Ken Waxman

Guelph Jazz Festival. Guelph, Ontario. September 9–13, 2009.   The annual Guelph Jazz Festival is always populist. In its sixteenth edition, it extended its support of outdoor improvisation, plus interaction between Third and First World musicians without lessening its commitment to Free Music. Much of the outstanding music making came from the[...] Read more

Concerts and Events Ken Waxman Issue 106

Birgit Ulher. Radio Silence No More.   Hamburg-based trumpeter Birgit Ulher uses her improvisational prowess to shape this program, treating as full partners the extended drones and blurry hisses that emanate from a stand-alone radio and its speaker. On the nine mid-length tracks here—all with the suffixes ‑welle or ‑[...] Read more

Recordings Ken Waxman Issue 106

Quatuor Qwat Reum Six. Live at Festival NPAI 2007.   With textures and timbres often as inscrutable as the band’s name, four of France’s most accomplished improvisers explore non-idiomatic sounds. This continuous, though segmented, performance is not only tonally mesmerizing, it also negates, through the use of extensions and[...] Read more

Recordings Ken Waxman Issue 106

Olga Neuwirth and the ICI Ensemble. Who am I? No More.   Animated with sonic jump-cuts and unexpected timbral juxtapositions, these compositions—described as two audio films—by Austrian Olga Neuwirth, demonstrate that she is young enough to be influenced by John Zorn-styled musical pastiches, as well as by conventional music. That[...] Read more

Recordings Ken Waxman Issue 106

Marteau Rouge and Evan Parker. Live.   Devoting more than forty years to the painstaking development of an individual style doesn’t mean that British tenor saxophonist Evan Parker eschews new challenges and collaborations. Live is notable, however, because Parker manages, without altering his distinctive reed patterns,[...] Read more

Recordings Ken Waxman Issue 106

Jorge Lima Barreto. Zul Zelub.   Melding inside-and-outside piano explorations with the pulsations of a randomly tuned shortwave radio or with pre-recorded ambient sounds issuing from four CD players, Jorge Lima Barreto creates an altogether unique, double-barrelled program here. A veteran Portuguese pianist, academic,[...] Read more

Recordings Ken Waxman Issue 106

Ulrichsberger Kaleidophon. Ulrichsberg, Austria. April 30–May 2, 2009. A site-specific performance that took into account the dimensions and machinery of a still-functioning 1853 linen factory, a resounding interface between pulsating electronic and acoustic instruments, and a full-force finale involving a mid-sized band were among the notable performances at 2009[...] Read more

Concerts and Events Ken Waxman Issue 105

Zeitkratzer and Carsten Nicolai. Electronics. With a repertoire encompassing composers as different as James Tenney and Lou Reed, the ten-piece Zeitkratzer group, led by pianist Reinhold Friedl, produces a unique CD with every outing. Electronics is no different. Hooking up with German composer Carsten Nicolai, who also plays on one[...] Read more

Recordings Ken Waxman Issue 105

Pichelin, Charles, Grydeland. North of the North. Creating an imaginary aural landscape from an existing geography, Marc Pichelin, Xavier Charles and Ivar Grydeland mutate and reconfigure sounds collected on Norway’s Skjervøy and Arnøy islands using their own instruments, electronics, and phonographies. The result[...] Read more

Recordings Ken Waxman Issue 105

Halliwell and Patterson. Terrain. Field recording, granulated by using amplified devices, meets processed feedback and other advanced reed techniques on this notable British session. Altering his initial sources so that they’re divorced from their origin, Lee Patterson creates a voice equal to that of Graham Halliwell[...] Read more

Recordings Ken Waxman Issue 105

John Butcher. Resonant Spaces. Accepting the challenge of solo improvising in selected parts of northern Scotland and the Orkney Islands, British saxophonist John Butcher evolves specific strategies that transform these sites into resonating showplaces. The result is as spectacular as it is unique.  [...] Read more

Recordings Ken Waxman Issue 105