More Archival Henry Cow Material Released

Source: ReR Megacorp.

Contents: 1: the earliest and only known stage recording of the band as it was in June 1972 (Martin Ditcham, Fred Frith, John Greaves and Tim Hodgkinson) at the first Glastonbury Fayre. The recording is quite clean, though the mix heavily favours bass and guitar but, in a way, this makes it of special interest, both musically and historically. 2, Then there’s the brief two-week iteration of Henry Cow from April 1978 featuring Fred, Tim, Chris and Phil Minton, with an eclectic programme that included a lot of Westbook/Orkhestra materials. 3.Taken from a concert in Bilbao, in 1977, some otherwise unrecorded compositions from the late Cow repertoire in a typical mash up of different snippets – as well as: 4, further unusual extracts from the Chaumont concert in 1976 and: 5, a brief studio moment captured by a film crew during the recording of Half Awake, Half Asleep, in 1973. These are not hi fidelity recordings, but they are the only documentary evidence that survives of these configurations, and Bob has worked wonders with them.

A New Wave Of Jazz / Dirk Serries Releases

Source: A New Wave Of Jazz.

HUGO COSTA & PHILIPP ERNSTING – THE ART OF CRASHING
(cd, A New Wave Of Jazz)

JACKSON SERRIES VANDERSTRAETEN – DANDELION
(cd, A New Wave Of Jazz)

VIDNA OBMANA & PBK – MONUMENT OF EMPTY COLOURS + DEPRESSION AND IDEAL
(2cd, Zoharum)

DIRK SERRIES SOLO

CEREBRAL WIRED (digital)
THE RAPTURE OF SECLUSION (digital)
PHENOMENOLOGY OF MIND (digital)
Exclusively on bandcamp are 3 new DIRK SERRIES solo albums. Recordings which have been unused and unreleased till now and showcase his constant strong ability to create these beautiful ambient zones with only an electric guitar and a handful of effects. Some of them are restructured for this digital-only release.

New Releases From Minus Zero

Source: MINUS ZERO. As always, all proceeds go to Planned Parenthood.

Actual Air
Robert Dick – flutes / Reuben Radding – double bass
Recorded July 2nd, 2007 at Studio STATS, Brooklyn, NY

Assemblages
Robert Dick – flutes / Uli Johannes Kieckbusch – piano / Alfred Zimmerlin – cello
recorded November 29, 2017 at Musentempel, Karlsruhe, Germany by Frank Baumann

Breathing Room
Darren Johnston – trumpet and compositions / Carmen Staff – piano / Michael Formanek – bass
recorded June 3rd, 2021 by Christopher Benham at Big Orange Sheep

Boojum Quartet
Dan Clucas – cornet / Vinny Golia – saxophones and clarinets / Steuart Liebig – electric contrabasses / Alex Cline – percussion
recorded and mixed by Scott Fraser at Architecture, Los Angeles, July 2018 and March 2019

Commedia Dell’ Arte!
Logan Perry – percussion, ukulele, samples, voice
recorded between January and November 2022

New and Recent Releases from Floating Limb

Source: Floating Limb.

SPHAGNUM MOSS – THE DWELLER OF THE HOUSE

One longform piece in two parts, or two longform pieces making one whole. Manipulated synthetic chamber choir, scrawled strings, restless sines, fielded recordings, rapturous devotions, mangled tape and discordant barrage.

OLIVER BARRETT – AERIAL

“When we moved into our current flat, there was an old TV aerial wedged precariously between two sections of the roof. It had obviously been blown down years ago and it was now stuck there about 25 feet above the front door to the building…”

OLIVER BARRETT – THERE THE SUN ALSO RISES

There The Sun Also Rises is a short story and album by Oliver Barrett; both parts inspired by and extrapolating on the other. Told by a man looking back on his life, the things he’s left behind, and all the decisions that led him to up to a single revelatory experience, the story is both a wide-eyed, cosmic science fiction tale and a deeply personal reckoning with what has come to pass.

