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SQUIDCO Email Update December 4, 2020

     Squidco & The Squid's Ear
December 4, 2020

"There is no such thing as an empty space or an empty time.
There is always something to see, something to hear.
In fact, try as we may to make a silence, we cannot."
—John Cage

   Creative Artists

• Sergio Armaroli (w/ Fritz Hauser)
• Rasmus Borg
• Lisa Cameron/Damon Smith/Alex Cunningham
• Charlie Parker
• Stephen Flinn
• Franklin/Gill
• Naoki Kita/Guilherme Rodrigues/Naoto Yamagishi
• Krennerich/Schubert/Osswald/Fischer
• Andrew Lafkas
• Catherine Lamb/Harmonic Space Orchestra
• Miller/Mettler/Foisy
• Other Plastics (Dominic Coles/Hunter Brown)
• Pan (Kim/Benes/Haag/Alsadi/Saremi)
• Red Fiction
• Rempis/Parker/Haker Flaten/Cunningham
• Rodrigues/Rodrigues/Almeida/Hencleeday/Parrinha/Parrinha/Santos/Valinho
• Marc Sabat/Harmonic Space Orchestra
• Schindler/Kepl
• [SNDNG STTNS] Kifpfmuller/Janek feat. Ernesto Rodrigues/Guilherme Rodrigues
• Sun Ra Arkestra
• Mars Williams Presents

Squid Bubbles  Essential Labels

Astral Spirits / Soul What Records
Balance Point Acoustics
Creative Sources
ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd

Notice Recordings
Sacred Realism
STRUT / Artyard


   Jazz & Improvisation

Williams, Mars Presents: An Ayler Xmas Vol. 4: Chicago vs. NYC [2 CDs]
(Astral Spirits / Soul What Records)

This year's An Ayler Xmas, the 4th in the series from saxophonist Mars Williams, expands to a double CD with recordings from two bands: Josh Berman, Jim Baker, Kent Kessler, Brian Sandstrom & Steve Hunt (Chicago); and Steve Swell, Hilliard Greene, Chris Corsano, Nels Cline & Fred Lonberg-Holm (NYC); in incredible free jazz mashups and bash-ups of Holiday favorites.
Squidco Pick

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Borg, Rasmus: Improvisations
(Creative Sources)

Seven improvisations for solo piano from Swedish composer and pianist Rasmus Borg, recording in Stockholm in a contemplative contemporary mode, as evidenced by titles like "Nocturne", "Waltz", "Toccata", &c, referencing established forms through instant compositions, a reflection of his statement that Borg likes "melody, harmony, going in circles, canons".
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Cameron, Lisa / Damon Smith / Alex Cunningham: Dawn Throws its First Knife
(Balance Point Acoustics)

An exceptional example of fully free collective improvisation with an emphasis on string interaction from the trio of Lisa Cameron on drums & feedback, Damon Smith on double bass, and Alex Cunningham on violin, recording in the studio in the St. Louis area for five energetic and explorative improvisations, at time dense but with remarkable clarity and direction.
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Charlie Parker: Be Bop Live [2 CDs]
(ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd)

Remarkably remastered recordings of Charlie Parker's quintets from 1945-49, performing live at Carnegie Hall, Royal Roost, & Town Hall with configurations of Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Kenny Dorham, Red Rodney, Don Byas, Al Haig, Max Roach, Roy Haynes, Kenny Clarke, Tommy Potter & Curley Russell, allowing us to re-live the consistent brilliance of the leader and his sidemen.
Squidco Pick

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Flinn, Stephen: Red Bell
(Creative Sources)

An immersive album of solo percussion, slowly sculpted through bowed cymbals, tension across drum heads, resonance and extraneous percussive elements, from New York-based experimental percussionist, composer & improviser, each piece unfolding a meditative yet substantial story built of powerful elements, creating mysterious and often daunting soundscapes.
Squidco Pick

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Franklin / Gill: To My Left Is Where The Lake Is
(Creative Sources)

A series of improvisations recorded in an afternoon in Melbourne, Australia between bass guitarist Joseph Franklin and saxophonist Sam Gill on alto & soprano, this the debut of their duo work that since 2018 has developed a unique discourse of adept interaction from calmly precise to rapid & disciplined exchanges, connected by textural and exploratory periods.
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Kita, Naoki / Guilherme Rodrigues / Naoto Yamagishi : S/T
(Creative Sources)

The trio of Portuguese cellist Guilherme Rodrigues, Japanese percussionist Naoto Yamagish currently residing in France, and Japanese violinist Naoki Kita, active in improvisation and contemporary fields in Portugal and Berlin, met in Saitama, Japan at Barber Fuji to record these open conversations integrating extraneous noise and incidental instrumental sounds.
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Krennerich / Schubert / Osswald / Fischer: Degrees Above
(Creative Sources)

