Author Archives: Michael E. Karman

Adam Stansbie–Isthmus

The five pieces on Adam Stansbie’s Isthmus are presented in chronological order, tempting one to draw conclusions about the evolution of style. But when I succumbed to that temptation (in my mind) all I found was that these five pieces are different. And really, isn’t that all that’s necessary? That a composer gives you something […]

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Emmanuelle Gibello–Labyrinthe/c104 goto N901

Your first step into the labyrinth is with the hollow creaking and clanking of Bamboo Cry. The background, which started out as silence, gradually fills with other sounds until the whole thing becomes very rich and dense. Not too gradually, though. Bamboo Cry is only 2′ 39″. But it’s as sweet a two and a […]

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Asymmetry on the radio

Asymmetry founding editor Michael Karman will be Robert McBride’s guest on Club Mod this Saturday. Club Mod is a show on All Classical KQAC in Portland, OR. And while the realities of programming on a classical station means that some of the things Asymmetry values could not be played, I think we have still come […]

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Donating from outside the US

Up until this past Christmas, the donate button for Asymmetry Music Magazine did not allow donations from outside the United States. I have had all the information necessary to have concluded this all year long, but lacked the intelligence necessary to draw the conclusion. This Christmas, the problem was shoved under my nose and then […]

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The Future of Asymmetry

Aside from a very welcome donation last year from a staunch supporter, Asymmetry Music Magazine has operated solely from funding off of one source. After seven years, that source has dried up. For Asymmetry to continue its mission of reporting on new music concerts and recommending recordings of new music and interviewing the people who […]

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A Moveable Feast: The Odyssey of Anthem Records

Over the past eight years, one of Portland’s coolest music stores has wandered around the town, from just off of Belmont on the east side to Couch Street downtown then back to the east side on 28th and Flanders to its most recent location on Sandy and 28th (2706). For this last move, I had […]

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New Ferreyra CD

Beatriz Ferreyra’s latest CD, which contains four pieces dated from 2005 to 2011 (odd years only), is a welcome addition to the composer’s recorded ouevre, a welcome addition to the world of electroacoustic music–to the world of music, generally–and quite possibly a welcome addition to your own collection. It is available, in line with current […]

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Kontact sonoreS third annual festival of new music

Kontact sonoreS is a really fine festival in a very pretty town, and its shows cover a pretty wide range of musics in quite a short span. The 2011 version, which I found out about thanks to Beatriz Ferreyra, one of the participants that year, was so much fun that I went back this year, […]

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Improvisation Summit of Portland

Improvisation is a many splendored thing, and the recent two day Creative Music Guild festival of improvisation gave us many of its various splendors. Jazz and not jazz. Traditional jazz and free jazz and mixed. Electronics and acoustic and mixed. Solo sets and large (conducted) groups and everything in between. Music and dance, music and […]

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Kontact sonoreS 2012

The 2012 Kontact sonoreS started out with an intriguing set by Polish group Karbido, The Table. Four guys are seated around an amplified table, and no ordinary table, either, but one designed to make different sounds in different places, supplemented by many and various noise makers. Unfortunately, after about four minutes of some really delightful […]

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