AMN Reviews: Fred Lonberg-Holm, Abdul Moimême, Carlos Santos – Transition Zone [Creative Sources CS712]; Mikel Vega – Powndak Improv [Bandcamp]

In May of 2018 Fred Lonberg-Holm (cello and electronics), Abdul Moimême(dual electric guitars) and Carlos Santos (electronics) met for the first time as a trio. The result is this five-track set recorded live at Namouche Studio in Lisbon.

Moimême is no stranger to these pages, having appeared in a duet with saxophonist patrick brennan on 2019’s Terraphonia and with brennan again along with others on 2020’s The Sudden Bird of Waiting, both of which were reviewed here. On Transition Zone he once again is featured playing two electric guitars simultaneously with a variety of outer-edge techniques. Lonberg-Holm also explores the technical borderlands of his own instrument; his pitched, unpitched and semi-pitched sounds, along with extended bowings, complement Moimême’s well-developed repertoire of scrapings, strikes and plucking. Santos adds a continuo of electronic tint to the completely improvised performances. Although the three hadn’t played together as unit before their sympathetic chemistry is immediately apparent on all of these finely sculpted pieces of textural playing. From the scuffed surfaces of Tumultuous, with its harsh weave of feedback, to the long cello tones and ringing open guitar strings of Hushed, Transition Zone shows how three like minds can paint sound from a broad palette of color.

Also worth mentioning is Powndak Improv by Bilbao guitarist Mikel Vega. Like Moimême, Vega is an exploratory guitarist, but of a more conventionally experimental kind. His improvised performances on this album are pitch-predominant albeit tonally decentered; his electric guitar sound is rich with reverb and distortion and at times is directly allusive to heavy metal. On one track he plays acoustic guitar, which he leads through a labyrinth of angular arpeggios and fragmentary chord sequences. On the texturally provocative track Methagaarborg Vega is joined by saxophonist Fernando Ulzión and electronics artist Miguel A. Garcia.

https://www.creativesourcesrec.com/catalog/catalog_712.html

https://mvega.bandcamp.com/releases

Daniel Barbiero

Umbrella Music Through July 29

From Chicago’s Umbrella Music:

Tuesday, 21 July 2009
Elastic
9:00PM | The Frame Quartet
Ken Vandermark – reeds
Fred Lonberg-Holm – cello
Nate McBride – bass
Tim Daisy – drums
two sets

Wednesday, 22 July 2009
The Hideout
10:00PM | Fred Lonberg-Holm’s Entente
James Falzone – clarinet
Jeff Kimmel – bass clarinet
Fred Lonberg-Holm – cello
Anton Hatwich – bass
11:00PM | Jackson/Rosaly
Keefe Jackson – reeds
Frank Rosaly – drums
Record Release Concert for “Word Made Fresh/Real Absence” (MOLK Records)
$6 cover
PLUS | DJ Sets : Eric Leibundguth spins Rock and/or Roll

Thursday, 23 July 2009
Elastic
10:00PM | Dave McDonnell Group
Andra Kulans – violin
Evan Spacht – trombone
Jason Adasiewicz – vibraphone
Jeff Kowalkowski – piano
Kate Bradfield – piano
David McDonnell – sine wave organ
11:00PM | The Hats
Dave McDonnell – alto saxophone
Josh Berman – cornet
Jason Adasiewicz – vibes
Anton Hatwich – bass
Dylan Ryan – drums

Tuesday, 28 July 2009
Elastic
9:00PM | The Frame Quartet
Ken Vandermark – reeds
Fred Lonberg-Holm – cello
Nate McBride – bass
Tim Daisy – drums
two sets

Wednesday, 29 July 2009
The Hideout
10:00PM | Vox Arcana
Tim Daisy – drums, marimba, compositions
James Falzone – clarinet
Fred Lonberg-Holm – cello
11:00PM | Halvorson/Pavone
Mary Halvorson – guitar, vocals
Jessica Pavone – viola, vocals
$7 cover
PLUS | DJ Sets: John Corbett spins Radio Dada, Side B

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Bagatellen Reviews

From Bagatellen:

