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Biota: Fragment For Balance Biota:
Fragment For Balance

(Recommended Records -- USA )

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From Mnemonist Orchestra to Biota, with 18 albums in total, the Colorado collective Biota presents its 11th album on ReR, taking 4 years to complete this genre-defying album of gorgeous abstraction through free improvisation and composition, absorbing styles and reflecting them in a filtered ray of melody & song using unusual instrumentation and arrangment; absolutely recommended

Ratkje, Maja S.K.: Sult Ratkje, Maja S.K.:
Sult

(Rune Grammofon -- Norway )

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Starting with a pipe organ, adding metal tubes, PVC tubes, a wind machine, guitar strings, a bass string, a resin thread, metal and glass percussion, and a bow, Maja SK Ratjke developed this unusual instrument for a live performance in Jo Stromgren's ballet "Sult" ("Hunger"), taking the instrument to the studio for this extraordinarily interesting album of keys and song.

Various Artists: An Anthology of Greek Experimental Electronic Music 1966-2016 [2 CDs] Various Artists:
An Anthology of Greek Experimental Electronic Music 1966-2016 [2 CDs]

(Sub Rosa -- Belgium )

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An anthology of contemporary Greek experimental composers focused primarily on works since the 1980s, attempting to map the breadth of approaches while delineating different understandings of what "Greek" or "experimental" may stand for, by means of zeroing in on the numerous, often overlapping, realities and micro-scenes that are associated with the former.

Lang, Klaus / Golden Fur : Beissel Lang, Klaus / Golden Fur :
Beissel

(Another Timbre -- UK )

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A collaboration between Austrian composer/organist Klaus Lang and the Golden Fur ensemble of Samuel Dunscombe on clarinet, Judith Hamann on cello & James Rushford on viola & harmonium, reworking a hymn from 18th century composer Johann Conrad Beissel, using an algorithmic system to reinterpret the piece through orchestration, dynamic movement, harmonic density & harmonicity.

Davies, Angharad / Rie Nakajima / Alice Purton: Dethick Davies, Angharad / Rie Nakajima / Alice Purton:
Dethick

(Another Timbre -- UK )

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Three free improvising women--Angharad Davies, Rie Nakajima, and Alice Purton--met in the church in the tiny hamlet of Dethick, near Matlock, Derbyshire, over the course of two days developing the ten pieces of this album using an impressive set of stringed and percussive instruments, objects, and mysterious sources to create these fascinating sonic evocations.

Eastman, Julius / Apartment House: Femenine Eastman, Julius / Apartment House:
Femenine

(Another Timbre -- UK )

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A live recording of Julius Eastman's 1974 work "Femenine" performed by Apartment House led by cellist Anton Lukoszevieze, with Simon Limbrick on vibraphone, Kerry Yong on piano, Mark Knoop on keyboard, Mira Benjamin on violin, and Gavin Morrison and Emma Williams on flute, an ecstatic and intricate work using a repeating figure contrasted with both asynchronous and complementing backgrounds.

Granberg, Magnus / Skogen: Nun, es wird nicht weit mehr gehn Granberg, Magnus / Skogen:
Nun, es wird nicht weit mehr gehn

(Another Timbre -- UK )

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Composer Magnus Granberg took influences from Schubert's song cycle "Die Winterreise", extracting tonal material, which he merged with rhythmic influences from medieval English folk music and a song by Dowland, merging them into a temporal framework for this large and subtle composition, executed by a setpet including Angharad Davies, Erik Carlsson, Henrik Olsson, d'incise, &c.

Toyozumi / Countryman / Montes: Blue Incarnation (Improvisations for Kulintang) Toyozumi / Countryman / Montes:
Blue Incarnation (Improvisations for Kulintang)

(ChapChap Records -- Philippines )

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Also known as "Improvisations for Kulintang", this live album of energetic and informed free jazz occurred between legendary Japanese percussionist Sabu Toyozumi and Philippine-based saxophonist Rick Countryman in Dec 2018, with featured guest Tusa Montes performing on prepared Kulintang percussion, a set of horizontally laid gongs that add tympanic melody.

