Recordings

Sainkho Namchylak, Nick Sudnick. Not Quite Songs. Sainkho Namchylak, a native of Tuva, is relatively well known for her brilliant accommodation of throat-singing techniques to free improvisation, using a body of traditional techniques to create music of extraordinarily expressive power, mixing high-pitched metallic sounds and multiphonics[...] Read more

Recordings Stuart Broomer Issue 108

Christof Migone. Disco Sec. Packaged like an LP, this is a visual and aural catalogue of Christof Migone’s 2008 exhibition Disco Sec—a self-portrait made up of his own record collection. The package serves up a lush documentation of the artwork in the show, including Rimmed Record, a series of rims from the[...] Read more

Recordings Chris Kennedy Issue 108

Dave Liebman, Evan Parker, Tony Bianco. Relevance. The saxophonists Dave Liebman and Evan Parker might not immediately strike one as likely associates: Liebman, a one-time member of Miles Davis’ electric band, usually works well within the jazz tradition; Parker is usually associated with free improvisation and a mastery of techniques[...] Read more

Recordings Stuart Broomer Issue 108

Joëlle Léandre, François Houle, Raymond Strid. Last Seen Headed: Live at Sons d'Hiver. Few musicians in the international improvising community can find as many varied settings with which to create an ever-expanding musical language as can French bassist Joëlle Léandre.   She appears here as part of a trio with Vancouver-based clarinettist Fran[...] Read more

Recordings Stuart Broomer Issue 108

Giuseppe Ielasi. (Another) Stunt. I suspect that Giuseppe Ielasi named his three-vinyl EP project Stunt as a nod to those who know him better as an improvisational guitarist. My expectations of some intense minimal guitar compositions were overturned at first hearing as I found myself listening to an album full of needle-[...] Read more

Recordings Chris Kennedy Issue 108

The Allison Cameron Band. The Allison Cameron Band. Toronto’s Rat-Drifting label has long been committed to releasing sneakily hybridized and organically concept-informed music. Work that is deliciously fraught with odd details and the idiosyncrasies of the community from which it springs.   Cameron’s[...] Read more

Recordings Nick Storring Issue 108

Ross Bolleter. Night Kitchen: An Hour of Ruined Piano. Australian Ross Bolleter has devoted himself to ruined pianos: instruments found exposed—in different degrees—to the elements, having in that exposure developed a quirky originality, radically at odds with the piano’s usual ideal of uniformity. Cracked soundboards vibrate[...] Read more

Recordings Stuart Broomer Issue 108

Debashis Sinha. Anudrutam.   Lean, economical and crisp, Anudrutam infuses a minimalist techno sensibility with acoustic percussion and naturalistic field recordings (collected by Sinha himself in Kolkata). While the bareness used by some similarly oriented artists tends to emphasize the cold, machine-like precision[...] Read more

Recordings Nick Storring Issue 107

Brian Ruryk. Cycle of Fords.   While the ingredients in any recent Brian Ruryk release are basically the same—rapid-fire editing, rubbery cassette-tape contortions, anxious Sonny-Sharrock-on-amphetamines acoustic guitar scribblings, torrents of debris (aural and actual) flying across the stereo field—[...] Read more

Recordings Nick Storring Issue 107

ROVA Saxophone Quartet & Nels Cline Singers. The Celestial Septet.   The Celestial Septet combines two institutions of California’s experimental and improvised music, the ROVA Saxophone Quartet and guitarist Nels Cline’s instrumental trio with bass and drums, ironically named the Nels Cline Singers. This music is rooted in the free-jazz[...] Read more

Recordings Stuart Broomer Issue 107

Yannis Kyriakides. ANTICHAMBER.   Dutch-Cypriot composer Yannis Kyriakides is better known for his extended multimedia and music-theatre works, but the ten pieces collected on this double-CD demonstrate that writing for smaller ensembles affords him equally fertile ground for creative exploration. The album offers[...] Read more

Recordings Jason van Eyk Issue 107

Grutronic. Essex Foam Party. Essex Foam Party sees Grutronic, a free improvising collective, join forces with guests vibraphonist Orphy Robinson and sampler Paul Obermayer. Mixed among the moist pulses and triggered cross textures that characterize much of the music are interludes of keyboard comping and runs from[...] Read more

Recordings Ken Waxman Issue 107