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Label: Ictus Records
Released: 2020

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Urs Leimgruber - Andreas Willers - Alvin Curran - Fabrizio Spera: Rome-Ing

Read "Rome-Ing" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

These venerable European improvisers tease and taunt the listeners' psyches with free-form minimalist sound-shaping designs and subdued inner-workings with gradual buildups and asynchronous movements, countered by explosive episodes of angst, tinted with creaky sub-motifs. With four lengthy works recorded live in Rome--hence, the album title—American pianist Alvin Curran and Swiss guitarist Andreas Willers incorporate electronics into ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Ostrava Days 2019

Read "Ostrava Days 2019" reviewed by Martin Longley

Ostrava Days Various Venues Ostrava Czech Republic August 22-31, 2019 The biennial Ostrava Days festival rolled around again, and there's nothing quite like a once-every-two-years event to make time appear to flow even faster than normal. As a moderne composition festival, it is difficult to accurately ...

Alvin Curran, Ben Perowsky, David Tronzo, John Medeski, Tim Berne, David Torn & Hank Roberts

Read "Alvin Curran, Ben Perowsky, David Tronzo, John Medeski, Tim Berne, David Torn & Hank Roberts" reviewed by Martin Longley

Alvin Curran The Park Avenue Armory March 14, 2018 The composer and keyboardist Alvin Curran was born in Providence, Rhode Island, and is now a sprightly 79 years old. His work with Musica Elettronica Viva in Rome, from 1966 onwards, is of most interest to followers of improvised music. Curran ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Ciro Longobardi, Michele Rabbia, Daniele Roccato: In Nomine. Thinking of Giacinto Scelsi

Read "In Nomine. Thinking of Giacinto Scelsi" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Una meravigliosa architettura sonora, ora suggestivamente evocativa, ora sorprendentemente scoppiettante, ora complessa e introversa, sempre tuttavia limpida e austera, finanche nei momenti più magmatici e liberi: questo è In Nomine, opera di tre musicisti coraggiosi e dallo sguardo aperto, che guardano avanti ma -come riporta il sottotitolo -lo fanno pensando al grande compositore novecentesco Giacinto Scelsi. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

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 ...


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