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January 19, 2017
"Sound is all our dreams of music.
Noise is music's dreams of us."
- Morton Feldman

Squid BubbleWebs  Essential Labels

Black Truffle
Confront
Dancing Wayang
Drip Audio
Dropa Disc
Eremite
erstwhile
Fataka
Hat [now] ART
Herbal International
Northern Spy
Not Applicable

    
Potlatch
Relative Pitch
RogueArt
Spring Garden Music
Sub Rosa
Sunnyside Records
Superior Viaduct
The Wire
Tour de Bras
Trost Records
Wee Space Tapes

 
      Creative Artists
    
• Borbetomagus
• Anthony Braxton / Miya Masaoka
• John Butcher / Thomas Lehn / Matthew Shipp
• Corsano / Courviosier / Wooley
• DNA
• Michel Edelin's Flute Fever Orchestra with special guest Nicole Mitchell
• Epitaphs
• John Escreet (w/ Evan Parker / John Hebert / Tyshawn Sorey)
• Morton Feldman
• Film In Music
• Fond of Tigers
• Jean-Luc Guionnet / Dedalus
• HMZ (Hubsch / Martel / Zoubek)
• Eyvind Kang / Jessika Kenney
• Christof Kurzmann / Mats Gustafsson
• Okkyung Lee / Christian Marclay
• Jeff Parker
• Porta Chiusa
• Michel Redolfi
• Katharina Rosenberger
• Keith Rowe
• Saint Francis Duo
• Frank Schubert Paul / Rudi Fischerlehner
• Silver / Sanders / Wheatley
• Taku Unami / Devin DiSanto
• The Wire
• Jack Wright



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   Jazz & Improvisation

Borbetomagus: The Eastcote Studios Session [VINYL]
(Dancing Wayang)


A rare studio album from the aggressive and influential free improv trio Borbetomagus of saxophonists Jim Sauter & Don Dietrich and guitarist Donald Miller, recorded in London in 2014, and described by Sauter himself as "unlike anything we've ever recorded before".
   
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Braxton, Anthony / Miya Masaoka: Duo (Dcwm) 2013 [2 CDs]
(RogueArt)


Two performers who have stretched the boundaries of their instruments--Miya Masaoka on 12-string koto and Anthony Braxton on saxophones and software-based electronics--in subtle and unusual environments where each player fills the phrases of the other in unforseen ways.
   
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Butcher, John / Thomas Lehn / Matthew Shipp: Tangle
(Fataka)


After "Exta", where saxophonist John Butcher and electronics artist Thomas Lehn met with pianist John Tilbury, the duo now meet with New York pianist Matthew Shipp for a distinct improvisational entanglement of Butcher's dense streams, Lehn's rich sound floor, and Shipp's thick repetitions.
 
Squidco Pick

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Corsano / Courviosier / Wooley: Salt Task
(Relative Pitch)


First recorded meeting of Chris Corsano (drums), Sylvie Courvoisier (piano), and Nate Wooley (trumpet) in the studio in Brooklyn, 2015, for a completely open, sensitive set of improvisations that are constantly on the edge, at times explosive, and always in a focused dialog.
 
Squidco Pick

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Edelin's, Michel Flute Fever Orchestra with special guest Nicole Mitchell: Kalamania [2 CDs]
(RogueArt)


French flutist Michel Edelin leads this 6-piece band named in honor of Jeremy Steig, with 4 flutists including Sylvaine Helary, Ludivine Issambourg, and Nicole Mitchell, plus John Betsch (drums) and Peter Giron (bass) in exceptional, unexpected and inclusive approaches to improv.
 
Squidco Pick

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Epitaphs: Epitaphs [CASSETTE]
(Wee Space Tapes)


New York City poet Colleen McCarthy & drummer David Grollman both read and improvise on McCarthy's book of short verses, "Epitaphs", honoring the deceased and the not-dead-yet who suffer(ed) variously psychoses and suicide, with Grollman accompanying on snare drum.
   
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Escreet, John (w/ Evan Parker / John Hebert / Tyshawn Sorey): The Unknown (Live in Concert)
(Sunnyside Records)


Pianist John Escreet brought his trio with drummer Tyshawn Sorey and bassist John Hebert on a tour of Europe in 2016, meeting with British saxophonist Evan Parker in Amsterdam's Bimhuis and at Rotterdam's Lantaren Venster to record these profound performances of free improvisation.
 
