An afternoon during saxophonist Michael Attias's residency at the Coimbra's Jazz ao Centro festival in Brazil with the core of his quintet: bassist John Hebert & drummer Satoshi Takeishi.
Renku In Coimbra
Label: Clean Feed
Released in: Portugal
"The three-night residency of the Michaël Attias Quintet in the 2008 edition of the Coimbra's Jazz ao Centro festival was documented on a live album, Twines of Colesion, to be released in early 2010; and now we have this one, recorded in one afternoon at the same Club in Coimbra where the concerts took place, this time behind closed doors. The session featured the core trio without Tony Malaby's saxophones and Russ Lossing's piano (not quite: Lossing is present on one track of "Renku in Coimbra"). A "wondrous parenthesis in time", says Attias about the opportunity, and that's quite true: this is beautiful music with a strong improvisatory feeling and lots of space for each musician to show their respective and special skills, either individually or in collective interaction. And "collective" is the key word to describe what is in this record: hearing the music you'll understand why Attias chose the name for what has been since 2003 his primary working band - a renku is collaborative form of traditional Japanese poetry, in which the participating poets build a long poem out of each other's words. Over the last six years, this trio has achieved a group sound that draws from a wealth of experience of working together in numerous projects, as well as under the leadership of such mucians as Paul Motian, Andrew Hill, and Anthony Braxton. On this, their second album, Renku plays the music of Lee Konitz, Jimmy Lyons, Hébert and Attias."-Clean Feed Records
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"Michaël Attias is a quietly fierce force on the international improvising scene. With a brisk and calming tone Attias is a thinker, traveler, questioner. Born in Israel, raised in Paris and the American Midwest, he has lived in NYC since 1994.Cary Tone HOT HOUSE
As a leader, Attias has released five critically-acclaimed albums since 2005: Credo, Renku, Renku in Coimbra, Twines of Colesion and, in 2012, Spun Tree. As a sideman, he has performed and recorded all over the world alongside some of today's most compelling musicians: Anthony Braxton, Paul Motian, Anthony Coleman, Masabumi Kikuchi, Tony Malaby, Ralph Alessi, Oliver Lake, Tom Rainey, John Hébert, Nasheet Waits, Sean Conly, Ken Filiano, Kris Davis, and many others.
His current projects include his long-standing trio Renku, with John Hébert and Satoshi Takeishi; Spun Tree, with Ralph Alessi, Matt Mitchell, Sean Conly, Tom Rainey; and the new Michaël Attias Quartet with Aruàn Ortiz, John Hébert and Nasheet Waits.
Michaël Attias has also established himself as creator of live musical scores and sound designs for theatre including, since 2008, five collaborations with legendary director Robert Woodruff: Chair, Notes From Underground, Battle of Black and Dogs, Autumn Sonata, and In a year With Thirteen Moons. These were produced at such prominent New York and regional theatres as Yale Repertory Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Baryshnikov Arts Center, and The Duke on 42nd Street.
Michaël Attias was named a 2000 Artists' Fellowship Recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts and was awarded a MacDowell Arts Colony fellowship in Fall 2008. From 2003 to 2008, he curated the critically acclaimed and highly successful new music series, Night of the Ravished Limbs, at Barbès in Brooklyn, welcoming a wide array of established names such as Barre Philips, Tim Berne, Mark Helias, Jason Moran, as well as an impressive list of rising New York talent including Mary Halvorson, Eivind Opsvik, Gerald Cleaver, and many more.
The product of migrations spanning North Africa, the Middle East, Western Europe and the American Midwest, Attias was born in Haïfa, Israel in 1968 and spent the first part of his childhood in Paris, where he attended the music conservatory and studied violin for a brief period. His family moved to Minneapolis in 1977. An early passion for the music of Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Ornette Coleman led him to start playing the alto saxophone at the age of 15 under the guidance of great Minneapolis saxophonist and composer Pat Moriarty, while attending the Children's Theatre School. Avid for adventure and experience, he graduated from high school as a junior and traveled for a year in Europe before enrolling at New York University as a Film and Music student. Somewhere in between, he had the great privilege of taking a couple of lessons with Lee Konitz. Judging that school was interfering with his education, he dropped out after the spring semester, went back to Paris for a year where he wrote a novel called Twines of Colesion (1000 pages thankfully destroyed), came back to the US for an eight-month cross-country trip that took him from New York City to San Francisco via Mexico, and returned to Paris in 1989 where he became bartender at the IACP, a music school founded by legendary bassist Alan Silva. There he met such heroes of the ex-pat scene as Steve Lacy, Sunny Murray, Frank Wright, Bobby Few and others. He recorded with a pianoless quartet dedicated to the music of Thelonious Monk, Four in One (In Situ 1992), made his first album as leader and composer with a quintet of French musicians (released on Igal Foni's For Elevators/Jazzis, 1993). In January 1993, at the prompting of Anthony Braxton, he moved back to the US, sat in on his classes at Wesleyan University for one semester and finally moved to New York the following winter."-Michael Attias Website (http://www.michaelattias.com/html/about.php)
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"John Hebert was born in New Orleans, LA. He attended Loyola University from '90 to '92 where he was awarded with a complete scholarship. In 1992, John moved to the New York State area, completing his formal studies at William Paterson University in New Jersey; he graduated with a B.M. in Jazz Performance in 1994. After graduating, John moved to New York City where he quickly became a highly in demand bassist, both for live performances and studio sessions."-Marc Mommaas (http://www.mommaas.com/JohnHebert.html)
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Recorded at Salao Brazil, Colmbra, by Joao Ferraz on June 7, 2008.
Michael Attias-alto saxophone
John Hebert-double bass
Satoshi Takeishi-drums, percussion
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