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[Music] H.J. Ayala – Haïku

Our friend Hector Javier (H.J.) Ayala hasn’t appeared on the blog for a while, but we rectify this issue today. He continues to create improvisational gems, with a nod to artists like Derek Bailey informing this release.

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[Music] Rahsaan Roland Kirk – Say A Little Prayer

Surely we could use a few prayers these days, considering the damage being wrought by the Corona Virus (and by idiotic local bureaucrats hell-bent on caging populations like monkeys in a zoo).

The Rahsaan Roland Kirk Quintet included Ron Burton on piano, Henry Pearson on bass, Richie Goldberg on drums and Joe Texidor on percussion in this video.

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[Music] Stéphane Clor & HJ Ayala – Motoco

Listening to what I would assume is microtonal guitar work (if my friends would be so kind as to correct me, I would be much obliged) proved to be a very rewarding expeience.  HJ Ayala, a friend of this blog, collaborates with cellist Stéphane Clor in this release clocking in at just under 40 minutes.  This is a quiet release, but the interplay between guitar and cello seems to intricate that it managed to hold my attention throughout.  I’m already a fan of Ayala’s guitar playing, so I’m not surprised he continues to release improvisational music of such great quality, but it’s nice to see him collaborate with Clor, whose work I had never heard until today.  A recommended disc.

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[Music] Selen Gülün – Many Faces

I’ve had the pleasure of following Selen Gülün’s work for about five years now, and her albums keep getting more and more interesting.  Many Faces sounds like a work straddling the line between music, theater and painting.  The sounds are delicate, graceful, but never sappy.  The vocals are crisp and sharp, with no feeling of wasted motion.  It’s a beautiful album.

I only have one gripe – I would love to see all of her back catalog become available digitally, at least, through Bandcamp and, if possible, to see these all come out on vinyl.  It’s a selfish wish, of course, because I find her music is suited best to the audiophile world, but one can dream.

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[Music] Art Ensemble of Chicago and The Necks to Perform in Melbourne — Avant Music News

Source: Broadwayworld. Supersense is thrilled to announce a once in a lifetime line-up bringing together two legendary ensembles of contemporary music, jazz and improvisation: ground breaking pioneers of American free jazz the Art Ensemble of Chicago and transcendent, internationally revered Australian trio The Necks. In a never-to-be repeated double bill at Hamer Hall on Sunday […]

via Art Ensemble of Chicago and The Necks to Perform in Melbourne — Avant Music News

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[Music] Wadada Leo Smith – Spiritual Dimensions

A proper two-album set by Wadada Leo Smith, this double disc comes complete with two different, yet somehow well-meshed bands.  To see what I mean, take a look at each lineup:

Disc One:

Wadada Leo Smith – trumpet
Vijay Iyer – piano, synthesizer
John Lindberg – bass
Pheeroan AkLaff – drums
Don Moye – drums

Disc Two:

Wadada Leo Smith – trumpet
Nels Cline – guitar
Michael Gregory – guitar
Brandon Ross – guitar
Lamar Smith – guitar
Okkyung Lee – cello
John Lindberg – double bass
Skuli Sverrisson – electric bass
Pheeroan AkLaff – drums

These lineups are the cream of the crop of the improvisational music scene.  The music is as enjoyably quirky and free as you would expect from a collaboration as grand as this.

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[Music] RuRaRo – Furioso (Live in Sound Museum)

I’m very happy to be able to announce this album of Russia’s finest improvisers collaborating on a live release in Saint Petersburg, Russia.  The performance occurred on November 12, 2018, and featured by friend Roman Stolyar on keyboards and recorders, Nikolay Rubanov on tenor saxophone & bass clarinet and Alexander Ragazanov drums.
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[Music] Akira Sakata & Chikamorachi with Masahiko Satoh – Proton Pump

Avant-garde bebop seems to be the most fitting way to describe this release featuring saxophonist Akira Sakata & Chikamorachi (drummer Chris Corsano and bassist Darrin Grey) along with pianist Masahiko Satoh.  No less than Jim O’Rourke gushes over the the musicianship of this improvisers, but this isn’t a racket-filled noise blast.  The musicianship is astounding, free, and engaging, something a lot of improvisers can’t seem to make happen unless they’re truly something special.  It seems that Sakata has been making music since the 1960s, so I have a bit of exploring to do on his previous work.

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[Music] Keiji Haino & SUMAC – American Dollar Bill – Keep Facing Sideways, You’re Too Hideous To Look At Face On


The grand old man of psychedelic noise pairs with a rather powerful improv band I knew little about until today.  Keiji Haino is up to his old tricks with his screeching vocals, chanting and brutal guitar playing, while SUMAC give him just enough structure to keep his madness contained. Powerful listening.

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[Music] Mecizand & Simulacross – Šljahtic Zavalnja, Abo Bełarus u Fantastyčnyh Apavjadannjah


This is an indescribably weird and wonderful combination of two bands, one from Russia, and one from Belarus.  This split LP provides everything from electroacoustic music and noise to free jazz and improvisation here.  Somehow, it just works.

From the bands’  record label, NoiseUp’s Bandcamp page:

Internet-label NoiseUp presents the collaboration of two experimental projects. Russian group of musician Mecizand was formed in the beginning of 10s and counts more than 10 album in its discography.  Last two were released on NoiseUp.  Their music varies between ritual and dark ambient, musique concrete and free jazz.  Belarusian project Simulacross appeared on the experimental music map in 2002 and during the years of existence created different sound collages in percussion and improve industrial, noise and musique concrete.  This album will be the debut collaboration of Simulacross and Mecizand.  10 new compositions are presented on the album made separately by every project and collaboration created by both.  Part of the tracks is made with guest musician, among which you can find Belarusian folk-singer Irina Hlushets from the band Yagorava Gara, voice of Vladislav Novozhilov from Belarusian metal-band Gods Tower and bass of Pjotr Shkalenok from the retro-beat project Yatata.  Also different musician playing of various musical instruments such as harp, flute, violin, organ, calimba, trombone and many others could be heard on the album.  It tuned to be an explosive mixture of post-folk electroacoustic avant-garde with ritual atmosphere and percussion soundscapes.  Fascinating experiments of Russian-Belarusian collaboration will be available for free download on January 29th on the official NoiseUp website and on the Bandcamp page of the label.  The digital release will be followed by the physical cassette limited edition on the label Hvedrungrsmil Records.  It will be out in the beginning of February.  Noise the world!

Worth tracking down.