Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter

Tobias Delius

Source: Downtown Music Gallery.

The Elton Dean Quintet: Harry Beckett & Paul Rutherford! Han Bennink Trio: Joachim Badenhorst & Simon Toldam! Guus Jansen & Lee Konitz / Michael Moore / Wolter Weirbos! Ab Baars / Ig Henneman / Dave Burrell! Ernst Glerum Omnibus!

Jan Nijdam Kwartet: Tobias Delius / Michiel Scheen! Paul Van Kemenade / Jasper Van’t Hof / Maria Portugal! Gravitones & Strings! Tristan Honsinger / Nicolas Caloia / Joshua Zubot! Christian Lillinger & Tobias Delius! Isabelle Duthoit & Franz Hautzinger! Peter Garland!

LP’s from John & Alice Coltrane! Raymond Scott! Orlando Julius & the West Coast Pop Experimental Band! Plus the Return of Discs from Horace Tapscott & the Nimbus West Label!

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

RARE Pre-Vision Fest Performance, This Saturday, May 27th:
6pm: ASSIF TSAHAR – Solo Tenor Sax! Assif returns from Israel to play here

Sunday, June 4th at Downtown Music Gallery:
6pm: THOMAS HELTON / JAIMIE BRANCH / MICHAEL EVANS!
7pm: KALABALIK Returns: RAOUL BJORKENHEIM / ANDERS NILSSON / GERALD CLEAVER!

Monday, June 5th at ZURCHER GALLERY (33 Bleecker St, east of Lafayette)
7pm: Debut Gig: RAOUL BJORKENHEIM / JOE FONDA / GERALD CLEAVER New TRIO!

Sunday, June 11th:
6pm: ITALIAN SODA: CODY PUTNAM / MOLLY PEASE / MILLER WREN / JACOB RICHARDS – Bassoon /Voice / Upright Bass / Drums & Electronics!
7pm: ROBBIE LEE / HAMPUS OHMAN-FROLUND – Woodwinds / Drums!

Sunday, June 18th:
6pm: KYLE MOTL & TREVOR DUNN – Bass Duo!
7pm: PAUL GIALLORENZO / JAIMIE BRANCH Trio

Monday, June 19th at THE STONE:
Bruce’s Birthday Celebration & Concert of Spiritual Jazz!
7pm: UNBROKEN: LOUIE BELOGENIS / SHANIR BLUMENKRANZ / KENNY WOLLESON!
8:30: FRANKLIN KIERMYER QUARTET Featuring: JOVAN ALEXANDRE – Tenor Sax /
DAVIS WHITFIELD – Piano / OTTO GARDNER – Bass / FRANKLIN KIERMYER – Drums!
July, 2017 is the 50th Anniversary of the Passing of John Coltrane – We Embrace his Spirit!

Sunday, June 25th:
6pm: THOMAS HEBERER / FRANK GRATKOWSKI – European Trumpet & Sax Duo

Saturday, July 15th at DMG: Super Rare Solo Performance by:
6pm: HENRY KAISER – Solo Electric Guitar!

AMN Reviews: Mari Kimura – “Voyage Apollonian” [Innova 958]

kimura-coverComposer/performer Mari Kimura is a violinist that has earned international acclaim in both standard and contemporary repertoire. She is one of contemporary musics finest interactive computer music specialists and has premiered many new interactive works from composers such as Jean Claude Risset and Robert Rowe. Her latest effort “Voyage Apollonian” is a compilation of her recent work featuring six original compositions and arrangements of pieces by Brazilian composers Egberto Gismonti, Joao Bosco and Hermeto Pascoal.

Kimura’s current work makes use of her many years of research and collaboration with leading institutions such as IRCAM, into the use of new technology for interactive computer music and technological extension or augmentation of the violin. Working with IRCAM and Liubo Borissov, Kimura has developed a glove that uses various motion sensors to transmit the motion of the bow into the computer via WiFi. The motion sensing technology is able to detect gestures such as pizzicato and various types of bowing. This motion or gestural control is then used to interact with custom software. Kimura uses this ability to communicate to the computer her expressive intentions in real time. This allows her to control the real time signal processing of her violin as well as the ability to use gestures as cues or triggers that interact with the computers software.

The title track “Voyage Apollonian” has kind of an impressionistic or spectral feel to it as it alternates between various pizzicato and bowed phrases in a kind of call and response. This alternation develops as a kind of interplay between phrases and their articulations. By using the gestural control of the glove/bow, Kimura is able to choose in real time which software signal processing techniques – doubling, reverb, echo, harmonization, etc. she wishes to apply to the phrase she is playing as she is playing it. But this gestural interaction is not just limited to signal processing. On her arrangement of Hermeto Pascoal’s  “Bebe” Kimura uses the sensor technology to cue the virtual pianist as it plays a vamp for her to solo on. This allows her to dynamically control the length of the accompaniment for her improvised solo.

In addition to her inventive use of technology, Kimura’s compositions also bring her own unique twists to familiar forms. For example in “Bruer Vivant” Kimura paints a passacaglia with bits of “Romanticism” mixed with dazzling contemporary electronics. “Canon Elastique” is a two voice canon where the glove/bow gestural control is used to modify material she has played after it has been delayed by software forming a second canonic voice. However the result is not a simple echo or a minimalist texture. The technology allows Kimura to change her musical past in real time by the way in which she articulates the first voice.

