AMN Reviews: Aviva Endean – cinder: ember: ashes [Sofa 569]; Lea Bertucci – Metal Aether [NNA 108]

For better and for worse, “extended technique” describes the use of unconventional or nontraditional methods of playing an otherwise conventional instrument. There’s another sense in which the technical resources of an instrument can be extended, though, and one that’s more literal: the augmentation of the instrument with preparations, electronic devices, or the intervention of external objects of some other sort. Two stimulating new releases of music for solo reed instruments contain pieces played with extended technique in both of these senses.

The pieces on Aviva Endean’s cinder : ember : ashes, her first solo release, grew out of a practice of playing simply for herself, without larger agenda or ulterior motive. Endean is often a collaborative player, so her turn inward here would seem to represent something of a change: not quite woodshedding in anticipation of a performance, and not quite a performance either, at least not one directed toward an audience other than herself. More of an assisted introspection, externalized in sound. Thus there’s an almost autohypnotic quality to much of the album, the result of Endean’s proclivity for creating variations on motifs made up of a minimal collection of pitches which she orders, expands, condenses or distorts—all the while still somehow retaining their essential profiles. Endean’s signature sound throughout consists in fluctuations of pitch and timbre that find their centers of gravity in recurring long tones or simple pitch sequences. The opening track, burst in black : under for contrabass clarinet, is exemplary. There, Endean coaxes a changing set of overtones and timbres from pitches extending into an engulfing empty space. On apparition : above Endean augments the clarinet with a tympani, whose head she uses to amplify and modify the clarinet’s natural voice, giving it a quasi-electronic edge, a wind-like hollowness, or turning it into a facsimile of a trombone. Similarly, on vapour : between she manipulates the instrument—again, a clarinet—by running it through a pocket amplifier, which helps to foreground the fluctuations of the piece’s mantra-like, two-pitch quasi-melody. On the more extraverted undulations : behind, Endean plays umtshingo, a Zulu flute producing overblown harmonics, in conjunction with an effects pedal.

The concise, repeated themes that permeate much of cinder : ember : ashes find a counterpart in Patterns for Alto, the opening track of Metal Aether, a recording for solo alto saxophone and electronics by Lea Bertucci. Bertucci seems less directed toward the meditative potential of repeated sound cycles and more interested in exploring the harmonic implications of accumulating tones and overtones. Patterns for Alto layers its tones through speed; the piece is a rapidly pulsing performance with a well-defined tonal center of gravity, reminiscent in an oblique way of some of the classic Minimalist pulse pieces built over relatively simple harmonies. With the two tracks Accumulations and Sustain and Dissolve, Bertucci explores tonal interactions within a more extended time frame. Both pieces deliver what their titles plainly promise: harmonic development consisting in the piling up, lingering and jostling of tones separated by variably spaced intervals. It’s all in the overtones and the micro-scaled interference patterns that result from the way tones are juxtaposed and layered. The textural insight Bertucci has to offer here is that density isn’t (only, always) a matter of the simultaneous aggregation of sound events, but of the exploration of the detail of any given sound event’s microstructures.

http://www.sofamusic.no

https://leabertucci.bandcamp.com/album/metal-aether

Daniel Barbiero

New on Tigerasylum Records

From Tigerasylum Records:

Mothguts with Herb Robertson – 08854 CDR
Jersey-style punk meets full-force free jazz. Featuring the legendary trumpeter Herb Robertson weaving through the 1, 2 punch of hard-core struts sewn together by Anthony Ware (alto sax), Ben Ross (drums), Mike Noordzy (bass), and Chris Welcome (guitar). Think Z’s, Ornette, Last Exit, the Minutemen or Sabbath.

The ballad of lester sample – By leroi da moor is ra washington CDR
Straight out of Cleveland, birth site of Albert Ayler, Rafeeq Washington is laying down his version of todays blues – an insight to what the revolution sounds like in disc form. Avant guard samples and rhythms mixed with low-fi bliss make this hard-hitting and soul searching excursion into spoken truth its own slice of magic. Give your brain a twist and pop this in. Remember, Ayler’s ghost is watching…

SHREDfest V CDR
A SHRED-festival of unashamed force. At once cerebral, playing architectural mind games, a moment never goes by that doesn’t twist back into some jaw-dropping, fist-clenching visceral explosion. An ensemble cast featuring fifteen of Brooklyn and Philadelphia’s finest will leave you breathless, shouting (no, screaming!!!) for more. Featuring the compositions of Nick Millevoi (Many Arms, Joe Lally).