Jürg and Marianne Rufer – Les Diaboliques: Jubilee Concert DVD
The trio of Irène Schweizer, Maggie Nicols and Joëlle Léandre – Les Diaboliques – represents a primary factor in the history of Intakt, since they were all present in the label’s very first record (Live At Taktlos) before going on to become one of the most lively expressions in the macrocosm of present-day improvisation. Their […]

Locrian – Drenched Lands
Doom at its most effective will make the impression upon listeners that relief is a matter of hitting the ‘pause’ button’. With song titles like “Obsolete Elegy In Effluvia And Dross,” and “Barren Temple Obscured By Contaminated Fogs,” one might guess that the latest from Chicago’s Locrian (Andre Foisy, Terence Hannum) seeks […]

Tony Malaby Cello Trio – Warblepeck
Much to my surprise, Tony Malaby’s cello trio – where the saxophonist is joined by Fred Lonberg-Holm and percussionist John Hollenbeck – sounds remarkably like an updated hybrid of Air and Hemphill on their debut recording. It’s not just because the presence of a cello invokes Abdul Wadud, since Lonberg-Holm’s playing sounds about as […]

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Suoni Per Il Popolo 2009

Lisle Ellis performing live
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This year’s Suoni Per Il Popolo takes place in Montreal during June. Some artists scheduled to appear include: Dave Burrell Trio with William Parker & Nasheet Waits, Fred Lonberg-Holm’s Valentine Trio, John Oswald with Germaine Liu and Scott Thomson, Nicole Mitchell’s Truth or Dare with Shirazette Tinnin and Renee Baker, Instant Coffee with Lisle Ellis, Monk’s Casino (Alexander von Schlippenbach, Axel Dörner, Rudi Mahall, Jan Roder, Uli Jennessen), Timeless Pulse (Thomas Buckner, voice; George Marsh, percussion; Pauline Oliveros, accordion; David Wessel, live-electronics; Jennifer Wilsey, percussion), Jean Derome/Nicolas Caloia/Isaiah Ceccarelli, Six Organs of Admittance and many others.

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Wally Shoup On Tour

From Wally Shoup:

Ben Hall/Wally Shoup Duo Tour

Cleveland
Hessler House
wsg/Sam Goldberg
Saturday April 11
8pm

Toledo
Robinwood Concert House
wsg/ KBD
Sunday April 12
8pm

Columbus
Skylab
wsg/ Ben Bennett, John Bennett, Seldom Frequenci
Monday April 13
8pm

Pittsburgh
Most Wanted Fine Art
wsg/ Melissa St. Pierre
Tuesday April 14
8pm

Cincinnati
Art Damage Lodge
wsg/ Rattling Clouds
Wednesday April 15
9pm

St. Louis
Open Lot
Thursday April 16
wsg/ Dave Stone-Danny McClain Duo, Brain Transplant
Thursday April 16
9pm

Chicago
Enemy
Fred Lonberg-Holm, Anton Hatwich and Jaimie Branch
Spam Filter (Ben Boye/Dave Miller/Quin Kirchner)
Friday April 17
9pm

Detroit
2739 Edwin Hamtramck
wsg/ Michigun 16 reed instrument featuring John Olson of Wolf Eyes
Saturday April 18
8pm

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Squid’s Ear Reviews

From the Squid’s Ear

Joe McPhee/ Paal Nilssen-Love – Tomorrow Came Today
(Smalltown Superjazz)
– Dave Madden

Magda Mayas / Tony Buck – Gold
(Creative Sources)
– Kurt Gottschalk

Conrad Bauer / Thomas Lehn / Jon Rose – Futch
(Jazwerkstatt)
– Kurt Gottschalk

Peter Kowald – Open Secrets
(FMP)
– Kurt Gottschalk

Michael Snow / Alan Licht / Aki Onda – Five A’s, Two C’s, One D, One E, Two H’s, Three I’s, One K, Three L’s, One M, Three N’s, Two O’s, One S, One T, One W
(Victo)
– Kurt Gottschalk

Jacques Fochia, Mike Goyvaerts, Christoph Irmer, George Wessel – Canaries on the Pole #2
(Creative Sources)
– Wyman Brantley

