Thursday, July 6, 2017

SKNAIL - Newsletter July 2017

minimal electronica ... maximal jazz


SKNAIL in concert at 7.30 p.m. on Friday,
14 July 2017 at the Festival ARCADES in Sion (Switzerland)

Nya : vocals
Yannick Barman : trumpet
Guy-François Leuenberger : piano
Alain Dessauges : double bass

SKNAIL : electro, programming, glitch

Click on the Festival Arcades poster for more information !

CONCERTOS PORTA-JAZZ: Sábado - Quarteto José Pedro Coelho

Sábado, 8 julho
19:00 & 22:00 
Sala Porta-Jazz

José Pedro Coelho - saxofone tenor
João Grilo - piano
Demian Cabaud - contrabaixo
Marcos Cavaleiro - bateria

Música Original de José Pedro Coelho, levada a cabo por músicos que procuram entre si um diálogo permanente e sempre novo, tomando a improvisação como o principal ponto de partida para as suas formas de expressão.


15 de Julho, 19:00 + 22:00
Weird Beard
Florian Egli - saxofone
Dave Gisler - guitarra
Martina Berther - baixo eléctrico
Rico Baumann - bateria

22 de Julho, 19:00 + 22:00
André Santos "Vitamina D"
André Santos - Guitarra
Tristan Renfrow - Bateria
Matt Adomeit - Contrabaixo

29 de Julho, 19:00 + 22:00
João Guimarães / Travis Reuter / Simon Jermyn / Allan Mednard
João Guimarães - saxofone
Travis Reuter - guitarra
Simon Jermyn - baixo eléctrico
Allan Mednard - bateria

The Skatalites inicia hoy en Ibiza su gira por España, presentando su último trabajo "Platinum Ska" (ROOTSOUND MUSIC)

Presenta "Platinum Ska”



La histórica banda The Skatalites inicia hoy una nueva gira por 5 festivales de España presentando su nuevo disco “Platinum Ska”.

Los padres y fundadores de la música Ska & Reggae, editaron el pasado mes de septiembre PLATINUM  SKA, un nuevo trabajo con el sello y el gran nivel que siempre les ha caracterizado. Ritmos ska con la elegancia habitual, la imponente sección de metales, solos inspirados, versiones instrumentales, dub de alto voltaje e inéditos rescatados con el original Lloyd Knibb (RIP) a la batería. Como es costumbre, la reina del ska Doreen Shaffer, brilla en los números vocales. El disco ha sido mezclado en el estudio clave de la música moderna africana, el Humble Ark en Bamako, Mali.

Kevin Norton - KN's Breakfast of Champignon​(​s) Live at Roulette: "Staten Island: All that is solid melts into air" (2017)

Kevin Norton was born in Brooklyn and raised in Staten Island, NY. Studies at Hunter College introduced Kevin to Milt Hinton and after a short period, Kevin began to perform with Milt Hinton, eventually recording The Judge's Decision with a quartet led by Milt. After getting his Masters Degree from Manhattan School of Music, he became very active as a percussionist in New York, especially taking part in the blossoming downtown New York City scene. This lead to him playing with Fred Frith's band Keep the Dog, which also included harpist Zeena Parkins and saxophonist John Zorn. However, he longed to return to his jazz roots and began to play with downtown outsiders Phillip Johnston and Joel Forrester and their co-led band, the Microscopic Septet (and later Johnston's Big Trouble, with two CDs on Black Saint). In 2006 Mr. Norton premiered Water and Fire Suite, commissioned as part of the national series of works from Meet The Composer Commissioning Music/USA.

He has led and/or co-led about 20 critically acclaimed recordings, many of them making year-end "Best of" lists. His recording, Time-Space Modulator, integrates intricate, notated composition work with the deep improvisatory skills of Kevin, Tony Malaby, Dave Ballou and John Lindberg. Norton has also played with many highly esteemed European improvisers such as Paul Rogers, Joëlle Léandre, John Tilbury, Paul Dunmall and Frode Gjerstad. (Gjerstad and Norton formed TiPPLE with guitarist David Watson: a cooperative, free improvising trio that has released 3 CDs as of 2015) For about ten years, Mr. Norton was Anthony Braxton's main percussionist in both the "ghost trance" phase and the "standards" phase, plotting out the course for all percussionists who followed him. Other great American masters Kevin has performed and/or recorded with include John Lindberg, Connie Crothers, James Emery, Scott Robinson, Nick Didkovsky, Marshall Allen, Kazzrie Jaxen and Henry Grimes. In June of 2002, Kevin Norton was a resident composer at the prestigious MacDowell Colony.

