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Okkyung Lee / Christian Marclay: Amalgam (Northern Spy)

A wild and exciting duo between cellist Okkyung Lee and legendary turntable improviser Christian Marclay performing live at London's Cafe Oto for a single long track that runs through a astonishing dynamic of invention and atmospheres in a gripping and spellbinding set. ... Click to View


Okkyung Lee / Christian Marclay: Amalgam [VINYL] (Northern Spy)

A wild and exciting duo between cellist Okkyung Lee and legendary turntable improviser Christian Marclay performing live at London's Cafe Oto for a single long track that runs through a astonishing dynamic of invention and atmospheres in a gripping and spellbinding set. ... Click to View


Saint Francis Duo: Los Bordes De Las Respuestas (Dropa Disc)

The Saint Francis Duo of Stephen O'Malley (Sunn O))), KTL) and Steve Noble (Rip, Rig and Panic, Brotzmann, Parker, Edwards ...) present a tour-de-force of darkly improvised drone and doom in a studio album of violently dark guitar work and ferocious drumming. ... Click to View


John Escreet (w/ Evan Parker / John Hebert / Tyshawn Sorey): The Unknown (Live in Concert) (Sunnyside Records)

Pianist John Escreet brought his trio with drummer Tyshawn Sorey and bassist John Hebert on a tour of Europe in 2016, meeting with British saxophonist Evan Parker in Amsterdam's Bimhuis and at Rotterdam's Lantaren Venster to record these profound performances of free improvisation. ... Click to View


Frank Schubert Paul / Rudi Fischerlehner: Willing Suspension of Disbelief (Not Applicable)

Long-time collaborators and compatriots Frank Paul Schubert on soprano sax and Rudi Fischerlehner on drums and percussion recorded these intricate and engaging improvisations in their shared studio in Berlin, presented as a live album, unedited and in the order performed. ... Click to View


Silver / Sanders / Wheatley: NAX/XUS (Confront)

Performing together since 2014, the free improvising trio of Yoni Silver on bass clarinet, Mark Sanders on drums, and Tom Wheatley on double bass are captured live at the Hundred Years Gallery in London, in 2015 for a dark and spacious journey in two large improvisations. ... Click to View


Porta Chiusa: Because Life Should Be So Wonderful (I) (Herbal International)

A beguiling and atmospheric work of overtones, harmonics, tonal and microtonal progressions from a trio of clarinetists (Hans Koch, Michael Thieke, and Paed Conca) with Japanese vocalist Maki Hachiya, an immaculately paced and exotic work of sound. ... Click to View


Jean-Luc Guionnet / Dedalus: Distances Ouies Dites (Potlatch)

Composer Jean-Luc Guionnet wrote "Distances ouies Dites" ("Distances: Hearsay") for the 7-piece Dedalus Ensemble, who are positioned in separate rooms at Le Consortium, each having to use the features of the room and distance from each other to confer liked musical ideas. ... Click to View


Jack Wright : Thaw (Spring Garden Music)

12 improvisations representing various groupings with saxophonist Jack Wright, including solo work on alto and soprano, a duo with trombonist Stan Nishamura, six trios with 2 different groups, and a sextet; a great introduction to his diverse interests and exploratory nature. ... Click to View


Jack Wright: Rattle OK & Rattle Still OK (Spring Garden Music)

Combining two albums from free improvising saxophonist Jack Wright's 1999-2000 tour across North America, presenting music in various configurations with Bob Marsh, Tom Djll, Bhob Rainey, John Shiurba, Matthew Sperry, Ben Wright, Greg Kelley, Bob Wagner, Joe Giardullo, &c. &c. ... Click to View


Morton Feldman : For John Cage (Hat [now] ART)

Morton Feldman was a friend, flatmate and student of John Cage's innovative approaches to composition; he wrote this 3 part work for violin and piano in 1982 as a 70th birthday present for Cage, here performed by violinist Josje Fosie Ter Haar and pianist John Snijders. ... Click to View


