Category: People & Places

7 Questions for… Faye MacCalman

Archipelago tunes are sharp and fresh, treading the fine tightrope line between accessible and ‘ooh-that’s-a-bit-different!’. Beyond the deceptively straightforward surface appeal lie progressive arrangements and non-traditional sounds; and behind it all, a sense of quiet, layered experimentation that in some indefinable way (by me, at least) fits right in with the current British jazz+ scene….




7 Questions for… J Frisco

Who or what is J Frisco? Experimental jazz trio? Genre/gender-fluid sonic revolutionaries? Purveyors of bloody interesting music? Why are they even called “J Frisco”? That last question they’ve answered, at least… “We originally used to be called John Frisco, this was a fictional character that we made up, he had an entire life story and…




7 Questions for… Jörg A. Schneider

Over the last few years, in my delvings into the nether regions of free improv, noise and vaguely jazz-related music, the name Jörg A. Schneider kept cropping up. And always in a good way (e.g. ROJI’s “The Hundred Headed Women” from aJN’s Best of 2017 list). And the more I delve, the more I see…




7 Questions for… Matthew Golombisky

Hailing from the US but resident in Buenos Aires, Matthew Golombisky is bassist, composer, improviser, conductor, teacher, and the man behind Chicago’s ears&eyes Records. “Contemporary jazz” is a label so often used it’s virtually meaningless and yet the output of ears&eyes is music that honours the jazz tradition (whatever that is!) while always presenting something…




7 Questions for… Nick Didkovsky

Nick Didkovsky is approximately one-third of Eris 136199, with Han-earl Park and Catherine Sikora. The new, eponymous Eris 136199 album is out on 9th October, pre-ordering now on Bandcamp and it’s been the catalyst for a trio of 7Qs interviews (Catherine Sikora was posted last week; an updated Park will be out next…) Anyway, gorgeous melée of unpredictable…




7 Questions for… Catherine Sikora

A couple of years ago, I was introduced to Catherine Sikora’s playing thanks to the album “Anomic Aphasia”. Two tracks featured Sikora with guitarists Han-earl Park and Nick Didkovsky, or Eris 136199 when taken all together: “…a cyclic frenzy of fragmented sounds without an ounce of entropy.” if I’m allowed to quote myself!? Not very coincidentally,…




7 Questions for… Allison Philips

The latest release from Fleaboy Records is the eponymous disc from the DeiCont | Philips Collective. A truly collaborative effort, it’s eloquent, exploratory, firmly in the jazz category yet not in the least beholden to past sounds or clichés. Fundamental to the group’s sound palette is  the trumpet of co-leader Allison Philips. Allison’s 7 answers…




7 Questions for… Inhumankind, a ‘self-interview’

Inhumankind is a Barcelona duo playing original black metal compositions using acoustic instruments. Àlex Reviriego (bass) and Pablo Selnik (flute) are ‘usual suspects’ on the BCN improvising scene and have both featured in aJN’s 7 Questions series before and this time they use their own questions to explore this latest project…   1) Àlex: Both…