2009 So Far

As opposed to our picks of the week post, the data below was gathered from logs at http://www.last.fm. I’ve culled through them to determine the albums released so far in 2009 that have garnered the most listens. Thus, this list is fairly representative of not just what is appreciated here at AMN Central, but also what we keep listening to. I’m somewhat surprised by the results, as a lot of releases that I liked quite a bit at first blush have received relatively few listens. Need to work on that…

Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society – Infernal Machines
Henry Cow – Vol. 1: Beginnings
Nels Cline – Coward
Univers Zero – Relaps: Archives 1984-1986
Quartet Offensive – Carnivore
John Zorn – Filmworks XXII The Last Supper
John Hébert – Byzantine Monkey
Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey – Winterwood
Land Of Kush – Against the Day
Maurizo Bianchi – A M.B. Lehn Tale
Michaël Attias – Credo
James Blackshaw – The Glass Bead Game
Mary Halvorson and Jessica Pavone – Thin Air
Gerald Cleaver, William Parker, Craig Taborn – Farmers by Nature
Kayo Dot – Blue Lambency Downward
Alex Cline – Continuation

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Alasnoaxis and a Sun Ra Celebration Close Out Ars Nova

From Philly’s Ars Nova:

Wednesday, June 24, 8pm
JIM BLACK’S ALASNOAXIS
Chris Speed, tenor saxophone
Hilmar Jensson, guitar
Skúli Sverrisson, bass
Jim Black, drums + laptop

Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th Street
$12 General Admission

Please join Ars Nova Workshop for our final event of the regular season –
the record release celebration of AlasNoAxis‘ new studio album “Houseplant”
(Winter and Winter). Led by Jim Black, one of the most multi-faceted
drummers today, AlasNoAxis is the culmination of Black’s years of experience
with some of the world’s greatest composers and improvisers, years of
experimentation with new sounds and techniques, and years of building
powerful creative relationships with a circle of like-minded musicians. The
ensemble has become a standard-bearer of “future jazz,” thrilling listeners
and inspiring a new generation of musicians with its powerhouse combination
of jazz virtuosity, rock emotion and noisy catharsis. Members of AlasNoAxis
are known for their work with Tim Berne‘s Bloodcount, Pachora, Human
Feel (with Kurt Rosenwinkel), Laurie Anderson, Uri Caine and John Zorn.

Tickets available at http://www.arsnovaworkshop.com

Read the Philadelphia City Paper preview:
http://www.citypaper.net/articles/2009/06/18/alasnoaxis

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Save the date!
Wednesday, July 29, 7pm
Ars Nova Workshop presents a very special evening in celebration of Sun Ra.

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Bill Horist, Jakob Riis, JP Jenkins in Portland

From Portland Eye and Ear Control:

Portland New Music Society presents:
Sunday, June 21st
8pm
@ Enterbeing (ne 16th and Alberta)
$5 donations

Bill Horist-(Seattle)-unique prepared guitar improvisation
Jakob Riis-(Denmark)-laptop and electronics.
JP Jenkins – (Portland)-guitar & electronics

Bill Horist
(b. 1971, Washington DC, US)
Since arriving in Seattle in the mid- nineties, Bill has established himself as a highly regarded performer, composer and improviser. He has appeared on over 50 releases and has performed hundreds of concert around the world. In addition to his solo endeavors and work with bands Master Musicians of Bukkake, the Paul Rucker Ensemble and Ghidra to name a few, he has collaborated with a wide range of artists including John Zorn, Secret Chiefs 3, Ruins, Bill Frisell, KK Null, Vidushi Sumitra Guha, Kinski and Aiko Shimada among many others.
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Jakob Riis
(b.1964, Vejle, Denmark)
Composer, electronic musician, improviser. Active in the experimental fields of electronic music, soundart, improvisation and contemporary composition. Former trombonist, now focusing on electronic music, laptop pioneer on the danish experimental scene. Today Jakob Riis is primarily making electronic, noise and electroacoustic music, often making solo laptop prefomances, improvising within open structures. As a composer he has composed music for bigband, chamber ensembles as well as electronic and electro acoustic music, for ensembles like Copenhagen Art Ensemble, The Orchestra and The Ghettoblaster Ensemble. As an improviser he is playing with people like Axel Dörner, Jassem Hindi, Philipp Wachsmann, Peter Ole Jørgensen, Mats Gustafsson, Pål Nilssen-Love, Lotte Anker a.o. Studied trombone at the Rhythmic Conservatory (RMC) in Copenhagen, where he graduated in 1990. In 97-99 he studied composition with Bob Brookmeyer at RMC.

