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Vision Festival 2009 Review

William Parker
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All About Jazz is publishing a seven-part review of the festival.

New York City’s annual Vision Festival is a unique showcase for avant jazz in such profusion and diversity that it attracts a returning audience from across the US and indeed the globe. At a time when other outlets for the music are closing or moving out of Manhattan, the Vision Festival has cemented its place in the calendar as a reliable must-see event for hometown fans too, with some 37 performances concentrated into seven nights.

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Pomigliano Jazz Festival 2009 Photos

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Anthony Braxton, William Parker, and many others are featured in pictures from this festival.

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Bagatellen Reviews

From Bagatellen:

Joe McPhee — Angels, Devils & Haints (CjR)

In the many years that I’ve known Craig Johnson, his appetite for music — the kind one would expect to find among college students, debating the merits or lineage of any particular artist into the wee hours — remains insatiable, relieved perhaps by an expansive and steadily growing music and film collections, a neatly […]

Pavel Borodin – Speak Easy: The Loft Concert (DVD)

Cologne’s Loft has become a hunting reserve for Pavel Borodin’s shooting of improvising artists (pun intended). After last year’s excellent documentary on Elliott Sharp, The Velocity Of Hue (for which, reports the director, no willing label was found for distribution – a shame, given the quality of that particular work), we’re now able to watch […]

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DOWNTOWNMUSIC.NET Photos

From DOWNTOWNMUSIC.NET:

July 08, 2009
Mysterium, Bowery Poetry Club
Adam Caine, Jeremy Danneman, Eric Eigner, James Ilgenfritz, Sam Kulik, Evan Mazunik, Lorenzo Sanguedolce

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Issue Project Room, an Avant-Garde Arts Group, Bites Off a Lot to Chew

NYTimes.com profiles the Issue Project Room.

But last year Issue Project Room, a nonprofit arts space that was founded in the East Village and for the last four years has been in Brooklyn, was dealt a dauntingly large number. As part of a city deal, a developer that was converting the former Board of Education building in downtown Brooklyn into condominiums was required to offer 5,000 square feet on its ground floor to a cultural group on a 20-year, rent-free lease.

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Sonomu Reviews

From Sonomu:

Celer, Cantus Libres (2 CDR self-released)
Though they only started releasing music in 2004, this husband and wife duo of multidisciplinarians has been so prolific, and are so obviously talented and imaginative, that it has quickly garned respect and admiration from all corners of the ambient listening (and performing) community. Note for… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 06:20, 02 Jul 2009

Pocka, Uhrwerk (CDR The Hand Work Press)
A beauty of a private, letterpress edition made in only thirty copies by fellow electronic artist Matt Borghi. Brad “Pocka” Mitchell is an enthusiastic, if now maybe crestfallen, supporter of small music, which he released in a steady stream on his now-defunct Kikapu netlabel. Uhrwerk is as… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 09:23, 01 Jul 2009

Max Richter, Songs From Before (Fat Cat)
This album has been out for a while and praised to the skies by just about all and sundry, but it´s worth reminding oneself about in the midst of the summer steam. A new breed of young, non-conventional minimalist composers – with (just names off the top of my head) Sylvain Chaveau, Nico Muhly,… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 06:53, 01 Jul 2009

Rachel Unthank and The Winterset, The Bairns (Rough Trade)
For hundreds of years, rural England has bred balladry which reads like news reports from the soul, describing death, loss, longing, and wavering faith, and featuring a cast of remorseful murderers, lovers joined only by the roots entwining their buried bones, wives all along the coast pacing their… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 06:26, 28 Jun 2009

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Vision Festival 2009 Review

DMG reviews this year’s Vision Fest.

Tuesday, June 9th got off to great start with an Opening Invocation featuring Patricia Nicholson doing voice and dance, William Parker on gimbri (4-string African bass) and Hamid Drake on frame drum. Ms. Nicholson is the Vision Fest’s main organizer and the epicenter of good vibes that flow through every Vision Fest that I’ve attended, which is all of them. This was a perfect opening with a ritualistic vibe. Patricia chanted, “Change is Coming” and this is something we can all agree with.

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2009 So Far

As opposed to our picks of the week post, the data below was gathered from logs at http://www.last.fm. I’ve culled through them to determine the albums released so far in 2009 that have garnered the most listens. Thus, this list is fairly representative of not just what is appreciated here at AMN Central, but also what we keep listening to. I’m somewhat surprised by the results, as a lot of releases that I liked quite a bit at first blush have received relatively few listens. Need to work on that…

Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society – Infernal Machines
Henry Cow – Vol. 1: Beginnings
Nels Cline – Coward
Univers Zero – Relaps: Archives 1984-1986
Quartet Offensive – Carnivore
John Zorn – Filmworks XXII The Last Supper
John Hébert – Byzantine Monkey
Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey – Winterwood
Land Of Kush – Against the Day
Maurizo Bianchi – A M.B. Lehn Tale
Michaël Attias – Credo
James Blackshaw – The Glass Bead Game
Mary Halvorson and Jessica Pavone – Thin Air
Gerald Cleaver, William Parker, Craig Taborn – Farmers by Nature
Kayo Dot – Blue Lambency Downward
Alex Cline – Continuation

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DMG Newsletter June 26th, 2009

From DMG:

Engine Records: Fred Anderson Trio, Warren Smith’s Composers Workshop & Tom Abbs’ Frequency Response! Two Classic Reissues from Nessa: Bobby Bradford Spontaneous Music Ensemble & Roscoe Mitchell‘s Congliptious! Billy Bang & Shoji Hano! Joe Morris / Simon H Fell / Alex Ward! Peter Kowald & Vinny Golia! Zimology Quartet!

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This Week at the ISSUE Project Room

From the ISSUE Project Room:

06/25 @ 8pm – Mivos String Quartet and the CNS Symphony Orchestra play works by Tony Conrad, Huang Ruo and Luke Dubois Dave Soldier and Brad Garton

MIVOS quartet is devoted to performing contemporary music. It was founded in 2008 by violinists Olivia DePrato and Joshua Modney, violist Victor Lowrie, and cellist Isabel Castellvi. They met while pursuing a master’s degree at Manhattan School of Music in the Contemporary Performance Program. Since their inception they have performed and premiered works by both young and established composers including […]

06/26 @ 8pm – Susie Ibarra Quartet

Friday, June 26 at 8pm Susie Ibarra Quartet violin Jennifer Choi, piano Kathleen Supové, harp Bridget Kibbey, drums and percussion Susie Ibarra. Performing Ibarra’s original music for quartet, inspired by Filipino Indigenous folklore. “Composer and Percussionist Susie Ibarra is known for her individual artistry on percussion and genre-defying music. In the past decade, her willingness to step out from […]

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