We Need No Swords Reviews

Source: We Need No Swords.

Richard Kammerman: Music for glassblower’s studio and broken toy piano
Bird People: Down of the Hamsa
Machinefabriek: Crumble

The Agnes Martin / John Zorn Link

English: John Zorn Français : John Zorn

Source: The New York Times.

There could not, on first glance or listen, be two artists more different than John Zorn and Agnes Martin.

Mr. Zorn, 63, a longtime fixture of downtown Manhattan, is known for composing frenzied, explosive music, riots of psychotically bright colors. Martin — who lived alone in the New Mexico desert for decades, died in 2004 at 92 and is currently the subject of a quietly majestic retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum — made paintings of serene subtlety.

Mr. Zorn stated the obvious question as he walked on Monday morning around the Guggenheim’s rotunda, where a series of his Martin-inspired works will be played on Thursday and Friday evenings.

“Crazy John Zorn and Agnes Martin, the spiritual, the saint,” he said. “Where does it connect?”

AMN Picks of the Week: Peter Kuhn / Gaetano Cappella / Franklin Kiermyer / Offthesky

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.

Peter Kuhn Trio – The Other Shore (2016)
Gaetano Cappella – Maiella (2016)
Franklin Kiermyer – Closer To The Sun (2016)
Offthesky – Silent Went to the Sea (2016)

RIP Pauline Oliveros 

Oliveros (right) playing in Mexico City in 2006

Source: Wikipedia. I have not heard a lot from Oliveros, but I always enjoyed what I did. She was active until the end. RIP.

Pauline Oliveros (May 30, 1932 – November 25, 2016) was an American composer and accordionist who was a central figure in the development of experimental and post-war electronic art music.

She was a founding member of the San Francisco Tape Music Center in the 1960s, and served as its director. She has taught music at Mills College, the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Oliveros has written books, formulated new music theories and investigated new ways to focus attention on music including her concepts of “Deep Listening” and “sonic awareness”. She was an Eyebeam resident.

Newsbits: Iva Bittová & Hamid Drake / Brandon Lopez / Shokyo Ontei Series / Borbetomagus

English: Iva Bittová performing at Union Hall,...

Iva Bittová & Hamid Drake will appear in St. Louis on January 21.

Jazz Right Now reviews a Brandon Lopez performance in New York.

Utech Records has released a boxed set of the Shokyo Ontei series. A number of radical musicians from East Asia, primarily from China and Japan, were invited to reconsider the multiplicity of possible connections between text and music. The result was the Shokyo Ontei series. Shokyo Ontei – a neologism that means literally word echoes/sound writing, emphasizes this overlap between the process of creation of meaning through sound and through the written language.

The set includes the nine original cds from the Shokyo Ontei series and a booklet with liner notes by Alan Cummings and photo by Wilson Au.

The new album from Borbetomagus is reviewed by Burning Ambulance.

R.I.P. Electronic Music Pioneer Jean-Claude Risset

Source: Exclaim!

French electronic visionary Jean-Claude Risset has sadly died. According to French media reports, Risset passed away on Monday (November 21) in Marseille. He was 78.

Alongside the likes of Pierre Henry, Pierre Schaeffer and Pierre Boulez, Risset brought early electronic music into new, unexplored territories. With a training in physics, piano and composition, he is often seen as the first French musician to ever use computers for composition and music production.