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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Jazz Festival Ljubljana 2019

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Cankarjev Dom
Jazz Festival Ljubljana
Ljubljana
June 18-22, 2019

Ljubljana—capital of the Republic of Slovenia, member of the EU, neighbored by Austria, Hungary, Croatia and Italy—hosts a now six decades old jazz festival. The event is organized by Cankarjev House/Cankarjev Dom, a prestigious, state-run cultural center in midtown Ljubljana opposite the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Patrick Brennan / Abdul Moimême: Terraphonia

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Somewhere on a timeline that includes studying guitar in Madrid and architecture in Boston, Portuguese native Abdul Moimême studied saxophone with American artist Patrick Brennan. Moimême has been prolific as part of almost two-dozen leader/co-leader releases since his debut Nekhephthu (Creative Sources, 2008). Brennan is lightly recorded with four leader dates over the past two decades. ...

Experimentalists: Talking with Adam Berenson, Dana Jessen, and Abdul Moimême

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The newly opened Théatre des Champs-Elysées was sold out on the night of May 29, 1913. The well-heeled Parisian audience had come to enjoy the much-anticipated premiere of Igor Stravinsky's “Rite of Spring" which featured the choreography of the acclaimed Russian ballet dancer Vaslav Nijinsky. Some accounts of what transpired that night appear to be exaggerated. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Dissection Room: Albert Cirera / Abdul Moimême / Alvaro Rosso: Dissection Room

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An international trio, based out of Lisbon, Portugal, Dissection Room formed in 2015 with saxophonist Albert Cirera, bassist Alvaro Rosso and guitarist and electronic artist Abdul Moiméme. The three artists share wide-ranging formal training in multiple disciplines as well as an affinity for experimental music. Their self-titled debut, recorded live at Lisbon's O'Culto Da Ajuda in ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Kollega: EP 1

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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: YEAR IN REVIEW

Karl Ackermann's Best Releases of 2017

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2017 was an exceptional year for artists who elude convention; veterans such as Wadada Leo Smith and relative newcomers like Abdul Moimême gave us unique musical insights. It was an outstanding year for solo recordings. Along with Smith and Moimême, Rob Mazurek, Matthew Shipp, Irish multi-instrumentalist Aine O'Dwyer, Cuban pianist Aruán Ortiz, Italian pianist Stefano Battaglia, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Bjorn Meyer: Provenance

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Bassist Björn Meyer strongly believes that there are multiple functions for bass. Born just outside of Stockholm, he started out playing piano and some guitar but when he randomly picked up a bass, he realized that he had found his instrument. Self-taught, he had been inspired by the diverse styles of Marcus Miller and Jaco Pastorius. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Abdul Moimeme: Exosphere

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Portuguese native Abdul Moimême moved to Dublin, Ireland, by way of New Mexico, at an early age. Something of a renaissance man, he studied guitar as a youth and later took up tenor saxophone with instruction from the cutting edge reed player Patrick Brennan. In between, he managed to study architecture in Boston, finalizing his degree ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Insubordinations celebrates Swiss-Portuguese connections

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Since its inaugural release in 2006, the Swiss Insubordinations label and net label has issued over sixty albums, dedicated to improvised and/or electroacoustic music, as free-of-charge downloads and as limited editions on CD or CDr. Refreshingly, all Insubordinations releases remain fully downloadable under creative commons license.

If that were not enough, Insubordinations is also ...

Insubordinations: Mapping the Forefront of Sound

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Electroacoustic improvisation is surely one of the most exciting fronts in twenty-first century music. Each time there's a digital innovation, this music innovates as well, which means that the changes are coming fast and thick. It's an explosion, really.

For devotees of this music, as well as anyone who is curious about these new sounds, ...