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Anna Webber: Shimmer Wince

Read "Shimmer Wince" reviewed by John Sharpe


There is often an underlying rigor to the work of Canadian saxophonist and flautist Anna Webber, be that inspiration from the digital world on Binary (Skirl, 2016), her investigation of multiphonic intervals on Idiom (Pi, 2021) or contemporary classical percussion repertoire on Clockwise (Pi, 2020). On Shimmer Wince, she derives her compositions from her study of Just Intonation, a system which many believe offers a more “pure" way of tuning and allows greater timbral and sonic possibilities ...

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Anna Webber: Shimmer Wince

Read "Shimmer Wince" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Some mechanical wristwatches have clear faces which allow the owner to observe the inner workings of the marvelous object. It is a wonder just how the timepiece utilizes its mainspring and gear train to drive the harmonic oscillator which keeps near perfect time. The same can be said of composer, saxophonist and flautist Anna Webber's investigation into unique tunings using the overtone series known as Just Intonation (JI). It is an ancient system based on the natural vibration of physical ...

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Radio & Podcasts

Anna Webber, Steve Lehman, & Silvia Bolognesi

Read "Anna Webber, Steve Lehman, & Silvia Bolognesi" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Digging into the music on new releases from saxophonists this week from rising-star Anna Webber's new Shimmer Wince, the highly-praised Steve Lehman with the Orchestre National De Jazz from France, Pasquale Calo from Italy and his quartet, and Chicago powerhouse Dave Rempis with Belgian bassist Farida Amadou, plus Italian bassist Silvia Bolognesi on her new world-music flavoured Timing Birds. There's something new from Germany's Dialectic Flow and Schikane, Swiss drummer Samir Boehringer, and a taste of the NYC Loft Scene ...

Album Review

Trevor Dunn's Trio-Convulsant avec folie à quatre: Séances

Read "Séances" reviewed by Vic Albani


Nel peculiare universo del “jazz obliquo" contemporaneo il bassista Trevor Dunn, ben conosciuto a chi approda spesso sulle spiagge del signor John Zorn, esiste da sempre un ben conosciuto e mai ben definito mondo di ricerca complessa e collegata ai mille meandri della mente umana. Racconta dunque Dunn che nella Francia del XVIII secolo esisteva una setta di cristiani, considerata eretica dai compagni servi di Dio, chiamata i Convulsionari di Saint-Médard. Dopo la morte di un amato diacono, ...

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Trevor Dunn: Séances

Read "Séances" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


Holy bank shot Batman! Is Seances, (bassist Trevor Dunn's dissertation on the how humans tend to forget and repeat, ever a radical and electrifying take on things. Anything and everything goes the distance for Dunn and the combined mad genius of his Trio-Covulsant cronies, wickedly cool guitarist Mary Halvorson and the chaotic meter of drummer Ches Smith. It has been eighteen turbulent years since this threesome last convened for the opaquely conversant Sister Phantom Owl Fish (Ipecac, 2004) ...

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Trevor Dunn's Trio-Convulsant avec Folie À Quatre: Séances

Read "Séances" reviewed by Mark Corroto


If you thought the Hang Mike Pence and Three Percenters crowd are just a phenomenon of the 21st century, let me introduce you to the Convulsionnaires of Saint-Médard, an 18th century Christian sect with the hysterical practices of coprophagia (yes, eating feces), spontaneous milk-vomiting and levitation. After the established religious authorities cracked down on the Convulsionnaires, many were sent to mental asylums, but others continued with less public séances or 'sessions.' Composer and bassist Trevor Dunn unearths this ...

Album Review

Anna Webber: Idiom

Read "Idiom" reviewed by Stefano Merighi


Già da oltre un decennio, la complessità della canadese Anna Webber (sax tenore, flauto, composizione) ci interroga sulla possibilità di compenetrare nel jazz di oggi mente e corpo, attitudine concettuale e abbandono rituale. Non è la prima, ovviamente, a lambire questi territori impervi. Si situa, forse, in una geografia sonora che parte da Cecil Taylor e attraversa le gigantesche ombre di Anthony Braxton e Henry Threadgill. Ma, velocemente, sta atterrando in un pianeta sonoro totalmente proprio, come dimostra questo doppio ...


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