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Ballister (Renpis / Lonberg-Holm / Nilssen-Love): Slag (Aerophonic)

The trans-Atlantic Ballister trio of Dave Rempis (saxes), Fred Lonberg-Holm (cello & electronics) and Paal Nilssen-Love (drums & percussion) releases their 6th album, a live concert at Cafe Oto in London in 2015, a hard-hitting, euphoric release of free-improvising power. ... Click to View


Ensemble SuperMusique: Jeux De Pistes (Ambiances Magnetiques)

Ensemble SuperMusique devotes itself to Montreal's "Musique Actuelle" and free improv community in assemblages of some of their finest players, here in a live concert in 2016 at Amphitheater du Gesu in Montreal with a stunning set of performers presenting the work of 4 composer. ... Click to View


Architek Percussion: Metatron (Ambiances Magnetiques)

The Architek Percussion ensemble is a Montreal quartet performing works by Canadian composers, using percussion, drums, sampling, electronics and synth in wonderfully odd ways, here with two guest performers presenting works composed and mixed by Elliot Britton. ... Click to View


Quartetski: Quartetski Does Bartok - Mikrokosmos, Sz 107 (Ambiances Magnetiques)

Composed between 1926 and 1939, "Mikrokosmos" was Bela Bartok's attempt to solve certain technical problems in the art of piano playing, here adapted by the 5-piece Quartetski into a fascinating series of progressive exercises and etudes, oddly enough presented without a piano. ... Click to View


Arthur Bull / John Heward / Adam Linson: Trio (Ambiances Magnetiques)

Free improvisation recorded in Nova Scotia from the trio of Arthur Bull on electric guitar, John Heward on drums, and Adam Linson on bass, inspired by the beauty of the day and the substantial house in which they recorded to create these four impressive instant compositions. ... Click to View


Nicolas Caloia : Les Bonnes Histoires (Ambiances Magnetiques)

Bridging contemporary and improvised music, Montreal double bassist Nicolas Caloia wrote these pieces for textured and impossible rhythms; blending pieces by Nancarrow and Grand Master Flash; and manipulating poems by Genevieve Letarte; with supporting improv from Jean Derome & Lori Freedman. ... Click to View


Emilie Girard-Charest : Emilie Prefere Le Chant (Ambiances Magnetiques)

Emilie Girard-Charest is a Montreal cellist, composer and improviser, here presenting 5 works, one of her own and 4 from Fredrik Gran, Sergio Castrillon, Maxime Corbeil-Perron and Joane Hetu, using extreme techniques and electroacoustic accompaniment in both joyful and terrifying ways. ... Click to View


Nous Percons Les Oreilles (Derome / Hetu): Un ideal (Ambiances Magnetiques)

Joane Hetu and Jean Derome formed Nous percons les oreilles 20 years ago, merging their expansive musical interests in idiosyncratic improvisation and orchestration using saxophones & wind instruments, objects, voice, melodica, and piano, here in their 4th astonishing album. ... Click to View


Joker (Joane Hetu): Ou Est-il Donc Ce Reve? (Ambiances Magnetiques)

Joker brings together 12 vocalists, many core members of the Ambiances Magnetiques/Musique Actuelle collective including Joane Hetu, Jean Derome, Diane Labrosse, Michel F Cote, Lori Freedman, &c, performing unusual works of voice and narration composed by Joane Hetu. ... Click to View


Quatuor Bozzini: Christopher Butterfield: Trip (Collection QB)

Montreal's Quatuor Bozzini string quartet worked with composer Christopher Butterfield, who wrote two of these pieces ("Trip" and "Fall") specifically for QB, alongside three other works from 20 years of composing that use unusual instructions and scores for the performers. ... Click to View


Judson Trio (Joelle Leandre / Mat Maneri / Gerald Cleaver): An Air of Unreality [VINYL] (RogueArt)

A live performance at Judson Church in Manhattan as part of the 20th Vision Festival from the NY/France free improvising trio of Joelle Leandre on double bass, Mat Maneri on viola, and Gerald Cleaver on drums and percussion, two tracks of steadily building, incredibly compatible dialog. ... Click to View


Tiger Trio (Leandre / Melford / Nicole Mitchell): Unleashed (RogueArt)

Pianist Myra Melford joins frequent collaborators, double bassist Joelle Leandre and flutist Nicole Mitchell, in a live performance at Galerie Zurcher, in Paris in 2016, for a set of spontaneous improvisations with a warm chamber jazz feeling of masterful dialog. ... Click to View


