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Solo Artist Recordings


 
Falaise, Bernard : Lezardes et zebrures Falaise, Bernard :
Lezardes et zebrures

(Ambiances Magnetiques -- Canada )

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A wonderfully inventive and enjoyable solo guitar album from Montreal guitarist Bernard Falaise, a member of Miriodor, Klaxon Gueule, les Projectionnistes, Diesel and other groups, here mostly focused on acoustic guitar with open turning fed into effects pedals, alongside pieces for electric guitar, glockenspiel and melodica; magnifique!

Mochizuki, Harutaka : Through The Glass Mochizuki, Harutaka :
Through The Glass

(Armageddon Nova -- Japan )

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Multi-instrumentalist improviser Harutaka Mochizuki releases this solo album performing on saxophone, performing two extended improvisations that explore the instrument as a whole, producing unusual sounds from the physical and mechanical aspects of the horn alongside more traditional playing, using an expanded range of dynamics to build tension and interest.

Oyauchi, Aishi : Hidden Though It Is Difficult Oyauchi, Aishi :
Hidden Though It Is Difficult

(Armageddon Nova -- Japan )

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Aishi Oyauchi is a free improvising alto saxophonist in the tradition of Kaoru Abe and who hails from the same first generation of Japanese free improvisers from the 1960s; this album finds him performing on alto and soprano sax at Performing Art Center, using space and abrupt diversions alongside unusual tone and technique with percussive asides.

Chrysakis, Thanos: Equinox Chrysakis, Thanos:
Equinox

(Aural Terrains -- Greece/UK )

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A remarkable album of electronic composition from sound experimenter and improviser Thanos Chrysakis, ten stunning compositions that explore a diverse set of tones across a broad spectrum of rich deep timbre and beautiful high frequency ringing, bell-tones at times taking the focus, at others providing a rotating basis for ethereal experiments; sophisticated and engaging!

Kobi, Christian (solo and with Taku Sugimoto / Yoko Ikeda / Wakana Ikeda: Atta! [VINYL] Kobi, Christian (solo and with Taku Sugimoto / Yoko Ikeda / Wakana Ikeda:
Atta! [VINYL]

(Monotype -- Poland )

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Four solo saxophone improvisations, two on tenor and two on soprano, using remarkable technique and concentration from Swiss improviser Christian Kobi performing live in Tokyo and Osaka in 2017, plus a live quartet improvisation with flutist Wakana Ikeda, violinist Yoko Ikeda, and guitarist Taku Sugimoto for an open-approached performance of detailed, minimal improv.

Lauzier, Phillippe: A Pond in My Living Room Lauzier, Phillippe:
A Pond in My Living Room

(Sofa -- Norway )

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Using layers of bass clarinet in microtonal harmonies and micropolyphonies, Montreal bass clarinetist Philipe Lauzier (Sainct Laurens, Quartetski, Toiture and Not the Music) creates a mesmerizing set of textural and tonal environments, rich and slowly unfolding pieces that hold interest in the intersections of saturated timbre, tone and unforeseen harmony.

Lauzier, Phillippe: A Pond in My Living Room [VINYL] Lauzier, Phillippe:
A Pond in My Living Room [VINYL]

(Sofa -- Norway )

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Using layers of bass clarinet in microtonal harmonies and micropolyphonies, Montreal bass clarinetist Philipe Lauzier (Sainct Laurens, Quartetski, Toiture and Not the Music) creates a mesmerizing set of textural and tonal environments, rich and slowly unfolding pieces that hold interest in the intersections of saturated timbre, tone and unforeseen harmony.

CHANGES TO blind: evolvensume CHANGES TO blind:
evolvensume

(Squidco Records -- USA )

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Collecting works from 2010-2017, Squidco's own Phil Zampino presents 10 tracks of electroacoustic composition sourced from studio work, live improvisation, field recordings, plunderphonics, and other indescribable approaches, a diverse set of recordings sharing a similar foreboding aesthetic and curious sonic desire.

Cora, Tom: Live At The Western Front Cora, Tom:
Live At The Western Front

(Klanggalerie -- Austria )

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Few musicians better represent the Downtown NY scene's early years than late cellist Tom Cora, a key player who performed and recorded with John Zorn, Fred Frith, Polly Bradfield, Samm Bennett, &c, &c, bridging and blurring the lines between jazz, improv, rock, and compositional music, heard here in an exuberant and masterful solo set live at Vancouver's The Western Front in 1986.

