non-places released today (and a review yesterday)

Non-places is officially released by Acustronica today. And many thanks to Fabio Alcini and Traks for yesterday’s nice review.


communicating vessels’ debut performance

A recording of Communicating Vessels’ debut performance is now up on Rhizome DC’s site, for streaming and downloading (with thanks to Phong Tran).

Photograph of Communicating Vessels by Chris Videll.

kind words for non-places & fifteen miniatures

My friend Sam Byrd has some kind comments on Non-Places on his blog, World of Abstract Dreams. I’m a regular reader–Sam’s tastes are as eclectic as they are discerning, and his remarks on what he’s listening to and reading are always on point. (Plus, I often plunder his playlists for suggestions on what to listen to myself.) Sam’s own music, often done in collaboration with Rodger Coleman, quite naturally reflects some of that broadmindedness too.

Sam also mentions my Fifteen Miniatures for Prepared Double Bass, a new release of solo prepared double bass performances available on Free Music Archive. About which more later…

improvised music in 1970s new haven

New York, Chicago and St. Louis were major cities for jazz-based improvised music in the late 1960s and 1970s, but New Haven? Yes, for a few years in the 1970s New Haven was home to a thriving music community that included many forward-looking improvisers. In All About Jazz I have a piece on the New Haven scene and the beginnings of BassDrumBone, the trio of Mark Helias, Gerry Hemingway and Ray Anderson.