New Magma DVD Trilogy


Christian Vander Quartet in the twentieth musi...

Source: Seventh Records.

French music legends Magma will be releasing EMEHNTEHTT-RÉ TRILOGIE Live DVD in January 2017! The concerts were recorded live at Le Triton in November 2014 and feature the EMEHNTEHTT-RÉ TRILOGIE performed in full for the very first time!

Initiated in 1973, its composition beholds its whole fulfillment after more than four decades. It is the testimony of an unwaveringly timeless inspiration, of which the expectant present asserts itself beyond history. Connecting wide and contrasted scenes, it sets its coherence within its very dynamics, playing with chiaroscuro, between choral splendor, operatic jubilation and hurricane of spirits beyond graves. The different parts formerly scattered around are finally gathered in all their glory, finding their proper place in the grand scale of a now complete work, topped off with the bright blaze of a Grand Finale.

The two-disc DVD set features THE CROSSROADS OF TIMES, 115 minutes of conversations with Christian Vander on composing each movement of the trilogy (with English subtitles). Through a process of digging, expanding, anchoring and changing directions, his unique approach continues to propel Magma’s music forward.

Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter


Swiss pianist Sylvie Courvoisier, performing a...

Source: Downtown Music Gallery.

Tania Chen/Henry Kaiser/Wadada Leo Smith/William Winant! Sylvie Courvoisier & Mary Halvorson! Hamid Drake & Sylvain Kassap! New from Erstwhile: Keith Rowe 4 CD Set! Michael Pisaro / Reiner Van Houdt! Graham Lambkin 2 CD Set! Taku Unami/Devin DiSant!

Pauline Oliveros & Connie Crothers (R.I.P.)! From Hat Now: Two from Morton Feldman and Katherina Rosenberger! William Hellerman/Robert Dick! Merzbow & Balazs Pandi! Daniel Erdmann Velvet Revolution! Eivind Kang & Eli Keszler LPs!

Plus Historic Discs from ESP: Sun Ra Arkestra 2 & 3 CD Sets! Cannonball Adderley! John Kirby Sextet! Moebius! Ahmad Jamal! Art Farmer! Dave Van Ronk! On vinyl: Archie Shepp & Bill Dixon! Lydia Lunch! Sonic Youth! Adrian Sherwood and the African Guitar Safari Comp!

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The FREE DMG Weekly New Music In-Store Series Continues on Sundays with:

Sunday, January 15th:
6pm: SAM NEWSOME Solo Soprano Sax
7pm: MIKKO INNANEN – Solo Alto Sax

Sunday, January 22nd:
6pm: ALEC HARPER TRIO With BRANDON LOPEZ / FLIN VAN HEMMEN
7pm: KNUCKLEBALL: DANIEL LEVINE / MARC HANNAFORD / DEVIN GRAY – CD Release set!

Sunday, January 29th:
6pm: HAG: BRAD HENKEL / SEAN ALI / DAVID GROLLMAN – Trumpet / Contrabass / Snare
7pm: MAKOTO KAWASIMA – Solo Alto Sax
8pm: BLAISE SIWULA / ERIC PLAKS – Saxes & keyboard

Sunday, February 5th:
6pm: GUILLERMO GREGORIO & ART BAILEY – Plus Fluxus Tapes
7pm: VORTKIP: NICO LETMAN-BURTINOVIC/ELIJAH SHIFFER/BRITT CIAMPA

Sunday, February 12th:
7pm: MICHAEL LYTLE / NICK DIDKOVSKY / MATT OSTROWSKI –
Bass Clarinet / Guitar / Synthesizer!

Sunday, February 19th:
6pm: NICK FRASER and INGRID LAUBROCK – Drums & Sax
7pm: MOOSEBUMPS: KARL NYBERG and ANTON JONSSON – Sax and Drums!

Midira Records New Releases


Source: Midira Records.

JANEK SPRACHTA – GROW

Janek Sprachta is a Berlin-based multi-instrumentalist, known for his drum works in the band Siva, in which he and Nils Frahm were playing together. Three years ago Sprachta released his first solo album, mastered by his bandmate and friend Nils Frahm.

After some years of experience in making music Sprachta recorded his second solo album called “Grow”. A little masterpiece that merges sounds from ambient, modern classical, post-rock and electronic music into a 40minutes sound journey. Sprachta plays drums, guitar, piano and some other instruments creating his very own one-man-orchestra of experimental sounds (except for some cello sounds, played by Rahel Pötsch). Starting from fragile and quiet piano movements and ending up in a massive loud post-rockish sound wall.

