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Ivo Perelman / Nate Wooley:
Polarity (Burning Ambulance Music)

Tight interaction in an incredible weaving of creative ideas and technical prowess from the duo of tenor saxophonist Ivo Perelman and trumpeter Nate Wooley, the two New York-based improvisers recording in the studio in Brooklyn in 2020 for ten dialogs, a perfect distillation of their work together after four CDs in larger group efforts; captivating. ... Click to View


Courvoisier / Rothenberg / Sartorius:
Lockdown (Clean Feed)

Recording in the studio in Switzerland, the trio of Sylvie Courvoisier on piano, Ned Rothenberg on alto saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet & Shakuhachi, and Julian Sartorius on drums & percussion perform a mix of compositions, with 3 from Courvoisier and 1 by Rothenberg, and 4 collective improvisations; a unified and accomplished album of diverse approaches to free improv. ... Click to View


Cortex (Hoyer / Nilssen / Alberts / Johansson):
Legal Tender [VINYL] (Clean Feed)

Seriously joyful and consequential "avant-garde party music" from the Norwegian Cortex quartet of Ola Hoyer on double bass, Gard Nilssen on drums & percussion, Kristoffer Berre Alberts on saxophone, and Thomas Johansson on trumpet, in their 6th album of irresistible, upbeat free jazz. ... Click to View


Dominique Pifarely Quartet (w/ Rayon / Chevillon / Merville):
Nocturnes (Clean Feed)

Following his ECM album Trace Provisoire, violinist Dominique Pifarély's new album with his quartet of Antonin Rayon on piano, Bruno Chevillon on double bass and Francois Merville on drums, expands on the merging of compositional and improvisational form in this set of Pifarély compositions, alongside two co-written with Bruno Chevillon and two with Antonin Rayon. ... Click to View


Jonas Cambien Trio (w / Roligheten / Wildhagen):
Nature Hath Painted The Body (Clean Feed)

Cleverly complex yet melodically embraceable, the trio of Beligan pianist residing in Norway, Jonas Cambien's trio with Andre Rolighete on tenor and soprano saxophone and drummer Andreas Wildhagen perform eleven original Cambien compositions, a mix of astute, joyful and irrepressibly creative approaches to jazz and free improvisation. ... Click to View


Hearth (Silva / Rasmussen / Rave / Draksler):
Melt (Clean Feed)

Meeting for the 1st time at the 2016 October Meeting in Holland, the quartet performance there of Susana Santos Silva on trumpet, Mette Rasmussen on alto sax, Ada Rave on tenor sax & clarinet and Kaja Draksler on piano, inspired the formation of Hearth to develop soundscapes focusing on moods and textures, as heard in these six rich explorative collective improvisations. ... Click to View


Andre Fernandes (w/ Sambeat / Campos / Heliodoro / Pereira):
Kinetic [VINYL] (Clean Feed)

Active Lisbon guitarist and producer André Fernandes formed the band Kinetic to perform the lyrically upbeat and sophisticated works of composers he admires--David Binney, Ohad Talmor, Akiko Pavolka, Sara Serpa, Perico Sambeat and Xan Campos--in a band that includes saxophonist Sambeat and pianist Campos, along with bassist Frederico Heliodoro and drummer João Pereira. ... Click to View


Oker (Larsen / Myhr / Rasten / Gismervik):
Susurrus (Shhpuma)

Existing between composition and free improvisation, this Norwegian quartet of Torstein Lavik Larsen on trumpet, Adrian Myhr on double bass, Fredrik Rasten on acoustic guitar, and Jan Martin Gismervik on drums & percussion are informed by minimal composed, folk and improvised musics, applying unusual technique and methodology to create beautiful textural and impressionistic sound. ... Click to View


Oker (Larsen / Myhr / Rasten / Gismervik):
Susurrus [VINYL] (Shhpuma)

Existing between composition and free improvisation, this Norwegian quartet of Torstein Lavik Larsen on trumpet, Adrian Myhr on double bass, Fredrik Rasten on acoustic guitar, and Jan Martin Gismervik on drums & percussion are informed by minimal composed, folk and improvised musics, applying unusual technique and methodology to create beautiful textural and impressionistic sound. ... Click to View


Evan Parker Electro-Acoustic Ensemble:
Warszawa 2019 (Listen! Foundation (Fundacja Sluchaj!))

