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SQUIDCO Email Update, March 6, 2020

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March 6, 2020

"I like to remember that a structure,
Even if unusual, asymmetric, messy, seemingly random, or just plain weird —
If that is what emerges —
Is still a structure, howsoever idiosyncratic."
—Andrea Parkins

   Creative Artists

• Anahuac (Cogburn / Garcia / Schick)
• Albert Ayler
• Ka Baird/Muyassar Kurdi
• Phil Durrant/Emil Karlsen
• Vincent Glanzmann/Gerry Hemingway
• Tim Hodgkinson
• Leap Of Faith
• Paul Lytton/Nate Wooley
• Metal Chaos Ensemble
• Andrea Parkins/Matthew Ostrowski
• Sestetto Internazionale:
• Torben Snekkestad/Agusti Fernandez/Barry Guy
• Turbulence
• John Zorn (Lage/Frisell/Riley)
• John Zorn (Medeski/Grohowski/Hollenberg)
• Rutger Zuydervelt

Squid Bubbles  Essential Labels

Astral Editions
Astral Spirits
Evil Clown
Infrequent Seams Records

Listen! Foundation (Fundacja Sluchaj!)
Recommended Records



   Jazz & Improvisation

Anahuac (Cogburn / Garcia / Schick): Anahuac
(Astral Spirits)

Layered lowercase electroacoustic improv from the US / Mexico City / German trio of Chris Cogburn on percussion & electronics, Juan Garcia on double bass, and Ignaz Schick on turntables & electronics, eclectically informed by concrete sources and abstract electronics over Garcia's bass work and Cogburn's threshold-crossing acoustics & electronic percussion.
     Buy      $11.95      Listen          

Anahuac (Cogburn / Garcia / Schick): Ascua [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]
(Astral Spirits)

Cassette edition of the CD listed above.
     Buy      $7.95      Listen          

Ayler, Albert: The Early Albums Collection [4 CDs]

Collecting original editions of 8 Albert Ayler early 60s albums in a 4 CD box--Something Different !!!!!, My Name Is Albert Ayler, Spirits, Swing Low Sweet Spiritual, Prophecy, Albert Smiles With Sunny, and New York Eye And Ear Control--with and 8-page booklet of notes, photos and recording data; a great Ayler introduction!
     Buy      $13.95      Listen          

Baird, Ka / Muyassar Kurdi: Voice Games [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]
(Astral Editions)

Primarily voice improvisations from the duo of Muyassar Kurdi and Ka Baird, also performing on piano, bells, gong, flute and spike fiddle, recorded at Pineapple Reality and Pioneer Works in Brooklyn, NY between 2017 & 2018, their work focused on typically delicate interweaving of their voices and instruments, with a sense of suspense, humor and joyful mystery.
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Durrant, Phil / Emil Karlsen: Grain

A wonderfully assertive acoustic dialog between London improviser Phil Durrant on mandolin and octave mandolin, and Norwegian percussionist living in Leeds, UK, Emil Karlsen, the two focusing on a quick flow of ideas that ebb and flow naturally, each complementing the other in tightly defined interactions, creating a consistent sound of rapid texture and impetus.
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Glanzmann, Vincent / Gerry Hemingway: Composition O
(Listen! Foundation (Fundacja Sluchaj!))

A constantly evolving electro-acoustic composition for percussion and microphones from the Swiss-based duo of Vincent Glanzmann and Gerry Hemingway, using cymbals, floor tom & percussion, directed by both graphic and collective compositional approaches while applying carefully controlled amplification to prodigious extended techniques on their instruments.
Squidco Pick

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Leap Of Faith: Sense And Understanding
(Evil Clown)

Two excursive works from the Boston improvising collective Leap of Faith, with the core trio of PEK on clarinets, saxophones, double reeds & flutes, Glynis Lomon on cello, aquasonic & voice, and Yuri Zbitnov on drums & percussion, plus guests Kat Dobbins on trombone and Bob Moores on trumpets, creating a highly interactive environment performing PEK's framework compositions.
     Buy      $12.95      Listen          

Lytton, Paul / Nate Wooley: Known / Unknown
(Listen! Foundation (Fundacja Sluchaj!))

Recalling their brokenresearch LP from 2007, trumpeter Nate Wooley and drummer/percussionist Paul Lytton focus on unusual techniques and approaches to their instruments, using amplifiers and electronics to investigate new frontiers in interactive improvisation, each creating inexplicably interesting, masterfully interwoven sonic material.
Squidco Pick

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Metal Chaos Ensemble: Call Of Cthulhu
(Evil Clown)

One of the most prolific Evil Clown ensembles, Metal Chaos Ensemble distinguishes itself through the use of Gongs, chimes, glockenspiel, Tibetan Bowls and many other metallic sounds, with horns, compositions and narratives by multi-reedist PEK, in a rhythm-heavy fantastical journey in a septet with Moouse Traore on djembe and Mike Gruen on Azoth and Basilisk.
     Buy      $12.95      Listen          

Parkins, Andrea / Matthew Ostrowski: Elective Affinities
(Infrequent Seams Records)

The first recording of the playfully detailed improvisation of two NY collaborators with nearly two decades of work together--Andrea Parkins on accordion, objects & electronics, and Matthew Ostrowski on electronics--improvising in the studio for eight explorative works that seamlessly mesh acoustic and electronics, seemingly forward and backward at the same time!
Squidco Pick

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Sestetto Internazionale: Harri Sjorstrom / Alison Blunt / GIanni Mimmo / Achim Kaufman / Veli Kujala / Ignatz Schick: Sestetto Internationale - Live in Munich
(Listen! Foundation (Fundacja Sluchaj!))

