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Newsbits: Guru Guru Groove Band / Steve Reich Profile / Dusted Annual Mid-Year Music Exchange

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A new releases of early Krautrock is available: Guru Guru Groove Band – The Birth Of Krautrock 1969.

Steve Reich is profiled in anticipation of his 80th birthday.

The Dusted annual mid-year music exchange provides a bunch of best-of lists, and is definitely worth a read.

Two JACK Quartet Replaces Two Members

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Source: The New York Times.

The JACK Quartet, which has emerged in recent years as a vital force in the new music world, is getting some new blood: the ensemble announced Tuesday morning that two of its founding members plan to leave this summer and will be replaced by new musicians.

Founded in 2007, JACK has become an important ensemble with a reputation for adventurousness and for championing new work. It has performed music by composers including John Luther Adams, Caroline Shaw, Steve Reich, Matthias Pintscher and John Zorn, among many others.

Newsbits: Julie Kjær Reviewed / Kayo Dot Reviewed / Frantz Loriot Reviewed / New Tristan Perich

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Lots of reviews this week.

First, we have Julie Kjær’s Dobbeltgænger reviewed by the Chicago Reader.

Kayo Dot’s new recording, Plastic House on Base of Sky, is reviewed by Burning Ambulance.

Jazz Right Now reviews The Assembly by Frantz Loriot’s Systematic Distortion Orchestra.

A decade after his 1-Bit Music release became the first ever circuit album, and six years after his 1-Bit Symphony garnered critical acclaim, composer/artist Tristan Perich returns with a new circuit composition entitled Noise Patterns, on Physical Editions. Noise Patterns is out July 22 worldwide. Pre-sales will be at Bleep.com as of June 24.

In Case You Missed It: Avant Music News Best of 2016 (So Far) 

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It got buried a bit on a holiday weekend (for those of us in the U.S.), but I wanted to remind everyone that our Avant Music News Best of 2016 (So Far) has been published.

These best-of posts, along with our year-end best-of lists, are some of the most popular offerings that AMN has produced over the years.

If nothing else, it is a list of almost 100 albums that have come out this year, and are all quite remarkable in their own way.

So if you didn’t see it the first time around, do check it out. Our next list will be the best of 2016, which will appear in early January.

AMN Picks of the Week: Julie Kjær / Post Haste Reed Duo / Meridian Arts Ensemble / Toxydoll / Full Blast / Hedvig Mollestad Trio

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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.

Julie Kjær – Dobbeltgænger (2016)
Post Haste Reed Duo – Under a Canopy of Angels…a River of Stars (2016)
Meridian Arts Ensemble – Seven Kings (2016)
Toxydoll – Bullsheep (2016)
Full Blast (Brotzmann, Pliakas, Wertmüller) – Risc (2016)
Hedvig Mollestad Trio – Black Stabat Mater (2016)

The Secret Link Between Jazz and Physics

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Source: Open Culture.

Alexander describes his jazz epiphany as occasioned by a complex diagram Coltrane gave legendary jazz musician and University of Massachusetts professor Yusef Lateef in 1967. “I thought the diagram was related to another and seemingly unrelated field of study—quantum gravity,” he writes in a Business Insider essay on his discovery, “What I had realized… was that the same geometric principle that motivated Einstein’s theory was reflected in Coltrane’s diagram.”

Newsbits: Electroacoustic Music / The Music Construction Machine / Norgard in NY / Zappa Documentary / Improvised Music in New Orleans / Defunkt Review

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Frank Zappa, Ekeberghallen, Oslo, Norway

An article on NewMusicBox focuses on the structural underpinnings of electroacoustic music.

Niklas Roy’s Music Construction Machine uses mechanical algorithms—wheels, pulleys, levers—to make music with real musical instruments.

The Lost Dog New Music Ensemble will present the oft-unheard music of Per Nørgård, “the current eminence grise of Danish composers” (The New Yorker), at 8:00 PM on Friday, July 29th, with a recital of solo piano music by Jacob Rhodebeck. Taking place at MISE-EN_PLACE in Bushwick, Brooklyn, Jacob’s survey of Nørgård’s extensive piano repertoire is a coda of sorts to the unprecedented volume of Nørgård performances New Yorkers heard last month.

The new Eat That Question documentary on Frank Zappa is reviewed.

An article covers improvised music in New Orleans, featuring a profile of Jeff Albert.

Jazz Right Now reviews a recent release from Defunkt.