Formed in 1990 as a sextet to explore the possibilities of real-time signal processing in an improvising context, the 30 year history of saxophonist Evan Parker's Electro-Acoustic Ensemble and the first new album in 9 years explodes with this incredible 2019 live concert at Wojciech Krukowski Hall, in Warsaw, Poland as a 10-piece ensemble of masterful improvisers. ... Click to View


Chrome Hill (Lerheim / Nymo / Lofthus / Arntzen):
This Is Chrome Hill [VINYL] (Clean Feed)

Self-described as Scandinavian jazz rock noir, the Chrome Hill quartet of Asbjorn Lerheim on baritone guitar, Roger Arntzen on double bass, Torstein Lofthus on drums & vibraphone, and Atle Nymo on tenor saxophone, present a dramatic album of contrasts inspired by cinematic and musical moods, merging elements of folk, Delta blues and cowboy rock into their darkly cool sound. ... Click to View


Aki Onda / Nao Nishihara:
Kouya-e-to (Ftarri)

NYC performer Aki Onda and Yokohama sound artist Nao Nishihara began collaborating in 2015 while Nishihara was residing in NY on an Asian Cultural Council grant, returning in 2016 for this live performance exploring the architecture and acoustics of ISSUE's 22 Boerum Place theater, installing handmade instruments and analog equipment within a visually arranged set-up. ... Click to View


String Theory:
Musique Placide (Creative Sources)

The 8-piece String Theory ensemble directed by violist Ernesto Rodrigues performs a beautiful and subtle work inspired by a poem written by Rodrigues, "Une Ombre Du Bonheur", realized through viola, violin, cellos, viola de gamba, double bass, piano, zither and objects, a stunningly beautiful and deceptively tranquil work of exceptional detail and dexterous execution. ... Click to View


Lucio Miele:
Kalpa (Creative Sources)

A solo album from Italian percussionsit Lucio Miele, presenting six works of layered percussion with live electronics and, on three tracks, recitation from actor Simona Fredella, each piece sound-oriented with an incredibly diverse set of percussive variety, detailed atmospheric settings and diverse rhythmic foundation; a remarkable and sometimes hair-raising album. ... Click to View


Youjin Sung / Simon Rose:
Map of Dreams (Creative Sources)

Interested in exploring open form improvisation and pairing Western and Korean musical instruments & tradition, baritone saxophonist Simon Rose met gayageum player Youjin Sung, a member of the AsianArt Ensemble playing contemporary music, at the Berlin club Sowieso in 2019 to record these eight exotic and informed dialogs of unique timbral voicing and authoritative skill. ... Click to View


Taku Sugimoto:
Guitars (Meenna)

Three concisely plain compositions for guitar, two solo and one trio, are played only with open strings or natural harmonics, where all the tunings are respectively irregular, written by Tokyo-based guitarist and composer Taku Sugimoto and performed and recorded in St. Petersburg, Russia by guitarists Andrey Popovsky, Denis Sorokin and Alexander Markvart. ... Click to View


Fraufraulein (Billy Gomberg / Anne Guthrie):
Solum [CASSETTE] (Notice Recordings)

Using a handful of improvisations from French horn, bass guitar, voice, electronics and objects collaged with field recordings made separately, Ann Guthrie and Billy Gomberg reflect on their enforced domesticity during the 2020 lockdowns, using the time to expand on the balance of electronics & objects in relation to acoustic instruments, creating detailed abstractions. ... Click to View


Max Hamel:
First Snow [CASSETTE] (Notice Recordings)

A live solo recording made using the amplified and processed sounds of snow, hail, and wind, captured by sound artist Max Hamel using a piezoelectric disc taped to a metal plate stuck out his window during the first snow storm of 2019, processed in real time using resonant filters, delay lines, and chaotic processors, the whole edited for these two compositions. ... Click to View


Peter Strieff:
Chronos-Kairos (Edition Wandelweiser Records)

