December 14, 2014

Playlist Week of 2014-12-13

RC 2014-12-12

* F. Couperin: L’Apotheose á la memoire de Lully, etc. (Kuijken, et al.) (Seon/ABC 2LP)
* L. Couperin: Suiten und Pavane (Leonhardt) (Harmonia Mundi LP)
* Satie: L’Œvre pour piano (Ciccolini) (selections) (EMI 5CD)
* Sun Ra: Art Forms of Dimensions Tomorrow (Saturn/Universal LP)
* Sun Ra: Cosmic Tones for Mental Therapy (Saturn/Universal LP)
* Sun Ra: The Night of the Purple Moon (Saturn/Universal LP)
* Sun Ra: Of Mythic Worlds (Philly Jazz LP)
* John Coltrane: Offering: Live At Temple University (Impulse! 2CD)
* Wayne Shorter: Atlantis (Columbia LP)
* Wayne Shorter: Joy Ryder (Columbia LP)
* Ketil Bjornstad/David Darling/Terje Rypdal/Jon Christiansen: The Sea (ECM CD)
* Rodger Coleman & Sam Byrd: Heeltop Home Studio 2014-11-25 (No.9 remix) (WAV)
* Steven Halpern/Georgia Kelly: Ancient Echoes (Heru LP)
* Iasos: Celestial Soul Portrait (Numero Group 2LP)
* Stevie Wonder: Songs In The Key Of Life (Motown/Universal BD)
* Flying Lotus: You’re Dead! (Warp 2LP)
* Spirit: Spirit (Ode LP)
* Spirit: The Family That Plays Together (CBS LP)
* Nektar: A Tab In The Ocean (Passport LP)
* Nektar: Remember The Future (Passport LP)
* Nektar: Down To Earth (Passport LP)
* Curved Air: Phantasmagoria (Warner Bros. LP)
* Anthony Phillips: 1984 (Passport LP)
* Klaatu: Hope (Capitol LP)
* Earth: A Bureaucratic Desire for Extra-Capsular Extraction (Southern Lord 2-45RPM LP)
* Opeth: Pale Communion (Roadrunner CD/BD+2-7” box)
* Mastodon: Call of the Mastodon (Relapse EP)
* BXI: BXI (Southern Lord EP)
* Cynic: Kindly Bent To Free Us (Trouble In Mind 2-45RPM LP)
* Red Fang: Whales And Leeches (Relapse LP+EP)
* Pallbearer: 2010 Demo (Reliquary Edition) (20 Buck Spin EP)
* Pallbearer: Sorrow and Extinction (Profound Lore CD)
* Pallbearer: Foundations of Burden (Profound Lore CD)
* Usnea: Random Cosmic Violence (Relapse 2-45RPM LP)

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Commentary:

"Free Form Friday" was a blast! A nice crowd turned out to hear the Voight-Kampff duo play improvised electronic music followed by a program of three compositions by Stan Link: "In Ida's Mirror" for alto flute and fixed medium (performed by Phil Dikeman, alto flute); "Concert" for piano and laptop (performed by me and Stan); and "Toda la Tierra" for guitar, spoken voice and fixed medium (performed by Joshua McGuire, guitar, and Sal Mirand, voice).

The Black Box Theater is the perfect venue for this sort of experimental, avant-garde music with the Dig Deep Light Show bringing their psychedelic visuals to the proceedings. Kudos to the Metro Parks Department for making this happen -- and with free admission! There is a possibility I will be presenting my music at a future "Free Form Friday" sometime next year. Stay tuned!

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Next up this week: OPETH!

