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SQUIDCO Email Update August 4, 2023


     Squidco & The Squid's Ear
August 4, 2023

"Music should be MUSIC —
The thing that can't be defined
But that which maps sound to other natural forms and processes."
—Elliott Sharp

   Essential Artists

• Baraque à Free
• João Barradas
• Brew (Hemingway/Workman/Masaoko)
• Colonna/Marraff/Spera/Zanotti
• Deli Kuvveti
• Emaille/dieb13/Koch
• Guillaume Gargaud
• Barry Guy Blue Shroud Band
• HIIT (Quatrana/Grossi/Alves)
• Jones/Lash/Wastel
• John Krausbauer/David Maranha
• John McCormick Collins
• Sana Nagano/Leonor Falcon
• Michiko Ogawa/Lucy Railton
• Elliott Sharp/Eric Mingus
• Andrew Smiley/Kate Gentile
• Tabata/Yamaji/Yoshida
• Tatsuya Yoshida x Owada Chihiro
• John Zorn (Julian Lage/Gyan Riley)
• John Zorn/Bill Laswell

Squid Bubbles  Essential Labels

577 Records
Another Timbre
Clean Feed
Listen! Foundation (Fundacja Sluchaj!)
Magaibutsu Limited

Public Eyesore
Relative Pitch
Right Brain Records
Sublime Retreat
zOaR Records



   Jazz & Improvisation

Baraque a Free: Silex

Formed as a collective in 2016, Baraque à Free brings together young free improvisers from Toulouse, France, who leverage influences from jazz, contemporary and rock forms, creating passages that include harmonious tranquillity, noisy spaces, rhythmic rage, math rock, and hints of orchestral chamber music; a positive album of musical statement and emotional release.
     Buy      $13.95      Listen          

Barradas, Joao: Solo II - Live at the Festival D'Aix-En-Prevence
(Clean Feed)

Active in both contemporary music and as an improviser, Portuguese accordionist João Barradas is heard live at the 2022 Festival d'Aix-en-Provence in France, performing solo on a chromatic accordion, MIDI chromatic accordion and voice for an expansive, un-interrupted six-part improvisation that showcases both his technical skills and his emotional passion.
     Buy      $14.95      Listen          

Brew (Hemingway / Workman / Masaoko): Heat / Between Reflections [2 CDs]
(Clean Feed)

Recorded two decades apart, first in 1998 as a combination of recordings in the studio and live @ The Knitting Factory, and then in 2019 in the studio, the trio of Miya Masaoka on Koto, dan bau & electronics, Reggie Workman on bass, percussion, musical saw & digeridoo and Gerry Hemingway on drums & electronics, show both their consistency and evolution as masterful, creative improvisers.
Squidco Pick

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Colonna / Marraff / Spera / Zanotti: Red Planet
(Relative Pitch)

An energetic concert at Area Sismica, in Forli, Italy from the dual saxophone and dual drums Italian quartet of Marco Colonna on baritone & sopranino saxes, Edoardo Marraffa on tenor & alto saxes, Fabrizio Spera on drums, percussion & bow, and Marco Zanotti on drums, percussion & kalimba; a wonderfully explosive concert, the first live post-pandemic performance for all four.
Squidco Pick

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Emaille / dieb13 / Koch: Abe

An impressive set of recordings from the electroacoustic improvising trio of Camille Émaille on percussion, dieb13 on turntables and Hans Koch on soprano sax, clarinet & bass clarinet, recording live in Switzerland at Le Singe and at Poestremeis for eleven intricate exchanges of mystery and suspense using remarkable technique and patient attention to each player's contribution.
Squidco Pick

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Gargaud, Guillaume: Koenji
(Right Brain Records)

The first release on his new imprint, Right Brain Records, French guitarist Guillaume Gargaud improvises on acoustic guitar on the seven part Kōenji, a district in Japan known for its temple and falconry, here envisioned through creatively dexterous and inventive passages, recorded live in Le Havre, France in the spring of 2023.
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Guy, Barry Blue Shroud Band: All This This Here
(Listen! Foundation (Fundacja Sluchaj!))

