Friday, August 24th, 2007
... 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. ...
KZSU, 90.1 FM
sfSound is an exciting local
collective that plays modern classical music, including obscure pieces from
the 20th century and brand new ones, often from local composers. A lot of
work goes into their performances, naturally, and there's no real money
involved in it -- another labor of love.
Chris Burns, and
Ingle got on the phone for a discussion
about the group and their Aug. 26 show, due to feature miniatures
written by 19 local and quasi-local composers. The inspiration for the
project was Anton Webern's "Concerto for Nine Instruments,"
one of the more famous pieces by the 12-tone student of Schoenberg.
It's a short piece itself, 7 minutes in three movements.
One word the sfSound guys used was "concentration," and I think that's
particularly apt. Webern's Concerto comes in small pieces; it's a
sparse, careful feel, like a fragile sheen that has to be manipulated
with precision, or the whole thing falls apart. The third movement
rewards that restaint with more of a booming pulse feel, still not
particularly vicious but more declarative. That was the kind of
mood sfSound asked the composers to work with. The results should
be interesting -- and if you can't make the Aug. 26 concert, you can
hear it live via sfSound Radio on
ARTIST -- "TRACK TITLE" -- ALBUM TITLE (LABEL, YEAR)
Horizontal lines denote microphone breaks.
* Brian Allen, Tony Malaby, Tom Rainey -- "Sphret" -- Synapse (Braintone, 2006)
Trio of trombone, saxophone, and drums. I don't know much about
Allen, but I do know Malaby and Rainey have been part of the NYC vector
that includes Tim
Berne, and the cover of this CD has that sloppily artsy/cool look
Byram. One of those CDs that, at first glance, just had to be cool.
And it is -- bright, improv sessions with a foot in jazz. Adventurous
stuff that I've only briefly listened to; I'll be anxious to hear more.
* The Nels Cline Singers -- "Attempted" -- Draw Breath (Cryptogramophone, 2007)
* Flatlands Collective -- "Dipje" -- Gnomade (Skycap, 2007)
Previously noted here.
This one's a sneaky little melody, not too slow, with a touch of
Euro cafe cool, maybe. Lots of sly attitude.
* Lafayette Gilchrest -- "Volcano Red" -- 3 (Hyena, 2007)
* Anthony Braxton -- "Composition 356, Part 2" -- 9 Compositions (Iridium) 2004 (Firehouse 12, 2007)
*! Ape Has Killed Ape -- [Track 2] -- Distortion Clinic (self-released, 2007)
"Smirk rock," as our DJ Your
Imaginary Friend calls it. Cool stuff. A
guitar band that deals some sarcasm, some humor, some loud guitars, some
sample, some '70s rock influences. This particular track is a kind of
slow-stomping blues with slide guitar, with bitter lyrics about how
stuff sucks in general, done in a snarky humorous way. Very likeable.
* Tom Djll -- "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?" -- Bellerophone (Soul on Rice, 2007)
Djll is a local artist who plays trumpet in every way unimaginable, trying to carve out new sounds. His albums sometimes include electronics or tape manipulation or... aw, hell, I'm just guessing here. Suffice to say he creates a lot of other-worldly sounds, a startlingly high percentage of which are probably generated by a lone trumpet. He can also play normally, just
so you know.
This is definitely a straight trumpet disc, and it closes out with this
little surprise, a quietly warbly cover song. It's done slowly and isn't
recognizable at first glance Good stuff.
-- 4:00 p.m. --
* Zero Point -- "Saints" -- Plays Albert Ayler (Ayler, 2007)
* My Fun -- "Radiant" -- La Sonorine (The Land Of, 2007)
Meant to be a sonic "postcard," in the sense that it's recorded
in one environment and meant to be viewed/heard in another. Slow,
hypnotic, drony stuff, light-handed and peaceful.
* Carl Ludwig Hubsch -- "NGC 2274 Melos" -- Carl Ludwig Hubsch's Primordial Soup (Red Toucan, 2007)
* Sainkho Namchylak -- "Red-Orange 1" -- Nomad (Leo Records, 2007; orig. released 1994)
* Sun Ra -- "Constellation" -- Media Dreams (Art Yard, recorded c. 1977-78)
* Amanda Monaco 4 -- "Procrastination" -- Intention (Innova, 2007)
-- 5:00 p.m. --
? Anton Webern -- "Symphony," Op. 21 [performed by The Twentieth Century Classics Ensemble; Robert Craft, conductor] -- Symphony/Six Pieces/Cencerto for 9 Instruments (Naxos, 2005)
I'll admit it: A piece selected sheerly for its length (Webern
did a lot of short stuff), to give me time to prep for the phone
sfSound -- Interview
? Anton Webern -- "Concerto for Nine Instruments," Op. 24 [performed by members of The Twentieth Century Classics Ensemble] -- Symphony/Six Pieces/Cencerto for 9 Instruments (Naxos, 2005)
The piece in question for the upcoming sfSound concert (see
explanation up top).
* Norbert Stein -- "Music in 7 Houses" [Houses 1-4] -- Graffiti Suite (Pata, 2006)
Asian American Jazz Orchestra -- "Kiryoku"/"Life in Camp" -- Big Bands Behind Barbed Wire (Asian Improv, 1998)
A CD about the Japanese-American internment during WWII, focusing
on the musicians and the camp dances they would hold. It's different
from my parents' experience -- they were little kids, and not big-band
swing fans -- but still holds a personal touch for me. This was a
conscious experiment, starting with a big, rollicking original in
full big-band form. I faded that as the solos started, and moved
to the "Life in Camp" track, one of several poignant spoken narratives on the
disc, this one describing the arrival in camp and the way that
weekend dances provided some means of escape. It's
spoken over renditions of "Tuxedo Junction" and "Polka Dots and Moonbeams,"
recalling happy times that could be had within a sadder, heartbreaking time.
* Emily Hay, Brad Dutz, Wayne Peet -- "Metamorphafasize" -- Emily Hay, Brad Dutz, Wayne Peet (pfMentum, 2007)
* = Item in KZSU rotation
! = Pop anomaly
? = Item not in KZSU library
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