April Awards from the Robert D. Bielecki Foundation

Source: Robert D. Bielecki Foundation.

Ingrid Laubrock
$10,000 Composition Commission / Tuition Assistance
Toward a masters degree in music composition from the Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Sun Ra House
$6,500 Repairs / Restoration
The Sun Ra Arkestra house in Philadelphia is getting a second life after partially collapsing. The Robert D. Bielecki Foundation’s support (in conjunction with Ars Nova Workshop, PA) is helping to save the house as well as the Sun Ra legacy. Read the story.

Bang on a Can
$8,000 in Commissions to Bang on a Can
• Matana Roberts
• Rudresh Mahanthappa
• Fred Frith (2 compositions 2021/2022)

Yarn / Wire
$7,000 Recording and Performance Fees
Support for the forthcoming Black Truffle release of Annea Lockwood’s “Into the Vanishing Point” / Nate Wooley’s “Becoming Air.”

Louth Contemporary Music Society
$5,250 Underwriting Support
In support of the forthcoming release:
Jürg Frey’s I Listened to the Wind Again (2016/2017)
Soprano, clarinet, string trio, percussion
Hélène Fauchère, Carol Robinson, Sylvian Lemêtre, Agnès Vesterman, Garth Knox

Covid Grants
$1,000 Unrestricted Grant to Birdland
Save Birdland, “The Jazz Corner of the World.’ Part of RDBF support to organizations and individuals in the time of Covid.

RIP Malcolm Cecil

Source: The New York Times.

He sailed to San Francisco in 1967 and then headed to Los Angeles, where he spent a year as the chief engineer at Pat Boone’s recording studio. He later moved to New York City, where he worked at the Record Plant for six weeks before being hired as the maintenance engineer at Mediasound.

He admired the Moog synthesizer IIIc at Mediasound but did not meet Mr. Margouleff until his fifth night there. They quickly began recording experimental psychedelic music together, and six months later the jazz flutist Herbie Mann signed them to his Embryo label.

The first track they recorded for what would be their album “Zero Time” was “Aurora,” which was originally 23 minutes long. “I said, ‘Malcolm, I’m not even sure it’s music,’” Mr. Margouleff recalled. They cut its length by two-thirds.

The Black Artists’ Group of St. Louis Movie to Stream at the Kansas City FilmFest International

Source: Kansas City FilmFest International.

The Black Artists’ Group of St. Louis: Creation Equals Movement

Through interviews and rare archival footage, The Black Artists’ Group of St. Louis: Creation Equals Movement explores the 1960s arts collective devoted to raising Black consciousness, battling social injustice, and exploring the far reaches of experimental performance.

Directed by:
Bryan Dematteis

AMN Picks of the Week: Jessica Ackerley / Poena Sensus / John Mcris / Adoct / Miracle of Love / Gerald Cleaver

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

Jessica Ackerley – Morning / Mourning (2021)
Poena Sensus – Krubera (2021)
John Mcris – Ark (2021)
Adoct – Ouvre-Glace (2021)
Miracle of Love – Ostracism (2021)
Gerald Cleaver – Griots (2021)

AMN Picks of the Week: Milašius, Kutavičius & Naujokaitis / Three-Layer Cake / Takayanagi, Ino, Kikuchi / Godspeed You! Black Emperor / Wavefield Ensemble / Brice, Golding, Kaiser, Moore & Prevost

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

Milašius / Kutavičius / Naujokaitis – Live at Willisau, 1993 (2021)
Three-Layer Cake – Stove Top (2021)
Takayanagi / Ino / Kikuchi – Live at Jazz Inn Lovely 1990 (2021)
Godspeed You! Black Emperor – G_d’s Pee AT STATE’S END! (2021)
Wavefield Ensemble – Concrete & Void (2021)
Brice / Golding / Kaiser / Moore / Prevost – The Secret Handshake with Danger, Vol. One (2021)

Audible Edge Festival Coming to Perth, Australia

Source: OUTInPerth.

Audible Edge 2021’s program has literally something for everyone – or at least, everyone with a penchant for the strange and wonderful. Between April 6 and 18, the festival invites you to monolithic performances within a surround sound speaker array, basement shows traversing experimental theatre, avant-garde metal and free jazz, oddball parties and folk shows, and that’s not even half of it. You will love some of it. You will find some of it confusing. So will we. This is good!

AMN Picks of the Week: Caustic Reverie / Damon Locks / Vertical Squirrels / Ganga & Marogna / Drone Islands / Orca, Attack!

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

Caustic Reverie – No Remedy (2021)
Damon Locks / Black Monument Ensemble – NOW (2021)
Vertical Squirrels – The Chasm (2021)
Arvind Ganga & Riccardo Marogna – Ballads from the Wrecked Ship (2021)
Various Artists – Drone Islands – Stellar (2021)
Orca, Attack! – C​.​M​.​S​.​O. (Learning by Listening Vol. 1) (2021)

Newsbits: Pharoah Sanders / Lukas Ligeti / Anthony Pateras / Emergent Structures

The latest from Pharaoh Sanders gets another review.

Lukas Ligeti’s new album is reviewed.

Antony Pateras has a new mixed tape and live recording called Pseudacusis.

Emergent Structures is the generative music project of Birch Cooper and Max Eilbacher. Pseudo-ecological Polychrome is an infinite duration generative piece in which a collection of 20 code based cybernetic entities are recombined infinitely to process each other in overlapping, reforming knots. Renderings of the piece can be thought of as virtual field recordings of this polychromatic pseudo-ecology.