about crow


Introducing Reinier van Houdt / December 2016

The Crow uses words like pliers: cracking open the poetic resonance of works of noise and tone.”  Michael Pisaro

Prefacing a 2015 essay, Jesse Goin borrowed a choice quotation from the master trumpeter and composer Bill Dixon: “…stripping away the filigree, go to the center.” The beauty of Jesse’s writing about music is that he never forgets that directive; his prose reads cool and clear like poetry, yet never becomes self-absorbed or loses sight of the music it’s meant to serve.  Steve Smith (director of publications at National Sawdust; former assistant arts editor at the Boston Globe; music editor for Time Out New York, and for seven years concurrently as a freelance classical-music reporter and reviewer for The New York Time; and a contributor to RollingStone., the Washington Post, Village Voice, The Wire, Down Beat, Chamber Music, and Symphony magazine)

“Several years of thoughtful, musically-bent blogging by Jesse Goin in Minnesota. Check out the interesting piece about the journal Reductive’s issue related to the theme of interior silence (June 2015). There are many more meditations on musical ideas located throughout this blog.”  Thom Holmes (Composer, publisher and editor of the magazine Recordings of Experimental Music from 1979 to 1985; working with John Cage, Holmes created and maintained the only discography of Cage’s music authorized by the composer).

Jesse Goin has written about experimental music for a variety of electronic and print journals, including Paris Transatlantic, The Wire, Dusted, Compost & Height and, since 2010, his blog crow with no mouth.

From 2011 to the present, operating as crow with no mouth promotions, he has curated a concert series in the Twin Cities, presenting music seldom heard in the Midwest. To date the crow concert series has presented 98 musicians from 13 countries in 42 concerts. The majority of these events presented musicians in their Minnesota debuts, including Keith Rowe, Michael Pisaro, Jürg Frey, Hong Chulki, Olivia Block, Tetuzi Akiayama, Toshimaru Nakamura, Nate Wooley, Reinier van Houdt, and many others.

From 2015 to early 2018 the crow with no mouth blog has offered little new writing; there are around 130 pieces archived from its first five years. The plan is to resume publishing long-form pieces in the fall of 2018.

If you wish to discuss submitting music for a possible review / feature, contact crow at Jessewgoin@gmail.com

If you wish to submit music sans discussion, send to:
N5200 County Road OO
Hager City, Wisconsin

Here are some other ways for us to connect:
Twitter ~ JesseG58
Instagram ~ goinjesse
Podomatic ~ jessewgoin19913