Iancu Dumitrescu Radio Shows

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ResonanceFM will feature two 3-hour online radio shows featuring the music of Iancu Dumitrescu, one of the most important living composers.

Born and bred under the yoke of Ceaucescu’s “communist” regime in Rumania, Dumitrescu proposes an intolerable intensity that blossoms and decays like natural sound in cosmic space. For his admirers and proselytisers, Dumitrescu’s music has wiped the field of modern music clean and restarted everything: he really is the ground-zero sound artist promised in everyone else’s publicity. He’s attracted a weird crew of supporters: the Rumanian government sponsors him at home and abroad; Chris Cutler‘s Recommended Records distribute his CDs; Tim Hodgkinson from Henry Cow plays bass clarinet in his Hyperion Ensemble and even writes his own compositions for them. Having heard his music as a school girl, Ana-Maria Avram, the prize-winning classical instrumentalist, dropped everything to become his lover, promoter and fellow composer. Now industrial-noisemaker Andy Wilson (author of Faust: Stretch Out Time 1970-1975) and Ben Watson (author of books on Frank Zappa and Derek Bailey) join forces to present two 3-hour programmes of his music sourced from Spectrum Festivals in Bucharest and London

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Performances Releases Reviews

DMG Newsletter December 17th, 2009

From DMG:

Agusti Fernandez & Barry Guy! Ab Baars/Ig Henneman/Misha Mengelberg! Elliott Sharp‘s Carbon! Roscoe Mitchell & David Wessel! Paul Rogers Solo! Tim Hodgkinson & Milo Fine! Eugene Chadbourne Volunteer Fire Dept!

Joe McPhee & Joe Morris LP’s! Laura Andel Orchestra! Dafna Naftali & Chuck Bettis! Tatsuya Yoshida DVD’s & CD’s! A Big Alan Lomax in Haiti 10CD+2Book Box Set! Bert Jansch LP/CD combo packs! El Gallo Rojo Catalogue Restocked!..

And, an Impressive HAT CD SALE! [Newsletter readers only – reduced prices NOT in database]


Downtown Music Gallery FREE In-Store Performance Schedule Continues with:

Sunday, December 20th at 6pm:
Amazing New Viola & Trombone Duo!

Sundays, December 27th & January 3rd – nothing scheduled (Hey, we gotta relax, too!)

Sunday, January 10th at 6pm:
Extraordinary New Clarinet / Cello / Percussion Trio!

Sunday, January 17th at 6pm:
Two Magical/Mystical Musicians Return to DMG for a Rare Duo Set!

Sunday, January 24th at 6pm:
RAS MOSHE Returns!

Sunday, January 31st at 6pm:
Excellent Piano & Alto Sax Duo & CD Release Celebration!

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Culture and politics after the net

Mute magazine hosts an article on modern music by Ben Watson.

Just when I thought ‘contemporary music’ should be renamed ‘missed opportunity’, I came across the music of Iancu Dumitrescu and Ana-Maria Avram, two composers from Bucharest in Romania. Despite support from the Romanian government, they’ve made little impact on the pusillanimous music scene in the UK, and it’s been left to the usual malfunded outsiders to support them. Over the last few years, London Musicians Collective (as was) and Resonance FM have organised concerts for them at Conway Hall. The Avram and Dumitrescu CDs on their own Edition Minuit label are distributed by ReR Megacorp in Britain and in the rest of the world by the network of ‘avant’ labels which drummer Chris Cutler has assiduously knitted together over the last three decades. The fact that Tim Hodgkinson (along with Cutler a member of Henry Cow in the early-’70s) is actively involved with Dumitrescu/Avram – playing bass clarinet in their ensemble, contributing his own pieces – shows that I’m not alone in considering their music as the ‘rebirth of avant garde‘.

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New Releases From ReR Megacorp

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A detailed update from ReR Megacorp:


In 1922 Arseni Avraamov composed and conducted a visionary public sound event, activating the entire port city of Baku: its factory sirens, the ships horns of the entire Caspian flotilla, two batteries of artillery, several full infantry regiments, trucks, seaplanes, 25 steam locomotives, an array of pitched whistles and several massive choirs. Constantly referenced but forever lost, this extraordinary event is here painstakingly reconstructed and spatialised to approximate the original experience. Plus 39 other priceless sound works, including the legendary Victory over the Sun and other lost DOCUMENTs of Malevich, Dziga Vertov, Nikolai Foregger & his Orchestra of Noises, Sergei Prokofiev, El Lissitsky, Velimir Khlebnikov, Ivan Ignatyev & The Ego Futurist Group, Mikhail Matiushin, Alexei Kruchenykh, Georgi Yakoulov, Konstantin Melnikov, Igor Severyanin, Vasilisk Gnedov, Vladimir Kasyanov & The Futurist Circle, David Burliuk, Elena Guro, Olga Rozanova, H2SO4 Group, Simon Chikovani, The Nothingists, Vasily Kandinsky, Danil Harms, Igor Terent ev, Mikhail Larionov, The Psycho-futurists group, Vasily Kamensky, Varvara Stepanova and Roman Jakobson.