Four German saxophonists are heard in three sophisticated and extremely creative chamber-oriented improvisations recorded at Kulturzentrum Hufeisen: Andreas Krennerich on soprano, sopranino & baritone saxophones; Frank Paul Schubert on alto & soprano saxophones; Hartmut Osswald on tenor sax & bass clarinet; and Nils Fischer on baritone sax & contrabass clarinet.
Squidco Pick

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Miller / Mettler / Foisy: Grind Halts [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]
(Notice Recordings)

Despite using traditional instrumentation, the Montreal trio of pianist Lisa Cay Miller, guitarist Vicky Mettler, and bassist Raphael Foisy-Couture avoid sounding anything but traditional, through preparations and a mischievous attitude transforming their instruments and applying them to a highly interactive and darkly optimistic set of very unique dialogs.
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Pan (Kim / Benes / Haag / Alsadi / Saremi): I Had A Dream
(Creative Sources)

Perhaps referring to their "Pan"-global membership, with improvisers from Europe, Iran, Palestine and South Korea, and unusual instrumentation including the kanun and keneche, the Pan quintet recorded this album using unconventional composing methods and the integration of sound processing and extraneous interjections, a truly unique album of encompassing improvisation.
Squidco Pick

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Red Fiction: Visions of the Void

Composer and guitarist Jason Schimme of Secret Chiefs 3 steps out on his own with a set of effusive and irresistible compositions for a large ensemble of primarily West Coast musicians, his works blending a wide variety of traditions and styles, from blues, jazz and surf rock to Balkan folk, shifting quickly within each piece in nimble and clever ways.
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Rempis / Parker / Haker Flaten / Cunningham: Stringers & Struts

The collaborative quartet of current and former Chicago improvisers and band leaders from Dave Rempis on alto, tenor & baritone saxophones, Jeff Parker on guitar, Ingebrigt Haker Flaten on bass, and Jeremy Cunningham on drums, are heard live at Elastic Arts in Chicago during the 2019 Chicago Jazz Festival, capturing these three extended and masterful conversations.
Squidco Pick

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Rodrigues / Rodrigues / Almeida / Hencleeday / Parrinha / Parrinha / Santos / Valinho: Spiegel II
(Creative Sources)

The concept of a spiegel, or mirror, is explored by this perceptively patient electroacoustic octet led by violist Ernesto Rodrigues, each of the 3 tracks an evolution of the first recorded improvisation, the 2nd "Spiegel" layering and reacting to the first recording, and the 3rd to the previous two, ultimately reflecting a conversation of 24 virtual musicians.
Squidco Pick

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Schindler / Kepl: Fabulierblattchen
(Creative Sources)

Track titles are borrowed from Friederike Mayröcker for their "concentrated word acrobatics and linguistic sensuality", and apt analogy to the duo of Udo Schindler on clarinets & cornet, and Irene Kepl on violin, who are recorded live at the 95th Salon für Klang+Kunst Krailling in Munich, 2019, in a set of 9 delicately virtuosic dialogs that use extended and unusual techniques.
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[SNDNG STTNS] Kifpfmuller / Janek feat. Ernesto Rodrigues / Guilherme Rodrigues : Case Study: Sertao
(Creative Sources)

Since 2014 the collective [SNDNG STTNS] has explored theatrical situations between musictheatre, staging and composition with live music, instruments, recordings, samples, speach and live editing, this work featuring cellist Guilherme Rodrigues bridges the art of the brazilian "violeros" with contemporary music, acoustic and electronic composition and improvisation.
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Sun Ra Arkestra: Swirling
(STRUT / Artyard)

The first new Sun Ra Arkestra album in twenty years, recorded in Philadelphia under the direction of saxophonist Marshall Allan, with long-standing Arkestra members including Danny Ray Thompson, Michael Ray, Vincent Chancey, Knoel Scott, Cecil Brooks, Atakatune, Elson Nascimento and Tyler Mitchel, with new material and new renderings of classic Ra compositions.
Squidco Pick

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Lafkas, Andrew: Two Paths with Active Shadows Under Three Moons and Surveillance
(Sacred Realism)

Composer Andrew Lafkas' large ensemble piece with performers including C. Spencer Yah, Ron Stabinsky, Barry Weisblat, Sean Meehan, Ben Owen, &c. is a meditative work intended for live performance, this album the 2nd of 3 performances, a brooding and resonant rendering of rich and subtle detail that evolves over 70 minutes, carrying its listeners in a profound revery.
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Other Plastics (Dominic Coles / Hunter Brown): Overtime Liquor
(Creative Sources)

Unusual glitch and extreme electronics improvised by the duo of New York artist Dominic Cole and Chicago/NY artist Hunter Brown (Sound Tribe Sector Nine), using approaches including glitch, noise & circuit bending in 9 pieces with tongue-in-cheek titles, balancing erratic moments with exploratory sections and near silence, an interesting and enigmatic album of aberrant electronics.
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Armaroli, Sergio (w/ Fritz Hauser): Prismo
(ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd)

