Jazz Coalition Announces the First Wave of Awardees 

Source: WBGO. Abbreviated list below.

We are thrilled to announce the first round of Jazz Coalition Commission Fund recipients here. Because of your support we are able to award 51 commissions to the following deserving artists. Our esteemed jury of peers and colleagues voted and with a tie, we ended up at 51 total grantees.

BUT we are not done, and we aim to continue to raise more money to fully fund another round of commissions. Please continue to help us spread the word and increase our impact. Download your Membership assets and also find the group PSA featuring supportive artists below. Please share on your socials far and wide. With your support, together we will spark new creativity!

LIST OF GRANTEES

Aaron Parks
Amir ElSaffar
Amirtha Kidambi
Ben Lamar Gay
Brandon Ross
DJ Logic
Greg Ward
Jaimie Branch
James Brandon Lewis
James Carter
Johnathan Blake
Jon Hassell
Kate Gentile
Sara Serpa
Shabaka Hutchings
Tim Berne
Wayne Horvitz

A Discussion with Tim Berne & Nasheet Waits

Source: Sound It Out!

These may be dark days in many ways, but it’s definitely a good time to be a Tim Berne fan. In February came The Fantastic Mrs. 10 (Intakt), an album featuring an expanded, explosive version of the saxophonist-composer’s long-running Snakeoil band, augmented by guitarist Marc Ducret. Then, in late April, Relative Pitch released The Coandă Effect, an album recorded last October that captures Berne live in a duo with the ever-compelling drummer Nasheet Waits. And on May 1, Berne inaugurated a new digital-only label, 9 Donkeys, with his first solo album, the intensely hypnotic Sacred Vowels, recorded at home just two weeks before. (The label also released guitarist extraordinaire/studio conjurer David Torn’s fur, a tremendous solo record – a career highlight, even; both albums are available via Bandcamp.)

The title of The Coandă Effect references a phenomenon of physics, named for Romanian inventor Henri Coandă, that aids in aerodynamic lift; the title is apt, because the record feels like a ceaseless, buoyant swirl of melodic and rhythmic energy. In this Q&A, Berne and Waits – who have both appeared in the Sound It Out series multiple times since the series was founded in 2012 – discuss the rare performance that made for the album, with Berne also talking about how The Coandă Effect relates to Sacred Vowels and a new method of melodic writing for him.

Best New Jazz: May 2020

Source: Stereogum.

Am I thinking too much about what jazz is? Possibly. But I’ve had a lot of time to think lately, and I suspect a lot of musicians have these same thoughts. This is one of the reasons I admire Tyshawn Sorey so much: It takes a lot of courage to create music without thinking about what it is, or where it “fits” into the “cultural landscape,” and just offer it to people, for them to listen to or not, outside of all preconceptions.

And now, with that said, here are the best new jazz albums of the month!

New From Tzadik

Source: Tzadik.

John Zorn : Calculus
Two 20-minute compositions scored for jazz piano trio, “Calculus” is a complex and exhilarating display of instrumental virtuosity at its most extreme. Drawing upon all of Zorn’s musical obsessions, from thorny atonality to touching minimalism, burning jazz, funk, folk, exotica, ambient, noise and more, this is some of the most ambitious and expansive music ever created for jazz piano trio. Passionately performed by Brian Marsella, Trevor Dunn and Kenny Wollesen, “Calculus” is an outrageous and kaleidoscopic journey into the unknown!
Personnel:
Trevor Dunn: Bass
Brian Marsella: Piano
Kenny Wollesen: Drums

Witch ‘n’ Monk : Witch ‘n’ Monk
Blending Latin American flutes, electronics, complex vocal lines with a touch of Frank Zappa lyricism and a radical punk aesthetic, the duo of Heidi Heidelberg and Mauricio Velasierra crafts a dramatically bizarre vocal music from another dimension! Intertwining dark/light, feminine/masculine, composed/improvised and punk/romantic, dreamlike improvisations are sampled, manipulated and reinvented through the lens of contemporary music and pop. You have never heard anything quite like Witch ’n’ Monk!
Personnel:
Gidon Carmel: Drums
Heidi Heidelberg: Vocals, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Violin
Sebastian Rochford: Drums
Nicolas Stocker: Drums
Mauricio Velasierra: Flutes (Quenas, Mozenos, Gaitas And Sikus Pipes), Charango, Vocals

The Best Experimental Music on Bandcamp: May 2020 

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

All kinds of experimental music can be found on Bandcamp: free jazz, avant-rock, dense noise, outer-limits electronics, deconstructed folk, abstract spoken word, and so much more. If an artist is trying something new with an established form or inventing a new one completely, there’s a good chance they’re doing it on Bandcamp. Each month, Marc Masters picks some of the best releases from across this wide, exploratory spectrum. May’s selection includes solo saxophone destruction, hypnotic cassette loops, gravitational noise-rock, and seemingly telepathic guitar-drum duets.

Vital Weekly Reviews 1234

Source: Vital Weekly.

T. GOWDY – THERAPY WITH COLOUR (CD by Constellation) *
MARKUS FLOATS – THIRD ALBUM (CD by Constellation) *
QUATUOR BOZZINI/PHILL NIBLOCK ‎- BAOBAB (CD by Quatuor Bozzini) *
PHILL NIBLOCK – THE DORF (2CD by Experimental Intermedia/Umland Records) *
XAVIER CHARLES & BERTRAND GAUGUET – SPECTRE (CD by Akousis Records) *
LAGOWSKI – SECRETS OF NUMBERS (CD by Zoharum) *
EVA LINDAL & ANNA LINDAL – BÄVER (CD by Plugged Records) *
GARD NILSSEN’S SUPERSONIC ORCHESTRA – IF YOU LISTEN CAREFULLY THE MUSIC IS YOURS (CD by Odin Records) *
ANDREA MARUTTI & CARLO GIORDANI – IMPRESSIONI ORGANIZZATE DI ANSIE LIQUIDE (CD by St.an.da) *
SIMON BALESTRAZZI – CAUTIONARY TALES (CD by St.an.da) *
LIKE THE SNOW (CD by St.an.da) *
ANGELINA YERSHOVA – PIANO MIRAGE (CD by Twin Paradox Records) *
FM EINHEIT & ANDREAS AMMER – HAMMERSCHLAG (CD by Cold Spring Records) *
PORTRAITZINE ISSUE GINTAS K (7″ and magazine)
NORN – ONEIROPHANT (cassette by Cloister Recordings) *
ANTIBODIES – CAN YOU EAR ME? (cassette by Steepgloss) *
ELECTROLARYNX (cassette compilation by Steepgloss)
MAXIM ENGL/XQM (split cassette by Ephemerol)