Tim Berne Interview

Source: burning ambulance.

I first heard Tim Berne on a John Zorn album – Spy Vs. Spy, from 1989, where the two of them, plus Mark Dresser on bass and Joey Baron and Michael Vatcher on drums, play 17 Ornette Coleman tunes in 40 minutes. It’s one of the most intense records you’ll ever hear in your life. They play almost all the tunes at hardcore punk speed, and the two drummers are delivering blast beats like they’re auditioning for Napalm Death or something. Some people love it, and some people fucking hate it. I’m in the former group. Berne’s own music doesn’t always have that same punk rock aggression, but it’s definitely intense and can get very loud.

Kevin Braheny Fortune Interviewed

Source: Echoes.

In the Echoes Podcast it’s the return of a New Age pioneer when we talk with Kevin Braheny Fortune. He went 22 years without a new album, but now he has four releases of ambient music including his Dreamwalker Meditation Music trilogy. In the 1980s his name was mentioned alongside Steve Roach, Robert Rich, Michael Stearns and Richard Burmer and his albums, The Way Home and Lullaby for the Hearts of Space are considered classics. He’s a musician who is as comfortable soldering diodes into circuit boards as he is communing with spirit guides. He disappeared for about 20 years, during which he worked as a sex therapist. He talks about his name change, spirit guides, sex therapy, years of silence and his new music. That photo, by the way, is his Mighty Serge Syntheszier.

Wayward in Limbo Podcasts

Source: Seattle’s Wayward Music Series.

With the Chapel closed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Wayward Music Series moves from the concert hall to the living room. In place of our usual ten monthly concerts, Nonsequitur is commissioning ten Seattle artists each month to create a series of streaming audio sessions of previously unreleased material. To listen for free, click on the links below. Today we release the first three installments of Wayward in Limbo, featuring solo music by cellist Gretchen Yanover, saxophonist Neil Welch, and phonographer Dale Lloyd. We suggest you also visit the artists’ web sites and offer further support by purchasing their other works.

Wayward in Limbo 1: Gretchen Yanover

Gretchen Yanover presents a collection of pieces for electric cello and looping pedal that she has not previously recorded, which will go on a future album. The inspiration for the music stems from a variety of sources – from the sweetness of a person driving a beeping vehicle, to the brutality depicted in a short story, to the joyful feelings of a sunny day. LISTEN

Wayward in Limbo 2: Neil Welch

Neil Welch (Bad Luck) presents a series of improvisations on various saxophones, at times modified with scrap metal, bells, a beer can, harmon mute, and tin foil. Each piece navigates a varied sonic landscape, using mouthpiece only, singing into the instrument, conical air flow migrations without the mouthpiece, saxophone necks, melody, and multiphonics. LISTEN

Wayward in Limbo 3: Dale Lloyd

Sound artist, field recordist, and publisher Dale Lloyd presents a new work stemming from his long, ongoing fascination and appreciation of “low fidelity sound” as has been demonstrated with his recording group projects Lucid (founded in 1993) and Search Ensembles (founded in 2010), as well as a series of various artist compilations he launched in 2018 called “Muted Stories”. LISTEN

BA Podcast 52: James Brandon Lewis 

Source: BA Podcast 52.

James Brandon Lewis is from Buffalo, New York, a city which has produced a surprising number of musicians whose work I listen to a lot, including Grover Washington, Jr., Charles Gayle, Rick James, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Morton Feldman, and Cannibal Corpse. I’ve seen Lewis perform live twice, both times with the avant-garde rock trio Harriet Tubman. One time was a straight double bill – James’s trio with bassist Luke Stewart and drummer Warren Trae Crudup, plus guitarist Anthony Pirog, opened for Tubman. Then, at Winter Jazzfest in 2018, Tubman put together an expanded group to perform a re-interpretation of Ornette Coleman’s Free Jazz. That night, the lineup was Tubman – Brandon Ross on guitar, Melvin Gibbs on bass, JT Lewis on drums – plus James’s trio, plus Jaimie Branch on trumpet and Darius Jones on alto sax. It was really fantastic, one of those things that you only get to see once in your life. You’re either in the room when the magic happens, or you get to hear people tell stories about it for years afterward.