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Kollega: EP 1

Read "EP 1" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The self-titled debut from UK-based Kollega is a brief and eclectic collection merging multiple technologies with acoustic and electric instrumentation. Bassist Dave Shooter--the de-facto spokesperson for the quartet--explains that the group sound is influenced by the likes of the electo-acoustic Nerve and Aphex Twin, and while there may be a trace of the Richard D. James ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Paula Shocron: Paths to a New Sound

Read "Paula Shocron: Paths to a New Sound" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

When Werner X. Uehlinger, the founder of Hat Hut Records, was asked about a statement on why he liked Argentinian pianist Paula Shocron's music, the answer was clear, short and succinct: “The quality of surprise." Uehlinger discovered Shocron's music through her work with the SLD Trio and he liked their debut Anfitrión so much that the ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

October Revolution in Jazz & Contemporary Music 2017

Read "October Revolution in Jazz & Contemporary Music 2017" reviewed by Mark Corroto

October Revolution In Jazz & Contemporary Music
FringeArts
Philadelphia, PA
October 5-8, 2017

The main venue for The October Revolution in Jazz & Contemporary Music was FringeArts, a renovated historic pumping station for Philadelphia's fire department located in the shadow of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. It seats 240 ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Rob Mazurek: Chimeric Stoned Horn

Read "Chimeric Stoned Horn" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

"Chimeric" is defined as imaginary or visionary and it is a fitting allegory for the surreal nature of Chimeric Stoned Horn. Composer, electronic artist, cornet virtuoso and multimedia artist Rob Mazurek's vocation in the visual field has progressively influenced his music and vice versa. These are not alter egos, but related facets of the artist and ...

Creative Music Studio Spring Workshop 2017

Read "Creative Music Studio Spring Workshop 2017" reviewed by Martin Longley

Creative Music Studio Spring Workshop 2017
Full Moon Resort
Big Indian, NY
June 12-15, 2017

There are multiple facets to the lengthy, imaginative musical journey of Karl Berger and Ingrid Sertso. Together with Ornette Coleman, they founded the Creative Music Studio and Foundation in 1971. Their old Woodstock ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Suoni Per Il Popolo 2017

Read "Suoni Per Il Popolo 2017" reviewed by Mike Chamberlain

Casa del Popolo, Sala Rossa, La Vitrola
Suoni Per Il Popolo
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
June 1-24, 2017

This year's edition of the Suoni per il Popolo, or Suoni as it is popularly known, was the 17th since the inception of Mauro Pezzente and Kiva Stimac's Casa del Popolo mini-empire, which also ...

Thollem McDonas: Meeting At The Parting Place

Read "Meeting At The Parting Place" reviewed by Francesca Odilia Bellino

Il pubblico di intenditori italiani conoscerà già il pianista, improvvisatore e attivista Thollem McDonas per essere rispettivamente pianista e cantante di una delle band anarco-jazz-punk combo italiane più interessanti e pazze degli ultimi anni: Tsigoti (quattro dischi bomba per ESP). Ma Thollem McDonas è anche qualcosa d'altro, soprattutto nell'avanguardia americana (San Francisco) e non solo date ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

The Free Musics by Jack Wright

Read "The Free Musics by Jack Wright" reviewed by Daniel Barbiero

The Free Musics
Jack Wright
316 Pages
ISBN: 1537777246
Spring Garden Music Editions
2017

Saxophonist Jack Wright's first encounter with free jazz occurred in 1967, when a chance meeting with Charlie Haden resulted in Wright's being invited to see Haden play with Ornette Coleman. Wright, who had been a ...

Thollem | Mazurek: Blind Curves and Box Canyons

Read "Blind Curves and Box Canyons" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

In a remote outpost of creativity, the little town of Marfa sits on less than two square miles, a one-hour drive from the Mexican border. With a population of about two-thousand, it may, nevertheless, be the Brooklyn of the West Texas desert plateau. From its beginnings as an artist colony (of sorts), Marfa has been developing ...

Dialectical Imagination: The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of Rapture

Read "The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of Rapture" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Dialectical Imagination is a duo comprised of pianist Eli Wallace and percussionist Rob Pumpelly, both of whom are dedicated to finding an approach to free improvisation that draws from their other interests in chamber music and composition. The six tracks included on this intriguingly-titled release do offer some provocative possibilities in that direction, providing idiosyncratic and ...