AMN Reviews: Yarn/Wire – Tonband [Wergo Records 73982]; Becoming Air/Into the Vanishing Point [Black Truffle Records BT080]

The superb contemporary music ensemble Yarn/Wire—percussionists Ian Antonio and Russell Greenberg, and pianist/keyboardists Ning Yu and Laura Berger—is known as much for its willingness to transgress the limits of musical convention as it is for its performance prowess. Both qualities are on display with a pair of simultaneously released albums of very different kinds of new music, one of fully notated compositions within an expansive notion of modern small ensemble chamber music, and the other an unnotated exploration of extended techniques and unconventional instrumentation.

The album of traditionally notated work is Tonband, a set containing one composition each by German composer Enno Poppe and Swiss composer Wolfgang Heiniger, and one composition by both together. The first composition on the album, Poppe’s knottily acoustic, two-movement Feld (2007/2017), has the most conventionally Modern sound of the three. This is particularly true of the second movement, an expanding field of sound developed out of dissonant piano stabs and accumulating fragmentary rhythmic cells underscored by snare drum. The centerpiece is the title work, Poppe and Heiniger’s collaboration from 2008/2012. Tonband is an absorbing thirty-minute-long, two-movement electroacoustic composition involving a complex system of live electronics in which signals from contact-mic’d percussion are fed to the pianists, here playing electronic keyboards, who manipulate pitches and timbres and fabricate melodies shaped by the percussionists’ sounds and gestures. As might be expected, the result is a soundworld that stretches the timbral imagination, but even during the more extreme passages of sonic distortion, the percussionists’ gestures are still discernible beneath the clangorous surface. Heiniger’s Neumond (2018) at an economical nine minutes long is the shortest composition on the album; it is also the most “electronic”-sounding of the three. Both pianists play MIDI keyboards while the percussionists, in addition to playing a battery of wood, membrane, and metal instruments, sing wordlessly along.

Into the Vanishing Point, a 2019 work by composer Annea Lockwood, is the Yarn/Wire track on the album Becoming Air/Into the Vanishing Point. A very different proposition from the work on Tonband. the piece is the result of a collaborative process in which Lockwood set out a general structure and then, through playing, listening and discussing, the ensemble together with the composer shaped the sonic details. And these details make for a sound that is very sparse indeed. Through a combination of unconventional instruments and conventional instruments unconventionally played, Yarn/Wire create a porous texture of largely unpitched sounds that, as the title has it, are poised just at the point of vanishing. The other composition on Becoming Air/Into the Vanishing Point is Becoming Air (2018), a technically demanding solo work for trumpeter Nate Wooley.

Daniel Barbiero

DOWNTOWNMUSIC.NET Photos

From DOWNTOWNMUSIC.NET:

January 16, 2010
Meridian Arts Ensemble, Abrons Arts Center
Dave Ballou, John Ferrari, Daniel Grabois, Benjamin Herrington, Brian McWhorter, Jon Nelson, Raymond Stewart
Open Circuit International Trumpet Ensemble, Abrons Arts Center
John Betsch, Taylor Ho Bynum, Jean-Luc Cappozzo, Franz Hautzinger, Joe McPhee, Itaru Oki, William Parker, Herb Robertson

January 15, 2010
Chuck Bettis & Dafna Naphtali Duo, IBeam
Chuck Bettis, Jeremiah Cymerman, Dafna Naphtali
Nate Wooley Solo, IBeam
Nate Wooley
Zach Layton & Ryan Sawyer Duo, IBeam
Zach Layton, Ryan Sawyer

January 11, 2010
Iron Dog, The Local 269
Sarah Bernstein, Andrew Drury, Stuart Popejoy
Tony Malaby‘s Paloma Recio, The Local 269
Tony Malaby, Ben Monder, Eivind Opsvik, Nasheet Waits

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Newsbits

Philip Glass in the WNYC studios on December 1...
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Frank Rosaly’s Milkwork is out on Contraphonic.

Flingco Sound has released a free 15 songs compilation of their artists.