Exploring the difference between the two Greek concepts of time--chronos (measurable) and kairos (qualitative moments)--Bern composer Urs Peter Schneider's 1973 composition uses synthesizers to measure, divide, experience, forget, free from, and embody time; plus a 1968 composition with Ensemble Nueue Horizon Bern, and two recent works with Ensemble Montaigne. ... Click to View


Natural Information Society w/ Evan Parker:
Descension (Out of Our Constrictions) [VINYL 2 LPs] (Eremite)

The first live album from Chicago bassist and guimbri player Joshua Abrams is the 6th Natural Information Society album, captured live in the summer of 2019 at Cafe Oto in London, the core quartet with Lisa Alvarado on harmonium, Mikel Patrick on drums and Jason Stein on bass clarinet joined by UK legend Evan Parker on soprano saxophone for four ecstatic improvisations. ... Click to View


Treesearch (GoGwilt / Motl / Kuester):
Birdward (577)

The 2nd album from the trio of Keir GoGwilt on violin, Kyle Motl on bass and Nicolee Kuester on horn, the pieces combining original poems written by GoGwilt and Kuester with precise musical arrangement and poetic structures, around which the trio improvise with melodic and unexpected approaches, fascinating their listeners with peculiar insight and superb playing. ... Click to View


Iain Sinclair / London Experimental Ensemble:
Dark Before Dark (577)

Writer Iain Sinclair joins The London Experimental Ensemble to perform his narrative work, a sequel to Living With Buildings: And Walking With Ghosts, telling a surreal story of the imaginary 25-year journey of a whalebone box, told in detailed images and incredible sonic support through keys, strings, brass, winds, guitar, electronics and voice; profoundly powerful. ... Click to View


Roberto Miranda Home Music Ensemble (Bradford / Carter / Newton / Tapscott / &c):
Live At Bing Theatre: Los Angeles, 1985 (Dark Tree Records)

Dark Tree's Roots series continues to unearth hidden masterworks from the West Coast scene, here with bassist Roberto Miranda's Home Music ensemble in 1985, an 11-piece large band performing Miranda's lyrically rhythmic compositions, with an all-star cast including flutist James Newton, clarinetist John Carter, pianist Horace Tapscott, trumpeter Bobby Bradford, &c. ... Click to View


Gerard Grisey / Iancu Dumitrescu / Niels Christian Rasmussen / Thanos Chrysakis / Salvatore Sciarrino / Lori Freedman / Tim Hodgkinson:
Music for Violas, Bass Clarinets & Flutes (Aural Terrains)

Compositions for violas, bass clarinets and flutes performed by Vincent Royer, Jill Valentine, Jason Alder, Chris Cundy, Tim Hodgkinson, Yoni Silver, Lori Freedman, Carla Rees, Karin de Fleyt, Thanos Chrysakis, Katrina Lauder, with compositions from Gerard Grisey, Iancu Dumitrescu, Thanos Chrysakis, Niels Rasmussen, Salvatore Sciarrino, Lori Freedman, and Tim Hodgkinson. ... Click to View


Various Artists (curated by Nick Vander):
Walk My Way, Volume Five (Orbit577)

The final of five volumes from this series curated by Nick Vander, a testament to the incredible musical range of the guitar and the imaginative possibility of guitarists around the world, with tracks from Harvey Valdes, Antonio Guillen, Boris Belica, Sandy Ewen, Denis Sorokin, Arvind Ganga, Pengboon Don, Josue Amador, Todd Clouser, and Mohammed Ashraf. ... Click to View


Chris Abrahams / Mark Wastell:
A Thousand Sacred Steps (Confront)

Drenched in beautiful ambiance, this inspired and spiritual meeting between Necks pianist Chris Abrahams and percussionist Mark Wastell performing on tam-tam and cymbals, was recorded while The Necks were in residence at Cafe Oto in London, the empathy between the two immediately evident in their graceful approach to these four evolving improvisations. ... Click to View


Bob Drake:
Planets & Animals (Recommended Records)

Bob Drake continues to tug on the heart-strings of prog in short but smart songs that reference the best of the last few decades of prog/psych/avant rock forms, Drake as always handling all parts in a great balance of guitar, electronic & acoustic instruments, including some newly invented instruments; includes a fold-out poster in Bob Drake style from Joe Mruk. ... Click to View