Sugimoto, Taku / Minami Saeki: Songs [2 CDs] Sugimoto, Taku / Minami Saeki:
Songs [2 CDs]

(Ftarri -- Japan )

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Guitarist Taku Sugimoto and vocalist Minami Saeki developed the concept of this album--extremely short, simple songs performed slowly and quietly, with few sounds, using vocals and guitar only, alongside a few subtle guest, revealing a mysterious organization guiding their work--first released as a single CD in 2016, and now expanded in a 2-CD edition.

Common Objects (Davies / Butcher / Davies / Lapelyte / Patterson / Thomas): Skullmarks Common Objects (Davies / Butcher / Davies / Lapelyte / Patterson / Thomas):
Skullmarks

(Meena -- Japan )

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Distributing the group--John Butcher, Angharad Davies, Lina Lapelyte, Lee Patterson, Pat Thomas, and Rhodri Davies--inside the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford, Butcher chose 4 shamanic objects from the museum's ethnographic collection, evoking water, air, earth, spirit, ritual and utility, used as a score orchestrating varying combinations of players; intense and profound improvisation.

Saeki, Minami / Wakana Ikeda / Yoko Ikeda / Taku Sugimoto / Stefan Thut / Manfred Werder: Sextet Saeki, Minami / Wakana Ikeda / Yoko Ikeda / Taku Sugimoto / Stefan Thut / Manfred Werder:
Sextet

(Meena -- Japan )

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While touring Europe in the autumn of 2017, Minami Saeki (voice), Wakana Ikeda (flute), Yoko Ikeda (viola), and Taku Sugimoto (guitar) visited Switzerland and met up with Swiss musicians Stefan Thut (cello) and Manfred Werder (glockenspiel & typewriter), recording these five minimal improvisations in a recording session at the concert venue Theater Delly.

Nakamura, Toshimaru / Ken Ikeda / Tomoyoshi Date: Ink on Paper Nakamura, Toshimaru / Ken Ikeda / Tomoyoshi Date:
Ink on Paper

(Meena -- Japan )

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The second recorded collaboration of Japanese no-input mixing board player Toshimaru Nakamura with London-based electronic artist Ken Ikeda and Japanese sound artist Tomoyoshi Date, a large, rich and detailed work of slowly evolving sonic environments, showing masterful control in developing sumptuous sound and then subtly deflecting it with unusual excursions.

Morishige, Yasumune / Yoko Ikeda / Takashi Masubuchi: Shade Morishige, Yasumune / Yoko Ikeda / Takashi Masubuchi:
Shade

(Meena -- Japan )

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A live recording of a concert at Ftarri in 2018, performed by Yasumune Morishige (cello), Yoko Ikeda (viola), and Takashi Masubuchi (guitar), three improvisers active mainly in Tokyo, in an entrancing confluence of strings building from delicate weaving of languorous tones with pizzicato interventions to an assertive second section, that then furtively dissolves; spellbinding.

Mitchell, Roscoe Orchestra: Littlefield Concert Hall Mills College Mitchell, Roscoe Orchestra:
Littlefield Concert Hall Mills College

(Wide Hive -- USA )

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Roscoe Mitchell 25 Piece Orchestra returns with an outstanding follow-up to his 2017 release "Discussions", recorded in concert at the Littlefield Auditorium in Mills College, reworking earlier pieces that take advantages of Mitchell's systems designed to articulate and capitalize on the tensions between composition and improvisation; an impressive achievement.

Dunmall, Paul Sun Ship Quartet (Skidmore / Kjaer / Solberg / Wastell): John Coltrane 50Th Memorial C Dunmall, Paul Sun Ship Quartet (Skidmore / Kjaer / Solberg / Wastell):
John Coltrane 50Th Memorial Concert At Cafe Oto [2 CDs]

(Confront -- UK )

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A stellar line-up commemorateing the 50th anniversary of John Coltrane's passing, showcasing Paul Dunmall's blistering Coltrane-influenced quartet together with special guest, lifelong Coltrane devotee saxophonist Alan Skidmore, and also marking the premiere performance of the newly formed international trio of Julie Kjaer (DK), Mark Wastell (GB) and Stale Liavik Solberg (NOR).