December 7, 2014

Playlist Week of 2014-12-06


* Bal-Kan: Honey And Blood (Hesperion XXI, et al./Savall) (Alia Vox 3SACD)
* Dowland: Complete Lute Works (O’Dette) (d.1-2) (Harmonia Mundi 5CD)
* Stan Link: Concert (1994) For Piano and Computer (Coleman/Link) (WAV)
* AMM: BBC Maida Vale Studios, January 1988 (FM CDR)
* AMM: Live In Allentown USA (Matchless CD)
* AMM: Laminal (d.3) (Matchless 3CD)
* AMM: Museum of Modern Art, Glasgow 1997-06-28 (AUD CDR)
* AMM: International  House, Chicago, IL 2001-04-15 (AUD CDR)
* Sun Ra: Astro Black (Impulse! LP)
* Elvin Jones/Jimmy Garrison Sextet: Illumination! (Impulse! CD)
* Elvin Jones: Mr. Jones (Blue Note LP)
* McCoy Tyner: Reaching Fourth (Impulse! CD)
* McCoy Tyner: Extensions (Blue Note LP)
* McCoy Tyner: Asante (Blue Note LP)
* Muhal Richard Abrams: Mama And Daddy (Black Saint CD)
* Muhal Richard Abrams: Blues Forever (Black Saint CD)
* Eberhard Weber: Yellow Fields (ECM LP)
* Shankar: Pancha Nadai Pallavi (ECM CD)
* Zakir Hussain: Making Music (ECM CD)
* Kris Davis: Massive Threads (Thirsty Ear CD)
* Spring Heel Jack: The Sweetness Of The Water (Thirsty Ear CD)
* Herbie Hancock: Headhunters (Columbia/Legacy CD)
* Flying Lotus: You’re Dead! (Warp 2LP) †
* Steve Roach & Robert Rich: Soma (Hearts of Space CD)
* Grateful Dead: Houston, TX 11/18/72 (GDP/Rhino 2LP)
* Grateful Dead: One From The Vault (GDP/Rhino/Future Days 3LP)
* Grateful Dead: Dave’s Picks Vol.4: Williamsburg, VA 9/24/76 (selections) (GDP/Rhino 3HDCD)
* Curved Air: Airconditioning (Warner Bros. LP)
* Curved Air: Air Cut (Warner Bros. LP)
* U2: Songs Of Innocence (iTunes MP3) †
* Thurston Moore: The Best Day (Matador 2LP) †
* Amorphis: Eclipse (Nuclear Blast CD)
* Beach House: Beach House (Car Park/Heartbreak Beat LP)
* Beach House: Devotion (Car Park 2LP)
* Beach House: Teen Dream (Sub Pop 2LP)
* Syd Arthur: Sound Mirror (Harvest LP)
* Pallbearer: Sorrow And Extinction (Profound Lore CD)
* Usnea: Usnea (Orca Wolf LP/MP3) †

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Commentary:

Much to my surprise, I got a call last week from my friend, composer Stan Link, asking if I would reprise my performance of his Concert (1994) for piano and computer at the upcoming "Free Form Friday" on December 12. He apologized for the last-minute nature of the request, but, of course, I said: "Yes!"

As you may remember, I performed this piece at "Indeterminacies" a little over a year ago (you can listen to a recording of the program here). So, thankfully, it was not that difficult to reacquaint myself with the rather unusual notation. A tablature of Stan's invention, it maps the fingering to Beethoven's Bagatelle Op.126, No.5 -- but leaves pitch and rhythmic decisions up to the performer. Even more disorienting for the pianist, the notation moves vertically rather than horizontally across the page. Meanwhile, Stan has a recording of the Bagatelle loaded onto his laptop which he radically processes utilizing AudioMulch software. While I was terrified at the first performance, I have overcome my fear and have grown to love the piece as I become more familiar with the score, which is ingeniously inventive, strict yet free.

Stan came over yesterday to rehearse and bit and I decided to record the proceedings in my home studio. We did three versions while trying different approaches to the material, with varying degrees of success. Finally, the last take produced a remarkable 10-minute performance wherein we were truly interacting with each other. While talking about the piece, Stan told me he appreciates how I am willing to improvise within the "straightjacket" he's given me. What he envisioned as a kind of "choreography" is becoming something approaching actual music.

