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EUPHORIUM_freakestra: soundz offfe drzk wähuh

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The funny thing about DNA is that just when scientists believe it to be the identifiable signature of all living things, along comes CRISPR gene editing. This technology allows an operator to edit the basic genetic material of an organism, much like the music of Oliver Schwerdt's EUPHORIUM_freakestra. We're not talking science fiction here, more like ...

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Fred Frith & Ikue Mori: A Mountain Doesn’t Know It’s Tall

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Have you experienced a performance of John Cage's composition “4:33"? If you are not familiar, while studying Zen Buddhism, Cage wrote “four minutes, thirty-three seconds" to be performed solo or in any combination of instruments or players. The instructions were for the performers to NOT play their instruments for the allotted 273 seconds. Their 'silence' was ...

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Julius Hemphill: The Boyé Multi-National Crusade For Harmony

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There is something inherently objectionable when a billionaire acquires an artistic masterpiece by say, Leonardo DaVinci or Claude Monet, only to sequester it from public view. You might feel the same about Julius Hemphill's recordings Dogon A.D. (Mbari, 1972) and 'Coon Bid'ness (Arista/Freedom, 1975). Both five star recordings, now out of print, cost a small fortune ...

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Alex Koo / Attila Gyárfas / Ralph Alessi: Identified Flying Object

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Belgian-Japanese pianist Alex Koo and Hungarian drummer Attila Gyárfás formed the duo Identified Flying Object to explore fully improvised music that has one foot in jazz, one in chamber music, another in minimalism, and a fourth in electronic manipulations. Their initial release Galactic Liturgy (2017) is followed up here with the addition of Ralph Alessi's trumpet ...

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Duo Libertaire: Hint Of Monk

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At the dawn of the second century of Thelonious Monk's (1917-1982) music, one must wonder just what the great man would think of Duo Libertaire's homage recording Hint Of Monk. During his lifetime, actually before his music was included in the jazz canon, the only tributes available were Steve Lacy's solo soprano saxophone recordings and School ...

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BLOOP: Proof

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The electro-acoustic duo BLOOP--trumpeter Lina Allemano plus the live-processing and effects of Mike Smith--focuses on free improvisation and extended techniques. Ms. Allemano can also be heard in multiple contexts from contemporary jazz to psychedelic music and free jazz, chamber jazz, and in solo performance. This disc is a simultaneous release with Vegetables (Luma Records, 2021) by ...

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Barry Altschul’s 3Dom Factor feat. Jon Irabagon & Joe Fonda: Long Tall Sunshine

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The fourth release by Barry Altschul's 3Dom Factor, Long Tall Sunshine, evokes (in a weird way) the lyrics to “Helter Skelter" by The Beatles: “When I get to the bottom I go back to the top of the slide Where I stop and I turn and I go for a ride Till ...

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George Haslam / João Madeira / Pedro Castello Lopes / Mário Rua: Ajuda

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Why would a listener consider Ajuda, a free jazz recording by the quartet of British saxophonist George Haslam and this Portuguese trio, to be a meditative production? Is it quiet? Not really. Is it a solo effort? Not at all. Is it focused inward? No, and yet, yes it is if we consider the synergistic effects ...

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Joshua Abrams’ Cloud Script: Cloud Script

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You can take bassist Joshua Abrams out of his Natural Information Society, but you can't take the Natural Information Society out of Abrams. His long- lived ensemble, which traffics in long-form psychedelic environmental music, has made a permanent imprint on just about everything Abrams does. In bands led by Nicole Mitchell, Hamid Drake, Dave Rempis, and ...

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Lukas Ligeti: That Which Has Remained …

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That Which Has Remained ... documents a sound installation created by composer-percussionist Lukas Ligeti at the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews. The concert performance premiered in November 2015 at a location that was once the Warsaw Ghetto. It was followed by this recording the next day at the Polish National Radio studio. Ligeti, ...


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