Ercetin, Turgut (Ensemble Mosaik, Ensemble Apparat, Ensemble Adapter, Sonar Quartett): Panopticon Sp Ercetin, Turgut (Ensemble Mosaik, Ensemble Apparat, Ensemble Adapter, Sonar Quartett):
Panopticon Specularities

(Edition Rz -- Austria )

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Istanbul composer Turgut Ercetin (Daad artists-in-Berlin 2016 award winner) completed his doctorate studies at Stanford University, developing works engaged with issues of sound as sonic entities dealing with time and space, here in a string quartet performed by Arditti Quartet, and a work for voice and live electronics performed by Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgar.

Pateras, Anthony: Collected Works Vol. II (2005-2018) Pateras, Anthony:
Collected Works Vol. II (2005-2018)

(Immediata -- Australia )

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The second volume in composer and audio explorer Anthony Pateras' "Collected Works" series, a sturdy 5 CD box set assembling 26 collaborations and solo works that bridge experimental and contemporary compositional work investigating electro-acoustic orchestration, temporal hallucination and sound phenomena, a remarkably diverse and fascinating collection.

Ullmann, Jakob : Femde Zeit Addendum 5 Ullmann, Jakob :
Femde Zeit Addendum 5

(Edition Rz -- Austria )

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Jakob Ullman's 5th solo work for piano is atypical for a piano performance, using electronic playback and requiring three assistants sustaining a soundscape to realize a concept of "gravity" that Ullman applies as laws in a conceptual soundscape modified by a series of abstract images, resulting in unexpected sonic environments, tones, timbres and momentum.

Erdmann, Daniel / Samuel Rohrer / Vincent Courtois / Frank Mobus: Ten Songs About Real Utopia Erdmann, Daniel / Samuel Rohrer / Vincent Courtois / Frank Mobus:
Ten Songs About Real Utopia

(Arjunamusic -- Germany )

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The 3rd album from the quartet of saxophonist Daniel Erdmann, drummer Samuel Rohrer, guitarist Frank Mobus and cellist Vincent Courtois, 10 "songs" that uses lyrical settings as a basis for avant soloing in compositions that find adept union points that yield to turbulence, billowing clouds that yield thunderous moments then clear to sophisticated tranquility.

Franco, Mario / Samuel Rohrer / Joao Paulo Esteves da Silva: Brightbird Franco, Mario / Samuel Rohrer / Joao Paulo Esteves da Silva:
Brightbird

(Arjunamusic -- Germany )

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A lyrical piano trio album from Swiss drummer Samuel Rohrer and two Portuguese musicians, pianist Joao Paulo Esteves da Silva and bassist Mario Franco, recording in France for 13 sophisticated pieces of melodic compositions used as a jumping off point for nuanced improvisation and exploration, all three revealing beauty in embraceable motifs and luminous song.

Gesing, Klaus / Bjorn Meyer / Samuel Rohrer : Amiira Gesing, Klaus / Bjorn Meyer / Samuel Rohrer :
Amiira

(Arjunamusic -- Germany )

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The second album from German saxophonist and clarinetist Klaus Gesing, Swedish bassist Bjorn Meyer, and Swiss drummer Samuel Rohrer, co-composing the rich atmospheres of timbre, textured percussion and propulsive beats, landscapes over which their playing intertwines in lyrical progressions, very much in an ECM vein of rich subtlety and imaginative playing.

Guthrie, Anne / Seymour Wright: Chelsea Bridge Guthrie, Anne / Seymour Wright:
Chelsea Bridge

(Wind Measure Recordings -- USA )

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Bringing field recordings from New York and London, French Horn player Anne Guthrie and alto saxophone player Seymour Wright focus on London's Chelsea Bridge, also referencing the standard by Billy Strayhorn, as the two collaborators assemble a curiously fascinating narrative from location recordings and recordings of their extended and unique instrumental techniques.