Morton Feldman : Patterns In A Chromatic Field [2 CDs] (Hat [now] ART)

Feldman's idiosyncratic large composition is also one of his more active, influenced by John Cage, and using a score that defines organizational procedures in chordal and chromatic patterns, as realized in this '93 recording by Rohan de Saram (cello) and Marianne Schroeder (piano). ... Click to View


Katharina Rosenberger : SHIFT (Hat [now] ART)

First recordings of composer Katharnia Rosenberger's SHIFT and other dynamic and exciting works incorporating spatialization, by an electroacoustic orchestra including Rage Thrombones captured in 2016 at the University of California, in San Diego, California. ... Click to View


John Butcher / Thomas Lehn / Matthew Shipp: Tangle (Fataka)

After "Exta", where saxophonist John Butcher and electronics artist Thomas Lehn met with pianist John Tilbury, the duo now meet with New York pianist Matthew Shipp for a distinct improvisational entanglement of Butcher's dense streams, Lehn's rich sound floor, and Shipp's thick repetitions. ... Click to View


Michel Edelin's Flute Fever Orchestra with special guest Nicole Mitchell: Kalamania [2 CDs] (RogueArt)

French flutist Michel Edelin leads this 6-piece band named in honor of Jeremy Steig, with 4 flutists including Sylvaine Helary, Ludivine Issambourg, and Nicole Mitchell, plus John Betsch (drums) and Peter Giron (bass) in exceptional, unexpected and inclusive approaches to improv. ... Click to View


Anthony Braxton / Miya Masaoka: Duo (Dcwm) 2013 [2 CDs] (RogueArt)

Two performers who have stretched the boundaries of their instruments--Miya Masaoka on 12-string koto and Anthony Braxton on saxophones and software-based electronics--in subtle and unusual environments where each player fills the phrases of the other in unforseen ways. ... Click to View


Corsano / Courviosier / Wooley: Salt Task (Relative Pitch)

First recorded meeting of Chris Corsano (drums), Sylvie Courvoisier (piano), and Nate Wooley (trumpet) in the studio in Brookly, 2015, for a completely open, sensitive set of improvisations that are constantly on the edge, at times explosive, and always in a focused dialog. ... Click to View


HMZ (Hubsch / Martel / Zoubek): Drought (Tour de Bras)

A live performance at the Loft in Cologne, Germany, 2015 from the recording and performing trio of Carl Ludwig Hubsch on tuba & objects, Pierre Yves Martel on viola da Gamba & harmonica, and Philip Zoubek on the prepared piano, restrained yet highly active playing. ... Click to View


The Wire: #395 January 2016 [MAGAZINE] (The Wire)

Wire's essential annual survey of the last 12 months of key underground music activity in 26 pages of crucial charts and critical comment, including 50 new releases of the year and 50 archive releases of the year, plus writers and artists review the previous cultural year. ... Click to View


The Wire: #394 December 2016 [MAGAZINE] (The Wire)

December 2016 issue of the essential UK new music magazine with: Spirits Rejoice!; NON Invisible Jukebox with Dagmar Krause; Pamelia Stickney; Magnetoceptia; Kill Alters; Chris Cobilis; Bonaventure; Global Ear Taipei; Oliver Coates on Mike Nelson; and Epiphanies: Richard Pinhas. ... Click to View


Keith Rowe : The Room Extended [4 CDs] (erstwhile)

A massive and rewarding work of organized sound extending ea-improviser, AMM guitarist Keith Rowe's work "The Room" into a massive 4 CD set of compositions, layering work familiar from his recent improvisations with classical compositions, field recordings, &c. &c. ... Click to View


Taku Unami / Devin DiSanto: Taku Unami / Devin DiSanto (erstwhile)

A live performance at Fridman Gallery in New York City as part of erstwhile's AMPLIFY 2015 festival from sound artists Taku Unami & Devin DiSanto, using electronics, concrete sounds, and spoken word to create a diverse active environments of narratives and pure sound. ... Click to View


DNA: A Taste Of DNA [12-inch VINYL] (Superior Viaduct)

