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SQUIDCO Email Update September 9, 2022

     Squidco & The Squid's Ear
September 9, 2022

"Every something is an echo of nothing."
—John Cage

   Creative Artists

• Michel Banabila
• Maya Bennardo/Erik Blennow Calaly/Kristofer Svensson
• John Cage/Apartment House
• Amidea Clotet
• Richard Comte
• Michael Foster
• Jaki Green Shelton
• Max Johnson
• Konstrukt & Peter Brotzmann
• Giovanni Lami/Giovanni di Domenico
• John Lely/Apartment House
• Massimo Magee
• Francisco Mela/Zoh Amba
• Hedvig Mollestad Trio
• Kory Reeder /Apartment House
• Brianna Tong/Johanna Brock/Andrew Scott Young/Ishmael Ali
• Brodie West Quintet
• Kelsey Wilson
• Windemo & Strid/Warnheim & Ingves

Squid Bubbles  Essential Labels

577 Records
Another Timbre
Astral Spirits
FRIM Records
Marthasville Fine Audio Recordings

Relative Pitch
Rune Grammofon
Soul City Sounds
Tapu Records
thanatosis produktion
Tsss Tapes
Unbroken Sounds


   Jazz & Improvisation

Clotet, Amidea: Trasluz
(Relative Pitch)

Sorollets i catxarros—noises and rattles—from Barcelona electric guitarist and free improviser Amidea Clotet, who explores unusual possibilites from the instrument through textural approaches and amplification, evoking unusual soundscapes of inexplicable sound from the body, hardware and strings of the guitar, in seven unusual and fascinating expositions.
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Foster, Michael: The Industrious Tongue
(Relative Pitch)

It's not just the tongue that drives these compellingly irascible and unexpected sounds from the saxophone, augmented at times by samples and oscillators, as NY saxophonist Michael Foster applies technique beyond extended to a tenor and soprano saxophone, in two multi-part works of solo utterance: "Libidinal Fragments" in seven parts, and "Celluloid Nightmares" in two.
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Johnson, Max: Hermit Music
(Unbroken Sounds)

An extraordinary set of solo double bass improvisations captured in the warm Booklyn Conveyor Recording Studio, Johnson showing his strength with his fingers on the large strings or a bow in his hand, in five turbulent and superb solos under reflection of personal struggles and the strain of pandemic, bringing a new sense of self and determination to his playing.
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Konstrukt & Peter Brotzmann: Dolunay [VINYL 2 LPs + DOWNLOAD]

A reissue of the 2008 double LP, part of the continuing collaborations between great improvisers from around the globe with the Turkish Konstrukt quartet of Korhan Argüden on drums, Özün Usta on percussion, Umut Çağlar on guitar and Korhan Futacı on tenor & baritone saxophone, here joining with European Free Jazz legend Peter Brötzmann on alto & tenor saxophones and clarinet for this formidable studio recording from Istanbul.
Squidco Pick

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Magee, Massimo: Toneflower [VINYL]
(577 Records)

A solo sax album of patterns and intersections from London writer, artist & musician Massimo Magee, influenced by a wealth of sources from Braxton to Stockhausen, each of the five parts of Toneflower affected through mic placement as Magee builds to wild expressiveness, transforming round tones into stratospheric pitches, using circular breathing for extended expressiveness; stunning!
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Mela, Francisco / Zoh Amba: Causa y Efecto Vol. 1
(577 Records)

The first volume of powerful free playing and intimate conversation bringing together two New York-based improvisers, Cuban native drummer/percussionist Francisco Mela and Tennessee native reed & wind player Zoh Amba, both sharing a mountain region upbringing that brings a uniquely reflective quality to their playing, fortified by the exploratory NY improv scene.
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Mela, Francisco / Zoh Amba: Causa y Efecto Vol. 1 [VINYL]
(577 Records)

Vinyl edition of the CD listed above.
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Tong, Brianna / Johanna Brock / Andrew Scott Young / Ishmael Ali: Akjai