A unique sextet of European improvisers active since 2015, comprised of two soprano saxophones, violin, piano, turntables and quarter tone accordion, in their second album of wide-ranging collective improvisation, their orchestration allowing moments of jazz, classical and electroacoustic improvisation to interweave and surprise their listeners; fascinating.
     Buy      $15.95      Listen          

Snekkestad, Torben / Agusti Fernandez / Barry Guy : Louisiana Variations
(Listen! Foundation (Fundacja Sluchaj!))

A brilliant example of free improvisation from the performing trio of Barry Guy on double bass, Agusti Fernandez on piano and Torben Snekkestad on sax & trumpet, recording live at KoncertKirken Blagards Plads in Copenhagen, merging shards of jazz and fully free playing using astonishing technique and creative intention that is as rewarding as it it intrepid.
     Buy      $15.95      Listen          

Turbulence: The Conception Of Sense
(Evil Clown)

Turbulence, the wind instrument and sometimes percussion branch of the Leap of Faith Orchestra is represented by leader and composer David Peck (PEK) on winds, reeds and percussion, and Yuri Zbitnoff on drums and percussion, with saxophonist Michael Caglianone joining and also performing on bells, as they perform an extended framework composition from PEK.
     Buy      $12.95      Listen          

Zorn, John (Medeski / Grohowski / Hollenberg): Beyond Good And Evil - Simulacrum Live

Merging heavy melodic jazz with tinges of heavy metal, John Zorn's Simulacrum trio of John Medeski on organ, Kenny Grohowski on drums, and Matt Hollenberg on guitar perform nine of Zorn's intense compositions in a beautifully recorded concert at the Firehouse 12 studio, the band's consummate playing and passion bringing power to Zorn's darkly exciting music.
Squidco Pick

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Zuydervelt, Rutger: Porcelain (soundtrack for the film by Jenneke Boeijink)

The soundtrack for Dutch/Belgium/Italian co-production "Porselein" (Porcelain), a psychological drama by Jenneke Boeijink, recorded with cellist Francesco Guerri and using a motif from Henry Purcell's "The Fairy Queen", the album release including 12 additional tracks; powerful, emotional and passionate music of great tension and brilliant performances from Guerri.
Squidco Pick

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ZNR: The ZNRarchive Box [4 CDs]
(Recommended Records)

ZNR, the French trio of Hector Zazou, Joseph Racaille, and Patrick Portella, in a deluxe box set combining both of the official ZNR releases, "Barricades III" and "Traite de Mechanique Populaire" along with 2 CDs of additional released and unreleased material and a book of memories, histories, reflections, photographs, documents, interviews and other memorabilia.
Squidco Pick

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Hodgkinson, Tim: Under The Void
(Recommended Records)

Three dynamic works for contemporary classical composition from Henry Cow founder Tim Hodgkinson, composed and assembled using a variety of techniques including live performance, in ensembles that include Hyperion Ensemble, Chris Cutler on percussion, Angharad Davies on violin, Mark Sanders on percussion and Yoni Silver on bass clarinet; extraordinary!
Squidco Pick

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Zorn, John (Lage / Frisell / Riley): Virtue

Following up "Nove Cantici Per Francesco D'Assisi" with the three acoustic guitars of Bill Frisell, Gyan Riley and Julian Lage, "Virtue" is inspired by Julian of Norwich, one of the founders of Christian mysticism, portrayed through twelve succinct Zorn compositions of beautifully lyrical contrapuntal interplay and transcendental reflection.
Squidco Pick

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

 Recent Reviews on The Squid's Ear

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Miriam den Boer Salmon/Ernesto Rodrigues/Fredrik Rasten/ Guilherme Rodrigues: A Late Evening In The Future (Creative Sources)
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Russ Lossing Trio: Ways (ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd)
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Simon Nabatov Quintet (Nabatov / Malaby / Seabrook / Formanek / Cleaver): Last Minute Theory (Clean Feed)
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 Squidco Workspace

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Squidco has been in business as a mail-order store since 2003. In 2010 we moved to Wilmington, NC, giving regional and visiting customers access to our catalog of more than 7,000 items, which includes hundreds of discounted, used, and promotional items not listed on our website. We're open for you to visit by appointment during weekday afternoons, so if you're in the North Carolina coastal region please email us to set up a time to stop by and say hello, we'd love to play some music for you!

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