Denio, Amy: The Big Embrace Denio, Amy:
The Big Embrace

(Spoot -- USA )

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Her 10th solo album is a welcome addition to composer, singer, and multi-instrumentalist Amy Denio's catalog, introducing 16 new songs, instrumental works, and general quirky superlative music that looks at life with a sharply optimistic eye and a joyful melody in her heart, taking delight in the banal and focusing criticism on the inane; wonderful!

Silva, Susana Santos : All The Rivers | Live At Panteao Nacional Silva, Susana Santos :
All The Rivers | Live At Panteao Nacional

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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Exploring the ambient sound of the immense marble temple of the Portuguese National Pantheon, trumpeter Susana Santos Silva recorded this beautiful and spiritual solo improvisation as part of the Rescaldo Festival, adding tin whistle and bells as her stunning tone and impressive technique resonated and invoked the spirit of this 17th century monument.

Weston, Grant Calvin : Improv Messenger [CD + DOWNLOAD] Weston, Grant Calvin :
Improv Messenger [CD + DOWNLOAD]

(577 -- USA )

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Performing on drums, trumpet, guitar, bass, moog bass, and keyboards, Philadelphia born and West Coast drummer/multi-instrumentalist Grant Calvin Weston, a member of Ornette Coleman's Prime Time Band, presents an album or fierce drumming and powerful electronic sources balanced with beautifully paced sonic environments, 16 tracks of diverse and gripping music.

Fujii, Satoko: Solo Fujii, Satoko:
Solo

(Libra -- Japan )

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A stunning album of solo performances, the first of 12 monthly releases from Japanese pianist Satoko Fujii celebrating her 60th birthday, in an impressive set of seven original compositions illustrating her incredible skills in both profoundly beautiful and technically spectacular playing inside and out of the piano, an exceptional start to the series.

Mazurek, Rob: Chimeric Stoned Horn [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD + 3D GLASSES] Mazurek, Rob:
Chimeric Stoned Horn [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD + 3D GLASSES]

(Astral Spirits -- USA )

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The 2nd part of Chicago trumpeter Rob Mazurek's Astral Spirits series that started with "Vortice of the Faun", Mazurek performing on piccolo trumpet, electronics, voice, and percussion in a detailed journey, released alongside Mazurek's art opening "Constellation Scores" at URDLA, the cover showing two 3-D prints and the package comes with glasses to view them.

Marhaug, Lasse: Void [7" VINYL] Marhaug, Lasse:
Void [7" VINYL]

(BeCoq -- France )

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Two dark works of sound creating a mysterious chasm of drones, pulsations, electronic stretches, and mysterious percussive engines, a strange pair of recordings that definitely fit the title of this 7" record from Norwegian sound experimenter Lasse Marhaug.

Myers, David Lee: Ether Music Myers, David Lee:
Ether Music

(Starkland -- USA )

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Best known for his work under the name Arcane Device in the 80s and 90s, New York sound artist David Lee Myers carves a unique path in electronics and what he refers to as "feedback music", developing unique approaches and instruments to generate distinctive forms of electronic music, here in a 10 track album of stunningly beautiful and mysterious sound.

Zemler, Hubert : Pupation of Dissonance Zemler, Hubert :
Pupation of Dissonance

(Bolt -- Poland )

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Hubert Zemler is a classically educated percussionist who works with both symphony orchestras and improv, here performing 3 works, his own 4-part "Pupation of Dissonance", revealing an incredible knowledge and exultation in approaches to solo percussion, alongside Steve Reich's "Music for Pieces of Wood" and Per Norgard's study in drifting pulses and overlapping accents, "Waves".

Meier, Hermann : Works For Piano 1949 - 1987 [2 CDs] Meier, Hermann :
Works For Piano 1949 - 1987 [2 CDs]

(Edition Wandelweiser Records -- Germany )

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German pianist Dominik Blum presents his second album for the Wandelweiser label, performing a selection of compositions from Swiss composer Hermann Meier (1906-2002), whose forward-looking work with reduced scores, modern use of time and space, and graphics scores in compositions pre-dating Messiaen, Stockhausen, Boulez, &c. that are only recently being rediscovered.

