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SQUIDCO Email Update + Mikroton Sale, May 4, 2018

     Squidco & The Squid's Ear
May 4, 2018

"You cannot compete with the noise of the world.
The less loud music is,
the better I can hear it."
—Jakob Ullmann

Squid Bubbles  Essential Labels

845 Audio
Aural Terrains
Corbett vs. Dempsey
Creative Sources
Edition Rz
Evil Clown

Greenleaf Music
Herbal International

      Creative Artists
• Goncalo Almeida / John Dikeman / George Hadow
• Tim Berne/Matt Mitchell Duo
• Thanos Chrysakis/Chris Cundy/Peer Schlechta/Ove Volquartz
• Frans de Waard/Takuji Naka/Tim Olive
• Mats Gustafsson/Jason Adasiewicz
• Beaver Harris/Don Pullen 360-degree Experience
• Yan Jun/Jason Kahn
• Steve Lacy
• Leap Of Faith
• Leap of Faith Orchestra
• Fred Lonberg-Holm featuring Gustave Matamoros
• Joe Lovano/Dave Douglas Sound Prints
• Musicworks
• Rodrigues/Dorner/Torres/Frangenheim
• Rodrigues/Rodrigues/Chagas/Hencleeday/Santos
• Jin Sangtae/Tim Olive
• String Theory
• Jakob Ullmann
• Ken Vandermark/Michael Snow
• John Zorn

Squid Bubble


Mikroton 25% Sale

The Mikroton label is dedicated to electroacoustic, electronic, experimental, and ea-improvisation. Run by Kurt Liedwart, the label has issued more than 72 titles with some of the most interesting global experimenters and improvisers, including Keith Rowe, George Lewis, Michael Thieke, Uchihashi Kazuhisa, Chris Abrahams, Gunter Muller, Burkhard Beins, &c &c.

Last week the label announced 10 (!) new titles, and we're anticipating them by offering our customers 25% off a list of essential titles from the past years. Take a look at these interesting albums, but hurry, because this sale ends Sunday, May 6, 2017 at midnight! *

Click to see Mikroton Sale Items

   Jazz & Improvisation

Almeida, Goncalo / John Dikeman / George Hadow: O Monstro
(Creative Sources)

An album of intense and passionate free jazz from the Netherlands trio of John Dikeman on sax, George Hadow on drums and Goncalo Almeida on bass, captured live at Zeal 100 in Amsterdam for four romps in creative conversation, balancing technical playing with enthusiastic joy and wild energy, an unusual but very welcome album in the Creative Sources catalog.
     Buy      $15.95      Listen          

Berne, Tim / Matt Mitchell Duo: Angel Dusk

Following on New York pianist Matt Mitchell's solo album of Tim Berne compositions, the two join in the studio to record these 8 compositions in a dynamic album of dialogs that includes energetic interaction, explorative playing, and beautiful lyrical work, a profoundly intimate and connected release borne from their long history of collaboration.
Squidco Pick

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Chrysakis, Thanos / Chris Cundy / Peer Schlechta / Ove Volquartz : Music for Two Organs & Two Bass Clarinets
(Aural Terrains)

Recording at the Neustadter Kirche in Hofgeismar, Germany, the quartet of Thanos Chrysakis and Peer Schlechta organ with Chris Cundy and Ove Volquartz on bass clarinets, use the resonance and massive sound of their organs to create active improvisations of deep tones, cries, and unearthly squalls, an incredible set of interacting textures and runs.
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $16.95      Listen          

Gustafsson, Mats / Jason Adasiewicz: Timeless
(Corbett vs. Dempsey)

Unexpected directions in this meeting between Swedish saxophonist Mats Gustafsson and Chicago vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz, in an introspective album of beautiful tonal conversations, relaxed and sophisticated dialogs that mostly eschews the more aggressive side of both musicians in deference to a thoughtful, reflective and elegant set of tunes.
     Buy      $14.95      Listen          

