Ashtray Navigations / Flower-Corsano Duo in Syracuse

From New Thing Productions:

Ashtray Navigations
Flower-Corsano Duo
Thursday, October 29
$15 General Admission
$12 Students and Seniors

Red House welcomes Psychedelic Noise Project from UK!

Red House Arts Center has become a standout venue in Central New York for experimentalmusicians, hosting Alva Noto & Byetone from Germany, mudboy from Providence, and Zach Layton,MV Carbon and The Loud Objects from New York City. This trend continues when Red Housewelcomes Ashtray Navigations and the Flower-Corsano Duo from the Termite Club in the United Kingdom.

Phil Todd, inspired by the UK’s underground tape music scene, formed Ashtray Navigations in 1994 in Stoke On Trent, England. The psychedelic noise project defies easy categorization given the diverse nature of Todd’s collaborators and the incredible breadth of work Ash Nav has created. Ash Nav consists of Phil Todd (guitar/electronics) and Melanie Delaney, aka Ocelocelot (electronics).

“No matter how limited or impossible to find, every release by this one-man-plus sideshow proves to be a stimulating slice of homemade musical nirvana.” – Foxy Digitalis

Michael Flower (shahi baaja, a modified electric version of the Indian bulbul tarang) has been involved in a number of solo projects and is best know for his work with Vibracathedral Orchestra. Chris Corsano plays drums and has performed with Paul Flaherty, Jim O’Rourke, Björk, EvanParker, Jandek, Thurston Moore, Vampire Belt and Six Organs of Admittance among others.

Ashtray Navigations and the Flower-Corsano Duo will perform at the Red House Arts Center on Thursday, October 29 at 9PM. Tickets are $15 general admission, $12 for students and seniors and are available from For more information please contact Mike Intaglietta at 315-425-0405 or email

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Artist Profile

Don’t Call Faust ‘Krautrock’

A Faust profile from Washington City Paper:

Almost 40 years after the fact, Faust remains a standard-bearer of Krautrock, the German experimental rock movement of the early 1970s.

Just don’t call Faust a Krautrock band.

For one thing, says Jean-Herve Péron, one of the group’s two remaining original members, Faust doesn’t have many fans in Germany, even though it’s still based there. For another, none of the musicians on the current tour, which stops at the Black Cat Sunday for the final night of the Sonic Circuits Festival, happens to be German. Péron is French, original drummer Zappi Diermaier is Austrian, James Johnston is British, and Geraldine Swayne is Irish.

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Musique Machine Reviews

From Musique Machine:

BJ Nilsen & Stilluppsteypa – Man from Deep river
Man from Deep river is the fourth collaborative album between BJ Nilsen & Stilluppsteypa and it sees the pair making their most consistent, compelling and complete record yet.The album sees the pair stepping away from the trilogy of drink related albums Vikinga Brennivín, Drykkjuvisur Ohljodanna & passing-out to look for new inspiration.

Gilles Aubry – Berlin Backyards
Berlin Backyards finds Swiss sound artists Gilles Aubry building pressing/swirling drones and sound texture sheens from subtle manipulated field recordings sourced from various Berlin backyards over the winter of 2006.

KK Null – Oxygen Flash
Oxygen Flash is another cinematic and sci-fi tinged slice of sonic exploration from KK Null taking in his usual mixture of electroinca, noise matter & field recordings. This time appearing on of all places on Neurosis’s Neurot Recordings.

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Sonomu Reviews

Rapoon (via

From Sonomu:

B?Tong, Structures (Noecho)
An artist who dips his foot in many different pools. A Swedish émigré living in Basel with over a decade´s recording experience. For Structures, he moves effortlessly between small-scale sound experiments and shifting moods and modes, to a darkness so remininiscent of Robert Rich and B…. [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 07:47, 25 Mar 2009

Feu Follet & Miina Virtanen, The Icicle Lectures, Vol. 1 (CDR Ex Ovo)
On this latest release from his young CDR label Ex Ovo, Tobias Fischer (in the guise of Feu Follet) divvies up the record between himself and Miina Virtanen, a Finn residing in Germany. This first (of three promised) “Icicle Lecture” has its origins in a live performance in Dresden. Fischer appears… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 07:36, 25 Mar 2009

