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Djordjevic, Milica – “Deutscher Musikrat” – [Wergo]

Hemroid The Leader   8/16/2017   A Library, CD

Serbian composer Milica Djordjevic (JOR ja vitch) was born in 1984 in Belgrade. 7 intently focused unpackings: thorough examinations of musical structure. Melody, harmony, rhythm, and many other conventional musical concerns are in the background. Stasis, tension, upheaval. The liner notes talk about it as crashes and reboots.
Track 1 commissioned and performed by the Arditti Quartet. Notations in the score include unpitched/noise bowing, highest possible tones, bowing on the bridge, huge glissandoing.
Well Organized.

Tinariwen – “Radio Tisdas Sessions, The” – [World Village]

Hemroid The Leader   8/9/2017   CD, International

West African mono chordal desert trance music. Psychedelic droning guitars. Tamasheq (Touareg) are a Saharan nomadic people who were in conflict with the government of Mali in the 80s, armed by Qaddafi. Tinariwen was formed in a Libyan camp for Tomashek rebels. This was Tinariwen’s first western release after a series of regional tapes. Track one sung by a guy who’d been shot 17 times.

Sharrock, Linda Network, The – “They Begin to Speak” – [Improvising Beings]

Hemroid The Leader   8/7/2017   CD, Jazz

Somewhere between AHH! and UH! lie these collectively improvised free jazz livestock orgies out on improvising beings. The same 50-minute-plus composition is performed in the studio on disc 1 and live on disc 2. Linda Sharrock’s post-stroke vocals are wild and primal. Very challenging and rewarding. The sidemen are right along with her, Itaru Oki, Makoto Sato, Eric Zinman, Mario Rechturn et al. CD1’s larger group’s collective improvising recalls Ornette Coleman Free Jazz LP. CD2 is a smaller group and it gets raw.

Corsano / Courvoisier / Wooley – “Salt Task” – [Relative Pitch Records]

Hemroid The Leader   8/7/2017   CD, Jazz

Chris Corsano – drums
Sylvie Courvoisier – piano
Nate Wooley – trumpet

The premiere recording of this lineup, in Brooklyn 2015. These four tracks work out a very promising relationship. Wooley and corsano come from a DIY/free music background and Courvoisier was educated at the conservatory in Lausanne. But maybe these distinctions are not very important as they are having a very advanced musical discussion.
The first track is 21 minutes long and it is the wildest and most tenuous. They continue to explore through the next two and by the last tune there is a sound. This band has a great sound and I think they would be crazy not to record more of it.

William Parker Quartets: Meditation / Resurrection [coll] – [Aum Fidelity]

Hemroid The Leader   7/26/2017   CD, Jazz

Follow up to 2016’s Wood Flute Songs oversize box. All compositions William Parker. In the tradition of Mingus and Ellington. Both CDs recorded live on the same day in 2016.
Parker’s namesake quartet on CD1 features OKC’s Jalalu Kalvert-Nelson on trumpet, CD2 In Order To Survive quartet features Cooper-Moore on piano. Both CDs feature Parker-bass, Rob Brown-alto, Hamid Drake- drums.
CD1 – Kalvert-Nelson on “Rodney’s Resurrection”. Brown on “Handsome Lake.” Drake and Parker swing hard all disc.
CD2 – Cooper-Moore channels Cecil Taylor and Don Pullen. Check out “Some Lake Oliver.” Parker’s bow on “Sunrise ..” lets you know he is completely in control.

Stalling, Carl – “Carl Stalling Project (Music From Warner Bros. Cartoons, The” – [Warner Bros.]

Hemroid The Leader   7/5/2017   CD, Soundtrack

Carl Stalling composed the scores for Warner Brothers Cartoons from 1936 to 1958. He is one of three composers credited with the invention of the click track. He had the 50 piece Warner Brother Orchestra at his disposal and was encouraged to use the Warner Brothers back catalog in his compositions. He developed the surrealist “Looney Tunes” style of rapid-fire musical quotations, puns, and sound effects.

Kelley, Greg – “Trumpet” – [Meniscus Records]

Hemroid The Leader   6/27/2017   A Library, CD

Solo trumpet. Non- musical approach. Gaseous outbursts from the release valve. Mouthpiece makeouts, valve thumping, brassy breathing, soft frantic knocking. Auto mechanic’s friend. Every once in a while it will startle you. Some tracks very quiet. Can you hear that noise?

Walker, Florence / Phil Walker (Recorded By) – “Sounds From The Archipelago Vol. 1” – [Shiok! Records]

Hemroid The Leader   6/27/2017   12-inch, International

Son of the German Diplomat to Moscow at the outbreak of the first World War, Walter Spies was a primativist painter who drifted eastward into Bali in the 1920s. He brought Balinese culture to the west and had a great influence on modern Balinese art and music.
In the 30s Spies and the Indonesian dancer Wayan Limbak adopted ketchak, a Balinese trance ritual, into a drama and dance intended for performance before Western tourist audiences. The syncopated Ketchak chant can be heard in Satyricon, Akira, and Blood Simple.
This is an example of what James Clifford describes as the “modern art-culture system” in which, “the West or the central power adopts, transforms, and consumes non-Western or peripheral cultural elements, while making ‘art,’ which was once embedded in the culture as a whole, into a separate entity.”
The Ketchak chant can be heard on Side A, Band 6.
This record is an uncredited reissue of 1961’s music of Indonesia produced by Henry Cowell and released on Smithsonian Folkways. The Shiok! label is based in Singapore.
Regardless, these recordings are great quality and very compelling, gamelan and wood flute. Indonesian lutes, vocal and violin. A ceremonial tone pervades throughout.

