AMN Picks of the Week: Chicago-London Underground / Reid Karris / Mostly Other People Do The Killing / Peter Bjärgö / Webber, Stemeseder, Gray

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.

Chicago / London Underground – A Night Walking Through Mirrors (2017)
Reid Karris – Divinatio Exitium (2017)
Mostly Other People Do The Killing – Loafer’s Hollow (2017)
Peter Bjärgö – Animus Retinentia (2017)
Anna Webber / Elias Stemeseder / Devin Gray – Jagged Spheres II (2017)


The New York Loft Scene Profiled

Source: PopMatters.

What they weren’t able to do was get gigs in jazz clubs. Many of those venues were drying up, as jazz’s receding from mass awareness was in full swing (save for the electric work of Miles Davis and bands formed by members of his various aggregations, and popular jazz-funk hits), and those that were hanging on weren’t having all that caterwauling in their establishments. So the avant-jazzers made their own infrastructure, using vacant buildings in Manhattan as rehearsal, performance and, for some, living spaces.

These spaces, with their wide-open floor plans, were repurposed from their former lives as factories and warehouses. Sometimes the actual owners knew about it, but that doesn’t seem to have always been the case. From this turf, musicians staged their own concerts, held their own jam sessions, and forged their own micro-economy. Eventually, word got out, and as is often the case, someone felt inspired to label this new thing. As is also often the case, the people being labeled weren’t all that happy with the label that stuck: “loft jazz”.

Free Music Production (FMP) Exhibit in Munich

Deutsch: München, Haus der Kunst

Source: e-flux.

Haus der Kunst
Prinzregentenstrasse 1
D-80538 Munich
Hours: Monday–Sunday 10am–8pm,
Thursday 10am–10pm

Free Music Production / FMP: The Living Music
March 10–August 20

The exhibition Free Music Production / FMP: The Living Music is devoted to the work of the pioneering Berlin avant-garde production platform and recording label Free Music Production / FMP, which was founded in West Berlin in 1968. FMP’s radically expansive focus on contemporary improvisational music and avant-garde jazz was an international undertaking from the outset. Cutting across diverse musical and cultural practices, FMP invited musicians and composers to explore a range of performance possibilities, resulting in hundreds of concerts, and entirely new formats for presenting music, such as the Total Music Meeting and the Workshop Freie Musik.

AMN Picks of the Week: Sult + Lasse Marhaug / Mens & Kouw / Eivind Opsvik / John Zorn / Perelman-Shipp

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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.

Sult + Lasse Marhaug – Harpoon (2017)
Radboud Mens & Matthijs Kouw – 1 (2017)
Eivind Opsvik – Overseas V (2017)
John Zorn – The Garden of Earthly Delights (2017)
Ivo Perelman / Matthew Shipp / William Parker – The Art of Perelman-Shipp Volume 1: Titan (2017)

Folk, Experimental Electronics, and Avant-Garde Music in Ireland 

Source: Bandcamp Daily, an overview of this “genre.”

There’s more than a few comparisons to be made between a contemporary underground in Ireland and the US-based movement dubbed by writer David Keenan back in 2003 as “New Weird America.” While both the Irish and U.S. scenes have roots in 1960s music, they also refuse to sit comfortably within the auspices of “folk.” The American groups Charalambides or MV & EE dealt in acoustic guitars and sprawling verses, but they also relied on heavy doses of dissonance and improvisation, filling out their sprawling discographies with psychedelic sidelong experiments. Similar rumblings have been taking place in Ireland.

The Stone to Move to the New School 

John Zorn (cropped version)

Source The New York Times. Good news for the Stone!

The Stone, a tiny but influential performance space that has been a fixture of the New York experimental music scene since it opened in 2005, has a new home. Its founder and artistic director, the composer John Zorn, announced on Wednesday that it will move from the East Village to Greenwich Village and take up residence at the New School’s College of Performing Arts.

Starting in March 2018, the Stone at the New School, as it will be officially known, will offer one concert a night at 8:30 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, in the Glass Box Theater, a ground-level space with large windows along West 13th Street in Arnhold Hall, the recently renovated home of the College of Performing Arts.