ISSUE Project Room Streaming Archive New Additions

Source: ISSUE Project Room.

BEATRIZ FERREYRA: IMPROVISATION
Beatriz Ferreyra presents an improvisation using a Revox tape recorder, augmented with an analog matrix and a synchronizer box with self-designed variable speed drives. Ferreyra describes the use of the magnetic tape as “very physical, it puts the movement of the body into a direct relationship with the sound that is shaped.”

BEATRIZ FERREYRA & CHRISTINE GROULT
ISSUE welcomes pioneering French composers Beatriz Ferreyra & Christine Groult, presenting collaborative work. Ferreyra and Groult have worked together on multiple performances and releases including Nahash, released in 2015 on the Parisian label trAce.

CHRISTINE GROULT
ISSUE presents pioneering French composer Christine Groult’s debut U.S. performance.

SARAH HENNIES: MONOLOGUE
Her first-ever piece for trumpet, Sarah Hennies’s Monologue is a celebration of the trumpet as frustrating machinery, taking the tubing and valves as instruments in themselves activated, or not, by the player’s breath. In this sense, the work is a deconstruction of what it is to be a trumpet player, blowing into a machine in hopes of something meaningful coming out the other end.

SARAH HENNIES: FLEAS
The series closes with Sarah Hennies taking center stage herself to perform her piece Fleas (2017). The music here is made entirely from objects found at thrift stores and flea markets and will feature Greenberg, Roberts, Schoenbeck, and Wooley in a supporting role. In Hennies’s words, Fleas is “Not exactly music made from trash, but music made from objects of little monetary value that someone decided they didn’t want anymore. Objects usually tell you how to play them if you’ll allow it.”

KATHERINE YOUNG: PUDDLES AND CRUMBS
Katherine Young’s work for trombone and electronics, Puddles and Crumbs, is performed by Weston Olencki, who collaborated closely with Young in the composition and electro-acoustic setting of the work.

RYOKO AKAMA
The first evening of FOR/WITH concludes with the world premiere of a new work by Ryoko Akama. One of the younger generation of composers influenced by the wandelweiser group (of which Houben is a major figure), Akama’s work deals with the relationships between performer and space, sound and time, and how the visual becomes the aural.

LEILA BORDREUIL & LEE RANALDO WITH STEPHAN MOORE
Cellist/composer Leila Bordreuil and guitarist/composer Lee Ranaldo debut an improvised duet, and are then joined by sound artist Stephan Moore, presenting a new collaboration that embarks from their previous trio performance at ISSUE in 2016.

New From Tzadik

Source: Tzadik.

Brian Marsella : Gatos do Sul
Released Mar 2020
Brian Marsella is finally being recognized as one of the most talented and imaginative pianists of his generation. A veteran of countless bands including Banquet of the Spirits and many projects with John Zorn, his recent recordings have been some of the most exciting music coming out of the NYC jazz scene. Here he leads an octet to perform his scintillating compositions inspired by classical, jazz, and folkloric Brazilian music. Influenced by composers from Ernesto Nazareth, Heitor Villa-Lobos and Pixinguinha to Baden Powell and Egberto Gismonti, Marsella combines samba, bossa-nova, choro and more. The band is an all-star unit and the arrangements are red hot, filled with catchy dance grooves and plenty of soloistic fireworks. This is Marsella at his best. Essential!
Personnel:
Pablo Aslan: Bass
Cyro Baptista: Percussion
Mark Feldman: Violin
Tim Keiper: Drums
Brian Marsella: Piano
Felipe Hostins: Accordion
Jon Irabagon: Tenor And Soprano Saxophones, Flute
Itai Kriss: Flute
John Lee: Acoustic Guitar
Sofia Rei: Vocals

John Zorn : Virtue
Released Feb 2020
A moody and evocative book of spiritual music passionately performed by the remarkable acoustic guitar trio of Bill Frisell, Julian Lage and Gyan Riley, whose previous CD for Tzadik Nove Cantici per Francesco d’Assisi was universally acclaimed as one of Zorn’s most beautiful recent projects. Inspired by anchoress Julian of Norwich, a 14th century abbess and one of the founders of Christian mysticism, Virtue is marked by a stunning, seductive lyricism. Softly mystic music that is perfect for meditative late night listening on a cold rainy night, alone or with a loved one.
Personnel:
Bill Frisell: Guitar
Gyan Riley: Guitar
Julian Lage: Guitar

AMN Picks of the Week: Indigo Trio / Carter, Parker, Shipp & Cleaver / Various Dark Ambient Compilations

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.

Because of current events, these postings may be coming more frequently than once a week for a while.