An essential part of the late 70's influential Downtown NY scene, the trio of Arto Lindsay (guitar and voice), Ikue Mori (drums), and Tim Wright (bass), released few albums, but this 1981 EP captures the essence of their tightly controlled manic approach to wildly improvised rock. ... Click to View


Epitaphs: Epitaphs [CASSETTE] (Wee Space Tapes)

New York City poet Colleen McCarthy & drummer David Grollman both read and improvise on McCarthy's book of short verses, "Epitaphs", honoring the deceased and the not-dead-yet who suffer(ed) variously psychoses and suicide, with Grollman accompanying on snare drum. ... Click to View


Christof Kurzmann / Mats Gustafsson: Falling And Five Other Failings (Trost Records)

Two versatile and innovative improvisers, Mats Gustafsson on saxophones and Christof Kurzmann on electronics and voice, extracted improvisations recorded in the studio to create the 7 parts of this rich, pulse-based and intensely understated work about Falling and Failing. ... Click to View


Okkyung Lee / Lasse Marhaug: Jukebox-Series 006 [7-inch VINYL] (Trost Records)

An unusual duo of electro-acoustic improv from cellist Okkyung Lee and sound artist Lasse Marhaug, extending Trost's Jukebox series of 7" releases with two tracks of extreme playing recorded with no overdubs and minimal editing, mastered by Martin Siewert. ... Click to View


Pita & Chra: Jukebox-Series 005 [7-inch VINYL] (Trost Records)

Christina Nemec and Peter Rehberg, members of Shampoo Boy, here as a duo under the Pita & Chra moniker in compelling sound work of sinoid rhythms and eerie electronic noise, great textural work in a tapestry of unusual sound mastered by Martin Siewert. ... Click to View


Borbetomagus: The Eastcote Studios Session [VINYL] (Dancing Wayang)

A rare studio album from the aggressive and influential free improv trio Borbetomagus of saxophonists Jim Sauter & Don Dietrich and guitarist Donald Miller, recorded in London in 2014, and described by Sauter himself as "unlike anything we've ever recorded before". ... Click to View


Jeff Parker: Slight Freedom (Eremite)

Chicago/West Coast guitarist and Tortoise mainstay Jeff Parker in, surprisingly, his first solo guitar album, in four beautifully moody and atmospheric improvisations including Frank Ocean's "Super Rich Kids", Neil Young's ""Discreet Music"" and Billy Strayhorn's "Lush Life". ... Click to View


Eyvind Kang / Jessika Kenney: Reverse Tree [VINYL] (Black Truffle)

One large work each from Eyvind Kang (viola) and Jessika Kenney (voice), Kang presenting a chamber work inspired by a text by the Tang dynasty poet Hsueh T'ao with a large ensemble; Kenney using an ensemble of strings alongside Seattle's Gamelan Pacifica, performing on Javanese instruments. ... Click to View


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  Musical Activism: An Open Call  
By Marc Ribot

On tour in Europe during the first twelve days of the recent invasion of Iraq, I witnessed something close to bereavement among audience members at the apparent consent of most Americans to Bush's agenda of war and empire.

It was exhausting, in addition with all the other pressures of performance, to deal with expectations to represent "America" in this situation. Although it felt strange to speak about the war during performances - I'm a guitarist, not a lecturer - it felt even stranger not to. The one thing about which I felt certain was that the incredible level of anger and opposition I witnessed was no longer simply about one lousy political decision, but had become a critique of the legitimacy of the power of empire, and it wasn't going to stop when the war ended.

Indeed, it hasn't. It remains nearly impossible to get on stage without addressing (or failing to address) the context within which, whether we like it or not, our music is now heard.

This database project described below was conceived as a means through which artists and musicians will be able to say what needs to be said politically in the formats where it will do the most good, to help to change a political context which, simply put, has become intolerable.

We're inviting touring artists to participate in a pilot project version to be launched around February 1, 2004. Anyone can back out at any time, but expressions of interest/commitment (along with brief bios if possible) are needed to apply for grants to build the database.

