Col Legno Releases

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Christian Winther Christensen: Almost in G

An unmistakable language, a singular tone of voice, an own voice – all this is rarely to be experienced as in Christian Winther Christensen’s music. It flashes some of the times of earlier times, but lingers radically in the 21st century. Yes, classical instruments are playing. And yes – it’s about new music. But the old building blocks are reassembled in a way that you can hear the resulting music. And gladly, often in succession and in all circumstances … and with SCENATET we can welcome one of the most innovative European ensembles at col legno !

Annette Bik: Double Bach

On her first solo album, Annette Bik (Violinist of the Klangforum Wien) launches a fascinating experiment: In addition to all of Bach’s famous “Partita in B Minor,” she asked four first-rate contemporary composers to write a double, a Double Double Bach. A stroke of genius in the mirror of the present time, a fascinating audio document in which the utmost virtuosity and direct effect form a rare link.

Martin Ptak: River Tales

Film music and improvisation, childhood memory and farewell, surface and depth effect, trombone choir, string surface and piano pattern. […] Martin Ptak, trombonist, pianist and composer presents his new longplayer River Tales: a long-lasting soundtrack from the source to the mouth – and for the track in between

Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter

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Matt Shipp Trio! Anna Webber Octet! Jessica Pavone Solo! Guillermo Gregorio & Brandon Lopez! Tomeka Reid & Filippo Monico! Stephan Crump’s Rosetta Trio: Liberty Ellman! Two from Dave Rempis: Tasji Dorji & Brandon Lopez! Gerhard Ullmann & Alexey Kruglov! Lucian Ban & Alex Simu! Miho Hazama & M Unit! Cooper Moore & Stephen Gauci! Chris Welcome Octet! Two from Leap of Faith! Fido Plays Zappa! Dave Brubeck Quartet! Phill Niblock DVD! Laraaji & Lyghte & More..!

Upcoming Sets at Downtown Music Gallery – FREE, every Sunday at 6pm

Sunday, February 17th:

Sunday, February 24th: The REGGIE SYLVESTER Double Header:
6pm: ED KELLER / REGGIE SYLVESTER – Guitar & Drums Duo!

Sunday, March 3rd:
7pm: KAREN NG & HENRY FRASER – Sax & Clarinet / Bass!

Sunday, March 10th:
6pm: JESSICA / TONY JONES – Sax Duo – Two CD Releases Celebration!
7pm: THOMAS HEBERER / JOE HERTENSTEIN – Trumpet and Drums!

Sunday, March 17th:
7pm: JARVIS EARNSHAW / DANIEL CARTER / ZACH SWANSON – Sitar & Loops / Woodwinds / Bass

RareNoiseRecords Upcoming Releases

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Marilyn Mazur’s Shamania

An all-female band, a gathering of ten of Scandinavia’s most inventive and respected female musicians.

Lotte Anker – sax (DK)
Josefine Cronholm – vocal and percussion (SE/DK)
Sissel Vera Pettersen – sax and vocal (NO)
Hildegunn Øiseth – trumpet and goat horn (NO)
Lis Wessberg – trombone (DK)
Makiko Hirabayashi – keyboards (Japan/DK)
Ellen Andrea Wang – bass (NO)
Anna Lund – drums (SE)
Lisbeth Diers – percussion (DK)
Marilyn Mazur – composer/leader, percussion, balaphone, kalimba (DK)

In 1978, Danish percussion master Marilyn Mazur founded the bold, innovative Primi Band, an all-female music-theater ensemble that drew from a deep well of primal energy and experimental audacity. Four decades later, Mazur reinvents the core concepts in an adventurous new fashion with Shamania, a gathering of ten of Scandinavia’s most inventive and respected female musicians.

Whereas Primi Band culled its members from risk-taking but non-professional musicians, Shamania comprises ten highly respected (but equally daring) artists from the Danish, Swedish and Norwegian avant-jazz scenes. Their stunning debut album is a vivid combination of primeval forces and virtuosic musicianship, fiercely original imaginings and deeply organic emotions, communal energies and singular voices.

Dave Liebman, Adam Rudolph, Hamid Drake – CHI

A transcendent collaboration deeply possessed of fresh inspiration and deep roots, ancient traditions and modern invention.

Dave Liebman – soprano and tenor saxophones, piano (“Formless Form”), wooden recorder
Adam Rudolph – hand drumset (kongos, djembe, tarija) piano (“Becoming”), sintir, multi-phonic vocal, percussion, electronic processing
Hamid Drake – drumset, vocal, frame drum, percussion

Chi brings together these three master musicians for a breathtaking excursion into spontaneous composition, an extended, adventurous set of free improvisation that maintains a through line of resilient architecture and unexpected twists and turns. Nowhere revealing the tenuous moments that might be expected in an initial collaboration, the music is vivid and powerful from beginning to end, evoking timeless traditions while surging forward with ferocious abandon.