The quartet of Sergio Armaroli (vibraphone), Martina Brodbeck (cello), Francesca Gemmo (piano), and Fritz Hauser (drums & percussion), also heard in free improvisational duos and trios, perform Armaroli's "Structuring the Silence", aiming to extend the performers' improvisational freedom using time and space through broad compositional instructions.
Squidco Pick

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Lamb, Catherine / Harmonic Space Orchestra: Prisma Interius VII 7 VIII
(Sacred Realism)

Two hauntingly beautiful works in microtonal composer and violist Catherine Lamb's "Prisma Interius" series, the first a duo with violinist Johnny Change and Xavier Lopez on the "secondary rainbow synthesizer", which channels the sound outside of the performance space as a generator of ambient sound; then a sextet of strings and winds with two secondary rainbow synthesizers.
Squidco Pick

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Sabat, Marc / Harmonic Space Orchestra: Gioseffo Zarlino (2015/2019)
(Sacred Realism)

The third in a series of pieces inspired by ideas in the history of music theory, from composer Marc Sabat and inspired by Renaissance Italian Composer/Theorist Gioseffo Zarlino, performed in a 9-piece ensemble that cycles through voices, strings, harp, and flute, with instruments entering cycles at midpoints of prior loops to create weaving and graceful intersections.
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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

Keith Tippett: Musician Supreme: 1947-2020 [4 CD BOX SET] (FMR Records)
Keith Tippett: Musician Supreme: 1947-2020 [4 CD BOX SET] (FMR Records)

Theresa Wong / Frantz Loriot: Live At Zoom In (Creative Sources)
Theresa Wong / Frantz Loriot: Live At Zoom In (Creative Sources)

Klaus Filip / Moe Kamura: Passagein (Wind's Measure)
Klaus Filip / Moe Kamura: Passagein (Wind's Measure)

Alvin Lucier: String Noise (Black Truffle)
Alvin Lucier: String Noise (Black Truffle)


 Stay Current With Squidco

We're never quite caught up with new releases that constantly come in our door, and we don't like to rush a release to our homepage. That said, the following releases have already been stocked at Squidco, and are able to be ordered. In most cases we have images, often have samples, and some basic description of each release.

• You can see the newest additions to our catalog in our Just In Stock Section.

• You can see the latest fully cataloged items in our store by using our New Releases section.

• You can see Recently Restocked items on this page.

• You can ask to have us email you when Upcoming Releases are in stock.


Chris Abrahams:

Patrick Brennan / Maria do Mar / Ernesto Rodrigues / Miguel Mira / Hernani Faustino / Abdul Moimeme:
The Sudden Bird Of Waiting
(Creative Sources)

Juan Calvi / Maria do Mar / Ernesto Rodrigues / Guilherme Rodrigues:
Los Ejes De Mi Carreta
(Creative Sources)

Don Cherry:
Where Is Brooklyn?

Marc Copland:
John (for John Abercrombie)

Hendrick Eichler :
(Creative Sources)

Wendy Eisenberg :
(Ba Da Bing!)

Espen Eriksen Trio:
End Of Summer
(Rune Grammofon)

Espen Eriksen Trio:
End Of Summer [VINYL]
(Rune Grammofon)

Reinhold Friedl :

Dave Gisler Trio (w / Bossard / Friedli) + Jaimie Branch:
Zurich Concert

Sarah Hennies:
Spectral Malsconcities
(New World Records)

Eyvind Kang:
Ajaeng Ajaeng [VINYL 2 LPs]
(Ideologic Organ)

Ingrid Laubrock :
Dreamt Twice, Twice Dreamt (Music For Chamber Orchestra And Small Ensemble) [2 CDs]

Joelle Leandre / Pascal Contet:
Area Sismica
(We Insist! Records)

Frank Lowe:
The Flam [VINYL]
(Black Saint Vinyl)

Pauli Lyytinen / Maciej Garbowski / Krzysztof Gradziuk:
Swords [2 CDs]
(Listen! Foundation (Fundacja Sluchaj!))

The All Is One [2 CDs]
(Rune Grammofon)

Orchestra Of The Upper Atmosphere:
Theta Five

The Owl feat. Pablo Held:
(Fundacja Sluchaj!)

Ernesto Rodrigues / Guilherme Rodrigues / Fred Marty / Carlos Santos:
Sur Nos Pas Dans La Clarte Du Jour
(Creative Sources)

Akio Suzuki:
Zeitstudie [VINYL w/ DOWNLOAD]

Marie Takahashi / Maria do Mar / Ernesto Rodrigues / Helena Espvall / Joao Valinho:
Queen Trot
(Creative Sources)

Horace Tapscott :
Songs Of The Unsung [VINYL]
(Survival Research)

Keith Tippett:
The Monk Watches The Eagle

Fay's Victor Soundnoisefunk:
We've Had Enough!

 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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