David Fiuczynski at BARTS Club, Barcelona

BARTS Club, 24th February 2017 David Fiuczynski’s latest album (Flam! Blam! Pan-Asian Microjam! on RareNoise) ingests influences as diverse as Olivier Messiaen, J Dilla, Gagaku (ancient Japanese imperial court music), and birdsong. Tonight, before the first tune, Fiuczynski also promises us Beyoncé and The Simpsons. I missed the Beyoncé reference but caught The Simpsons theme…




David Fiuczynski – Flam! Blam! Pan-Asian Microjam!

(This review was originally published in Jazz Journal in September 2016.) Loon-y Tunes Dance of the UiraPuru Flam Q&A Solitaire Oiseaux Jdillique Gagaku Chord Candy Waldstimmen Uira Happy Jam Organ Wren Loon-Ly Solitaire (47.03) David Fiuczynski (fretted and fretless guitars, piano) Helen Sherrah-Davies (violin) Yazhi Guo (suona, Chinese percussion) Utar Artun (microtonal keyboards, electric piano,…




Laura Toxværd – Compositions Parts 1 & 2

(An edited version of this review was originally published in Jazz Journal in January 2017) COMPOSITIONS PART 1 Laura Toxværd (alto saxophone, vocal) Carsten Dahl (piano) Raymond Strid (drums) Jonas Westergaard (bass, vocal) Rawhide Tickled Quarrel Shyster Urnable Vowelly (41:47) Copenhagen, March 17th 2016 ILK Music ILK261 COMPOSITIONS PART 2 Laura Toxværd (alto saxophone, clarinet)…




7 Questions for… Hugo Selles

Pianist, composer and producer, Hugo Selles is classically trained (and inclined) but with a penchant for song-based forms with an eclectic mix of ingredients, including pop, prog, jazz, ambient, and electronica which he releases under the monicker of Psychic Equalizer. The first album was 2014’s “Train Back Home” which (happily) came my way via Jazz…




Psychic Equalizer – Train Back Home

(This review was originally published in Jazz Journal in December 2014.) Hugo Selles (piano, keyboards, percussion) Quico Duret (guitar, electric guitar) (Prelude) Here Am I Where Past And Present Collide (Interlude) Beholding ‘Gran Via’ At Sunset (Epilogue) Walking Alone (Reminiscences) Lost In The Crowd Train Back Home (36:55) Recorded 2011-12 HSG0001 Psychic Equalizer is the…




Iro Haarla – Ante Lucem

Iro Haarla (piano, harp) Hayden Powell (trumpet) Trygve Seim (soprano & tenor saxophones) Ulf Krokfors (double bass) Mika Kallio (drums, percussion) Norrlands Operans Symfoniorkester (Jukka Iisakkila conducting) Songbird Chapel Persevering with Winter …and the Darkness has not overcome it… Ante Lucem – Before Dawn… (66:36) ECM 2457  473 2371 It begins with a harp. That…




7 Questions for… Han-earl Park

Han-earl Park has been called a musical philosopher. Han-earl Park plays guitar. Han-earl Park improvises. Han-earl Park invents machines that improvise (seriously, it’s called io 0.0.1 beta++). Han-earl Park is difficult to describe, so here’s what it says on his own website, “Improviser, guitarist and constructor Han-earl Park (박한얼) has been crossing borders and performing…




FOU Records round-up

FOU Records is a French label dedicated to improvised music. I suspect the name derives from that of the label owner, Jean-Marc Foussat, but the logo indicates a fortuitous link to the I Ching hexagram 24, “Return” which offers such words of wisdom as “After a time of decay comes the turning point,” and “…the…