AMN Picks of the Week: Koenji Hyakkei / Cooper & Tobias / Karris Vasseur Duo / Allison Phillips Trio / Neptunian Maximalism / Corima

Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that has caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended.

Koenji Hyakkei – Dhorimviskha (2018)
Jack Cooper / Jeff Tobias – Tributaries (2021)
Karris Vasseur Duo – A Step in the Dark Stirs the Fire (2021)
Allison Phillips Trio – Placement and Longing (2021)
Neptunian Maximalism – Éons (2020)
Corima – Amaterasu (2016)

Jazzword Reviews 

Source: Jazzword.

Ritual for Expansion

The Locals
Play the Music of Anthony Braxton

Hubert Dupont
Trio Kosmos

Warped Dreamer
Live at Bimhuis

Bertrand Gauguet & John Tilbury

Gianni Mimmo/Luca Collivasone
Rumpus Room

Audrey Lauro/Giotis Damianidis
Dark Ballads

Alban Darche
Le Gros Cube #2

Orchestrer Brez Meja/Orchestra Senza Confini
Live in Nova Gorica

Cecil Taylor & Tony Oxley
“…….being astral and all registers – power of two”

Joshua Abrams’ Cloud Script
Cloud Script

Sergio Armaroli

Sergio Armaroli/Fritz Hauser

See Through 4
Permanent Moving Parts

Anthony Braxton: Quartet (Standards) 2020 Reviewed

Source: The Guardian.

Reeds-virtuoso and composer Anthony Braxton has spent half a century bridging contemporary music from bebop and improv to opera, and composing hundreds of original works – but the 67 tracks on this mammoth set rework the iconic jazz themes and classic pop songs that generally shelter under the collective title of “standards”. Braxton brought a handpicked songbook spanning from Thelonious Monk to Simon and Garfunkel to Europe for his 75th birthday celebrations in January 2020, recording them on tour with attuned UK partners Alexander Hawkins (piano), Neil Charles (bass), and Stephen Davis (drums).

Cyclic Law Upcoming Releases

Source: Cyclic Law.

LEILA ABDUL-RAUF “Phantasiai” CD/LP (170th Cycle)
4th full length opus from California’s genius multi-instrumentalist.

MUHD “Dilogia” CD (167th Cycle)
Mesmerising project of Samuel Vaney (Fargue, Cortez, Consor) and close collaborator of Dehn Sora / Treha Sektori.

O SAALA SAKRAAL “Heven” CD (176th Cycle)
2nd offering from this enigmatic Dutch collective.

San Francisco Scene: June 20-26, 2021

Source: Bay Improviser.

Sunday, June 20
Sun 6/20 6:00 PM Sonic Sundays #12 ft. Actias & Toefood []
A monthly streaming event featuring one to two different artists: live performers or DJs – from the Sonic Alliance community, the Bay Area, and beyond! All genres and style welcome! Pre-recorded performances are sent to Fetz to process the video through analog visual hardware creating a unique visual collaboration to accompany their performance! Tune in, hang out, and discover new music! Experience pre-recorded audio visual performances while supporting up-and-coming artists from the community!

Sun 6/20 6:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Rova Sax Quartet’s first live performances since the Plague struck will be broadcast On The Airwaves by C4NM.

Thursday, June 24
Thu 6/24 5:30 PM Gray Area Art And Technology [2665 Mission St. SF]
Gray Area is excited to welcome everyone back with “Recombinant Rebound!”This special immersive experience features two decades of work created for the CineChamber, a 360° immersive environment of surround sound, cinema, and sensory strangeness.

Thu 6/24 9:00 PM Internet Streaming [Online]
Winston Tong | Lx Rudis | Andre Custodio
The trio of Winston Tong, Lx Rudis, and Andre Custodio perform music of an experimental nature on John the Baptist Day. In addition to Winston’s reading of his interpretation of Charles Baudelaire’s ‘The Flowers of Evil’, LX & André will perform as a duo. Expect the unexpected.

Friday, June 25
Fri 6/25 7:00 PM Center for New Music [55 Taylor St SF]
Larry Ochs (saxophones) & Don Robinson (drums) celebrating the recent release of their second and definitive duo recording, A Civil Right.

Saturday, June 26
Sat 6/26 11:00 AM Internet Streaming [Online]
Franck Martin – Live from the studio, every Saturday at 11am PST, modular synthesizer, chat, news with Johno Wells

Sat 6/26 7:00 PM Canessa Gallery [708 Montgomery St SF]
For our first show in over a year we are presenting Los Angeles-based sound artist Erin Demastes on her mechanical sound inventions; S. Glass of BLE and GoES on objects, loops, and voice; and Pay Dirt, the duo of Victoria Shen and Bryan Day on homemade noisemakers.

Dusted Reviews

Source: Dusted.

Steven R. Smith — In the Spires (Cold Moon Records)

Calle Neumann/Ketil Gutvik/Ingebrigt Håker Flaten/Paal Nilssen-Love — New Dance (PNL)

FACS — Present Tense (Trouble In Mind)

Body Meπa — The Work Is Slow (Hausu Mountain)

Damon Smith / Peter Kowald / Joëlle Léandre / Bertram Turetzky — Bass Duos 2000-2007 (Balance Point Acoustics)

Anna Webber Interviewed

Source: The Jazz Session.

Saxophonist and flute player Anna Webber has a new double album called Idiom (Pi Recordings). In this interview, Webber talks about how she took inspiration for the compositions on the album from extended instrumental techniques; her recent residency in Germany; her plans for after the pandemic; and her work with … Bruce Springsteen? Sure, why not.