Harris, Beaver / Don Pullen 360-degree Experience: A Well-Kept Secret
(Corbett vs. Dempsey)

Released in 1984 on Hal Wilner's Shemp records, this is the 1st reissue for late drummer Beaver Harris' 360-degree Experience with pianist Don Pullen on piano, in a stellar band with saxophonists Ricky Ford, Hamiet Bluiett, bassist Buster Williams, percussion from Candido & steel drummer Francis Haynes, and four french horn players, a truly forward-thinking jazz album.
     Buy      $14.95      Listen          

Jun, Yan / Jason Kahn: None Of Us
(Herbal International)

Five recordings from the duo of Jason Kahn and Yan Jun, recording ostensibly on voice, though all recordings from their rehearsals and live performances were muted, deleted, or suffered technical issues, so what remains are the extraneous sound of the rooms and concert spaces, alone or layered, the final piece layering incidental sounds from 5 concerts.
     Buy      $12.95      Listen          

Lacy, Steve: Stamps [2 CDs]
(Corbett vs. Dempsey)

Originally released on the Hat Hut label in 1979, this 2-CD set of saxophonist Steve Lacy's quintet with Steve Potts on saxopnhoe, Irene Aebi on cello, voice & violin, Kent Carter on bass, and Oliver Johnson on drums, are heard live in two tour-de-force concerts, first at the 1977 Jazz Festival, in Willisau, Switzerland, then in 1978 at Jazz Au Totem in Paris, France.
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $17.95      Listen          

Leap of Faith Orchestra: SuperClusters
(Evil Clown)

The 4th work using composer, band-leader and multi-instrumentalist David Peck's Frame Notation Scores for his large ensemble Leap of Faith Orchestra, his graphic notation allowing exceptional, unexpected and truly unusual results in large-scale improvisation, an amazing evolution of the big band concept executed by the some of the finest players in the Boston area; amazing!
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $10.95      Listen          

Leap Of Faith: Domains
(Evil Clown)

One of the core ensembles in Boston's Evil Clown collective led by multi-reedist David Peck is Leap of Faith, a uniquely inspired collective free improv band with unusual instruments and percussive devices, here in a live concert at Outpost 186 as quintet with Glynis Lomon on cello, Damon Smith on bass, Silvain Castellano on bass, and Yuri ZBitnov on drums & percussion.
     Buy      $9.95      Listen          

Lonberg-Holm, Fred / Amphibians Of the Everglades feat Gustave Matamoros: Bow Hard At The Frog
(Corbett vs. Dempsey)

Extending his interest in accompaniment with field recording, Chicago cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm took his cello into the Florida Everglades along with soundscape artist and field recordist Gustavo Matamoros, seeking out night creatures, particularly vocalizing frogs, edited down to six intriguing tracks of "outdoor interspecies improvisation".
     Buy      $14.95      Listen          

Lovano, Joe / Dave Douglas Sound Prints: Scandal
(Greenleaf Music)

Mining the traditions of 60s jazz with a focus on Wayne Shorter's Miles Davis era, the long-standing Sound Prints quintet co-led by saxophonist Joe Lovano and trumpeter Dave Douglas, with Joey Baron on drums, Linda May Han Oh on bass and Lawrence Fields on piano give their listeners a superb album that balances free and traditional playing with excitement and lyricism.
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $13.95      Listen          

Rodrigues / Dorner / Torres / Frangenheim: Sin
(Creative Sources)

An extended studio improvisation recorded in Berlin-Weissensee, Germany in 2016 from the restrained quartet of Axel Dorner on trumpet, Nuno Torres on alto sax, Alexander Frangenheim on double bass, and Ernesto Rodrigues on viola, using advanced techniques in a monumental journey that finds the quartet in a variety of expansive and intriguing dialogs.
     Buy      $15.95      Listen          

