AMN Reviews: John Corbett – Microgroove: Forays into Other Music [Duke University Press; 2015]

978-0-8223-5870-1_prMicrogroove, the title of John Corbett’s new collection of writings on music and other arts, is meant to capture two notions. The first, in which microgroove refers to the technology that facilitated the long playing record, is an allusion to the importance that recordings have had for Corbett’s musical development. The second consists in the acknowledgement of the semi-recondite communities of artists and listeners grooving in those thinly inhabited spaces at the borders and intersections of genres—which translate into the literal, physical world of relatively micro spaces of art galleries, lofts and basements in which adventurous music is made and received.

Microgroove follows by twenty years Corbett’s first collection of writings, 1994’s Extended Play. Like that earlier book, this one includes essays, interview and profiles. The musicians covered represent diverse fields ranging from jazz to European improvised music to punk to cartoon soundtracks to the more challenging reaches of Western art music. Corbett also includes pieces on poetry and dance as well as the visual arts, this last of which having become an increasing interest of his in the time between the two books.

Although Microgroove covers a wide spectrum of music, Corbett’s particular emphasis is on music that is improvised, particularly jazz and European free improvisation. In his introduction he makes a claim for improvisation as being perhaps the most important factor in shaping twentieth century culture. Given the influences of jazz on the art music of the last century, as well as the salience of the creatively unsettling experiments in indeterminate composition and graphic and other post-literate, open-form vehicles of notation, Corbett’s claim is certainly convincing. Other art forms—painting, poetry, theater and dance among them—have also been heavily influenced by improvisational practices in composition and/or performance. Think, for example, of Jackson Pollock on Long Island painting to the sounds of (traditional) jazz. Originating more often than not in small, specialized subcultures that assimilated some of the lessons of jazz as well as the influences of Zen Buddhism, Existentialism and related intellectual trends, a culture of spontaneity, to use Daniel Belgrad’s apt expression, rippled outward from music to impact practices in most of the arts and to shape the culture in general as well.

Thus a good number of the artists Corbett interviews or writes about are improvisers of one sort or another, generally from the more experimental edges of their fields. Interviews with Steve Lacy, Misha Mengelberg and Hans Bennick, Peter Brötzmann and Evan Parker, Ornette Coleman and others provide insight into the very different ways that improvisation can be approached and realized in sound. Corbett’s interviews with writers Clark Coolidge and Nathanial Mackey bring out the sometimes direct and often subtle connections between improvised music and the written word, while interviews with painter Albert Oehlen draw lines between sound and visual art.

One of the more interesting features of Microgroove is the inclusion of multiple pieces on some of the artists. This allows Corbett to consider them from different angles or over time, providing a fuller picture of their art in the process. That, combined with the eclectic scope of Corbett’s interests, makes of Microgroove a rich, multifaceted survey of some of the more challenging artists of the last two decades.

https://www.dukeupress.edu/microgroove

Daniel Barbiero

Umbrella Music Through January 31

Paal Nilssen-Love
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From Chicago’s Umbrella Music:

Wednesday, 20 January 2010
The Hideout
10:00PM | Ken Vandermark’s Don Cherry Project
Ken Vandermark – reeds
Dave Rempis – saxophones
Jeb Bishop – trombone
Pandelis Karayorgis – wurlitzer
Nate McBride – acoustic bass, electric bass
Jason Adasiewicz – vibraphone
Chad Taylor – drums
two sets
$8 cover
PLUS | DJ Sets : John Corbett spins Classical Heavyweight Match
Ligeti vs Kagel

Thursday, 21 January 2010
Elastic
10:00PM | Ad Hoc Improvisation Collective
Mixed improvised groups, featuring:
Ken Vandermark – reeds
Jeb Bishop – trombone
Dave Rempis – saxophones
Pandelis Karayorgis – wurlitzer, piano
Jason Adasiewicz – vibes
Nate McBride – bass
Chad Taylor – drums

