The iO Quartet performs Iancu Dumitrescu and Ana-Maria Avram in New York

From Brooklyn’s West Nile, coming May 16:

iO Quartet performs Iancu Dumitrescu and Ana-Maria Avram
with interludes by Mario Diaz de Leon and Doron Sadja
curated by Mario Diaz de Leon

“The music of Iancu Dumitrescu explores the ultimate sense of sound guiding the listener through new spheres of sonic adventure, a kind of cryptic music…”
Robert Zank, Edition RZ , Berlin

The New York based iO String Quartet perform the works of Romanian composers Dumitrescu (b. 1943) and Ana-Maria Avram (b. 1961). Their work of the last 30 years often finds favor with fans of noise and drone oriented music, given it’s focus on raw intensity and uncovering inner worlds of sound. iO recently performed this music on the Spectrum XXI European tour, where they worked daily with the composers, and performed as part of the 20-person “Hyperion Ensemble” (Bucharest). A rare opportunity to hear these amazing works in the USA, in the intimacy of West Nile – Brooklyn’s donation based center for experimental performance and art.

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This Week’s Best Albums from ALARM Magazine

In ALARM Magazine:

Bob Log III: My Shit is Perfect (Birdman)

For 15 years, Bob Log III has knocked out fucked-up, floor-stomping rhythms for adventurous show-goers, performing in full-body cannonball suits with a telephone-receiver mic fastened to a motorcycle helmet. His one-man-band MO consists of crazy blues riffs, drum-machine beats, solo kick-drum rhythms, and steel-stringed slide guitar. True to form, My Shit is Perfect is quintessential Bob Log with elements of stop-start timing, lighting-fast picking, and mostly incomprehensible lyrics.

Gouseion: More Friends for the Fire EP (Run Riot)

Electronic producer Cassidy DeMarco returns with another release as Gouseion, purveyor of buzz-saw synthesizers and big beats. For this EP, DeMarco stresses backing harmonies and scales back the power of his drum samples, resulting in a dancier mix whose appeal reaches beyond raves. Released less than six months after his last full album, Nijikon, this EP is a digital-only release.

Bushman’s Revenge: You Lost Me at Hello (Rune Grammofon)

Led by the down-tuned riffs of Even Helte Hermansen, the guitarist for the outstanding Norwegian prog-jazz group Shining, Bushman’s Revenge filters a heavy rock trio through the lens of an improvisational jazz outfit. The group cites inspiration as much from Black Sabbath and Jimi Hendrix as Ornette Coleman and Albert Ayler, and You Lost Me at Hello oddly sounds a bit like all of it, even if it leans on the first two. Boundless free jazz meets structured rock and roll on the album, which comes recommended for fans of both styles.

Pulling Teeth: Paradise Illusions / Paranoid Delusions (Deathwish Inc.)

Punching in at five songs and 23 minutes, this doubly themed release takes hardcore group Pulling Teeth in a crushing and despairing direction. The group’s full-throttle tempos, speed picking, push beats, and wailing solos are still present, but the final product is a more-complete, ominous concoction that adds a few melodic breakdowns.

Rahim AlHaj: Ancient Sounds (UR Music)

Iraqi political refugee Rahim AlHaj found asylum in the USA in 2000, finally free of the torture and imprisonment that he suffered at the hands of Saddam Hussein for aligning himself with anti-Hussein groups. A master of the oud, AlHaj now lives in New Mexico, where he was able to vote last November for the first time in his entire life. His beautiful Arabic style, full of microtones and complex rhythms, has taken small elements of Western structure over the years, although this duet recording with sarod master Ustad Amjad Ali Khan is rather traditional.

Stinking Lizaveta: Sacrifice and Bliss (At a Loss)

Splashing together prog rock, math rock, stoner/psych rock, and bits of Eastern flavor, Stinking Lizaveta accomplishes quite a bit for having a semi-standard rock-trio lineup. Guitarist Yanni Papadopoulos shines with his technical and diverse creations, and he adds keyboards and theremin as sonic supplements. Sacrifice and Bliss comes strongly recommended for instrumental-tech-rock geeks.

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AMN Picks of the Week

Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that has caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended.

Kevin Norton / Metaphor Quartet – Not Only in That Golden Tree… (2003, free jazz)
Mark O’Leary / Sunny Murray – Ode to Albery Ayler (2009, free jazz)
Chris DiMeglio – The Open Field (2008, experimental jazz)
Balmorhea – All is Wild, All is Silent (2009, experimental / post-rock)
The Who Trio – Less is More (2009, jazz)
James Blackshaw – And the Wolf Shall Also Dwell With the Lamb (2008, acoustic guitar)
Paul Dunmall Sun Quartet – Ancient and Future Airs (2009, free jazz)
Trinity – Breaking the Mold (2009, free jazz)
Bengt Frippe Nordstrom – Creative Addition (2008, free jazz)
Talk Normal – Secret Cog V1 (2009, psychedelic / post rock)

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