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Dick, Robert / Tiffany Chang: Raise The River (RogueArt)

Pioneering West Coast flute improviser Robert Dick, whose command over the instrument is startlingly profound, is joined by young Bay Area drummer Tiffany Chang for nine studio recordings of brilliant interplay, from energetic interaction to introspective beauty, with unusual moments of extended flute technique, an astonishing and engaging album.
 

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UPC: 3760131270808

Label: RogueArt
Catalog ID: ROG-0080
Squidco Product Code: 25514

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2018
Country: France
Packaging: Digipack - 3 panel
Recorded at Peter Karl Studios, in Brooklyn, New York, on February 15th 2015, by Peter Karl.


Personnel:

Robert Dick-flutes

Tiffany Chang-drums

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track listing:


1. Thieves 5:23

2. Swedge 6:39

3. Bricolage 5:42

4. Nine Portions 6:56

5. Raise The River 8:03

6. This Once 3:28

7. Palindromida 6:43

8. Pirarucu 8:01

9. Recovered Memory 5:42

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"Material is the output of freely improvised music, not its input. The deliberate shaping of materials risks, at the very least, giving them a studied feel, and, at worst, rendering them inert. Dick and Chang instead use the materials they generate in one moment as a springboard to the next. In the process - and improvisation is a process, not a genre - their music surprises."-Bill Shoemaker, liner notes


Artist Biographies:

"Robert Dick (born January 4, 1950) is a flutist, composer, teacher and author. His musical style is a mix of classical, world music, electronic and jazz, and he is the inventor of the "glissando headjoint" a custom flute head joint that allows the player to achieve electric guitar-like whammy bar effects with their instrument. In 2014, the National Flute Association awarded Dick its Lifetime Achievement Award. The New York Times said his “technical resources and imagination seem limitless" while JazzTimes called him “revolutionary.”

Robert Dick was born and raised in New York City. He began playing the flute in the fourth grade, after hearing the piccolo on the radio in the Top 40 hit “Rockin’ Robin. His primary teachers were Henry Zlotnik, James Pappoutsakis, Julius Baker and Thomas Nyfenger.

As a teenager, Dick wanted to become an orchestral flutist, and played first flute in the Senior Orchestra at the High School of Music and Art and also the New York All-City High School Orchestra. “Studies with him (Julius Baker) were geared toward becoming an orchestral player, and that was my dream at the time. But as I grew out of that dream, I realized that my training really hadn’t provided a look at music from the inside, which is what I needed—particularly the idea that music is generated from hearing within and recognizing what you are hearing.” He became a soloist and composer.

At Yale College, Dick earned a BA degree, and met Robert Morris, a composer and theorist, who mentored him as he wrote his first compositions. While at Yale, Dick wrote his first book: THE OTHER FLUTE: A Performance Manual of Contemporary Techniques, and then earned his master's degree in composition, studying with Morris as well as electronic music with Bulant Arel and Jacob Druckman.

While attending Yale’s graduate school, Dick composed “Afterlight,” a flute piece that used multiphonics as its basis. “Afterlight” received a BMI Oliver Daniel Prize.

After leaving school in Spring 1973, Dick lived in New Haven, Connecticut until September 1977, when he moved to Buffalo, New York to join the contemporary music group, the Creative Associates. Dick was a member of the group until June 1980. While in New Haven, he wrote his second book Tone Development through Extended Technique and began to develop himself as an improviser and composer.

Dick spent six months in Paris from July - December 1978 working at I.R.C.A.M. (Institute of Research and Coordination, Acoustics and Music) developing his idea for a new flute mechanism. The first prototype was made by Albert Cooper in London in 1984. This design remains unfinished.

From Fall 1980 until Spring 1992, Dick lived in New York City, developing his compositions, improvisations and wrote Circular Breathing for the Flutist. In this period, he self-published The Revised Edition of THE OTHER FLUTE: A Performance Manual of Contemporary Technique and his later books, compositions and instructional recordings through his Multiple Breath Music Company. In 1986, he left the role of concert soloist in contemporary music to perform his own music and the music of composer-performer collaborators exclusively. Dick performed a recital of his own works as part of the New York Philharmonic’s Horizons 84 Festival at Avery Fisher Hall in 1984.

In May 1992, he moved to Switzerland for ten years, continuing his career as a composer-performer. He returned to the US in 2002, as Visiting Assistant Professor of Flute at the University of Iowa. In July 2003, he returned to New York City. Since July 2013, Dick has been dividing his time between New York City and Kassel, Germany, where his children Sebastian (born 2006) and Leonie (born 2008) live with their mother, composer-pianist Ursel Schlicht.[citation needed]

Dick's recitals today primarily consist of his compositions and improvisations, occasionally incorporating the influences of Paul Hindemith, Georg Philipp Telemann and Jimi Hendrix into his repertoire.

As an instructor, Dick created a method and practice of teaching for flutists that he documented in his books: Tone Development through Extended Techniques, and Circular Breathing for the Flutist and the two volumes of FLYING LESSONS: Six Contemporary Concert Etudes. He teaches masters classes at hundreds of international universities.

Dick is the inventor of the Glissando Headjoint®, a telescoping flute mouthpiece which allows the flutist to slide and extend notes.

As a composer, Dick's work has been recognized by a Koussevitzky Foundation Commission, a Guggenheim Fellowship and two NEA Composers Fellowships, among many grants and commissions. Dick has composed a new work for the National Flute Association Young Artist Competition. He has recorded over 20 albums and appeared as a guest on many other recordings."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Dick_(flutist))
10/12/2018

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"Tiffany W. Chang is a young drummer who was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. The daughter of a piano teacher, Tiffany began her studies in classical piano at the age of 3 and violin at the age of 5. Carrying on with these studies throughout childhood, Tiffany began experimenting with different modes of musical expression, studying voice, guitar, and even composition at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

However, it was the drums which eventually proved to be Tiffany's true calling at age 14. Diverging from her classical background, she began lesson soon developed a passionate interest in jazz and creative improvisation and received a scholarship to continue her studies at New York University. An inquisitive player, Tiffany found herself drawn to the tradition of bebop as well as to the far reaches of the avant-garde.

Since coming to New York, Tiffany has had the honor of studying with some of the top drum set players in the world, such as Billy Drummond, Dafnis Prieto, Tyshawn Sorey, and Tony Moreno. She has also studied improvisation with Grammy award-winning trumpeter/composer Brian Lynch, Ralph Alessi, Ralph Lalama, Dave Pietro, and Andy Milne. She has performed at such venues as the Blue Note Jazz Club, Madison Square Garden, Jazz Gallery, Cornelia St. Café, Rockwood Music Hall and 55 Bar."

-Tiffany Chang Website (http://www.tiffanychangmusic.com/p/biography.html)
10/12/2018

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