My name is Max Johnson, I’m a double bass player, composer, and bandleader, and I’ve decided to undertake a very ambitious series of three big projects. Rather than bullheadedly plow forward alone, I’ve decided to reach out to my community to help build this music together. The three projects include presenting a portrait concert of chamber music at legendary experimental theater Roulette, recording a new book of music with my trio (with Anna Webber and Michael Sarin) and recording and releasing a debut album of solo improvised music for the double bass.
Live In Tokyo
by COREY FULLER + BREAK ENSEMBLE
Following the completion of his debut LP for 12k, Break (12k2040), Corey Fuller set out to explore ways in which he could faithfully translate the music of the album into a live setting. Not content to simply play on top of layers of backing tracks through use of a laptop, Fuller began the arduous but ultimately rewarding task of deconstructing, reassembling and scoring the album in its entirety. With guidance from Japanese composer Kyo Ichinose, the Break Ensemble was formed with Ichinose himself behind the piano and glockenspiel, Anzu Suhara on violin, Atsuko Hatano on Viola and Hiroki Chiba on Contrabass. These recordings and films document the very first concert of Corey Fuller + Break Ensemble performing “Break” in its entirety at WWW in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan on May 27th, 2019 to a captive and sold-out audience.
by MARCUS FISCHER
Marcus Fischer’s On Falling was originally self-released as a tour cassette in the fall of 2018. 12k is proud to offer this new version that contains the original release on side A combined with a 30-minute live recording on side B. Marcus is known for his releases of carefully constructed studio works and tape manipulation, yet his process also embraces randomness, incidental, and found sounds. On Falling is an exploration of the latter techniques that allow for improvisation and capture the results in a single stereo take. This reproduces the experience of his live performances.
Interludes is a companion album to Ohio’s debut LP Upward, Broken, Always (12k2042). The seeds for these durational pieces were planted during one of the final editing sessions of Upward… – the accidental muting of a majority of the musical tracks of the first song “Apeiros” left only a ghostly minimum of ambience playing. Immediately seeing the strength of this Ohio’s Taylor Deupree and Corey Fuller set out to create two more of these “interludes” from full tracks on the album. These three songs provide the closure for each side of the (three-sided) LP release.
Source: Kyoko Kitamura.
Released from Relative Pitch Records is Geometry of Distance, the sophomore album by the collaborative quartet of Joe Morris, Tomeka Reid, Taylor Ho Bynum and myself, now called Geometry. It’s a surprisingly quiet album, subtle and deep, with gorgeous improvisation by each of the members, something you can put on during the day while you’re doing something else… which is not at all how I would describe the other albums I’m on. Yet, amid the calm, we are all pushing each other to the furthest limits of our instruments, and I’m trying out my most advanced improvisational and composition approaches to voice.
To celebrate the release, I’ll be performing in New Haven on December 8th with Taylor and Joe at the Multiplex series taking place at the State House. Hope to see some of you there!
This year started with the release of the 12-CD GTM (Syntax) 2017, which I co-produced with Anthony Braxton, and the CD release event at Roulette with the Tri-Centric Vocal Ensemble which I direct. After that, I was in Sweden for the wonderful Edition Festival, then in Japan to give performance workshops on music by Anthony Braxton. I worked with two youth ensembles, the Visionary Youth Orchestra and Face the Music, was able to squeeze in a few gigs of my own including one with my fantastic quartet Tidepool Fauna, then spent much of the fall preparing for and performing in Anthony Braxton’s epic six-hour 60-person Sonic Genome performance in Berlin (full video here).
Next year starts with more from Geometry, and I am excited for amazing opportunities to work for an extended period with Taylor Ho Bynum at Dartmouth, and William Parker on his Vermont tour. In between, for the second time, I will be at the Big Ears Festival in Knoxville, Tennessee, with Anthony Braxton. Meanwhile, slowly but surely, I am working on my next album which will be titled Protean Labyrinth II.
LOUIS MOHOLO OCTET – SPIRITS REJOICE!
LOL COXHILL / JOE MCPHEE / CHRIS CORSANO / EVAN PARKER – TREE DANCING
PETER BROETZMANN – 3 LP BUNDLE
Source: Eilean Records, and it is a doozy of a compilation that will be released on December 28.
This is the final Eilean rec. release which close the map and the project with all the music artists involved since the beginning, during these last 5 years.
109 music artists / 81 tracks / 6 hours of sounds.
60 unreleased and new tracks / 21 tracks from back catalogs (16 from Eilean rec. + 6 from some other labels)
• artists involved in alphabetical order •
9t Antiope (Nima Aghiani + Sara Bigdeli Shamloo)
A Home For Ghosts (James Edward Armstrong + Neil Carter)
Amuleto (Francesco Dillon + Riccardo Dillon Wanke)
Arovane & Mike Lazarev
Autistici & Justin Varis
Bamboo Stilts (Orla Wren & Leigh Toro)
Banabila & Machinefabriek
Benjamin Finger (with Lynn Fister)
Ben Mc Elroy
Bill Seaman (with John Supko & James Chu)
Cyril Secq + Sylvain Chauveau
Dag Rosenqvist (with Aaron Martin & Lisen Rylander Löve)
Daniel K. Böhm
Daniel WJ Mackenzie
Ecovillage (Emil Holmström and Peter Wikström)
E and I (The Humble Bee & Emmanuel Witzthum)
Francesco Giannico & Giulio Aldinucci
Florian Von Ameln
Ian Nyquist (with Jack Sheehan)
Jason Van Wyk
Lake Mary (with Anna Wilson-Prymek)
Ljerke (Kleefstra Brothers, Hilde Marie Holsen, Sytze Pruiksma, Alexander Rishaug, Michael Francis Duch)
Monolyth & Cobalt
Moss Covered Technology
Nathan Mc Laughlin
Offthesky (with Cody Yantis)
Speck (Nikita Bondarev)
Srúti (Omrr + Pie Are Squared)
The Prairie Lines
Twigs & Yarn (Lauren McMurray with Adam Hilton)
Twincities (with Matthew Citarella)
Uwe Zahn | Porya Hatami | Darren Mc Clure
Source: Downtown Music Gallery.
