ECM Records Now Streaming

After long resisting putting its catalog up for streaming, most of ECM‘s releases landed on Spotify and other services a few days ago. Both the New York Times and The New Yorker have lists of recommendations. But there are plenty more…

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AMN Reviews: John Wiese – Escaped Language (2017; Gilgongo Records)

John Wiese is a polymath of sorts: composer, musician, publisher, and graphic artist, among other things. On this EP-length single-track recording, released in September, Wiese experiments in musique concrete.

The first four minutes of Escaped Language offer synth drones, but then the electroacoustic elements enter and take hold. As with many albums of this rough genre, it is hard to determine the sources of the various sounds. Scraping metal, harsh walls of noise, distorted synth waves, fractured elements, and percussive samples combine to form a chaotic mix. There is no discernable melody, harmony, or rhythm – instead, the composition is of an architectural nature, with an array of building blocks combined to form twisted structures. But perhaps just as important is how Wiese distributes these sounds across the left and right channels. At any point in time, each has its own distinct set of elements, though some move and warp in between the channels. These pieces evolve into a crescendo that abruptly ends around the 19-minute mark.

Escaped Language was recorded live during Ina/GRM’s 2016 Présences Électronique Festival in Paris, and is a fitting addition to that institution’s oeuvre.

Note: Wiese will be performing tonight (November 18, 2017) in Chicago. Reservations are free.

Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter

Albert Ayler

Via Downtown Music Gallery.

John Zorn’s Hermetic Organ Vol 5! Connie Converse Comp: Laurie Anderson / Mike Patton / Mary Halvorson & Jessica Pavone..! Paal Nilssen-Love Large Unit & Duo: Frode Gjerstad! Jurg Frey 5 CD Set! Julius Eastman! John Butcher & Akio Suzuki!

Robert Dick / Uli Johannes Kieckbusch / Alfred Zimmerlin! Zero Point: Daniel Carter/Marius Duboule/Michael Bates/Deric Dickens! Keiji Haino / Jim O’Rourke / Oren Ambarchi LP! Todd Capp’s Mystery Train!

Plus Historic Music from Charles Mingus Sextet 1964! Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band! Cluster! John Cage 3 CD Set Edition RZ! Harry Bertoia CD/DVD! Pascal Comelade! Albert Ayler on LP’s! Serge Gainsbourg & Jean-Claude Vannier! And Even More..!

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

Sunday, November 19th:
6pm: TODD CAPP / SYLVAIN KASSAP / GUILLERMO GREGORIO / PATRICK HOLMES / MICHAEL LYTLE Clarinet Choir
7pm: ANDY HAAS and DON FIORINO – Sax/Electronics and Guitar

Sunday, November 26th:
6pm: FRANCOIS GRILLOT / RICH ROSENTHAL / LEONID GALAGANOV – ContraBass/Guitar/Drums
7pm: VIV CORRINGHAM and GLEN HALL – Experimental Vocals and Multi-Instruments

Sunday, December 3rd:
6pm: ANDERS NILSSON / HAMPUS OHMAN-FROLUND / SAM KULIK Scandinavian Guitar & Drums Trombone
7pm: AARON NOVIK / PATRICK HOLMES / THOMAS HEBERER – Clarinet / B-flat Clarinet / Trumpet

Rare Monday, December 4th Event:
6pm: NH / MM / GERALD CLEAVER Trio
7pm: CHRIS PITSIOKOS – Solo Alto Sax!

Sunday, December 10th:
6pm: DISSIPATED FACE: DANIEL CARTER / KURT RALSKE / STEPHEN POPKIN /
MICHAEL LUBLIN / WILL DAHL / BILL MILKOWSKI
7pm: RAS MOSHE /KYOKO KITAMURA / ANDERS NILSSON

Sunday, December 17th:
6pm: ATTRACTIVE NUISANCE: CRAIG FLANAGIN & NORMANDY SHERWOOD: Modular Electronics
7pm: PRAIRIE MUFFIN: FUNG CHERN HWEI – Solo Violin!

New Releases From Clean Feed Records

English: Joe McPhee, moers festival 2010

Via Clean Feed Records.

