrow – bass; Doug Garrison – drums
From End of the Alphabet Records (follow the link to listen):
End of the Alphabet Records are proud to announce their 5th and 6th releases since the label started in September this year: “Live at the Pyramid Club” by FANZ and “Microfeedback Lausanne” by Yan Jun.
FANZ are a four piece freak noise outfit from Wellington, New Zealand, featuring the legendary Antony Milton (here taking the drum seat), End of the Alphabet boss man, Noel Meek, South Korean performance artist, Samin Son and noisenik Fergus Nelson Moores. They have been described as being “something like a cross between The Skaters and The Futurians” (Pseudoarcana). Solidly in the New Zealand tradition of weirdo outsider noise makers, FANZ are four solo music freaks getting together to make a racket that one audience member described as “symphonic noise.”
“Live at the Pyramid Club” was recorded at the most recent in a 15 year tradition of music venues in Wellington dedicated to experimental music and consists of two sides of improvised free noise and drone propelled by caveman drums. It is a wild ride of an album that sucks its listeners into a whirlpool of feedback and screams . . .
Yan Jun’s release, “Microfeedback Lausanne”, End of the Alphabet’s first (and far from last) release from Asia, is a simply sublime work of feedback drone; electrics stripped back to nothing but their essential bliss. Recorded as part of a “series of headphone concerts as hypnotizing events” in Switzerland, “Feedback Lausanne” is a work of beautiful simplicity.
Yan Jun, known as the “Godfather of Chinese experimental music” (Tinymixtapes) has been working in experimental music since the early nineties as a writer, musician, sound artist and organiser. He is a key figure in the Chinese scene and massively influential both inside and, increasingly, outside of China. His writing features regularly in The Wire, he tours widely internationally and organises a plethora of gigs at home in Beijing.
Both albums are out on December 10th