Musique Machine Reviews

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Source: Musique Machine.

Renaldo and the Loaf – Play Struvé & Sneff
Morton Feldman / Steffen Schleiermacher – The Late Piano Works Vol. 3
pinkcourtesyphone – Description of Problem
Climax Denial – Dehumanizing Environments
Roger Doyle – Frail Things in Eternal Places
Phurpa – Chöd
Agaric Fly – Starless
Various – Folk Horror Revival: Field Studies (book)

Thollem McDonas in Philadelphia and Baltimore

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Tuesday, Sept. 20th
Fire Museum Presents
House Gallery 1816
1816 Frankford Ave., Philadelphia
8:00 PM
$7-10 sliding scale

Weds., Sept. 21
An die Musik LIVE!
409 North Charles Street Second Floor – Baltimore
8 p.m.
$10 / $15

Thollem has been excavating depths of sound and energy for 49 years, skirting and erasing the edges of boundaries musically, culturally, geographically. The seeds of his work come from near and far: studies as a concert pianist, collaboration with hundreds of artists across disciplines/genres and continuous travel throughout North America and Europe. His work is ever-evolving, responding to the times and his experiences, absorbing the energies of the world and forging them into unique sonic constructions.

Wadada Leo Smith’s America’s National Parks to be Released in October

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Source: Cuneiform Records.

October 14th, 2016 marks the release of
America’s National Parks

“The notion of creating these national parks has been celebrated as the
earliest idea of collecting common ground for the ordinary base of a society. …it’s a collective notion about common property, inheritance, longevity, transformation, and sustaining beauty down the line, where any American in history coming forward
can see and have ownership of this common property.”
– Wadada Leo Smith

Recorded on May 5, 2016 and mixed by Nick Lloyd
at Firehouse 12 Recording Studio, New Haven, CT.

With America’s National Parks, visionary composer and trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith offers his latest epic collection, a six-movement suite inspired by the scenic splendor, historic legacy, and political controversies of the country’s public landscapes. Writing for his newly expanded Golden Quintet, Smith crafts six extended works that explore, confront and question the preserved natural resources that are considered the most hallowed ground in the U.S. – and some that should be.

The two-CD America’s National Parks will be released on October 14 on Cuneiform Records, shortly before Smith’s 75th birthday in December. It arrives, coincidentally, in the midst of celebrations for the centennial of the National Park Service, which was created by an act of Congress on August 25, 1916. The spark for the project, however, came from two places: Smith’s own research into the National Park system, beginning with Yellowstone, the world’s first national park; and Ken Burns’ 12-hour documentary series The National Parks: America’s Best Idea.

AMN Reviews: Andrè Gonçalves – Currents & Riptides [Shhpuma SHH019CD]

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SHH019CD-COVER-800The currents and riptides of Andrè Gonçalves’s two track release move slowly through a placed body of water. The twenty-seven-and-a-half minute Long Story Short, which in addition to Gonçalves’s modular synthesizer, guitar and Fender Rhodes features Pedro Boavida also on Fender Rhodes, is a slow, atmospheric track in which fragments of melody float above chirping electronics, electric chaff and crackle, and bass notes not quite coalescing into a line. Will Be Back in a Few, which adds Rodrigo Dias on bass and Gonçalo Silva on guitar, reworks a classic ambient sound by putting slowly rocking notes against a nearly stationary ground implying a major key. Both tracks seem to be dispatches from a horse latitudes of sound.

Daniel Barbiero

Connie Crothers, Jazz Pianist, Composer and Instructor, Profiled

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Source: The New York Times, the recently passed Connie Crothers is profiled.

Connie Crothers, a jazz pianist who carried the mantle of her famous mentor, Lennie Tristano, but built her own identity as an inventive composer, improviser and instructor, died on Aug. 13 in Manhattan. She was 75.

This Week in New York 

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Five concerto premieres tailor-made to highlight ICE’s exceptional soloists.
Tuesday, August 23 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $25
Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center, 129 West 67th Street, New York, NY


Cellist Inbal Segev will open with J.S. Bach’s popular Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, followed by Iranian-American Gity Razaz’s Legend of Sigh for cello and electronics, which was written for Segev last year. Segev’s set will be followed by performances by harpist Bridget Kibbey, violinist Kristin Lee, percussionist John Hadfield, the Patrick Zimmerli Quintet, the Kenari Quartet, and the Dan Tepfer Trio and String Quartet.
Friday, August 26 at 5:00 PM
Bryant Park, New York, NY


Led by percussionist and Music Director Amy Garapic, more than 60 percussionists will come together to perform John Luther Adams’s Inuksuit. The Inuksuit Band will include musicians from New York and beyond and will feature drummers Greg Saunier (Deerhoof) and Brian Chase (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), as well as members of TIGUE, Mantra Percussion, Iktus Percussion, Ensemble et al, Sandbox Percussion, Loop 2.4.3, and Palladium Percussion.
Saturday, August 27 at 1:00 PM & 3 PM
Governors Island at Nolan Park, New York, NY

All About Jazz Reviews

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English: Fred Frith, moers festival 2010

Source: All About Jazz.

The Eternals
Espiritu Zombi (New Atlantis Records)

Michael Formanek – Tomas Fujiwara – Mary Halvorson
Convallaria (Cuneiform Records)

Steve Buscemi/Elliott Sharp
Rub Out The Word (Infrequent Seams)

Joe Morris
Shock Axis (Relative Pitch Records)

Perch Hen Brock & Rain
Perch Hen Brock & Rain/Live @ The Jazz Happening Tampere (Relative Pitch Records)

Peter Brötzmann / Heather Leigh
Ears Are Filled With Wonder (Not Two Records)

Joëlle Léandre – Urs Leimgruber – Fred Frith – Alvin Curran
Oakland/Lisboa (Rogue Art)

Les Rhinoceros
Les Rhincéros III (Tzadik)

RED Trio & John Butcher
Summer Skyshift (Clean Feed Records)

Rich Halley 5
The Outlier (Pine Eagle Records)

Aaron Bennett / Darren Johnston / Lisa Mezzacappa / Frank Rosaly
Shipwreck 4 (NoBusiness Records)