Liedwart, Kurt : Mare [CASSETTE] Liedwart, Kurt :
Mare [CASSETTE]

(Mikroton Recordings -- Russia )

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Sound explorer Kurt Liedwart compiles a cassette release from works he composed during 2015 to 2017 using mostly sound sources from electronics and synthesizers and based on studio improvisations, presented as six compositions of noise, drones, polyrhythmic excursions, glitchy playing on modular synth, processed field recordings, &c &c.

Vazquez, Pablo: Solo 1 (Seres Imaginarios) Vazquez, Pablo:
Solo 1 (Seres Imaginarios)

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Buenos Aires double bassist Pablo Vazquez presents nine solo improvisations using an impressive and diverse set of approaches to the instrument, utilizing every inch of the bass to evoke the supernatural beings of Argentine popular culture, in an imaginative approach to sonic narrative that demonstrates powerful control and masterful technique.

Hoffman, Nick : Salamander [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD CODE] Hoffman, Nick :
Salamander [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD CODE]

(Notice Recordings -- USA )

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The first full-length release from sound experimenter Nick Hoffman since 2014, this professional cassette release uses customized generative software (Side A) and recordings of electric fan motors and metallic objects (Side B) to create unusual sound worlds comprised of concrete and abstract sounds in fascinatingly obscure and captivating narratives.

Connors, Loren: Pretty As Ever [VINYL] Connors, Loren:
Pretty As Ever [VINYL]

(Recital -- USA )

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The Recital label continues its Loren Conners editions/reissue series with their 4th album of the guitarist's music, collecting and remastering tracks from out of print albums "Sails" and "Little Match Girl" in an album of ballads, complemented with a 12-page art-booklet of previously unpublished illustrations by Conners himself.

Hwan, Kang Tae: Live at Cafe Amores [VINYL] Hwan, Kang Tae:
Live at Cafe Amores [VINYL]

(NoBusiness -- Lithuania )

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Korean free saxophonist Kang Tae Hwan recorded this album of sincere and satisfying solo improvisations in 1995 at Cafe Amores, in Hofu, Yamaguchi, Japan, two decades after forming his first free jazz trio of experimental improvisations, demonstrating powerful technical skills and a unique voice on the sax; a long-overdue distillation of his music.

Hwan, Kang Tae : Live at Cafe Amores Hwan, Kang Tae :
Live at Cafe Amores

(NoBusiness -- Lithuania )

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Korean free saxophonist Kang Tae Hwan recorded this album of sincere and satisfying solo improvisations in 1995 at Cafe Amores, in Hofu, Yamaguchi, Japan, two decades after forming his first free jazz trio of experimental improvisations, demonstrating powerful technical skills and a unique voice on the sax; a long-overdue distillation of his music.

Morgan, Paul Khimasia : peoplegrowold Morgan, Paul Khimasia :
peoplegrowold

(Confront -- UK )

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Paul Khimasia Morgan is a British guitarist and sound artist who performs on a prepared acoustic guitar body and zither, using objects and electronics to create works of tones, interventions and transitions, here in four rich pieces of well-chosen sound delivered with patient pacing, keeping each piece active while exploring the potential of his instruments and devices.

Jerman, Jeph  : The Bray Harp [VINYL] Jerman, Jeph :
The Bray Harp [VINYL]

(White Centipede Noise -- USA )

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Aural explorer Jeph Jerman reworks 20 years of source material into this large work of recurring sound, obscuring sources in a rugged mill that turns its sonic grist into a mesmerizing flow of ringing tones and resolute grit, constructed from Jerman's own recordings and tapes from Eric La Casa and Oskar Burmmel, and metal & wood from Ben Brucato.

Digital Primitives: Lipsomuch & Soul Searchin' [2 CDs] Digital Primitives:
Lipsomuch & Soul Searchin' [2 CDs]

(Hopscotch Records -- USA )

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The trio of saxophonist Assif Tsahar, drummer Chad Taylor and multi-instrumentalist Cooper-Moore in the 3rd Digital Primitives release, rhythmic and soulful improvisation with an inventive New York attitude.