Hamid Drake / Sylvain Kassap: Heads Or Tails [2 CDs] (RogueArt)

A masterful fountain of melodic ideas, intriguing rhythms, and exceptional technical skill from the duo of Hamid Drake on drums and frame drum, and Sylvain Kassap on clarinets and chalumeau, recording live at the France Musique at Studio Theatre d’Alfortville and in the studio. ... Click to View


Keith Tippett Octet: The Nine Dances Of Patrick O'Gonogon (Discus)

Superlative large group jazz from UK pianist/composer Keith Tippett, presenting a series of lyrical and accessible compositions inspired by themes from Irish folk music, in a new Octet with alumni of the Royal Academy of Music's jazz programme and long-time Tippett collaborators. ... Click to View


Martin Archer : Story Tellers (Discus)

Martin Archer introduces a new sextet based on Chicago's AACM approach to free improvisation, in a 2-CD set of 6 large works divided into 5 or 6 chapters each, presenting character themes, rhythm ideas, composed duets, and improvised instructions; superb! ... Click to View


Sunshine! Quartet (Archer / Mwamba / Bennett / Fairclough): Sunshine! Quartet (Discus)

A small group setting where each performer brings a composition to the session, with Discus family members Martin Archer on saxophones, Corey Mwamba on vibraphone, Seth Bennet on double bass, and Peter Fariclough on drums, for jazz that balances melodic and formidable free improvisation. ... Click to View


Juxtavoices: Warning: May Contain Notes (Discus)

Juxtavoices is an anti-choir of 30 voices whose repertoire includes original compositions and arrangements of classic modernist poems and found texts, here in a CD/DVD release with a reinterpretation of early an Cabaret Voltaire recordings and a terrifying ascent into hell. ... Click to View


John Zorn / Garth Knox and the Saltarello Trio: Leonard: The Book of Angels Volume 30 (Tzadik)

Ensemble InterContemporain is viola player Garth Knox's string and percussion performance group, here called upon by John Zorn to present new interpretations of his "Book of Angels" Masada compositions, in nine magnificent recordings of great depth and intimacy. ... Click to View


Sylvie Courvoisier / Mary Halvorson: Crop Circles (Relative Pitch)

A studio encounter between pianist Sylvie Courvoisier and electric guitarist Mary Halvorson, both using sophisticated techniques giving unique voices to their playing styles, in a set of improvisations that balance playful, subtle, energetic, and emotional playing. ... Click to View


Ghedalia Tazartes / Pawel Romanczuk / Andrzej Zaleski: Carp's Head [VINYL + CD] (Monotype)

Ghedalia Tazartes continues to confound and bewilder, here teamed up with sound artists Pawel Romanczuk and Andrzej Zaleski for an album of bizarre songs and unusual acoustic accompaniment, 10 songs that seem to raise out of the earth spontaneously, in an LP/CD package. ... Click to View


Pauline Oliveros / Connie Crothers: Live At The Stone (Important Records)

Two superb improvisers who both sadly passed away in 2016, performing together in 2014 at John Zorn's The Stone in NYC, originally released as a memorial for Crothers by Oliveros, and now as a testament to the incredible talents and improvisational dialog of both musicians. ... Click to View


Thollem / Oliveros / Cline: Molecular Affinity [VINYL + DOWNLOAD] (Roaratorio)

The 3rd recorded trio collaboration of pianist Thollem McDonas and guitarist Nels Cline, each changing the 3rd partner, this time with legendary accordionist, conceptualist and electronic artist Pauline Oliveros in a set of beautifully intertwining conversations. ... Click to View


Brian Chase / Andrea Parkins: Avalanche of Routes (Confront)

The NY duo of accordionist Andrea Parkins, using self-designed virtual instruments, field recordings, everyday objects and small instruments, and drummer Brian Chase, applying guitar pedals to his percussion, create fascinating sculpted works of electroacoustic improvisation. ... Click to View


Jackson / Long / Taylor / Tippett: Four Quartets (Confront)

Clarinetist Tom Jackson and pianist Keith Tippett have worked together since 2001, with bassist Ashley-John Long joining them in improvisation in 2009, adding violist Benedict Taylor that same year in London, here meeting in the studio for 4 subtle and expansive recordings. ... Click to View


Johan Lindvall: Solo / Ensemble (Edition Wandelweiser Records)

Swedish composer and pianist Johan Lindvall in a series of 27 works performed solo or in an ensemble with Vilde Sandve Alnaes (violin), Kristine Tjogersen(clarinet), Jan Martin Gismervik(percussion), Henrik Munkeby Norstebo(trombone), Ina Sagstuen(voice), & Fredrik Rasten(guitar). ... Click to View