Personnel: Nick Millevoi: conductor, guitar | Adam Caine: guitar* | Drew Cecatto: EVI, tenor saxophone | David Fishkin: acoustic and electric tenor saxophone | Dan Scofield: alto saxophone | Daniel Blacksberg: trombone | Larry Toft: trombone | Alison Conard: keyboard* | John DeBlase: electric bass* | Matt Engle: upright bass | Robert Ludington: drums* | Pete Angevine: drums* | Eric Slick: drums | Eli Littwin: drums | Special guest: George Korein: performance art*

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Jazz Listings from the New York Times

In the Times:

EVOLVING MUSIC/EVOLVING VOICE (Monday) This weekly series features a diverse array of improvised music from the experimental side of the tracks. The Inbetweens, a dynamic guitar-bass-drums trio, kick things off at 7 p.m., followed at 8 by the vocalist Maryanne DeProphetis, with smart accompaniment. At 9 the violinist and violist Mat Maneri teams up with the poet Steve Dalachinsky; the closing set, at 10, will be held by Four Limones, which features the alto saxophonist Tim Berne, the trombonist Rick Parker, the keyboardist Mark Aanderud and the drummer Hernan Hecht. The Local 269, 269 East Houston Street, at Suffolk Street, Lower East Side , (212) 254-5420, rucma.org; $20. (Chinen)

DARIUS JONES (Monday through Wednesday) Darius Jones has the capacity for a proud, rafters-raising tone on alto saxophone, and as an improviser, he’s fearless but disciplined. A few months ago he released “Man’ish Boy (A Raw & Beautiful Thing)” (AUM Fidelity), a serious debut featuring his pianoless trio, which he leads here on Monday. Mr. Jones changes things up a bit on Tuesday, leading a quartet with the pianist Angelica Sanchez; and on Wednesday, he presents what he calls the Elizabeth-Caroline Unit, with the singer Fay Victor, among others. At 8:30 p.m., Roulette, 20 Greene Street, at Grand Street, SoHo , (212) 219-8242, roulette.org; $15; $10 for students and under 30. (Chinen)

KONCEPTIONS AT KORZO (Tuesday) In the first set of this weekly series, at 9:30 p.m., the trumpeter Ralph Alessi teams up in a texture-minded trio with the bassist Drew Gress and the drummer Nasheet Waits. A later set, at 11, will feature a lyrical quartet led by the drummer Rob Garcia, with Mr. Gress, Noah Preminger on tenor saxophone, and Dan Tepfer on piano. Korzo Restaurant, 667 Fifth Avenue, at 20th Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn , (718) 285-9425, korzorestaurant.com; cover, $7. (Chinen)

THE NECKS (Wednesday and Thursday) “Silverwater” (ReR) is the murky, throbbing, ominous new release from this Australian trio, made up of the pianist Chris Abrahams, the bassist Lloyd Swanton and the drummer Tony Buck. It’s an uninterrupted hourlong investigation, often formless but always intriguing, and a good advertisement for rare Stateside appearances like this one. At 8:30 p.m., Issue Project Room, 232 Third Street, third floor, Gowanus, Brooklyn , (718) 330-0313, issueprojectroom.org; $20. (Chinen)

MATTHEW SHIPP (Thursday) Mr. Shipp’s pianism is often prickly but rarely off-putting, because even his free improvisations tend to follow a faintly linear path. He has a fine new solo album, “4D” (Thirsty Ear), whose release he celebrates here. At 8:30 p.m., Roulette, 20 Greene Street, at Grand Street, SoHo , (212) 219-8242, roulette.org; $15; $10 for students and under 30. (Chinen)

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Inbetweens/DeProphetis/Dalachinsky-Maneri/Berne at RUCMA

Tim Berne
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From New Yorks’ Rise Up Creative Music & Arts:

Start: 01/25/2010 – 7:00pm
7PM – The Inbetweens: Mike Gamble (guitar), Noah Jarrett (bass), Conor Elmes (drums)
8PM – Maryanne DeProphetis/Ron Horton/Landon Knoblock/Dean Johnson: Maryanne DeProphetis (voice), Ron Horton (trumpet), Landon Knoblock (keys), Dean Johnson (bass)
9PM – Steve Dalachinsky/Mat Maneri: Steve Dalachinsky (poetry), Mat Maneri (violin, viola)
10PM – Four Limones: Tim Berne (alto sax), Rick Parker (trombone), Mark Aanderud (keys), Hernan Hecht (drummer)