Axel Dorner / Toshimaru Nakamura:
In Cotton and Wool (Ftarri)

Meeting in sound artist and vocalist Yan Jun's studio in Berlin in 2017, trumpeter Axel Dörner and no-input mixer artist Toshimaru Nakamura recorded these four active and bristling improvisations, Dörner using every inch of his instrument and treating it with electronics to create the controlled chaos and richly jarring recordings that make up this, their 2nd album together. ... Click to View


Greg Davis:
Throughline (Autumn Records)

Taking modular synths into unusual territory, Autumn Records label leader and relentless audio explorer Greg Davis spent years using a computer controlled modular synthesizer system to generate an obsessive set of synthetic and electronic sounds -- swooping, burbling, chattering, &c. -- assembled into this quick witted and energetic set of compositions. ... Click to View


Microfiche (Alduca / Calligeros / Conner / Gill / Manojlovic / Murphy-Haste / Schack-Arnott):
Everything and Other Infinities (Creative Sources)

The 2nd release from this Sydney, Austrlian acoustic sextet, creating subtle yet dynamic improvisations influenced by the musical concepts of John Cage and Morton Feldman, balancing contemplative sections with building surges, these works developed on their 2019 Europe tour, which included performances at Copenhagen Jazz Festival as well as shows in Berlin and Stockholm. ... Click to View



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  • April 30, 2021:

    Last week I wrote about how many new albums had arrived over the last week, and this week did not prove to be an exception. New albums from Clean Feed, Shhpuma, 577 Records and Listen! Foundation all arrived this week, and alongside our still catching up with a wealth of new Creative Sources albums, we spent the week ensuring the first level of cataloging was for each was complete enough to list them in our Just In Stock Section. We still have a few more on Creative Sources, and two new releases from Balance Point Acoustics arrived too late to make it into this week's offerings. You'll also notice a couple of New Braxton House boxsets listed in the Just In Stock Section section, about which I'll have more to write in the coming weeks. Suffice it to note that we are now your most reliable source for New Braxton House release, and very happy to note that!






    Microtonal, Micropolyphony, Multiphonics and Harmonic Interference:

    As a child learning to play in a band we are taught to tune our instruments together, to avoid what was considered an unpleasant and aberrant interaction between two out-of-tune instruments. Apparently a number of artists over the years have found the investigation of this area of sound fascinating, and have developed approaches and language using the disparate elements of non-aligned sound, also known as micropolyphony.

    There is no question that I personally love harmonic interference and music made from it. Mutliple long tones, sustaining and close to each other in frequency slowly rotate around each other, their harmonic beats creating rhythms that oscillate. The beats between the tones increase in frequency and then dissipate, creating a unique melodic structure of barely distinguishable motion. Yet that little movement can create powerful vibrations, subtle interplay and dramatic effect, in the deepest registers and loudest amplitudes, sounds that can shake a building. Perhaps the best and most well known example of this concept is heard in Ligeti's incredible work Atmosphères, used in Stanley Kubrick's movie 2001, a stunning use of dissonance.

    Albums that we carry in Squidco that explore this area include Sergio Merce's Microtonal Saxophone on the Potlatch label, or his Three Dimensions Of The Spirit on Edition Wandelweiser Records, or more recently his en lugar de pensar album, particularly the wonderfully reflective piece "Forma Continua". John McCowen's work with clarinet on his (now out of print) Astral Spirits album 4 Chairs In Three Dimensions does the same without electronics, working with the contrabass clarinet to create rich harmonic sound. Recently we added an album from the Chicago duo of Zachary Good on clarinet and Ben Roidl-Ward on bassoon also exploring the acoustical and phenomenological events using the interplay between coinciding clarinet and bassoon notes. You will also note these elements and interaction in many of the ensembles led by Ernesto Rodriguez on the Creative Sources label, such as the Istotope Ensmeble, or in the Swiss ensemble Insub Meta Orchestra.

    Add to that the new duo of Paris tenor saxophonist Bertrand Denzler and sound artist Leo Dupleix, in their album on the label albertineeditions. Here the the two mix electronics and acoustics in three unique compositions, one collaborative and one developed by each of the artists.

