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July 31st, 2014

2015 Is The Year Of The GOAT: The Greatest Of All Time?

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Dear Friends

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2015 is the Year Of The Goat – will it also be the Greatest Of All Time? We let you decide

February 

CU//TS  – Merzbow / Mats Gustafsson / Thurston Moore / Balazs Pandi

SPIN MARVEL (Martin France w. Nils Petter Molvaer)

March

JÜ and Kjetil Møster

FREQUENT FLYER II (Lorenzo Feliciati feat. Steve Jansen)

April/May

METALLIC TASTE OF BLOOD (New w. Ted Parsons)

SPANISH DONKEY (Jamie Saft, Joe Morris, Mike Pride)

June/July

FREE NELSON MANDOOMJAZZ – The Awakening of The City

DAVID FIUCZYNSKI’S PLANET MICROJAM – Flam! (w. Rudresh Mahanthappa

September

NAKED TRUTH (NEW)

October

SLOBBER PUP (New w. Mats Gustafsson)

August 23rd, 2012

InterStatic and Planet MicroJam at GEZMATAZ

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“What time is it?” David Fiuczynski (pictured) quizzed the audience well into his set at the outdoor Arena del Mare as boats on the water twinkled enticingly behind him. “It’s Beethoven time,” he thundered back, probably the three most unlikely words uttered during this RareNoise Records double bill. Performing microtonal music with his trademark double-necked guitar specially tuned to allow for the band’s distinctive quartertones, the maverick guitarist had the underused microtonal keyboards of young Turk Utar Artun to his side, while the main direction came through his duetting with English violinist Helen Sherrah-Davies. Kansas City drummer Alex Bailey, and the colourfully dressed Memphis bass guitarist Dywane ‘MonoNeon’ Thomas cooked up a mysterious heat around ‘Micro Emperor’, a fragment of Beethoven’s 5th Piano Concerto.

Fiuczynski’s set, based on music from the Planet Microjam record – he’s now heading up the Microjam Institute at Berklee in Boston too – was a compelling snatch of a style of music you rarely get to hear, certainly not in a jazz setting. Sun Ra’s ‘Sun Song’ originally on the 1957 album Jazz By Sun Ra was for me the outstanding performance of the night, and let’s hope we hear more on this side of the Atlantic again from violinist Sherrah-Davies, who like Fuze also teaches at Berklee. Earlier, English organist Roy Powell, now living in Norway, brought his Interstatic band to open proceedings. This prog organ outfit, with Tord Gustavsen Trio drummer Jarle Vespestad in unlikely jazz-rock barrier busting mode and ECM guitarist Jacob Young bluesy and articulate on his solos, allowed Powell to channel Keith Emerson and even the late Jon Lord into the soup of his lively style. He explained to the audience that Interstatic play like Tony Williams’ Lifetime, most evident on their tune ‘The Elverum Incident’, but with a few modern twists. Yet the band took leave of this inspiration many times during a set only slightly hampered by a pedal of Young’s guitar needing to be replaced. Playing material mainly from the eponymous Interstatic release Powell got well and truly stuck in like some sort of hippy organ guru specially attuned to the sultry Genoese night. He’s definitely back with a bang.

Stephen Graham for JAZZWISE

March 14th, 2012

Global MicroJam – Shape of Jamz to Come?

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Dear Friends,

we would like to share a very interesting article, appeared in Fusion Magasine, relating to RareNoiseRecords’ future release “Planet MicroJam” by David Fiuczynski.

In this article, Prof Fiuczynski expounds some of the ideas he pursues as head of the Berklee Planet MicroJam Institute

A case for microtonality?

At the crossroads of African American rhythms, microtonal harmonies, and eastern melodic inflections and improv concepts – in other words all the elements that the Greater Boston area has to offer with Berklee as its base – new musical ideas are on the horizon.

Drawing on unique elements of western classical microtonality and ethnic folk melodies organized in a jazz/groove context, unheard of harmonies and counterpoint are possible. What sets this microJam apart from other microtonal music is its method of organization. Unlike the microtonal chromaticism of Julian Carrillo, the athematicism of Alois Haba and the post-Scriabin style of Ivan Wyschnagradsky (all venerable microtonal pioneers in western classical music), this MicroJam is not so much MICROtonal as microTONAL. The emphasis is on microtonal harmony that has a jazz-based modal origin. New harmonic colors can be expressed vertically through the stacking of, for example, an Arabic maqam (a type of Arabic mode) into chords based on 3rds or 4ths over a tonal center – in other words, harmony derived from a microtonal chord scale. This is not done in eastern music traditions or modern classical music. Music from the Middle East and Asia rarely has chordal harmony and in the modern western classical tradition, either tonal centers are avoided or harmony is produced from counterpoint. In our ever-shrinking global village could Global MicroJam be a shape of Jamz to come?