Indigo Trio (N.Mitchell / H.Bankhead /Hamid Drake) – Anaya (2009)
Carter / Parker / Shipp / Cleaver – Welcome Adventure! Vol. 1 (2020)
Various Artists – The Old Alchemist (2017)
Various Artists – Polar Shadows (2018)
Various Artists – 2018 Balkan Experimental Survey (2018)

Reviews You May Have Missed – March 2020

Last month we published a number of original reviews of some very interesting music. Check out the list below.

Vital Weekly Reviews 1227

Source: Vital Weekly.

BEN BERTRAND – MANES (CD by Les Albums Claus) *
JAN MARTIN SMØRDAL – CHOOSING TO SING (CD by Sofa Music) *
OWL – MILLE FEUILLE (CD by Sofa Music) *
KEN IKEDA & EDWARD LUCAS – LOST & FOUND (CD by Earshots) *
QUATOR BOZZINI – ANA SOKOLOVIC: SHORT STORIES (CD by Ambiances Magnétiques) *
ENSEMBLE SUPERMUSIQUE – VOIR DANS VENT QUI HURLE LES ÉTOILES RIRE, ET RIRE (CD by Ambiances Magnétiques) *
JOANE HÉTU/CASTOR ET COMPAGNIE – SI TU LE VEUX (CD by Ambiances Magnétiques) *
JAN MARTIN SMØRDAL – CHOOSING TO SING (CD by Sofa Music) *
OWL – MILLE FEUILLE (CD by Sofa Music) *
JAC BERROCAL & DAVID FENECH & VINCENT EPPLAY – ICE EXPOSURE (CD by Klanggalerie) *
ROMAN HAUBENSTOCK-RAMATI – DECISIONS/STUDY IN FORM (2CD by Bolt Records) *
BOGUSŁAW SCHAEFFER – DIALOGUES (CD by Bolt Records) *
PAULINE OLIVEROS & ALAN COURTIS – TELEMATIC CONCERT (LP by Spleen Coffin) *
E.M.I.R.S. – SIDECHAINING (CDR, private) *
MODELBAU – THE END OF THE BEGINNING (2xCDR by Humanhood) *
MODELBAU – UNREQUITED (t-shirt/download by Barreauh) *
MODELBAU – ARCADIA (lathe-cut 5” record by Humanhood) *
MODELBAU – SYNCHRONY (CDR by Econore) *
LABAS KRABAS – KRABAS MUSIQUE DE ULTRA (CDR by Chocolate Monk) *
WITCYST & PRICK DECAY – CUSTIC WITH CONFLICTORY AND IN THE POLS (CDR by Chocolate Monk) *
KAREN CONSTANCE – NOTHING TO SEE, HEAR (CDR by Chocolate Monk) *
FLESHTONE AURA – INFINITY KEYSTROKE (CDR by Chocolate Monk) *

FIMAV 36 Cancelled

Source: FIMAV, this year’s fest the latest to fall to COVID-19.

It is with sad, heavy hearts that the organizers of the Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville announce today that the 36th edition that was to take place from the 14th to the 17th of May, 2020, is cancelled.

There will not be a Festival this year, though we and the artists were ready. But we have decided to pay tribute to the artists of each component of the 36th FIMAV 2020, recognize their importance and allow you to discover their projects. Therefore, we will be unveiling the programming of the Sound Art Installations in Public Spaces circuit, the experimental short films and the visual arts exhibit as planned, on Wednesday, April 8, 2020. Just keep an eye on our social networks, visit our website and keep on reading our newsletters.

AMN Celebrates Braxton 75 : Part XIV

Headshot Anthony Braxton courtesy of the artistWelcome to AMN Celebrates Braxton 75, a multipart series focused on the work of American composer and multi-instrumentalist Anthony Braxton. Braxton, who in 2020 will be celebrating his seventy-fifth birthday, is one of the most important and influential creative minds of the past fifty years. Each week this series will feature three to four links of live performances, interviews, and articles found on the web that should be of interest to both the curious and the longtime explorers of Braxton’s music.

We begin this week with Anthony Braxton in a spirited solo alto saxophone performance from 2017 at Fringe Arts, October Revolution in Philadelphia.

Here is a wonderful trio performance of Anthony Braxton with George Lewis on trombone and Mark Dresser on bass from Antwerpen in 1985 at Jazz Middleheim. While Braxton always forges deep musical connections with his collaborators, his work with George Lewis is very special as they seem to always be connected in ways that few musicians ever are.

We conclude this weeks post with an interview that Nate Wooley did with Anthony Braxton for BOMB in 2014. The interview was done just prior to the world premieres of Braxton’s “Trillium” opera. Braxton’s excitement leaps off the page. He also admits to watching ancient aliens. Me too.

Join us again next week for another post as AMN Celebrates Braxton 75

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