Risberg, Mattias : Stamps Risberg, Mattias :
Stamps

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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Swedish pianist Mattias Risberg demonstrates the passion he dedicates to vintage instruments like mellotron, Hammond organ, analog synthesizers, clavichord and pipe organs, here in a solo album of piano, with some light preparations, and the pedals of a Moog Taurus, in an inventive album of improvisations inspired by the vivid images of postage stamps.

da Rocha, Maria: Beetroot & Other Stories da Rocha, Maria:
Beetroot & Other Stories

(Shhpuma -- Portugal )

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Using violin, viola, synth and effect pedals, Portuguese string player Maria da Rocha creates rich environments of sound and unusual rhythmic structures over which she plays with subtlety and transcendence, in her first solo album, using her unique language as she tells the story of a beet and a witch, inspired by Odyssey Ulysses and Circe from Cortazar.

Bailey, Derek: Lot 74 [VINYL] Bailey, Derek:
Lot 74 [VINYL]

(Honest Jons Records -- UK )

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An impressive vinyl reissue of guitarist Derek Bailey, one of the most unique and influential free improvisers, in his 1974 solo recording on the Incus label, with Bailey playing on two amps and two volume pedals, a veritable duo split in the stereo field with occasional banter and observations, as he blends abstract and lyrical approaches on guitar in amazing ways.

Bayle, Francois: Tremblements [VINYL] Bayle, Francois:
Tremblements [VINYL]

(Recollection GRM -- Austria )

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Electroacoustic composer Francois Bayle, a member of Pierre Schaeffer's Groupe de Recherches Musicales, and who worked with Stockhausen and Messiaen, in two 2-part compositions from 1978 and 1979, acousmatic music of mysterious sound sources that are presented with impressive pacing, tension and drama, using a rich and diverse palette of sound.

Zanesi, Christian: Grand Bruit/Stop ! l'horizon [VINYL] Zanesi, Christian:
Grand Bruit/Stop ! l'horizon [VINYL]

(Recollection GRM -- Austria )

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French composer Christian Zanesi, a student of Pierre Schaeffer and Guy Reibel at the Paris Conservatory and an artistic director of the Ina GRM, in an album presenting works from 1983 ("Stop ! L'horizon") and 1991 ("Grand Bruit"), the latter built on field recordings of train travel, the former an hommage to the potential of the recording studio itself.

de Asis, Clara : Do Nothing de Asis, Clara :
Do Nothing

(Another Timbre -- UK )

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Spanish composer and guitarist based in France, Clara de Asis performs her own work "Do Nothing" in 6 sections, an electroacoustic, minimal studio composition for guitar and percussion, in 3 movements using space between distinct sound events to let each take its own life, offset by 3 movements of rotating or ringing percussive sound and punctuation.

Godet, Jean-Brice: Epiphanies Godet, Jean-Brice:
Epiphanies

(Gigantonium -- France )

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French experimental improviser Jean-Brice Godet, a frequent collaborator with Joelle Leandre and a member of Cuir, in a solo album of 8 etudes for dictaphone, radio, and clarinet, a unique album of extreme and eccentric technique on reeds punctuated by unearthly voice and radio transmissions, a curious album that rewards detailed listening.

Baars, Ab: Solo: And She Speaks | A Collection Of Ballads Baars, Ab:
Solo: And She Speaks | A Collection Of Ballads

(Wig -- Netherlands )

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Internationally acclaimed for both his solo and ensemble music performed, Dutch multi-wind player Ab Baars presents a studio album of solo playing on the clarinet, saxophone, and shakuhachi, inspired by and focusing on the traditions of ballads from great saxophonists, with improvisations colored by songs like "Naima", "Body and Soul", "Solitude", &c.

Duplant, Bruno : Chamber and Field Works 2015-2017 [2 CDs] Duplant, Bruno :
Chamber and Field Works 2015-2017 [2 CDs]

(Another Timbre -- UK )

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A double CD of delicate music from the French composer Bruno Duplant, the first disc containing three chamber pieces exquisitely played by the Suidobashi Chamber Ensemble, the second disc a long piece for solo guitar, performed by Taku Sugimoto in a public park in Tokyo, incorporating an extraordinary variety of environmental sounds.