My particular bent is a sound that is raw with simple but rich ingredients like a Gauguin painting – a raw, powerful, extremely colorful mix of eastern and western elements. I was initially attracted to microtonality through “eastern blue notes” – the heart-wrenching pitches in an Arabic call to prayer that are outside of our 12-tone equal temperament just like our very own blue notes that one cannot find on a piano. Most of these scale tone gems are roughly a quarter-, sixth- or eighth tone off of our tuning system. With new microJams (or microGems!) in 24, 36, 48 and 72 note per octave equal tempered systems (and eventually also in just intonation), I would particularly like to feature African American rhythmic innovations from the gospel church and modern RnB. For me, these beats always induce a feeling of inexplicable hope. My Global MicroJamz will highlight African American rhythms in a new way and underline the debt we owe to this craft. Often it seems that Black music is taken for granted and anyone can appropriate anything without giving credit to its creators.

Also, within this Global MicroJam concept I would like to introduce concepts of “open form,” “Seyir,” and “Jor.” Within open form a soloist can cue different sections at will and not be boxed in by a preconceived solo form. Jor is the section from an Indian raga after the rubato introduction (alap) and before the metered composition (gat). Jor is playing in pulsed time recapping the material introduced in the alap. I’ve seen heightened creativity when soloists and rhythm sections are untethered from time signatures and can freely express themselves. Seyir is the Turkish concept of unfolding a makam – a pitch set with melodic rules. These concepts force improvisers to shape their solos, but in a freer manner that still draws on the motifs of the composition at hand.

But why microtonality now? The study of microtones is important. Composers like Schoenberg and Busoni, historians like Robert Morgan (author of “20th Century Music”) and more and more musicians are asserting that our 12-tone equal tempered language is exhausted. It’s a surprising statement Schoenberg made before he invented his 12-tone technique. Also interesting is his prediction that microtonality will establish itself “when its time has come.” I believe the time for microtonality will come once an affordable microtonal keyboard is available along the lines of a Starrlabs keyboard. This will make microtonal harmonies much easier to play and will encourage new microtonal pieces because the keyboard is still an extremely powerful compositional tool.

Berklee could be a real pioneer in this context. After all of my travels and tours in Japan, the US and Europe, communicating with microtonal societies (American Festival of Microtonal Music in New York, the UK Microfest in London) and with composers in Australia and Germany, fans in Thailand and Argentina, and surfing online, I have not come across anyone melding these elements in an improv/groove context. When a new movement or style commences, it is usually outside the academic context, and eventually music schools start to slowly incorporate the new ideas into their curriculum. Here’s an opportunity where Berklee could lead the way with innovative MicroJam classes and could thereby influence the music industry. In the process, Berklee would be helping to create a new musical language reflecting our immediate access to all musics in our ever-shrinking global village.

David Fiuczynski is Associate Professor of Guitar.

(Fusion Magazine, all rights reserved)

January 24th, 2012

RareNoiseRecords: A Hyperopic Perspective on 2012

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Dear Friends,

as we mentioned in the fourth chapter of our Myopic Retrospective, we have now finally prepared the ground for a Hyperopic Per-Spective of 2012.

The first couple of months of 2012 will start, as one expects, where 2011 ended – with the releases in the US of Winter Garden and Animation’s Agemo, which will be followed by a spate of new releases. Please be aware that the release dates vary by country, and that excluding FREQUENT FLYER, most of the artwork is not final)

