Brooklyn-based Braxton alumni Siegel explores transition-less composition in a work for solo piano and one for ensemble including Matt Bauder and Jessica Pavone.
Siegel Ensemble, Aaron
Every Morning, A History
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"Brooklyn-based composer/percussionist Aaron Siegel, best known in improvising circles for his work with Anthony Braxton, releases his ensemble's first recording, Every Morning, a History. The recording features two compositions: A Diminished Thing (solo piano) and Every Morning, a History (mixed ensemble).
This debut album on Peacock Recordings features Siegel's exploration of transition-less composition. "From a compositional standpoint, transitions pose a troubling dilemma," explains Siegel. "They can be anticipated and are also radically sudden. I wanted to see how eliminating transitional material would affect the listening experience."
Siegel runs "the out-musical gamut, comfortable in contemporary freeish jazz or the most abstract experimental music around," (CityPaper). His most recent recording Memorize the Sky (2007), documents a collaboration with Zach Wallace and Matt Bauder. The Cabinet (2006), a solo percussion CD, was praised as an "exquisite set that has a meditative ease and grace," (The Wire). As a composer, the New York-based chamber ensemble Till By Turning commissioned and performed his Chalk Line (for piano, bassoon, violin, viola and cello). As a performer, he has shared the stage with Anthony Braxton, Fred-Lonberg-Holm, Scott Rosenberg, Jason Roebke, Nate Wooley, Chris Peck, Stephen Rush and Sean Meehan. He is a member of Memorize the Sky, The Anthony Braxton Sextet, White, Blue Yellow and Clouds, The Pavones and Assembly."-Peacock
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1. A Diminished Thing (solo piano)
2. Every Morning, a History (mixed ensemble)