Various Artists, Escaping from Color: Rapoon Recomposed and Remixed (Quasi Pop)
Even Rapoon´s artwork has been remixed by the compiler for the cover. Rapoon, aka Englishman Robin Storey, is one of the most successful and influential ambient artists of the past twenty years, they key to which is his investing the music with both a sense of industrial forboding and ethnic colour… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 07:25, 25 Mar 2009

Takahiro Kido, Fleursy Music (Plop)
“Flower-ish” (absolutely not “flowery”) music – “fleursy” is Takahiro Kido´s own coinage, but the neologism kind of rings wrong and sounds like a respiratory illness brought on by contact with flora. The music itself has quite the opposite effect, tearing down the walls of hipness and irony… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 07:00, 25 Mar 2009

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Coming Up at the IBeam Studio

From Brooklyn’s IBeam:

168 7th street, Brooklyn NY 11215
TROMBONE FESTIVAL – Saturdays in April 2009
YEAH YEAH RECORDS FESTIVAL – Fridays in April 2009
All sets at 8, 9 & 10:00 pm
Suggested donation is $10

Ibeam presents a festival of trombonists in the NY area and beyond that represent a sampling of creative bands lead by trombonists. This is the first series of it’s kind at Ibeam Music and features a wide variety of music presented by groups ranging from duos to a brass sextet.

Saturday, April 4th
8:00 pm – Ryan Snow’s “Pull”
9:00 pm – Josh Roseman’s WATER SURGEONS a chamber ensemble with a trombone choir and electronics
10:00 pm – Matthias Müller/Christian Marien Duo (from Germany)

Saturday April 11th
8:00 pm – The FunBrassStick Orchestra: Reut Regev and Igal Foni Duo
9:00 pm – Max Siegel Trio
10:00 pm – A Ben Gerstein Collective (featuring Tony Malaby)

Saturday April 18th
8:00 pm – TILT SIXtet featuring Christopher McIntyre
9:00 pm – “Bizingas” featuring Brian Drye
10:00 pm – Joe Fiedler Trio

Saturday, April 25th
9:00 pm – Curtis Hasselbring’s Decoupage
10:00 pm – Jacob Garchik Trio

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Sonomu Reviews

From Sonomu:

Vic Mars, Kanransha (Symbolic Interaction)
Kentaro Togawa of Yamanashi in Japan seems determined to introduce a whole new generation of electronica artists with many and varied talents. A double gatefold package entitled “Yaporigami: Sarya Sarva”, for instance, houses thirty cuts delivered by a new generation of upbeat, light and shiny… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 07:23, 12 Mar 2009

Disrupt, Foundation Bit (Jahtari/Werk)
My favourite new label. Launched originally as a strictly net label, Foundation Bit is the very first CD release for Jahtari. Disrupt is the secret dub identity of a new “great white hope” in the field of digital dub, Jan Gleichmar out of eastern Germany. His aptly-titled debut wears its digital… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 07:17, 12 Mar 2009

Activities of Dust, A New Mind (Adluna Records)
Activities of Dust is an ad-hoc supergroup which really only exists virtually. While leader Doug Scharin and Jeff Parker played their parts in the former´s studio in Illinois (from which the band takes its name), Bill Laswell and Bernie Worrell recorded their contributions in Laswell´s studio just… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 07:07, 12 Mar 2009

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Ninh, Theilke, Fageshinski, Doneda in Portland 2/23/09

From Portland Eye and Ear Control:

Monday, February 23rd, 8pm
Gallery Homeland (in the Ford Building) 2505 SE 11th Ave (at Division,
parking lot and entry at the south end of the building)
donation (suggested $5 to $15, but everyone welcome)

four incredible european improvisers:

Lekuan Ninh

Michael Doneda

Kai Fageshinski | clarinet, composition
Michael Theilke | clarinet, composition
Kai Fageshinski (Los Glissandinos, The Magic I.D., etc.) and Michael Theilke (Unununium, The Magic I.D., etc.) are members of Berlin’s vibrant echtzeitmusik scene. The International Nothing (*2000) is their hardest working project of the last years. They are working exclusively on compositions (no improv), where both instruments melt into one sound, which sometimes sounds like more than two instruments through the extended use of multiphonics and difference tones. Their pieces have a delicate and slowed down quality and celebrate a unique and timeless beauty. They will present a collection of pieces developed between 2003 and 2009.

