Free Albums Galore Reviews

A few recommendations from Free Albums Galore:

Cornelius Cardew – Piano Music of the 1970s
Nine Strings + Pilesar – Nine Strings + Pilesar
Wacky Southern Current – Ageless Calm in Times of War
Diablo Swing Orchestra – The Butcher’s Ballroom
Klotzsch & Krey – Through All These Years Of Trying To Belong
Taras Bul’ba – four albums

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New From Planam

Planam has released three new recordings:

Cornelius Cardew‘s opus magnus Treatise is a 193-page graphic score written between 1963 and 1967 while he was performing with the improvisation group AMM.

RODER, KLAUS: Kristallisationen LP (PLANAM KRK) 27.00
Klaus Röder is a guitar virtuoso and electronic music artist who studied with Kelemen and joined Kraftwerk for their famous Autobahn LP.

VOGEL, MICHEL: Une Petite Musique De Nuit LP (PLANAM OHM) 27.00
“Planam proudly presents the first LP by the artist and sound sculptor Michel Vogel.

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Interviews Releases Reviews

New Point of Departure

A new Point of Departure magazine is out.

Page One: a column by Bill Shoemaker

What’s New?: The PoD Roundtable

A Fickle Sonance: a column by Art Lange

The Book Cooks: Experimental Music : Audio Explorations in Australia
& Cornelius Cardew (1936 – 1981) A Life Unfinished

Moment’s Notice: Recent CDs Briefly Reviewed

Ezz-thetics: a column by Stuart Broomer

Travellin’ Light: Paul Lytton

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The Squid’s Ear Reviews

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From The Squid’s Ear:

John Butcher – Resonant Spaces
– Kurt Gottschalk

HAR-YOU Percussion Group – Sounds of the Ghetto Youth
– Kurt Gottschalk

Univers Zero – Relaps: Archives 1984-1986
– Darren Bergstein

Sebastien Cirotteau, Brigitte Lacasse, Catherine S Massicotte, Eric Normand – Face a la derive
(Ambiances Magnetiques)
– Dave Madden

Larry Polansky – The Theory of Impossible Melody
(New World Records)
– Dave Madden

Benge – 20 Systems
(Expanding Records)
– Darren Bergstein

Xenakis – Electronic Works 2
(Mode Records)
– Darren Bergstein

Alva Noto – Xerrox Vol. 2
– Darren Bergstein

The Red Masque – Fossil Eyes
(AdHoc Records)
– Joseph Schafer

Revolutionary Ensemble – Beyond the Boundary of Time
– Brian Olewnick

Cornelius Cardew – Treatise
(Mode Records)
– Brian Olewnick

Musica Elettronica Viva – MEV 40
(New World)

Jack Wright with Hell & Bunny – over the transom
(Bug Incision)
– Wyman Brantley

Phil Minton / Veryan Weston – Ways
– Kurt Gottschalk

Arcane Device – Devices 1987-2007
(Monochrome Vision)
– Darren Bergstein

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Releases Reviews

DMG Newsletter January 30th, 2009

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From DMG:

Full Blast: Brotzmann/Pliakas/Wertmuller Ltd 2CD Ed! Mats Gustafsson solo LP and Quintet CD! Gerald Cleaver/Willam Parker/Craig Taborn! Mcphee’s ‘Trio X’ 2 LP set!

Luc Ferrari/Otomo Yoshihide! Roger Kleier! Bernstein/Rojas/Osgood! Ran Blake! Christy Doran‘s New Bag! Brad Shepik! Charles Evans! Loren Connors! Norman Savitt!

Thomas Lehn/Markus Schmickler! Cornelius Cardew! ..and 12 new releases on Konnex!

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European Free Improvisation home

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European Free Improvisation home has been updated.

* A definite focus on the Blue Notes in this update, based around the wonderful 5CD box from Ogun Blue Notes: the Ogun collection which includes re-issues with additional music of Legacy: Live in South Afrika; Blue Notes for Mongezi (2CD); Blue Notes in concert; and Blue Notes for Johnny. In addition, there’s the great, just issued, duo of Louis Moholo-Moholo with Marilyn Crispell on Intakt – Sibanye – and what looks like the final McGregor/Brotherhood of Breath CD on the Fledg’ling label: Our prayer by the Chris McGregor Trio featuring Barre Phillips and Louis Moholo.

* Barre Phillips also turns up on the excellent duo with Jöelle Léandre on Kadima Collectvie Recordings – A l’improviste – and Jöelle has another brand new CD, on Leo, with Akosh S. on reeds: KOR. Also on Leo is Anthony Braxton’s Quartet (Moscow) 2008 recorded barely four months ago. And the second of Intakt’s new CDs is The salmon by Ernst-Ludwig Petrowsky and Michael Griener.

