Newsbits: Zorn in Chicago / Yuko Fujiyama Release / Archival Mingus Release / Forces in Motion

John Zorn’s upcoming day-long even in Chicago is previewed.

Yuko Fujiyama’s Night Wave is reviewed.

A new 3CD Mingus set is scheduled for release.

Another reviewer raves about the new edition of Forces in Motion.

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John Zorn Overview

We have published a new page with a John Zorn overview. There is no new material – this page merely gathers our Zorn-related writings of the last several years in one place.

Needless to say, with Zorn appearing on over 400 recordings and performances of his music taking place regularly worldwide, this is a very abbreviated list. Nonetheless, we plan to let it grow as our exploration of his material continues.

The Death and Life of Spectral Music

Source: Atavist.com.

Something is killing spectral composers. Gérard Grisey, the pioneer of the genre, died of a stroke at age 52, immediately following the completion of his funereal work “Quatre chants pour franchir le seuil.” Claude Vivier, the Quebecois Jonathan van Ness of new music, was murdered at 34 by a man he picked up in a gay bar, after writing “Glaubst Du an die Unsterblichkeit der Seele,” a piece that seemed to predict the circumstances of the crime. The Italian Fausto Romitelli, whose work is tinged with distorted electric guitar and LSD, succumbed to cancer at 41. The Romanian Ana-Maria Avram passed away at 55, the Spaniard Francisco Guerrero Marín at 49. (Bob Gilmore, the musicologist who wrote groundbreaking biographies of Vivier and Harry Partch, died in 2015 at 54.) Besides a premature death, there is something else that ties each of these composers together—not necessarily their adherence to “spectralism,” which involves material drawn from the harmonic series, but the combination of intellectual rigor and passionate hedonism in their work.

AMN Picks of the Week: Joe Morris & Rob Oxoby / Bangladeafy / Adam Hopkins / Rich Halley 3 / Alio Die & Sylvi Alli

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.

Joe Morris / Rob Oxoby – Dancing With Penguins (2018)
Bangladeafy – Ribboncutter (2018)
Adam Hopkins – Crickets (2018)
Rich Halley 3 – The Literature (2018)
Alio Die / Sylvi Alli – Amidst the Circling Spires (2013)

Community Gardens Free Jazz in New York

Source: ARTS FOR ART.

When/Where
September 8, 9, 15
Children’s Magical Garden – 129 Stanton St. & Norfolk St.

Sunday, September 16, 22
6BC Botanical Garden – E. 6th St. between Ave B & C

Saturday, September 23, 29, 30
First Street Green – E. 1st St btwn 1st & 2nd Ave

InGardens is Arts for Art’s annual celebration of family friendly, innovative art in community gardens on the lower east side. Over four weekends, InGardens brings free performances of world-class musicians, poets & dance to inspire and empower us and to help create a world that we want to live in.

Saturday 09/08 at Children’s Magical Garden – 129 Stanton Street
1:30pm Aquiles Navarro / Tcheser Holmes Duo
Aquiles Navarro – trumpet / Tcheser Holmes – drums
2:30pm Poetry
No Land – poetry / Devin Brahja Waldman – sax, synth / Daniel Carter – sax //
Aliah Rosenthal – poetry
3:30pm William Parker / Daniel Carter Duo
William Parker – bass / Daniel Carter – sax, trumpet
4:30pm Steve Swell / Whit Dickey Duo
Steve Swell – trombone / Whit Dickey – drums

Sunday 09/09 at Children’s Magical Garden – 129 Stanton Street
1:30pm Lisa Sokolov
Lisa Sokolov – voice, piano
2:30pm On Ka’a Davis
On Davis – guitar / Daniel Carter – horns / Alexis Marcelo – keyboards /
Reggie Sylvester – drums
3:30pm Trombone Insurgency
Joe McPhee – trombone / Dick Griffin – trombone / Steve Swell – trombone
4:30pm Ahmed Abdullah Landmark Band
Rosedeli Marte – vocals / Monique Ngozi Nri – vocals / Ahmed Abdullah – trumpet, flugelhorn, vocals / Don Chapman – tenor saxophone / Gabriel Paiano – guitar / Jonah Poweranz – bass / Harry Smith – drums