Norton composed the original soundtrack for the movie Anna May Wong: In Her Own Words (2013). He has served on the faculty of several schools including the University of Maryland and is currently on the faculty of William Paterson University.

01.  All that is Solid ... 1:47
02.  Staten Island 1:36
03.  The Light 3:37
04.  The Faustian Bargain 2:58
05.  Potlatch 2:39
06.  Dorothy Day vs. Complacency 3:36
07.  Milt's Forward Looking Tradition 4:50
08.  No Compelling Moral Ballast 1:32
09.  Peacock (by Jenna Snyder) 2:40
10.  Deep Tanks 5:18
11.  Yeti or Radio Present 4:12
12.  Difficulty 5:05

Recorded live (no overdubs) at Roulette (NYC) as part of the Interpretations Series on September 22, 2016

All compositions (words & music) by Kevin Norton (except for "Peacock" by Jenna Snyder) and recorded live at Roulette (NYC) as part of the Interpretations Series on September 22, 2016. Totally live, no overdubs or edits. (Program notes in "bonus items")

Esther Noh - violin
Angelica Sanchez - piano
Julia Simoniello - vocals & electric guitar
Steve LaSpina - bass

Penguin Cafe - The Imperfect Sea (ERASED TAPES RECORDS 2017)

The iconic Penguin Cafe join the Erased Tapes family and open a brand new chapter to their unique world with new album The Imperfect Sea – out on Erased Tapes 5th May 2017. 

A penguin stands in the middle of a scorching desert, far away from its natural habitat. This mirrors composer Arthur Jeffes’ journey and exploration into a new musical territory. Penguin Cafe have evolved into something of their own at the hands of Arthur who started the band in 2009 with the continuation and homage to his father’s legacy, to the late Simon Jeffes’ Penguin Cafe Orchestra. Now, their upcoming album echoes reminiscent sounds that embrace the new. 

The album title refers to a saying by his father that “we wade in a sea of imperfections…”, reflecting upon the idea that beauty can be found amongst the chaos. “If there is a narrative to the album it’s coming to the acceptance of the imperfections in all aspects of life; moreover, the recognition that these imperfections and tiny randomnesses are in fact what make up the best parts”, Arthur explains. This has also been highlighted by the striking cover artwork designed by FELD under the art direction of label founder Robert Raths, resembling a lone figure adapting to and accepting its surrounding environment. 

Predominantly self-composed, the new album also features covers of electronic works by Simian Mobile Disco and Kraftwerk, along with a re-working of Simon's 'Now Nothing'. Arthur has developed from the traditional folk and jazz heritage Penguin Cafe Orchestra is known for into another realm of blissful ambience and dance music, recreated using strictly acoustic elements. 

“For this album I wanted to effect a departure from where we’d been up to now. The idea was to create a musical world that would feel familiar to an audience more used to dance records but stay true to our own values. So we replaced electronic layers with real instruments: pads with real string sections, synths with heavily-effected pianos, and atmospheric analogue drones with real feedback loops ringing through a stone and a piano soundboard.” 

On the day of release, the band will play a headline show at New York’s Le Poisson Rouge, commencing the beginning of this new adventure for Penguin Cafe.

1. Ricercar 04:34
2. Cantorum 07:22
3. Control 1 (Interlude) 06:56
4. Franz Schubert 05:46
5. Half Certainty 02:31
6. Protection 05:22
7. Rescue 06:29
8. Now Nothing (Rock Music) 04:38
9. Wheels Within Wheels 06:19

Jefre Cantu-Ledesma - On the Echoing Green (MEXICAN SUMMER 2017)

On the Echoing Green is an elegant work of shimmering sound, rendered by eternal electric romantic Jefre Cantu-Ledesma. Conceived as an experiment in collaboration, On Echoing Green is eight rapturous and melodic slow dives of swirling guitar, bass, synthesizer, piano, and drum machines, accented by heavenly vocal arcs from Argentinian musician Sobrenadar and contributions from Alexis Georgopoulous and Byron Westbrook. This is music of growth and grandeur, of ascent and exploration; in tune with the beauty of sound and the harmony of light.

1. In A Copse 01:27
2. A Song Of Summer 10:07
3. Echoing Green 02:17
4. The Faun 06:43
5. Tenderness 05:01
6. Vulgar Latin 03:14
7. Autumn 01:28
8. Dancers At The Spring 06:00
9. Door To Night 02:05