Rodrigues, Ernesto / Guilherme Rodrigues/ Eduardo Chagas/ Andre Hencleeday/ Carlos Santos : Spiric Sections
(Creative Sources)

The affect of Carlos Santos' electronics and recordings are the foundation of this Portuguese quintet's improvisations, creating an environment over which Ernesto & Guilherme Rodrigues on viola & cello, Eduardo Chagas on trombone, and Andre Hencleeday add subtle gestures of unusual approaches to their instruments, in a mysterious album of lowercase improv.
     Buy      $15.95      Listen          

String Theory: Tellurium
(Creative Sources)

This supergroup of strings--16 musicians on violins, viola, cellos, double basses, piano, psaltery, zither, and guitar--in an intensely restrained collective improvisation recorded live at O'Culto da Ajuda, Lisbon, Portugal in 2017, as String Theory's 4th album continues their title themes from the physical universe named here for the rare metalloid "Tellurium".
     Buy      $15.95      Listen          

Vandermark, Ken / Michael Snow: Duol
(Corbett vs. Dempsey)

Chicago saxophonist Ken Vandermark is fascinated with the visual arts, and was drawn in the 60s to Toronto visual artist, director of the "New York Eye And Ear" film, and most notably here, pianist, Michael Snow; in 2015 they performed together for the first time, this startlingly explosive and informed album the complete recording of that event.
     Buy      $14.95      Listen          

Zorn, John: Insurrection

John Zorn pens a powerful set of compositions for a quartet led by two astonishing guitarists--Julian Lage and Matt Hollengberg--with a solid driving force from the rhythm section of Trevor Dunn on bass and Kenny Grohowski on drums, as the band navigates a quick-shifting and utterly impressive blend of jazz, rock, funk, blues, and composed music.
Squidco Pick

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de Waard, Frans / Takuji Naka / Tim Olive: False Mercury
(845 Audio)

The titles places this unearthly experimental improvisation into the solar system, exactly where the blend of electronics, tapes, contact mics, sprint, tubing, pickups and synth demand that the unusual soundscapes from the trio of Frans de Waard, Takuji Naka, and Tim Olive belong, in an alien dialog of interplanetary psychedelia using mutated and mesmerizing sound.
Squidco Pick

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Sangtae, Jin / Tim Olive: naar/voor
(845 Audio)

Recording in Kobe, Japan in 2014, the duo of Jin Sangtae, organizer of Seoul's long-running dotolim concert series and who gainfully employs cast-off computer hard drives as sound sources, and Tim Olive, who uses electro-magnetic pickups to give voice to consumer/post-consumer objects, for three tracks of recycled and unorthodox sound.
     Buy      $12.95      Listen          



Ullmann, Jakob: Muntzers Stern, Solo II [2 CDs]
(Edition Rz)

Between 2014-16 Jakob Ullmann composed the orchestral work "steine, feuer, sterne" (stones, fire, stars) based on a modular structure, such that individual sections can be played outside of a complete performance, solo or in predetermined combinations; this album presents one section for solo bassoon titled "Muntzers stern" performed by Dafne Vicente-Sandoval.
     Buy      $34.95      Listen          


   Books & Magazines

Musicworks: #230 Spring 2018 [MAGAZINE + CD]

In it's 40th year, the Canadian music journal Musicworks, with a reflection on their journey, alongside articles about guitarist Sam Shalabi, composer Sarah Hennies, the music series SONICBernheim in Louisville, Kentucky, electronic-music producer Vanese "VJ" Smith (Pursuit Grooves), and a 13-track CD with music from the those artists and more.
     Buy      $15.95      Listen          

The Squid's Ear The Squid's Ear is Squidco's companion online magazine, featuring reviews of Squidco items from independent writers.

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Udo Schindler: Botenstoffe (Confront Recordings)

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Voutchkova / Rodrigues / Rodrigues / Mayas: The Afterlife of Trees (Creative Sources)

Voutchkova / Rodrigues / Rodrigues / Mayas:
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