Sunday, 24 January 2010
The Hungry Brain
10:00PM | Frode Gjerstad Trio with guests Bishop and Lonberg-Holm
Frode Gjerstad – reeds
Nick Stephens – bass
Paal Nilssen-Love – drums
Jeb Bishop – trombone
Fred Lonberg-Holm – cello
two sets

Monday, 25 January 2010
Elastic
9:00PM | Rempis Percussion Quartet
Dave Rempis – saxophones
Ingebrigt Håker Flaten – bass
Tim Daisy – drums
Frank Rosaly – drums
two sets

Wednesday, 27 January 2010
The Hideout
10:00PM | Rempis Percussion Quartet
Dave Rempis – saxophones
Ingebrigt Håker Flaten – bass
Tim Daisy – drums
Frank Rosaly – drums
two sets
$7 cover
PLUS | DJ Sets : Mitch Cocanig spins Hot Music For Cold Weather

Sunday, 31 January 2010
The Hungry Brain
10:00PM | Jessen/Attias/Mayas/Lonberg-Holm/Rosaly
Dana Jessen – bassoon
Michael Attias – sax
Magda Mayas – piano
Fred Lonberg-Holm – cello
Frank Rosaly – drums
two sets

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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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Umbrella Music Through July 21

From Chicago’s Umbrella Music:

Sunday, 12 July 2009
The Hungry Brain
10:00PM | Herculaneum
Nick Broste – trombone
Greg Danek – bass
David McDonnell – alto saxophone, clarinet
Patrick Newbery – trumpet
Dylan Ryan – drums, vibraphone
two sets

Tuesday, 14 July 2009
Elastic
9:00PM | The Frame Quartet
Ken Vandermark – reeds
Fred Lonberg-Holm – cello
Nate McBride – bass
Tim Daisy – drums
two sets

Wednesday, 15 July 2009
The Hideout
10:00PM | DKV Trio
Hamid Drake – drums
Kent Kessler – bass
Ken Vandermark – reeds
two sets
$10 cover
PLUS | DJ Sets: John Corbett vs. Bruno Johnson – The Soul Battle Extraordinaire

Thursday, 16 July 2009
Elastic
10:00PM | Frankenstein
Jason Stein – bass clarinet
Frank Rosaly – drums
11:00PM | Irabagon/Pride
Jon Irabagon – alto saxophone
Mike Pride – drums

Sunday, 19 July 2009
The Hungry Brain
10:00PM | Daisy/Levin/Bishop
Daniel Levin – cello
Jeb Bishop – trombone
Tim Daisy – drums
two sets

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

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Umbrella Music Through July 15

*description: Ken Vandermark *photographer: Se...
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From Chicago’s Umbrella Music

Tuesday, 7 July 2009
Elastic
9:00PM | The Frame Quartet
Ken Vandermark – reeds
Fred Lonberg-Holm – cello
Nate McBride – bass
Tim Daisy – drums
two sets

Wednesday, 8 July 2009
The Hideout
10:00PM | Williams/Levin
Mars Williams – reeds
Daniel Levin – cello
11:00PM | Levin/Kimmel/Riordan
Daniel Levin – cello
Jeff Kimmel – bass
Marc Riordan – drums
$7 cover
PLUS | DJ Sets : John Corbett spins Radio Dada, Side A

Thursday, 9 July 2009
Elastic
10:00PM | Stein/Baker/Abrams
Jason Stein – bass clarinet
Jim Baker – piano
Josh Abrams – bass
two sets

Sunday, 12 July 2009
The Hungry Brain
10:00PM | Herculaneum
Nick Broste – trombone
Greg Danek – bass
David McDonnell – alto saxophone, clarinet
Patrick Newbery – trumpet
Dylan Ryan – drums, vibraphone
two sets

