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In celebration of the Evan Parker Electro-Acoustic Ensemble’s complex, trippy The Moment’s Energy

In celebration of the Evan Parker Electro-Acoustic Ensemble’s complex, trippy The Moment’s Energy

Released in June 2009, the Evan Parker Electro-Acoustic Ensemble’s ‘The Moment’s Energy’ is made up of a continuum of evolving ideas, rather than actual songs.

Ivo Perelman – Corpo, Blue, The Hitchhiker (2016)

Ivo Perelman – Corpo, Blue, The Hitchhiker (2016)

Three duos with exponentially more ideas; Ivo Perelman makes a lot of music because he has so much to say. Even when there is only one other musician alongside him with which to express all these new inspirations.

Michael Bisio & Kirk Knuffke – Row For William O. (2016)

Michael Bisio & Kirk Knuffke – Row For William O. (2016)

‘Row For William O.’ reveals bassist Michael Bisio to be a great master because he is first and foremost such a good student.

Kikanju Baku, Michael Gregory Jackson, Joseph Daley – Endogeny & Exogamy (2016)

Kikanju Baku, Michael Gregory Jackson, Joseph Daley – Endogeny & Exogamy (2016)

Maybe it’s time for people other than Roscoe Mitchell to pay more attention to this wildly creative drummer by the name of Kikanju Baku.

Matthew Shipp and Michael Bisio – Live In Seattle (2016)

Matthew Shipp and Michael Bisio – Live In Seattle (2016)

‘Live In Seattle’ is something like a Matthew Shipp solo piano performance extended to lower timbres because the pianist Shipp and bassist Bisio are of such a singular mind.

Jungle: Mat Walerian, Matthew Shipp, Hamid Drake – Live at Okuden (2016)

Jungle: Mat Walerian, Matthew Shipp, Hamid Drake – Live at Okuden (2016)

Mat Walerian places much trust in his good instincts on ‘Jungle,’ even as he does show he knows much about the tenants music and even in the presence of more established masters.

Volcano Radar – Electro Parables/Electro Parábalas (2016)

Volcano Radar – Electro Parables/Electro Parábalas (2016)

Volcano Radar was formed back in 2012 when Chicago-based guitarist, composer, eductor and poet Julia Miller found musical chemistry with a multi-instrumentalist and composer from Uruguay, Elbio Barilari. Two very outward thinking musicians who came together from decidedly different backgrounds to exploit some common ground in the playground of experimental, noisy electro-jazz. Refutation of Time (2013) was the first productRead More

Peter Brotzmann + Heather Leigh – Ears Are Filled With Wonder (2016)

Peter Brotzmann + Heather Leigh – Ears Are Filled With Wonder (2016)

Although very different, Peter Brotzmann and Heather Leigh blend together on ‘Ears Are Filled With Wonder’ in a wondrous and surprising manner.

Tomas Fujiwara, Ben Goldberg + Mary Halvorson – The Out Louds (2016)

Tomas Fujiwara, Ben Goldberg + Mary Halvorson – The Out Louds (2016)

Featuring Tomas Fujiwara, Ben Goldberg and Mary Halvorson, the Out Louds aren’t always necessarily loud – but they are sure enough ‘out.’

The People Band – Live at Cafe Oto (2016)

The People Band – Live at Cafe Oto (2016)

Audiences have finally caught up with the People Band, and ‘Live at Cafe Oto’ is the perfect road map to guide them forward.