RNR023 – LORENZO FELICIATI – FREQUENT FLYER – End Of February/End of March 2012

Subtitled “Diary of A Travelling Musician”, Frequent Flyer is a celebration of the musical talents (travels…) of Italian bassist, music producer and founder of Naked Truth, Lorenzo Feliciati as he scours the lands of jazz and progressive rock with a very large cohort of musical conspirers –  Bob Mintzer, Cuong Vu, Roy Powell, Phil Brown, Patrick Djivas, Lucrezio De Seta, DJ Skizo, Paulo La Rosa, Pat Mastelotto, Aidan Zammit, Roberto Gualdi, Stefano Bagnoli, Maxx Furian, Pier Paolo Ferroni, Andrea Di Cesare, Daniele Gottardo, Jose Fiorillo, Daniele Pomo and Guido Block. A multi-faceted record as broad in scope as it is deep in musical ideas, Frequent Flyer is both a voyage as it is a statement of intent, musical intelligence, spectacular taste and grand architectural vision.

and here as her performs a track from the Album, “Law & Order”

RNR024 – METALLIC TASTE OF BLOOD (Eraldo Bernocchi, Colin Edwin, Jamie Saft, Balazs Pandi) – End of March/End of June 2012

Around November 2009 we were very honoured when Colin Edwin, bass player extraordinaire of Porcupine Tree acquired a copy of Arc by Parched, one of RareNoiseRecords’ first releases, featuring the combined talents of Eraldo Bernocchi and Davide Tiso. The seeds of artistic consonance between Edwin and Bernocchi have since flourished  and with the infusion of talent by keyboard-player/composer Jamie Saft and drum powerhouse Balazs Pandi (of Obake fame), have eventually blossomed into a genre-defying instrumental recording spanning the space between metal, progressive, dub, alternative…in a smooth and all-encompassing way. Utterly spellbinding

Very soon (probably early february) we will be able to share one or two tracks with you. For the time being head over to their website and read about it on Colin Edwin’s Blog.

RNR025 – DAVE FIUCZYNSKI’S PLANET MICROJAM (Dave Fiuczynski and musicians, with appearances by Jack DeJohnette and Kenwood Dennard – April/May 2012)

In an article appeared on Fusion Magazine (the literary and Multimedia voice of the Berklee School of Music and community) David Fiuczynski defines the notion of “MicroJam”, which is central to this revolutionary and spellbinding release on RareNoiseRecords, as follows :

“Drawing on unique elements of western classical microtonality and ethnic folk melodies organized in a jazz/groove context, unheard of harmonies and counterpoint are possible. What sets this microJam apart from other microtonal music is its method of organization. Unlike the microtonal chromaticism of Julian Carrillo, the athematicism of Alois Haba and the post-Scriabin style of Ivan Wyschnagradsky (all venerable microtonal pioneers in western classical music), this MicroJam is not so much MICROtonal as microTONAL. The emphasis is on microtonal harmony that has a jazz-based modal origin. New harmonic colors can be expressed vertically through the stacking of, for example, an Arabic maqam (a type of Arabic mode) into chords based on 3rds or 4ths over a tonal center – in other words, harmony derived from a microtonal chord scale. This is not done in eastern music traditions or modern classical music. Music from the Middle East and Asia rarely has chordal harmony and in the modern western classical tradition, either tonal centers are avoided or harmony is produced from counterpoint. In our ever-shrinking global village could Global MicroJam be a shape of Jamz to come?”

Or, as the artist himself wrote in his tweet  ” … all the out of tune notes you always wanted to hear in a funky setting”

It is hard for us to describe the incredibly subtle and mesmerising, at times overwhelming beauty of compositions to be paraded in “Planet MicroJam”, which range from a microtonal re-writing of a fragment from Beethoven’s 5th Piano Concerto to microJam arrangements and performances of microtonal works by Juan Carrillo, Alois Haba and Sun Ra, exquisite arrangements of traditional songs and delightful original compositions by David Fiuczynski, all played by musicians of  unbelievable caliber, from Fiuczynski himself to Evgeny Lebedev, David Radley, Takeru Yamazaki, Evan Marien, Jovol Bell, David Ginyard, and including two guest perfomances by drum masters Jack DeJohnette and Kenwood Dennard.

For the time being, here is “Drunken Longing” recently performed in NYC

RNR026 – INTERSTATIC (Roy Powell, Jarle Vespestad, Jacob Young) – March/May 2012

Shards of light and guitar poke the thick, incessant, impenetrable mass of layered drum rhythms as maelströms of liquid organ notes form and dissolve, to embrace, fracture and propel this aural light. The incredible Roy Powell, who also plays organ and keyboards on Naked Truth, master drummer Jarle Vespestad and guitarist extraordinaire Jacob Young (the last two partners in repeated ECM releases) deliver their second recording (after their previous Anthem) as a trio, this time under their new name InterStatic. 