Tuesday, 14 July 2009
Elastic
9:00PM | The Frame Quartet
Ken Vandermark – reeds
Fred Lonberg-Holm – cello
Nate McBride – bass
Tim Daisy – drums
two sets

Wednesday, 15 July 2009
The Hideout
10:00PM | DKV Trio
Hamid Drake – drums
Kent Kessler – bass
Ken Vandermark – reeds
two sets
$10 cover
PLUS | DJ Sets: John Corbett vs. Bruno Johnson – The Soul Battle Extraordinaire

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Umbrella Music Through July 12

Michael Lowenstern playing bass clarinet
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From Chicago’s Umbrella Music:

Wednesday, 1 July 2009
The Hideout
10:00PM | Rempis Percussion Quartet
Dave Rempis – saxophones
Ingebrigt Håker Flaten – bass
Tim Daisy – drums
Frank Rosaly – drums
Record Release Concert for “The Disappointment of Parsley” (NOT TWO Records)
two sets
$7 cover
PLUS | DJ Sets: Kent Kessler spins Recent Favorites

Sunday, 5 July 2009
The Hungry Brain
10:00PM | Keefe Jackson Ensemble
Lineup TBA

Tuesday, 7 July 2009
Elastic
9:00PM | The Frame Quartet
Ken Vandermark – reeds
Fred Lonberg-Holm – cello
Nate McBride – bass
Tim Daisy – drums
two sets

Wednesday, 8 July 2009
The Hideout
10:00PM | Williams/Levin
Mars Williams – reeds
Daniel Levin – cello
11:00PM | Levin/Kimmel/Riordan
Daniel Levin – cello
Jeff Kimmel – bass
Marc Riordan – drums
$7 cover
PLUS | DJ Sets : John Corbett spins Radio Dada, Side A

Thursday, 9 July 2009
Elastic
10:00PM | Stein/Baker/Abrams
Jason Stein – bass clarinet
Jim Baker – piano
Josh Abrams – bass
two sets

Sunday, 12 July 2009
The Hungry Brain
10:00PM | Herculaneum
Nick Broste – trombone
Greg Danek – bass
David McDonnell – alto saxophone, clarinet
Patrick Newbery – trumpet
Dylan Ryan – drums, vibraphone
two sets

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Umbrella Music Through September 28

Fred Lonberg-Holm in 2002
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From Chicago’s Umbrella Music:

Wednesday, 24 September 2008
The Hideout
10:00PM | Vox Arcana
James Falzone – Bb clarinet
Fred Lonberg-Holm – cello
Tim Daisy – percussion and marimba
11:00PM | The Hats
Dave McDonnell – alto saxophone
Josh Berman – cornet
Jason Adasiewicz – vibraphone
Anton Hatwich – bass
Dylan Ryan – drums
$6 cover
PLUS | DJ Sets : John Corbett presents I’ve Been Everywhere
Classic Country of the ’50s & ’60s

Thursday, 25 September 2008
Elastic
10:00PM | Jackson/Schneider
Keefe Jackson – reeds
Matt Schneider – guitar
11:00PM | Wreckmeister Harmonies
J.R. Robinson – recordings
Fred Lonberg-Holm – cello
Mark Shippy – guitar

Sunday, 28 September 2008
The Hungry Brain
10:00PM | A Fox Can Be Hungry
Matt Schneider – guitar
Jason Adasiewicz – vibes
Anton Hatwich – bass
John Herndon – drums
11:00PM | Tomorrow Music Orchestra
Matthew Golombisky – conductor/compositions
Natalie Szabo – clarinet
Pablo Chin – clarinet
Mike Salter – bass clarinet
Charles Gorczynski – sax
Matt Oliphant – French horn
James Davis – trumpet
Thad Franklin – trumpet
Jonathon Kirk – trombone
Katy Myers – cello
Lili Wosko – cello
Katinka Kleijn – cello
Doug Johnson – bass
Rob Clearfield – accordion
Quin Kirchner – drums

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