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Shipp, Matthew / Mark Helias / Gordon Grdina: Skin and Bones (Not Two)

Recording two days after their concert in British Columbia, BC at Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art's Skin And Bones Music Series, the trio of pianist Matthew Shipp, guitarist Gordon Grdina and bassist Mark Helias captured these collective improvisations at Afterlife Studios in Vancouver BC, titling their album after their well-received concert.
 

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UPC: 5906395187478

Label: Not Two
Catalog ID: MW987-2
Squidco Product Code: 28029

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2019
Country: Poland
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Afterlife Studios in Vancouver BC, Canada, on Sept. 30th, 2018, by John Raham.

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Recording two days after their concert in British Columbia, BC at Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art's Skin And Bones Music Series, the trio of pianist Matthew Shipp, guitarist Gordon Grdina and bassist Mark Helias captured these collective improvisations at Afterlife Studios in Vancouver BC, titling their album after their well-received concert.



"Skin and Bones is a concert series dedicated to the presentation of experimental music in the Okanagan. Improvisation, noise, and contemporary composition.

Improvisation, contemporary composition, noise, and things in between, the Skin and Bones Music Series showcases performers both local and abroad. Skin and Bones shot forth from the dreams of Mike Woodworth and Darren Williams.

Since its inception in May 2015, Skin And Bones have had the privilege of hosting some of our planets greatest musicians and instrumentalists from nearby to far & away. The roster currently includes Peter Brötzmann (TWICE!), Mats Gustafsson, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, Paal Nilssen-Love (The Thing), Hamid Drake and Brodie West (World premiere as a duo) Anna Webber (FROM KELOWNA:)) trio with Matt Mitchell and John Hollenbeck, Chris Corsano (solo and duo with our very own Darren Williams!), Heather Leigh (duo with Brotzmann), Battle Trance (Travis Laplante,Patrick Breiner, Matt Nelson, Jeremy Viner), Cortex (Thomas Johansson, Kristoffer Alberts, Ola Hoyer, and Gard Nilssen) and Chicago Underground Duo (Rob Mazurek & Chad Taylor) who performed as part of a special Skin & Bones Field Trip at Stanford University and organized by the Decepticon Conference committee.

Other heavy hitters inclue Phil Minton, Tatsuya Nakatani (solo and a duo with our very own Darren Williams), François Houle (solo), Gordon Grdina, & Kenton Loewen (as a trio with Francois and on a separate occasion as a duo as Peregrine Falls)The Jooklo Duo (with Stanley Zappa), Torsten Muller, V.Vecker, Craig Pedersen, Yves Charuest, Colin Fisher, Darcy Spidle (chik White), Craig Thomson, Bjorn Kriel trio (with Jason Martin and Alex Argatoff), David Geraghty, Rachel Mercer, Liam McIvor, Anthony Argatoff ensemble, Miles Thorogood & many many more! In 2016, Skin And Bones Music Series received two Okanagan Arts Award nominations."-Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art


Artist Biographies

"Matthew Shipp was born December 7, 1960 in Wilmington, Delaware. He started piano at 5 years old with the regular piano lessons most kids have experienced. He fell in love with jazz at 12 years old. After moving to New York in 1984 he quickly became one of the leading lights in the New York jazz scene. He was a sideman in the David S. Ware quartet and also for Roscoe Mitchell's Note Factory before making the decision to concentrate on his own music.

Mr Shipp has reached the holy grail of jazz in that he possesses a unique style on his instrument that is all of his own- and he's one of the few in jazz that can say so. Mr. Shipp has recorded a lot of albums with many labels but his 2 most enduring relationships have been with two labels. In the 1990s he recorded a number of chamber jazz cds with Hatology, a group of cds that charted a new course for jazz that, to this day, the jazz world has not realized. In the 2000s Mr Shipp has been curator and director of the label Thirsty Ear's "Blue Series" and has also recorded for them. In this collection of recordings he has generated a whole body of work that is visionary, far reaching and many faceted."

-Matthew Shipp Website (http://www.matthewshipp.com/bio.html)
5/15/2024

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"Mark Helias is a renowned bassist, composer and producer who has performed throughout the world for more than four decades with some of the most important and innovative musicians in Jazz and Improvised Music including Don Cherry, Edward Blackwell, Anthony Davis, Dewey Redman, Anthony Braxton, Abbey Lincoln, Cecil Taylor, and Uri Caine among many others. A prolific composer, Helias has written music for two feature films as well as chamber pieces and works for large ensemble and big band. His orchestra piece "Stochasm" was premiered by the American Composers Orchestra in June of 2011. Twelve recordings of his music have been released since 1984, his latest being "The Signal Maker" on the Intakt label. He teaches at Sarah Lawrence College, and SIM (School for Improvisational Music) in Brookyn, NY."

-Mark Helias Website (http://www.markhelias.com)
5/15/2024

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"Gordon Grdina (born 18 February 1977 ) is a Canadian jazz guitarist and oud player.

Grdina worked in the 2000s in Vancouver with his own formations; In 2002 he recorded his debut album The Grdina Trio (with James Danderfer and Simon Fisk). On his album Unlearn: Gordon Grdina's Box Cutter was also co-produced by Franois Houle. In 2006, Grdina presented the album Think Like the Waves in the trio with Gary Peacock and Paul Motian, which combined elements of Arab music and jazz genres. In the field of jazz, he was involved in 14 recording sessions between 2001 and 2012.

Grdina works with his own trio (from Tommy Babin, bass, and Kenton Loewen, drums) as well as his ten-piece Haram ensemble, Mats Gustafsson, Tony Malaby, Mark Helias, Kent Kessler and Jeb Bishop. "

-Wikipedia (translated by Google) (https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gordon_Grdina)
5/15/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Bob And Weave 10:52

2. The Distance 13:32

3. Solitary Figure 11:51

4. Stick And Move 7:38

5. The Onslaught 10:45

6. Feather Weight 10:15

7. The Slip 9:12

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Improvised Music
Jazz
Free Improvisation
NY Downtown & Metropolitan Jazz/Improv
Canadian Composition & Improvisation
Vancouver and Western Canada
Trio Recordings
Collective Free Improvsation

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