Two new releases! Tim Perkis/Scott Walton and Quentin Tolimieri

Two new exciting albums! Applied Cryptography Tim Perkis – electronics • Scott Walton – piano An exciting duo of veteran improvisors featuring stunning playing on piano and electronics. AND Pianist/composer Quentin Tolimieri, a new artist to pfMENTUM, releases a beautiful debut, simply titled: Piano. As per usual, more to read and free tracks at: pfMENTUM.com While you are on the …

Tim Perkis and Scott Walton: Applied Cryptography (PFMCD106)

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applied cryptography
tim perkis – electronics • scott walton – piano

01 oblique compact 4:08
02 naked egg 4:57
03 dominion 1:41
04 merkle’s knapsack 3:10
05 subliminal channel 2:38
06 partial ordering 2:44
07 normal form 5:44
08 possible objects A 1:44
09 possible objects B 2:17
10 blind signature 5:42
11 zero-knowledge proof 1:31

all compositions ©2016 tim perkis (BMI) and scott walton (ASCAP)
recorded (august 2014) and mixed (july 2015) by philip perkins
mastered (july 2016) by wayne peet
artwork: sophie plassard (artsophie.com)
photo: jeff kellem (slantedhall.com)
design and layout: jeff kaiser (jeffkaiser.com)
perkis.com • jazzhalo.be/musicians-files/scott-walton

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Steve Adams / Scott Walton: Cookies for Cyrano (PFMCD103)

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1. Force Field of Oblivion 6:04
2. one of countless sporadic manifestations of the alternate universe in which Olivier Messiaen is a fervent agnostic 7:15
3. Membrillo 6:14
4. Operatic 13:37
5. The Enumeration (for Glenn Spearman) 6:13
6. Ogonix 8:58
7. Black Notebook #8 13:37

Steve Adams – alto and baritone saxes, bass flute, electronics
Scott Walton – acoustic bass

All compositions by Steve Adams, © 2016 Metalanguage Music (BMI)

Recorded Feb. 25, 2015 at Fantasy Studio B by Jesse Nichols.
mixed July 8 and December 29, 2015 at Fantasy Studios by Jesse Nichols.
mastered May 5, 2016 by Myles Boisen at the Headless Buddha Mastering Lab.

The Steve Adams/Scott Walton Duo has been performing since 2013. Steve is best known as a member of the Rova Sax Quartet, with whom he has played for over twenty five years, toured internationally and released more than twenty five recordings. His compositions have been performed at the Bang on a Can and Meet the Composer Festivals. Scott Walton is a bassist and pianist whose music negotiates the terrain between jazz, free improvisation, and the classical avant-garde.  He has performed throughout North America and Europe with groups he co-leads, and in a host of collaborative contexts.

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Michael Vlatkovich / Anna Homler / Jeff Kaiser / Scott Walton / Rich West: Here & Here & Here (PFMCD084)

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Michael Vlatkovich: trombone, percussion
Anna Homler: vocal, percussion
Jeff Kaiser: trumpet, flugelhorn
Scott Walton: acoustic bass
Rich West: drums, percussion

1. Dragon Beware (2:47)
2. Here & Here & Here (7:28)
3. Red Coda Soft (8:21)
4. Before But After (2:09)
5. Spark (5:20)
6. Big Doors Little Windows (3:49)
7. Oranger Than Happiness (3:10)
8. Round Triangles (3:41)
9. Your Ark Is Waiting (2:39)
10. Three In Front Four in Back Toes (2:41)
11. Salute (1:41)
12. Choir hose 293 (3:02)
13. Pfazzu (2:48)
14. Thunderous Silence (3:33)
15. Potozo (2:44)
Recorded 1-20-14 edited, mixed & mastered 2-4-14
Newzone Studio Los Angeles Wayne Peet engineer
Photos Julia Fitzgerald * Layout Jeff Kaiser

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Gilbert Isbin and Scott Walton: ReCall (PFMCD073)

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Gilbert Isbin: lute
Scott Walton: bass

1. Solace 2:32
2. Flutter 3:19
3. Panting 2:24
4. Soedansdochter 3:19
5. Unhinged 2:06
6. Embra 2:47
7. Oblique 3:19
8. Pensive 1:53
9. Along Green Ditches 3:21
10. Blooming 2:11
11. Weaving 3:41
12. Spatter 2:49
13. Knomish 2:42
14. Terpsichore 2:35
15. Recall 2:13
Total 42:01

Tracks 3, 6, 9, 11, 13 and 15 composed by Gilbert Isbin
Tracks 1, 2, 5, 7, 8, 10, 12 and 14 composed by Gilbert Isbin and Scott Walton
Soedansdochter is a medieval Flemish folksong, arranged by Isbin and Walton

Recorded at Banquet Sound Studios, Sebastopol, CA, October 26 and 27, 2011
Recorded and Mixed by Darryl Webb
Mastered by Wayne Peet

Cover Photograph by Marie-Anne Ver Eecke

Special thanks to Marie-Anne Ver Eecke, Sophie Plassard, Jos Demol,
Larry Ochs,Bill Horvitz, Darryl Webb and Jeff Kaiser.

