AMN Reviews

AMN Reviews: India Gailey – to you through [Redshift Records TK511]

For this, her second solo album, Nova Scotia cellist India Gailey (b. 1992) put together a program of six works from a multigenerational selection of living composers—five by others, and one by herself.

The oldest composer represented is Philip Glass (b. 1937), with his 2013 Orbit for solo cello. This challenging piece, with its steady, perpetual motion rhythms and measured harmonic movement carried along on single lines and multiple-stopped chords, very clearly shows itself to be a lineal descendant of the Bach suites for solo cello. Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti’s (b. 1983) ko’u inoa, from 2017, is another piece for cello by itself; it is a pulsating, arpeggiated work with a Lydian flavor. Two of the compositions feature Gailey’s voice as well as her cello. On her own Ghost (2020) her vocal part carries a melody over undulating chords pivoting on open strings, while on diepenveen (2020), a work written for Gailey by Yaz Lancaster (b. 1996), the cellist sings a text by the composer over a slow drift of sharp dissonances and arpeggiated harmonics. Fjóla Evans’ (b. 1987) Augun (2013) is an electroacoustic piece consisting of electronically superimposed, interlocking motifs. The highlight of the album is Light Is Calling by Bang on a Can’s Michael Gordon (b. 1956), a moving work written in 2004 in response to the 9/11 attacks. The harmonic foundation of the piece consists of a reversed electronic pulse, over which an elegiac, upper-register melody soars.

Daniel Barbiero



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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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Releases Reviews

DMG Newsletter April 17th, 2009

From DMG:

Three new Tzadik releases! Sex Mob Meets Medeski! Taylor Ho Bynum Positive Catastrophe! Michael Bates live! SIM Trio Otomo! Steve Lacy Quintet! Peter Kowald Solo! Max Roach/Odean Pope Qt!

Miriodor! Led Bib! Yoshida & Nakamura! Schnee: Kurzmann & Stangl! No Neck Blues Band! Philip Glass! Foday Musa Suso

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All About Jazz Reviews

From All About Jazz:

14-Apr-09 Huntsville
Eco, Arches & Eras (Rune Grammofon)
Reviewed by John Kelman

12-Apr-09 Mikkel Ploug, Sissel Vera Pettersen and Joachim Badenhorst
Equilibrium (Songlines Recordings)
Reviewed by Matt Marshall

11-Apr-09 Charles Evans
The King Of All Instruments (Hot Cup Records)
Reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

11-Apr-09 Sentieri Selvaggi
Plays Gavin Bryars and Philip Glass (Cantaloupe Music)
Reviewed by John Kelman

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KFJC On-Line Reviews

Cover of "Litany of Echoes"
Cover of Litany of Echoes

From KFJC:

Chang, Hsia-jung – “Inside The Piano – 21st Century Improvisations” – [Mandala Studio]

Taiwan native Hsia-Jung (pronounced Sha-Zone, per artist) Chang trained at the University of Houston and Manhattan School of Music and now resides in New York. She has recorded most of Chopin’s solo piano work and is the daughter of singer-guitarist Ho Lan.

After her sister set up her piano for recording, Hsia-Jung spent the day doing improvisation — a lot of it on the inside of the piano. Inspirations include Chopin, Chinese pieces and traditional Chinese instruments. Very lovely and frequently humorous. I especially enjoyed “Chopin Bug” which contrasts great music and mundane annoyances.

James Blackshaw – Litany of Echoes – Tompkins Square

James Blackshaw is a London based 12-string fingerstyle guitarist. He also plays piano on this instramental recording. Fran Bury adds violin & viola. Blackshaw and Bury blend their respective instruments to create a sound – brooding & intense – which is greater than the sum of its parts and hypnotic in its emotional pull. Litany of Echoes is full of expressive melodies, an occasional underlying drone and creative 12-string guitar picking. Blackshaw’s music is influenced by minimalist composers such as Steve Reich and Phillip Glass. Litany of Echoes is too melodic and lush to fall into that category, but at the same time it retains much of the tension and structure inherent within the style. The album is book-ended with two piano pieces, “Gate of Ivory,” and “Gate of Horn.”

Gamelon Son of Lion – “Sonogram” – [Innova/American Composers]

As the name suggests, herein lie 2 CDs containing nearly 2 hours of gamelan music–not one minute of which is boring! How a collective of composers (including Denman Maroney, Barbara Benary, Laura Liben, and Daniel Goode, among many others) based in New York City manage to create innovative, fresh sounds for the traditional Indonesian gamelan percussion instruments is nothing less than miraculous and beautiful. The liner notes are fascinating and crucial to a full appreciation of each song.

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Big Ears Festival

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Big Ears 09 is coming up in early February in Knoxville, Tennessee.

The mission of BIG EARS is to offer an exciting and dynamic platform of musical and artistic discovery, presenting a variety of adventurous, exploratory concerts and performances, installations, discussions, and interactive experiences by artists possessed of singular and unique visions that stand apart from the mainstream.

FENNESZ (solo)
MICHAEL GIRA (Swans / Angels of Light)

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Corey Dargel, NOW Ensemble bring together classical and rock

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Dargel’s style is reviewed.

In a movement often called “indie classical,” young university-trained composers are using pop and rock instruments, electronics and chord structures at a level never seen before. Influenced by minimalists such as Steve Reich and Philip Glass, and liberated by composers such as Christopher Rouse, John Zorn and David Lang who use elements of rock in their works, these young composers are changing the sound of chamber music — and its audience.

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AAJ Reviews

Rudresh Mahanthappa
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From AAJ:

Charlie Hunter
Baboon Strength Spire Artists
Reviewed by Dave Major

02-Oct-08 Philip Glass
Philip Glass: Glass Box – A Nonesuch Retrospective Nonesuch Records
Reviewed by John Kelman

02-Oct-08 Rudresh Mahanthappa / Kadri Gopalnath
Kinsmen Pi Recordings
Reviewed by Budd Kopman

02-Oct-08 Lowell Davidson
Trio ESP Disk
Reviewed by Jerry D Souza

01-Oct-08 Graham Collier
Graham Collier: Deep Dark Blue Centre / Portraits / The Alternate Mosaics
Reviewed by Nic Jones

01-Oct-08 Chris Speed / Chris Cheek / Stephane Furic Leibovici
Jugendstil ESP Disk
Reviewed by Jerry D Souza

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Amlehn / Fripp / Jeanrenaud / White Project

Robert Fripp
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News of a new project from Paul Amlehn:

The participants are:

Paul Amlehn – Texts, Vocals
Robert Fripp – Guitar, Soundscapes
Joan Jeanrenaud – Cello, Electronics
Jim White – Drums, Percussion

Robert Fripp was the founder of King Crimson, and has collaborated with artists such as David Bowie, Peter Gabriel, and Brian Eno. Joan Jeanrenaud was a member of The Kronos Quartet, and has worked with composers such as John Cage, Morton Feldman, and Philip Glass. Jim White is a member of The Dirty Three, and has played with artists such as Nick Cave, and PJ Harvey.

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The Wordless Music Series Upcoming Shows

Ingram Marshall in his Hamden, CT studio.
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From the Wordless Music Series:

Deaf Center
Library Tapes
ACME: music for string quartet by
Ingram Marshall and Philip Glass
Friday, September 26 | 8:00 PM | $15 tickets

Sandro Perri
Andrew Russo
Giancarlo Vulcano
Sunday, October 5 | 7:30 PM | $12 tickets

Kyle Bobby Dunn
Twi the Humble Feather
Stephane Ginsburgh
Tuesday, October 7 | 7:00 PM | FREE!

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