Several of Philip Glass‘s discoveries performed recently.

Weasel Walter is interviewed about his recent move to Brooklyn.

Nate Wooley appears at the Douglass Street Music Collective show in Brooklyn at the end of the month.

A new Zu recording is due out on Public Guilt.

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Jazz Listings From The New York Times

From NYTimes.com:

TIM BERNE AND LOS TOTOPOS (Thursday) Mr. Berne, an alto saxophonist and composer with a taste for coarsely layered frictions, presents a newly minted ensemble here, with Matt Mitchell on piano and electronics, Oscar Noriega on clarinets and Ches Smith on percussion. The band focuses not only on sharp and convoluted new music by Mr. Berne, but also on some rather obscure material written more than 30 years ago by his former mentor, the saxophonist-composer Julius Hemphill. At 9 p.m., I-Beam, 168 Seventh Street, Gowanus, Brooklyn , ibeambrooklyn.com; suggested donation, $10. (Chinen)20091126

DECOUPAGE (Tuesday) As the name implies, this improvising chamber group presents a study in artful layers: Curtis Hasselbring’s trombone, Matt Moran’s vibraphone, Satoshi Takeishi’s percussion and Mary Halvorson’s guitar. At 8 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village , thestonenyc.com; $10. (Chinen)20091126

PETER EVANS QUINTET (Thursday) Peter Evans, probably best recognized for his role in the upstart free-bop quartet Mostly Other People Do the Killing, is a trumpeter with an expressive command of timbre and tone. He’s also a bandleader of emerging promise; in this group he corrals the pianist Carlos Homs, the bassist Chris Tordini, the drummer Kassa Overall and the electronics artist Sam Pluta. At 8 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village , thestonenyc.com; $10. (Chinen)20091126

? JOHN HOLLENBECK (Monday) Mr. Hollenbeck, a percussionist-composer of broad vision and vibrant execution, presides over a triple bill in celebration of two new albums, “Eternal Interlude” (Sunnyside) and “Rainbow Jimmies” (GPE). Anchoring the evening is his Large Ensemble, a superbly cohesive big band stocked with musicians of similar temperament. Mr. Hollenbeck will also perform with Future Quest, a small-group project devoted to the music of Meredith Monk; and with a chamber trio featuring the violinist Todd Reynolds and the vibraphonist Matt Moran. At 8 p.m., Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, near Thompson Street, Greenwich Village , (212) 228-4854, lepoissonrouge.com; $15. (Chinen)20091126

TODD SICKAFOOSE’S TINY RESISTORS (Friday) As a bassist, Mr. Sickafoose builds grooves from the ground up, but that’s no impediment to the buoyancy of his music. “Tiny Resistors” (Cryptogramophone), his most recent album, features a number of tunes in which horn parts and guitar lines swirl around a calmly asymmetrical pulse; among his partners here are the saxophonist John Ellis and the trombonist Alan Ferber. At 10 p.m., 55 Bar, 55 Christopher Street, West Village , (212) 929-9883, 55bar.com; cover, $10. (Chinen)20091126

NATE WOOLEY QUINTET (Wednesday) Nate Wooley, a perspicacious young trumpeter, leads an ensemble pointedly shaped to resemble Eric Dolphy’s band on the landmark album “Out to Lunch,” and charges it with all-new original music. The ranks will include Josh Sinton on bass clarinet, Matt Moran on vibraphone, John Hébert on bass and Harris Eisenstadt on drums. At 8:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, West Village , (212) 989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com; cover, $10, with a $6 minimum. (Chinen)

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Jazz Listings From The New York Times

From NYTimes.com:

MARTY EHRLICH RITES QUARTET (Saturday) Marty Ehrlich, a versatile alto saxophonist and virtuoso clarinetist, teams up here with some especially inventive improvisers: James Zollar on trumpet, Erik Friedlander on cello and Pheeroan akLaff on drums. At 8 p.m., Miller Theater, Broadway at 116th Street, Morningside Heights , (212) 854-7799, millertheatre.com; $25; $18 for 65+; $15 for students ($7 for Columbia University students). (Chinen)20091022

