AMN Picks of the Week: Indigo Trio / Carter, Parker, Shipp & Cleaver / Various Dark Ambient Compilations

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.

Indigo Trio (N.Mitchell / H.Bankhead /Hamid Drake) – Anaya (2009)
Carter / Parker / Shipp / Cleaver – Welcome Adventure! Vol. 1 (2020)
Various Artists – The Old Alchemist (2017)
Various Artists – Polar Shadows (2018)
Various Artists – 2018 Balkan Experimental Survey (2018)

FIMAV 36 Cancelled

Source: FIMAV, this year’s fest the latest to fall to COVID-19.

It is with sad, heavy hearts that the organizers of the Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville announce today that the 36th edition that was to take place from the 14th to the 17th of May, 2020, is cancelled.

There will not be a Festival this year, though we and the artists were ready. But we have decided to pay tribute to the artists of each component of the 36th FIMAV 2020, recognize their importance and allow you to discover their projects. Therefore, we will be unveiling the programming of the Sound Art Installations in Public Spaces circuit, the experimental short films and the visual arts exhibit as planned, on Wednesday, April 8, 2020. Just keep an eye on our social networks, visit our website and keep on reading our newsletters.

AMN Celebrates Braxton 75 : Part XIV

Headshot Anthony Braxton courtesy of the artistWelcome to AMN Celebrates Braxton 75, a multipart series focused on the work of American composer and multi-instrumentalist Anthony Braxton. Braxton, who in 2020 will be celebrating his seventy-fifth birthday, is one of the most important and influential creative minds of the past fifty years. Each week this series will feature three to four links of live performances, interviews, and articles found on the web that should be of interest to both the curious and the longtime explorers of Braxton’s music.

We begin this week with Anthony Braxton in a spirited solo alto saxophone performance from 2017 at Fringe Arts, October Revolution in Philadelphia.

Here is a wonderful trio performance of Anthony Braxton with George Lewis on trombone and Mark Dresser on bass from Antwerpen in 1985 at Jazz Middleheim. While Braxton always forges deep musical connections with his collaborators, his work with George Lewis is very special as they seem to always be connected in ways that few musicians ever are.

We conclude this weeks post with an interview that Nate Wooley did with Anthony Braxton for BOMB in 2014. The interview was done just prior to the world premieres of Braxton’s “Trillium” opera. Braxton’s excitement leaps off the page. He also admits to watching ancient aliens. Me too.

Join us again next week for another post as AMN Celebrates Braxton 75

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RIP Krzysztof Penderecki 

Source: Poland Times.

Krzysztof Penderecki, who comes from Dębica, is the most famous Polish contemporary composer. It is to him that we owe the avant-garde songs in the spirit of sonorism – works that make musicians extract sounds from traditional instruments by non-traditional methods, such as knocking, creaking or rumbling after a box. One of the outstanding achievements in this trend is “Passion according to St. Łukasz ‘, which brought him worldwide publicity.

AMN Celebrates Braxton75 all in One Place

As you practice safe social distancing, while away some time with our series of articles celebrating Braxton75 – the (now largely curtailed) series of events planned around Anthony Braxton’s 75th year of birth.

We have gathered all of our articles – 13 so far – on a dedicated page. Don’t hesitate to peruse our listings of audio, video, interviews, articles, and random facts.  We are planning on about 13 more of these articles over the next three months.

AMN Picks of the Week: Cheetham & Wilkinson / African Head Charge / Jazz Sabbath / Dronny Darko / Ryan McGuire

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.

Andrew Cheetham / Alan Wilkinson – The Vortex of Past Time (2020)
African Head Charge – Churchical Chant Of The Iyabinghi (2020)
Jazz Sabbath – Jazz Sabbath (2020)
Dronny Darko – Origin (2020)
Ryan McGuire – Lessness (2020)