Polyphonic Perversity 8/12/2018

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A largely string-themed show today, connecting a 1959 Jimmy Giuffre album with strings (a prime find at Carolina Soul’s recent dollar record sale) and new releases by Eric Moe, Jonah Sirota, Sarah Bernstein, and James Gilmore.

Composer—Piece—Album (Label, Year: Performers)

Nenah Cherry & The Thing—Dream Baby Dream—The Cherry Thing (Smalltown Supersound, 2012: Neneh Cherry, vocals; Mats Gustafsson, saxophones; Ingebrigt Haker Flaten, bass, vibraphone; Paal Nilssen-Love, drums)

This Heat—Repeat—Repeat (This is/Cuneiform, 1979/1992)

Jimmy Giuffre—Piece for Clarinet and String Orchestra—Piece for Clarinet and String Orchestra/Mobiles (Verve, 1959: Jimmy Giuffre, clarinet; Sudwestfunk Orchestra of Baden Baden; Wofram Rhorig, conductor)

James Gilmore—Mayflower—Bag of Tricks vol. 2 (Out and Gone Music, 2018: Karen Strittmatter-Galvin, violin; Butler Knowles, bass; James Gilmore, guitar; Shawn Galvin, percussion)

Eric Moe—Uncanny Affable Machines—Uncanny Affable Machines (New Focus, 2014: Jessica Meyer, viola)

A.J. McCaffrey–Here Come the Waterworks—Jonah Sirota: Strong Sad (National Sawdust, Tracks 2017?: Jonah Sirota, viola; Molly Morkoski, piano)

Anna Thorvaldsdottir—Ad Genua/To the knees—Seven Responses (Innova, 2016: The Crossing; International Contemporary Ensemble; Donald Nally, conductor)

Philip Glass—1000 Airplanes on the Roof: The Encounter—Anthony Roth Constanzo: Glass Handel (Decca Gold, 1988: Anthony Roth Costanzo, countertenor; Les Violons du Roy)

Sarah Bernstein Unearthish—Map or Meaningless Map—Crazy Lights Shining (Phase Frame, 2018: Sarah Bernstein, vioce and violin; Satoshi Takeishi, drums and percussion)

Polyphonic Perversity 8/5/2018

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It’s always a good day when you can bliss out to the looping lines of a new album by the Necks.

Composer—Piece—Album (Label, Year: Performers)

Erroll Garner—Night and Day—Nightconcert (Mack Avenue/Octave Music, 1964: Erroll Garner, piano; Eddie Calhoun, bass; Kelly Martin, drums)
Willam Parker—For Julius Eastman—Voices Fall from the Sky (AUM Fidelity 1990?: Lisa Sokolov, voice; Yuko Fujiyama, piano)
The Necks—Body—Body (Northern Spy, 2018: Chris Abrahams, piano/keyboards; Tony Buck, drums, percussion, guitar; Lloyd Swanton, bass)
Henry Threadgill—Game Is Up—Double Up, Plays Double Up Plus (Pi, 2018)
Zkrabuj et Chou et Pâté—Zkrabuj—Live in North Carolina (Out and Gone Music 2018: Laurent Estoppey, saxophones; Luc Muller, drumset; Vattel Cherry, bass)
Robbie Lee & Mary Halvorson—Seven of Strong—Seed Traingular (New Amsterdam, 2018: Robbie Lee, chalumeau; Mary Halvorson, 18-string Knutsen harp guitar)
Norbert Rodenkirchen/Robbie Lee/James Ilgenfritz—Triage—Opalescence (Telegraph Harp, 2018)

Polyphonic Perversity 7/15/2018

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A show devoted to music by Croatian composers, in honor of Croatia’s appearance in the 2018 World Cup final. Very little has been written in English about any of these composers. But, from what I could find out, Yugoslavia was much more culturally open than other parts of Eastern Europe, which allowed a vibrant musical scene to flourish in Zagreb. The city hosted the Music Bienale Zagreb beginning in 1961, hosting major compositional figures alongside local musicians.

Composer – Piece – Album

Ivo Malec – Epistola – Epistola & Arc-en-Cello
Natko Devcic – Igra Rijeci 2 – Natko Devcic
Milko Kelemen – Abecedarium – Milko Kelemen
Dubravko Detoni – Phonomorphia II – Detoni Plays Detoni
Marko Ruzdjak – Musette – Zagreb Clarinet Trio
Ivo Malec – Ottava Alta – Exempla/Sonoris Causa/Ottava Alta