Sonomu Reviews

From Sonomu:

If, Bwana, Clara Nostra (CDR Echomusic)
Is a re-issue of an already obscure piece really a re-issue, when it only comprises ninety-nine copies? Literally, yes. But unfortunately we fear not enough eager listeners will have the chance to hear this frankly remarkable half-hour drone somehow created out of the mouths of four clarinets… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 11:13, 03 Nov 2009

Sil Muir, Sil Muir (Diophantine Discs)
Sil Muir is the brand-new ambient constellation consisting of guitarist Andrea Ferraris and veteran sound manipulator Andrea Marutti. Together they have conjured four grand, huge blocks of dark grey slate, while working away at them exposing every fissure and delving deep into each crack,… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 06:09, 02 Nov 2009

Ólafur Arnalds, Found Songs (Erased Tapes)
Elfen Icelander with gigantic, as-yet barely uttered talent. Ólafur Arnalds (b. 1987) has only been recording for a short while now, intent on bridging the gap between the pop audience and the classical one – like Englishman Max Richter, for instance. Optimistic, young Romantics, really. His… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 02:47, 29 Oct 2009

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Anti-Jazz Series at Ars Nova Workshop

From Philly’s Ars Nova Workshop:

In 1961, Down Beat magazine published a review of a John Coltrane performance referring to the music as “anarchistic” and as “a horrifying demonstration of what appears to be a growing anti-jazz trend.” This review documented one of the most controversial moments in the history of jazz: the advent of Free Jazz or “The New Thing.” Anti-Jazz: The New Thing Revisited, celebrates the 50-year trajectory of Free Jazz. The series, while bearing in mind landmark contributions such as Ornette Coleman‘s Free Jazz and John Coltrane’s Ascension, is a glimpse at the current state of the phenomenal Free Jazz continuum featuring many of the founding visionaries and iconoclasts – including the Sun Ra Arkestra, Bill Dixon, Bobby Bradford and the Art Ensemble of Chicago – along with an emerging generation of distinguished instrumentalists.

Saturday, October 31, 8pm
SUN RA ARKESTRA

Saturday, December 5, 8pm
BILL DIXON AND EXPLODING STAR ORCHESTRA

Saturday, January 30, 8pm
CIRCULASIONE TOTALE ORCHESTRA

Saturday, March 6, 8pm
ART ENSEMBLE OF CHICAGO

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Free Jazz Blog Reviews

Aki Takase
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From Free Jazz:

Sunday, October 4, 2009
Max Nagl Trio – Boulazac (Rude Noises, 2009) ***½
Brian Groder & Burton Greene – Groder & Greene (Latham, 2009) ****½

Saturday, October 3, 2009
Thollem Mcdonas & Nicola Guazzaloca – Noble Art (Amirami, 2009) ****
Andy Milne & Benoît Delbecq – Where Is Pannonica? (Songlines, 2009) ****
Aki Takase & Alexander Von Schlippenbach – Iron Wedding (Intakt Records, 2008) ****

Friday, October 2, 2009
Han Bennink Trio – Parken (ILK, 2009) ****

Thursday, October 1, 2009
Aida Severo (Slam, 2008) ****½

Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith – Abbey Road Quartet (Treader, 2009) ***½

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Musique Machine Reviews

From Musique Machine:

Aluk Todolo – Finsternis
It’s seems like an eternity since occult & kraut-rock three piece Aluk Todolo justifiable raved about début album Descension appeared, but in reality it’s only two years- I guess it’s true what they say ‘absence makes the heart grow founder(or grimmer in this case)’. Anyway here is the bands second hypotonic blacked rock fruit in the shape of Finsternis.

Jason Kahn – Vanishing Point
Vanishing Point sees the welcome return of one of the great tension building improviser & artistic noise makers Jason Kahn who also ran the excellent tense improv label Cut which sadly closed its doors last year after a run of 25 near perfectly releases.

Klaus Schulze – La Vie Electronique 3
This is the third volume in the La Vie Electronique series of cd sets that brings together a selection of early tape material by electronica godfather and Space music /Kosmische Musik legend Klaus Schulze.

Klaus Schulze – La Vie Electronique 2
La Vie Electronique 2 is the second in the series of cd sets that brings together a selection of early tape material by electronica godfather and Space music /Kosmische Musik legend Klaus Schulze.

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MadLove – Dissonances, Drones and Feedback at Southpaw

NYTimes.com reviews Trevor Dunn‘s latest project.

The bassist Trevor Dunn has a lot of experience making music of canny disruption and outrageous effect. He’s well entangled in a few different scenes, notably the one that includes the experimental-metal supergroup Fantomas and the one that revolves around the avant-garde polymath John Zorn. (There’s some overlap there.)

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Sonomu Reviews

From Sonomu:

Simon Whetham, Lightyears (Traceable Echoes)
Simon Whetham is a Bristol-based sound artist and composer whose work has previously appeared on labels sensitive to the smallest sounds, like Entr´Acte, Trente Oiseaux and Gruenrekorder. Lightyear is a half-hour excerpt of the soundtrack he created for visual artist Kathryn Thomas´… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 05:58, 04 Sep 2009

Philip Sulidae, The Blacken Solver (3″ CDR Dontcaresulidae)
Australian sound artist Philip Sulidae issues two small white slabs of dark, dense experimental ambient on twin, three-inch CDRs, each lovingly slid into black-on-grey, flocked paper sleeves. His chief means are field recordings, organ, and “synthesis”. The Blacken Solver is gloomy, beautiful,… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 04:35, 03 Sep 2009

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Musique Machine Reviews

From Musique Machine:

Death In June – Lesson One: Misanthropy
Lesson One: Misanthropy is a rather bleak, yet creative & largely consistent compilation of very early Death In June material, which also has the added extra of a short DVD featuring the bands original line up when they performed a one off reunion in 1998.

Churner – Terminal Disorder
Terminal Disorder is a long form guitar & feedback piece that dips into roaring and frying noise textures, as well as more dramatic cinematic tone structures and the odd nod towards feedback engulfed doom or blacked metal matter and blacked ambient guitar texturing.

Blanketship – The Sound That Surrounds You/Klangwunder
This rather neat little package brings together two eps from turntable and sample manipulator extraordinaire Blanketship (aka Jared Blüm) who’s part of quirky, inventive and mostly always rewarding San Francisco based label/ collective Gigante Sound.

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Dusted Reviews

From Dusted:

Artist: Squarepusher
Album: Solo Electric Bass 1
Label: Warp
Review date: Aug. 31, 2009

Artist: Nisennenmondai
Album: Destination Tokyo
Label: Smalltown Superjazz
Review date: Aug. 28, 2009

Artist: Jackie-O Motherfucker
Album: Ballads of the Revolution
Label: Fire
Review date: Aug. 27, 2009

Artist: Stephan Mathieu Taylor Deupree
Album: Transcriptions
Label: Spekk
Review date: Aug. 26, 2009

Artist: Mount Eerie
Album: Wind’s Poem
Label: P.W. Elverum & Sun
Review date: Aug. 25, 2009

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