HARRIS EISENSTADT’S CANADA DAY (Saturday and Sunday) A venturesome jazz drummer and composer, Harris Eisenstadt features a longtime working band on his new album, “Canada Day” (Clean Feed). In the process he introduces a batch of smartly interrogatory new pieces arranged for trumpet (Nate Wooley), tenor saxophone (Matt Bauder), vibraphone (Chris Dingman), bass (Eivind Opsvik) and drums (himself). Saturday at 9 and 10:30 p.m.; Sunday at 8:30 p.m.; Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, West Village , (212) 989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com; cover, $10, with a $6 minimum. (Chinen)20091022

REGGIE NICHOLSON AND ADEGOKE STEVE COLSON (Friday) Mr. Nicholson, a drummer, and Mr. Colson, a pianist, are both longstanding members of the Association for Advancement of Creative Musicians, and in this duo engagement they would seem inclined to pursue that organization’s ideal of intelligent exploration. At 8 p.m., 5C Cultural Center, 68 Avenue C, at Fifth Street, East Village , (212) 477-5993, 5ccc.com; $10, with a table minimum of $6. (Chinen)20091022

? THE THIRD MAN TRIO (Sunday) This improvising collective, which could be named either for the number of its parts or for the immortal 1949 film by Carol Reed, brings together an American accordionist (Will Holshouser) with an expatriate multireedist (Michael Moore) and a mischievous Dutch percussionist (Han Bennink). The level of musicianship will be extremely high, and the interplay, specially honed during a preceding East Coast tour, should border on the telepathic. At 7 p.m., Drom, 85 Avenue A, at Fifth Street, East Village , (212) 777-1157, dromnyc.com; $12. (Chinen)20091022

? HENRY THREADGILL (Sunday) One of the most important living composers in and around the jazz idiom, Mr. Threadgill has a dazzling new album, “This Brings Us To, Vol. 1” (Pi), featuring his working group Zooid, with Liberty Ellman on guitar, Jose Davila on trombone and tuba, Stomu Takeishi on bass and Elliot Humberto Kavee on drums. Here the same ensemble introduces a full-length piece called “All the Way Light Touch,” commissioned by Roulette, which will also stream a live broadcast at roulette.org. At 8 p.m., Roulette, 20 Greene Street, at Grand Street, SoHo , (212) 219-8242, roulette.org; $15; $10 for students, those under 30 and 60+; free for members. (Chinen)

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Coming up at Roulette: Three Nights of Sparks

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From New York’s Roulette:

Sparks (Peter Evans and Tom Blancarte) has been playing together since 2005. From the beginning of the formation of the duo, they have been constantly working to push their own boundaries of density and speed of interaction while freely improvising. They have performed extensively in New York City and the U.S., and have toured several times in Europe, performing at festivals such at Žedno uho 9 in Zagreb and at the Ring Ring Festival in Belgrade . Since their formation the duo has performed both as a self-contained unit and as a part of larger groups, including performances with Nate Wooley, Peter Brotzmann, Han Bennink and Lisle Ellis. Their first (self-titled) CD was released in 2008 on Creative Sources.

Aug 24th @ 8:30
Cyber Sparks
Tonight they are joined by Sam Pluta, Nathan Davis, Adam Linson on electronics (Adam will be processing via the internet) and Kevin Shea on drums.

Aug 25th @ 8:30
Sparks
(performing compositions by Evans and Blancarte)

Aug 26th @ 8:30
Sparks Orchestra
w/ Dan Blake, Okkyung Lee, Nate Wooley, Brondon Seabrook, Sylvie Courvoisier, and Dan Peck

Keeping in the spirit of density of information, Peter and Tom formed the Sparks Orchestra in late 2008. Using graphic scores that utilize the unique Sparks vocabulary, the Sparks Orchestra is a larger realization of hyperactive duo. A smaller ensemble had a performance in 2008 and the full group debuted at Roulette in March of 2009.