Kraabel, Caroline : Last1 And Last2 Kraabel, Caroline :
Last1 And Last2

(Emanem -- UK )

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LAST is part of a series by Caroline Kraabel (LIO, Remote Viewers) mixing live improvisation with pre-recorded material provided by Robert Wyatt for this purpose, performed live at Cafe OTO in two versions: first where the 15-piece ensemble has not yet heard the Wyatt interventions, and second where they were familiar with and use his voice to structure what they play.

Kubisch, Christina : Schall und Klang Kubisch, Christina :
Schall und Klang

(Fragment Factory -- Germany )

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Hermann Scherchen (1891-1966) was a conductor & champion of 20th-century composers; in 1954 he established an electroacoustic experimental studio, with guests including Iannis Xenakis, Luc Ferrari, Edgar Varese and Luigi Nono; here Christina Kubisch provides a remarkable portrait of Scherchen in sound, merging his recordings, recited texts, and recordings from her own research.

Owen, Ben : Turning Owen, Ben :
Turning

(Wind Measure Recordings -- USA )

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Using a reel to reel deck, a mixer, electronics, and extraneous room sound, Brooklyn-based Ben Owens creates an album of contrasting drones and spaces, harmonically rich or pure tones contrasting with slowly drawn tape and abstract environmental sound, bringing enigmatic moments amidst drifting hiss and subliminal resonance; mysterious and intriguing.

Stellari String Quartet (Wachsmann / Hug / Mattos / Edwards): Vulcan Stellari String Quartet (Wachsmann / Hug / Mattos / Edwards):
Vulcan

(Emanem -- UK )

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The brilliant free improvising group Stellari String Quartet came together more than ten years ago, with members from Brazil, England, Swizerland and Uganda, here in only their 2nd release, using improvisational processes in the 11 pieces of of their live album recorded at St. Mary's Church Stoke Newington and Iklectic Art Lab London 2018.

Surplus 1980 Collectiv Ensembl With G.W. Sok : Forget All This Surplus 1980 Collectiv Ensembl With G.W. Sok :
Forget All This

(Music a la Coque -- Italy )

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Surplus 1980 Collectiv Ensembl takes the current members of drummer Moe! Staiano's Surplus 1980 along with associated musicians, including Kyle Bruckmann, John Shiurba, Vicky Grossi, Paul Costuros, &c, with vocals from Dutch vocalist G.W. Sok (The Ex), in an album of avant post-punk rock, sophisticated but determined and pointed music, an unusual hybrid of impressive styles.

Ackley, Bruce / Fred Frith / Henry Kaiser / Aram Shelton: Unexpected Twins Ackley, Bruce / Fred Frith / Henry Kaiser / Aram Shelton:
Unexpected Twins

(Relative Pitch -- USA )

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Born out of Eugene Chadbourne's Twins band concepts from the 70s, which included over time saxophonist Bruce Ackley, and guitarists Henry Kaiser, and Fred Frith; fast forward to 2018 as Ackley & Frith return to the concept with Henry Kaiser and saxophonist Aram Shelton to revisit the original approach through pieces by those artists plus Steve Lacy, Eugene Chadbourne, and John Zorn.

Gregorio, Guillermo / Brandon Lopez: 12 Episodes Gregorio, Guillermo / Brandon Lopez:
12 Episodes

(Relative Pitch -- USA )

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Reid, Tomeka / Filippo Monaco: The Mouser Reid, Tomeka / Filippo Monaco:
The Mouser

(Relative Pitch -- USA )

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Tomeka Reid is a Chicago based cellist, composer and free improviser, versed in classical and jazz contexts, here in a duo with Italian drummer Filippo Monaco recording in his studio in Milano, a lively conversation of extended acoustic improvisation using diverse techniques and approaches with an arsenal of percussive instruments; impressive and engaging.

Pavone, Jessica: In The Action Pavone, Jessica:
In The Action

(Relative Pitch -- USA )

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Four distinct pieces for solo viola and effects from NY composer/improviser Jessica Pavone, each piece using electronic elements to blur wave motions interacting with minimalist motifs, merging folk elements with avant elements, using extended bowing techniques to blend unlikely matches of acoustics and electronics in unconventional and appealing performance.

