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The 2nd recording by composer/saxophonist Assif Tshar's self-conducted, string-dominated NY Underground Orchestra including Jessica Pavone, Mary Halvorson, Tatsuya Nakatani, &c. &c.

New York Underground Orchestra, The

New York Underground Orchestra, The: Fragments (Hopscotch Records)
Label: Hopscotch Records    
Released in: USA    

"Assif Tsahar explores an entirely different side of his art on Fragments, the second recording by his self-conducted, string-dominated Underground Orchestra. Tsahar's previous large band projects have come from the brass/reeds-centric Brass Reeds Ensemble and Zoanthropic Orchestra and, in this case, the leader's tenor is missed. Not just fragments but fragmentary, the relatively short 16 pieces of this whole sound like incomplete ideas, with long middles and no ends. Paranoid violin scratching, slow string pulls, repeated motifs and sustained notes that build in intensity then recede are occasionally interrupted by violent cacophonous orchestral blasts, which all add up to an unnerving emotional and psychological experience, as if Schoenberg were to score Hitchcock. Only on "Sixth", a brief Charles Waters clarinet feature and "Seventh", with its gypsy fiddle and cello flourishes, does Fragments approach the inviting organic warmth of Tsahar's collaborations with Cooper-Moore."-Jeff Stockton, All About Jazz

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Product Information:

UPC: 015568230813

Label: Hopscotch Records
Catalog ID: HOP 27
Squidco Product Code: 4489

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2005
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardstock Gatefold Sleeve
Recorded live at the Elbo Room Chicago 12/2/89


Philippa Thompson-violin

Leanee Darling-violin

Jana Andevska-violin

Lev Zhurbin-viola

Jessica Pavone-viola

Loren Dempster-cello

Gil Selinger-cello

Audrey Chen-cello

Terence Murren

Todd Nicholson-bass

Nate Wooley-trumpet

Sam Hoyt-trumpet

Charles Waters-clarinet

Natacha Diels-flute

Leah Paul-flute

Jecca Barry-flute

Christopher Meeder-tuba

Mary Halvorson-guitar

Tatsuya Nakatani-percussion

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Track Listing:

1. First 3:09

2. Second 1:46

3. Third 4:31

4. Fourth 3:28

5. Fifth 3:08

6. Sixth 1:01

7. Seventh 3:09

8. Eighth 1:10

9. Ninth 4:45

10. Tenth 2:33

11. Eleventh 2:59

12. Twelfth 2:19

13. Thirteenth 3:50

14. Fourteenth 3:35

15. Fifteenth 3:09

16. Sixteenth 6:13