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Susan Alcorn

One of the world’s premiere exponents of her instrument, Susan Alcorn has taken the pedal steel guitar far beyond its traditional role in country music. Having first paid her dues in Texas country & western bands, she began to expand the vocabulary of her instrument through her study of 20th century classical music, visionary jazz, and world musics. Though known as for her solo work, she has collaborated with numerous artists including Pauline Oliveros, Chris Cutler, the London Improvisors Orchestra, the Glasgow Improvisors Orchestra, Joe McPhee, Ken Vandermark, Nate Wooley, Ingrid Laubrock and Leila Bourdreuil, George Burtm Evan Parker, Michael Formanek, Zane Campbell, and Mary Halvorson among others. In 2016, she was voted "Best Other Instrument" by the International Critics Poll

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Ancient Songs of Burlap Heroes

Label: Pyroclastic Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: (…..); I Am the Sea that Sings of Dust; (…….); A Catastrophic Legend; (……..); Returning to Drown Myself, Finally; (……………).

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Returning to Drown Myself, Finally

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Label: Pyroclastic Records
Released: 2022
Duration: 10:37

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Guitars, Rarities, and New Sounds

Read "Guitars, Rarities, and New Sounds" reviewed by Bob Osborne


This time a dip into the archive for a couple of tracks featuring Wolfgang Muthspiel plus more guitar with a new solo album from Brian Citro. There's a preview of a stunning new album from Nate Wooley, which features two more guitarists, Mary Halvorson and Susan Alcorn. Plus new music from La Pompe Attack, classic British ...

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Article: In Pictures

Festival Music Unlimited 35 In Wels, Austria

Read "Festival Music Unlimited 35 In Wels, Austria" reviewed by Ziga Koritnik


A collection of photos from Music Unlimited 35 Festival in Wels, Austria from November 5, 2021 to November 7, 2021 featuring Tumido Orchestra, (Susanna Gartmayer, Irene Kepl, Noid, Manu Mayr, Alexander Kranabetter, Thomas Berghammer, Lukas König, Mario Stadler, Bernhard Breuer, Gigi Gratt), Gabbro 4, (Hanne de Backer, Agnes Hvizdalek, Henrik Munkeby Nørstebø, Raphael Malfliet), Irreversible Entanglements, ...

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Bird Meets Wire

Label: Relative Pitch Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Area 41; Bird Meets Wire; Is Is Not; Topology; Cañones (El Pueblo Unido); The Fourth World; Indigo Blue (Wayfarin’ Stranger).

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Article: Catching Up With

Susan Alcorn: Another Way

Read "Susan Alcorn: Another Way" reviewed by Dom Minasi


If you are not into improvised music, you may not know Susan Alcorn. Take it from someone who has listened and played with her, she is a giant I never heard of Susan till one Sunday night at the legendary CBGB's Sunday Night Avant-Garde series where she performed with tenor saxophonist, Joe Giardullo. I ...

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Article: On and Off the Grid

Why Jazz?

Read "Why Jazz?" reviewed by Dom Minasi


This is my first All About Jazz article since 2015. So much has happened to the world around us. I've been thinking a lot lately about my career choice and why I chose jazz and I wanted to hear why some of the best chose to devote themselves to a career in jazz. Here are their ...

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Article: Album Review

Susan Alcorn / Leila Bordreuil / Ingrid Laubrock: Bird Meets Wire

Read "Bird Meets Wire" reviewed by John Sharpe


Three accomplished improvisers of different generations meet in the studio on All Fools Day 2018 to explore some common and not so common ground. Although pedal steel guitarist Susan Alcorn started out in C&W, she takes her instrument to realms never envisioned by its originators. One could make the same claim for Brooklyn-based French-born cellist Leila ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Brand New Jazz Sounds

Read "Brand New Jazz Sounds" reviewed by Bob Osborne


All new releases from around the World of Jazz. A new mini-album by The Near Jazz Experience highlights the band's hypnotic improv grooves, salutes a pop hero and explores new ground in the shape of electronic beats and live sound manipulation. Pianist Ray Gallon's debut recording arrives after more than three decades of him plying his ...


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