7 Questions for… Martin Pyne

Vibraphone player, percussionist, improviser, and composer, Martin Pyne turns his mallets to many different projects, including the edgily upbeat Busnoys (check out their debut “San Angelo“), silent film soundtracks (maybe that should be ‘soundtracks for silent films’), whimsical representations of Faerie (the frankly lovely Behind the Mist album), and free improvisation. If I knew what…




7 Questions for… Cath Roberts

Baritone saxophonist and composer Cath Roberts is having a rather productive 2017. With three albums already released so far (Ripsaw Catfish’s “Namazu”, Sloth Racket’s “Shapeshifters”, and “Blurts/Growls” from a duo with Tullis Rennie) there’s already an ambitious fourth in the pipeline – see the answer to Question 7 for details of how you can get…




Dead Neanderthals – The Depths

René Aquarius – drums Otto Kokke – saxophone Surface Descent Glimpse Decompression (28:10) Improvisation relies on communication. Any changes to how musicians communicate will cause changes in the resulting music – stands to reason. So what happens when you take a sax’n’drums duo and place them at either end of a 100-metre concrete tunnel? This……




Three Eyed Makara – Moonmilk Roof

Ailbhe Nic Oireachtaigh – Viola Djuna Keen – Saxophone Natalia Beylis – Mandobird & Electronics Willie Stewart – Snare & Floortom & Gong Moonmilk Roof Half Blind Valley Oolite & Pitch (33:30) Crow Versus Crow CVC006 In some nearby parallel universe free improvisation didn’t develop from jazz and avant garde classical music, but is an…




7 Questions for… Marlon Wolterink

White Noise Studio (including owner Marlon Wolterink) began to seep into my awareness from the beginning of 2017 with mastering credits on albums that are fast becoming favourites, such as “Supreme” by Orthodox and “Molar Wrench” by Dead Neanderthals and Sly and the Family Drone. Then there’s Marlon’s drums-guitar duo project, Meglamancha, described in these…




Dans les Arbres – Phosphorescence

Ingar Zach – percussion Xavier Charles – clarinet Ivar Grydeland – electric guitars, real time sampling Christian Wallumrød – amplified prepared piano, synthesizer Sciure Fluorescent Luminescent Phosphorescent (33:50) HUBRO CD2581   Well, it’s not your typical free improv – if there ever is such a thing as typical in this genre, but this album has…




Phicus+1 – 13th July at Robadors 23

Ferran Fages – electric guitar Àlex Reviriego – bass Vasco Trilla – drums, percussion + Joachim Badenhorst – saxophone Robadors 23, Barcelona Phicus return to Robadors 23, this time accompanied by Joachim Badenhorst on reeds. Last time, I burbled on about “matching and contrasting tones and textures… layered and discarded in an unstoppable kineticism,” and…




7 Questions for… Turing Tarpit

Possibly already the winners of ‘album title of the year’ for The International Obfuscated Music Contest, Turing Tarpit take their inspiration from, “all the music that our brains have processed throughout our lives” and the result so far is a unique sound vision consisting of simple, minimal instrumentation drenched in electronic jiggery-pokery. Here the trumpet…