The Local 269
269 East Houston
at the corner of Suffolk Street
F to Second Avenue
Admission: $10 per set / $20 for the night
Students/seniors: $7 per set / $15 for the night
For More Info:
http://www.myspace.com/rucmanyc
http://www.visionfestival.org
http://www.artsforart.org

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Jazz Listings from the New York Times

From NYTimes.com:

THE BAD PLUS (Friday through Sunday) The pianist Ethan Iverson, the bassist Reid Anderson and the drummer David King constitute the Bad Plus, a delivery system for smartly sweeping original songs, as well as wryly affectionate renditions of pop tunes. At 9 and 11 p.m., Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village , (212) 255-4037, villagevanguard.com; cover, $25, with a $10 minimum.

TIM BERNE AND LOS TOTOPOS (Thursday) Mr. Berne, an alto saxophonist and composer with a taste for coarsely layered frictions, presents a newly minted ensemble with Matt Mitchell on piano and electronics, Oscar Noriega on clarinets and Ches Smith on percussion. The band focuses not only on sharp and convoluted new music by Mr. Berne, but also on some rather obscure material written more than 30 years ago by his former mentor, the saxophonist and composer Julius Hemphill. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Jazz Gallery, 290 Hudson Street, at Spring Street, South Village , (212) 242-1063, jazzgallery.org; cover, $15. (Chinen)

PETER EVANS SEXTET (Monday) Mr. Evans, probably best recognized for his role in the upstart free-bop quartet Mostly Other People Do the Killing, is a trumpeter with an expressive command of timbre and tone. He’s also a bandleader of emerging promise; in this group he corrals the pianist Carlos Homs, the bassist Tom Blancarte, the drummers Kassa Overall and Kevin Shea, and the electronics artist Sam Pluta. An opening set will feature solo saxophone improvisations by Johnny Butler. At 10 p.m., Zebulon, 258 Wythe Avenue, near Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn , (718) 218-6934, zebuloncafeconcert.com; no cover. (Chinen)

GEORGE GARZONE GROUP (Wednesday) Mr. Garzone, a tenor saxophonist with a headlong but intelligent approach to free improvisation, presides over a tribute to the pianist Charlie Banacos, an influential jazz educator who traveled in the same Boston circles as Mr. Garzone (and who died just last month). The ensemble gathered for the task is worthy, with Rachel Z on piano, Peter Slavov on bass and Pete Zimmer on drums. At 8:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, West Village , (212) 989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com; cover, $10, with a one-drink minimum. (Chinen)

KATT HERNANDEZ AND JOE MORRIS (Thursday) Mr. Morris, a guitarist who applies the clear tone of Jim Hall to darker purposes, has an assertive partner here in Ms. Hernandez, a Philadelphia-based violinist with broad experience in free-improvising and psychedelic-folk circles. At 10 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village , thestonenyc.com; cover, $10. (Chinen)

MAT MANERI QUARTET (Tuesday) Mr. Maneri, a violist with an elastic approach to pulse and pitch, leads a well-suited band with Jacob Sacks on piano, Garth Stevenson on bass and Randy Peterson on drums. At 7 p.m., Barbès, 376 Ninth Street, at Sixth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn , (347) 422-0248, barbesbrooklyn.com; cover, $10. (Chinen)

NICOLE MITCHELL’S TRUTH OR DARE (Saturday) More than a serious and soulful flutist, Ms. Mitchell, from Chicago, organizes her music with a high degree of conceptual savvy. In this group, which probably has nothing to do with Madonna (though you never know), she works alongside the violinist Renée Baker and the drummer Shirazette Tinnin. At 8 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village , thestonenyc.com; cover, $10. (Chinen)

JESSICA PAVONE’S ARMY OF STRANGERS (Tuesday) Ms. Pavone, a violist and violinist with an increasingly prominent profile in avant-garde circles, works here with musicians a good deal more acquainted than her project’s name would suggest: Brandon Seabrook on guitar, Jonti Siman on bass and Harris Eisenstadt on drums. At 8 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village , thestonenyc.com; cover, $10.

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DMG Newsletter December 11th, 2009

From DMG:

Evan Parker Ensemble! Matt Shipp NuBop Live! Cecil Taylor & Dominic Duval 2CD! Amina Claudine Myers 2CD! Frode Gjerstad & Han Bennink! Weasel Walter Large Ensembles! Earle Brown Box Volume 2! Stefano Maltese As Sikilli!

