AMN Picks of the Week: William St. Hugh / NakedEye Ensemble / Bubblemath / Mary Halvorson / Janel Leppin / Weston Olencki

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.

William St. Hugh – Derelict in White (2022)
NakedEye Ensemble – A Series of Indecipherable Glyphs (2022)
Bubblemath – Turf Ascension (2022)
Mary Halvorson – Belladonna (2022)
Janel Leppin – Ensemble Volcano Ash (2022)
Weston Olencki – Old Time Music (2022)

AMN Picks of the Week: Pavone, Koenig & Mottel / Gridfailure & Megalophobe / Bong-Ra / Oren Ambarchi / Mz.412 / Phonothek / Zoh Amba

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.

Jessica Pavone / Luke Koenig / Matt Mottel – Spam Likely (2022)
Gridfailure & Megalophobe – Harbinger Winds (2022)
Bong-Ra – Meditations (2022)
Oren Ambarchi – Shebang (2022)
Mz.412 – Macht Durch Stimme (2022)
Phonothek – Red Moon (2017)
Zoh Amba / William Parker / Francisco Mela – O Life, O Light Vol. 1 (2022)

The Stone in August

Source: The Stone Calendar.

August 2022 at the Stone
curated by Uri Caine / Micah Thomas / Brandon Lopez / John King / Elias Stemeseder

8/3 Wednesday
8:30 pm
SOLO PIANO
Uri Caine (piano)
Playing new pieces, some Zorn bagatelles etc.

8/4 Thursday
8:30 pm
DUO
Steve Wilson (sax) Uri Caine (piano)

8/5 Friday
8:30 pm
TRIO
Uri Caine (piano) Mark Helias (bass) Ben Perowsky (drums)

8/6 Saturday
8:30 pm
The Passion of Octavius Catto
Barbara Walker (voice) Uri Caine (piano) Mike Boone (bass) Ben Perowsky (drums) and special guests

8/10 Wednesday
8:30 pm
QUINTET
Micah Thomas (piano) Giveton Gelin (trumpet) Immanuel Wilkins (alto saxophone) Dean Torrey (bass) Kayvon Gordon (drums)

8/11 Thursday
8:30 pm
QUARTET
Micah Thomas (piano) Immanuel Wilkins (alto saxophone) Zoh Amba (tenor saxophone) Billy Drummond (drums)

8/12 Friday
8:30 pm
TRIO
Micah Thomas, (synthesizers, piano) Thomas Morgan (bass) Billy Drummond (drums)

8/13 Saturday
8:30 pm
SOLO
Micah Thomas (piano)

8/17 Wednesday
8:30 pm
TRIO
Ingrid Laubrock (sax) Brandon Lopez (bass) Tom Rainey (drums)

8/18 Thursday
8:30 pm
SOLO
Brandon Lopez (bass)

8/19 Friday
8:30 pm
QUARTET
Zeena Parkins (harp) Cecilia Lopez (electronics) Nate Wooley (trumpet) Brandon Lopez (bass)

8/20 Saturday
8:30 pm
SEXTET
Ikue Mori (electronics) Tim Berne (sax) Jon Lipscomb (guitar) Ryan Sawyer (drums) Brandon Lopez (bass) and a special guest

8/24 Wednesday
8:30 pm
Leyya Mona Tawil and John King
Leyya Mona Tawil (voice/live electronics) John King (guitar/live electronics)
After 2 years of near-weekly remote sessions, the duo will bring their noise-core-song improvisations to in-the-same-space fruition.

8/25 Thursday
8:30 pm
String Noise plays John King
Pauline Kim Harris (violin) Conrad Harris (violin)
String Noise plays the works of John King—the old, the new, plus a world premiere.

8/26 Friday
8:30 pm
IMPROVISATIONS
Michael Wimberly (drums) John King (guitar) Luke Stewart (bass)
New trio formations, improvisations and unities

8/27 Saturday
8:30 pm
OPERANT
Gelsey Bell (voice) Paul Pinto (voice, instruments)
World premiere of OPERANT, JK’s micro tetropera featuring Gelsey Bell and Paul Pinto.

8/31 Wednesday
8:30 pm
QUINTET I
Peter Evans (trumpet) Mark Shim (tenor saxophone) Chris Tordini (bass) Timothy Angulo (drums) Elias Stemeseder (piano, synthesizers)

AMN Picks of the Week: Phonothek / Breath Of Air / Jose Lencastre / Duncan Park / Mahall & Griener

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.