Bobby Previte: Mass [VINYL 2 LPs] (Rarenoise Records)

Drummer Bobby Previte's "Mass" is based on heavy electrified rearrangements of 15th century composer Guillaume Dufay's "Missa Sancti Jacobi", performed by The Rose Ensemble, Stephen O'Malley, Don McGreevy, Mike Gamble and Jamie Saft, Marco Benevento, and Reed Mathis. ... Click to View


Olivia Block : Dissolution [VINYL + DOWNLOAD] (Glistening Examples)

Sound explorer Olivia Block reflects upon human "webs of significance" and the way electronic communication and recording technologies both improve and complicate those webs, in a remarkably detailed set of layered recordings contrasting clear and fragmented sound. ... Click to View


S.A.S.W: Fine Pattern [CASSETTE] (Winds Measure)

Reissuing Japanese sound artist Minoru Sato's 1995 work, searching a stationary wave (SASW) based on "aspect" works, re-released on cassette with two additional tracks from an exhibition catalogue from ICC, 2000, and one unreleased piece, "days of the sky another mix". ... Click to View


Somnoroase Pasarele / Alan Courtis / Directives / Crank Sturgeon : Noosphertilizer IV [2 CASSETTES] (Aubjects)

5 artists in a split release of 3 cassette tapes, the artists (Somnoroase Pasarele / Alan Courtis / Directives / Crank Sturgeon ) are based in disparate geographical regions of Earth: Romania, Argentina, Massachussetts USA, San Francisco USA, and Normal IL USA. ... Click to View


Yoshida Tatsuya / Cho Sokkyo / Tzboguchi Masayasu: TYU (Magaibutsu)

The frequent and super-speed improvising duo of drummer Tatsuya Yoshida and guitarist Kazuhisa Uchihashi join forces with Tzboguchi Masayasu on keyboards and vocoder for an energetic, melodic, and at times outlandish album that pays homage to astonishingly complex rock forms. ... Click to View


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Mary Halvorson /
Sylvie Courvoisier:
Crop Circles

(Relative Pitch)



Martin Archer :
Story Tellers

(Discus)



Keith Tippett Octet:
The Nine
Dances Of
Patrick O'Gonogon

(Discus)



Sunshine! Quartet
(Archer /
Mwamba /
Bennett /
Fairclough):
Sunshine! Quartet

(Discus)



Hamid Drake /
Sylvain Kassap:
Heads Or Tails
[2 CDs]

(RogueArt)



Judson Trio
(Joelle Leandre /
Mat Maneri /
Gerald Cleaver):
An Air
of Unreality
[VINYL]

(RogueArt)



Yoshida Tatsuya /
Cho Sokkyo /
Tzboguchi Masayasu:
TYU

(Magaibutsu)



Jackson /
Long /
Taylor /
Tippett:
Four Quartets

(Confront)



Olivia Block :
Dissolution
[VINYL + DOWNLOAD]

(Glistening Examples)



Pauline Oliveros /
Connie Crothers:
Live At The Stone

(Important Records)



Francois Carrier /
Michel Lambert /
Alexey Lapin:
Freedom Is Space
For The Spirit

(FMR)



Paul Dunmall Quintet:
The Dreamtime Suite

(FMR)



Alvin Fielder /
Frode Gjerstad /
Damon Smith :
The Shape Finds
Its Own Space

(FMR)



Mats Gustafsson /
Craig Taborn:
Ljubljana
[VINYL]

(Clean Feed)



Lisa Mezzacappa
(Bennett /
Finkbeiner /
Winant /
Mezzacappa /
Perkis /
Glenn):
avantNOIR

(Clean Feed)



Angles 9
(Zethson /
Stahl /
Broo /
Kajfes /
Aleklint /
Hegdal /
Berthling /
Werlin /
Kuchen):
Disappeared Behind
the Sun

(Clean Feed)



Daniel Levin Quartet
(Levin /
Maneri /
Moran /
Zetterberg):
Live at
Firehouse 12

(Clean Feed)



CP Unit
(Pitsiokos /
Seabrook /
Dahl /
Walter):
Before the Heat Death

(Clean Feed)



Joana Gama /
Luis Fernandes /
Ricardo Jacinto:
Harmonies

(Shhpuma)



Tetuzi Akiyama /
Jason Kahn /
Toshimaru Nakamura:
IHJ /
Ftarri

(Winds Measure)







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