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NEWS: EDUCATION

Where's The Beat? From Ancient Rhythms To Future Grooves For Gizmos, Gadgets And Thingamajigs

Where's The Beat? From Ancient Rhythms To Future Grooves For Gizmos, Gadgets And Thingamajigs

The classic “world beat bible" by Matthew Montfort is now bringing these ancient rhythms into the grooves of the future with content for digital audio workstations, sequencers, computers, tablets, smartphones, CD players, and other gizmos! Where's the Beat? A. West Africa, Bali, and India, birthplaces of polyrhythm, gamelan, and tala.
B. Within every performer, where ...

Karen Gottlieb: Music for Harp

Read "Music for Harp" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Attraversando mezzo secolo di letteratura per arpa, Karen Gottlieb confeziona un album sufficientemente vario per uno strumento tendenzialmente piuttosto monolitico come quello che si è scelta. Del 1949 sono la pagina più attempata delle due a firma di Lou Harrison (1917-2003), che apre la raccolta, e quella di John Cage. La prima, in 5 movimenti, costeggia ...

Klas Nevrin Ensemble: Live At Lederman

Read "Live At Lederman" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Swedish pianist and composer Klas Nevrin, known for his ongoing collaborations with reed player Fredrik Ljungkvist in Ljungkvist's bands Yun Kan 5 and Yun Kan 10 and in the Norwegian- Swedish quartet Honeyleap, suggests a new arresting sonic aesthetic in his new solo album. His compositions forge a middle path between the rock-inspired lineage of free ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Thollem McDonas: The Beauty of Never Going Back Home

Read "Thollem McDonas: The Beauty of Never Going Back Home" reviewed by Dave Wayne

What is often forgotten about improvised music is that it can come from anywhere. Though its history is inextricably intertwined with jazz, improvisation is part and parcel of a myriad of musical cultures. Pianist and composer Thollem McDonas is not just aware of this fact, it is part of his daily existence. About 10 years ago, ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Amy C. Beal: Carla Bley

Read "Amy C. Beal: Carla Bley" reviewed by Chris May

Carla Bley
Amy C. Beal
Softcover, 114 pages
University of Illinois Press
ISBN: 9780252078187
2011

Remarkably, this is the first detailed, published study of the career and music of Carla Bley, the distinguished composer, keyboardist, band leader and activist. It is the seventh volume in the University of ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Fred Frith: Mapping the Further Reaches

Read "Fred Frith: Mapping the Further Reaches" reviewed by Nic Jones

Multi-instrumentalist/composer Fred Frith occupies a unique niche. As a charter member of Henry Cow, a band for which improvisation was always an integral part of musical expression, he was partly responsible for some of the most radical music ever to have emerged from beneath the rock umbrella.



So much so, in fact, that ...

The New Black: The White Album

Read "The White Album" reviewed by Clifford Allen

Percussionist Gino Robair's Rastascan label, based in the Bay Area, has long been a sort of outpost for non-idiomatic improvisation in the US, recording groups like the Evan Parker/Barry Guy/Paul Lytton Trio, German reedman Wolfgang Fuchs, saxophonist John Butcher and guitarist Derek Bailey. Robair studied with AMM percussionist Eddie Prevost in England, as well as composition ...