Monumental Late Piece by Composer Roland Kayn Set for Debut Release 

Source: The Wire.

A lost magnum opus of electronic music is set for its first ever release this autumn. A Little Electronic Milky Way Of Sound is a late work by the composer Roland Kayn – a former member of the groundbreaking Gruppo Di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza, who went on to forge his own style of cybernetic music – which is one huge piece running to almost 14 hours and spanning tape music, musique concrète and electronic and electroacoustic sounds.

ESP-Disk to Release a Pair of Albums from Matthew Shipp

avant-garde pianist Matthew Shipp

Source: ESP-Disk’.

ESP-Disk’ is happy to announce that we have signed pianist/composer Matthew Shipp to a two-record deal, with both albums to come out in late January 2018: the solo piano Zero and Sonic Fiction with his quartet including Michael Bisio (bass), Whit Dickey (drums) and ESP label mate Mat Walerian (saxophones, clarinets, flutes). Shipp has played on Walerian’s first three albums, all on ESP.

Early in 2016 there was a spate of press about Mr. Shipp doing his last album for Thirsty Ear, Piano Song. Though a lot of those articles riffed on the idea that Shipp was slowing down his recording schedule or would even cease to enter the studio, he did state in these articles that he had some more work to do that would be released elsewhere, and we welcome him to ESP as a leader. ESP has recorded some of the greatest pianists of our time—Ran Blake, Paul Bley, Lowell Davidson, Burton Greene, Thollem McDonas, Sun Ra, John Hicks, Dave Burrell, Stanley Cowell, Bud Powell, and more—and Shipp extends that tradition for us.

Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter

American Jazz musician and composer Mat Maneri.

Source: Downtown Music Gallery.

THE DMG 26TH ANNIVERSARY SERIES OF SONIC CELEBRATIONS Continue with
These below Sets Here at DMG Every Sunday at 6pm – FREE Admission:

Sunday, July 23rd:
6pm: BILLY MINTZ QUINTET: TONY MALABY/JOHN GROSS/ROBERTA PIKET/HILLIARD GREENE!
7pm: MAT MANERI & TANYA KALMANOVITCH – LP Release Set!

Sunday, July 30th:
6pm: PABLO DIAZ and PAULA SHOCRON – From the Argentinian Underground – New CD on HATology!
7pm: JESSE DULMAN – Solo Tuba

Sunday, August 6th:
6pm: PAPER BALLS DUO: DAVID GROLLMAN / JEFF BARSKY!

Sunday, August 20th:
6pm: RAS MOSHE & MUSIC NOW!

DMG is located at 13 Monroe St. (between Catherine & Market Sts) in a basement below a small gallery. Take the F train to East Broadway or the 6 train to Canal or the B or D to Grand, or the M-15 bus to Madison & Catherine. Come on Down, the Sunday Music Series is Always Free & the Vibes are Always Cosy

AMN Reviews: Ensemble Resonanz, Elliott Sharp, Gareth Davis – “Oceanus Procellarum” [Cavity Search CSR101]

OP_CoverElliott Sharp has been a key figure in New York City’s experimental music scene for more than thirty years. He is a musician of incredible range with significant works spanning free improvisation, blues, jazz, electronic, noise, chamber, and orchestral music. Sharp’s work has been inspired by his deep interest in science and mathematics. He has developed a unique musical syntax that is informed by fractal geometry, chaos theory, algorithmic and biological processes. On “Oceanus Procellarum” Elliott Sharp teams up with Gareth Davis and the Ensemble Resonanz.

The Ensemble Resonanz is an unusual chamber orchestra based in Saint Pauli, Hamburg. The ensemble is democratically organized and makes its home at the resonanzraum – a concert space built inside of an old bunker. The resonanzraum is both unique and informal with more of a club atmosphere than that of the traditional concert hall.  The Ensemble Resonanz regularly performs monthly programs at the resonanzraum that aim to bridge the musical past with the present.

Gareth Davis is a clarinetist that primarily performs on the bass and contrabass clarinets. Like Sharp, he is a musician of incredible range and interests. Davis’s work spans the worlds of contemporary classical, to free improvisation, to rock, noise and electronica. Davis has a wonderful sound and incredible technical command of the bass clarinet. He has premiered works by Jonathan Harvey, Bernhard Lang, Peter Ablinger and Toshio Hosokawa. Davis has performed and collaborated with JACK Quartet, monster cellist Frances Marie Uitti, Merzbow and Christian Marclay.

Elliott Sharp’s “Oceanus Procellarum” is a work filled with propulsive development that is rich in rhythmic and timbral complexity. “Oceanus Procellarum” was recorded live at its UK premiere during the 2016 Huddersfield Festival. This performance was beautifully recorded and has a sound that is much larger than the chamber ensemble of twelve strings plus the two soloists. “Oceanus Procellarum” which translates to Ocean of Storms is a thirty-eight minute through composed piece in five sections with each section consisting of multiple episodes.  Sharp constructed the piece to be a kind of intersection between two moving fronts somewhat like a concerto in that it pits the two soloists – Elliott Sharp on electro-acoustic guitar and Gareth Davis on bass clarinet against the strings of the Ensemble Resonanz. The piece creates a sound world where textures build, form and transform in a kind of attraction and repulsion as the two moving fronts move into and out from each other. The composition has a raw intensity with many dramatic shifts where events can suddenly move from very intense large sound bodies to moments of reflection only to suddenly be challenged by the arrival of another moving front.

