AMN Reviews

AMN Reviews: Setola di Maiale Unit & Evan Parker – Live at Angelica 2018 [Setola di Maiale SM3880]

Crafting a musically cohesive, uncongested free improvisation with a small group is hard enough. It become much more difficult the larger the ensemble. Some large groups—the Variable Geometry Orchestra comes to mind—have been able to manage this nicely. Add to their number the Setola di Maiale Unit, an ensemble headed by percussionist Stefano Giust.

The Setola di Maiale Unit is a free improvisation group whose membership isn’t fixed. Many of the players are artists on the Setola di Maiale label, which Giust heads. For their appearance at the 2018 AngelicA Festival in Bologna the group, in addition to Giust, consisted of Marco Colonna on clarinets; Martin Mayes on horn and alphorn; Patrizia Oliva on voice and electronics; Alberto Novello on analog electronics; Giorgio Pacorig on piano; and Michele Anelli on double bass. Special guest Evan Parker sat in on tenor and soprano saxophones, while composer Philip Corner and dancer Phoebe Neville dropped to play a brief introduction on gongs. The performance was in part a celebration of label’s twenty-fifth anniversary—an auspicious landmark, and a fittingly fine set to commemorate it.

The hour-long improvisation is tracked into five sections prefaced by Corner and Neville’s introduction. Each section highlights some aspect of the group’s work, usually on the basis of the many subgroupings that emerge over the course of the set. What’s remarkable is that there was no conducting or direction; the changes in dynamics and density and the frequent interludes for solos, duos, and trios were arrived at spontaneously. Each player has some time as a leading voice if not a soloist; there are beautiful soliloquies for piano and drums, and instances of impromptu polyphony breaking out among the horns. It’s exactly the kind of playing one would expect from some of Europe’s most sensitive improvisers, and a happy anniversary indeed.

Daniel Barbiero



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October 15, 2009
Evan Parker Duo with Fred Frith, The Stone
Fred Frith, Evan Parker

October 13, 2009
Larry Ochs Sax & Drumming Core, Roulette
Scott Amendola, Satoko Fujii, Lawrence Ochs, Donald Robinson, Natsuki Tamura
Evan Parker Trio with Chris Corsano & Nate Wooley, The Stone
Chris Corsano, Evan Parker, Nate Wooley

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Performances Reviews

Evan Parker at the Stone, High-Energy Improvising With a Shifting Cast

Evan Parker’s recent run at the Stone is reviewed.

The saxophonist Evan Parker projects an intensely concentrated energy through his music. Now 65, he has spent more than 40 years in the trenches of the British avant-garde, metabolizing the ideas of free jazz and perfecting his own strategies of sound, which skew atonal but often lyrical. He’s hailed as a virtuoso of extended techniques — circular breathing, multiphonics, sculptured overtones — and lionized for his solo excursions. He’s also a tireless collaborator, secure in his footing and perpetually primed for engagement.

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Emanem & Psi Releases

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From Emanem & Psi:

Latest Emanem releases – available now:
5001 Veryan Weston ‘Allusions’ (2002) solo piano
5002 Okkyung Lee / Peter Evans / Steve Beresford ‘Check For Monsters’ (2008)
5003 Milo Fine ‘Ananke’ (2006/7)
5004 Sophie Agnel ‘Capsizing Moments’ (2008) solo piano
5005 ARC ‘The Pursuit of Happiness’ (2008) Gus Garside, Sylvia Hallett & Danny Kingshill
5006 Stellari String Quartet ‘Gocce Stellari’ (2006/7)
5201 People Band ’69/70′ previously unissued
5202 Paul Rutherford ‘Tetralogy’ (1978-82) solo, trio & brass quartet previously unissued

Next Emanem release – available late October or early November:
5007 Grosse Abfahrt ‘Vanity’ (2008)
Matthieu Werchowski, David Chiesa, Theresa Wong, John Shiurba, Matt Ingalls, Tom Djll, Tim Perkis, Gino Robair

Latest psi releases – available now:
09.01 Evan Parker ‘Saxophone Solos’ (1975) reissue
09.02 Per Anders Nilsson / Sten Sandell / Raymond Strid ‘Beam Stone’ (2007)
09.03 Lawrence Casserley & Adam Linson ‘Integument’ (2007)
09.04 Agustí Fernández ‘Un llamp que no s’acaba mai’ (2007) with John Edwards & Mark Sanders
09.05/6 Peter Evans ‘Nature/Culture’ (2008) solo trumpet
09.07 Grutronic ‘Essex Foam Party’ (2006-8)
09.08 FURT ‘Sense’ (2008/9) Richard Barrett & Paul Obermayer

Next psi releases – available late October or early November:
09.09 Evan Parker ‘Whitstable Solo’ (2008)
09.10 Richard Barrett ‘Adrift’ 3 compositions 2007/8
09.11 Evan Parker ‘Set’ (2003)
with Barry Guy, Paul Lytton, Richard Barrett, Paul Obermayer, Lawrence Casserley, Walter Prati & Marco Vecchi

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October 10, 2009
Evan Parker Trio with William Parker & Matthew Shipp, The Stone
Steve Dalachinsky, Evan Parker, William Parker, Matthew Shipp

October 06, 2009
Evan Parker Duos & Trios with Sylvie Courvoisier & Ikue Mori, The Stone
Sylvie Courvoisier, Ikue Mori, Evan Parker

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Evan Parker: Making Music From Music

Evan Parker’s upcoming Chicago show is previewed in the Reader:

Evan Parker & Ned Rothenberg
Sun 9/27, 3 PM, Claudia Cassidy Theater, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington, 312-744-6630.