Chadbourne, Eugene / Henry Kaiser: Wind Crystals: Guitar Duets By Wadada Leo Smith Chadbourne, Eugene / Henry Kaiser:
Wind Crystals: Guitar Duets By Wadada Leo Smith

(Relative Pitch -- USA )

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Long-time collaborators, guitarists Henry Kaiser and Eugene Chadbourne perform the compositions of trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith, starting with their recording from 1977 of his "Wind Crystals", then improvising over 5 other Smith compositions, ending the album with an updated, 2017 version of "Wind Crystals"; an excellent refresh and retrospective from two incredible improvisers.

Flaherty, Paul : Focused & Bewildered Flaherty, Paul :
Focused & Bewildered

(Relative Pitch -- USA )

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Baczkowski / Lopez / Corsano: Old Smoke Baczkowski / Lopez / Corsano:
Old Smoke

(Relative Pitch -- USA )

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Abdelnour, Christine / Chris Corsano: Quand Fond La Neige, Où Va Le Blanc ? Abdelnour, Christine / Chris Corsano:
Quand Fond La Neige, Où Va Le Blanc ?

(Relative Pitch -- USA )

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Through extended approaches to their instruments, Lebanese saxophonist Christine Abdelnour and NY drummer and slide clarinetist Chris Corsano create anomalous and unorthodox sound environments, Abdelnour making acoustics sound electronic through growls, smears and odd harmonics, while Corsano abuses an impressive palette of sound from every inch of his drums.

Schindler, Udo / Jaap Blonk: Hillside Talks Schindler, Udo / Jaap Blonk:
Hillside Talks

(Relative Pitch -- USA )

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Performing in Krailling-Munich at Udo Schindler's Salon fur Klang+Kunst in 2018, Netherland free improvising, brilliantly mad vocalist Jaap Blonk joins the reed master for ten acoustic improvisations with Schindler on a variety of reeds and brass instruments, the dialog authoritatively informed, masterful, slightly deranged, and continuously captivating.

Frith, Fred : All Is Always Now (Live at the Stone) [3 CDs] Frith, Fred :
All Is Always Now (Live at the Stone) [3 CDs]

(Intakt -- Switzerland )

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Guitarist Fred Frith performed 80 concerts at NY's The Stone between 2006-2016, in diverse configurations of duos, trios, quartets and large ensembles with some of the planet's finest improvisers, of which 23 recordings, titled from NY Times headlines of each concert's day, are presented in this essential 3-CD package, which includes a 24 page booklet detailing the collection.

Niescier, Angelika (w/ Christopher Tordini / Gerald Cleaver feat Jonathan Finlayson): New York Trio Niescier, Angelika (w/ Christopher Tordini / Gerald Cleaver feat Jonathan Finlayson):
New York Trio

(Intakt -- Switzerland )

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After last year's release of "The Berline Concert", Cologne-based saxophonist Angelika Niescier returns to New York to record in the studio with the quartet of bassist Christopher Tordini, with whom she's recorded before, plus trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson and drummer Gerald Cleaver, the excitement of their playing unmistakable in 8 Niescier compositions.

Theiler, Yves Trio (w/ Luca Sisera / Lukas Mantel): WE Theiler, Yves Trio (w/ Luca Sisera / Lukas Mantel):
WE

(Intakt -- Switzerland )

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Swiss pianist and composer Yves Theiler's Trio with bassist Luca Sisear and Lukas Mantel in a lyrical and upbeat album of contemporary jazz, balancing free playing with optimistic melodic arrangements leaving himself and his players plenty of room for expression, their association since 2012 bringing a nearly telepathic rapport in their enthusiastic interaction.

Cheval Gris: Candor Cloak Cheval Gris:
Candor Cloak

(Bad Architect Records -- USA )

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Combining the work of 18 artists chosen to interpret a series of sacred rites that took place deep within the woods by an elite shaman of an Amazon tribe, including Squidco's own Carl Kruger & phil zampino, Cheval Gris (Ryan Lewis) weaves an incredible story in sound, a virtual soundtrack of rich aural environments, concrete elements, and ritualistic sound.

