David Toop: Into the Maelstrom (Book Review)

Into the Maelstrom: Music, Improvisation, and the Dream of Freedom before 1970 By David Toop Bloomsbury, 330 pp.   Even given the relative expanse of a projected two-volume history of improvised music, David Toop has set lofty goals for himself. In volume one, Into the Maelstrom: Music, Improvisation, and the Dream of Freedom before 1970,Continue reading “David Toop: Into the Maelstrom (Book Review)”

Hilda Paredes: “Cuerdas del destino” (CD Review)

Hilda Paredes Cuerdas del destino Jake Arditti, countertenor; Irvine Arditti, solo violin; Arditti String Quartet Aeon Records CD AECD 1439 Hilda Paredes provides a family portrait on Cuerdas del destino, her latest CD. The works are written for violinist Irvine Arditti, her husband, countertenor Jake Arditti, her son, and the Arditti Quartet, with whom she hasContinue reading “Hilda Paredes: “Cuerdas del destino” (CD Review)”

Mikel Rouse/Metronome: “Take Down”

Mikel Rouse’s Metronome project has been in heavy rotation around these parts. His latest album, Take Down, had a five-year long gestation. Given the varied reference points, one can hear why. Two parts sci-fi electronica, one part postmodern amalgam (including field recordings), topped off with Rouse’s surefire vocals: most worthy of investigation. Save