Dixon, Bill: Odyssey (Solo Works) [6 CD BOX SET] Dixon, Bill:
Odyssey (Solo Works) [6 CD BOX SET]

(Archive Edition -- USA )

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This 2001 limited 6-CD box set of late trumpeter Bill Dixon's solo work in 5 CDs plus 1 CD of Dixon speaking, including two 32-page booklets containing essays, interviews, & writings, plus reproductions of 13 Dixon paintings, along with 3 inserts; an essential example of Dixon's incredible creative output, the final copies of which were recently discovered and available one last time.

Drumm, Kevin: Inexplicable Hours Drumm, Kevin:
Inexplicable Hours

(Sonoris -- France )

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Chicago experimenter and improviser Kevin Drumm releases the sequel to his 6-CD boxset "Elapsed Time", using audio generators and various electronic devices to generate beautiful ambient environments and drones that are complemented by field recordings and short spoken sections, a rich work of subtle complexity, dark warmth, and mystery.

Drumm, Kevin: Inexplicable Hours [VINYL @ LPs + CD] Drumm, Kevin:
Inexplicable Hours [VINYL @ LPs + CD]

(Sonoris -- France )

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Chicago experimenter and improviser Kevin Drumm releases the sequel to his 6-CD boxset "Elapsed Time", using audio generators and various electronic devices to generate beautiful ambient environments and drones that are complemented by field recordings and short spoken sections, a rich work of subtle complexity, dark warmth, and mystery.

Pisaro, Michael : Etant Donnes Pisaro, Michael :
Etant Donnes

(Gravity Wave -- USA )

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An unusual album for American composer Michael Pisaro: six works based almost entirely on samples, punctuating more characteristic work in keeping with his Wandelweiser and EMW work with rhythmic and popular forms, albeit with Pisaro's characteristic inclusions, surprising the listener in an illusionary approach yielding serious electroacoustic compositions.

Steenberge, Laura : Harmonica Fables Steenberge, Laura :
Harmonica Fables

(Nueni -- USA )

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A truly unique album of solo harmonica and voice from Bay Area performer and composer Laura Steenberge, who's studies in folk music, psycholinguistics, acoustics and medieval Byzantine chant brings a sense of the ancient to modern experimentalism, transforming the instrument in a variety of illusive ways that are both enigmatic and entirely embraceable.

Ambarchi, Oren: Grapes From The Estate [VINYL 2 LPs] Ambarchi, Oren:
Grapes From The Estate [VINYL 2 LPs]

(Black Truffle -- Australia )

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A much-needed reissue of Australian guitarist and sound artist Oren Ambarchi's 2004 album, an achievement and turning point for Ambarchi in the scope of his work, expanding his instrumental palette to incorporate more lyrical aspects into his sound, complementing his previous bass-heavy drone work, the album remastered for this essential gatefold release.

Ullmann, Jakob: Muntzers Stern, Solo II [2 CDs] Ullmann, Jakob:
Muntzers Stern, Solo II [2 CDs]

(Edition Rz -- Germany )

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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.

Shibolet, Ariel: 132: Work For Multiphonics Shibolet, Ariel:
132: Work For Multiphonics

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Kadima Collective saxophonist Ariel Shibolet presents an extended solo work for soprano saxophone, a patiently unfolding piece using multiphonics, an extended technique where the typically monophonic saxophone produces several notes at once, the harmonics and textures becoming the focus and excitement as Shibolet commands the instrument into unanticipated territory.

Zanuttini, Flavio : La Notte Zanuttini, Flavio :
La Notte

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Italian jazz trumpeter Flavio Zanuttini (Abbey Town Jazz Orchestra) in a solo album exploring the relationship between the primordial sensoriality and vision of the Underworld, conceived and presented through extended techniques and often peculiar approaches to the trumpet as he tells his unusual tale of epic times.

Avagami: Metagami Avagami:
Metagami

(Lens Records -- USA )

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Metcalfe, Neil / Guillaume Viltard / Daniel Thompson: Garden of Water and Light Metcalfe, Neil / Guillaume Viltard / Daniel Thompson:
Garden of Water and Light

(FMR -- Great Britain )

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The complete set from the live performance of Neil Metcalfe (flute), Guillaume Viltard (double bass) and Daniel Thompson (guitars), performing in the extraordinary space of St Leopards Shoreditch Church in Hackney, London.

