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Bauder, Matt / Zach Wallace / Aaron Siegel: Memorize The Sky (482 Music)


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UPC: 650594105324

Label: 482 Music
Catalog ID: 1053
Squidco Product Code: 8204

Format: CD
Condition: Sale (New)
Released: 2007
Country: USA
Packaging: Jewel Tray


Matt Bauder-tenor saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet, percussion

Zach Wallace-bass, vibraphone, percussion

Aaron Siegel-snare drum, bass drum, vibraphone, percussion

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track listing:

1. Raft of Stone

2. Lake of Light

3. Etch of Wood

4. Field of Ice

5. House of Wind

6. Cloud of Clay

7. Brick of Fire

8. Path of Spider
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Improvised Music
June 2007
Trio Recordings
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Memorize The Sky is the first full-length recording from the decade-old improvising collective of the same name, featuring saxophonist/clarinetist Matt Bauder, bassist Zach Wallace and percussionist Aaron Siegel. Often resembling electronic music despite being performed on acoustic instruments, these eight tracks were culled from over six hours of improvisations recorded in the fall of 2005. This release is the follow-up to 2005's 2 + 2 Compositions, a compositional collaboration with Anthony Braxton that Paris Transatlantic's Nate Dorward called "an extraordinary document."

"They've been working together as a trio since the end of the 90s, and it shows in the subtle interplay and concentrated listening on these eight pieces. It's all very organic stuff, from the track titles to the instrumentation, which, though evidently influenced by the laminal improv of post-AMM EAI, revels in its wood and metal. With the possible exception of "Etch In Wood", on which all three musicians reveal a sensitivity to melody and harmony on a par with their timbral sophistication, each of the tracks maps out and then stays within the confines of a small plot of land defined by a small number of specific techniques, from the taps and high multiphonics of the opening "Raft of Stone" to the rich low drone of the closing "Path of Spider". Along the way there are luminous bowed vibraphone clusters ("Lake of Light") and all manner of impressive but never showy extended techniques ("Field of Ice" is particularly striking) in what is an attractive if a little introvert set." - Dan Warburton, Paris Transatlantic

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"Reedist and composer Matt Bauder draws upon jazz, free jazz, avant-garde, rock, and pop in his own music, as well as turning to literary and visual arts for inspiration. He studied at the University of North Texas and the University of Michigan where he earned a bachelor of fine arts in Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation. He then spent two active years on the vibrant Chicago music scene before attending Wesleyan University and receiving a masters' degree in composition under the guidance of the legendary Anthony Braxton and Alvin Lucier.

Now based in Brooklyn, Bauder is the leader of Day in Pictures, a creative jazz quintet; Paper Gardens, a chamber quartet; White Blue Yellow and Clouds, which is experimental Doo-Wop and R&B, and he is part of the collaborative trio Memorize the Sky. He has performed with Anthony Braxton, Bill Dixon, Fred Anderson, Roscoe Mitchell, Jeff Parker, The SEM Ensemble, Ken Vandermark, and Phil Minton, among others. As a sideperson he plays and records with Rob Mazurek, Harris Eisenstadt, Taylor Ho Bynum, Jason Ajemian, Neil Michael Hagerty, His Name is Alive, and Bill Brovald. His recordings as a leader and co-leader on 482 Music, Clean Feed and Eye & Ear Records have received wide critical acclaim."

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