SPHAGNUM MOSS – RIG CURVE

A strange tone you’ve been hearing in your dreams suddenly made manifest and no, actually, not that one at all. Several synths left out in the rain and then dried in the tumble drier on the wrong setting. A storage box of rhythms with holes in the knees that you’ve grown out of suddenly pitching down the stairs. Like a lift shaft falling down a lift shaft…

SPHAGNUM MOSS – THREE ROYAL HEADSMEN

Three pieces named for three people alleged to have been the executioner of King Charles I. The execution of King Charles I in 1649 was the defining act of the English Civil War, resulting in a temporary abolition of the monarchy and symbolising a significant step towards potential democracy in this country (one day, maybe)…

SPHAGNUM MOSS – PARAPET IN GOLDEN LIGHT

‘Parapet In Golden Light’ is the first release under the Sphagnum Moss moniker, invoking longform tonal shifts and structures with an emphasis on density. The two pieces blur the lines between acoustic and electronic sound sources, physical and synthetic, high fidelity and low fidelity, taking a home organ and a harmonium as sonic starting points, respectively.

Coming From Tzadik

Source: Tzadik.

Upcoming Releases

Archival
John Zorn: The Hermetic Organ Volume 10 – Bozar, Brussels [#8394]
Recorded at the powerful organ at Henry LeBoeuf Hall, Bozar in Brussels, this is one of Zorn’s most beautiful and personal solo performances—a dramatic musical reading of the epic Faust legend. Featuring a guest appearance by the sensational vocalist Barbara Hannigan, who is improvising with Zorn for the very first time—this exciting concert is presented here in a special limited edition 2-disc set that includes both a CD and a bonus DVD hi-quality film document of the event. No one plays the organ quite like Zorn and many of his unusual techniques, usually hidden in performance, are presented in close focus. Beautifully filmed by state of the art equipment, this is a wild and colorful concert by two mavericks of new music. Essential!
(November 2022)

John Zorn: John Zorn’s Olympiad •Vol. 3 Pops Plays Pops—Eugene Chadbourne Plays The Book Of Heads [#8395]
Composed in 1976 and studied by guitarists the world over, The Book of Heads is one of Zorn’s most popular and oft-performed compositions. Concentrated into 35 “heads” that can be used as jumping off points for improvisation, the score uses an hermetic language of meticulously notated sounds inspired by contemporary classical extended techniques, cartoons, film noir, Zen philosophy, and the idiosyncratic guitar languages of free improvisation via Chadbourne, Frith, Bailey et al. Interpreted here by the madcap virtuoso they were originally created for: Eugene Chadbourne, they receive a passionate and creative interpretation—looser, wilder and more open than the textbook readings of James Moore and Marc Ribot. Vexingly entertaining, this curious release contains fifteen of the original 35 études: sixty minutes of the most gonzo music ever created for solo guitar!
(December 2022)

New Clean Feed Releases

Source: Clean Feed.

Avram Fefer Quartet Juba Lee
Second effort by this all star quartet featuring Marc Ribot, Eric Revis and Chad Taylor. The music is a continuation of the award winning “Testament” that featured the same band exploring both spiritual and grounded music that won’t disappoint anyone. Capable of writing extraordinary melodies, Avram Fefer strikes again and bet you’ll be singing “Sweet Fifteen” after the end of the CD. Listen

Per Zanussi & Vestnorsk Jazzensemble Li (and the infinite game)
Featuring some of the most important musicians and improvisers from the West of Norway (Bergen and Stavanger) as Øyvind Skarbø, Kjetil Møster, Kristoffer Alberts or Thomas T. Dahl etc… A masterpiece in every sense…Listen

Gorilla Mask Mind Raid
This is a kind of reset for Gorilla Mask introducing some deep electronic sounds to the already powerful smashing sound of the trio. The electronic nuances added to the trio sound certainly bring some texturized subtleties that I believe represent a step forward…Listen

