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Dwiki Dharmawan: Rumah Batu

Read "Rumah Batu" reviewed by John Kelman

There are, in these times of reduced music sales, fewer and fewer models that help niche labels to survive. In the case of New York-based MoonJune Records and its intrepid head Leonardo Pavkovic, the path to survival seems increasingly more about doing what he does for the love of it, and less about fiduciary gain (much ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Robert Rich & Markus Reuter at Streamside Concerts

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Robert Rich & Markus Reuter
Streamside Concerts
Arden, NC
May 18, 2018

American ambient keyboardist Robert Rich and German touch guitarist Markus Reuter have known each other for over a decade, and produced two albums together. But they have never toured together until now, a short tour they are calling Flood ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Leonardo Pavkovic: Nothing is Ordinary

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More than any other person, Leonardo Pavkovic has made me write some crazy shit.

Pavkovic is the primal force behind the joyously eclectic MoonJune Records, which he established in 2001. “Established" may not be the right word: “I am truly an unusual and rules breaking call-it-record-company with a 'label' identity despite the fact that ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

John Kelman's Best Releases of 2017

Read "John Kelman's Best Releases of 2017" reviewed by John Kelman

For those who may have noticed, there have been no best of lists coming from yours truly since 2014; sadly, the chronic health problem that has reduced my previous writing pace to a crawl continues without much respite. My best of the year lists have always been predicated upon having reviewed the releases chosen, and with ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Wingfield Reuter Sirkis: Lighthouse

Read "Lighthouse" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

The trio of Mark Wingfield (guitar), Markus Reuter (touch guitar) and Asaf Sirkis (drums) gathered at La Casa Murada Studios in Spain in February, 2016 to improvise the music on this album. There was so much creativity in the air that bassist Yaron Stavi asked to join them for another session--The Stone House (Moonjune Records, 2017)--which ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Stick Men at Havana

Read "Stick Men at Havana" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Stick Men
Havana
New Hope, PA
August 15, 2017

Stick Men look like a secondary project or side endeavor on the surface--probably inevitable since the members are most known in the progressive music world for being part of the King Crimson family--but there's a real difference between being a side ...

NEWS: MUSIC INDUSTRY

King Crimson Guitar Legend Trey Gunn's 7d Media Label To Merge With DiN Records

King Crimson Guitar Legend Trey Gunn's 7d Media Label To Merge With DiN Records

Trey Gunn (King Crimson, KTU, Security Project, solo artist) started 7d Media 15 years ago. The label began mainly as a vehicle for his own releases/projects and those of his closest colleagues (Tony Levin, Pat Mastelotto etc…) The label has steadily grown and now encompasses a variety of releases connecting both progressive rock (Stick Men, Markus ...

Wingfield Reuter Stavi Sirkis: The Stone House

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At a 2009 ECM @ 40 celebration in Mannheim, Germany that was part of the ongoing Enjoy Jazz Festival, Italian trumpeter Enrico Rava spoke, in a public interview, about how free jazz, back in the day, wasn't really free. There were rules: no time and/or no changes, for example; with memorable melodies not impossible, but not ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Wingfield Reuter Stavi Sirkis: The Stone House

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Electrifying collective improvisation from four progressive masters. The combination of electric guitar, touch guitar, electric bass and drums recalls the classic David Torn album Cloud About Mercury (ECM, 1987), as well as the various improvisational King Crimson spinoffs called ProjeKcts.

U.K. guitarist Mark Wingfield (Jane Chapman, solo artist, and one half of the long-running ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Prog Legends Stick Men Featuring King Crimson Members New Album "Prog Noir" Available For Pre-Order

Prog Legends Stick Men Featuring King Crimson Members New Album "Prog Noir" Available For Pre-Order

Much to the excitement of music aficionados worldwide, prog legends Stick Men will be releasing their new album Prog Noir on October 21, 2016. It is now available for pre-order as a single disc edition and a super deluxe box set, which contains an additional bonus CD with exclusive material, a double vinyl version of the album, a ...