Best of Best of 2009

I’ve already said my piece on the best of 2009, but here is an opportunity to present the opinions of others. Over the last month or so, I’ve collected some of the more interesting and relevant “best of” lists, that focus on music likely to be within the AMN scope.

So, welcome to the best of the best of 2009.

The Village Voice
Howard Mandel
NPR’s Take Five.
Jason Crane
Music and More
Stuart Broomer
Susanna Bolle
Laurence Donohue-Greene
Derek Taylor
Adam Strohm
Nate Chinen
Ben Ratliff
Francios Couture
Destination Out
Jim Macnie
Brett Saunders

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Fresh Sound Music Upcoming Concerts

Fresh Sound Music puts on some interesting shows in San Diego:

Tuesday, January 5, 2010 – 8 pm
Margaret Noble, sound design (San Diego)
Susan Narucki, voice and electronics (San Diego)

FRESH SOUND EXTRA – Ear, Nose and Throat
Monday, January 25th, 2010 – 8 pm

Tuesday, February 9, 2010 – 8 pm
Mathematics of Resonant Bodies by John Luther Adams.

PERCUSSION SERIES – Scott Amendola and Wil Blades
Tuesday, March 16th, 2010 – 8 pm

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Music and More Reviews

From Music and More:

Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Vijay Iyer Trio – Historicity (ACT Music, 2009)

Monday, October 19, 2009
Cecil Taylor – Conquistador (Blue Note 1966, 2003)

Sunday, October 18, 2009
E.S.T. – Retrospective (ACT Music, 2009)

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Performances Releases

Reminder: Los Angeles New Music Ensemble Presents Time, Minimalism, and Electronics This Week

From the Los Angeles New Music Ensemble:

Los Angeles New Music Ensemble-Time, Minimalism, and Electronics

Friday, August 7, 8pm
Santa Monica Art Studios
3026 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica CA
$5 students, $10 adult
Phone: 505 270 4965

Program info:
This summer the Los Angeles New Music Ensemble is proud to present a summer series based on time, minimalism, and electronics. The program is centered around Terry Riley’s masterpiece of the minimalist movement, In C. In C has been lauded throughout the world as a seminal work in the history of contemporary music. Yet more importantly, the truly transcendent nature of the piece when heard live is something that we believe should be experienced by everyone. When played with skill, precision, and passion, Terry Riley’s visionary set of 53 musical cues becomes a transformative performance, and it is these attributes that we intend to bring to Southern California this summer.

We are also pleased to present two pieces especially commissioned for this series by Patrick Conlon and Dan Formidoni, and two older works by Evan Ziporyn and Dr. Marvin Lamb.

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Emily Hay on Tour in June

Emily Hay announces a few dates in Southern Cali:

June 14, 2009, 8:30pm (event starts at 7:30)
Flutist/vocalist Emily Hay performs with pianist/sound artist Motoko Honda
SIMMS Series
Musicians’ Union Hall, 116 9th Street (at Mission), San Francisco, CA
Also on the bill: Erica Eller with Damon Smith and Weasel Walter

June 15, 2009 sometime after 9:00pm
Emily Hay (flutes/vocals/electronics) performs with keyboardist/sound artist Motoko Honda guitarist/sonic artist Lucio Menegon
Kingman’s Ivy Room
860 San Pablo Avenue (near Solano), Albany, CA
Experimental/Improv Hootenanny & Social Club
Also on the bill: All Ones, Ralph Carney, curated sets with Bass is the Place and Bunny Numpkins

June 18, 2009 8:00pm (we’ll probably play last)
Emily Hay performs with keyboardist/sound artist Motoko Honda and percussionist Brad Dutz
The Steve Allen Theater
4773 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA
Also on the bill: Anna Homler (voice) with Michael Intriere (cello) and Jorge
Martin (electronics) and
Josie Roth (viola and electronics)

June 20, 2009 sometime after 9:00pm
Emily Hay performs with Bavab Bavab
Echo Curio (Echo Park Curiosity Shop and Art Gallery)
1519 Sunset Boulevard, Echo Park, CA

June 28, 2009 7:00pm
Emily Hay performs with guitarist Carey Fosse
The Tribal Cafe
1651 W. Temple Street, #A, Los Angeles, CA
Also on the bill: Motoka Honda, Anna Homler and more!!!

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May 10, 2009
Radio I-Ching, Cake Shop
Don Fiorino, Andy Haas, Dee Pop
Peter Brotzmann Solo, Cake Shop
Peter Brotzmann

May 09, 2009
OffOnOff, The Studio @ Webster Hall
Terrie Ex, Paal Nilssen-Love, Massimo Pupillo
Orange Tulip Conspiracy, The Studio @ Webster Hall
Luke Bergman, Zach Cline, Jason Schimmel, Lee Smith, John Whooley

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Releases Reviews

DMG Newsletter February 20th, 2009

Wadada Leo Smith
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From DMG:

John Zorn’s Filmworks 23! Frith & Arte Qt Vols 1 & 2! Roberto Rodriguez! Paul Dunmall Sun Qt! Denman Maroney Qnt! Michael Blake & Kresten Osgood!

FAB :Fonda/Altschul/Bang 4th Live! Gary Lucas & Gerald Zbinden! Two Historic Reissues from Nessa: Wadada Leo Smith & Charles Tyler! Lol Coxhill! Ivor Cutler! ..

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