(video by Neil Loughran)

Their music, again, knows no boundaries, as it flows often incessant, at times lunar and nordic, with over-archingly powerful melodic themes penetrating the dense, at times apparently chaotic but sharply contrasted, always slickly cut layers of sonic architecture. ChiaroScuro, for synaesthetes.

The recording is currently in the final mastering stage – we will soon share a couple of tracks with you all for you to fully appreciate its greatness.

RNR027 – MOLE – WHAT IS THE MEANING? (Mark Aanderud, Hernan Hecht, with David Gilmore and Jorge “Luri” Molina) – April/May 2012

MOLE (or MOLE Productions) is the Musical Juice Collector of the incredible Mexican pianist Mark Aanderud and Argentinian-born and mexican resident (and Brainkiller drummer) Hernan Hecht, here joined by the amazing David Gilmore on guitar and the wonderful Jorge “Luri” Molina on bass. Swinging, poly-rhythmic, incredibly melodic, the new album by MOLE is nourished by the movingly beautiful compositions and virtuosistic piano work of Mark Aanderud, whilst being propelled forward by the jazz/rock/drum’n bass drumming of Hecht and the scintillating guitar-work of Gilmore.

Soon we will be sharing one or two tracks from this beautiful album by a quartet which we think has the potential to follow in the steps of EST and Phronesis.

Here in 2009 in Mexico (audio quality is not exceptional, but you will get an idea of the energy of their live performances)

RNR028 – ANIMATION – TRANSPARENT HEART (Bob Belden, Peter Clagett, Jacob Smith, Roberto Verastegui, Matt Young) – September 11th 2012

After 2011’s Asiento and its Spin-Off Agemo (also here) comes the first work by Animation which was recorded wholly in-house (in Bill Laswell’s studio in West-Orange, New Jersey), under the watchful eye of James Dellatacoma. 2011 was a year of rebirth and intense transition for Animation, as it was brought back to life via the release of the 2006 re-make of Bitches Brew (Asiento), then played a number of gigs  a hybrid formation, featuring Bob Belden on sax, Tim Hagans on trumpet, with the astonishingly young Jordan Gheen on keyboards, Jacob Smith on bass and  Matt Young on drums.

Here in Charleston:

Here at the Jazz Standard (and here the review by JazzTimes)

performing a track from Transparent Heart.

Here, finally, as they played live on a show on WBGO, The Checkout, produced by Josh Jackson just prior to playing at the Jazz Standard.

The formation of Animation has now coalesced and stabilised around Bob Belden, Peter Clagett, Roberto Verastegui, Jacob Smith and Matt Young. Soon we will have one or more tracks to share with you all, as it is quite unmeasurably beautiful.

RNR029 – NAKED TRUTH (Lorenzo Feliciati, Graham Haynes, Roy Powell, Pat Mastelotto) – October 2012

2011 saw the release of Naked Truth’s first recording, Shizaru to good critical acclaim – witness Carole Banks’s recent review in TheExaminer “…in ambient, avant-garde jazz-fusion, the hardest thing to do is make the visionary, experimental music melodically easy to follow and impossible to forget. Naked Truth does exactly this in “Touching Corners.” Whoever came up with the fan- and serious musician-friendly melodic line strengthening throughout this rocking, haunting groove, is an off his rocker prophet. It’s easily the best single for a cross-over hit, combining hard-driving rock with an ethereal, ballet-like loveliness. The cascading, intensified piano amplifies an urgency of purpose.”

Naked Truth then performed in Genoa (with Brainkiller), at the Gezmataz Genoa Jazz Festival, as part of a RareNoiseRecords – themed night (about which we will talk in the near future) with the appearance of Nils Petter Molvaer

After Cuong Vu decided to focus on his own projects, Naked Truth found a new stable member in the incredible Graham Haynes, and headed to Bill Laswell’s studio in West Orange to record their second full length. Having had the honour of being there we assure you it takes a further step into the future of music. We can’t wait to share some of the results with you – shortly we will be publishing an EPK and diary of the recording days in New Jersey.

Before we leave you, let us say we have two/three more cards up our sleeve for 2012 – Brainkiller, for example, will tour Mexico in March 2012, appear at the Vive Latino festival and record their second album for RareNoiseRecords …

Until Next time!

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