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Yuganaut: This Musicship (ESP-Disk)

Steve Rush, Tom Abbs and Geoff Mann take the trio format to new heights in music inspired by Sun Ra, the Art Ensemble of Chicago as well as Miles Davis.

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UPC: 82548103040440

Label: ESP-Disk
Catalog ID: ESP 4044
Squidco Product Code: 9807

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2008
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded by Geoff Mann at DrummerMan Studio, Brooklyn, NY, June 2005.


Stephen Rush-Fender Rhodes, Micromoog, Toys, Euphonium

Tom Abbs-Bass, Violin, Tuba, Didjeridoo

Geoff Mann-Drums, Cornet, Mandolin, Vibes

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Artist Biographies:

"Stephen Rush is a Professor at the University of Michigan, where he has taught since 1987. He studied with third-stream pioneer Gunther Schuller, David Liptak and Samuel Adler, and is the author of the new book, "Free Jazz, Harmolodics and Ornette Coleman," which includes extensive interviews with Ornette.

Rush's compositional output includes six operas, chamber music (some of which is standard repertory), orchestra work and over 150 scores for dancers. His compositions have been recorded and performed worldwide by the Warsaw and Detroit Symphonies and members of the New York and Cleveland Philharmonics, and recently, classical ensembles in Spain, Korea, and Switzerland. As a performer, Rush has presented his multi-media work in Japan, Europe (Florence, Berlin, and Budapest, etc.), Latin America, and India. He has over 30 CD's to his credit ranging from electronic experimental music, orchestra performances, chamber music, and jazz. He works often with his electronic group, "Crystal Mooncone" with Chris Peck and Jon Moniaci, as well as with his acoustic jazz group, "Naked Dance" with Andrew Bishop and Jeremy Edwards.

Rush is the director of the Digital Music Ensemble (DME) at the University of Michigan. With DME, Rush has premiered works by John Cage, Philip Glass, and LaMonte Young, and has recorded with Pauline Oliveros and "Blue" Gene Tyranny. The group has also worked with Alvin Lucier, Robert Ashley, Pamela Z and Elliott Sharp. DME is widely known for its site-specific work, "Gypsy Pond Music", which is performed annually at the University of Michigan and elsewhere.

Stephen Rush works frequently as a jazz musician, performing with Roscoe Mitchell, Henry Grimes, Steve Swell, Eugene Chadbourne, the late Peter Kowald, and his own New York-based-trio Yuganaut, with Tom Abbs and Geoff Mann (including a new release on Nessa Records with Roscoe Mitchell). His first book, Better Get It In Your Soul, discusses radical approaches to church liturgy.

He has studied South Indian Classical vocal music for twenty years with Sharada Kumar (Ann Arbor), Sashi Kumar (Varinasi, India) and Kamala Rajalakshmi (Mysore, India). For the last seven years he has taken a dozen students to India for one month in the summer to study Classical Indian Dance and Music, as well as Yoga, Philosophy and Sociology. His work in this area is recognized internationally, including frequent requests to speak about Indian Music and Culture in the U.S. and in India, with an invitation to be the keynote speaker at the International Peace Conference in Mysore, India, 2011.

He also has an interesting side-career, having publicly interviewed such varied luminaries as Laurie Anderson, Ravi Shankar, LaMonte Young, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Ornette Coleman, the Kronos Quartet, and revered Swami Chinmayananda."

-Stephen Rush Website (

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track listing:

1. Running - by Yuganaut 04:59

2. Stumblechuk - by Stephen Rush 06:12

3. Channelling - by Yuganaut 04:20

4. Drum Piece - by Geoff Mann 04:03

5. Time Cycle - by Stephen Rush 10:17

6. Internal External - by Geoff Mann 04:25

7. Texturing - by Tom Abbs 03:21

8. Stimulus - by Yuganaut 03:12

9. Gobble Gobble - by Geoff Mann 09:45

10. Statement - by Yuganaut 03:08

11. Perspective - by Yuganaut 09:01

12. Hymn For Roscoe - by Stephen Rush 10:09
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"Yuganaut is a collective of improvising virtuosos. Playing pre-written and structured compositions, they explore sonic spaces by listening deeply to each others' articulation and interpretation of the score. The surprising dialogue that results from this process is like watching an extremely well-honed basketball team pass the ball. Well-oiled, communicating, intuitive, and almost ESP-like in it's performance. The group is comfortable in many styles/genres, so the music flows from funk to swing, open jazz, to avant-classical aesthetics. With training in diverse musics such as strict classical Western Music, jazz, rock, South Indian and electronica, Yuganaut pushes the notion of eclecticism swiftly out the window and proclaims loudly that the world is a place where all musics can find a happy home, together."-Block M

"Drawing from the traditions of Sun Ra, the Art Ensemble of Chicago as well as Miles Davis in his '60s and '70s electric period, multi-instrumentalists Steve Rush, Tom Abbs and Geoff Mann expand the trio format to new heights. From frenzied free-for-alls to delicate compositions, Yuganaut take the music out into outer space and back.

Stephen Rush, Tom Abbs, and Geoff Mann create genuinely unpredictable soundscapes throughout this highly diverse disc, but always with attention to organic development and flow... Yuganaut proves that their chosen style of musical expression can be the sound of something genuinely startling."-Dave Lynch, All Music Guide

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Chicago Jazz & Improvisation
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