Phonothek – Lost in Fog (2016)
Breath Of Air –  Breath Of Air (2022)
Jose Lencastre – Inner Voices (2022)
Duncan Park – In the Floodplain of Dreams (2022)
Mahall / Griener – Jazzpreis (2022)

Nine Projects Selected for innova Recordings’ Second National Call

Source: I Care If You Listen.

Today American Composers Forum (ACF) announces the second collection of recording projects selected through a panel process for its in-house record label, innova Recordings.

Launched earlier in the season, innova’s new business model is aimed at making the process of visioning, producing, and releasing recordings more inclusive and accessible to artists. Multi-year lead support from the Elizabeth & Michel Sorel Charitable Organization enables the artists who identify as women to be supported on the label and provides additional funding to facilitate work with recording venues and producers from underrepresented genders. The lead artists for the projects are: Cecilia Smith, Dawn Avery, Goldfeather, Goussy Célestin, Haiqiong Deng, Jessie Cox, Joshua Henderson, Kinan Abou-afach, and a group consisting of Nathan Hanson, Davu Seru, and deVon Russell Gray.

Newsbits: Peter Rehberg Release / JoVia Armstrong / Satanic Panic in Tennessee / Keep Your Laws Off My Body

A first posthumous Peter Rehberg release has been put out by Shelter Press and GRM.

The latest from JoVia Armstrong is reviewed.

Not exactly in line with what we usually cover, but perhaps a sign of the times. Or turning back the times. A heavy metal festival in the small town of Lexington, Tennessee is getting hit with “Satanic Panic” protests.

A large group of improvising musicians brought together by Caroline Kraabel and made up of women, non-binary people and trans people have released a single, Keep Your Laws Off My Body, with proceeds going to support reproductive rights.

AMN Picks of the Week: Davis, Hutchins, Osborne & Verploegh / Blast / Steve Roach / Apocryphos / Gabriel Zucker & Gyarfas Attila

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.

Davis / Hutchins / Osborne / Verploegh – Quartet: Vol. 1 (2022)
Blast – Vortographs (2021)
Steve Roach – What Remains (2022)
Apocryphos – Phantoms Received (2022)
Gabriel Zucker / Gyarfas Attila – Cities and Deserts (2022)

RIP Ryan Muncy

From ICE:


It is with deep sadness that I write to share the news of Ryan Muncy’s passing. Ryan’s monumental legacy as a performer, curator, and administrator enriched and transformed our field both nationally and internationally in profound ways.

Few saxophonists have contributed to the instrument’s repertoire and chamber music prominence as much as Ryan did during his lifetime. As a tireless advocate and commissioner of new music for saxophone, his unique combination of otherworldly virtuosity and exquisite sensibility captured the imagination of composers like Ash Fure, Tyshawn Sorey, Wang Lu, Marcos Balter, Steven Takasugi, Chaya Czernowin, George Lewis, Du Yun, Wojtek Blecharz, Anthony Cheung, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Erin Gee, Nathan Davis, and Matana Roberts, among many others. His work emphasized collaborative relationships with composers and artists of his generation and aimed to reimagine the way listeners experience the saxophone through contemporary music. He participated in the creation of more than 100 new works for the instrument.

Newsbits: Mary Halvorson / Ben Neill / Pauline Oliveros / Xerxes the Dark

Mary Halvorson and Clone Decay will perform at Quinn’s on Sunday, October 2 at 8 PM — suggested donations of $20 towards these outstanding musicians will be requested. This performance is partially underwritten by New Music USA and the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice, with support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Quinn’s is located at 330 Main St. in Beacon, NY.

Ben Neill with Eric Calvi, TROVE at Manitoga, Saturday, July 23, 5-8PM, Russel Wright Design Center, 584 Route 9D, Garrison, NY.

On Saturday, July 23 I will present the world premiere of Trove, an immersive, outdoor sonic performance/installation created specifically for Manitoga in Garrison, NY. Trove is a series of ambient pieces that I created with my longtime production partner Eric Calvi in 2020-21 through a remote collaboration. For the premiere, the Mutantrumpet will be augmented with a wireless networked surround sound system specially designed for this event. Calvi and I will control the spatial movement of the sounds among speakers encircling the Quarry Pool, literally playing Manitoga’s quarry landscape and incorporating its natural sonic qualities into the performance. Audiences will experience a dialogue between ambient music and nature within the magnificent atmosphere of Manitoga’s Quarry Pool and Landscape.

The new edition of Quantum Listening from Pauline Oliveros is reviewed.

The latest from Xerxes the Dark is reviewed.