"Free Form Friday" takes place at The Black Box Theatre located in Nashville's Centennial Park (home of the ersatz  Parthenon). Music starts at 8:00pm with the Voight-Kampff Duo, followed by Stan Link at 9:00, all illuminated by by Dig Deep Lights. Oh, and admission is TOTALLY FREE -- so don't miss it!

November 30, 2014

Playlist Week of 2014-11-30


* Purcell: Fantasias for the Viols (1680) (Hesperion XX/Savall) (Alia Vox SACD)
* Poulenc: Works for Piano (selections) (Chandos 3CD)
* Bartok: Mikrokosmos (Solchany) (EMI Classics 2CD)
* Grant Green: The Complete Quartets With Sonny Clark (Blue Note 2CD)
* Bobby Hutcherson: Head On (Blue Note CD)
* Chico Hamilton: Peregrinations (Blue Note LP)
* Marion Brown & Gunter Hampel: Gesprächsfetzen (Calig-Verlag München LP)
* Paul Motian/Bill Frisell/Joe Lovano: I Have The Room Above Her (ECM CD)
* Evan Parker, et al.: The Stone, New York, NY 2014-09-13 (AUD FLAC)
* John Abercrombie Quartet: 39 Steps (ECM CD)
* Sadao Watanabe: Round Trip (Vanguard LP)
* Volker Kriegel: Spectrum (MPS CD)
* Anouar Brahem: Conte de l’incroyable amour (ECM CD)
* David Torn: I-Beam, Brooklyn, NY 2014-05-29 (AUD FLAC)
* Tom Rainey Trio: Cornelia St. Café, New York, NY 2013-10-19 (AUD FLAC)
* Stefano Bollani: Joy In Spite Of Everything (ECM CD)
* Rodger Coleman & Sam Byrd: Cosmologies (NuVoid Jazz LP)
* Rodger Coleman & Sam Byrd: Heeltop Home Studio 2014-11-25 (WAV)
* Danny Heines: Aqua Touch (Silver Wave LP)
* Jon Hassell: Power Spot (ECM CD)
* Steve Roach: Structures from Silence (Fortuna CD)
* Steve Roach: Dreamtime Return (Fortuna 2CD)
* Steve Roach & Robert Rich: Soma (Hearts of Space CD)
* Robert Rich: Seven Veils (Hearts of Space CD)
* Scott Cossu: Wind Dance (Windham Hill LP)
* Scott Cossu: She Describes Infinity (Windham Hill LP)
* Dieter Schütz: Voyage (Sky/Life Style LP)
* David Lange: Return Of The Comet (Hearts of Space LP)
* George Duke: Reach For It (Epic LP)
* George Duke: Don’t Let Go (Epic LP)
* Flying Lotus: You’re Dead! (Warp 2LP)
* Shelby Lynne: Just A Little Lovin’ (Lost Highway/Analogue Productions LP)
* Los Lobos: Kiko (Warner Bros. CD)
* Klaatu: Klaatu (Capitol LP)
* Hot Chip: In Our Dreams (Domino CD)
* Anatomy of Habit: Ciphers & Axioms (Relapse LP)
* Inter Arma: The Cavern (Relapse EP) †

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Commentary:

An absolutely epic session with Sam Byrd on Tuesday, wherein we recorded over 100 minutes of music, picking up right where we left off! While the new piano plays and sounds fantastic, it was really exciting to plug in the electric guitar again, like the old days of UYA . We went to some seriously interesting places, places I cannot get to on the piano.

Plans are vague at this point except to keep recording. One (or perhaps two sessions) at Christmas and  a long weekend in the spring. I want to take our time and craft something really special.

In the meantime, Cosmologies is still available - though the limited edition vinyl LP is about half-gone. I listened to it again for the first time in a long time this week and it definitely holds up! The next one is going to be even better.

I hope you all had as nice a Thanksgiving as I did!