Since improvisation is at the heart of Elliott Sharp’s work it is likely that some elements of improvisation or performer choice are part of this score and this enables the soloists – Sharp and Davis, who are outstanding, to create an atmosphere of spontaneity throughout the performance. The strings are called upon to use many extended techniques including “alternate bows” constructed from various metal springs and wooden sticks. Despite what must be a challenging score to perform, the Ensemble Resonanz really brings this music to life. The timbral range produced by the entire ensemble and soloists is stunning. They effortlessly move from chaotic clouds to throbbing masses of growing clusters to ethereal almost ambient reflections to sparkling and brassy counterpoint to intense primal rhythmic unisons and eventually they end in a bed of very soft bowed white noise.

“Oceanus Procellarum” is an exciting listen. Old hands will really enjoy it and newcomers will find it a great place to start as it is absolutely one of Elliott Sharp’s best chamber works.  Highly Recommended!

Chris De Chiara

Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter

Source: Downtown Music Gallery.

King Crimson: [‘Elements 2017’ 2 CD-Set & ‘Heroes’ CD-EP! Erstwhile Goodies: Keith Rowe / Michael Pisaro & Graham Lambkin / Taku Unami! Brandon Seabrook: Marika Hughes / Chuck Bettis / Eivind Opsvik..! Brian Marsella: Cyro Baptista/Marshall Allen/Meg Okura..!

14 CDs from Clean Feed & Shhpuma: Eric Revis/Ken Vandermark/Kris Davis/Chad Taylor! Nate Wooley/Chris Pitsiokos/Brandon Lopez/Dre Hocevar! Max Johnson/Susan Alcorn/Kris Davis/Mike Pride! Joachim Badenhorst/Susan Santos Silva LAMA! Angelika Niescier Qt: Maroney/Ilgenfritz/Drury! Rob Mazurek Solo! Roots Magic! Platform: Xavier Charles..! Marco Von Orelli: Big Bold Black Bone!

JG Thirwell/Noveller: Xordox! Plus Historic Discs from John Cale & Band! Rolling Stones! Guy Clark! Alex Chilton! Link Wray! LPs from: Univers Zero! Bruce Langhorne! Movie Gold Restocks and Even More..!

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THE DMG 26TH ANNIVERSARY SERIES OF SONIC CELEBRATIONS Continue with:

Super Rare Night Saturday, July 15th Set:
6pm: HENRY KAISER – Solo Electric Guitar!

Sunday, July 16th:
6pm: New Clarinet Trio: GUILLERMO GREGORIO / AARON NOVIK / STAN ZENKOFF!

Sunday, July 23rd:
6pm: BILLY MINTZ QUINTET: TONY MALABY/JOHN GROSS/ROBERTA PIKET/HILLIARD GREENE!
7pm: MAT MANERI & TANYA KALMANOVITCH – LP Release Set!

Sunday, July 30th:
6pm: PABLO DIAZ & PAULA SHOCRON – From the Argentinian Underground – New CD on Hatology!
7pm: JESSE DULMAN – Solo Tuba

Sunday, August 6th:
6pm: PAPER BALLS DUO: DAVID GROLLMAN & JEFF BARSKY!

DMG is located at 13 Monroe St. (between Catherine & Market Sts) in a basement below a small gallery. Take the F train to East Broadway or the 6 train to Canal or the B or D to Grand, or the M-15 bus to Madison & Catherine. Come on Down, the Sunday Music Series is Always Free & the Vibes are Always Cosy

Cantaloupe Music New Releases

American composer Terry Riley Interview at Lin...

Source: Cantaloupe Music.

Ars Nova Copenhagen
First Drop

Conducted by Paul Hillier since 2003, Denmark’s Ars Nova Copenhagen has built an immovable reputation as one of the world’s most versatile and inventive vocal ensembles. First Drop is testament to that spirit; it’s a wide-ranging and ambitious project that interprets the choral work of some of the giants of contemporary classical music, including Steve Reich, Terry Riley, Louis Andriessen, Michael Gordon, David Lang and more.

John Luther Adams
Canticles of the Holy Wind

Lauded by the New York Times as a “…hypnotic and ethereally beautiful invocation of wind, sky and birdsong,” John Luther Adams’ Canticles of the Holy Wind, performed by the renowned chamber choir The Crossing, is his most technically challenging choral work, and yet the music’s mesmerizing aura of stillness encourages listening at its most elemental. The piece is composed for four choirs of eight singers each, and moves through spaces that are as fantastical (“Sky with Four Suns”) as they are serene (“The Hour of the Doves”), always with a connection to our inner world, as well as the world around us.

David Lang & Molly Barth
thorn

thorn is flutist and eighth blackbird founding member Molly Barth’s collection of short works by David Lang, and has been described as “…a varied yet consistent overview of Lang’s chamber music activities, a vital part of his output that deserves continued attention even as he moves into larger forms and more expansive concepts. The performances, by Barth and a small host of excellent associates (including fellow former blackbird Matt Albert on violin), strike just the right balance between nervous tension and technical security.” (Steve Smith, The Log Journal)

Bearthoven
Trios

Bearthoven is a small ensemble that has its roots in the Bang on a Can organization’s Summer Music Festival at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art—known worldwide as a mecca for emerging composers of adventurous contemporary music. Comprised of Karl Larson (piano), Pat Swoboda (upright & electric bass) and Matt Evans (percussion & drumkit), the group started in name only as a cheeky tribute to Beethoven, and quickly took on the mission of making art music more accessible to a wider range of listeners than the traditional “classical music” crowd. Trios features the work of six young composers and serves as a living blueprint of Bearthoven’s support network.

Alarm Will Sound & Meet the Composer
Splitting Adams

Conceived and realized in partnership with Q2 Music’s Peabody award-winning podcast Meet the Composer, Splitting Adams is Alarm Will Sound’s tribute to American composer John Adams, and in particular to his works Chamber Symphony (1992) and Son of Chamber Symphony (2007).