Part of the Chi Away project bringing together new collaborations of Chicago improvisers, Akjai is the unique experimental chamber jazz quartet of Brianna Tong on vocals, Johanna Brock on voice & violin, Ishmael Ali on cello and Andrew Scott Young on double bass, blurring 20th century classical music, art song and free jazz with texts by Brianna Tong, Octavia Butler, and RA Washington.
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West, Brodie Quintet: Meadow of Dreams [VINYL]
(Astral Spirits)

The third release from the Toronto-based Brodie West Quintet of Evan Cartwright on drums, vibraphone & guitar, Josh Cole on bass, Nick Fraser on drums, Tania Gill on piano and Brodie West on alto saxophone, performing Brodie's uniquely inclusive and sometimes atypically metered compositions, leading to fascinating solo and group interplay from reflection to fire.
Squidco Pick

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Windemo & Strid / Warnheim & Ingves: Split Series Vol. 1
(FRIM Records)

Two very different but openly creative improvising duos on a split CD, initiating the Swedish label and concert organizer FRIMS's split recording series: first 4 improvisations from legendary free improvisers Raymond Strid on drums & percussion and guitarist Mattias Windemo; then an extended dialog from new generation players Marcus Warnheim on alto saxophone and Karin Ivgves on piano.
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Banabila, Michel: Singles (2020 - 2022) [CD + DOWNLOAD]
(Tapu Records)

The ever-prolific Dutch sound artist Michel Banabila collects 11 singles, working solo and in collaborations featuring Alex Haas, Bill Laswell, Cengiz Arslanpay, Jeff Greinke, Ümlaut, Salar Asid, Robert jarvis, Maarten Vos, and Gareth Davis, demonstrating Banabila's diverse and sophisticated approaches to sound work, and his versatility in a variety of settings.
Squidco Pick

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Comte, Richard: Travel Patterns [CD EP]

An album of languorous guitar motifs, slowly unfolding in a mesmerizing haze intended to accompany a traveller as landscapes pass, contemplative daydream listening as a mesmeric addition to one's environment in momentum, presented in four "Patterns" that allow the rich tones and harmonics of French electric guitarist Richard Comte to ring out a rich journey.
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Green, Jaki Shelton : The River Speaks of Thirst
(Soul City Sounds)

A collection of poems written by and read by ninth Poet Laureate of North Carolina and the first African American and third woman to hold the title--Jaki Shelton Green–-presenting 11 texts with experimental sound work arranged by Shirlette Ammons, a fascinating set of observations and an insightful selection of "political statement, cultural commentary, and an aesthetic milestone".
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Lami, Giovanni / Giovanni di Domenico: Retrogress [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]
(Tsss Tapes)

Four recordings from the collaboration of Italian sound artists Giovanni Di Domenico and Giovanni Lami, two prolific experimenters using real time manipulation of sounds that include piano, electronics and subliminal pulses, creating haunting cycles of muted progressions enveloped in harmonic environments, both tranquil and energetically compelling.
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Wilson, Kelsey: Secular Music [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]
(Marthasville Fine Audio Recordings)

An album of sonic environments reflecting on religion in the Southeast from Atlanta, GA drummer and sound artist Kelsey Wilson, using organ, tapes and field recordings to create dark and brooding meditations intended for loud playback, five opaquely layered constructions of ambience and drone, crackling tape loops, low-tones synths and disembodied voices.
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Mollestad, Hedvig Trio: Smells Funny [CLEAR VINYL]
(Rune Grammofon)

The sixth album from guitarist Hedvig Mollestad Thomassen's scorching Norwegian instrumental rock trio, having built a strong following through their impressive approach to rock, schooled from both early hard/progressive band but also driving fusion bands, with a penetrating edge in authoritative soloing and intense rhythmic interplay.
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Bennardo, Maya / Erik Blennow Calaly / Kristofer Svensson: Two Skies
(thanatosis produktion)