    Denzler, Bertrand / Leo Dupleix: Plateaux (albertineeditions)

    Three works of rich harmonic interaction and interference from the duo of tenor saxophonist Bertrand Denzler and sound artist Leo Dupleix using electronics, a vibrating speaker and floor tom, their multi-year collaboration researching a variety of ways to create beautiful sounds spaces from stretched membranes, electronics and sustained tones.



    Merce, Sergio: Microtonal Saxophone (Potlatch)

    Using an alto saxophone where the original mechanisms have been replaced with water, gas & compressed air taps, saxophonist Sergio Merce can microtonally move the tuning of any note and create multiphonics, allowing him to play several sonic layers while using circular breathing.



    Merce, Sergio: En Lugar De Pensar (Edition Wandelweiser Records)

    One circular anf continuous composition from Argentinian composer Sergio Merce, using rich tones like clouds of sound generated by a microtonal saxophone, synthesizer and wind synth, the title referring to his sense of music a channel to see, to reveal, a channel that opens through intuition, observation and attention but not through thinking; beautiful.



    Merce, Sergio: Three Dimensions Of The Spirit (Edition Wandelweiser Records)

    Conservatory trained Argentinian saxophonist Sergio Merce uses a prepared tenor sax and a microtonal sax to create rich harmonics and slowly moving tonal works, layering aberrant and alluring tones in restrained configurations that allow each stratum of sound to be distinguished and appreciated, creating mesmerizing compositions of elusive and illusionistic sound.



    Good, Zachary / Ben Roidl-Ward : arb (Carrier Records)

    Focusing on the harmonic interaction, delicate nuances and harmonic functionality of closely related tones, Chicago instrumentalists Zachary Good on clarinet and Ben Roidl-Ward on bassoon recorded these six works of acoustical and phenomenological events using the interplay between coinciding clarinet and bassoon notes, creating illusory and haunting tonal works.



    Isotope Ensemble: Barium (Creative Sources)

    Large scale improvisation of the most subtle nature from Portugal's Isotope Ensemble led by Ernesto Rodrigues, 17 musicians slowly unfolding this beautiful work of consonance and dissonance dedicated to element atomic number 56, recording live at O'Culto da Ajuda in Lisbon with instrumentation including acoustic reeds, strings, brass, percussion, and electronics.








    Spoken Word on 577 Records:

    Two albums on 577 Records released this week coincidentally bringing together narrative and improvisational fields in very interesting ways:

    Westcoast band Treesearch release their 2nd album, a very unusual and wonderful album that takes its cues from three disciplines: compositional frameworks for improvisation and poetic spoken word. If that sounds off-putting, you need to listen first, because this is an extremely unique and oddly charming album. The orchestration — violin, horn and bass — is both spartan and melodically rich, open and lightweight like a bird, leaving space for the album's words.

    The poetry of Keir GoGwilt and Nicolee Kuester is unexpected, observational, oddly repetitive and off-kilter, taking on unusual topics and spoken in a somewhat abstract yet friendly, approachable manner. With compositions from all three players, the structures include through-composed work and improvisation around compositional structures. The lyrics are arranged over the bass and violin using a poetic form devised by Christopher GoGwilt, which he names as "starling form," a matrix of 27 word-spaces.

    It's rare to find something so peculiar and so enjoyable. Give this one a listen, especially if you think that poetry and jazz don't often work together, you may find this to be an appealingly idiosyncratic album.

    Treesearch (GoGwilt / Motl / Kuester): Birdward (577)

    The 2nd album from the trio of Keir GoGwilt on violin, Kyle Motl on bass and Nicolee Kuester on horn, the pieces combining original poems written by GoGwilt and Kuester with precise musical arrangement and poetic structures, around which the trio improvise with melodic and unexpected approaches, fascinating their listeners with peculiar insight and superb playing.



    The other 577 album merging spoken word and improvisation is a bit more hair-raising and startling. Welsh writer and filmmaker Iain Sinclair developed the narrative for this story as a sequel to a previous work, Living With Buildings: And Walking With Ghosts. Blurring his concepts with surreal imagery and settings, Sinclair often works on a large scale, and this work extends his first with a strange central character: a whalebone box. Strange as that seems, his reading of the work with the sophisticated and diverse backing of The London Experimental Ensemble adds incredible depth and continued interest to listeners through acoustic and electronic instrumentation.

