An unrestrained album of free jazz, unorthodox electronic excursions and vocal irascibility as legendary tenor saxophonist Joe McPhee joins the Bazuinschal duo of alto saxophonist Mette Rasmussen and percussionist & electronic manipulator Dennis Tyfus (Ultra Eczema) for this singularly unusual 2018 concert at Het Bos, in Antwerp, Belgium; magnificently indescribable!
Continuing the reissue series of Swedish drummer & accordionist based in Berlin, Sven-Ake Johansson, with this 1971 recording of an otherwise unrecorded quintet with Jeanne Lee on vocal, Gunter Hampel on vibes, flute & bass clarinet, Michael Waisvisz on synthesizer and Freddy Gosseye on electric bass, captured live in a then-radical concert at Berlin Jazztage.
In 2001 the trio of Tony Conrad, Arnold Dreyblatt and Jim O'Rourke performed an extended improvisation at a concert organized by David Weinstein at Manhattan's experimental concert space Tonic, each artist presenting a solo work followed by this incredible work of ecstatic integrated drone, texture and harmonic interaction from immensely intertwining strings.
Following their album of compositions by Alvin Lucier, the New York violin duo String Noise of Conrad Harris and Pauline Kim Harris present a series of solo and duo compositions by American avant composer Christian Wolff, a peer of Brown, Cage, and Feldman from the New York School, works composed across the span of his career through a wealth of concepts and motives.
The 11th release from the trio of Keiji Haino, Jim O'Rourke and Oren Ambarchi, in two extraordinary works spread across a double LP gatefold release; first a collaborative long distance project commissioned by Issue Project Room during the pandemic; then a live performance at Tokyo's SuperDeluxe in three extended improvisations with Haino on both drums and guitar.
A truly unique set of compositions juxtaposing lush field recording with disruptive vocal repetitions, vowel sounds from six different speakers, creating disorienting moments that lull the listener into complacency and then startles them with unexpected interference, as the composer explores how he can establish a subjective relationship with natural environments.
The debut of Ensemble Nist-Nah, a nine-piece collective group of French percussionists led by Nantes-based Australian drummer and percussionist Will Guthrie, incorporating a diverse set of influences including Gamelan performance, contemporary composition, noise and jazz into rich and ecstatic performances, an exciting album of informed approaches to modern and traditional percussion.
Using musique concrète techniques, ECM-inspired jazz, rich layers of synths and hints of pop into immersive and affecting structures, composer Eiko Ishibashi, along with collaborators including Jim O'Rourke on guitar & acoustic bass, create a musical portrayal in two parts plus a coda of the character Jack McCoy, portrayed by Sam Waterston in the TV show Law & Order.
Three realizations of composer David Behrman's "Unforseen Events" work using computer algorithms to respond to pitch cues from an instrumentalist, first in Berlin in 1989 with Curran and Werner Durand on soprano sax, then in NY in 1999 with Jon Gibson on soprano sax; plus "ViewFinder" with Werner Durand using a motion-triggered camera to alter electronic & wind instrumental sound.
Translating to "Light Flowers, Dark Flowers", Alvin Curran's 1978 release on his cooperative Ananda label receives its first remaster and reissue, bringing to life this joyfully surreal album of synthetic and acoustic instruments, field recordings and voice, unveiling itself like a cinematic work of dovetailed stories both reflective and energetically active.