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November 28th, 2012

Bob Belden and Animation Live tonight in Madrid at Bogui Jazz Club!

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Jazz con Sabor a Club

BOB BELDEN + ANIMATIONFESTIVAL DE JAZZ DE MADRID
“JAZZ CON SABOR A CLUB”

DESDE CHICAGO
BOB BELDEN + ANIMATION

Miércoles, 28 de noviembre de 2012
Pases: 21:30 y 22:30 h.
Entrada Anticipada: 12 euros
Entrada En Taquilla: 15 euros

Bob Belden SAXO SOPRANO Y FLAUTA
Pete Clagett TROMPETA
Roberto Verastegui TECLADOS
Jacob Smith BAJO ELÉCTRICO
Matt Young BATERÍA

Del señor Bob Belden se podría decir que no forma parte exactamente del mainstream jazzístico, aunque su nombre se asocie a las reediciones históricas de Miles Davis y Herbie Hancock -entre muchos otros-, productor y erudito del jazz, es también una leyenda de la música que, insobornable, ha decidido caminar por otras vías sin perder sus fundamentos.

Su último proyecto es una reencarnación de su banda ANIMATION, cuatro jóvenes que junto con él son una

tremenda banda que interpreta un sentido homenaje a Manhattan con Transparent Heart, publicado, claro, por una discográfica que no es como las otras, Rare Noise Records.

November 26th, 2012

Animation Live at Barcelona Jazz Festival – tonight from 830 pm

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BOB BELDEN & ANIMATION

MESTRES – Rare Noise Night

BOB BELDEN & ANIMATION

FECHA

Lunes, 26 de noviembre

LUGAR

Conservatori del Liceu, 20.30 h.

PRECIO

20 € Ant. / 25 € Taq.

VÍDEO

Señor Bob Belden: usted, ay, no forma parte exactamente del mainstream jazzístico. Díganos unas frases que hagan que el público pueda interesarse por usted. «Estamos tan arruinados como vosotros.” Caray. ¿Otra? «Era hacer este bolo o ir a la cárcel.” Ya ven: Bob Belden, un nombre detrás de las reediciones históricas de Miles Davis y Herbie Hancock -entre muchos otros-, productor y erudito del jazz, es también una leyenda de la música que, insobornable, ha decidido caminar por otras vías sin perder el humor y el sarcasmo. Su último proyecto es una reencarnación de su banda ANIMATION, cuatro jóvenes que junto con él – «somos una banda de verdad” – interpretan un sentido homenaje a Manhattan con Transparent Heart, un disco emocionante publicado, claro, por una discográfica que no es como las otras, Rare Noise Records.

Bob Belden, saxo soprano y flauta
Pete Clagett, trompeta
Roberto Verastegui, teclados
Jacob Smith, baix eléctrico
Matt Young, batería

CONCIERTOS RELACIONADOS

August 23rd, 2012

Animation – Transparent Heart – out 25 September 2012 – First Press

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Dear Friends,

Animation, a.k.a. Bob Belden on Sax/flute, Pete Clagett on trumpet, Jacob Smith on bass, Roberto Verastegui on keyboards and Matt Young on drums, are about to release their first studio album in a decade, “Transparent Heart”. Pre-Orders will start on the 25th of September or shortly before that date

AVAILABLE FROM / FROM WHAT DATE/  IN WHAT FORMATS:

  • www.rarenoisestore.com / pre-order from 25 th September / CD Digipack 4 panel with booklet, digital .FLAC and digital .mp3
  • All Digital Stores (Itunes/Emusic/Spotify/etc) / 25th September / digital .mp3
  • Online Stores (Amazon/HMV/etc) worldwide via CARGO, DARLA, GOODFELLAS etc / 1st October 2012 / CD Digipack and digital .mp3

This is the wonderful cover by Petulia Mattioli

and here a track from “Transparent Heart”, “Provocatism”

For the time being we would like to share some of the press the recording has generated until now – here on JAZZWISE MAGAZINE, who has run a very large feature on Bob and Animation this month! (and on MOLE too!!!)

 

 

 

and finally the 4 STAR review!