    We have carried a number of albums from The London Experimental Ensemble, all previously on the Split Rock Records label. These have included works by Cornelius Cardew and Francis James Child, putting Sinclair in esteemed company. The LEE have a unique language and ability to transform narrative and poetic work, and this album is a superb example of their skills.

    Taken as a very strange audio book or as a musical journey through a surreal landscape, this is a fascinating and compelling release.

    Sinclair, Iain / London Experimental Ensemble: Dark Before Dark (577)

    Writer Iain Sinclair joins The London Experimental Ensemble to perform his narrative work, a sequel to Living With Buildings: And Walking With Ghosts, telling a surreal story of the imaginary 25-year journey of a whalebone box, told in detailed images and incredible sonic support through keys, strings, brass, winds, guitar, electronics and voice; profoundly powerful.








    Walk My Way Volume 5:

    As I've written of the series in previous blog entries, this quick note is to announce the 5th volume in Nick Vander's excellent review of solo guitar work in the 21st century. Each of these volumes is strictly limited, and stock is running low on the earliest volumes. If you found the Elliot Sharp's Never Meta Guitar series interesting, this is a great collection you won't want to miss out on.

    Various Artists (curated by Nick Vander): Walk My Way, Volume Five (Orbit577)

    The final of five volumes from this series curated by Nick Vander, a testament to the incredible musical range of the guitar and the imaginative possibility of guitarists around the world, with tracks from Harvey Valdes, Antonio Guillen, Boris Belica, Sandy Ewen, Denis Sorokin, Arvind Ganga, Pengboon Don, Josue Amador, Todd Clouser, and Mohammed Ashraf.








    Squidco Publishing Roundup:

    Below are the updates to our site and The Squid's Ear over the last two weeks. You can always keep up with the latest additions to our catalog as they enter our Just In Stock Section, meaning that we physically have an album and are able to ship it with an order. You can also see recent restocks of previous items at our Recently Restocked page. You can see a list of the releases we're anticipating on our upcoming releases page, where you can request that we inform you via email of any release that you're interested in, with no obligation to purchase.

    April 29, 2021: New @ Squidco:
    Natural Information Society w/ Evan Parker -Descension (Out of Our Constrictions) [VINYL 2 LPs] (Eremite)
    Treesearch (GoGwilt/Motl/Kuester) -Birdward [CD] (577)
    Iain Sinclair/London Experimental Ensemble -Dark Before Dark [CD] (577)
    Roberto Miranda Home Music Ensemble (Bradford/Carter/Newton/Tapscott/&c) -Live At Bing Theatre: Los Angeles, 1985 [CD] (Dark Tree Records)
    Gerard Grisey/Iancu Dumitrescu/Niels Christian Rasmussen/Thanos Chrysakis/Salvatore Sciarrino/Lori Freedman/Tim Hodgkinson -Music for Violas, Bass Clarinets & Flutes [CD] (Aural Terrains)
    Various Artists (curated by Nick Vander) -Walk My Way, Volume Five [CD] (Orbit577)
    Chris Abrahams/Mark Wastell -A Thousand Sacred Steps [CD] (Confront)
    Bob Drake -Planets & Animals [CD] (Recommended Records)
    Axel Dorner/Toshimaru Nakamura -In Cotton and Wool [CD] (Ftarri)
    Greg Davis -Throughline [CD] (Autumn Records)

    April 29, 2021: New Review @ The Squid's Ear: Phil Maguire and Tim Olive - Invoer (845 Audio) by Dave Madden.