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June at Brooklyn’s IBeam

From Brooklyn’s IBeam:

June 12th @ 9:00 pm – $10
The Second Approach Trio (Russia, Moscow) With Special Guest – Roswell Rudd (Trombone)
Andrei Razin – Piano/Compositions
Tatiana Komova – Vocals
Igor Ivanushkin – Acoustic Bass

Based in Moscow, Russia, The Second Approach consists of a classically-trained composer and improvising pianist Andrei Razin, an improvising Gypsy singer Tatiana Komova and a jazz bass player Igor Ivanushkin. This is their first visit to the United States. Their newest album, “The Light” was recorded in Moscow, guest-starring the great Roswell Rudd on the trombone.

June 13th @ 9 pm – $10
Jessica Pavone Presents:
Pure Horsehair
Garrett Devoe – Words and Music
Shahzad Ismaily – Bass

Band Without a Name is the Name for Now
Jessica Pavone – viola, violin, compositions
Brandon Seabrook – guitar
Jonti Siman – bass guitar
Harris Eisenstadt – drums

Brooklyn based string instrumentalist/composer Jessica Pavone is best known for her work performing with Anthony Braxton in his current Septet and Twelve+1tet and for her duo project with guitarist, Mary Halvorson. She improvises in bands led by William Parker, Taylor Ho Bynum, and Matana Roberts. http://www.jessicapavone.com

June 19th – 21st
Telluric Currents, Series 1, Curated by Jeremiah Cymerman
Featuring some of the very best young talents working within the realms of compositional & improvised music in Brooklyn, NY, the Telluric Currents series will take place every 3 months, for 3 nights, featuring 3 sets per night.

Friday June 19th $10
8p Alex Chechile
9p Jeremiah Cymerman/Josh Sinton/Matt Bauder Clarinet Trio
10p Harris Eisenstadt / Ellery Eskellin Duo

Saturday June 20th $10
8p Woody Sullender Solo
9p Sam Amidon & Aaron Siegel
10p Peter Evans Solo

Sunday June 21st $10
8p Sergei Tcherepnin
9p Doron Sadja
10p Katherine Young

Jeremiah Cymerman is a composer and clarinetist based in Brooklyn, New York since 2002. Cymerman has worked with a broad range of contemporary artists including Otomo Yoshihide, John Zorn, Jandek, Ned Rothenberg, Peter Evans, Jessica Pavone, Toby Driver, Lawrence D. “Butch” Morris, Walter Thompson, Nate Wooley, Mary Halvorson, and Matthew Welch, among many others. http://www.jeremiahcymerman.com

June 26th – $10
9:00 pm
Loren Stillman / Ryan Ferreira Duo
Loren Stillman – Saxophones
Ryan Ferreira – Guitar

Stillman has performed alongside Charlie Haden, Paul Motian Trio 2000+2, Carla Bley, John Abercrombie, Andy Milne’s DAPP Theory, Michele Rosewoman Quintessence, Joe Lovano, Eivind Opsvik, John McNeil, Brad Shepik, Russ Lossing, Vic Juris, and The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra.

10:00 pm
Billy Mintz – Solo Drums
http://www.billymintz.com

Billy Mintz has played and recorded with the Lee Konitz Nonet (1978), Perry Robinson, Badal Roy, Eddie Daniels Quartet, John Pattitucci, Andy Laverne, Gloria Gaynor, Charles Lloyd, and Alan Broadbent. As a soloist he has performed extensively on both coasts of the US as well as internationally.

June 27th @ 9 pm – $10
Ohad Talmor and Miles Okazaki
Ohad Talmor – Saxophone
Miles Okazaki – Guitar
Special Guests TBA
http://www.ohadtalmor.com

Ohad Talmor has performed and/or recorded, among others, with Steve Swallow, Jason Moran, Dave Douglas, Paul Motian, Joe Lovano, Chris Potter, Billy Hart, Carla Bley Big Band, Ray Anderson, Curtis Fowlkes, Jim Black, and Bob Dorough. Okazaki has toured and recorded with a wide range of artists, including Stanley Turrentine, Lenny Pickett, Samir Chatterjee, Jen Shyu, Dan Weiss, David Binney, and others.

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DMG Newsletter May 15th, 2009

From DMG:

John Zorn’s Love Songs! Wadada Leo Smith & Jack DeJohnette! Hilmar Jensson’s Tyft Qnt! Brotzmann/Kondo/Pupillo/Nilssen-Love! Ikue Mori! Centazzo with Derek Bailey/E#/Henry Kaiser et al! Rob Brown! Joe Morris! Irabagon/Pride! Upsilon Acrux! 2 from Elliott Sharp! Alberto Braida!