Nechustan, Alon: Ritual Fire Nechustan, Alon:
Ritual Fire

(Between the lines -- Germany )

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Pianist Nechusthan leads his powerful trio of bassist Ken Filiano & drummer Bob Meyers, plus clarinet legend Harold Rubin, in a Jackson Pollack-influenced action suite, 10 pieces of free improvisation following a larger structured process.

Nozen: Nisenson / Tanguay / Falaise / Mailloux: Live au Upstairs Nozen: Nisenson / Tanguay / Falaise / Mailloux:
Live au Upstairs

(Malasartes -- Canada )

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Nozen is a crossroads of contemporary jazz, musique actuelle and the musical traditions of Jewish Eastern Europe, contrasting styles giving birth to a deep and spontaneous music.

Rogers / Dunmall: Distant Rogers / Dunmall:
Distant

(FMR -- Great Britain )

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Beautiful tonal improvisation from the duo of Paul Rogers on 7-string bass and Paul Dunmall on soprano saxophone and bass clarinet, intense and thoughtful music from two masters.

Shipp, Matthew : Symbol Systems Shipp, Matthew :
Symbol Systems

(Hatology -- Austria )

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Originally issued in 1995 on the No More Records label, this was New York pianist Matthew Shipp's 6th release as a leader and first solo album, still a rarity in his discography, as we hear Shipp in 14 succinct improvisation that explore texture, tone, and his frameworks that embrace a structured approach to theoretical aspects of the music with warmth and lyricism.

Talia, Joe: Tint [VINYL] Talia, Joe:
Tint [VINYL]

(Black Truffle -- Australia )

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Known more as a drummer than a composer, Australian-born and Tokyo-relocated Joe Talia composed and organized this two-part, album-length electroacoustic composition using his skills as a percussionist. performing on modular synths and tape machines, and using his vast studio skills as an engineer and producer to create these impressive electronic works.

PEK Solo: Fulcrum PEK Solo:
Fulcrum

(Evil Clown -- USA )

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Extracting the leader from a multitude of ensembles, David Peck's solo album has him performing on tenor saxophone, bass saxophone, clarinet, contraalto clarinet, bassoon, tarota, hand chimes, accordion, [d]ronin, wood, metal, aquasonic, daxophone, Atlantis gong, plus pre-recorded mixes adding a "soloist with tape" aspect to his complex and rich performance.

Opalio, Roberto : Once You'll Touch The Sky You Will Never Return To Dust Opalio, Roberto :
Once You'll Touch The Sky You Will Never Return To Dust

(Opax Records / Elliptical Noise -- Italy )

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Half of the Italian improvising duo My Cat Is an Alien, Roberto Opalio uses prepared mini-keyboard, handmade shortwave receiver, alientronics, and vocalizations to create this improvised prelude and statement, a shifting work that draws the listener into mesmerizing sonic environments of alien origin and transports them deceptively between ringing and textured vistas.

Kahn, Jason : Voice and Sky [BOOK + CD] Kahn, Jason :
Voice and Sky [BOOK + CD]

(Editions -- Switzerland )

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Sound experimenter and electroacoustic organizer Jason Kahn revisits previous works and expands on them with the book and CD release, with an essay on his approach towards public space interventions and text / sound installations, a track listing, photographs from the locations of his field recordings, and texts and prose poems to accompany the listener.

Hawkins, Chester: Magnetisk Nord Hawkins, Chester:
Magnetisk Nord

(Intangible Arts -- USA )

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Chester Hawkins' curiosity for Denmark resulted in his renting an apartment in central Kobenhavn, bringing along his electronically modified lapsteel guitar, wind and reed instruments, tabletop noise-boxes, mobile synthesizer apps and a shortwave radio, which he joined with field recordings from the capital region, creating this magnificent loveletter to Denmark.

Hawkins, Chester: Natural Causes - Original Music For Pale Trees, A Film By Tim Ashby [VINYL] Hawkins, Chester:
Natural Causes - Original Music For Pale Trees, A Film By Tim Ashby [VINYL]

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Washington, DC based electronic experimenter Chester Hawkins (Blue Sausage Infant) was commissioned by director Tim Ashby to compose this work for the soundtrack to his feature-length film "Pale Trees", Hawkin's music illustrating the film's gradient of psychological colors from darkness, rage, and vengeance through a mix of kosmische drone in a Tangerine Dream vein.

