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W.O.O. Presents Mambo Mantis: Connecting Branches (Sweetstuff Media)

Brooklyn's W.O.O.Mambo madness has nothing to do with mambos, but definitely with madness: psychedelic free noise jazz that mutates melody into riveting sonic jams.

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Label: Sweetstuff Media
Catalog ID: 22
Squidco Product Code: 12162

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2009
Country: USA
Packaging: Jewel Tray
All music improvised and recorded live at Brecht Form, NYC on April 26, 2008 (track 1); Rockaway Artists' Alliance, Rockaway Beach, NY on September 25, 2008 (track 2); Rockaway Artist's Alliance on December 20, 2008 (tracks 3, 4); Douglass Street Collective, Brooklyn, NY on November 21, 2008 (track 5).


Ray Sage-drums

Bonnie Kane-sax.flute, efx

Blaise Siwula-reeds

Chris Welcome-electric guitar

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track listing:

1. A Breach in the Mind Silence 11:52

2. The Air of Another Place 6:06

3. Sea Grass by Moonlight 13:40

4. The Nearness of Other Worlds 6:46

5. Standing Inside the Sound 11:12

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Improvised Music
NY Downtown & Jazz/Improv
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Brooklyn's Mambo Mantis in live recordings from four New York City locations, riveting free jazz incorporating electronics and noise with great straight-ahead playing.

"BONNIE KANE: saxophone, flute and electronics

(bandleader of W.O.O.: Mambo Mantis, WORLD OF TOMORROW, W.O.O., W.O.O.Revelator and musician in D.-I.S.K.)A pioneer in extended saxophone and electronics technique. A dedicated improvisor and bandleader with a focus on improvised composition, the composition being defined by the relationship of the players. "I am interested in the soul, in the deepest of feelings, in the magic moment of connection and creation."

Has been playing with drummer Ray Sage, since 1990, first in W.O.O., which mutated into W.O.O.Revelator. W.O.O.: Mambo Mantis is the next step in W.O.O. evolution. Rising from the changes in the new millenium, the sound is harder, more intricate, more extreme, more abstract, and more focused, than any previous W.O.O. incarnation. It's that kind of world, and this is music of that world.

RAY SAGE: drums

Dubbed "the unending force", Ray Sage rolls the drums like thick clouds moving fast across the sky - with shadows and wisps passing across the land, influencing the color of everything, There are periods of delicate hardcore rhythmic calms that transform into an intricate momentum of sheer power that rock every molecule. The astounded audience is often initially left in a state of stunned silence which rapidly gives way to wild cheers.The son of a drummer, Ray has continued the family trade mesmerizing audiences throughout the US, Japan and Europe. Came to NYC during the early 1980's and joined the legendary, wild noise rock punkparty band outfit, the Reverb Motherfuckers, who defined the extremes of what a live NYC show could be. Was also active with Dogbowl and King Missile, making several recordings on the Shimmy Disc label. Has toured and recorded with Ron Anderson in several projects, including PAK. Joined W.O.O. with Bonnie Kane in 1990 and never stopped.


Traveling the gray area of composer and improvisor, the sweet tones of Blaise Siwula's horns have graced many stage and recordings. He has worked with Cecil Taylor, Tan Dun, William Parker, Joseph Daly, Donald Miller, Peter Kowald, John Fischer, Vincent Chancey, Newman Taylor Baker, John Voigt, Matthew Paris, Adam Lane and Joseph Scianni.A visual artist and multi-instrumentalist, Blaise arrived in NYC via Detroit and Europe in1989 and became actively involved with the NYC Scene. He is the founder and director of the C.O.M.A. series at ABC No-Rio, NYC, presenting adventurous music on a weekly basis. Blaise has toured all over Europe, the U.S., and Korea and has release numerous recordings.


What rock should have been if it could...What jazz could be if it would...

Daring, challenging, explosive, intricate, intense, the current manifestation of the W.O.O. energy as Mambo Mantis is for the serious and brave audio explorer. It's a journey into the details of the senses, the edges of sounds, where individuality blurs to molecules. The soul pours out through the sound to blend with the universal soul. It will open the mind and you must be willing or you will miss it."-W.O.O. Web

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