    April 26, 2021: New @ Squidco:
    Microfiche (Alduca/Calligeros/Conner/Gill/Manojlovic/Murphy-Haste/Schack-Arnott) -Everything and Other Infinities [CD] (Creative Sources)
    Takatsuki Trio Quartet (Okuda/Virtaranta/Weitzel + Marwedel/Schubert ) -Live in Hessen [CD] (Creative Sources)
    Bertrand Denzler/Antonin Gerbal -Sbatax [CD] (Umlaut Records)
    Magnus Granberg w/ Miki Maruta, Ko Ishikawa, Toshimaru Nakamura -Come Down to Earth Where Sorrow Dwelleth [CD] (Meenna)
    Sergio Merce -En Lugar De Pensar [CD] (Edition Wandelweiser Records)
    Bertrand Denzler/Leo Dupleix -Plateaux [CD] (albertineeditions)
    Junji Hirose/mizutama/Kayu Nakada/Toshimaru Nakamura/Daysuke Takaoka/Yuma Takeshita/Tadashi Yonago -See You at Ftarri [CD] (Ftarri/Meenna)
    Yan Jun/Jean-Luc Guionnet/Matija Schellander/Seijiro Murayama -Blue Mistake, Red Mistake [CD] (Meenna)
    Kevin Good -Slow, Silent, Singing [CD] (Edition Wandelweiser Records)
    Pierre Gerard -Imprevu Visible Inverse [CD] (Edition Wandelweiser Records)

    April 26, 2021: New Review @ The Squid's Ear: Susanna Gartmayer / Christof Kurzmann - Smaller Sad (Klang Galleries) by Brian Olewnick.

    April 26, 2021: New Review @ The Squid's Ear: Gus Garside / Herve Perez - The Unexpected Visitor (Orbit577) by Ken Waxman.






  • April 23, 2021:

    If you look at our Just In Stock Section on the Squidco website you'll have an idea of what's been going on here. From two week's ago mailing list we went from 10 albums uncatalogued to 66, with week 20 of those having been completely detailed and listed in our current mailing list. Along with springtime yard work at home, it's been a busy couple of weeks! The surge of new music keeps everything moving along, and with new releases on Creative Sources, Ftarri, Htorri & Meena, Notice Recordings, Edition Wandelweiser Records, Umlaut and Confront, it's been a lot of creative and interesting motion!






    Ordered and Upcoming Albums

    Just as exciting is what's coming up and already ordered, all of which you can have us notify you about when they're in stock and ready to ship on our upcoming releases page.

    Paul Dunmall: Awakening Expectations (FMR)
    Sabu Toyozumi & Rick Countryman: I Am Village (FMR)
    Stefan Keune / Paul Lytton / Hans Schneider / Erhard Hirt: XPACT II (FMR)
    Carlo Mascolo / Joao Maderia / Felice Furioso: Cinestesia (FMR)
    Dan Banks / Jose Canha / Trevor Taylor / Robin Porter: Lost At Sea (FMR)
    Guy Frank Pellerin / Eugenio Sanna / Mattias Boss: Water Reflections (FMR)
    Alberto Pederneschi: Microcosmo (FMR)
    Udo Schindler / Patrick Schiminiski: Ging (FMR)
    Tibor Dakars / Laslo Lenkes / Goran Grubisic: The Funambulists (FMR)
    Steve Tromans: The Way (FMR)
    Ed Jones / Emil Karlsen: From Where Light Falls (FMR)
    Vasco Trilla / Liba Villaecchia: Asebeia (FMR)


    Ivo Perelman / Nate Wooley: Polarity (Burning Ambulance)
    Senyawa (Rully Shabara / Wukir Suryadi): Alkisah (Burning Ambulance)

    Jen Shyu / Jen Shyu & Jade Tongue: Zero Grasses: Ritual for the Losses (Pi Recordings)

    Chrome Hill (Lerheim / Nymo / Lofthus / Arntzen): This Is Chrome Hill [VINYL] (Clean Feed)
    Cortex (Johansson / Alberts / Hoyer / Nilssen): Legal Tender [VINYL] (Clean Feed)
    Courvoisier / Rothenberg / Sartorius: Lockdown (Clean Feed)
    Dominique Pifarely Quartet (Pifarely / Rayon / Chevillon / Merville): Nocturnes (Clean Feed)
    Andre Fernandes (Fernandes / Sambeat / Campos / Heliodoro / Pereira): Kinetic [VINYL] (Clean Feed)
    Hearth (Silva / Rasmussen / Rave / Draksler): Melt (Clean Feed)
    Innanen / Pasborg / Piromalli: This Is It (Clean Feed)
    Jonas Cambien Trio (Cambien / Roligheten / Wildhagen): Nature Hath Painted The Body (Clean Feed)
    Space Quartet (Toral / Antunes / Morao / Torres): Directions (Clean Feed)
    Oker (Larsen / Myhr / Rasten / Gismervik): Susurrus (Shhpuma)
    Oker (Larsen / Myhr / Rasten / Gismervik): Susurrus [VINYL] (Shhpuma)
    The Selva + Machinefabriek (Jacinto / Almeida / Morao + Zuydervelt): Barbatrama (Shhpuma)

