AMN Picks of the Week: Merzbow, Keiji Haino & Balazs Pandi / Peter Bjärgö / Trepaneringsritualen / John Wiese / Max Corbacho

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.

Merzbow / Keiji Haino / Balazs Pandi – Become the Discovered, Not the Discoverer (2019)
Peter Bjärgö – Structures and Downfall (2019)
Trepaneringsritualen – ᛉᛦ – Algir; eller Algir i Merkstave (2019)
John Wiese – Seven of Wands (2019)
Max Corbacho – Echo of Longing (2019)

RIP Mario Davidovsky

Source: Wikipedia. Davidovsky passed away yesterday at age 85.

Mario Davidovsky (March 4, 1934 – August 23, 2019) was an Argentine-American composer. Born in Argentina, he emigrated in 1960 to the United States, where he lived for the remainder of his life. He is best known for his series of compositions called Synchronisms, which in live performance incorporate both acoustic instruments and electroacoustic sounds played from a tape.

Newsbits: Cooper-Moore / Apartment House Soundings Workshop / Kim Gordon / Tania Giannouli / The Necks / Winter JazzFest

Cooper-Moore will be performing in Chicago.

The Apartment House Soundings workshop starts on the 23rd of October and is led by Anton Lukoszevieze and Mira Benjamin of the Apartment House ensemble. For their session at CAMP, Apartment House present a course exploring contemporary and experimental music performance practice through a large range of different works composed during the past 60 years, all of them taken from the last 20 years of Apartment House performances, and examining alternative notations, indeterminacy, theater, virtuosity, tuning, simplicity, rhythmic invention and a general all-inclusiveness. There will be an informal performance event at the end of the course, and participants will go on to take advantage of post-course opportunities including full release/publication on our in-house imprints, performance at Fuse Art Space, broadcast opportunities on our radio station, and much more.

Kim Gordon has a new album coming out.

Tania Giannouli will be performing with her trio (Kyriakos Tapakis on oud and Andreas Polyzogopoulos on trumpet) on 24 August at the 11th Jazz on Tinos festival at Tinos island, Greece and 31 August at the Zomer Jazz Fiets Tour, Groningen, Netherlands.

The Necks have been given the Richard Gill Award for Distinguished Services to Australian Music.

New York’s Winter JazzFest will take place January 9-18. Lineup to come.

This is the Album of the Future

Source: NewMusicBox. Ruminations on what format can be used to meaningfully deliver music to listeners.

What is the album of the future? I hope for an interface that is as accessible and navigable as the current streaming platforms, one that allows artists to configure a unique experience for their listeners, and one that empowers us to control its monetization. (Bandcamp is well ahead of the pack in this regard.) The ideal platform would not only provide easy access to music, art, text, and all types of media, but be malleable so that new elements can be integrated as they arise. The next sea change in business and technology will surely provide new and unforeseen formats for our music, and within it artists will continue to innovate, adapt, and respond.

AMN Picks of the Week: Roy Mattson / Kronos Quartet & Terry Riley / Grey Frequency / Dana Saul

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.

Roy Mattson – Music of the Smoky Rainbow (2019)
Kronos Quartet / Terry Riley – Sun Rings (2019)
Grey Frequency – Ufology (2019)
Dana Saul – Ceiling (2019)

Newsbits: Oren Ambarchi / Moondog / Ben Frost / Braxton in Berlin

Oren Ambarchi’s new release, Simian Angel, is reviewed.

Dominique Ponty and Stefan Lakatos have recorded an album of Moondog’s music, including previously unpublished pieces.

Ben Frost has recorded the soundtrack to the second season of Dark, a Netflix series. The first two tracks are released as a preview.

Anthony Braxton’s Sonic Genome will headline the first night of the Berlin Jazz Festival. The remaining acts will be announced in the coming weeks.