Gilbert Isbin plays an eight-course lute after Wendelio Venere 1592,
built by Dirk De Hertogh, Wolvertem, Belgium

© Gilbert Isbin and Scott Walton 2012. All rights reserved.
Over the past three decades, guitarist/composer Gilbert Isbin has released an impressive string of recordings for various labels. A few years ago, wanting a new challenge, he began studying the lute–not the most common jazz instrument, although its Arabian nephew, the oud, gains more and more recognition. I have always adored the sound of the lute, and it struck me that there is little modern music written for–and performed on–this marvelous instrument. Gilbert’s work is a significant contribution to the development of contemporary lute music. His compositions are both reflective and lyrical, infused with compelling melodies.

Contrabassist and pianist Scott Walton lent his stunning tone and superb technique to the well-received album Venice Suite (2003), recorded in Los Angeles with Gilbert, and violinist Jeff Gauthier. Since meeting at those sessions, Scott and Gilbert have teamed up for numerous concerts in Europe and the United States. Their innovative collaboration finds its inspiration in progressive jazz, classical avant-garde, Renaissance chamber music and even blues. The interplay between both musicians–which proves mutual respect–is remarkable, resulting in intelligent improvisations that capture the listener’s attention. The fifteen tracks on this album are in exquisite balance, revealing an unequivocal beauty. –Jos Demol, Jazz’halo, 14 July 2012

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Scott Fraser / Bruce Friedman: Landscape with Figure (PFMCD031)

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Fraser/Friedman Duo

Scott Fraser: electric guitar, reverb springs
Bruce Friedman: trumpet

Improvisations, Spontaneous Compositions & Interactions For Electric Guitar & Trumpet

1. As Visible Wind
2. Haste & Intent
3. Traces
4. Plumeria
5. Field With Sticks
6. The Cartographer’s Dilemma
7. Toolsville
8. L’ Ombre Dans L’ Eau
9. Furtive Gestures In The Silent Dark

Upon meeting at a recording session we quickly discovered we shared very similar backgrounds and experiences, and had listened to, and were deeply influenced by many of the same composers and musicians. Making music together was inevitable, with the primary question being how to combine the divergent timbres, idiomatic approaches, and attendant traditions that accompany electric guitar and trumpet. This collection is our answer to that query. All pieces were culled from live improvisations which took place over the course of many jam sessions throughout the ensuing year. We’ve done some minor edits to make things more concise & economical, but basically what you hear is what we played. There are no overdubs. – Scott & Bruce

Recorded, mixed & mastered at Architecture, Los Angeles
© 2005 Architecture, BMI
Produced by Scott Fraser & Bruce Friedman
Cover: untitled (3/8/99) watercolor © 1999 Cody A. Bustamante
Inside: detail, untitled (merman, 1994) water media © 1994 Cody A. Bustamante
Design and Layout by Jeremy Drake, evvt.com

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Brad Dutz / Susan Rawcliffe / Scott Wilkinson: 2 Many Axes (PFMCD020)

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2 Many Axes
Brad Dutz: percussion
Susan Rawcliffe: flutes
Scott Wilkinson:

1. March of the Whales 4:13
2. Circuspace 5:46
3. Pillbug’s Nightmare 1:24
4. Drama Dairy 4:05
5. Entropy 9:38
6. Roll Over Johann 2:00
7. Mastodon Stew 2:33
8. Unheard Melodies 5:07
9. Buried There 5:16
10. Dali Comma 4:43
11. Puddle 1:20
12. Popping Beetles 4:53
13. Anti Carlos 3:50
Total Time: 55:27

Open yourself to the
music of Many Axes:
neo-primitive rhythms,
tones, and textures
forming spontaneous
sonic structures
unlike anything
you’ve heard before.

C & P 2003, MANY AXES
All Rights Reserved

The primary focus of Many Axes is exploring the potential of unusual instruments. Our sonic structures emerge from spontaneous, improvised musical communication among the members of the group, almost like a conversation. But unlike a verbal conversation, all the participants can “speak” simultaneously, weaving a surprisingly coherent musical web. The diversity of our instrumentation allows us to explore a wide range of soundscapes and moods with only three performers.