    Greg Davis: Throughline (Autumn Records)

    Lance Austin Olsen & Barry Chabala: A field of wildflowers for our lost souls (Roeba)
    Ann Coman & Barry Chabala: In and out of focus (Roeba)

    Guillermo Gregorio / Damon Smith / Jerome Bryerton: The Room of the the Present (Listen! Foundation (Fundacja Sluchaj!))
    Agusti Fernandez / Barry Guy / Lucia Martinez: Bosque de niebla [2 CDs] (Fundacja Sluchaj!)
    Evan Parker Electro-Acoustic Ensemble: Warszawa 2019 (Fundacja Sluchaj!)
    MOVE (feat.Sjostrom/Kaufmann/Pultz Melbye/Narvesen/Gordoa): MOVE on MOERS (Fundacja Sluchaj!)
    Thomas Heberer / Joe Fonda / Joe Herenstein: REMEDY (Fundacja Sluchaj!)

    Satoko Fujii Tokyo Trio: Moon on the Lake (Libra)

    Tanja Feichtmair / Damon Smith / Gino Robair: The Shrilling of Frogs (Balance Point Acoustics)
    Hugo Ball (Jaap Blonk / Bart van der Putten / Pieter Meurs / Damon Smith): Six sound Poems 1989 & 2013 [2 CDs] (Balance Point Acoustics)

    Anthony Pateras: Pseudacusis (Bocian)
    Roscoe Mitchell & Slawek Janicki & Qba Janicki & Jerzy Mazzoll: Four Sure /Bocian

    Paul Dunmall: Awakening Expectations (FMR)
    Sabu Toyozumi & Rick Countryman: I Am Village (FMR)
    Stefan Keune / Paul Lytton / Hans Schneider / Erhard Hirt: XPACT II (FMR)
    Carlo Mascolo / Joao Maderia / Felice Furioso: Cinestesia (FMR)
    Dan Banks / Jose Canha / Trevor Taylor / Robin Porter: Lost At Sea (FMR)
    Guy Frank Pellerin / Eugenio Sanna / Mattias Boss: Water Reflections (FMR)
    Alberto Pederneschi: Microcosmo (FMR)
    Udo Schindler / Patrick Schiminiski: Ging (FMR)
    Tibor Dakars / Laslo Lenkes / Goran Grubisic: The Funambulists (FMR)
    Steve Tromans: The Way (FMR)
    Ed Jones / Emil Karlsen: From Where Light Falls (FMR)
    Vasco Trilla / Liba Villaecchia: Asebeia (FMR)

    The Mighty Cloud (Dave Quam / Joe Foster): Especially Songs (Sacred Realism)
    Bryan Eubanks & Xavier Lopez: Natural Realms (Sacred Realism)

    Joe Moffett: Stress Positions (Nor Records)
    Sean Ali: A Blink in the Sun (Nor Records)
    Carlo Costa: Silos (Nor Records)






    577 Records:

    You've probably noticed a steady flow of 577 Records, and their associated labels Orbit577 and Positive Elevation, on the Squidco website over the last few months. Starting late last year Squidco became both the US distributor for 577 Records, and also the service point for global fulfilment of 577's orders. Many of our regular customers have remarked to us about that service, and we're very happy to be sending out orders to those and to new customers who are being introduced to our service.

    577 Records has a 20 year history of releasing albums, their first release issued in 2001 being the duo of Federico Ughi & Daniel Carter, Astonishment. The label is directed and run by drummer Federico Ughi, whose tireless activities are reflected in the association of artists found on the label. For those curious, the name "577" was taken from the address of the house where the label's concerts first took place (577 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn, New York). Through the years they have presented some of the finest of NY-centric jazz and improvisation, many of which are associated with the annual Forward Festival which is presented by the label.



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