Electronics have provided another avenue for expansion; a performance with Joel Ryan at STEIM in the summer of 2008 and concerts with New York-based electronic musicians have led to the formation of this expanded group that features frequent collaborator Kevin Shea on drums.

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Interview with Nate Wooley

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Image of Nate Wooley

From Bagatellen:

Alongside Peter Evans, Taylor Ho Bynum and Rob Mazurek, Wooley is one of several post-Bill Dixon trumpeters turning brass improvisation on its head. But that’s only part of the story here. Born in Oregon in 1974 and schooled in postbop, Wooley’s search has been as much about individual expression and finding out what jazz and music mean to him, as it is about carving an alternative path for the instrument.

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The Stone in August

Shows coming next month to New York’s Stone:

August 2009 at the Stone curated by Tyshawn Sorey

8/1 Saturday (KR)
8 pm
Johannes Lauer/Tyshawn Sorey Duo Plus
Johannes Lauer (trombone, compositions) Tyshawn Sorey (drums, piano, compositions) plus special guests

10 pm
First Meeting
Ingrid Laubrock (saxophone) Kris Davis (piano) Tyshawn Sorey (drums) Mat Maneri (viola) Thomas Morgan (bass)

8/2 Sunday (NYYT)
8 and 10 pm
Ingrid Laubrock/Tyshawn Sorey/Kris Davis
Ingrid Laubrock (saxophone, compositions) Tyshawn Sorey (drums, compositions) Kris Davis (piano, compositions)

SPECIAL MONDAY NIGHT CONCERT
LAURIE ANDERSON AND COLIN STETSON
Each set will be about 40 minutes in duration.
A special set of music by the inimitable Laurie Anderson on keyboards, electronics, violin and voice and Colin Stetson on saxophone.

8/3 Monday (CB)
8 and 10 pm
Laurie Anderson and Colin Stetson
Laurie Anderson (electronics, violin) Colin Stetson (saxophones, clarinet, flute)
TWENTY DOLLARS

8/4 Tuesday (SK)
8 pm
Kris Davis
Kris Davis (piano)

10 pm
Johannes Lauer Quartet
Johannes Lauer (trombone, compositions) Tony Malaby (saxophone) Drew Gress (bass) Tyshawn Sorey (drums)

8/5 Wednesday (DD)
8 pm
Weiss-Sorey Duo
Dan Weiss (drums) Tyshawn Sorey (drums)

10 pm
Tyshawn Sorey Guitar Trio
Todd Neufeld (guitar) Thomas Morgan (bass) Tyshawn Sorey (drums, compositions)
A celebration of their forthcoming 482 Music release “Koan.” FIFTEEN DOLLARS

8/6 Thursday (DD)
8 pm
Oblique – I
Tyshawn Sorey (drums, compositions) Pete Robbins (saxophone) John Escreet (piano) Todd Neufeld (guitar) Thomas Morgan (bass)

10 pm
Oblique – II
Tyshawn Sorey (drums, compositions) Pete Robbins (saxophone) John Escreet (piano) Todd Neufeld (guitar) Thomas Morgan (bass)

8/7 Friday (DD)
8 pm
Oblique – III
Tyshawn Sorey (drums, compositions) Pete Robbins (saxophone) John Escreet (piano) Todd Neufeld (guitar) Thomas Morgan (bass)

10 pm
Mushin
Tyshawn Sorey (piano, compositions) Chris Tordini (bass) Thomas Morgan (bass) John McLellan (drums)

8/8 Saturday (RK)
8 pm
Jesse Elder + Aya Nishina Duo
Jesse Elder, Aya Nishina (piano four hands)

10 pm
ALO
Jesse Elder, Aya Nishina (piano four hands) James Brendan Adamson (live electronics) Ned Rothenberg (shakuhachi, clarinet, saxophone) Mat Maneri (viola)
The innovative four hand piano duet ALO (the Latin word meaning to nourish, cherish, support, and sustain) is a collaborative project between long time friends Jesse Elder and Aya Nishina. ALO focuses on generating a new repertoire for 4 hand piano duo through improvisations, compositions and arrangements. The duo will be creating a radical sound sculpture together with live electronics by the great James Brendan Adamson and with woodwindist Ned Rothenberg as part of their program.

