Reviews that mention Joe Moffett

June 24, 2017

Earth Tongues

Neither Nor Records n/n 006

Dedicated to expanding the duration of microtonal improvisations in inverse ratio to the briefness of instrumental tones, members of the New York-based Earth Tongues trio spread their interpretations over this two-CD set. Each disc is an extended, self-contained performance that meanders through extended patches of near-inaudibility, squeezed extended techniques and equally terse bursts of raucous intersection.

Although ear-straining may be necessary to pick up some of the subtleties of the interaction, both slices of Ohio are the equivalent of peanut butter massively layered on slices of bread: every iota of the grain of the area is covered. Equally committed to solo – that is unaccompanied – projects the three Earth Tongues are involved in all manner of experimental projects. Trumpeter Joe Moffett also works with vocalist Kristin Shipp; tuba player Dan Peck is a member of the International Contemporary Ensemble and has worked with Anthony Braxton and Tony Malaby; while percussionist Carlo Costa is part of bands featuring Sean Ali and Steve Swell among many others. MORE

November 16, 2016

Franz Loriot/Systematic Distortion Orchestra

The Assembly
Out Now ONR 024

Christoph Erb/Frantz Loriot


Creative Sources CS 356 CD

Fissure not fusion could be the word that most closely mirrors the activities of French-Japanese violist Frantz Loriot. A former resident of both Paris and New York, he’s now set up shop in Zürich where he moves among so many multidisciplinary project that it would appear he can clone himself. Take the two CDs here which showcse his talents for either micro or macro invention.

Concerned with the singular and reductionist qualities of duo playing, the tracks on Sceneries are the equivalent of peering through four murky glass panes in the same window. The vision is the same but slightly distorted, depending on which angle is least clouded. Loriot’s partner is Lucerne-based tenor and soprano saxophonist Christoph Erb, another day tripper who has played with stylists as varied as Fred Lonberg-Holm and Michael Zernag stateside and Paul Lovens and Han Koch in Europe. In contrast, like a party balloon that can be inflated to zeppelin size, The Assembly assembles an assembly of 11 New York-based players to poke and probe at the four tracks that are either Loriot or group instant compostions. Ironically the additional players add expanded abstract timbres rather than group harmonies. Unconventionally formulated the Systematic Distortion Orchestra consists of one saxophonist, four brass players, two double bassists, three percussionists and Loriot. MORE

January 6, 2016

Carlo Costa's Acustica

Neithernor n/n 004

By Ken Waxman

Having firmly established himself with smaller bands, percussionist Carlo Costa's ups the ante with Strata, an extended score for 13 musicians, which like the sedimentary matter it reflects, intermingles graphical and notated scores plus improvisation to simultaneously expose sonic layers of substratum. Usually part of stand-alone duos, trios and quartets, the Italian-born, NYC-based Costa is just one of many younger musicians exploring the possibilities implicit in creating large-scale, cyclical performances, including his frequent associates, violinist Franz Loriot – who isn’t on this disc – and bassist Pascal Niggenkemper, who is. MORE