Machinefabriek: Dwaal/Wold+ Machinefabriek:
Dwaal/Wold+

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Two contrasting works composed for the tape label Dauw by Rutger Zuydervelt, exercises in creating an auditory space or sphere rather than sculpting a structured composition; "Dwaal" presents orchestral washes amidst a barrage of radio static and erratic noise; "Wold" is a dream-like work of pianos, subtle hiss and field recordings; plus remixes of each.

Machinefabriek: As Much As It Is Worth [7-inch VINYL] Machinefabriek:
As Much As It Is Worth [7-inch VINYL]

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Rutger Zuydervelt, aka Machinefabriek, in a 7" release of two tracks developed for a piece commissioned by Marta Alstadsaeter and Kim-Jomi Fischer for their dance piece "as much as it is worth" in 2017, the first an edited version of the final music used for the piece, a complex yet upbeat and bouncy work, the second side expanding and darkening the music.

Guthrie, Will : 6 Days into 8 [CASSETTE] Guthrie, Will :
6 Days into 8 [CASSETTE]

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The sixth set performed during an 8-day tour of Japan in 2018 by Australian drummer / percussionist Will Guthrie (Ames Room, The Sommes Ensemble) took place at 0g in Osaka, captured here as a 32 minute set of vigorous playing tempered with introspective passages, using powerful technique and unorthodox approaches to his kit; cathartic and captivating.

Blonk, Jaap : Irrelevant Comments Blonk, Jaap :
Irrelevant Comments

(Kontrans -- Netherlands )

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As he delves further into electronics, Netherlands vocal improviser and experimental artists Jaap Blonk finds an ever-increasing array of approaches to modify his voice and set it into alien and astounding environments, here in 16 tracks of musique concrete, sound poetry, pulse based electronics, soundscapes, and inexplicable hybrids of the same.

Leandre, Joelle : A Woman's Work [8 CD BOX SET] Leandre, Joelle :
A Woman's Work [8 CD BOX SET]

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A thorough overview of bassist and vocalist Joelle Leandre's recent work in a boxed set of 8 CDs and a 16 page booklet of essays, photos and credits, each CD bringing a unique grouping from Les Diaboliques to duos with Mat Maneri, Fred Frith, Lauren Newton, & Jean-Luc Cappozzo, plus one solo disc and a quartet with Zlatko Kaucic, Evan Parker and Augusti Fernandez; magnificent.

Sanna, Paolo: Fluorite Sanna, Paolo:
Fluorite

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Dedicating his album to Paul Burwell and Z'ev, Spanish percussionist Paolo Sanna demonstrates his many years of research in sound, silence, noise, experimentation, musical research and deconstruction through standard percussive devices and found objects, giving his playing a distinctive and personal palette which he plays with superb technique and timing.

Merzbow: Noisembryo [VINYL 2 LPs] Merzbow:
Noisembryo [VINYL 2 LPs]

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A reissue of Merzbow's 1994 CD originally released on The Releasing Eskimo, a high point in Merzbow's discography of wild energy through high-speed loops, roving automotive bass, and cacophonic drum machines, together with the surprising inclusion of a Merzbow's own voice, in a very limited vinyl release with paintings and collages of Masami from the original sessions.

McCowen, John: 4 Chairs In Three Dimensions [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD] McCowen, John:
4 Chairs In Three Dimensions [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]

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Using only acoustic techniques and recording live, New York clarinetist and contrabass clarinetist John McCowen (Tweak Bird, Wei Zhongle) draws out an incredibly impressive array of harmonic difference tones, interference beats and inexplicable sound from these typically monophonic instruments, using circular breathing to create long drones and aberrant textures.

Stewart, Luke: Works for Upright Bass & Amplifier [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD] Stewart, Luke:
Works for Upright Bass & Amplifier [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]

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Bassist and sound artist Luke Stewart is a Washington, DC stalwart, a member of a variety of improvised and rock bands and active in Sonic Circuits, and also an Artist-In-Residence at Union Arts and Manufacturing; this solo work uses the resonant feedback of an amplifier with unusual double bass technique to coax a fascinating journey that accompanied his 2017 art exhibit.