CD2: Enthusiasm! The Dombass Symphony 1930 is possibly Dziga Vertov s most revolutionary achievement: a symphony of abstract industrial noise for which a specially designed giant mobile recording system was constructed it weighed over a ton in order to capture the din of mines, furnaces and factories. For Vertov, the introduction of sound film didn t mean talkies, but the opportunity to collage, montage and splice together constructions of pure environmental noise. In addition, this CD collects together for the first time a definitive library of original sound DOCUMENTs from the Russian Avantgarde: contemporary recordings of Alexander Mossolov, Julius Meytuss, Roman Jakobson, Velimir Khlebnikov, Alexei Kruchenykh, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Lili Brik, David Burliuk, Sergei Esenin, Vasily Kamensky, Semen Kirsanov, V.I. Lenin, Anatoly Lunacharsky, Alexandra Kollontay, Leon Trotsky, Boris Pasternak, Anna Akhmatova, Osip Mandelshtam, Ilya Ehrenburg, Marina Tsvetaeva, Naum Gabo, Noton Pevsner and Dmitri Shostakovich.

BOOK: A comprehensive overview of the complexity and breadth of the many early C20 Russian avantgarde movements, followed by detailed notes and contexts for the individual recordings – including summary biographies of the main actors; additional work notes about the process of the extraordinary Baku reconstruction; a bibliography, rare photographs, web research links, artwork, facsimiles of contemporary DOCUMENTs, a comparative timeline of European and Russian Avantgardes and the first English translation of an article by Avraamov about the symphony. This is a definitive library collection, some seven years in the making and possibly our most important release of recent years.

Henry Cow Box

HENRY COW: 40th ANNIVERSARY BOX SET – VOL 1 – 5 CDs , box, book

9 CDs and 1 DVD with 2 substantial books – in two solid Boxes. LIMITED EDITION.

Assembled over 15 years, this collection gives for the first time some idea of the breadth and depth of Henry Cow s work. Always very much a live band, performance was their metier, and a concert might range far – always driven by an intense dialogue between tightly knit compositions and radically OPEN improvisation. The officially released LPs tell at best only half this story, and one purpose of this definitive collection is to set the work back into its broader context. These are all previously unreleased recordings, that include many compositions and improvisations new to anyone who only knows the official releases, DOCUMENTation of a number of one-off projects and events and – where different or remarkable enough to justify inclusion – live versions of parts of the LP repertoire. Many of these recordings are high quality radio transcriptions taken directly from the original masters, others are less hi-fi, but justified we think by their historic and musical quality. And everything has been carefully transferred and re-mastered by Bob Drake to the best audio quality that current technology allows without interference or tampering.

MARTUSCIELLO, ELIO: To extend the visibility DVD

In a limited Edition of 2000 numbered copies this DVD comes in a threefold art DVD case with a full colour 48 page book offereng substantial exegetical essays (in English and Italian) by Tim Hodgkinson and Sebastiano Giacobello) and additional artwork by Ale Sordi and Ester Curcio. It s is a fully integrated electronic composition/animation exploring and aestheticising the contemporary fact of the digital unification of visual and aural data. It is also a meditation on the earth, its fragility, order, chaos, art and hubris. In six explorations, using all manner of digital processing techniques Elio animates abstract sequences of imagery derived from satellite pictures of our beleaguered planet and a mixture of concrete and synthetic – always highly composed and processed – sound. It is neither a film with soundtrack nor a composition with pictures but rather a contribution to a still unfamiliar medium, a rather demanding medium. Essentially it is a domestic installation, or the C21 multimedia version of a small print edition.

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New Releases from Ad Hoc Records

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From Ad Hoc Records:

Bill Gilonis – Chantale Laplante: Zürich / Bamberg
Bill Gilonis – Chantale Laplante
Bill Gilonis and Chantale Laplante worked on Zürich-Bamberg intermittently for three years. The CD comprises a series of pieces that fall loosely into a category that could be called “electro-acoustic Hörspiel.” However, with Bill in Zurich and Chantale based firstly in Bamberg, Germany and later in Montreal, Canada, it was difficult to find a way of collaborating by conventional means. But, by ping-ponging audio file CDs between these cities they managed to develop a practical, and in some ways advantageous, composition and recording strategy. For this project conventional instrumentation has been virtually abandoned. What we hear on these recordings – collaged and sometimes manipulated via processing technology – is street noise, household clatter, fragments of radio, close-miked objects, etc. By and large the pieces are constructed from precisely the sounds that our ears are constantly and automatically filtering out; but by orchestrating these sounds into pieces to be listened to – as opposed to heard – listeners are introduced to a radically personal world.

The Hat Shoes: “Differently Desperate”
Bill Gilonis – Catherine Jauniaux – Charles HaywardTom Cora
Ad Hoc Records’ new, four-panel digipack reissue of THE HAT SHOES’ debut album will be especially welcomed by lovers of intelligent and thoughtful Progressive music, with a hint of Romanticism. Originally released in 1991, “DIFFERENTLY DESPERATE” is a studio offering of diverse avant-pop songs by a “Super-group”, comprised of members BILL GILONIS (The Work), CATHERINE JAUNIAUX (Fluvial), CHARLES HAYWARD (This Heat, Camberwell Now) and TOM CORA (Skeleton Crew, Curlew). There’s also a slew of well-known guest performers: David Thomas, Amos, Chris Cochrane, Tim Hodgkinson, Hahn Rowne and Rick Brown, among others.

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