AMN Picks of the Week: Rich and Reuter / Phillips and Drake / RAIC / Tom Djll

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.

Robert Rich / Markus Reuter – Flood Expeditions: The Gatherings, 19 May 2018 (2018)
Dan Phillips / Hamid Drake – Trail of Inevitability (2018)
RAIC (Richmond Avant Improv Collective) – Symbiosis, Vol. 1 (2018)
Tom Djll – Serge Works (2018)

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Newsbits: Steve Coleman / Holger Czukay / Milford Graves Documentary/ Macron on Fela

Pi Recordings is going to release a new Steve Coleman album, entitled Live at the Village Vanguard, Vol. 1 (The Embedded Sets), on August 10.

Reissues of Holger Czukay solo releases are on the way.

The new Milford Graves documentary, Full Mantis, is reviewed.

French president Macron has paid tribute to Fela Kuti.

Joe McPhee and Susan Alcorn Win Improvised Music Award

Source: Bleader.

This morning Chicago art gallery Corbett vs. Dempsey—which also runs a superb record label under the same name, focusing on jazz and improvisation—announced the winners of the first Instant Award in Improvised Music. The honor, which includes an unrestricted prize of $50,000, is the first of its kind celebrating improvised music.

The Instant Award is granted by a new organization called the Horse With No Name, formed specifically for that purpose by the funder of the prize (who insists on anonymity). Corbett vs. Dempsey functions as a conduit for administering the award. “The selection process is private, but involves an independent committee chosen by the patron,” says gallery co-owner John Corbett. “The aim of the prize is to award specific musicians and to support improvised music in general as an art form.”

The first two winners are Poughkeepsie multi-instrumentalist (and frequent Chicago visitor) Joe McPhee, who shows no sign of slowing down at age 78, and Baltimore pedal-steel virtuoso Susan Alcorn.

RIP Oliver Knussen 

Source: The Guardian.

British composer and conductor Oliver Knussen has died age 66, his publisher has announced. Knussen was one of the most influential and performed composers of his generation, for many decades a vital presence on the UK music scene –celebrated as a conductor, curator and artistic director, and for his generous support and patronage of a generation of younger composers who included Mark-Anthony Turnage, Julian Anderson and Ryan Wigglesworth.

AMN Picks of the Week: Moloch Conspiracy / Shiroishi, Fujioka & Casanova / Matt Piet / Coleman & Byrd

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.

Moloch Conspiracy – The Cave of Metaphysical Darkness & Lights (2018)
Patrick Shiroishi / Dylan Fujioka / Paco Casanova – Kage Cometa (2018)
Matt Piet – City in a Garden (2018)
Rodger Coleman / Sam Byrd – The Mathematics of War (2018)

Avant Music News Best of the First Half of 2018

2018 is halfway over, and there have already been a great many remarkable releases from this year. This list is a representation of the recordings that have grabbed my attention through the last six months. It is not comprehensive or complete, and does not try to be. I’m sure that there a few albums sitting on my desk or computer that should be on this list, but I haven’t been able to get to putting them on.

Nonetheless, enjoy this list. Consider it to consist of pointers to music that is likely to be enjoyable to AMN readers. I’ll be back in January with the 2018 year-end “best of” posts.

Like this list? Feel free to peruse previous years’ lists.

Album of the Year Candidates

Gropper, Philipp / Philm – Live at Bimhaus
Raison d’Etre – Alchymeia
YAK – Bardo

Excellent Releases

Aseptic Void – Ideazione di Contrasto
Chaos Echoes with Mats Gustafsson – Sustain
Death Drag – Shifted
Domene, Alvaro – The Compass
Evil Genius – Experiments on Human Subjects
Ghost Flute & Dice – Kropsbygning
Glasova, Jelena – The Malady of Death
Hezaliel – Paradise Lost
Ignite – Ignition (EP)
Jack O’ The Clock – Repetitions of the Old City – II
Karris, Reid / Group – Ghost Dancers Slay Together
Kitamura, Kyoko – Protean Labyrinth
League of Assholes, The – IM PEACH The Sequel
Lore – Lore EP
Moss, Michael / Accidental Orchestra – HELIX
Parker, William – Lake of Light: Compositions for AquaSonics
Richards, Stephanie – Fullmoon
Rivener – Rivener
Romus, Rent / Life Blood Ensemble – Rogue Star
Shatner’s Bassoon – Disco Erosion
Sirvan, Maryam – Untamed Terror
SUSS – Ghost Box
Thiessen, Jennifer / Ida Toninato – The Space Between Us
Thing, The – Again
Threadgill, Henry / 14 or 15 Kestra: AGG – Dirt… And More Dirt
Tunnels of Ah – Charnel Transmissions
Uuskyla, Peeter / Tellef Øgrim / Anders Berg – Oslo Hærverk
Visions & Phurpa – Monad
Warren Schoenbright – Excavations
Weiss, Dan – Starebaby