Bailey, Derek / Jamie Muir: Dart Drug [VINYL] Bailey, Derek / Jamie Muir:
Dart Drug [VINYL]

(Honest Jons Records -- UK )

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A reissue of the 1981 Incus LP of guitarist Derek Bailey with one-time King Crimson percussionist Jamie Muir ("Larks Tongues in Aspic"), also a member of Bailey's Music Improvisation Company, an album of hovering harmonics from Bailey's feedback amidst Muir's kitchen-sink collection of items that creates a unique and riveting complement to Bailey's playing.

Bailey, Derek: Aida [VINYL 2 LPs] Bailey, Derek:
Aida [VINYL 2 LPs]

(Honest Jons Records -- UK )

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Extending UK improvising guitarist Derek Bailey's 1980 solo album on his own Incus label with a full additional album of solo guitar recordings from the BBC in the same year, giving a fuller story of Bailey's development of his self-defined non-idiomatic improvisation, wonderfully commanding playing of great technical skill and clear intention.

Schuppe, Marianne: Nosongs Schuppe, Marianne:
Nosongs

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Marianne Schuppe continues to reimagine songs and their relation to tone and melody, here in a series of 11 songs realized with voice, lute, and uber bows, creating delicate accompaniment to her lucid movements between pure sound and words, singing and speaking her lyrics of succinct phrases rich in subtle intimation and evocative imagery; beautiful.

Lindvall, Johan: Giraffe Lindvall, Johan:
Giraffe

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Fourteen pieces for solo guitar from Norwegian composer Johan Lindvall, sparse yet warmly spaced pieces that focus on the individual notes or simple chords in intimate ways, meditative yet warmly evocative; two sections are presented in multiple movements, with "five songs for voice and guitar", Rasten singing words written by Marianne Moore; lovely and refined.

Beuger.Boon.Susam Beuger.Boon.Susam:

(Edition Wandelweiser Records -- Germany )

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Pianist and composer Dante Boon performs his own work "Years, Numbers", alongside Antoine Beuguer's "Pour Etre Seul(e), Sans Reserve" and Taylan Susam's "Tombeau", and Bueger's "Nov. (piano)", four works of graceful and introspective beauty using minimal approaches to tone, chord, or spaciousness, recorded live at University Of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 2014.

Merce, Sergio: Three Dimensions Of The Spirit Merce, Sergio:
Three Dimensions Of The Spirit

(Edition Wandelweiser Records -- Germany )

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Conservatory trained Argentinian saxophonist Sergio Merce uses a prepared tenor sax and a microtonal sax to create rich harmonics and slowly moving tonal works, layering aberrant and alluring tones in restrained configurations that allow each stratum of sound to be distinguished and appreciated, creating mesmerizing compositions of elusive and illusionistic sound.

Orcutt, Bill: Why Does Everybody Love Free Music But Nobody Loves Free People? [VINYL 2 LPs] Orcutt, Bill:
Why Does Everybody Love Free Music But Nobody Loves Free People? [VINYL 2 LPs]

(Palilalia -- USA )

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A roughly recorded album of solo guitar that begins with the concert promoter screaming at the audience, as Bill Orcutt takes the stage and plays an amazing set of solo acoustic guitar, a visceral album that perfectly fits Orcutt's history and playing style.

Bazelaire, Felicie / Bertrand Denzler: Basse Seule Bazelaire, Felicie / Bertrand Denzler:
Basse Seule

(Confront -- UK )

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A series of etudes and pieces for double bass composed by Bertrand Denzler specifically for Paris-based cellist and double bass player Felicie Bazelaire, presenting 7 etudes and 2 named compositions based on systems that require Bazelair to reveal the complexity of certain characteristics of the double bass within the framework of a solo performance.

Feeney, Tim: Burrow [CASSETTE] Feeney, Tim:
Burrow [CASSETTE]

(Marginal Frequency -- USA )

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Meridian percussionist and frequent collaborator with Vic Rawlings and Annie Lewandowski, Tim Feeney presents a fascinating solo album of "four improvised poundings" using "a drum, a pair of sticks, a metal plate, a pair of dowels, a heavy cymbal, a large room, a small squirrel, a static listening, a punishing listening, a boring listening, a quickening listening".



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