Squidco Pick

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Film In Music: Tell Tale
(Drip Audio)


Vancouver based cellist Peggy Lee leads the Film in Music project with a cast of superb improvisers including Dylan van der Schyff (drums), Torsten Muller (bass), Jesse Zubot (violin), &c, writing compositional drama for the 8 band members as as a basis for adventurous improv.
 
Squidco Pick

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HMZ (Hubsch / Martel / Zoubek): Drought
(Tour de Bras)


A live performance at the Loft in Cologne, Germany, 2015 from the recording and performing trio of Carl Ludwig Hubsch on tuba & objects, Pierre Yves Martel on viola da Gamba & harmonica, and Philip Zoubek on the prepared piano, restrained yet highly active playing.
   
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Kang, Eyvind / Jessika Kenney: Reverse Tree [VINYL]
(Black Truffle)


One large work each from Eyvind Kang (viola) and Jessika Kenney (voice), Kang presenting a chamber work inspired by a text by the Tang dynasty poet Hsueh T'ao with a large ensemble; Kenney using an ensemble of strings alongside Seattle's Gamelan Pacifica, performing on Javanese instruments.
   
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Kurzmann, Christof / Mats Gustafsson: Falling And Five Other Failings
(Trost Records)


Two versatile and innovative improvisers, Mats Gustafsson on saxophones and Christof Kurzmann on electronics and voice, extracted improvisations recorded in the studio to create the 7 parts of this rich, pulse-based and intensely understated work about Falling and Failing.
 
Squidco Pick

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Lee, Okkyung / Christian Marclay: Amalgam
(Northern Spy)


A wild and exciting duo between cellist Okkyung Lee and legendary turntable improviser Christian Marclay performing live at London's Cafe Oto for a single long track that runs through an astonishing dynamic of invention and atmospheres in a gripping and spellbinding set.
 
Squidco Pick

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Lee, Okkyung / Christian Marclay: Amalgam [VINYL]
(Northern Spy)


Vinyl edition of the CD listed above.
 
Squidco Pick

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Parker, Jeff: Slight Freedom
(Eremite)


Chicago/West Coast guitarist and Tortoise mainstay Jeff Parker in, surprisingly, his first solo guitar album, in four beautifully moody and atmospheric improvisations including Frank Ocean's "Super Rich Kids", Neil Young's ""Discreet Music"" and Billy Strayhorn's "Lush Life".
   
     Buy      $29.95      Listen          

 
Rowe, Keith : The Room Extended [4 CDs]
(erstwhile)


A massive and rewarding work of organized sound extending ea-improviser, AMM guitarist Keith Rowe's work "The Room" into a massive 4 CD set of compositions, layering work familiar from his recent improvisations with classical compositions, field recordings, &c. &c.
 
Squidco Pick

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Saint Francis Duo: Los Bordes De Las Respuestas
(Dropa Disc)


The Saint Francis Duo of Stephen O'Malley (Sunn O))), KTL) and Steve Noble (Rip, Rig and Panic, Brotzmann, Parker, Edwards ...) present a tour-de-force of darkly improvised drone and doom in a studio album of violently dark guitar work and ferocious drumming.
 
Squidco Pick

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Schubert, Frank Paul / Rudi Fischerlehner: Willing Suspension of Disbelief
(Not Applicable)


Long-time collaborators and compatriots Frank Paul Schubert on soprano sax and Rudi Fischerlehner on drums and percussion recorded these intricate and engaging improvisations in their shared studio in Berlin, presented as a live album, unedited and in the order performed.
   
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Silver / Sanders / Wheatley: NAX/XUS
(Confront)


Performing together since 2014, the free improvising trio of Yoni Silver on bass clarinet, Mark Sanders on drums, and Tom Wheatley on double bass are captured live at the Hundred Years Gallery in London, in 2015 for a dark and spacious journey in two large improvisations.
   
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Unami, Taku / Devin DiSanto:/b>
(erstwhile)


A live performance at Fridman Gallery in New York City as part of erstwhile's AMPLIFY 2015 festival from sound artists Taku Unami & Devin DiSanto, using electronics, concrete sounds, and spoken word to create diverse active environments of narratives and pure sound.
   
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Wright, Jack : Thaw
(Spring Garden Music)


12 improvisations representing various groupings with saxophonist Jack Wright, including solo work on alto and soprano, a duo with trombonist Stan Nishamura, six trios with 2 different groups, and a sextet; a great introduction to his diverse interests and exploratory nature.
   
