Sydney’s improvisation grind-jazz ensemble Kurushimi—or 苦しみ—is a strong musical statement since their self-titled debut in 2016, which I pretty much adored. Whether you call it directed improvisation or a musical game, they fear nothing and owe nothing to anyone.
With What Is Chaos?, the act sees Andrew Mortensen at the helm, and a revolving (and impressive) set of improvisers on their respective instrument. In over an hour of new music, they make hints to many respected and beloved (and sometimes obscure) musicians; from John Zorn to the Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble to even Buckethead!
What Is Chaos? Kurushimi holds the answer to their own question. But that answer is strictly subjective, though: this is conducted stochasticity, from Simeon the Chaosweaver and all those under his spell. Listen and bask in the glory of this release right now, right here, and you can pre-order it on the band’s Bandcamp page before September 13. Chao ab ordo.