The International Nothing is kindly supported by Goethe-Institut San Fransisco and Kulturverwaltung des Landes Berlin.

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Peter Brotzmann Tentet Interviewed

At least, half of the Tentet are represented in this 2005 interview.

There may not be a more creative group of artists anywhere within the boundaries of any art form than those within the Peter Brotzmann Tentet. These are individuals that comprehensively understand their responsibility to art and it is only through this level of integrity and creativity that art can, and will continue to move forward. Thus, it is completely mystifying and disheartening that this group of brilliant artists from Germany, Sweden, Norway, Chicago and New York remain relatively unknown outside of avant garde circles. They have created their own dimensions of sound, their own sonority of power and intensity, with shapes of silence that collide and separate at varying levels of speed and measurements of time. They have not introduced a new language as much as they invent new universes within fields of time and space through intellect, passion and importantly, attitude.

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Ulrich Krieger at Lampo

From Chicago’s Lampo:

FEB 7 9pm
Something loud, then quiet, then loud again from Ulrich Krieger, German saxophonist, in his hotly anticipated Chicago debut.

At Lampo he presents “R.A.W.”—a new solo program for amplified tenor sax and live electronics. Sub-bass drones, sharp noise attacks, saxophone-controlled pitched feedback, noise and extended playing techniques, ranging from thick wall-of-sound to sparse reductionism. He calls his style of playing “acoustic electronics,” using sounds that appear to be electronic, but that are really produced on acoustic instruments and then sometimes electronically treated.

Ulrich Krieger (b. 1962, Freiburg, Germany) is a composer, performer, improviser and experimental rock musician. His main instruments are saxophones, clarinets, didgeridoo and electronics. He is perhaps best known for transcribing Lou Reed‘s “Metal Machine Music” for the chamber orchestra zeitkratzer in 2002. As a member of that ensemble he also has performed noise music by Merzbow, Zbigniew Karkowski and John Duncan, scored for and faithfully reproduced by classical instruments. Additional projects include the John Cage-focused quartet A Cage of Saxophones; and Text of Light, a group including Lee Ranaldo, Alan Licht and Christian Marclay that improvises soundtracks to avant-garde films. Other collaborations include Phill Niblock, Kasper T. Toeplitz and LaMonte Young. Since 2007 he has lived in Los Angeles, where he is a member of the CalArts music faculty.

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Nu Band Touring Europe

Roy Campbell at Jazzy Spring Festival 2008 (Bu...
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Though on on their web site yet, the Nu Band begins a European tour this week.


Mark Whitecage – alto sax, clarinet
Roy Campbell, Jr. – trumpet, flugelhorn
Joe Fonda – bass
Lou Grassi – drums

Wednesday, January 7 – De Werf, Brugge, Belgium
Thursday, January 8 – Grand Theatre, Groningen, Netherlands
Friday, January 9 – Sunside , Paris, France
Saturday, January 10 – Le Moulin à Jazz , Vitrolles, France
Sunday, January 11 – open
Monday, January 12 – Aufsturz-Klub, Berlin, Germany
Tuesday, January 13 – IG JAZZ Freiberg , Freiberg, Germany
Wednesday, January 14 – open
Thursday, January 15 – Alchemia Club, Krakow, Poland
Friday, January 16 – Club Zak, Gdansk, Poland
Saturday, January 17 – Club W71 , Weikersheim, Germany
Sunday, January 18- L’Archiduc, Brussels, Belgium
Monday, January 19 – Oben Kino, Cottbus, Germany

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