Here is a video of their recent AMBISONIC SURROUND performance at the Tabernacle in London

and at the Vortex Jazz Club

August 5th, 2012

Animation | Transparent Heart – Out September 25th 2012

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Bob Belden Unveils a Dark Narrative of Manhattan on Second Animation Project, Transparent Heart, Available on RareNoise Records, September 25

Following on the heels of Animation’s 2010 RareNoiseRecords debut, Asiento, and 2011’s Agemo, saxophonist-composer-bandleader Bob Belden tells his own story on Transparent Heart. With his new Animation lineup consisting of young musicians hired from his alma mater, the University of North Texas (23-year-old keyboardist Roberto Verastegui, 24-year-old bassist Jacob Smith, 29-year-old trumpeter Pete Clagett and 20-year-old drummer Matt Young), Belden unveils a dark narrative as heard through the musical diary he has composed over 29 years of living in Manhattan.

An imposing electronic noir masterwork, Transparent Heart travels from Belden’s initial awestruck impressions of New York City (“Terra Incognito”) to his feelings of foreboding (“Urbanoia”) and hope (“Cry in the Wind”) as a city dweller on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, to the pervasive angst of post-9/11 Manhattan (“Seven Towers,” “Provocatism”). He also addresses the mass exodus of artists from the city (“Vanishment”) and concludes his musical memoir with the clash of the social classes manifested in the Occupy Wall Street movement (“Occupy!”). Belden has concocted a powerful, provocative suite of music that is charged by the intensely driving, highly intuitive playing of his young energetic Animation band mates.

“This record is not a jazz record, it’s about my life in Manhattan,” says the Grammy® Award-winning composer-arranger-producer. “In essence, the music on Transparent Heart is a reflection of the lingering tension since 9/11. It’s an honest look at Manhattan through music.”

The concept for Transparent Heart has been in the making for more than 30 years. “I first visited Manhattan in 1979 when I was with Woody Herman’s band. I’ll never forget seeing the dark shadows, steam rising from the streets, crowds of strange people lingering in Times Square well past midnight, all the tall buildings and how they created a post-gothic canyon effect. That’s ‘Terra Incognito,’ a term used by local residents to describe Central Park above 96th street. Darwinistic Urban Gentrification. The uncertain outcome of riding the subway late at night. Alphabet City. Bonfire of the Vanities. AIDS. Subway Gunman. Guardian Angels. Central Park jogger. Preppie murder. Sparks Steakhouse. That’s ‘Urbanoia.'”

“Cry in the Wind,” with Clagett’s muted trumpet carrying the melancholy theme reflects another Manhattan experience, “One night from inside my ground-floor studio apartment I heard the voice of a woman crying for help faintly mixed with the sound of the wind and rustling tree leaves. Bringing my phone outside, I saw this woman who had just been stabbed, and called 911. She reached up, grabbed my hand, and didn’t let go until the ambulance got there. I helped this woman live because I cared. This tune is about hearing the cries in the wind of extreme loneliness and helplessness that are heard all the time throughout the city.”

The darkly propulsive title track echoes the hard-hitting production that Bill Laswell brought to Herbie Hancock’s 1983 hit single “Rock It.” To listen to Transparent Heart is to think about Manhattan’s self-reflective nature exemplified by extreme conflicts between physical/corporatist and social/humanist structures and the perpetual sense of energy that is created and dissipated illogically in light and shadow.

Seven Towers” is Belden’s reaction to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. As Belden reflects, “9/11 is a reaction to the power and influence that capital, centered in Manhattan and symbolically the World Trade Center, has on parts of the world, in the form of abject terrorism. I watched it happen from Chambers street in Lower Manhattan. This tune recreates my own autobiographical timeline of 9/11. It starts with the NORAD radio broadcast finding out a plane hit the North Tower; followed by the NYPD and NYFD responding. It’s very haunting. I believe that this moment has defined the course of history for Manhattan as well as the world at large. This album is offered in deep respect to those who lost their lives that morning of September 11, 2001 and to the families that have to live with this loss forever.”

Provocatism” reflects the immediate aftermath of 9/11. “People fled the city as companies anticipated an economic downturn, laying off thousands upon thousands of workers. For years there were constant alerts, color-coded like a crayon book. Many small business, dependent on the World Trade Center complex, died after 9/11-replaced by the ubiquitous chain store, coffee shop, and branch-bank. The intense build up of the New York Police Department to the point of having one of the largest standing armies in the world, placing citizens under surveillance on the streets and in the subways-‘stop and frisk’ developed from this Quasi-military policing initiative.”