Paul Dunmall/Miles Levin! Brian Irvine Ensemble Paul Dunmall! Biggi Vinkeloe! Frith & Hodgkinson! Historic Discs from Prince Lasha, Victor Feldman, Kenny Dorham! The unreleased 7th Love album [1971]! John Fahey complete America 2LP! David Parsons!..

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Downtown Music Gallery FREE In-Store Performance Schedule Continues with:

Sunday, December 13th at 6pm:
MIKKO INNANEN / JOE FONDA / LOU GRASSI!
Superb Reeds / Acoustic Bass / Drums Trio!

*Wednesday, December 16th at 6pm:
DANIEL LEVIN / INGEBRIGT HAKER-FLATEN / FRANK ROSALY!
New Cello / Contrabass / drums Trio! Rare DMG Wednesday Gig!
***Please Note that We Just Changed this Gig from a Tuesday to a Wednesday!

Sunday, December 20th at 6pm:
JUDITH INSELL & REUT REGEV!
Amazing New Viola & Trombone Duo!

Sundays, December 27th & January 3rd – holidays, so no gigs

Sunday, January 10th at 6pm:
JEREMIAH CYMERMAN / CHRISTOPHER HOFFMAN / HARRIS EISENSTADT!
Extraordinary New Clarinet / Cello / Percussion Trio!

Sunday, January 17th at 6pm:
ANDY HAAS & DEE POP!
Two Magical/Mystical Musicians Return to DMG for a Rare Duo Set!

Sunday, January 24th at 6pm:
RAS MOSHE Returns!

Sunday, January 31st at 6pm:
JESSE ELDER & LOGAN RICHARDSON!
Excellent Piano & Alto Sax Duo & CD Release Celebration!

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DMG Newsletter December 4th, 2009

From DMG:

Classic Soft Machine Qt from 1971! Frode Gjerstad’s Circulasione All-Star Orchestra 3 CD Set! Paul Rogers Freedom Orchestra! Dunmall & Rogers Duo & More from FMR!

Kazuhisa Uchihashi Solo! Two from Intakt: Omri Ziegele/Irene Schweizer Trio & Ulrich Gumpert/Baby Sommer Duo! Rothenberg/Jauniaux/Phillips Trio! Golia & Turetzky! Bill Dixon Trio LP! 3 Hatology Reissues! Robert Wyatt‘s Big Box-Set Sale!

Plus Historic Discs from Sonic Youth! More Moondog! Nurse with Wound! Bruce Gilbert! Cluster! Can! Kraftwerk! Judy Dyble! Iain Matthews! Steve Reid! Robert Crumb‘s Hot Women Comp! Michael Hurley! Plus Tons of Vinyl & Even More Goodies!

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Downtown Music Gallery FREE In-Store Performance Schedule Continues with:

This Sunday, December 6th at 6pm:
ERGO! Cuneiform Recording Artists Featuring:
BRETT SROKA / SAM HARRIS / SHAWN BALTAZOR!
Celebrating the Release of their Fabulous New CD!

Sunday, December 13th at 6pm:
MIKKO INNANEN / JOE FONDA / LOU GRASSI!
Superb Reeds / Acoustic Bass / Drums Trio!

Tuesday, December 15th at 6pm:
DANIEL LEVIN / INGEBRIGT HAKER-FLATEN / FRANK ROSALY!
New Cello / Contrabass / drums Trio! Rare DMG Tuesday Gig!

Sunday, December 20th at 6pm:
JUDITH INSELL & REUT REGEV!
Amazing New Viola & Trombone Duo!

Sundays, December 27th & January 3rd – nothing scheduled

Sunday, January 10th at 6pm:
JEREMIAH CYMERMAN / CHRISTOPHER HOFFMAN / HARRIS EISENSTADT!
Extraordinary New Clarinet / Cello / Percussion Trio!

Sunday, January 17th at 6pm:
ANDY HAAS & DEE POP!
Two Magical/Mystical Musicians Return to DMG for a Rare Duo Set!

Sunday, January 24th at 6pm:
RAS MOSHE Returns!

Sunday, January 31st at 6pm:
JESSE ELDER & LOGAN RICHARDSON!
Excellent Piano & Alto Sax Duo & CD Release Celebration!

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