The Downtown Music Gallery 29th Anniversary Celebrations will begin on May 1st, 2020 & Will Continue throughout the year! Every In-store throughout the Year Helps Celebrate the Spirit of Creative Music Performed Live.
Sunday, December 8th:
6pm: SAM HARNET – Mandolin / SANA NAGANO – Violin / ZACH SWANSON – Acoustic Bass!
7pm: PEACH and TOMATO: SANA NAGANO and LEONOR FALCON – Strings!
Sunday, December 15th:
6pm: TODD CAPP’s MYSTERY TRAIN: KURT RALSKE / LELE DAI / FRANK MEADOWS!
7pm: RONIN PHASING: PATRICK BRENNAN – Solo Alto Sax!
8pm: M – violin/electronics / N – guitar/electronics / HANS TAMMEN – Buchla!
The Independent Promoters Alliance Presents:
A Winter Solstice Celebration – Saturday, December 21st at 8pm:
MARS WILLIAMS AYLER XMAS Project: NELS CLINE / STEVE SWELL /
HILLIARD GREENE / FRED LONBERG-HOLM / CHRIS CORSANO!
Plus FARMERS BY NATURE Featuring: GERALD CLEAVER / WILLIAM PARKER / CRAIG TABORN!
At The DiMenna Center – 450 W 37th St. (bet 9th & 10th Aves) in NYC
Sunday, December 22nd, A DMG & Eric’s House of Improv Sponsored show:
7pm: ESTAMOS TRIO: THOLLEM McDONAS Radical Empathy Project!
8pm: THOLLEM McDONAS / NELS CLINE / WILLIAM PARKER / GERALD CLEAVER!
At Jazz Habitat / El Barrio ArtSpace – 215 East 99th St.
Sunday, December 29th:
6pm: DISSIPATED FACE: STEVE POPKIN / KURT RALSKE / DANIEL CARTER / BILL MILKOWSKI / WILL DAHL!
7pm: SUBURBAN BOHEMIA Space Jam Featuring THE MONZ, MC BruceLee and…!?!
Sunday, January 5th – First DMG Gig of the New Year – Double Header!!
6pm: ELI WALLACE – Synth / ANDREW SMILEY – Guitar / CARLO COSTA – Percussion!
7pm: THOMAS HEBERER / LUKE MARRANTZ / SIMON JERMYN / MICHAEL VATCHER –
Trumpet / Fender Rhodes / Bass / Drums!
Sunday, January 12th:
6pm: JUAN P CARLETTI – Solo Drums!
7pm: ARON NAMEMWIRTH – Guitar / DAVE SEWELSON – Bari Sax / COLIN HINTON – Drums!
8pm: CHRIS PITSIOKOS / JAVIER A V / KEVIN MURRAY – Alto Sax / Guitar / Drums!
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. You can check the weekly in-store sets through our Instagram feed
Source: New World Records.
Charles Amirkhanian: Loudspeakers
Charles Amirkhanian (b. 1945) can be regarded as a central figure in American music, and on several fronts. As a composer, he’s been pervasively innovative in two genres: text-sound pieces, in which he can draw engaging rhythmic processes from wacky word assemblages such as “rainbow chug bandit” and “church car rubber baby buggy bumper”; and natural-sound electronic pieces which go far beyond the usual confines of musique concrète to create long, poetic sound narratives poised between collage and sonic landscape.
Daniel Lentz: Ending(s)
While certain recognizable fingerprints are found throughout the body of Daniel Lentz’s (b. 1942) work, he has never been content to settle within one particular style or mode of music for long, moving ever forward in an evolutional continuum, an overriding arc that defines his growth as a composer – beginning with traditional music, diverting into electronic music, moving into performance art pieces for his various touring groups, then sallying into minimalism, followed by work distinguished for its revolutionary use of live multi-track recording in performances in the 1980s and 1990s, and finally evolving into his own brand of modern romanticism.
Where Should This Music Be? – Songs of Lola Williams
Growing up in the South in the first half of the 20th century, Lola Williams (1913 – 2013) exhibited great musical talent at a time when women rarely were encouraged to compose, and those who did struggled to hear their works performed publicly. Williams was a serious Shakespearean scholar as well as music educator, but it was not until her retirement that she was able to fully dedicate herself to writing and composition. She quietly created a large body of art songs, mostly inspired by Shakespearean texts, for female voices – solos, duets, and trios – which she seldom shared outside of private clubs. In their melding of vernacular musical forms with classical techniques, her lyrical and tonally lush compositions are reminiscent of the music of Frederick Delius and Gustav Mahler.