Nels Cline – Coward
(Cryptogramophone)
– Darren Bergstein

Luca Mauri – Between Love and Hate
(Creative Sources)
– Darren Bergstein

Jos Smolders – Gaussian Transient (Megaphone)
(NVO)
– Darren Bergstein

Joelle Leandre & Quentin SirJacq – Out of Nowhere
– Max Schaefer

Tony Dryer, Jacob Heule, Jacob Lindsay – Idea of West
(Creative Sources)
– Max Schaefer

Giampaolo Verga – Fadensonnen
(Creative Sources)
– Max Schaefer

Neumatica – Alud
(Creative Sources)
– Darren Bergstein

Pomassl – Spare Parts
(Raster-Noton)
– Darren Bergstein

Elliot Sharp / Tectonics – Errata
(Neos)
– Darren Bergstein

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AMN Picks of the Week

Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that has caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended.

Revolutionary Ensemble – Beyond the Boundary of Time (2009, free jazz)
Nate Wooley / Fred Lonberg-Holm / Jason Roebke – Throw Down Your Hammer and Sing (2009, free jazz)
Richard Nelson Quintet – Origin Story (2004, left of center jazz)
Aethenor – Faking Gold and Murder (2009, ambient metal)
Aethenor – Betimes Black Cloudmasses (2008, ambient metal)
Brad Shepik / Trio – Human Activity Suite (2008, jazz)
Omar Rodriguez-Lopez – The Apocalypse Inside of an Orange (2007, avant-rock)
Zu – Carboniferous (2009, avant-jazz)
Denman Maroney Quintet – Identity (2009, free jazz)
Elton Dean / Mark Sanders / Roberto Bellatalla – Into the Nierika (1998, free jazz)
Land of Kush – Against the Day (2009, post-rock / improv)
Maneri Ensemble – Going to Church (2002, free jazz)
Benoit Moreau – Audiogrammes II (2009, modern classical)

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The Squid’s Ear Reviews

Alexander von Schlippenbach, German jazz pianist
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From the Squid’s Ear:

Alfred 23 Harth / Hans Joachim Irmler / Günter Müller – Taste Tribes
(For4Ears)
– Darren Bergstein

Alexander von Schlippenbach Alexander von Schlippenbach – Friulian Sketches
(psi)
– Kurt Gottschalk

Michel F. Côté / Isaiah Ceccarelli Michel F. Côté / Isaiah Ceccarelli – Vulgarités
(Ambiances Magnetiques)
– Dave Madden

Peter Brotzmann / Fred Lonberg-Holm Peter Brotzmann / Fred Lonberg-Holm – The Brain of the Dog in Section
(Atavistic)
– Kurt Gottschalk

AMM AMM – Trinity
(Matchless Recordings)
– Jeph Jerman

Keith Rowe Keith Rowe – ErstLive 007
(Erstwhile)
– Jeph Jerman

Gerry Hemingway/Thomas Lehn (Tom & Gerry) Gerry Hemingway/Thomas Lehn (Tom & Gerry) – Kinetics
(Auricle Records)
– Jeph Jerman

DIS.PLAYCE DIS.PLAYCE – Habitat
(Creative Sources)
– Darren Bergstein

Joelle Leandre Joelle Leandre – Live in Israel
(Kadima Collective)
– Kurt Gottschalk

Keith Rowe / Taku Unami Keith Rowe / Taku Unami – ErstLive 006
(Erstwhile)
– Darren Bergstein

John Butcher / Gerry Hemingway John Butcher / Gerry Hemingway – Buffalo Pearl
(Auricle)
– Darren Bergstein

Philip Jeck Philip Jeck – Suite: Live in Liverpool
(Touch)
– Max Schaefer

Novi_Sad Novi_Sad – Jailbirds
(Sedimental)
– Max Schaefer

Gutbucket Gutbucket – A Modest Proposal
(Cuneiform)
– Jeph Jerman

Imai Kazuo Trio Imai Kazuo Trio – Blood
(Doubtmusic)
– Jeph Jerman

Zeitkratzer & Carsten Nicolai Zeitkratzer & Carsten Nicolai – Electronics
(Zeitkratzer Records)
– Max Schaefer

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