Louie Belogenis/Karl Berger Old Dog! Profound Sound: Dunmall/Grimes/Cyrille! Taylor/Dunmall Circuit Ensemble! 2nd KTU: Pohjonen/Gunn/Mastelotto! Gjerstad/Edwards/Sanders!

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Musique Machine Reviews

From Musique Machine:

Broken Arm Trio – Self Tited
Broken Arm Trio is a mainly up-beat and very bassy sounding jazz trio featuring Cellist Erik Friedlander(solo & various John Zorn related projects) who also composed all the tracks here, Trevor Dunn( Mr Bungle, solo work & various Zorn related projects, etc) and Michael Sarin on Drums.

Ascanio Borga – Xenomorphic
Ascanio Borga cut his teeth playing guitar in noise rock bands, evidence of which rears its head fairly early into Xenomorphic, his new disk on the under-recognized Afe label. The (title) track starts off in an ambient neo-Eno vein and then splits off into a thumping one chord metal riff. It’s only metal in relation to the guitar tone actually. If the tone was different it could pass for a Krautrock motif because of the stuttering, repetitive rhythm. Borga augments the guitar pattern with other guitar noises, sometimes gratuitous soloing, tasteful percussion and a bevy of granulated background sounds. There also seems to be some bass, which sounds like the real deal, though it’s getting increasingly more difficult to tell these days, with the advent of digital music programming. Borga has a musical background, and the painterly quality of the aforementioned title track makes this very evident. He starts the piece with noise, subtly piling on each element, slowly building forward momentum, the caps it off with the same noisy background which began it.

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In Praise of Marc Ribot…

From The Village Voice:

You’d figure a guy like Ribot gets a lot of 1099s. Later in the week, he’ll give a duo concert with avant-garde bassist Henry Grimes at the Rubin Museum of Art in Chelsea, before whisking himself downtown to play an acoustic set at Tribeca’s City Winery with veteran pop icon Marianne Faithfull the same night. Both shows will sell out. (A few days later, he’ll join Faithfull again on the Late Show With David Letterman, offering a stirringly lyrical eight-bar solo on a cover of the Decemberists’ “The Crane Wife 3.”) He’s kept up this lifestyle for several decades now, cementing a reputation as the hardest-working sideman on the downtown scene, in addition to spearheading countless pioneering jazz groups, cutting almost 20 albums as a leader, and lending his mercurial guitar sound to everyone from Tom Waits to John Zorn to Allen Ginsberg to Robert Plant and Alison Krauss. Oftentimes, the only connection between the various artists he’s played with is . . . him.

And now, to celebrate his 55th birthday, Ribot is bringing together many of those eclectic collaborators for a week-long career retrospective. From May 9 through 16, he’ll spend almost every night in a different downtown venue with a different group: the ethereal Scelsi Morning, Latin-jazz provocateurs Los Cubanos Postizos, gut-busting jazz-punk powerhouse Shrek (no relation), avant-noise genre-benders Rootless Cosmopolitans, Albert Ayler tribute band Spiritual Unity, “post-everything” electro-funk trio Ceramic Dog (to which Ribot also contributes vocals), and the debut of Sun Ship, his latest foray into the ever-expanding world of free jazz, named after the John Coltrane album.

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Jeremiah Cymerman at Sonic Circuits

From DC’s Sonic Circuits:

Sunday May 3
Doors 730pm Music 7pm SHARP
$7
PYRAMID ATLANTIC
8230 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring MD 20910
301.608.9101
located three blocks south of the silver spring metro station (red line)
Free parking in gated lot out front
INFO: http://www.dc-soniccircuits.org
DIRECTIONS: http://www.pyramidatlanticartcenter.org

Jeremiah Cymerman (pronounced SIMMER-man) is a composer and clarinetist based in Brooklyn, New York. He was born May 4th, 1980 in log cabin in North Georgia. Since 2002 Cymerman has been active in a wide variety of musical contexts and has been honored to present his work in some of New York City’s most highly regarded venues for avant-garde and experimental music including The Stone, Issue Project Room, Roulette, Anthology Film Archives, Washington Square Church, and The Tank, among many others. Described by Time Out New York as “one of downtown’s most inventive and resourceful composer-performers” Cymerman has performed with a broad range of contemporary artists including Otomo Yoshihide, Jandek, Ned Rothenberg, Ikue Mori, John Zorn, Jessica Pavone, Toby Driver, Lawrence D. “Butch” Morris, Sylvie Courvoisier, Trevor Dunn, Walter Thompson, Nate Wooley, Mary Halvorson, and Matthew Welch, among many others.

http://www.jeremiahcymerman.com
http://www.myspace.com/jeremiahcymerman

Also appearing are Beans Cool (3 wacky fellows on wacky electronics) and Nine Strings Pilesar collaboration (acoustic bass duo drums etc).

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