14 Years of Avant Music News

Once again, I have to step back and consider how much this site has grown since I launched it on this day in 2003. We have published over 675 album and concert reviews and 45 interviews, not to mention nearly 25,000 total articles. I estimate that we’ve recommended 2,000 or so albums in our AMN Picks of the Week series.

Of course, what keeps us coming back is our audience, which has continued to increase each year. Thanks to all of you for your attention in a world that is overrun with media, and thanks for your appreciation of avant / creative / weird music.

AMN Picks of the Week: Nicole Mitchell / Vinkeloe, Bormet, and Raymond / Daniel Corral / Swift, Reid, and Bolognesi / Dalava / CARES

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.

Nicole Mitchell – Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds (2017)
Biggi Vinkeloe / Amy K. Bormet / Tina Raymond – The Harold Trio (2017)
Daniel Corral – Refractions (2017)
Mazz Swift / Tomeka Reid / Silvia Bolognesi – Not Living in Fear (2017)
Dalava – The Book of Transfigurations (2017)
CARES – Coping Strategies (2017)

Henry Threadgill Interview

Source: The Austin Chronicle.

Henry Threadgill makes an ultra-rare Austin appearance this weekend. The Chicago-born, New York City-stationed composer, flutist, and sax player appears at UT’s Music Recital Hall on Friday for a workshop and Q&A, then performs with his ensemble Zooid, Saturday at the Scottish Rite Theater. Via a Monday morning phone call, the recent Pulitzer Prize of Music winner spoke extensively of the life of an artist and creative longevity.

Newsbits: Ensemble Dal Niente / Rubin Museum Exhibition / Günter Sommer / Analog Music / Daniel Sarid Trio / Daniel Corral / Big Ears

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Ensemble Dal Niente has launched a Kickstarter to fund four interdisciplinary productions embedded within our 2017/2018 season will explore the intersections of sound, movement, dance, and theater.

The Rubin Museum is featuring an exhibition called The World is Sound, opening June 16. The exhibition features works by contemporary artists including C. Spencer Yeh, Christine Sun Kim, Ernst Karel, Hildegard Westerkamp, John Giorno, Jules Gimbrone, MSHR, Nate Wooley, Pauline Oliveros, Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, and Samita Sinha.

The new CD from Günter Baby Sommer is reviewed.

In an excerpt from his book The New Analog, Damon Krukowski looks at the aesthetics of noise in analog music.

Jazz Right Now reviews the new release from the Daniel Sarid Trio.

Composer Daniel Corral is excited to announce a release show on May 6 at Automata in Los Angeles for his new album Refractions, out May 5 on Populist Records. Refractions is a 45-minute electro-acoustic chamber piece that expands on Corral’s 10 years of exploring the sonic and sculptural possibilities of music boxes. On May 6, Refractions will be performed live by guitarist Jeremy Kerner, the Koan Quartet, and Corral. There will also be a duo set of improvisations and songs based on Persian Mugam and Arabic Maqamat by Rahman Baranghoori (vocals/violin) and Timothy Maloof (violin).

I Care If You Listen reviews solo sets from the Big Ears festival.

Avant Scena Reviews

Ingrid Laubrock

Source: Avant Scena.

Stephan Crump, Ingrid Laubrock and Cory Smythe – “Planktonic Finales’ (Intakt, 2017)
Ken Vandermark – “Shelter” (Catalytic Sound, 2017)
Rob Mazurek – “Chants And Corners” (Clean Feed, 2017)
Bobby Previte – “Terminals Quartets” (Cantaloupe, 2017)
Han-earl Park, Dominic Lash, Mark Sanders and Caroline Pugh – “Sirene 1009” (2017)
Dan Philips Chicago Edge Ensemble “Decaying Orbit” (2017)
Dominic Lash Quartet – “Extremophile“ (Iluso Records, 2017)

Nicole Mitchell Interview

Source: I Care If You Listen.

Composer, flutist, bandleader, and educator Nicole Mitchell is a Professor of Music in the Integrated Composition, Improvisation, and Technology program at the University of California, Irvine. She has deep musical roots in Chicago where she served as the first woman president of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), and has been a member since 1995. We spoke with her on the eve of the release of her new Black Earth Ensemble album Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds, the third in a series of albums on Afrofuturism themes.

AMN Picks of the Week: John Zorn / Keir Neuringer and Matthew Wright / Sloth Racket / Cuong Vu 4tet

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.

John Zorn – The True Discoveries of Witches and Demons (2015)
Keir Neuringer and Matthew Wright – Speak Cities (2017
Sloth Racket – Shapeshifters (2017)
Cuong Vu 4tet – Ballet (2017)