A source of energy is required in order to levitate and, braiding tight his synthesized drones, Paolo Ielasi achieves this feat splendidly. The younger brother of Giuseppe (a talented musician and technician, nowadays known most for site-specific works), this is Ielasi’s third physical edition after two privately-released compact discs. It proves him deft at fulfilling his mission statement, engineering the “interaction between field recordings and analog machines.”
Why Are You Talking So Loud? opens with trembling soap-opera organ underscoring buzzing dragonfly forays. After hanging long in tensed suspension, subsequent tracks take a relaxed, pleasantly meandering path, before the fifth of six untitled, unnumbered pieces urges the listener to activate and hear what is happening beyond; far behind the upfront turbine thrum – far, like in another neighborhood far – a saxophone sweetly, passionately plays. And soon, even more happens.
Ielasi’s process of restrained synthesis is rich in character and rewards repeated listenings. This is a durable album, crafted with skill. Into the pleasing gatefold packaging by fledgling Polish label Sublime Retreat has been inserted an accordioned booklet featuring some fine black and white photography, mostly taken by the artist himself.
Source: The Free Jazz Collective.
Zeena Parkins / Mette Rasmussen / Ryan Sawyer – Glass Triangle (Relative Pitch, 2021) ****
Evan Parker Quartet – All Knavery and Collusion (Cadillac Records, 2021) *****
Sonny Simmons (1933 – 2021)
Orkester Brez Meja / Orchestra Senza Confini – Live In Nova Gorica (Klopotec, 2020 ) ****½
Source: Touching Extremes.
BILL THOMPSON – Ocean Into Light
THELMO CRISTOVAM – Três Chaves Perdidas / Três Frases Enterradas
Source: ISSUE Project Room.
Beginning Wednesday, May 13th, 8pm EST and continuing throughout all of Thursday, May 14th, ISSUE presents a streamed program celebrating the occasion of revolutionary American composer Alvin Lucier’s 90th birthday. Spanning nearly 30 hours, the program features 90 artists staging their own performances of Lucier’s paradigmatic 1969 work I am sitting in a room, a piece taking on new connotations within the global conditions of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. A letter to the artist from his peers, friends, and artists inspired by work, ISSUE is proud to celebrate Alvin, his legacy, and ongoing influence in experimental music.
Source: burning ambulance.
The Runners-Up is a monthly column, wherein we will analyze an album that isn’t the consensus first choice or most canonical title by a given artist, but is one worthy of more attention than it’s received to date. The album we’ll look at this month is…Billy Cobham‘s Crosswinds, originally released in 1974.