Unexplained Sounds Group Releases African Music Anthology

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African music is as diverse as the topography of the land itself, and is said to be comprised of literally thousands of different styles of music. But many experts of regional music tend to separate African music into two distinct groups: North African Music, which is strongly Arabic and Islamic in nature, and Black African music, or that which is centralized in the Western, Central and Sub Saharan regions of Africa.

So many iconic Western musicians have incorporated African instrumentation, ideas and ideals into their music. And ultimately there is an almost infinite variety of music forms, most of which, on some level, have been produced as a result of African music, or influenced by it. Whether Western instruments have evolved from ancient African models, or whether we have adopted our knowledge in terms of rhythms and cross rhythms, various scalic patterns, and the basic evolution of melody and harmony, Western music undoubtedly owes an immeasurable debt of gratitude to the African peoples for their wisdom, insight and creativity.

During recent decades we’ve witnessed more and more of the inverse phenomenon, with African musicians absorbing styles and trends developed in Western countries, so that at last the circle has closed. Finally, then, we can embark on our “unexplained sounds” journey into Mother Africa.

FRKTL, Abdellah M. Hassak, Ahmed Saleh, Victor Gama, Eryck Abecassis, Healer Oran, mehdi halib, In_o, Nur, 1§ÅdØrÅ dµ§+m1+(∑) jµnk, AMET.

Shelter Press Releases “SPECTRES”

Shelter Press with the support of INA GRM has published the new book “Spectres Composer l’écoute / Composing listening”. This book is the first in an annual series. The first edition features writings in English and French by François Bayle, Jim O’Rourke, Daniel Terruggi, Stephen O’Malley, Elaine Radigue, Chris Watson, Brunhild Ferrari, Beatriz Ferreyra, Espen Sommer Eide, Drew Daniel, François J. Bonnet, Régis Renouard Larivière, and Félicia Atkinson.

Each issue of “SPECTRES” will have a different subtitle / focus.  “This book has been conceived as both a prism and a manual. Following the “traditional” arc of electroacoustic composition (listen—record—compose—deploy—feel), each of the contributions collected together here focuses in on a personal aspect, a fragment of that thrilling territory that is sonic and musical experimentation.

Although the term “experimental music” may now have be understood as referring to a genre, or even a particular style, we ought to hold on to the original use of this term, which was based more on an approach than on any particular aesthetic line to be followed. The experimental is first and foremost a spirit, the spirit of the exploration of unknown territories, a spirit of invention which sees musical composition more as a voyage into uncertain territories than as a self-assured approach working safe within the bosom of fully mapped out and recognized lands.”

More info at Shelter Press

Sub Rosa New Releases

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On Elephantine, his new album released exclusively on Sub Rosa as vinyl LP, Cairo-based Maurice Louca guides a 12-piece ensemble through a 38-minute masterwork that might best be described as panoramic. Elements of free improvisation, Sun Ra’s cosmic jazz, gorgeous Arabic melody, trancelike African and Yemeni music and minimalism meet in his wholly unique compositional vision. Louca also makes vital contributions on guitar and piano, and inspires stirring performances from a global lineup.


Pianisme is a collection of unreleased and out-of-print piano works composed and recorded since 2004. Most of them are part of soundtracks for feature films by french director Sébastien Betbeder (from 2007’s Nuage and the very rare short film Nu devant un fantôme – whose music was completely unpublished until now). Also released for the first time: In the twilight of Paris (written the day after Luc Ferrari’s death, as a quiet homage to a composer whose works have often been part of the Sub Rosa catalogue) and Soñando, straight repetition and variations on a minimal pattern, created for choreographer Christian Rizzo’s 2010 show L’Oubli, toucher du bois.

Yom Kippur 1973

This record is a previously unheard masterpiece of Israeli multimedia artist Ami Shavit. As a professor of both philosophy and art and established kinetic artist in the 1970s Shavit was fascinated with new and interactive technologies. While mostly focusing on visual art and mixed-media installations, a trip to New York in 1972 introduced him to synthesizers and triggered his curiosity to do some explorations into the world of music or “sound” as he preferred to call it. Ami’s research was focused on the concept of meditative music that would help people to relax and create a cosy mood associated to the alpha brain waves and biofeedback.

Midira Records New Releases

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Aidan Baker + N “Doppellive”
A double album featuring two collaborative performances by two ambient guitar masterminds.

Scatterwound (Dirk Serries + N) “MN”
First ever live performance by this outstanding drone duo, recorded in a church.

Aidan Baker & Karen Willems “Awel”
Live collaboration featuring Aidan on guitar and Karen on drums. Perfect balance between ambient, jazz and experimental sounds.

Thisquietarmy + Dirk Serries + Tom Malmendier “Hell”
A trio live improvisation (guitars and drums) with an epic 41minutes result full of experimental ambient, drone and jazz sounds.

The Star Pillow “Music For Sad Headbangers”
The last studio album, before The Star Pillow goes into hiatus. A very emotional journey through drone, ambient and post-rock.