The title and text drawn from Samuel Beckett's last poem and meditation on language, "what is the word" and also his "Brief Dream", plus a poem from Barra O Seaghdha and two 18th century Edo Haikus, Barry Guy's exquisite work about life in transit through eight movements is performed with a stellar ensemble including Agusti Fernandez, Maya Homburg, Lucas Niggli, Percuy Pursgolve, &c.
Squidco Pick

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HIIT (Quatrana / Grossi / Alves): For Beauty Is Nothing But The Beginning Of Terror
(Clean Feed)

Bringing tremendous playing skill and creative intent, the Italian/Portuguese trio of Simone Quatrana on piano, Andrea Grossi on double bass and Pedro Melo Alves on drums & percussion, improvise over spontaneous compositions that flow perceptively from quick energetic moments to periods of abstract beauty, complementing each other in exquisite and dynamic ways.
Squidco Pick

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Jones / Lash / Wastel: Meditating With The Father, Son, And Holy Ghost

An interpretation and reimagining of the opening track of Coltrane's Meditations, from the UK trio of Ed Jones on tenor & soprano saxophones, Dominic Lash on double bass and Mark Wastell on tam tam, gongs, cymbal & percussion, performed live at Cafe OTO in London in 2023, transforming the original recording's density into a slowly opening, evolving work of beauty.
     Buy      $9.95      Listen          

Nagano, Sana / Leonor Falcon: Peach and Tomato
(577 Records)

Using members of the violin family augmented with effects, NY violinist Sana Nagano and violist Leonor Falcon pay homage to Prokofiev's Sonata for Two Violins and Bela Bartok's Etudes 1 & 2, reinterpreted for modern contemporary approaches, alongside new compositions from both Nagano & Falcon that show their virtuosic talents and playful attitude to performance.
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Smiley, Andrew / Kate Gentile: Flagrances

Two New York Improvisers recording at The Pink Forest studio in Brooklyn present 18 succinct, upbeat and distinctive improvisations on drums and electric guitar, from drummer Kate Gentile (Matt Mitchell, Secret People, Gabriel Zucker & The Delegation, Dave Douglas) and guitarist Andrew Smiley (Little Women, Bloor, Chris Pitsiokis Quartet).
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Zorn, John / Bill Laswell: Memoria

A heartfelt tribute to three significant jazz innovators associated with the 1960's free jazz scene--Pharoah Sanders, Wayne Shorter, and Milford Graves--in one improvisation each from the long-running collaboration of alto saxophonist John Zorn and bassist Bill Laswell, contrasting Laswell's fx-expanded bass underpinnings with Zorn's emphatic and expressive playing.
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Deli Kuvveti: In the Summer Dusk
(Sublime Retreat)

The title an excellent reflection of the work, Seattle-based, Turkish-born Deli Kuvveti developed these two works that flow into each other to create an absorbing impression of a serene summer evening with dark undertones, using a granular synthesis configuration that creates movement through textured sounds, creating two complex and highly detailed narratives.
Squidco Pick

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Krausbauer, John / David Maranha: John Krausbauer & David Maranha [7'' VINYL]
(Public Eyesore)

A minimalist work in the tradition of Tony Conrad and Henry Flynt, John Cale or La Monte Young, West Coast-based composer and multi-instrumentalist John Krausbauer performing on an amplified violin and Portuguese experimental/drone artist David Maranha (Osso Exótico) performing on electric organ present two emphatic and rich compositions of interacting tone and texture.
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McCormick, John Collins : Healthy Alternative To Thinking [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]

Two sound works from multimedia artist John Collins McCormick (Sky Thing) recorded using a multi-channel, portable sound system that employs up to 8 subwoofers in drum stands, amplifying low frequencies and rattling odds and ends he collected over the years, creating a rolling and controlled cacophony of quick rhythms and unusual asides from objects placed on the subwoofers.
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Sharp, Elliott / Eric Mingus: Songs from a Rogue State
(zOaR Records)

