Reviews of “Vendlam”

My recent CDR release, “Vendlam” with Doug Van Nort and Al Margolis received a couple nice reviews this month.

On his blog, Touching Extremes, Massimo Ricci wrote, “Barely grasping the elemental matter behind these aggregations of fizzling frequencies, coughing pulses, crepitant outgrowths and tortured strings means that the artists have trapped you in the impossibility of a definition….Chaos finally triumphs, mere minutes before the end.”

In Vital Weekly #938 Frans de Waard wrote, “It was quiet in the past weeks when it comes to releases on Attenuation Circuit (although they are active with download only releases), but here’s a new release of a trio of improvisers: Al Margolis (best known as the man from If, Bwana and label-boss of Pogus Productions) on violin and synthesizer, Eric Leonardsen on springboard, which is something he built himself and he plays with cello bows and homemade friction mallets and Doug van Nort on his laptop using Greis (pronounce ‘grace’) which he built using max/msp. They performed in concert on June 8, 2013 in My Pizza Place, Poughkeepise, NY as part of the Experimental Music Showcase. This all makes somehow quite an electronic work, especially in the final, title, piece things get pretty noisy and the music seems to be an imitation of the sounds of a train getting to a grinding hold. Quite enjoyable I think. In the opening piece, ‘Mandlev’, is much milder piece in which they scratch and scrape their instruments and it slowly builds up; it seems that the laptop needs time to heat up but once he’s there, he provides a nice backing to the piece, the mortar between bricks. In between ‘Lamvend’ is the shortest and acts a sort of bridge between the longer first and third piece, of slow and low humming sound. Quite a nice one, this one. Nice to see this on a CDR, but perhaps nicer would have been to actually witness the concert? This is, however, a nice souvenir of the event itself.”

 

Vendlam – On Attenuation Circuit

Attention Circuit has released Vendlam, a limited edition CDr featuring a live concert performance with Doug Van Nort on GREIS and Al Margolis (If, Bwana) on analog synthesizer and violin, and myself on Springboard. Available at emerge.bandcamp.com/album/vendlam

Our performance was recorded on Saturday, June 8, 2013 at the Experimental Music Showcase at My Pizza Place, Poughkeepsie, New York. The album design by EMERGE with photography by KLONK is lovely.

Vendlam [ACC 1015] Track titles/times:

  1. mandlev [19:59]
  2. lamvend [5:20]
  3. vlandem [13:44]

Limited edition, 33 numbered copies. Recorded by Eric Leonardson. Mastered by Doug Van Nort. Thanks to Jonathan Chen. www.attenuationcircuit.de

vendlam cover

Saturday, June 29 Live at The Spotty Dog, Hudson NY

On Saturday, June 29 I am performing at The Spotty Dog in Hudson, NY, both solo and in ensemble with Doug Van Nort (laptop), Al Margolis (If, bwana) (synth, violin), Jefferson Pitcher (guitar), and Jonathan Chen (violin, electronics).

The show starts at 8:00 pm (EST), door $5. This concert will also be broadcast live on free103point9 Online Radio and WGXC 90.7-FM.

The Spotty Dog Books & Ale
440 Warren Street
Hudson, NY 12534
Tel: 518-67- 6006
www.thespottydog.com