Sonomu Reviews

From Sonomu:

Mikkel Metal, Peaks and Troughs (Echocord)
Since bursting into notice as the showcase singer Tikiman of Rhythm & Sound´s genre-creating album of the same name, Paul St. Hilaire has guested albums by Pre Fade Listening, The Bug, Mind over MIDI, Radiq, Markus Kienzl, Sub Version, Deadbeat and Sideshow. And those are only the ones I happen to… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 07:54, 16 Apr 2009

Freiband & Machinefabriek, Oahu (Low Point)
Frans de Waard, critic, label founder and multi-aliased sound artist (Beequeen, Kapotte Muziek, Goem and here, Freiband) and his younger colleague Rutger Zuydervelt, otherwise only known as Machinefabriek, both reside in the Netherlands but choose to imagine their first on-record encounter in the… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 07:41, 16 Apr 2009

Rapoon, The Library of the Dead (Ewers Tonkunst/Indiestate)
Since the beginning of the current millenium, Indiestate Distribution has been making available a small but quality selection of industrial and dark ambient. It is in fact the label where Cisfinitum and Rapoon famously collaborated as “Mental Travellers”. Ewers Tonkunst is one of its specialist… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 07:26, 16 Apr 2009

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Sonomu Reviews

From Sonomu:

itsnotyouitsme, Walled Gardens (New Amsterdam)
Take two perfectly lovely voices each abandoning their respective egos to harmonize and therewith, you have something greater – listen to Simon & Garfunkel. A duet allows for thoughts developed individually to immediately be responded to, expanding upon and improved. Walled Gardens is essentially a… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 08:28, 30 Mar 2009

Isnaj Dui, Patterns in Rocks (FBox Records)
Katie English studied flute at the conservatory, electroacoustic music under renowned English performer Philip Waschmann, and gamelan on her own, all of which certainly resonate in her compositions. Given the album title and names of several of the eight cuts, you´d expect a heavier, denser sound,… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 08:23, 30 Mar 2009

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Tom Baker Quartet/Anne La Berge/Radiosonde in Seattle

From WAYWARD MUSIC, on March 14:

The Tom Baker Quartet Tom Baker Quartet will share an intimate, acoustic set with Anne La Berge, a flutist from the Netherlands. Exploring the edges of jazz/chamber/improvised music. Radiosonde is a performance group that investigates integrating dance and music through structured improvisations. Consisting of 9 performers, the group is led by musician Tom Baker and dancer Beth Graczyk. Together they develop unified scores that often contain a set of events or rules coupled with potent poetic images. The musicians include Jesse Canterbury, Gregg Campbell, Brian Cobb, and Tom Baker and five virtuosic dancers including Alia Swersky, Corrie Befort, Ezra Dickenson, Sean Ryan, and Beth Graczyk.

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Peter Brotzmann Chicago Tentet in Amsterdam, February 13

All About Jazz provides a review of this performance.

Peter Brotzmann Chicago Tentet
Bimhuis
Amsterdam, Netherlands
February 12, 2009

How many larger instrumental ensembles endure for over ten years with the core of the line-up unchanged? In the economic climate of the last decade, not many. All the more remarkable, then, that the Peter Brotzmann Chicago Tentet, which draws its membership from two continents, is now thriving in its eleventh year. Embarking on their latest European tour, the band descended on Amsterdam’s Bimhuis, where they held court to a packed house on a cold Friday evening.

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