Point of Departure 76 is Out

Source: Point of Departure.

Page One: Corey Mwamba: Accessing Freeness: a column by Bill Shoemaker

James Brandon Lewis: All Becomes One: an interview with Troy Collins

Ezzthetics: a column by Stuart Broomer

An Anarchic Society of Sounds – Apartment House and John Cage’s Number Pieces
by Michael Rosenstein

John Tchicai’s Metal Poems: by Gabriel Bristow

Geri Allen and Spatial Grammar: by Serubiri Moses

Mark Whitecage, 1997: An Interview: by Marc Chaloin

The Book Cooks:
Steve Lacy (Unfinished)
Edited by Guillaume Tarche (Lenka Lente; Nantes, France)
John Tchicai: A chaos with some kind of order
Margriet Naber (Ear Mind Heart Media; Nijmegen, The Netherlands)

Moment’s Notice: Reviews of Recent Media

JD Allen Interview

Source: News from the Shed.

JD Allen (b. 1972) is a tenor saxophonist and composer. Raised in Detroit, Allen got his first professional break at twenty when he was hired by the legendary jazz singer Betty Carter. In 2008, Allen formed a trio with bassist Gregg August and drummer Rudy Royston which would serve as his primary creative vehicle for the next decade. The group released eight acclaimed albums, toured extensively, and was even the basis of an Atlantic Magazine think piece. In 2019, Allen formed a new trio with two musicians a generation his junior: drummer Nic Cacioppo and bassist Ian Kenselaar. That trio’s latest album is Toys / Die Dreaming (2020); Allen’s latest is Queen City, a solo recital.

Jessica Ackerley Interview

Source: 15 questions.

As I get older and more settled in my artistic practice, I found that it is best to create what I want to create, draw from whatever genre or style I feel like, and not really try to adjust what I want do just to fit in with certain groups. It helped me cultivated musical relationships with other musicians who also don’t really fit in any specific boxes. I feel lucky to be at a stage where I am working with these artists. It made everything worth it in the end to reach the point I am at in this moment.

Harmonic Series 1/8 is Out

Source: Harmonic Series.

a squeeze of the hand
editorial issuing a call for writers and introducing a distribution structure for all contributors, including musicians

Leila Bordreuil – Piece for Cello and Double Bass Ensemble II (2018)

Angharad Davies / Dominic Lash – pieces of eight (self-released, 2021)
Judith Hamann – A Coffin Spray (SUPERPANG, 2021)
Minna Koskenlahti – Toinen/Other (self-released, 2021)
Louis Laurain – Pulses, Pipes, Patterns (INSUB, 2021)
LOTE – Jürg Frey: circular music nº2 (self-released, 2021)
luciano maggiore – drenched thatched roof (edizioni luma, 2021)
Sergio Merce & Hernán Vives – Sonus Lumine (Rumiarec, 2021)
ZRL – Our Savings (American Dreams, 2021)

Peter Evans Interview

Source: News from the Shed.

Peter Evans is a trumpeter and composer living in Brooklyn, New York. He is known for his virtuosity on both the standard Bb and more arcane piccolo trumpet, as well as for his astonishing energy, endurance, and mastery of styles from bebop to contemporary classical to noise.

Evans is an innovator in solo trumpet performance, utilizing circular breathing and an arsenal of extended techniques to produce swirling, uninterrupted streams sound. There is the sense that Evans not only meets the physical demands of his instrument, but comes rushing at them with such force that he is sometimes moved to augment his playing with whoops, grunts and howls.

BA Podcast 68: Andrew Cyrille

Source: burning ambulance.

Andrew Cyrille is the last man standing from the first wave of free jazz drummers. He and Milford Graves, Sunny Murray, and Rashied Ali really revolutionized jazz rhythm in their playing with Cecil Taylor, Albert Ayler, John Coltrane and other musicians in the early to mid ’60s. Their influence was huge, and each of them brought a different perspective and instantly identifiable style to the music. What I hear when I listen to Andrew Cyrille, whether he’s playing with Cecil Taylor or Anthony Braxton or in any other situation, is an incredible precision and consideration. He really seems to be thinking about every single strike and placing it with unbelievable care, even when he’s playing ridiculously fast.

Anna Webber Interview

Source: News from the Shed.

Anna Webber (b. 1984) is a flutist, saxophonist, and composer based in New York City. Her official bio positions her work between avant garde jazz and contemporary classical music, but it would also seem to draw on hip hop, rock, metal and other popular styles. That last point seems important because unlike a lot of music which might be termed “experimental,” Webber’s music is tremendously entertaining. It works in a variety of contexts: at the gym, in the car, with kids in the room.

William Basinski on 20 Years of the Disintegration Loops

Source: Editor 99.

Like millions of Americans, William Basinski was shattered by the events of September 11, 2001. But for Basinski, that day bears further significance. While most watched the horror unfold on television, the Texas-born musician and composer witnessed and filmed the devastation from the rooftop of his Brooklyn loft, while, in the background, his speakers blared his newest work, The Disintegration Loops, which he’d finished the month before. He didn’t know it yet, but TDL would come to be regarded as one of the most important works associated with 9/11—and would transform him from an obscure musician into one of the most revered experimental composers of the young century.