Extending their collaborations with this project that blurs rock, experimental and improvised forms in a very Downtown NY way, Elliott Sharp performing on guitars, analog synth & drums machines joins with Eric Mingus on bass and primary vocals, with Doug McKenzie providing drums samples and loops, for a set of insightful, incisive, extraordinary songs.
     Buy      $11.95      Listen          

Tabata / Yamaji / Yoshida: Missing Heads
(Magaibutsu Limited)

A live performance in Koenji, Tokyo at the club Jirokichi in 2022 from the prog-oriented instrumental improvising power rock trio of Mitsuru Tabata on guitar, Kazuhide Yamaji on guitar and Tatsuya Yoshida on drums, Tabata & Yoshida providing vocal emphasis through the nine brisk and highly interactive tracks of great energy, psychedelic overtone and impressive technical skill.
Squidco Pick

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Yoshida, Tatsuya x Owada Chihiro: Dotsukiuta
(Magaibutsu Limited)

Quick-witted and intensely detailed improvisations between Japanese drummer Tatsuya Yoshida and pianist Chihiro Owada (Karasutou!), who also performs on pianica, with both free vocalizing, in eleven recordings captured at live performances between 2021 and 2013 in Ogikubo, Maebashi and Youtsuya, Japan, plus a bonus studio composition combining unused sources.
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Ogawa, Michiko / Lucy Railton: Fragments Of Reincarnation
(Another Timbre)

A single-movement work for sho, Hammond organ and cello, jointly realized by Berlin-based collaborators, Tokyo contemporary and experimental musician & composer Michiko Ogawa, and British cellist & composer Lucy Railton, whose work bridges experimental electronic and electroacoustic practice, here exploring the combinations of different tuning systems inherent in their instruments.
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Zorn, John (Julian Lage / Gyan Riley): Quatrain

Based on the influential 1929 novel by Welsh writer Richard Hughes, A High Wind in Jamaica, about the disturbing ordeal of four children captured by pirates on the sea, realized through John Zorn's compositions for two guitarist--Julian Lage and Gyan Riley--and expressed through a spectrum of tranquil and portentous passages of virtuosic playing.
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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

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

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

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

• You can see Recently Restocked items on this page.

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


Agnese Amico:
(zOaR Records)

AMM (Rowe / Prevost + Tilbury):
Last Calls

Butcher / Charbin / Kanngiesser / Prevost:
The Art Of Noticing

Valentin Ceccaldi (w/ Ziemniak / Ottervanger / Lopes):
Bonbon Flamme
(Clean Feed)

(zOaR Records)

Sandy Ewen / Jason Nazary:
A Beaded Gesture [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]
(Notice Recordings)

Frog Squad:
Special Noise
(Mahakala Music)

Izumi Kimura / Gerry Hemingway:
(Listen! Foundation (Fundacja Sluchaj!))

Joanna Mattrey :
(Notice Recordings)

MAW (Meadows / Ackerley / Wallace):
Live Recordings [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]
(Notice Recordings)

David Mirarchi:
Ink Folly, Orchid Gleam
(Unbroken Sounds)

Margaux Oswald / Jesper Zeuthen:
(Clean Feed)

Parrini / Salamon / Trilla:
Eating Poetry
(Clean Feed)

Marek Pospieszalski Octet:
No Other End Of The World Will There Be
(Clean Feed)

Swell / Tokar / Kugel:
For The People Of The Open Heart
(Listen! Foundation (Fundacja Sluchaj!))

Liba Villavecchia Trio:
(Clean Feed)

Widdershins (Coleman / Ederer / Malone / Mills / Gold / Hill / Kordik):

Dorian Wood / Thor Harris (w/ Carla Bozulich / Jarboe / Patrick Shiroishi / Heather Trost):
You Are Clearly In Perversion [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]
(Astral Editions)

Yarde / Wright / Wilkinson / Smith / Lynch / Chat:
A Company of Others

Tatsuya Yoshida x Kentaro Nakao:
(Magaibutsu Limited)

Tatsuya Yoshida x Satoshi Mishoiba:
Moonlight Sonata
(Magaibutsu Limited)

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