IQ+1: Conversaphone Plus IQ+1:
Conversaphone Plus

(Mappa -- Slovokia )

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"Mappa editions presents IQ+1's third album, titled Conversaphone Plus, as the result of several seances recorded at the end of 2017. Every submersion in its depths is an unrepeatable experience. The organic sonic material is cons...

Ganfield, Ken x Kurt Liedwart x Petr Vrba: Something Wrong There Ganfield, Ken x Kurt Liedwart x Petr Vrba:
Something Wrong There

(Mikroton Recordings -- Russia )

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"The science fiction yearning for utopia sometimes falls into dystopian space. Kurt Liedwart with Ken Ganfield and Petr Vrba tried to follow the impulse of getting to the ideal world but their most powerful and fearful predictions and p...

Wabi Experience : Wabi Experience Wabi Experience :
Wabi Experience

(Mikroton Recordings -- Russia )

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"The story of the making of the album was complicated, almost mythological. Instead of retelling the original story we give a word to Federsel, the initiator of the project: It all began in 2002, or it might have been also in 2001, I do...

Ruhl, Joris: Toile, Etoiles Ruhl, Joris:
Toile, Etoiles

(Umlaut Records -- France )

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"Throughout the long written piece and the four short improvisations that make up this record, clarinetist Joris Ruhl undertakes a meticulous and living sonic research, both precise and disorderly. By pushing instrumental technique into...

Buck, Tony / Massimo Pupillo: Unseen Buck, Tony / Massimo Pupillo:
Unseen

(Trost Records -- Austria )

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Italian composer and bass-player Massimo Pupillo (ZU) and Australian drummer Tony Buck (The Necks) collaborate in a beautifully haunting, absorbing ambient set, taking in electronic abstraction and free improvisation, released in two distinct editions--"Time Being" on vinyl LP and "Unseen" on compact disc, each with two different improvisations.

GGRIL [feat John Butcher / Isaiah Ceccarelli / Xavier Charles]: Facon [2 CDs] GGRIL [feat John Butcher / Isaiah Ceccarelli / Xavier Charles]:
Facon [2 CDs]

(Circum-Disc -- France )

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"GGRIL is a large group of improvisers from a small town in eastern Quebec who bring together a colorful and electric instrumentation, a playful and raw dive into liberated territory. GGRIL has been active since 2007 and, in addition to...

Pateras / Baxter / Brown: Bern.Melbourne.Milan Pateras / Baxter / Brown:
Bern.Melbourne.Milan

(Immediata -- Australia )

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Since 2002 specializing in improvisation using prepared acoustic instruments, the Australian trio of Sean Baxter on drums, David Brown on prepared guitar, and Anthony Pateras on prepared piano release a double CD of archival and live recordings, including their first rehearsal in Princes Hill and their last recorded European concert in Milan; exceptional!

Burr, Anthony / Charles Curtis: Chamber Music: Alvin Lucier & Morton Feldman Burr, Anthony / Charles Curtis:
Chamber Music: Alvin Lucier & Morton Feldman

(Important Records -- USA )

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NY clarinetists Anthony Burr and Charles Curtis present curated compositions from Alvin Lucier and 3 from Morton Feldman, performed by a trans-Atlantic group of performers including Burr & Curtis, Michiko Ogawa (clarinet), Nicolee Kuester (horn), Turkish pianist Ozgur Aydin, and Robin Hayward (tuba); 2 of the Lucier pieces are presented for the first time.

Lucier, Alvin: Orpheus Variations Lucier, Alvin:
Orpheus Variations

(Important Records -- USA )

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A new composition by Alvin Lucier for solo cello and seven wind instruments, primarily brass and flute, performed by the NY-based S.E.M. Ensemble, with many performers also associated with the Downtown NY scene (John Zorn, Nate Wooley)l "Orpheus Variations" is a mininal work focused on sonority as a waveform produced by physical effect, that merges and interferes in its motion.

Banabila, Michel : Uprooted Banabila, Michel :
Uprooted

(Tapu Record -- Netherlands )

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Composer Michel Banabila invited seven musicians to improvise individually, taking recordings from those sessions to create this beautifully structured set of electronic compositions, merging eBow, samplers, synth, guitar and electronics with cello, bass clarinet, viola, violin and double bass in works that display tranquility but hide deep tension below.