Honorable Mentions

Steve Adams / Tim Perkis – A Few Eccentricities
African Ghost Valley / Billy Roisz – Angry Ambient Artists Vol. 3
Amado, Rodrigo / J.McPhee / K.Kessler / C.Corsano – A History of Nothing
Anker, Lotte / P.Thomas / I.H.Flaten / S.Solberg – His Flight’s at Ten
Awkward Geisha / Galaxxu – Sea Shanties & Mariner Tales
Bärtsch, Nik / Ronin – Awase
Bella – UN
Carrier, François / Michel Lambert – Out of Silence
Carrier, François / Michel Lambert / Rafal Mazur – Beyond Dimensions
Chrisman, Seth / Nathan McLaughlin – Earth Tones at the Metal Show
Cochrane, Chris / Stuart Popejoy – Geologic Time
Corbacho, Max – Nocturnes II
Cosgrove, Jeff / Scott Robinson / Ken Filano – Hunters & Scavengers
Dark Ages – Dark Ages
Davachi, Sarah – Let Night Come Bells End the Day
Davis, Kris / Craig Taborn – Octopus
Dependent Origination – Dependent Origination
Derome, Jean – Resistances
Dikeman, John / L.Allemano, L.Svirsky, M.Baggiani – The 2nd Path to Nowhere
Dødsmaskin – Fiende
End, The – Svårmod och Vemod Är Värdesinnen Var
Ensemble SuperMusique – Les Porteuses d’Ô
Epos Nemo Latrocinium – Iter Itineris III
Fang, Forrest – Scenes from a Ghost Train
Firetail – Nylon
Flamingo – Loud
Fonemi – Atene
Fujiyama, Yuko – Night Wave
Gallio, Christoph / Paula Shocron / Pablo Diaz – Statements
Giant Gutter from Outer Space – Charred Memories
Golia, Vinny – Intercommunications (Music for Woodwinds and Percussion)
Golia, Vinny – Music for Woodwinds, Piano, Strings, and Percussion
Golia, Vinny – Trajectory
Graham, Seth – Gasp
Hino, Mayuko – Lunisolar
Hunter, Anton – Article XI
Karris, Reid – April 18th 2018
Kira Kira – Bright Force
Kuhn, Peter / Kyle Motl / Nathan Hubbard – Intention
Lee, Peggy – Echo Painting
LEYA – The Fool
Liberatore, Matteo – Solos
London Experimental Ensemble, The – Treatise
Loxbo, Finn – Eter
Megalophobe – Megalophobe
Mz.412 – Ulvens Broder (10” single)
Nguyen, Nhung (Sound Awakener) – Oblivion
NYTT LAND – Odal
O’Farrill, Adam / Stranger Days – El Maquech
OCRE – OCRE
Otherworld Ensemble – Live at Malmitalo
Phillips Pabian Daisy Trio – Divergent Flow
Polyorchard – sextet | quintet
Previte, Bobby – Rhapsody
Psychic TV – Kondole Dead Cat
Psyclopean – Children of R’lyeh
Quoan – Fine Dining
Ray, Scot – vEsSeL
Reid / Kitamura / Bynum / Morris – Geometry of Caves
Rhyner, Charlie – The First Second
Rousay, Dane – IMP / ENV
Rousay, Dane / John Kennedy – Audit
Rudolph, Adam / Dave Liebman / Tatsuya Nakatani – The Unknowable
She Spread Sorrow – Midori
Shiroishi, Patrick / Rob Magill Duo – Eyes in the Dirt
Sloth Racket – A Glorious Monster
Sly & the Family Drone – Live at Cafe Oto
Sonar / David Torn – Vortex
Star Pillow, The – Symphony for Intergalactic Brotherhood
Stein, Jason / Locksmith Isidore – After Caroline
Taphephobia – Ghostwood
Taphephobia & Kave – Monuments
Taylor, Chad – Myths and Morals
TOC (Ternoy / Cruz / Orins) – Will Never Play These Songs Again
Trinidad, Joshua / Trio – In November
Various Artists – Automatas Sonoros
Various Artists – Heresy
Various Artists – In Tenebris Scriptus – A Dark Aural Tribute to H.P.Lovecraft
Various Artists – Interstellar Transmissions
Verga, Giovanni – Sylpic
Vortex – As Gods Fall
Wai, Yuen Chee / Lasse Marhaug – In Praise of Shadows