Eastman, Julius – “Femenine” – [Frozen Reeds]

Hemroid The Leader   6/11/2017   A Library, CD

Julius Eastman was a black gay composer/vocalist in late 70s/early 80s New York, performing and recording with the New York Philharmonic and Meredith Monk and others. He suffered from mental illness, the super threw all of his stuff out on the street in ’81 and 9 years later he died in obscurity at a in Buffalo. Scholars have been putting the pieces together since then.
This concert was in 1974 in Albany. 12 or 15 performers memory is hazy. At the performance soup was served and Eastman wore a dress. A mechanism of Eastman’s invention plays sleigh bells for about 70 minutes. The vibraphone hammers out a motif that is expanded upon by the ensemble. In Eastman’s words, “the end sounds like Angels opening up heaven … euphoria.”

Bad Jazz – “Daymare” – [eh?]

Hemroid The Leader   6/11/2017   CD, Jazz

One long track 39m. Piano and a bunch of fumbling. Will make you think something is wrong with the car. About 38 minutes in a toy drum machine takes over. Noises. A plastic straw makes an ominous sound and brings the proceedings to an absurd finale.
Tanya Chen (Tender Buttons) plays piano, electronics, toys.
The liner notes have a picture of some salmon fillets and a microphone.

Brahms – “Sonatas For Viola and Piano, Op. 120” – [Capitol Records]

Hemroid The Leader   6/8/2017   12-inch, Classical

In 1912 Rudolf Firkusny was born in Moravian Napajedla, in what is now Czechoslovakia period he studied with Janacek, touring Europe in the 1920s and premiering in London in 1933 and New York in 1938. He fled the Nazis in 1939, escaping to Paris and settling in New York.
William Primrose was a Scottish violist, teacher, and author. He was part of the NBC Symphony Orchestra with Jascha Heifetz and others. He began in 1924 as a professional violinist and switched to the viola in 1930. Late in life he developed hearing difficulties that prevented him from hearing certain pitches. He died in Utah.

Brahms’ Op. 120 are his final chamber works. Published in 1895. Brahms loved the clarinet and wrote These originally for clarinet and piano although he also wrote a version for viola. Side A begins with a 4 bar piano theme in octaves that has been shown in recent analysis to be generative of every musical idea that follows. Side B is not too shabby either.

Mad Professor Meets Jah9 – “In The Midst of The Storm” – [VP Records]

Hemroid The Leader   5/24/2017   12-inch, Reggae

9 digital-style dubs on a blue spatter transparent LP in an edition of 1000. Pressed exclusively for Record Store day 2017 by VP Records out of Jamaica, Queens.
Jah9 is dub poet and certified yoga instructor. Mad Professor got his name as a boy due to his fascination with electronics. He began his career in music in 1973, as a service technician.

Brahms, Johannes / Festival Quartet – “Piano Quartet In C Minor, Op. 60” – [RCA Victor/ BMG]

Hemroid The Leader   5/24/2017   12-inch, Classical

Brahms couldn’t seal the deal and abated his frustration through musical composition.
First movement premiered by Clara Schumann, who Brahms was in love with
Often called the Werther quartet – a common theme for 19th century suicidal love birds
Almost twenty years later Brahms is in love with Mrs. Elisabeth von Herzogenberg and he finds enough of himself to finish.

The festival quartet came together at the summer festival in Aspen, and features:
Szymon Goldberg, violin
William Primrose, viola
Nikolai Graudan, cello
Victor Babin, piano

Ghost In The House – “Second Sight” – [Public Eyesore]

Hemroid The Leader   5/17/2017   A Library, CD

Squaky improvised classicist jazz quartet adds surreal spoken word about Dream Machines, dockside disembodied heads, bats. Recorded in SF
Kyle Bruckmann on oboes, english horn
Tom Nunn – metallic pwecussive sounds
David Michalek – strings, percussion – composed the tunes
Karen Stackpole – gongs, percussion.
Guests include vocals contributed by Dean Santomieri

Spoken words on tracks 3, 6, 8

Cudd, Patti – “Eos” – [Innova Recordings]

Hemroid The Leader   5/17/2017   A Library, CD

Patti Cudd teaches percussion and new music studies at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and the College of St. Benedict & St. John???s University.
Varied 3 disc set explores many ways of “scraping, scratching, tapping and striking”. Sometimes hand percussion, sometimes with mallets, vibes, sometimes computers. 16 of the 22 tracks are new commissions. The album also features works by Morton Feldman, Brian Ferneyhough and Christian Wolff ??? the only ones here without the use of electronics.
These sounds, many solo except for Max MSP type processing, invite contemplation.. some are very commanding and others could be beds. Dig in, play it all the time. Sayles once told me that a solo percussionist is a foundational part of the KFJC sound.

Xenakis Ensemble – “Waakvlam” – [BVHaast]

Hemroid The Leader   4/19/2017   A Library, CD

The Xenakis Ensemble is a Dutch ensemble dedicated to the performance of contemporary classical music. Based in Middelburg, it is known as one of the few ensembles specializing in the works of the composer Iannis Xenakis (YAWN-iss zen-KNOCK-kiss). Many Xenakis titles in A library. 3 long (20mins) and 1 short (3:30).

Opens with a Xenakis composition featuring the signature sound of percussionn and horn blasts alternating with horror string glissandos.
Track 2 William Breuker – harpsichord and chamber orchestra with lots of percussion.
Track 3 David Del Puerto exploratory marimba concerto, a real treat for marimbologists.
Track 4 Xenakis – shorter Xenakis piece, not so terrifying. Enjoyable, maybe.

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