“Grow” is one of the most not-drone-at-all albums of the Midira roster, but its mood fits perfectly into the sound cosmos of the label. The album sounds the best with a good portion of bass and middle volume on your hi-fi system, so it will take you on a smooth and warm soundtrip full of surprises.

KLEEFSTRA | BAKKER | KLEEFSTRA – DIZE

After releasing the highly acclaimed album “Moarntiids” by Piiptsjilling, the Kleefstra Brothers return to Midira with “Dize”, this time by Kleefstra | Bakker | Kleefstra.

Anne Chris Bakker, Romke Kleefstra and Jan Kleefstra joined forces a while ago and started releasing limited collaboration albums. Their sound is a fragile construct build of guitar drones by Romke Kleefstra and Anne Chris Bakker crowned by the unmistakable voice of Jan Kleefstra. It´s the most simple sound structure in their oeuvre, but also the most effective.

Dize is a dark piece of music, taking you to a journey through the cold seaside of the north. Sounds like waves and winds create an atmosphere that gives you the creeps and on the other side you get a feeling of being safe, surrounded by the warm voice of Jan Kleefstra. The guitar sounds start with a certain motive and then they transform into a big crawling beast of wall with a forcing bass sound and swelling heights.

Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter


Paul Dunmall

Source: Downtown Music Gallery.

Ken Vandermark Momentum: Stone 6 CD Set with Courvoisier/Laubrock/Corsano/McPhee/Swell/Wiik/Kurzmann..! The Mothers of Invention ‘Uncle Meat’ Variations & Rarities 3 CD set! Paul Dunmall Brass Project! Szilard Mezei Tiszan Innen Ensemble Gem! David Haney Trio 2 CD set! Tisziji Munoz/Lou Soloff/Paul Shaffer Paradox Sextet!

Michael Musillami Duo Tribute to Wayne Shorter! Charlie Haden & Liberation Music Orchestra Final Treasure! Thurston Moore Cassette Rarity! Plus Six Sonic Jewels from the Great Greek Thirsty Leaves Electronic Music Label! Eliane Radigue Restocks and More..!

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The FREE DMG Weekly New Music In-Store Series Continues on Sundays with:

Sunday, January 8th, 2017:
6pm: ABRAHAM MENNEN / KESIVAN NAIDOO – Tenor Sax & Drums
7pm: DANIEL LEVIN / HENRY FRASER – Cello & Contrabass

Sunday, January 15th:
6pm: SAM NEWSOME Solo Soprano Sax
7pm: MIKKO INNANEN – Solo Alto Sax

Sunday, January 22nd:
6pm: ALEC HARPER TRIO With BRANDON LOPEZ / FLIN VAN HEMMEN
7pm: KNUCKLEBALL: DANIEL LEVINE / MARC HANNAFORD / DEVIN GRAY – CD Release set!

Sunday, January 29th:
6pm: HAG: BRAD HENKEL / SEAN ALI / DAVID GROLLMAN – Trumpet / Contrabass / Snare Drum
7pm: MAKOTO KAWASIMA – Solo Alto Sax
8pm: BLAISE SIWULA / ERIC PLAKS – Saxes & keyboard

Ben Johnston Hears The Notes Between The Notes


Source: NPR.

Ben Johnston doesn’t follow the rules of music. Sure, he’s got degrees from two colleges and a conservatory. But from an early age, Johnston heard music differently. When he was growing up in Georgia, he questioned the standard scales he was taught in school. “I played by ear and I invented my own chords,” he says.

In Western music, we’re taught that there are set notes in scales, but there is actually an infinite number of pitches in between those notes. They’re called microtones, and those are the notes Johnston likes to work with.

New Release From Brian Eno


Photograph of Brian Eno at a 2006 Long Now Fou...

From The New York Times.

The traditional album version of “Reflection” is a 54-minute single track that, much like the ambient music Mr. Eno has been making since the late 1970s, uses looping meditative passages that change with slow variations. But an app-based version of the project, available on iTunes, creates what Mr. Eno calls “an endless and endlessly changing version of the piece of music,” playing from the algorithms he fine-tuned while listening over weeks to the music the system created. “It’s a lot like gardening,” Mr. Eno wrote of the process in promotional materials for the project, which he accomplished with the help of Peter Chilvers, a longtime collaborator. “You plant the seeds and then you keep tending to them until you get a garden you like.”