Alan Jones with Barry Guy, June 23, 2001 – Vancouver, B.C. While covering the Vancouver International Festival for One Final Note in 2001, I enjoyed the opportunity to talk with Barry Guy, whom I felt at the time (and still do) to be one of the great innovators of creative music. Barry, who was candid with his views on the artistic sides and political corners to his and his colleagues’ very small […]

(orig. publication 6.21.2003) This interview was conducted via e-mail between the 2nd and 12th of June, 2003. Much of Bagatellen’s content is drawn from modern improvisation and, in various levels of inquiry, the processes that guide the making of such music. The “new electronics” of the last decade have yielded sounds and techniques once thought unimaginable. The free world is swimming in technology, and music’s foundation is modulating via an […]

(orig. publication 3.31.2009) In recent years Lee Patterson has developed a growing reputation in the international arena as a sound artist and improvising musician. Using a number of distinct approaches, he has invented new roles for an accumulation of everyday objects and amplified devices, as well as original processes for live sound generation. It’s been several years that I’ve wanted to engage Lee on his music for the purpose of […]

Rossetto (originally published July 1, 2009) Further activity from Vanessa Rossetto, who, including the production of three recordings last year on her Music Appreciation label, has developed a distinctive, recognizable voice within a field of music that is hyper-productive, to put it lightly. She’s an interesting (and rewarding) musician to follow, and it deserves mention that, for many, both in the states and abroad, she’s become a point of representation […]

“There is nothing arcane about it.” Not too long ago, I attended some performances led by and co-arranged Michael Pisaro, focusing on the music of Christian Wolff and Manfred Werder, on the occasion of the latter’s visit to the West Coast. To the uninitiated, Wolff’s piece “Metal & Breath (2007)” may have sounded like pure silliness. To followers of his music, it might sound completely playful, and perfectly situated within […]

Recording and mixing is complete on ‘Apparatchiks’, for voice, percussion, and bass instrumentation. Written in 2013, Tim Feeney, Sarah Hennies, and Greg Stuart (who comprise the excellent Meridian percussion trio) provided the percussion parts for this work while on their East Coast tour in the Spring of 2014. For the bass role, Christian Weber (Switzerland) contributed his brilliant interpretation of the score. The piece was written as a means of […]