8/9 Sunday (BS)
8 pm
Martin Urbach
Max Siegel (bass trombone, tuba) Jesse Lewis (guitar) Martin Urbach (drums, compositions)

10 pm
Matana Roberts
Matana Roberts (woodwinds) Mary Halvorson (guitar) Ches Smith (drums)

8/11 Tuesday (JM)
8 pm
Terrence McManus’ “The Wealthy Industrialists”
Terrence McManus (guitar, compositions) Tim Berne (alto saxophone) Herb Robertson (trumpet) Mark Helias (bass) Gerry Hemmingway (drums, percussion)
Initially formed in 2008 as a contemporary chamber trio featuring Terrence McManus, Tim Berne, and Herb Robertson, The Wealthy Industrialists is now expanded to a quintet and will be exploring a suite of newly rearranged material, specifically for this performance. While the suite will consist of some newly composed music, it will also feature some material composed almost a decade ago, which hasn’t been performed in many years.

10 pm
Vijay Iyer + High Priest
Vijay Iyer (piano, electronics) High Priest (voice, electronics)

8/12 Wednesday (JM)
8 pm
BOMB-X
Nicolas Letman-Burtinovic (bass, compositions) Samuel Blais, Masa Yamamoto (saxophones) Art Hirahara (piano) Ziv Ravitz (drums)

10 pm
ExPosed Blues Duo meets Tomas Ulrich
Fay Victor (voice) Anders Nilsson (electric guitar) Tomas Ulrich (cello)

8/13 Thursday (NYYT)
8 pm
Craig Taborn
Craig Taborn (piano)

10 pm
Dan Weiss Trio
Jacob Sacks (piano) Thomas Morgan (bass) Dan Weiss (drims, compositions)

8/14 Friday (JC)
8 pm
Gerry Hemmingway Solo
Gerry Hemmingway (drums, percussion)

10 pm
Wayne Krantz & Mark Guiliana Duo
Wayne Krantz (guitar) Mark Guiliana (drums, percussion)

8/15 Saturday
8 pm
Pete Robbins and siLENT Z
Pete Robbins (saxophone, electronics) Jesse Neuman (cornet, electronics) Mike Gamble (guitar) Thomas Morgan (bass) Tommy Crane (drums)

10 pm
Ben Gerstein Collective
Ben Gerstein (trombone) Tony Malaby (saxophone) Jacob Sacks (piano) Jacob Garchik (laptop, accordion) Thomas Morgan (bass) Dan Weiss (drums)
Improvisations…

8/16 Sunday (MP)
8 pm
BassDrumBone
Gerry Hemmingway (drums, percussion) Ray Anderson (trombone) Mark Helias (bass)

10 pm
Peripatetics
Liberty Ellman (guitar) Vijay Iyer (piano)
Fifteen years in the making.

8/18 Tuesday (CB)
8 pm
Joe Albano’s “The Meanderthals”
Joe Albano (woodwinds, compositions) Steve Ruel (saxophones) Aki Ishiguro (guitar) Nick Jozwiak (bass) Dave Cole (drums)

10 pm
Steve Ruel: Untitled Composition (2009)
Steve Ruel (alto saxophone, oboe) Michael Sperone (vibraphone) Tyshawn Sorey (piano) TBA (french horn)

8/19 Wednesday (MP)
8 and 10 pm
Fieldwork
Steve Lehman (alto saxophone, compositions) Tyshawn Sorey (drums, compositions) Vijay Iyer (piano, compositions)
A collaborative group. This is the trio’s first performance since last Fall, and they will be premiering new compositions during the set.