Saturday 09/15 at Children’s Magical Garden – 129 Stanton Street
1:30pm
Nick Lyons – alto sax / TBA
2:30pm Newsome / Morris / Lee
Sam Newsome – soprano sax / Joe Morris – guitar / Charmaine Lee – voice
3:30pm William Hooker / Ahmed Abdullah Duo
William Hooker – drums / Ahmed Abdullah – trumpet
4:30pm CP Unit
Chris Pitsiokos – alto sax / Henry Fraser – electric bass / Sam Lizabeth – guitar
Jason Nazary – drums

Sunday 09/16 at 6BC Garden – 630 E. 6th St.
1:30pm Dan Kurfirst – drums / Daniel Carter – trumpet, sax / Stelios Michas – guitar
2:30pm Anne Waldman / Devin Waldman Duo
Anne Waldman – poetry / Devin Waldman – sax
3:30pm Karen Borca – bassoon / Larry Roland – bass / Hill Greene – bass /
Jackson Krall – drums
4:30pm Rob Brown / Whit Dickey Duo
Rob Brown – alto sax / Whit Dickey – drums

Saturday 9/22 at 6BC Garden – 630 E. 6th St.
1:30pm While We Still Have Feet
William Parker – shakuhachi / Amirtha Kidambi – voice / Andrea Wolper – voice / Lisa Sokolov – voice / Kyoko Kitamura – voice / Morley Kamen – voice
2:30pm Poets
Steve Dalachinsky – poetry // Jane Omerod – poetry
3:30pm Whit Dickey / Daniel Carter Duo
Whit Dickey – drums / Daniel Carter – sax, trumpet
4:30pm Jason Hwang Critical Response
Jason Hwang – violin / Anders Nilsson – guitar / TA Thompson – drums /
Stomu Takeishi – electric bass

Sunday 9/23 at First Street Green – 33 E. 1st St
1:30pm K.J. Holmes / Ramsey Ameen Duo
K.J. Holmes – dance / Ramsey Ameen – violin
2:30pm Jackson Krall Ensemble
Jackson Krall – drums / John Blum – keyboard / Larry Roland – bass /
Elliott Levin – sax
3:30pm Open Discussion on Art and Justice w/ Inspire Change
5:00pm New Artists Orchestra led by James Brandon Lewis and Luke Stewart

Saturday 9/29 at First Street Green – 33 E. 1st St
1:30pm Emilie Lesbros “Emphasis”
Emilie Lesbros – voice / Mara Rosenbloom – synthesizer / Sean Conly – bass /
Satoshi Takeishi – drums
2:30pm Jaimie Branch Trio
Jaimie Branch – trumpet / Mike Pride – drums / Luke Stewart – bass
3:30pm Sewelsonics
Dave Sewelson – baritone sax / Bobby Kapp – drums / William Parker – bass
4:30pm Andrew Lamb Trio
Andrew Lamb – sax / Tom Abbs – bass / Ryan Jewell – drums

Sunday 9/30 at First Street Green – 33 E. 1st St
1:30pm Laubrock / Mela / Lopez
Ingrid Laubrock – sax / Francisco Mela – drums / Brandon Lopez – bass
2:30pm Miriam Parker / Luke Stewart Duo
Miriam Parker – dance / Luke Stewart – bass
3:30pm Stewart / Settles / Navarro / Holmes
Luke Stewart – bass / Brian Settles – tenor sax / Aquiles Navarro – trumpet /
Tcheser Holmes – drums
4:30pm Fay Victor / Brandon Lopez Duo
Fay Victor – voice / Brandon Lopez – bass

AMN Picks of the Week: Chemical Clock / Aaron Parks / Common Eider, King Eider / Nick Fraser Quartet / Ethan T. Parcell

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.

Chemical Clock – Plastic Reality (2018)
Aaron Parks – Little Big (2018)
Common Eider, King Eider – A Wound of Body (2018)
Nick Fraser Quartet / Tony Malaby – Starer (2018)
Ethan T. Parcell / Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra – Six Pieces 2016-2018 (2018)

AMN Picks of the Week: Remy Morritt / Brandon Seabrook Trio / XOL / Action Friend

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.

Remy Morritt – The Ant (2018)
Brandon Seabrook Trio – Convulsionaries (2018)
XOL – XOL Plays X.EN (2018)
Action Friend – bon•ho•mie (2018)