Lori Fredman/Scott Thomson Amber
From the beautiful city of Montreal comes this very special duo of clarinetes wizard Lori Freedman and trombone ace Scott Thomson. Grounded in the new music field, Lori Freedman is a world class improviser in her own right as well. When associated with a musician as Mr Thomson with so much vocabulary and ears one can only expect nothing but the best and that’s exactly what they deliver at “Amber”….Listen

One Small Step Gol Variations
When as a label curator you get music as unique as this it means you can still be surprised after 20 years of work releasing over 600 records. Janne Eraker, tap dancer, Vegar Vårdal fiddle player and vocalist and Roger Arntzen on double bass play some of the most magical music I have heard in years. While fully improvised, they seem to be playing some common music language only the three of them know. This will blow your mind as it did to me…Listen

Igor Lumpert Innertextures I am the Spirit of the Earth
Featuring his mates for 20 years, Greg Ward, Chris Tordini and Kenny Grohowski, as the core for this larger group, Slovenian sax master Igor Lumpert, a Brooklyn resident for 22 years, decided that more colors should be added to his original music. So this time as a septet and octet, his music truly shines with the collaborations of Peter Evans, Jeff Miles, John Ellis and Caleb Curtis. “I Am the Spirit of the Earth” harmonizes the essential aspects of Igor’s music and personality – his wisdom as a composer and bandleader…Listen

Ricardo Toscano Trio Chasing Contradictions
After playing along with some of the most incredible fado singers in the country for quite a few years, Ricardo Toscano is back to jazz with two of his comrades, bassist Romeu Tristão and drummer João Pereira. The music featuring two compositions by him, one by João Pereira, one by Thelonious Monk and one traditional fado song, runs open and wide showcasing the empathy of three like minded guys that play together for 15 years. Make no mistake, this is a high class swinging trio…Listen

Thomas Bergsten Ganjibiri
Thomas Bergsten is a Norwegian guitarist-multi-instrumentalist known for bands like the psychedelic dance band Gunerius & Verdensveven and The Harvey Steel Show, describing itself as psych jupiterian folk music. In Ganjibiri Bergsten explores the concept of the long jams combining compositional elements with the liberty of improvisation. The result is a mysterious blend of psychedelic-spiritual Jazz. Imagine if Can, Captain Beefheart, Terje Rypdal and Ornette Coleman were playing all together in a Bitches Brew session mood…Listen

Gonçalo Almeida Improvisations on Amplified and Prepared Double Bass
Gonçalo Almeida is a chameleonic musician capable of producing a wide palette of sounds that range from jazz, post-rock to metal. Even so in this solo album he directs his music towards unexplored paths. The trio of timbres born from the combination of feedback, distortion and acoustics led him to lines and energies that he had not yet developed before, revealing a transcendent connection with his instrument. Clearly, the music on this album is something else.

New Cyclic Law Releases

Source: Cyclic Law.

CAMILLA PISANI “Phant[as]” CD / DL (AES005)

Italian Audio / Visual artist Camilla Pisani joins us with her new album Phant[as]. Imagined as a lucid nightmare, fuelled by her various inner struggles, it is a trip into the depths of imagination. The project is inspired by Phantasmagoria, a form of theatre that was most popular in Paris in the 18th century, in which images of skeletons, demons and ghosts were projected onto walls and/or sheets. During these performances, there was a rapid succession of lights, smoke, illusions, ghosts and spectres that deceived and amazed the audience.

DARJA KAZIMIRA “Monochromia” CD / DL (188th Cycle)

Remastered re-issue of her 2016 album of otherworldly funeral chants…in her own words she describes the inception of the album; “This album was a completely impulsive act, the realization of a regular artistic idea, which initially did not mean the final result…But in the end, “Monochromia” became one of my first big works. Here, only the “dialogizing” musical-improvisational experiment and the very nature of the ancient Greek tragedy, which demonstrate the archaic principle of distribution and the interaction of ordinary and ritual violence in the system of relations between man and metaphysics, were of importance.”