Orins, Peter : Happened By Accident Orins, Peter :
Happened By Accident

(Tour de Bras -- Canada )

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Umlaut Big Band: Plays Don Redman: The King Of Bungle Bar Umlaut Big Band:
Plays Don Redman: The King Of Bungle Bar

(Umlaut Records -- France )

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"There is history, creation and celebration in the live album of the Umlaut Big Band: a lively, subjective musical biography of Don Redman, the American multi-instrumentalist and grand master of orchestration for big bands from the 20s ...

Denzler / Grip / Johansson: Zyklus 1 [2 CDs] Denzler / Grip / Johansson:
Zyklus 1 [2 CDs]

(Umlaut Records / SJ -- Germany )

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""Zyklus 1" is the third album derived from the concentrated and productive work of the trio Denzler Grip Johansson (also known as Neukollner Modelle), exploring new ways of interplay within a classic jazztrio setting. Through clear ide...

Hooker, William: Cycle Of Restoration Hooker, William:
Cycle Of Restoration

(FPE Records -- USA )

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Including musicians involved with the Canterbury scene (Sophia Domancich), Magma (Simon Goubert) and Henry Cow's own John Greaves narrating, French flutist Michel Edelin's Quintet takes on the music of Rock in Opposition legendary band Henry Cow, ten inventive "echoes" of their music as it has transformed performers and listeners over time; exceptional.

Musicworks: #133 Spring 2019 [MAGAZINE + CD] Musicworks:
#133 Spring 2019 [MAGAZINE + CD]

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Spring 2019 issue of Canada's premier new music magazine, with articles on Montreal's Dominique Fils-Aime; Composer Linda Catlin Smith; Strasbourg-based Canadian composer and heckelphonist Samuel Andreyev; Camae Ayewa and Carmel Farabakhsh; plus a 10-track various artists CD with tracks from the above, including a work by Wadada Leo Smith, &c. &c.

Giuffre, Jimmy 3 (w / Bley / Swallow): Graz Live 1961 Giuffre, Jimmy 3 (w / Bley / Swallow):
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After introducing his new trio with pianist Paul Bley and double bassist Steve Swallow in two 1961 albums on Verve, clarinetist Jimmy Giuffre embarked on a tour of Europe, this recently discovered, well-recorded concert in Graf, Austria the perfect example of his unique concepts yielding intensely focused, harmonically challenging, rhythmically abstract, and exquisite chamber jazz.

Hendriksen, Alex / Fabian Gisler: The Song Is You Hendriksen, Alex / Fabian Gisler:
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Drawing on material from Billy Strayhorn, Thelonious Monk, Michel Legrand, Harry Warren, and Victor Young, the lyrical duo of saxophonist Alex Hendriksen (Swiss Jazz Orchestra) and double bassist Fabian Gisler (Jurg Wickihalder European Quartet) cite the art form of storytelling as central to their music as they reflect thoughtfully on the American Songbook.

Kleeb, Hildegard / Roland Dahinden / Alexandre Babel: Lines Kleeb, Hildegard / Roland Dahinden / Alexandre Babel:
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The long-running duo since 1987 of spouses, pianist Hildegard Kleeb and trombonist Roland Dahinden, are joined by Swiss-born/ Berlin-based percussionist & vibraphonist Alexandre Babel for an album of interweaving and contrasting instrumental lines, blurring the boundaries between contemporary music and improvisation through exceptional mastery and dialog.

Koglmann, Franz Septet (w / Clark / Arcari / D'Agaro / Turkovic / Pasztor / Herbert): Fruits Of Soli Koglmann, Franz Septet (w / Clark / Arcari / D'Agaro / Turkovic / Pasztor / Herbert):
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With an exceptional septet of improvisers versed in contemporary music, trumpeter Franz Koglmann presents sophisticated compositions that interject the concept of "solitude" in the three-part title track, alongside Koglmann compositions and Jimmy Giuffre's "Finger Snapper", through the striking orchestration of trumpet, sax, clarinet, bassoon, oboe, french horn, cello and double bass.



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