Heterodyne, Hatcher, Kirchner, Ewen in DC, December 14

On Thursday, December 14, Heterodyne returns to RhizomeDC on a bill featuring Chicago’s Gerrit Hatcher (sax) and Julian Kirchner (drums) and Houston’s Sandy Ewen (guitar).

RhizomeDC is located at 6950 Maple St NW, in DC’s Takoma Neighborhood, not far from the Takoma Metro Station.

Gerrit Hatcher //sax & Julian Kirchner //drums – (Chicago) “Improvised solo saxophone performance isn’t the kind of thing you’d expect a 26-year-old newcomer to the scene to jump into with both feet. But Gerrit Hatcher makes a convincing case that he’s ready on his new cassette, Good Weight (Amalgam), a succinct offering that keeps the focus on basic ideas. The album begins with a pair of dedications to two often overlooked heavies of the free-jazz era—fellow tenor saxophonists Frank Lowe and Frank Wright—on which Hatcher reveals a flair for motific improvisation, uncorking a richly marbled tone spiked with leaps into his instrument’s extreme upper register. The pieces reflect the way their dedicatees bridged the gap between postbop propulsion and outward-bound exploration…Each little melodic, rhythmic, or coloristic scheme flows naturally into the next, with the saxophonist moving into more tender passages as easily as he blows down walls. ” – Chicago Reader
http://www.amalgamusic.org/catalog/physical/good-weight-gerrit-hatcher; https://juliankirshnerjakirecords.bandcamp.com/releases .

Sandy Ewen (Houston) – has released several albums, including a duo with guitarist Tom Carter, a trio with bassist Damon Smith & drummer Weasel Walter, and a rock album with Austin’s Weird Weeds. Ewen’s visual work is closely tied to her work in sound; she uses both mediums to explore texture, composition and materials.
https://sandyewen.bandcamp.com/album/in-between-the-known-and-the-unknown

The performance begins at 8pm; the event is “all ages”. Although no one will be turned away for lack of funds, a $10 minimum donation is requested to help the traveling musicians cover the considerable expenses incurred in making this performance possible.

For additional information: tedzook@hotmail.com

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AMN Picks of the Week: Flames of Genesis / Motl, Nordeson, & Chodos / Wound / Farvel / Malicious Wonderland

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.

Flames of Genesis – Interstellar Transmigration Part I: A Bridge to Further Realms (2017)
Kyle Motl / Kjell Nordeson / Tobin Chodos – Panjandrums (2017)
Wound – Clinomania (2017)
Farvel – Osttomta (2017)
Malicious Wonderland – Wasteland (2017)

Newsbits: Tony Conrad / Bill Frisell / Cage Performance / Neural Network as Composer

English: Bill Frisell, moers festival 2010

The recent Tony Conrad documentary is reviewed.

In other documentary news, Bill Frisell is the subject of one.

A recent John Cage performance of the SEM Ensemble is reviewed.

And in weird science news, a neural network artificial intelligence construct has been trained to create a black metal album. I see more of this in the future.

AMN Picks of the Week: Dur Untash / Shocron, Parker, and Diaz / Gridfailure / Taylor Ho Bynum / Jose R. Sosaya

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.

Various Artists – Dur Untash (2017)
Paula Shocron / William Parker / Pablo Diaz – Emptying the Self (2017)
Gridfailure – When the Lights Go Out Vol. 1 (2017)
Taylor Ho Bynum – THB Bootlegs Volume Two: Sextet Live at the Vision Festival 2008 (2017)
Jose R. Sosaya – Im-Pulsos – Musica Instrumental y Electroacustica (1989-2000) (2017)

For Women in Jazz, a Year of Reckoning and Recognition 

Source: The New York Times.

Perhaps the most startling debut albums in jazz this year were “Fly or Die,” by the trumpeter Jaimie Branch, and “Mannequins,” by the drummer Kate Gentile. Ms. Gentile plays original compositions that are at once grimy and resonant, tightly layered and charged with momentum. Ms. Branch uses extended technique and blustery abstraction to a dizzying effect.

A mentor to Ms. Branch, the flutist Nicole Mitchell, 50, had a banner year herself. The highlight was “Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds,” an album recorded with her Black Earth Ensemble, an eight-piece band playing percussion, strings and reeds from traditions across the globe. The suite bears the markings of communal expression, with a sound that’s grounded and raw.

The cellist Tomeka Reid, another acolyte of Ms. Mitchell’s, spent her year playing high-profile gigs with her own projects as well as with luminaries like Anthony Braxton and Roscoe Mitchell. She released an album with the saxophonist Nick Mazzarella and one with Hear in Now, a powerful trio of female string players.

Newsbits: Frank Zappa / Pharoah Sanders / Kamasi Washington / Vitamin B12 / Planned Parenthood Benefit

Pharoah Sanders

Always open for debate, an article identifies and reviews some of Frank Zappa‘s best albums.

Reissues of classic Pharoah Sanders albums are reviewed.

Kamasi Washington is profiled.

Diverse artists Vitamin B12 is also profiled.

Perfect Sound Forever, the longest running online music magazine, on December 6 is holding its first live event with a benefit for Planned Parenthood NYC, which will double as a holiday show with Santa hats, candy canes, Xmas songs and ridiculous holiday outfits. Come and support a great cause! Performances by Cindy Wilson of the B-52’s, guitarist/composer Kaki King and singer/songwriter Amy Rigby. Tickets are $20. Doors at 7, show at 8. 21 and over.

Steve Roach and Brian Eno Nominated for Grammys

English: Portrait image of Steve Roach at Soun...

Source: Echoes. Yeah, I know, Grammys are artistically limited if not irrelevant. But as John Dilberto writes, anything that brings unconventional music out into the light can’t be such a bad thing.

The Grammy Award nominee announcement which came today is never without surprises, often in the WTF variety, but this year, the New Age Grammy’s are a trove of surprises, most notably, Steve Roach’s Spiral Revelation. Roach has been recording since the early 1980s, he’s approaching 200 releases, and he’s one of the first names mentioned in certain areas of electronic music. But he’s never been nominated for a Grammy award. But this year, through some quirk of coincidence, talent, artistry and persistence, he’s broken in with Spiral Revelation, a quintessential example of Roach’s sequencer driven oeuvre.