The first recording of an ongoing collaboration between violinist Maya Bennardo, bass clarinetist Erik Blennow Calälv, and kacapi (similar to a Japanese koto) musician Kristofer Svensson, presenting two restrained and lovely compositions bringing together contemporary classical, free improvisation and Sundanese music in a unique chamber format.
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Cage, John / Apartment House: Hymnkus / Thoreau Drawings / Two
(Another Timbre)

The UK avant ensemble Apartment House performs three of John Cage's later works: Two (1987), a number piece using randomly-determined time brackets specifying pitch & dynamic; Hymnkus for up to 14 instrumental parts each of 17 elements blending the concepts of a hymn and a haiku; and Thoreau Drawings, the score twenty unnumbered pages on which Cage drew shapes onto a grid of six systems, each divided into 5+7+5 parts, following the form of a haiku.
Squidco Pick

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Lely, John / Apartment House: Meander Selection
(Another Timbre)

A diverse set of compositions by London composer, performer and improviser John Lely performed by the UK ensemble Apartment House, demonstrating the spectrum of Lely's work across string quartets, solo piano works, a solo electronic piece, and a work for violin, two violas & cello; works of cohesive direction across a variety of approaches and interests.
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Reeder, Kory / Apartment House: Codex Vivere
(Another Timbre)

A beautifully unfolding story in connected works forming a codex from Texas composer and Wandelweiser artist Kory Reeder, a long form work performed by the UK Apartment House Ensemble in a septet of strings, winds and piano, each section creating a loose narrative ark through several notational strategies envisioned with characters, scenes, diversions, and digressions.
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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.

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 Stay Current With Squidco

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

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Michel Banabila :
More Research From The Same Dept. [ [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]
(Tapu Records)

Michel Banabila :
Winter Sketches Mixtape [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]
(Tapu Records)

Samuel Blaser:
7th Heaven
(Between The Lines)

Samuel Blaser:
Solo Bone
(Slam Productions)

Samuel Blaser / Consort In Motion:
A Mirror To Machaut

Samuel Blaser / Marc Ducret :
(Jazzdor Series)

Allison Cameron / Apartment House:
Somatic Refrain
(Another Timbre)

Richard Comte:
Endless Tapes [CASSETTE]

Gareth Davis / Machinefabriek:
Standards (of Sorts)
(Sublime Retreat)

Jaki Green Shelton:
I Want to Undie You [CD EP]
(Soul City Sounds)

Sage Harlow J :
Variations Without A Theme (Drones Ongs)
(Edition Wandelweiser Records)

Susie Ibarra / Tashi Dorji:
Master of Time [VINYL]
(Astral Spirits)

Keefe Jackson / Oscar Jan Hoogland / Joshua Abrams / Mikel Patrick Avery:
These Things Happen [VINYL]
(Astral Spirits)

Made in China (Michael Blake / Samuel Blaser / Michael Sarin):
(For Tune)

Rudi Mahall / Michael Griener:
Jazzpreis [VINYL]
(Astral Spirits)

Aonghus McEvoy :
Under & Cracked [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]
(Astral Spirits)

Rie Nakajima / Takahiro Kawaguchi:
(Tsss Tapes)

Nomad Trio (feat Gordon Grdina / Matt Mitchell / Jim Black):
Boiling Point
(Astral Spirits)

Tim Parkinson / Apartment House:
An Album
(Another Timbre)

David Ryan (Crosby / Innocenti / Lash):
Fields And Refrains
(Aural Terrains)

Seabrook / Cleaver / Cooper-Moore:
In The Swarm [VINYL]
(Astral Spirits)

Tragic Assembly:
Blood Drains And Memories
(Soul City Sounds)

Various Artists:
Free Percussion/Water [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]
(Tsss Tapes)

Devin Waldman Brahja / Hamid Drake:
Mediumistic Methodology [CASSETTE]
(Astral Spirits)

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