* Three new PSI CDs came out right at the end of October: Alexander Von Schlippenbach with Friulian sketches; Ray Warleigh in duo with Tony Marsh on Rue victor massé; and John Edwards solo bass, Volume; and a recent release on Mutable is a DVD and CD offering from Jérôme Bourdellon, Thomas Buckner, Dalila Khatir and Roscoe Mitchell: Kirili et Les Nymphéas. Other recent Mutable releases included are: Thomas Buckner’s New music for baritone & chamber ensemble; “Blue” Gene Tyranny with The somewhere songs/The invention of memory; and Nils Bultmann, with Roscoe Mitchell on four tracks: Terminally unique

* A large number of ESP-Disk CDs have been added, the releases from June and September: Giuseppi Logan Quartet; Lowell Davidson Trio; Milford Graves Percussion Ensemble; Henry Grimes Trio with The call; the Gunter Hampel Group with Music from Europe; The Holy Modal Rounders Indian war whoop; Karel Velebny with SHQ; Yuganaut’s This musicship; The Holy Modal Rounders Live in 1965; Totem> with Solar forge; and Jugendstil by Chris Speed/Chris Cheek/Stephane Furic Leibovici.

* CDs on my must get around to sometime (but now finally have) list include the Journey into the valley DVD with bonus CD from Faruq Z. Bey and Northwoods Improvisers on Entropy Stereo and, on MusicNow, Consciously from Cornelius Cardew, solemn songs of sound political intent including, on one track a great soprano contribution from Evan Parker, and Liquid metal dreaming by Robert Evans and Laurie Scott Baker.

* A new label from Lithuania is No Business Records with The Vilnius explosion by Mats Gustafsson. On DUNS Limited Edition, there’s Bionic beings’ beginnings from Paul Dunmall/Jean-Michel Van Schouwburg/Philip Gibbs/Peter Brandt and Spirits past and future from Paul Dunmall and Tony Bianco; four more Dunmalls on FMR: in duo with Paul Rogers on Regeneration; with Barry Edwards/Mark Sanders on Mind out; with Trevor Taylor and Evelyn Chang on Crossing; and with Philip Gibbs added on Atmospheres without oxygen; on Loosetorque the trio of Jon Corbett, Nick Stephens and Roger Turner going under the name of Dangerous Musics In ’91; SLAM has the self-titled Aida Severo and the fascinating D.A.T.A. disc Compressed; the new Potlatch CD is Shortcut from Trio Sowari; on 2:13 Music there’s A schlep from Strathbungo, a duo by John Bisset and Ivor Kallin; on Al Maslakh there’s Shortwave from Christine Sehnaoui/Michel Waisvisz, and Much remains to be heard by Stéphane Rives; and on Red Note there’s RegenOrchester XII (Franz Hautzinger/Christian Fennesz/Otomo/Luc Ex/Tony Buck with Town down.

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This Week at the ISSUE Project Room

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From New York’s ISSUE Project Room:

Tuesday October 21st


fourcolor Tokyo
moskitoo Tokyo/Sapporo
sawako JPN/NYC

October. 21th Tue – 8:00PM $15 $10 members, japan & asia society members

Wednesday, October 22 at 8:00 pm
Nextworks ensemble performs music of the New York School

John Cage: Variations II 1962
Earle Brown: selections from Folio 1953-54
Morton Feldman: Extensions 1 1951 , Projection One 1962
Christian Wolff: selections from Exercises 1973-

Thursday, October 23 at 8:00 pm

Fluxus scores interpreted by Bradley Eros, Lary 7 and others

Tony Conrad: 3 Loops for Performers and Tape Recorders 1961 interpreted by Lary 7
Yoko Ono: Cut Piece 1964 interpreted by Bradley Eros
Nam June Paik: Concerto for TV Cello and Videotapes 1971 interp. by M.V. Carbon
Emmett Williams: Duet for Performer and Audience 1961 interpreted by Ryan Tracy
Other performances TBA

Friday, October 24 at 8:00 pm

Either/Or ensemble: Early Minimalism

Philip Glass: Music in Similar Motion (1973)
Steve Reich: Four Organs (1970)
Rhys Chatham: Two Gongs (1971)

Anthony Burr – clarinet, organ
Richard Carrick – piano, organ
Jennifer Choi – violin, organ
David Shively – percussion
Alex Waterman – cello, organ, percussion

Saturday, October 25 at 8 pm

Stars Like Fleas with special guests perform Cornelius Cardew‘s Treatise

Cornelius Cardew: Treatise (1963-67)

Stars Like Fleas
Shannon Fields – guitar, electronics, glockenspiel, voice
Ryan Smith – keyboards, electronics, voice
Montgomery Knott – voice, electronics
Laura Ortman – violin, bowed saw, voice
Matt Lavelle – bass clarinet, trumpet, cuica, voice
Shayna Dulberger – bass, voice
Shelley Burgon – harp, electronics, voice
Tianna Kennedy – cello, voice

Sunday, October 26 at 4:00 pm

Contemporary Extended Vocal Technique: Jennifer Walshe with Object Collection

Jennifer Walshe: i: same person/ii: not the same person (2007)
Jennifer Walshe: nature data (2004)
The Dowager Marchylove: the wasistas of thereswhere (2008)
and a new composition by O’Brien Industries

Sunday, October 26 at 8:00 pm

New Electro-Acoustic Practices: Tristan Perich and Ensemble Pamplemousse

Tristan Perich: new compositions for nine strings and nine-channel 1-bit music

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