Most of the wind instruments we play were designed and fashioned from clay by Susan Rawcliffe, who has made a lifelong study of ceramics and musical traditions from around the world. This love of world music is shared by Scott Wilkinson, who also plays an extensive variety of winds, and Brad Dutz, who has collected myriad percussion instruments from many different cultures. We combine these influences to create a unique blend of sounds that evokes . . . well, only you can say what it evokes in you. Whatever that happens to be, we hope you enjoy it.

Mixing: Scott Wilkinson, Brad Dutz
Mastering: Jeff Rona
CD Package Design: Kira Vollman
Photography: Gene Ogami, Susan Rawcliffe, Scott Wilkinson
Produced by Many Axes

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Steve Adams / Vinny Golia Duo: The Philosophy of Air (PFMCD129)

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1. seconds of words…………………………12:19
2. Romeo, do you like anchovies?………………7:52
3. a mysterious abundance of quinces………….27:16
4. neon meat dream of a Beefheart machine……..10:23

Steve Adams – sopranino, alto and tenor saxophones, bass flute, electronics
Vinny Golia – bass and contra-alto clarinets, baritone and G soprano saxophones

All compositions by Steve Adams © Metalanguage Music 2018
1-3 recorded by Bruce Kaphan on March 22, 2015 at Niagara Falls Studio, Niles, CA
4 recorded by Myles Boisen on May 9, 2018 at Guerrilla Euphonics, Oakland, CA
Mixed by Myles Boisen on May 18 and 29, 2015 and May 9, 2018
Mastered by Myles Boisen on May 15, 2018 at the Headless Buddha Mixing Lab, Oakland, CA

Cover photo by Myles Boisen inside photo by Charles Smith
Layout and Design by Ted Killian

The Philosophy of Air

seconds of words, like most of these pieces, has randomized electronics, so the general character is determined (but the details are unpredictable) to create an environment for the improviser that encourages creativity. For this piece, the pitch material of the electronics is taken from the melody, while moving through several textural zones. Interestingly, the electronics have performances where they seem to be locked into to the improvisation, and ones where they’re not. This piece is dedicated to Bennie Maupin.

Most of these pieces were recorded to present a representation of how they sound live, with a small amount of editing. Romeo, do you like anchovies?, in contrast, was constructed out of two takes, a free improvisation and a re-generated electronics track, and is more of a collage than a captured performance. This was my first experience working this way, and led to my project with Tim Perkis, A Few Eccentricities, where every cut is a reconstruction. It is dedicated to collage genius Max Ernst.

I had the original idea for a mysterious abundance of quinces decades ago, but it took lots of background thinking and technological advances to make it possible. It’s very different from the original sketches, though it is still a long piece for bass flute and contra-alto clarinet with a background of drones and small, repetitive sounds. It reflects my studies of North Indian classical music, and roughly adheres to the outline of raga form. Because of the length and complexity of the piece, the electronics are fixed. It is dedicated, with love and gratitude, to my wife, Lauren.
neon meat dream of a Beefheart machine is the second piece I’ve written that is dedicated to Captain Beefheart, along with the violin/marimba duo Owed t’Don, recorded by Marimolin on their CD Phantasmata. It’s based on a Reaktor ensemble created by Rick Scott that he graciously adapted for me. Here, I am triggering the changes in the electronics to fit the music, though each new pattern is a randomly generated surprise.
Special thanks to Ann and Jack Eastman, stewards and curators of the Maybeck Studio for the Performing Arts, where these pieces were premiered, and to Vinny, my musical brother.
—Steve Adams

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New Director of Development, THREE new recordings, and an intern

Lot’s of news! ———————————————————— In this issue: * New Director of Development: Andrew Pask! * New recordings by: + The Glen Whitehead Trio + Andrew Raffo Dewar / John Hughes / Chad Popple + Guerino Mazzola and Heinz Geisser * AND…introducing our first ever intern: Nick Welch! ———————————————————— We are thrilled to announce that Andrew Pask is coming on board …

Glen Whitehead Trio: The Living Daylights (PFMCD125)

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Glen Whitehead Trio

The Living Daylights

Britton Ciampa Drums • Scott Walton Bass • Glen Whitehead Trumpet

Improvisational structures inspired by natural phenomena that play with our perceptions of space, time, and place

The Living Daylights Suite (1-3)
1. Living Daylights Suite 1—at Time’s Place 05:02
2. Living Daylights Suite 2—Zenosyne 08:23
3. Living Daylights Suite 3—Apophenia 08:30
4. Heliopause 04:01
5. 42 Degrees 04:31
6. Bow Shock 05:49
7. Shedding Vortices 03:38
8. Involution Engine 06:22
9. Fissure Syndrome 03:54
10. Pearl of Swirl 05:50
11. Punktuation 07:44

