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Coming to Downtown Music Gallery 

Source: Downtown Music Gallery.

THE DMG 32nd ANNIVERSARY IN-STORE FREE MUSIC SERIES Continues with:

Rare Monday Event, June 12th:
6:30: OKAPI and WILL BOLLINGER
7:30: MARC SLOAN – Solo Electronics, Bass & Voice – Part 2
8:30: ROSS HAMMOND / MIKE PRIDE – Guitar / Drums

VISION FEST 2023 – June 13th – June 18th – No DMG In-stores during the fest

Tuesday, June 20th:
6:30: RICH ROSENTHAL – Guitar / NICK GIANNI – Tenor Sax / HILL GREENE – Bass / COLIN HINTON – Drums!
7:30: ELIJAH SHIFFER’S DADA BEBOP QT: HAYOUNG LYUO / ANNA ABONDOLO / JAMES PAUL NADIEN
8:30: SETH ANDREW DAVIS / SANDY EWEN / KYLE HUTCHINS / TED MOORE
9:30: ZOH AMBA / WOBBLY – Tenor Sax / Electronics

Tuesday, June 27th:
6:30: AYUMI ISHITO / DANIEL CARTER / CLAIRE de BRUNNER / LESLEY MOK – Sax/Reeds/Bassoon/Drums
7:30: FUNGAL BLOOM: CHERN HWEI FUNG / SHAWN LOVATO / COLIN HINTON – Violin / Bass / Drums
8:30: GUILLERMO GREGORIO – Clarinet / T Z – Accordion / IVAN BARENBOIM – contralto clarinet / JAMES PAUL NADIEN – Drums

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AMN Picks of the Week: Michael Bonaventure / Merzbow / Richard Bégin / Tele.S.Therion / Brandon Seabrook

Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended.

Michael Bonaventure – Works 2018-2023 (2023)
Merzbow – Hatomatsuri (2023)
Richard Bégin – Phase 5 (2023)
Tele.S.Therion – In Umbra Malitiae Ambulabo in Aeternum in Triumpho Tenebrarum (2023)
Brandon Seabrook / Epic Proportions – brutalovechamp (2023)

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Kyiv’s New Music Scene Today

Source: Musicology Now. This article is about a year old but still relevant.

A big part of what Andrusyk alludes to by “a very happy and full life” is her dream, realized over the past ten years, to make Kyiv an exciting center for new music. In 2012, she co-founded, together with Eugene Shimalsky, a music organization named Ukho (The Ear), which has since presented more than seven hundred works of contemporary classical music from around the world. Having moved from Kyiv to New York in 2010, I paid annual visits to Ukraine. My favorite of Ukho’s projects—a series of performances called Architecture of Voice—reminded me of some of the most exciting site-specific events organized by the Lincoln Center and the Guggenheim Museum.

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William Parker Interview (Live at Big Ears Festival) 

Source: WYPR.

Bassist William Parker has spent 50 years at the heart of jazz, as a collaborator with many of the music’s greats and as a composer and bandleader in his own right. In this episode, recorded live at the Big Ears Festival in 2023, he discusses how Duke Ellington, Don Cherry and Cecil Taylor shaped his work.

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AMN Picks of the Week: Gianluca Becuzzi / Colin Webster / Robert Scott Thompson / Stein, Smith & Shead / Satoko Fujii

Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended.

Gianluca Becuzzi – We Can Be Everywhere (2023)
Colin Webster Large Ensemble – First Meeting (2023)
Robert Scott Thompson – Placid (2023)
Stein / Smith / Shead – Hum (2023)
Satoko Fujii – Torrent (2023)

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RIP Kaija Saariaho

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Music and More Reviews

Source: Music and More.

Henry Threadgill – The Other One (Pi Recordings, 2023)

Dave Douglas and Elan Mehler – If There Are Mountains (Greenleaf Records / Newvelle Records, 2023)

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Newsbits: Ruth Anderson and Annea Lockwood / Waterford International Organ Festival / Kidd Jordan Memorial / Mademoiselle Plume Rouge

The works of Ruth Anderson and Annea Lockwood are reviewed.

The Waterford International Organ Festival takes place June 9.

There will be a Kidd Jordan memorial at Vision Festival.

The latest album from Mademoiselle Plume Rouge is reviewed.

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AMN Picks of the Week: Mount Shrine / Mysterium, Incubus et Terror / David Toop & Lawrence English / Council of Nine

Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended.

Mount Shrine – Lost Loops Collection (2023)
Various Artists – Mysterium, Incubus et Terror – Music Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe Stories (2023)
David Toop / Lawrence English – The Shell that Speaks the Sea (2023)
Council of Nine – The People’s Temple (2023)

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Anthony Braxton News

Source: Tri-Centric Foundation.

There are many exciting developments happening in the world of Tri-Centric and Anthony Braxton. Our artistic director is turning 78 next month and the summer holds a lot of exciting events as well as an upcoming new release. Tri-Centric’s New Braxton House Records is currently preparing for the production of 10 Comp (Lorraine) 2022 which features recordings of Braxton’s Lorraine music recorded in 2021 and 2022 featuring Susana Santos Silva (trumpet), Adam Matlock (accordion), James Fei (saxophones), Zach Rowden (bass), and Carl Testa (bass). These recordings are the second release of Lorraine music after the 2022 release Duo (Other Minds) 2021. The 10 Comp (Lorraine) 2022 release will feature 10 CDs and new liner notes by Braxton himself. More details about pre-ordering will be shared early this summer.

First up in events is Experiments in Opera’s Braxton Theater Improvisations performances featuring interpretations of Braxton’s Composition Nos. 279-283 for actor and musician. Buy your tickets here
Thursday – Saturday 15-17 June 2023
8pm
Anthony Braxton Theater Improvisations
The Brick
579 Metropolitan, Brooklyn, NY
with Rob Reese – actor/director, Kamala Sankaram – vocals, Nate Wooley – trumpet (June 15th), James Fei – saxophones (June 16th), Ingrid Laubrock – saxophone (June 17th)

A part of Braxton’s Trillium X will be receiving its World Premiere on August 1st in Prague with a concert reading. Trillium X will be performed by the PMP Orchestra with Braxton’s active participation. His longtime friend, composer, and trombonist Roland Dahinden will conduct the orchestra. More information on the upcoming performance is here.

Speaking of premieres, Braxton’s Thunder Music Ensemble will perform on August 7th in Darmstadt, Germany as part of the Darmstadt 2023 program. Braxton will be in residence this year and in addition to the Thunder Music premiere will be lecturing on his music and participating in workshops on his music organized by Kobe Van Cauwenberghe. On August 8th and 9th a two day conference on Braxton’s music will commence that will feature talks, panels, and workshops from some of the musicians and scholars most familiar with Braxton’s music including James Fei, Marc Hannaford, Elisabeth Harnik, Timo Hoyer, Harald Kisiedu, Kyoko Kitamura (presenting remotely), Nina Polaschegg, Anne Rhodes, Paul Steinbeck, Carl Testa, Kobe Van Cauwenberghe, Katherine Young and others. A panel discussion on Braxton as a composer and thinker will feature James Fei, George Lewis, Alvin Singleton, Paul Steinbeck, Katherine Young, and Harald Kisiedu.