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Newsbits: So Percussion / Darcy James Argue / Cooper-Moore / William Hooker / Vincent Chaney

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Cooper-Moore

The New York Times reviews a So Percussion performance of pieces by Dessner, Xenakis, and others.

Darcy James Argue‘s Real Enemies has a release date of September 30.

Jazz Right Now has been busy profiling artists including Cooper-Moore, William Hooker, and Vincent Chaney.

RIP Dominic Duval

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Source: GoFundMe. A benefit crowdsourcing account has been set up for his family.

In life, there are ‘Hellos’ and ‘GoodByes’. Unfortunately, we are writing to you here today to inform you that it has come time to say goodbye to our loved one, Dominic Drwal aka Dominic Duval Senior.

As some of you may know, Dominic has been battling a rare case of lymphoma known as Mycosis Fungoides for some years now. After only receiving a few rounds of chemotherapy (which he was unable to continue consistently due to other health issues which had him in and out of the hospital for months prior) the disease has finally taken one more turn for the worse.

Newsbits: The Out Louds / Weasel Walter / Matthew Shipp / Why Does Music Sound Good? / Dissonance Appreciated by Non-Westerners

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avant-garde pianist Matthew Shipp

Jazz Right Now has been busy, first with a review of the debut of The Out Louds, then with a review of two Weasel Walter releases, and finally with a review of Matthew Shipp live at The Stone.

Wired writes about how neuroscientists don’t know why music sounds good.

Ars Technica writes about how people from non-Western cultures are more open to dissonant music.

AMN Picks of the Week: Tholl, Fogel, Hoff / Romus, Rankin-Parker, Pearce / A Night in the Country / Jason Roebke / Ross Hammond and Vinny Golia

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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.

Tholl / Fogel / Hoff – Conditional Tension (2015)
Romus / Rankin-Parker / Pearce – Live at Vamp Vintage Art Music (2016)
Various Artists – A Night in the Country: The Quietened Bunker (2016)
Jason Roebke Octet – Cinema Spiral (2016)
Ross Hammond and Vinny Golia – Ross Hammond and Vinny Golia (2016)

Newsbits: Guru Guru Groove Band / Steve Reich Profile / Dusted Annual Mid-Year Music Exchange

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A new releases of early Krautrock is available: Guru Guru Groove Band – The Birth Of Krautrock 1969.

Steve Reich is profiled in anticipation of his 80th birthday.

The Dusted annual mid-year music exchange provides a bunch of best-of lists, and is definitely worth a read.

Two JACK Quartet Replaces Two Members

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Source: The New York Times.

The JACK Quartet, which has emerged in recent years as a vital force in the new music world, is getting some new blood: the ensemble announced Tuesday morning that two of its founding members plan to leave this summer and will be replaced by new musicians.

Founded in 2007, JACK has become an important ensemble with a reputation for adventurousness and for championing new work. It has performed music by composers including John Luther Adams, Caroline Shaw, Steve Reich, Matthias Pintscher and John Zorn, among many others.

Newsbits: Julie Kjær Reviewed / Kayo Dot Reviewed / Frantz Loriot Reviewed / New Tristan Perich

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Lots of reviews this week.

First, we have Julie Kjær’s Dobbeltgænger reviewed by the Chicago Reader.

Kayo Dot’s new recording, Plastic House on Base of Sky, is reviewed by Burning Ambulance.

Jazz Right Now reviews The Assembly by Frantz Loriot’s Systematic Distortion Orchestra.

A decade after his 1-Bit Music release became the first ever circuit album, and six years after his 1-Bit Symphony garnered critical acclaim, composer/artist Tristan Perich returns with a new circuit composition entitled Noise Patterns, on Physical Editions. Noise Patterns is out July 22 worldwide. Pre-sales will be at Bleep.com as of June 24.