Mari Kimura’s sonic explorations are not just limited to using technology with the violin but extends to discovering and perfecting new acoustic techniques. She has developed an innovative extended bowing technique that is able to produce subharmonic pitches that sound up to an octave below the violins lowest string without re-tuning the instrument. While she uses this technique throughout the works on this disc it is prominently featured on the only unaccompanied acoustic piece on this CD “JanMaricana”.

“Voyage Apollonian” covers a great deal of territory; from Brazilian sambas and jazz to unaccompanied violin with subharmonics to new musical interfaces with interactive computer technology. Despite the use of cutting edge technology and new innovative acoustic techniques the music on this disc does not sound very “technical”. The use of technology is at the service of the performer and has been carefully designed to be flexible and expressive. In Kimura’s hands the results are a highly expressive music that is warm and organic, rich in color and nuance. Highly recommended.

Chris DeChiara

Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter

Craig Taborn (Prezens, at the Vortex (London) ...

Source: Downtown Music Gallery.

Craig Taborn & Ikue Mori! Peter Brotzmann & Heather Leigh! Ten from Clean Feed: Mario Pavone/Dave Ballou/Tony Malaby/Oscar Noriega/Peter McEachern/Mike Sarin! Mat Maneri / Evan Parker / Lucian Ban! Rova/Henry Kaiser/Kyle Bruckmann Play Steve Lacy’s Sax Special! Meridian Trio: Nick Mazzarella/Matt Ulery..! David Stackenas Solo Guitar! Stale Storlokken/Thomas Stronen!

Pre-orders for Willem Breuker Kollektief 11 CD Set! Historic: Billy Bang Solo from 1979! Two essential from Hans Reichel! Rudiger Carl/Gunter Christmann Trio! Black Cube Marriage with Rob Mazurek & Steve Jansen! Leap of Faith! Tony Conrad! Trad, Gras Och Stenar! Tony Conrad Rarities! Kevin Drumm 6 CD Set! New from Neos: Vinko Globakar! Edward Ka-Spel!

Restocks from ICP Orchestra! Jewels & Binoculars Tribute to Bob Dylan: Michael Moore/Lindsey Horner/Michael Vatcher! Lee Perry! John Hartford. Three LP Rarities from Peter Brotzmann/Fred Van Hove/Han Bennink Albert Mangelsdorff! 3 from Ned Rothenberg Double Band with Thomas Chapin! Lee Perry!John Hartford! Charelmagne Palestine!

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

Sunday, June 4th at Downtown Music Gallery:
6pm: THOMAS HELTON / JAIMIE BRANCH / MICHAEL EVANS!
7pm: KALABALIK Returns: RAOUL BJORKENHEIM / ANDERS NILSSON / GERALD CLEAVER!

Monday, June 5th at ZURCHER GALLERY (33 Bleecker St, east of Lafayette)
7pm: Debut Gig: RAOUL BJORKENHEIM / JOE FONDA / GERALD CLEAVER New TRIO!

Monday, June 19th at THE STONE:
Bruce’s Birthday Celebration & Concert of Spiritual Jazz!
7pm: UNBROKEN: LOUIE BELOGENIS / SHANIR BLUMENKRANZ / KENNY WOLLESON!
8:30: FRANKLIN KIERMYER QUARTET Featuring: JOVAN ALEXANDRE – Tenor Sax /
DAVIS WHITFIELD – Piano / OTTO GARDNER – Bass / FRANKLIN KIERMYER – Drums!
July, 2017 is the 50th Anniversary of the Passing of John Coltrane – We Embrace his Spirit!

Saturday, July 15th at DMG: Super Rare Solo Performance by:
6pm: HENRY KAISER – Solo Electric Guitar!

New Releases from Clean Feed Records

American Jazz musician and composer Mat Maneri.

Source: Clean Feed Records.

Mat Maneri | Evan Parker | Lucian Ban – Sounding Tears
Mario Pavone – Vertical
Rova | Bruckmann | Kaiser – Saxophone Special Revisited
Chamber 4 – City of Light
Humcrush – Enter Humcrash
Meridian Trio – Triangulum
Rune Your Day – Rune Your Day
Ricardo Jacinto | Gonçalo Almeida | Nuno Morão – The Selva
David Stackenäs – Bricks
Honest John – International Breakthrough

New Releases from pfMENTUM

Andrea Centazzo - Mandala Roma - Auditorium

Source: pfMENTUM.

Vinny Golia: Intercommunications not only features Golia’s deep and diverse skills on multiple woodwinds, but his truly wondrous gong collection. A treat to listen to, and part of Golia’s continuing pilgrimage exploring adventurous music and new forms. This is the second joint release of pfMENTUM and Ninewinds.

Michael Vlatkovich: TRYYO, Flying Box is the second pfMENTUM outing for the group of Vlatkovich, Jonathan Golove, and Damon Short. Exciting, dynamic compositions spring into twisted and exciting improvisations. An awesome followup to their earlier release, Pershing Woman!

Andrew Raffo Dewar, Ann LeBaron, and Andrea Centazzo: Encantamientos is the first pfMENTUM outing for this ensemble, and we want to hear more! Subtle, nuanced interplay is at the core of this fine recording (engineer Clay Chaplin). A rewarding, intriguing listen with surprising details, turns, and twists unveiled by the musicians throughout the duration of the recording, befitting the title which translates as “incantations.”