“”Vanishment” refers to the exodus of artists and musicians who couldn’t afford to live in Manhattan anymore to a point where the localized creative culture is now gone. Musicians work here in the clubs, but don’t live here. And you have this influx of college student musicians who have no real attachment to the city-it becomes a line on a resume. Thus, Manhattan post-9/11 is very different from the Manhattan that existed when I moved here in 1983.”

The final track, “Occupy!” is the most intense and harrowing of Belden’s musical memoir. His turbulent ode to the Occupy Wall Street movement is imbued with the sounds of screams and violence in the streets during clashes between protesters and police. “The Occupy movement is based on a psychological philosophy rather than political or industrial. These people are angry and frustrated with nowhere else to address their grievances, so they take to the streets-essentially declaring a philosophical war on Manhattan.”

The musicians on Transparent Heart are the most talented of their generation, performing complex operatic improvisations, sounds, and textures. They are serious musicians deep into the subtle and not-so-subtle nature of this music. That they are virtually unknown to the jazz public is a blessing, as you will hear them tabula rasa, with no conditions on what to expect. From this point on you will expect greatness from each one of them.

For Belden, Transparent Heart is a musical tool to get people to think about social issues. “Music must be returned to its place as a social engineer; provoking thought amongst society. This record is not about tunes, solos, and arrangements, it’s a way of telling a story that has something to do with my life, OUR lives, and for anyone who has ever landed with excitement, wonder, fear, and hope on this tiny island off of the coast of the United States. It’s not being a musician, but rather a citizen.”

June 26th, 2012

Animation and InterStatic Live at Shapeshifter Lab (NYC) June 28th

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RareNoiseRecords Presents: Double Bill Featuring
InterStatic and Bob Belden’s Animation
Live at Shapeshifter Lab in Brooklyn – June 28

 

RareNoiseRecords groups InterStatic and Bob Belden’s Animation are set to perform at ShapeShifter Lab in Brooklyn on Thursday, June 28 with sets at 7:45pm and 9:40pm respectively. Each will be performing material from their RareNoise albums, either upcoming or recently released.

InterStatic features organist Roy Powell, guitarist Jacob Young and drummer Jarle Vespestad in genre-defying triumvirate which seamlessly combines elements of jazz, experimental, ambient, and rock. The trio recently made their RareNoiseRecords debut with a self titled album, which was a change in direction from 2011’s Anthem.

Returning from London, where they played a very well-received concert at the Vortex Jazz Club, InterStatic extends the organ trio tradition established by Jimmy Smith and taken to realms beyond on such groundbreaking recordings as Tony Williams Lifetime’s Emergency! (with Larry Young and John McLaughlin) and John Abercrombie’s Timeless (with Jan Hammer and Jack DeJohnette), but inject it with the nordic sensitivity and aesthetics that one may associate with Terje Rypdal, who was a deliberate influence. Other influences for the album include

Animation, in its new formation of saxophonist/flautist Bob Belden, bassist Jacob Smith, trumpeter Peter Clagett, keyboardist Roberto Verastegui and drummer Matt Young will be presenting Transparent Heart, their new album which is currently scheduled for a September release on RareNoiseRecords.

Heart, in the words of Belden, is, “a way of looking at Manhattan through music”

Get your tickets here http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/256410

InterStatic Performing Music from InterStatic (7:45pm)
Bob Belden’s Animation Performing from Transparent Heart (9:40pm)
at ShapeShifter Lab – Thursday, June 28

Roy Powell – Organ
Jacob Young – Guitar
Jarle Vespestad – Drums

Bob Belden – Saxophone, Flute
Jacob Smith – Bass
Peter Clagett – Trumpet
Roberto Verastegui – Keyboard
Matt Young – Drums

18 Whitwell Place
Brooklyn, NY 11215
www.ShapeShifterLab.com

For more information, please contact:
DL Media· (610) 667-0501
Maureen McFadden· maureen@dlmediamusic.com

Information and press materials (including album covers, promotional photos and bio’s)
on all DL Media artists can be found at our new website:
dlmediamusic.com

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