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Wright, Jack: Rattle OK & Rattle Still OK
(Spring Garden Music)


Combining two albums from free improvising saxophonist Jack Wright's 1999-2000 tour across North America, presenting music in various configurations with Bob Marsh, Tom Djll, Bhob Rainey, John Shiurba, Matthew Sperry, Ben Wright, Greg Kelley, Bob Wagner, Joe Giardullo, &c. &c.
   
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   Experimental/Electronic

Redolfi, Michel: Desert Tracks [VINYL]
(Sub Rosa)


A peer of Luc Ferrari, Bernard Parmegiani, Pierre Henry and Jean-Claude Risset, co-founder of the Groupe de Musique Experimentale de Marseille, electroacoustic composer Michel Redolfi developed these hypnotic works after visiting the Mojave Desert, Death Valley, Palm Canyon in 1987.
   
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   Rock/R.I.O./Prog

DNA: A Taste Of DNA [12-inch VINYL]
(Superior Viaduct)


An essential part of the late 70's influential Downtown NY scene, the trio of Arto Lindsay (guitar and voice), Ikue Mori (drums), and Tim Wright (bass), released few albums, but this 1981 EP captures the essence of their tightly controlled manic approach to wildly improvised rock.
 
Squidco Pick

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Fond of Tigers: Uninhabit
(Drip Audio)


The 4th album in 14 years from this instrumental Vancouver 7-piece avant rock band exploring both heavy and beautiful sonic environments; the band shares members with The Tony Wilson 6Tet, Dark Blue World, Aeroplane Trio, with Drip Audio leader Jesse Zubot on violin.
 
Squidco Pick

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   Compositional

Feldman, Morton : For John Cage
(Hat [now] ART)


Morton Feldman was a friend, flatmate and student of John Cage's innovative approaches to composition; he wrote this 3 part work for violin and piano in 1982 as a 70th birthday present for Cage, here performed by violinist Josje Fosie Ter Haar and pianist John Snijders.
   
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Feldman, Morton : Patterns In A Chromatic Field [2 CDs]
(Hat [now] ART)


Feldman's idiosyncratic large composition is also one of his more active, influenced by John Cage, and using a score that defines organizational procedures in chordal and chromatic patterns, as realized in this '93 recording by Rohan de Saram (cello) and Marianne Schroeder (piano).
 
Squidco Pick

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Guionnet, Jean-Luc / Dedalus: Distances Ouies Dites
(Potlatch)


Composer Jean-Luc Guionnet wrote "Distances ouies Dites" ("Distances: Hearsay") for the 7-piece Dedalus Ensemble, who are positioned in separate rooms at Le Consortium, each having to use the features of the room and distance from each other to confer linked musical ideas.
   
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Porta Chiusa: Because Life Should Be So Wonderful (I)
(Herbal International)


A beguiling and atmospheric work of overtones, harmonics, tonal and microtonal progressions from a trio of clarinetists (Hans Koch, Michael Thieke, and Paed Conca) with Japanese vocalist Maki Hachiya, an immaculately paced and exotic work of sound.
 
Squidco Pick

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Rosenberger, Katharina : SHIFT
(Hat [now] ART)


First recordings of composer Katharina Rosenberger's SHIFT and other dynamic and exciting works incorporating spatialization, by an electroacoustic orchestra including Rage Thrombones, captured in 2016 at the University of California, in San Diego, California.
   
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   Books & Magazines

Wire, The: #394 December 2016 [MAGAZINE]
(The Wire)


December 2016 issue of the essential UK new music magazine with: Spirits Rejoice!; NON Invisible Jukebox with Dagmar Krause; Pamelia Stickney; Magnetoceptia; Kill Alters; Chris Cobilis; Bonaventure; Global Ear Taipei; Oliver Coates on Mike Nelson; and Epiphanies: Richard Pinhas.
   
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Wire, The: #395 January 2016 [MAGAZINE]
(The Wire)


Wire's annual survey of the last 12 months of key underground music activity in 26 pages of crucial charts and critical comment, including 50 new releases of the year and 50 archive releases of the year, plus writers and artists review the previous cultural year.
   