British saxophonist Evan Parker, who plays a free concert with reedist Ned Rothenberg on Sunday at the Chicago Cultural Center, is one of the most instantly recognizable improvisers in the world. He’s developed an idiosyncratic vocabulary distinguished by mastery of circular breathing and polyphonics, and throughout a career spanning more than four decades he’s stayed open to new ideas. A committed sonic explorer, he’s had a dizzying variety of collaborators—he’s made pioneering music with the likes of Derek Bailey and Peter Brötzmann and he’s played in a swing band with Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts.

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Evan Parker Sat. 9th May, Manchester

From Modisti:

An Evening of Improvised Music…
with –
Evan Parker – saxophones
Stephen Grew – piano
Phillip Marks – percussion

An all too rare appearance in Manchester by one of the great masters of the saxophone…

Evan Parker has been at the forefront of improvised and experimental music for over forty years, with a unique and innovative approach to his instrument that has been hugely influential. A master of extended techniques like circular breathing and multiphonics, he’s made over 200 albums with artists like Kenny Wheeler, Derek Bailey, Scott Walker, Robert Wyatt, Spring Heel Jack, Michael Nyman, Spiritualized, Cecil Taylor, Dave Holland, John Stevens’ Spontaneous Music Ensemble, Gavin Bryars, Chris McGregor’s Brotherhood of Breath, John Surman, Paul Lytton, Dudu Pukwana, Barre Phillips, Louis Moholo, Peter Brotzmann, Willem Breuker, Keith Rowe, Peter Kowald, Han Bennink, Tony Oxley, Steve Lacy, Anthony Braxton, London Jazz Composers Orchestra, Globe Unity Orchestra, Stan Tracey, Chris Corsano, John Edwards, Jah Wobble, Joe McPhee, John Tilbury, Eddie Prevost, Sainkho Namtchylak, Steve Beresford, Vic Reeves, Frank Perry, Manfred Schoof, Berlin Contemporary
Jazz Orchestra
, Thurston Moore, Lawrence Casserley, Walter Prati etc etc.

He is joined by Stephen Grew on piano and Phillip Marks on percussion who together and in their own bands Grutronic and Bark! have been making their own contributions to the world of adventurous improvisation for over 20 years. Those of you who saw them at last years Manchester Jazz Festival will know just how good they are…

Saturday May 9th
8:00 pm
Cross Street Chapel
Cross Street
Manchester M2 1NL
(not far from Albert Square)

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Jazz Cerkno Event in Slovenia

From Jazz Cerkno:

This year’s Jazz Cerkno festival program is boasting with quite some names that were seminal in forming the European and global free jazz. On the very first festival day (Thu., 14. May) we will listen to the legendary Schlippenbach Trio (Alexander von Schlippenbach, piano, Evan Parker, saxophone, Paul Lovens, drums). On the same day there are also concerts by Powertrio from Portugal, and Slovenian/international Jure Pukl High Interaction Group.

Friday (15. May) wll bring the first festival meeting with the famous French double bass player Joëlle Léandre (she will also play at the Saurday afternoon solo concert at the Music School); on the Friday concert she will be accompanied by Carlos Zingaro (violin) and Sebi Tramontana (trombone). The festival covered arena at the Old Square will continue to be well shaken by Peter Brötzmann free-jazz-core trio Full Blast and Slovenian trio Lolita. The last festival day wil bring (apart from Léandre’s solo concert) four more bands, none of which ever played in Slovenia before: Mike Reed’s Loose Assembly (USA), Tiziano Tononi Quartet (ITA), ESS (S) and Push The Triangle (F). There will also be two workshops: photographing musicians (Žiga Koritnik) and „wild food“ (Dario Cortese), at the City Museum Cerkno will be also photograph exhibition „Jazz in Cerkno“ (Photo Club Cerkno).

Quite soon, there will be more information at our 14 th Jazz Cerkno festival website, where we will prepare files with musicians’ biographies and press quality photographs. All these and more will soon be available at our address You are invited to visit it now, so you can check up what other events did we prepare apart from our main event / fourteenth festival Jazz Cerkno.

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New David Sylvian Release on the Way

From David Sylvian:

We’re preparing for the release of David’s new album ‘Manafon’. It’s a powerfully bold, uncompromising work featuring contributions from Evan Parker, John Tilbury, Keith Rowe, Christian Fennesz, Otomo Yoshihide, and many more. We’ll be sharing more information on the release shortly.

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Marilyn Crispell Interview

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Pianist Crispell is interviewed.

Marilyn Crispell is widely considered one of the leading contemporary jazz pianists and composers. Her reach is tremendous. She can coax extraordinary beauty out of standards such as “You Don’t Know What Love Is” or Coltrane’s “Dear Lord” by often locating pockets and eddies in the tune that allow for tremendous elaboration while still staying true to the tune. On her own compositions, Crispell has often been much more explosive, playing pounding rhythmic counterpoint opposite cascades of runs up and down the keyboard. Since 1996, on her recordings for ECM, she has explored a more contemplative side, one that emphasizes space, interiority, and quietness. During the 80’s Crispell was a member of Anthony Braxton‘s quartet. She has also played with such major jazz luminaries as Irene Schweizer, Barry Guy, Evan Parker, Reggie Workman, Noelle Leandre and many, many others.

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