8/20 Thursday
8 pm
Pascal Niggenkemper Trio
Pascal Niggenkemper (bass, compositions) Robin Verheyan (saxophone) Tyshawn Sorey (piano, drums)

10 pm
Okkyung Lee, Mat Maneri, and Tyshawn Sorey
Okkyung Lee (cello) Mat Maneri (viola) Tyshawn Sorey (piano, drums)

8/21 Friday (KR)
8 pm
Robbins-Pavone-Sorey
Pete Robbins (alto saxophone) Mario Pavone (bass) Tyshawn Sorey (drums)

10 pm
Tom Rainey with Ingrid Laubrock and Mary Halvorson
Tom Rainey (drums) Ingrid Laubrock (saxophone) Mary Halvorson (guitar)

8/22 Saturday
8 and 10 pm
Mario Pavone Quartet
Mario Pavone (bass, compositions) Tony Malaby (saxophone) Dave Ballou (trumpet) Tyshawn Sorey (drums)

8/23 Sunday
8 and 10 pm
JOHN ZORN IMPROV NIGHT–A Stone Benefit
John Zorn (saxophone), Tyshawn Sorey (drums, piano, trombone), and many special guests
Please come out and support the Stone!

TWENTY DOLLARS

8/25 Tuesday (BS)
8 pm
“Crash, Braaaww, Thud, Aaaaah”
Fay Victor (voice, compositions) Tyshawn Sorey (percussion) with special guest Roswell Rudd (trombone)
New York debut performance of this trio! TWENTY DOLLARS

10 pm
In Medias Res
Tyshawn Sorey (drums, composition) Nate Wooley (trumpet) Steve Ruel (woodwinds) Terrence McManus (guitar) Christopher Tordini (bass)
A concert-length composition composed during the spring of 2009. This will be the first and only performance of this composition for the year.

THREE SPECIAL NIGHTS
WU-WEI
featuring Todd Neufeld, Cory Smythe, Thomas Morgan, Christopher Tordini, Ben Gerstein, Masabumi Kikuchi and Tyshawn Sorey
Composer amd multi-instrumentalist Tyshawn Sorey presents his long form composition Wu-Wei, originally commissioned by Roulette and supported by the Jerome Foundation and the Van Lier Fellowship.

8/26 Wednesday (NYYT)
8 pm
Wu-Wei: Chapter One
Cory Smythe (piano) Christopher Tordini (bass) Tyshawn Sorey (composition)

10 pm
Wu-Wei: Chapter Two
Todd Neufeld (guitar) Ben Gerstein (trombone) Cory Smythe (piano) Tyshawn Sorey (drums, compositions)

8/27 Thursday
8 pm
Wu-Wei: Chapter Three
Ben Gerstein (trombone) Cory Smythe (piano) Thomas Morgan (bass) Tyshawn Sorey (drums, compositions)

10 pm
Wu-Wei: Chapter Four
Cory Smythe (piano) Christopher Tordini (bass) Tyshawn Sorey (drums, composition)

8/28 Friday
8 pm
Wu-Wei: Chapter Five
Todd Neufeld (guitar) Cory Smythe (piano) Thomas Morgan (bass) Christopher Tordini (bass) Ben Gerstein (trombone) Tyshawn Sorey (drums, compositions)

10 pm
Wu-Wei: Postlude
Todd Neufeld (guitar) Masabumi Kikuchi (piano) Thomas Morgan (bass) Tyshawn Sorey (drums)
First performance with this improvising quartet in nearly a year! FIFTEEN DOLLARS

8/29 Saturday
8 pm
Thomas Morgan
Thomas Morgan (bass, acoustic guitar)
Performing compositions and improvisations for solo bass and solo guitar.

10 pm
Kyle Quass Quartet
Kyle Quass (trumpet) Cory Smythe (piano) Thomas Morgan (bass) Tyshawn Sorey (drums)

8/30 Sunday (TD)
8 pm
An Evening with Steve Lehman and Craig Taborn
Steve Lehman (saxophone, live electronics) Craig Taborn (piano, live electronics)

10 pm
An Evening with Steve Lehman and Craig Taborn
Craig Taborn (piano) Steve Lehman (sopranino and alto saxophones)

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