AMN Picks of the Week: Rosenthal & Jarguna / La Breiche / Léandre, Dick & Masaoka / Itaca 4et

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.

Because of current events, these postings may be coming more frequently than once a week for a while.

Sam Rosenthal / Jarguna – Sunwashed Evening Fire (2020)
La Breiche – Le Rite (2020)
Joëlle Léandre, / Robert Dick / Miya Masaoka – Solar Wind (2020)
Itaca 4et – Vortex (2020)

AMN Picks of the Week: Reid Karris / Sly & the Family Drone / Mauve Zone / Vortex / Tone-Cluster

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.

Because of current events, these postings may be coming more frequently than once a week for a while.

Reid Karris – Cynical Nihilist (2020)
Sly & the Family Drone – Walk it Dry (2020)
Mauve Zone – Transmissions from Carcosa (2020)
Vortex – Helioz (2020)
Tone-Cluster – Kyo Shu (2020)

AMN Reviews: “Gran Sasso”, Matteo Liberatore (2020; BandCamp)

a2037926004_2“Gran Sasso” is Matteo Liberatore’s second solo guitar album.  It is the follow up to his excellent 2018 debut “Solos”.   Unlike “Solos” which focused on extended techniques on the acoustic guitar, “Gran Sasso” is a single extended piece for solo electric guitar using somewhat more conventional techniques. Having said that “Gran Sasso” is less of a departure from “Solos” as it is more of a glimpse into Liberatore’s musical imagination.

“Gran Sasso” is without any overdubs and other than some reverb and extensive use of the volume pedal, it is void of electronic effects. It is a very imaginative piece that has an open atmospheric quality in which Liberatore explores shape, texture, space and color. His dropped guitar tuning gives him a big open sound. Liberatore’s tone is bright and clear and has just a little bit of chime. “Gran Sasso” unfolds in unusual ways; the piece seems to continually shift from moment to moment.  But all the while Liberatore’s playing sounds both intentional and reflective giving this piece its own character.

“Gran Sasso” is a wonderful modern electric guitar record and is something I have found myself replaying over and over again. It was recorded and mixed by Matteo at his home studio and was mastered by Elliot Sharp. “Gran Sasso” appears to be a digital only release so head on over to Bandcamp and check it out.

Highly recommended!

Chris De Chiara

 

AMN Picks of the Week: Bartolo / Zeena Parkins & Jeff Kolar / GGRIL / John Hassell / Irreversible Entanglements

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.

Because of current events, these postings may be coming more frequently than once a week for a while.

Bartolo – Six Improvisations for Creatures and Machines (2020)
Zeena Parkins / Jeff Kolar – SCALE (2020)
GGRIL – Plays Ingrid Laubrock (2020)
John Hassell – Seeing Through Sound (Pentimento Volume Two) (2020)
Irreversible Entanglements – Irreversible Live in Berlin (2020)
Irreversible Entanglements – Irreversible Live in Italy (2020)

San Francisco Tape Music Collective

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A selection of fixed media works presented by the collective in recent San Francisco Tape Music Festivals.

Works by Maggi Payne, Kent Jolly, Cliff Caruthers, Matt Ingalls, Thom Blum, Kristin Miltner, and Joseph Anderson.

 

Freely available for streaming and download from http://sound.bandcamp.com.

The San Francisco Tape Music Collective is dedicated to presenting performances of audio art. For over 20 years they have presented The San Francisco Tape Music Festival, diffusing works from composers throughout the world in addition to their own works through a pristine immersive 24-speaker surround-sound environment, in complete darkness.   SFTMC and SFTMF are projects of sfSound.

Donations are welcome. All proceeds go to the San Francisco Tape Music Festival. (post COVID-19).  If you donate this Friday, Juneteenth, bandcamp will donate 100% of their shares to NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

http://sfSound.org/tape

http://sfsound.bandcamp.com/album/san-francisco-tape-music-collective