Best regards, Marc Ribot Musicians Solidarity Database [correspondence may be sent to msolidarity@squidco.com]



WHAT: The Musicians Solidarity Database will connect internationally touring recording artists/musicians with anti-war and global justice organizations local to their touring dates.

The Database is an initiative of the Musicians Solidarity Network (MSN). Although open and useful to all artists regardless of origin or tour destination, the actual possibilities will probably reflect the current touring routes. The intent is for participating artists to be able to integrate whatever degree of activity on behalf peace/democracy/social justice organizations they feel able to commit to into their regular tour itineraries with a minimum of effort, and for the organizations to benefit from cultural support.

HOW: Touring artists enter their upcoming tour schedules, tech needs, and other necessary info and preferences into the database. Major peace/ democracy/social justice organizations access the info and cross-reference the dates of their planned events with touring artists' availability. The organizations then send the musicians/artists a set of proposals (for example: to speak or perform at a demonstration). The artist accepts whichever proposals they choose, and forward their acceptance along with whatever time or tech specs apply back to the organizations. The organizations confirm the date.

Even if tour schedules are too tight to allow for an artist's participation in outside events, artists can arrange, through the data bank, to make merchandise/ literature table space available to organizations they support.

Great care will be taken to make the data-base user friendly to both artists and organizations.

WHY?: An enormous divide has opened in political understanding between the US and most of the rest of the world, particularly in Europe. Most touring artists and musicians are already well aware of this.

But artists who speak out against Bush's agenda of war and empire, particularly in the US, run the risk of alienating fans or even being subjected to radio and other forms of blacklisting.

In Europe, things are different, at least for the time Being. Manu Chao's "Clandestino" was a hit because of, not in spite of, his close identification with the social forum movement. Whether this will always be true is difficult to say: the same forces that created Bush are also pushing Europe steadily rightward. But it's true now.

The database is a way to turn this political differential into a force for progressive change in the US, enable artists who want to be active to do so, provide organizations against war and for global justice with a constant stream of performing artist support, and build a global network of artists and activists.

It will help artists to limit the economic risks of activism by connecting them with activists and audiences who share their views.

For example, contact with non-US activists and anti-war audiences will enable US musical/cultural figures (and global cultural figures who wish to sell in the US market) to speak out. It's no accident the Dixie Chicks spoke out against the war while in Europe.

As more artists risk opinions outside the US mainstream, it will change the political math that has discouraged dissent by encouraging fans to question their mass-media enforced opinions. And contact between US audiences and European/international artists willing to speak out will help break the US media censorship of the depth of world opposition to war and empire.

Of course, the issues affecting us all aren't confined to the US: the same political/economic forces that put Bush in power in the US are alive and well in Europe and elsewhere. The problems are global and gestures of solidarity from touring musicians are needed to keep the spirit of opposition global as well.

A secondary benefit of the database involves musicians and artists rights issues. There are some issues of interest from anti-war, cultural, and labor perspectives. For example, the role of the Clear Channel monopoly in censoring opposition to the war, blacklisting anti-war artists, and even organizing pro-war demonstrations in the US is both an anti-war issue, and an infringement on artists' freedom of expression.

SPECIFICATIONS Filters, both passive/automatic and active/human will ensure that participating orgs are major and respected, and that participating artists are at a sufficiently professional level to be of use to them.

  • Access to the database will be strictly limited to approved organizations.
  • Contact between artists and organizations will take place within a database 'mailbox' so that artists/managers run no risk of having personal/business email accounts flooded with requests.
  • Whatever form of participation the artist chooses - be it a gig, a single song, or a brief statement - the database format will ensure that all necessary technical requirements and conditions are met, without extensive back and forth between artists, managers and organizations.
  • Artists will have access to full information about events they are being invited to participate in and about the organizations asking them to participate.
  • Artists' participation in the database will be confidential (although at this stage, we may need to list participating artists in grant applications) unless the artists themselves choose to make it public.




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