Recorded at the Banquet Studios February 6, 2016
and July 21, 2016, Guerneville, CA
Engineered by Darryl Webb
Mixed and Mastered by Wayne Peet at Killzone,
Newzone Studio, Los Angeles, February, 2018
Photo Credit—Glen Whitehead
Graphic Design—Ted Killian
© 2018 Glen Whitehead (ASCAP)
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The Living Daylights
Musical Notes

The Living Daylights is based on natural phenomena that play with our perceptions of space, time and place and rendered with a loosely structured improvisational system that enables many possibilities within the natural restraints of a conscious system. These pieces explore similarities between immersive activities surrounding intensive environmental exploration and improvisational music composition. The more one invests energy, time and intention to immersive experiences in the world, the more phenomenal events appear – connections come alive with mysterious interactions.

This ensemble is an ecosystem where unique communities of sound are created within each piece. In this “conscious system” individuals are free to roam and explore while supporting the foundations of the emerging sonic environment, each individual being equally responsible for the whole. Empathy through sound, the sounding of self-reflection between the rewards of individuality and shared common goals create unique musical real estate; each piece then embodies unique energies internalized (and externalized) by the ensemble members.

I created the identity of these pieces after the recording process in long term listening, imagining and research sessions. Most ideas were initially encountered through immersive investigations in a variety of natural environments around the world the last several years (many under what I would call an apprenticeship with ecoacoustic composer Dr. Matthew Burtner and the EcoSono Institute) including many sites across Colorado and the great southwest, the Great Sand Dunes, San Luis Valley, headwaters of the Rio Grand, as well as Alaska, Cape Cod, Mexico, Australia, Tasmania, New Zealand, Korea and more.

My long-term goal is to develop a stronger methodology between improvisational music creation, ecoacoustics, acoustic ecology, environmentalism and other related practices.

                                                           

This work is part of a larger interdisciplinary leap on my part that includes several related projects including collaborations with dance, geography, theatre, and film.  In essense, this study is a long-term attempt to build more pathways between creative music practices and partnering fields.

These pieces, and the two incredible musicians whom I have been so honored to work with on this project reflect such phenomenological experiences.  Scott Walton (acoustic bass) has been a key collaborator in my musical life.  He is equal a pianist as a bassist and simply one of the best musicians –   that I have had the privilege to work with and learn from in my life. Britt represents a younger   generation of insanely informed musicians.  His skill as a drummer and knowledge as musician is well beyond his years.  He possesses an uncanny ability to connect obscure subjects and histories within a deep understanding of the creative music world.  The magic of his playing is his ability to wield musical and sonic information into its the fullest possible context.  He is also an “ex-student” of mine from UCCS – one of our very best.

I view the wide world of sonic and musical languages in this work as idiomatic – a respectful departure of what is usually commonly understood in contexts of free improvisation as “non-idiomatic” (from Derek Bailey’s definition).  To me, this is a resolvable contradiction.  I believe it is time to reconcile all sound language as “idiomatic.” We are saturated within the idioms of our instrumental backgrounds – acquired ear, technical and historic knowledge along with both innate and environmental influences.  This is the natural order of things, musically speaking.  All sound is at play, why make distinctions? How we wield our musical instruments is a fundamental part of our humanistic “taskscapes,” a term used by Tim Ingold, originally “to bring the perspectives of archaeology and anthropology into unison” (The Temporality of the Landscape, 1993), “the constitutive tasks of the dwelling” in this case, “musicking,” applies perfectly to instrumental and vocal play.  Such musicking, as has been hypothesized was a fundamental part of the task-scape that played so significantly in the adaptation and improvisation process that went into our early development as a species, so significant in fact it may have been a fundamental catalyst in the development of imagination and possibility.

                                                                                   

Notes on the pieces

The first three tracks make up a suite.  They were the first pieces recorded on this project, conceived and recorded as one unit, and in one take.  At Time’s Place is a play on words in acknowledgment of the constant “present” in which we live.  In this open-ended tradition of improvised music, the phenomenological act of real-time musical creation gives us a unique way to access the past and the future, if only in our minds eye of self-reflection and imagination.

Zenosyne, from the unique “Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows” by John Greene pinpoints a fundamental experience that had no clear term (in English, anyway) – the sense that time keeps going faster as you get older.  In a different frame, such an example is at the very core of improvisational experience, and I like to imagine would be part of a future established aspect of music theory for improvisation.  I am reminded of many times when an improvisation seemed to take ten minutes, and forty-five minutes had passed. While, to certain members of the audience, no doubt, it felt like two hours!