VORTEX “Häxan” LP + CD Set (209th Cycle)

A hundred years of WITCHCRAFT THROUGH THE AGES: In 1922 Benjamin Christensen’s film HÄXAN was unleashed and left a significant mark in history of film to this day. This psychological portrayal of occultism and inquisition combined a critical perspective on religion and patriarchy with stunning visions of possession, sabbath rituals, torture, and demons. In celebration of this 100th anniversary, German ritual formation VORTEX has developed a brooding, percussive and complex musical work evoking hidden energies and abyssal spirituality.

New OTOROKU Releases

Source: Cafe OTO.

Originally from Inner Mongolia, Deng Boyu has been active in the Chinese music underground since the late 1990s. His work spans numerous genres, as a drummer, solo electronics artist, improviser and…
DENG BOYU – 《INERTION》

Danielle Price is a tuba player whose work explores the range of creative possibilities of the instrument, both in her own compositions as well as her extensive list of collaborations ranging…
DANIELLE PRICE – AFTER THE ALLOTMENTS

Loud Object is the second solo release from artist Billy Steiger, following his self released ‘Recordings, drawings and photographs from in and around Fr​î​dd Newydd’ in 2016. Both a visual artist and a…
BILLY STEIGER – LOUD OBJECT

Promise & Illusion is the first LP from Ecka Mordecai, following the release of her solo Critique + Prosper on Takuroku in 2020. Cello, voice, horsehair harp, violin and field recordings combine…
ECKA MORDECAI – PROMISE & ILLUSION

First physical solo release from legendary vocal improvisor, dancer, and performer Maggie Nicols, and the follow up to Creative Contradiction (Takuroku 2020). “This is music as social…
MAGGIE NICOLS – ARE YOU READY?

We’re very pleased to announce Pat Thomas’s ‘The Elephant Clock of Al Jazari’ on our in-house OTOROKU label. Recorded live at OTO in May 2015 and mastered by Giuseppe Ielasi, the LP comprises four typically…
PAT THOMAS – THE ELEPHANT CLOCK OF AL…

New Releases From Driff Records

Source: Driff Records.

DUALS
Jeb Bishop – trombone
Pandelis Karayorgis – piano
Damon Smith – bass
Triple CD set.
Each disc contains one duo session between the three musicians: trombone-bass, piano-bass and piano-trombone. Recorded over the course of Jeb’s last year of residency in Boston and soon after Damon had moved away, these recordings capture a glimpse of the city’s creative music scene at a particularly active time.

THE HASAAN, HOPE & MONK PROJECT
Pandelis Karayorgis – piano
Nate McBride – bass
Luther Gray – drums
Featuring four compositions from Hasaan Ibn Ali’s recently re-discovered 1965 recording Metaphysics (Omnivore, 2021), three classics by Elmo Hope, and six Thelonious Monk favorites.

WATER LILIES
Forbes Graham – trumpet
Jeb Bishop – trombone
Pandelis Karayorgis – piano
Nate McBride – bass
Kresten Osgood – drums
This live recording from May 2022 captures the reunion of Copenhagen-based drummer Kresten Osgood with four long time Boston-based musical companions during Kresten’s U.S. tour at the time. All five musicians here share a long history of working together and have developed a common language. The first four tracks are trio, followed by a longer piece from the entire group.

Rodger Coleman’s Sun Ra Sundays Freely Available

Source: The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota.

We are very excited to announce the publication of a long simmering book project: Rodger Coleman’s Sun Ra Sundays, edited by Sam Byrd.

The book is a heavily revised and reorganized version of Rodger Coleman’s iconic blog series “Sun Ra Sundays” (2008-2016) which anticipated the revival of interest in not only Sun Ra’s musical legacy, but also Afrofuturist music, art, and culture more generally. As Irwin Chusid, the administrator of the Sun Ra estate, remarked: “The opinions herein are exhaustive, authoritative, and worth reading. They are a valuable addition to Sun Ra scholarship…”