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Sean Ali:
With My Head in the Sand [CASSETTE]
(Wee Space Tapes)

Amalgamated:
Amalgamated
(Aubjects)

Amalgamated:
Solve et Coagula [CASSETTE + ART BOOK]
(Aubjects)

Olivia Block :
Dissolution [VINYL]
(Glistening Examples)

Dante Boon / Jurg Frey:
clarinet (and piano)
(Another Timbre)

Captain Phillips :
Strip Bar In Mombasa [CASSETTE]
(Wee Space Tapes)

Francois Carrier / Michel Lambert / Alexey Lapin:
Freedom Is Space For The Spirit
(FMR)

Brian Chase / Andrea Parkins:
Avalanche of Routes
(Confront)

George Cremaschi / Irene Kepl / Petr Vrba:
Resonators
(Another Timbre)

Giuliano d'Angiolini :
Cantilena
(Another Timbre)

d'incise / Cristian Alvear:
Appalachian Anatolia (14th Century)
(Another Timbre)

Dog Hallucination :
call aesthetics [3-inch CD]
(Aubjects)

Paul Dunmall Quintet:
The Dreamtime Suite
(FMR)

Ease: Klaus Filip / Noid:
No No No, No
(Mikroton Recordings)

Alvin Fielder / Frode Gjerstad / Damon Smith :
The Shape Finds Its Own Space
(FMR)

Yann Gourdon / Maxime Petit / Jean-Luc Guionnet:
Soli - Fanzine [3 CD + BOOK]
(BeCoq)

Onno Govaert / Marcelo Dos Reis / Luis Vicente / Kristjan Martinsson:
In Layers
(FMR)

David Grollman :
My Shit [CASSETTE]
(Wee Space Tapes)

Mary Halvorson / Sylvie Courvoisier:
Crop Circles
(Relative Pitch)

Hauf / Jackson / Stein / Rosaly / Hess / Hartman:
Next Delusion [VINYL]
(Shameless)

Jackson / Long / Taylor / Tippett:
Four Quartets
(Confront)

Kosi:
Ghosts Appearing through the Sound: an Abbey Lincoln tribute
(Self Released)

Kosi:
I Know Who I Am
(Self Released)

George Lewis & Splitter Ochester:
Creative Construction Set
(Mikroton Recordings)

Matt Mayhall :
Tropes
(Skirl)

Thollem McDonas / Mad King Edmund:
Happening: A Movement In 12 Acts
(ESP)

Ava Mendoza / Maxime Petit / Will Guthrie:
[7-inch VINYL]
(BeCoq)

MKM (Jason Kahn / Gunter Muller / Norbert Moslang):
Instants // Paris
(Mikroton Recordings)

Motorpsycho:
Angels And Daemons At Play [6 CD BOX SET]
(Rune Grammofon)

Nadzharov / Chichilin / Stolyar:
NaChiSto
(Creative Sources)

Hermann Nitsch:
25. Aktion (wiederaufgefuhrt) [VINYL]
(Cien Fuegos)

Odd Person / Miguel A. Garcia:
NOOSPHERTILIZER V [CASSETTE + ART BOOKLET]
(Aubjects)

Pauline Oliveros / Connie Crothers:
Live At The Stone
(Important Records)

P.O.P. [Psychology Of Perception]:
Ikebana
(FMR)

Somnoroase Pasarele / Alan Courtis / Directives / Crank Sturgeon :
Noosphertilizer IV [2 CASSETTES]
(Aubjects)

Leah Paul:
We Will Do The Worrying
(Skirl)

Bobby Previte:
Mass [VINYL 2 LPs]
(Rarenoise Records)

Reincke / Huges / Popple:
Play "The Trio"
(FMR)

Rudy Royston Trio:
Rise of Orion
(Greenleaf Music)

Rulemares :
Atractor Extrano
(FMR)

Sleep Talk:
Sleep Talk [CASSETTE]
(Wee Space Tapes)

Sun Ra & His Solar Arkestra:
I Roam The Cosmos [VINYL]
(Art Yard)

Ghedalia Tazartes / Pawel Romanczuk / Andrzej Zaleski:
Carp's Head [VINYL + CD]
(Monotype)

Thollem / Oliveros / Cline:
Molecular Affinity [VINYL + DOWNLOAD]
(Roaratorio)

John Tilbury / John Lely / Dirar Kalash & Christian Wolff:
Seaside
(Another Timbre)

Anna Webber's Simple Trio (Matt Mitchell / John Hollenbeck):
Binary
(Skirl)

Jack Wright / Guillaume Viltard / Grundik Kasyansky:
And Surging Roars Against My Pillow
(Spring Garden Music)

Jack Wright / Joel Kromer / Edmond Cho:
This Is Where You Get Off
(Spring Garden Music)

Jack Wright / Ron Stabinsky:
Just What You Need Today
(Spring Garden Music)

Yes Deer:
Get Your Glitter Jacket
(BeCoq)

Durio Zibethinus :
Poissons Frais
(BeCoq)



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