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Kimmel.Ali.Harris: Vivary (Amalgam)

A diverse set of electroacoustic improvisations, including pointillistic interplay, free explorations merging contemporary compositional cues, pieces composed around specific parameters and evolving experimental soundscapes, from the Michigan trio Kimmel.Ali.Harris of Jeff Kimmel on clarinet & electronics, Ishmael Ali on cello, guitar & electronics, and Bill Harris on drums & synth.
 

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Personnel:



Jeff Kimmel-clarinet, electronics

Ishmael Ali-cello, guitar, electronics

Bill Harris-drums, Microkorg


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Label: Amalgam
Catalog ID: AMA032
Squidco Product Code: 30605

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2021
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded live at the Best Nest, in White Lake, Michigan, on August 24th, 25th and 26th, 2020, by Bill Harris and Ishmael Ali.

Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"Vivary documents an improvisational performance by Kimmel.Ali.Harris, an improvising trio consisting of Jeff Kimmel (clarinet, electronics), Ishmael Ali (cello, guitar, electronics), and Bill Harris (drums, electronics), recorded during quarantine while locked in a house in Michigan in August of 2020. Some of these pieces were the results of specific parameters discussed prior, and others were improvised more freely, exploring a contemporary and experimental landscape that oscillates between melodious introductions and dynamic, darker crescendos.

Throughout the 11-track album, all three musicians manipulated their acoustic instruments with some form of electronic addition, disrupting the conventional timbral characteristics of their instruments and offering refreshing, sometimes haunting, interpretations of more classical instrumentation."-Amalgam


Artist Biographies

"Jeff Kimmel is a Chicago-based clarinetist whose work encompasses improvisation, new and experimental music, and interdisciplinary collaborations. Jeff is a regular contributor to Chicago's improvised music community, and has performed at Harris Theater, Logan Center for the Arts and the Chicago Cultural Center. He collaborates with Andrew Tham as part of the multimedia concern Current Conditions, has performed with experimental music ensemble a.pe.ri.od.ic, and toured with puppet theatre company Manual Cinema.

Jeff's work has been funded by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, and he was awarded a residency at the Atlantic Center for the Arts to work with Roscoe Mitchell. Originally from Greenville, SC, Jeff holds a B.M. from New England Conservatory."

-Jeff Kimmel Website (http://jeffkimmel.blogspot.com/p/bio.html)
5/23/2024

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"Ishmael Ali is a first generation Filipino-Arab-American cellist, guitarist, improviser, composer, and electronic artist currently residing in Chicago. His work centers on exploring sound through improvisation, experimentation, collaboration, as well as a wide array of idiomatic approaches in an ever-changing, always-growing list of projects with diverse focuses and influences.Though varying drastically from group to group, a common thread in his work is the juxtaposition of seemingly disparate elements to create something new: both foreign and familiar.

In addition to performing, Mr. Ali is a co-founder and audio engineer at the recording space Marmalade in Chicago and was the founder and director of the now inoperative music and art space, Orotund Music. He continues to work as an organizer and promoter through the music series OBTC."

-Ishmael Ali Website (https://ishmaelalimusic.com/)
5/23/2024

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"Bill Harris is a percussionist, composer, improviser, and audio engineer from Pittsburgh currently based in Chicago. He also operates and produces for Amalgam, a Chicago-based collective.

(B. 1987, Pittsburgh, PA)

Bill has been active in Chicago's music communities since 2011, working at the intersection of free improvisation, jazz, noise, rock, and country. His music has been presented at Constellation, Elastic Arts, The Bop Stop, The Hungry Brain, The Hideout, Experimental Sound Studios, Spot Tavern, Beat Kitchen, Empty Bottle, and Comfort Station.

Bill is humbled to have played or recorded with Jim Baker, Dave Rempis, Kent Kessler, Brian Sandstrom, Ed Wilkerson, Carol Genetti, Angel Bat Dawid, Jeb Bishop, Peter Maunu, Josh Berman, Brandon Lopez, Keefe Jackson, and Jason Roebke, among many other experimental and improvisatory musicians and artists.

Bill is constantly inspired by and thankful to work with his frequent collaborators: Ishmael Ali, Jake Wark, Timothee Quost, PT Bell, Gerrit Hatcher, Eli Namay, Matt Piet, Brianna Tong, Wills McKenna, David Fletcher, Jess McIntosh, Aaron Smith, Jeff Kimmel, Adam Shead, Molly Jones, Jakob Heinemann, and many others...

In 2015 he started Amalgam, a 100% artist-run collective and label dedicated to showcasing works of improvised and experimental music in Chicago. Bill is also an audio engineer working in both studio and live situations, and operates an independent studio in Chicago with engineering, mixing, mastering, and production credits on labels such as Amalgam, Astral Spirits, No Index, 577 Records and Ears&Eyes."

-Bill Harris Website (http://www.billyharris.net/bio)
5/23/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Sett 4:17

2. Rookery 4:37

3. Formicary 2:31

4. Vespiary I 0:50

5. Eyrie 6:21

6. Ranarium 8:28

7. Kraal 3:02

8. Vespiary II 0:35

9. Nide 3:31

10. Vespiary III 0:59

11. Apiary 3:57

Related Categories of Interest:


Improvised Music
Free Improvisation
Electro-Acoustic
Electro-Acoustic Improv
Chicago Jazz & Improvisation
Trio Recordings

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