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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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Porta Chiusa:
Because Life Should
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(I)
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[now] ART)



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