AMN Picks of the Week: Peter Kuhn / Gaetano Cappella / Franklin Kiermyer / Offthesky


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.

Peter Kuhn Trio – The Other Shore (2016)
Gaetano Cappella – Maiella (2016)
Franklin Kiermyer – Closer To The Sun (2016)
Offthesky – Silent Went to the Sea (2016)

RIP Pauline Oliveros 


Oliveros (right) playing in Mexico City in 2006

Source: Wikipedia. I have not heard a lot from Oliveros, but I always enjoyed what I did. She was active until the end. RIP.

Pauline Oliveros (May 30, 1932 – November 25, 2016) was an American composer and accordionist who was a central figure in the development of experimental and post-war electronic art music.

She was a founding member of the San Francisco Tape Music Center in the 1960s, and served as its director. She has taught music at Mills College, the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Oliveros has written books, formulated new music theories and investigated new ways to focus attention on music including her concepts of “Deep Listening” and “sonic awareness”. She was an Eyebeam resident.

Newsbits: Iva Bittová & Hamid Drake / Brandon Lopez / Shokyo Ontei Series / Borbetomagus


English: Iva Bittová performing at Union Hall,...

Iva Bittová & Hamid Drake will appear in St. Louis on January 21.

Jazz Right Now reviews a Brandon Lopez performance in New York.

Utech Records has released a boxed set of the Shokyo Ontei series. A number of radical musicians from East Asia, primarily from China and Japan, were invited to reconsider the multiplicity of possible connections between text and music. The result was the Shokyo Ontei series. Shokyo Ontei – a neologism that means literally word echoes/sound writing, emphasizes this overlap between the process of creation of meaning through sound and through the written language.

The set includes the nine original cds from the Shokyo Ontei series and a booklet with liner notes by Alan Cummings and photo by Wilson Au.

The new album from Borbetomagus is reviewed by Burning Ambulance.

R.I.P. Electronic Music Pioneer Jean-Claude Risset


Source: Exclaim!

French electronic visionary Jean-Claude Risset has sadly died. According to French media reports, Risset passed away on Monday (November 21) in Marseille. He was 78.

Alongside the likes of Pierre Henry, Pierre Schaeffer and Pierre Boulez, Risset brought early electronic music into new, unexplored territories. With a training in physics, piano and composition, he is often seen as the first French musician to ever use computers for composition and music production.

AMN Picks of the Week: Luong Hue Trinh / Burial Hex / Jon Lundbom / Ten / David Zakarian


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.

Luong Hue Trinh – Illusions (2016)
Burial Hex – Throne (2016)
Jon Lundbom / Big Five Chord – Make the Changes (2016)
Jon Lundbom / Big Five Chord – Play all the Notes (2016)
Ten – Yukon Youth (2016)
David Zakarian – 11 (2016)

5049 Records Podcast Episode 91 – Travis Laplante 


Source: 5049 Records

Travis Laplante is an extremely focused and sincere tenor player who first moved to New York City to study jazz. Currently he splits his time between Brooklyn and southern Vermont, where he and his wife operate a qigong and acupuncture clinic called Sword Hands. For this talk, we go back to Travis’ childhood in Vermont, learning to play the sax, starting his first band, Little Women, up to his current work with his quartet, Battle Trance. Travis is a great guy and I hope that you will enjoy this one.

AMN Picks of the Week: Toc & The Compulsive Brass / Rodrigo Amado / Svetlana Maras / Bodies Under the Waterfall / Havre de Grace / Fielder and Smith


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.

Toc & The Compulsive Brass – Air Bump (2016)
Rodrigo Amado / Motion Trio – Desire and Freedom (2016)
Svetlana Maras / Bodies Under the Waterfall – Angry Ambient Artists Vol. 2 (2016)
Havre de Grace – The Black Sea Part II (2016)
Alvin Fielder / Damon Smith – Song For Chico (2016)