Joe McPhee | Pascal Niggenkemper | Ståle Liavik Solberg
IMAGINARY NUMBERS

Møster | Parker | Abrams | Herndon
RAN DO

Gard Nilssen´s Acoustic Unity
LIVE IN EUROPE (3CD SET) (3LP+3CD available in January)

Eve Risser | Kaja Draksler
TO PIANOS

Aalberg | Kullhammar | Zetterber | Santos Silva
BASEMENT SESSIONS VOL.4 (THE BALI TAPES)

Tree Ear
WITCHES BUTTER (LP available in January)

João Lencastre’s Communion 3
MOVEMENTS IN FREEDOM

Nick Fraser
IS LIFE LONG?

João Camões | Jean-Luc Cappozzo | Jean-Marc Foussat
AUTRES PAYSAGES

Sirius
ACOUSTIC MAIN SUITE PLUS THE INNER ONE

Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter

English: Sun Ra at New England Conservatory, F...

Via Downtown Music Gallery.

Spontaneous Music Ensemble’s ‘Karyobin’! Sun Ra Arkestra’s ‘Discipline 27’ on CD! Eugene Chadbourne Lost Sessions! Joe McPhee’s Willisau Concert Reissue! Rob Mazurek! While We Still Have Bodies: Ben Gerstein/Michael Foster/Sean Ali/Flin Van Hemmen! Sandcatchers: Yoshi Fruchter/Myk Freedman/Erik Friedlander/Michael Bates..! The Dwarfs of East Agouza!

John Cage/John Tilbury Piano Quartet! Jurg Frey! Brooklyn Rider! Bruce Russell! Asmus Tietchens! Plus Archival Recordings from Suns of Arqa! Davy Graham! Klaus Schulze! Gary Bias! Flamin’ Groovies! Plus LP’s from: Two Sun Ra LP Rarities! Lou Reed! The Gun Club! Hector Zazou & Bony Biyake! Barry Adamson Pan Sonic Hafler Trio! Mary Jane Leach! Suzanne Ciani!

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

Sunday, November 12th:
6pm: ROBERT DICK – Rare Solo Flute Performance
7pm: GIACOMO MEREGA / ANDREW SMILEY / ELI ASHER – Electric Bass / Guitar / Trumpet

Sunday, November 19th:
6pm: TODD CAPP / SYLVAIN KASSAP / GUILLERMO GREGORIO / PATRICK HOLMES / MICHAEL LYTLE Clarinet Choir
7pm: ANDY HAAS and DON FIORINO – Sax/Electronics and Guitar

Sunday, November 26th:
6pm: FRANCOIS GRILLOT / RICH ROSENTHAL / LEONID GALAGANOV – ContraBass/Guitar/Drums
7pm: VIV CORRINGHAM and GLEN HALL – Experimental Vocals and Multi-Instruments

Sunday, December 3rd:
6pm: ANDERS NILSSON / HAMPUS OHMAN-FROLUND / SAM KULIK Scandinavian Guitar & Drums Trombone
7pm: AARON NOVIK / PATRICK HOLMES / THOMAS HEBERER – Clarinet / B-flat Clarinet / Trumpet

Rare Monday, December 4th Event:
6pm: NH / MM / GERALD CLEAVER Trio

Sunday, December 10th:
6pm: DISSIPATED FACE: DANIEL CARTER / KURT RALSKE / STEPHEN POPKIN /
MICHAEL LUBLIN / WILL DAHL / BILL MILKOWSKI
7pm: RAS MOSHE /KYOKO KITAMURA / ANDERS NILSSON

Sunday, December 17th:
6pm: ATTRACTIVE NUISANCE: CRAIG FLANAGIN & NORMANDY SHERWOOD: Modular Electronics
7pm: PRAIRIE MUFFIN: FUNG CHERN HWEI – Solo Violin!

Setola di Maiale Releases

Via Setola di Maiale.

Für Otfried Rautenbach
Luca Miti

Tra (Composizionimprovvisazioni)
Ensemble Intondo
(Stefano Cogolo, Alipio Carvalho Neto, Marco Pace, Marco Ariano, Marco Resovaglio)

Next Planet on the Way
Atipico 4
(Carlo Actis Dato, Flavio Giacchero, Beppe Di Filippo, Stefano Buffa)

Love
Fred Casadei Spiritual Unity
(Fred Casadei, Marco Colonna, Stefano Giust)

Sky
Fred Casadei Spiritual Unity
(Fred Casadei, Francesco Manfrè)

Sun
Fred Casadei Spiritual Unity
(Fred Casadei, Luca Venitucci)

She
Tiziano Milani