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Aram Shelton

Aram Shelton is a multi-instrumentalist on saxophones and clarinets, a composer & improviser, and creates electroacoustic music with computer-based electronics. While the music he makes is spread across a variety of aesthetic lines, it is related by the importance of improvisation to develop material and express the individuality of musicians. He currently lives in Oakland, California. Shelton has performed with a wide variety of talented musicians, including Tim Daisy, Ken Vandermark, Jason Ajemian, Josh Berman, Audrey Chen, Fred Lonberg-holm, Dave Rempis, Damon Smith, Steve Bernstein, Weasel Walter, Jason Roebke, Liz Albee, Rob Mazurek, Matt Bauder, Jessica Pavone, Fred Frith, Josh Abrams, Harris Eisenstadt, Jeb Bishop, Tim Perkis, Kevin Drumm, Jon Raskin, Frank Rosaly, Guillermo Gregorio, and Chris Brown

ARTICLE: RADIO

Whit Dickey, Asher Gamedze, Quin Kirchner, Icepick and More

Read "Whit Dickey, Asher Gamedze, Quin Kirchner, Icepick and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Three albums by drummers highlight this episode. South Africa's Asher Gamedze's Dialectic Soul brings to light the freer, more avant side of contemporary South African jazz (perhaps in a way that the revered Louis Moholo Moholo did over fifty years ago), while drummer Quin Kirchner's latest delves into various rhythms and tributes to favorite musicians. Tying ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Bruce Ackley / Fred Frith / Henry Kaiser / Aram Shelton: Unexpected Twins

Read "Unexpected Twins" reviewed by John Sharpe

Sometimes looking back can be a cause of regret, but it can sometimes inspire. Happily the latter is the case with Unexpected Twins by the doubled instrumentation of guitarists Henry Kaiser and Fred Frith and saxophonists Bruce Ackley and Aram Shelton. The original Twins emerged from the early free improvisation scene in North America in 1977, ...

Dormancy

Label: Singlespeed Music
Released: 2018
Track listing: New Growth; Light; Water; Respiration; Mobilization; Embryo; Seedling; Flowering.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Aram Shelton & Håkon Berre: Dormancy

Read "Dormancy" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

San Francisco Bay Area resident, alto saxophonist Aram Shelton and Norwegian drummer/percussionist Håkon Berre recorded this dynamic session in a studio outside of Copenhagen. Each musician is highly respected in their home turf and beyond, although Shelton has led bands and collaborated with the crème de la crème of fearless improvising risk-takers in the US since ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Kyle Bruckmann's Degradient: Dear Everyone

Read "Dear Everyone" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Diceva Luciano Berio nel 1974, a proposito della ricerca di “analogie specifiche" tra linguaggio verbale e musica, che “proprio questo tipo di ricerca è un altro modo di vivere una delle condizioni più reali e permanenti della musica, che è quella di rincorrere senza sosta un'utopia di linguaggio," per “scoprire nuove e provvisorie relazioni tra suono ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Bassist / Composer Matthew Golombisky Releases 12 Aural "Short-Stories" With Close Music Cohorts / Improvisers On This Cassette Release

Bassist / Composer Matthew Golombisky Releases 12 Aural "Short-Stories" With Close Music Cohorts / Improvisers On This Cassette Release

All About Jazz writer Jakob Baekgaard recently called Matthew Golombisky a modern “renaissance man”. He is a forward moving, fast acting, and busy artist. Between his acoustic/electric bass performing, commissioned compositions (including his work on Australian singer/songwriter Via Tania’s latest album, featuring his Tomorrow Music Orchestra, his film scoring contributions to Argentine director Alejo Domínguez’s feature ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Marc Riordan/Tim Daisy: Joyride

Read "Joyride" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Critics often speak of the chemistry between two musicians. Why? Because, it is so very easy to toss out this abstract, non-quantifiable concept. Those who agree, nod. Those who differ, well they have nothing on which to challenge your statement. But here I go, Tim Daisy and Marc Riordan showcase a stellar musical affinity on their ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Shelton / Lonberg-Holm / Rosaly: Resounder

Read "Resounder" reviewed by Mark Corroto

There is no connection whatsoever between the improvised electro-acoustic music of Resounder and Carl Stalling's musical accompaniment and his adaptations of music composed by Raymond Scott for Warner Brothers' Merrie Melodies and Looney Tunes cartoon. Except that, the music of Aram Shelton, Fred Lonberg-Holm, and Frank Rosaly evokes a sort of theatre of the mind. The ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Steel Bridge Trio: Different Clocks

Read "Different Clocks" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Heard at the imaginary music awards ceremony, “and the winner of the quietest and most accessible avant-garde recording of 2015 (dramatic pause), Different Clocks by Steel Bridge Trio." “Accepting the award for the trio is Jimmy Giuffre and Eric Dolphy. If there were such awards, and certainly there should be, Chicagoan Tim Daisy would ...


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