Apophenia, the perception of patterns, meanings, or connections where none exists, is also a relatively new word although the well explored phenomenon itself is not. Its first use is credited to the psychiatrist Klaus Conrad back in 1958 in his catchy-titled Die beginnende Schizophrenie: Versuch einer Gestaltanalyse des Wahns, which translates to the equally scintillating The origins of schizophrenia: A Gestalt analysis of paranoia.  It is fascinating that this word should appear to be so recent when the actual phenomenon is so old and important enough to have been a lynch-pin for philosophical study through the ages.  In Natural History of Religion (1757), philosopher David Hume (1711-1776) wrote the following:

There is a universal tendency among mankind to conceive all beings like themselves, and to transfer to every object those qualities with which they are familiarly acquainted, and of which they are intimately conscious.  We find human faces in the moon, armies in the clouds; and by a natural propensity, if not corrected by experience and reflection, ascribe malice and good will to everything that hurts or pleases us.

There is one major qualification and difference of how this idea is utilized in this work.  This is a play on the imagination – the “random” discoveries that appear to have no connections, actually uncover true, previously unseen connections and relationships.  I cannot think of a better context for the illusively connective experience of improvised music.

The Heliopause (with its syntactic musical resonance) is the boundary where the sun’s solar wind meets the faint radiation of interstellar space and is no longer strong enough to push back the stellar winds of the surrounding stars.  This is the boundary where the interstellar medium and solar wind pressures meet and balance, physics working on a grand scale, the great meeting point of astral forces locked in a dance. Imagine, even with this distance impossible for us to quantify in scale in our imagination, that this line is definitive and slender where the distant finger of our incubator solar cocoon touches the rest of the universe– what a musical thought.

42 degrees references the connection of people and light reflected in the observations of – well, rainbows.  When we see a rainbow and its band of colors we are looking at light refracted and reflected from different raindrops at an angle of between 40 and 42 degrees at all points of view – whether one person is high on a hilltop and another hundreds of feet below.  Light orients to our visual lenses, our lenses orient the angle of light.

Bow Shock, also called a detached shock or normal shock, is a curved, stationary shock wave that is found in a supersonic flow past a finite body. Similarly, Shedding vortices (vortex shedding) is an oscillating flow that takes place when a fluid such as air or water flows past a bluff (as opposed to streamlined) body at certain velocities, depending on the size and shape of the body. Both of these phenomena, for me, connect with the wind “shock” that occurs inside and across a fast material with wind and brass sound production, and illuminate the use of creating sound vortexes in so many different ways in improvised music.

Involution Engine is a function, transformation, or operator that is equal to its inverse, only applies to itself and is a function of its own inverse. for instance, in medicine, this applies to the shrinking of an organ (such as the uterus after pregnancy) or philosophy and psychology a “turning in” on one’s self.  Musical phenomena in time also have similar phenomena but have been limited in concept, I believe, because of the hard-cast association with printed, scored notation – retrograde inversion, for example. The idea of a sonic involution works exquisitely in an aural, perceived identity, much like a physically created moveable object and is far more complex and four dimensional that can be adequately represented on a typical score (mostly).

 I came up with Fissure Syndrome through pure free association upon listening to the results of this piece several times.  As it turns out, it is a kind of an Apophenia in of itself, as this term lives in the medical world as, superior orbital fissure syndrome (also known as Rochen-Duvigneaud syndrome) is a collection of symptoms caused by compression of structures just anterior to the orbital apex. The eye is to the ear, except when closed.

For Pearl of Swirl, am fascinated by the perception of sound as physical moving substance or phenomena. To me, this conceptual mega-world is in its infancy and a signification of the music theory and creative methodologies of the future of music.  Pearl of Swirl, here, references Pearl Swirl, a rheoscopic fluid created specifically to see the movement or currents in liquids. Its purpose is scientific in nature, yet, it carries commercial tendrils with trademark statuses and “secret ingredient” branding. It is at once a vital substance category for the science of fluid dynamics and other related fields in order to visualize currents, aerodynamics, turbulence, convection and other phenomena (a not so subtle nod to my father, an award winning physical oceanographer, fluid dynamicist and a very creative one, at that).  On the other side of the coin, pearl swirl is also a novel commercial ingredient added to shampoos and other liquids for the purpose of a non-functional aesthetical “swirl” effect. This duality embodies the inescapable, almost satirical relationship between real science and over-saturated reality of commerce in our culture today.

Punktuation – ‘Nuff said and done

—Glen Whitehead