The trio of Dutch clarinetist and alto saxophonist Michael Moore with Vancouver improvisers cellist Peggy Lee and drummer Dylan van der Schyff performing live at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival.
Moore / Lee / Van der Schyff
Released in: Canada
"Michael Moore is so thoroughly identified with New Dutch Swing that a periodic reminder that he is an American is in order. Though the California-born clarinetist/saxophonist is based in Amsterdam, he has also retained a Left Coast profile, often with the Vancouver International Jazz Festival functioning as a tour hub. Recorded at the VIJF in 2000, Floating 1...2...3 (Spool) finds Moore triangulating with cellist Peggy Lee and drummer Dylan van der Schyff, two of Canada's most formidable improvisers, in a LP-length set that glides from one texture-rich zone to another. Though their exchanges are often true to the album's title, there is also a subtle turbulence lurking at the edges of the music, one that occasionally seeps to the foreground. Moore's smoldering concluding clarinet statement is the album's most overt horn-led passage. For the bulk of the program, however, each instrument has equal sonic weight, which creates the sense that the music is constantly on the verge. This begs the question: Does it ultimately go anywhere? Yes: points unchartered."-Bill Shoemaker, Jazz Times
"There are recordings whose titles seem to say it all about their contents, as does this one. Heard in this latest issue from the Canadian label Spool is an intimate and airy (or eerie) sounding trio comprised of Holland-based reedist Michael Moore and the now stalwart Vancouver twosome of Peggy Lee (cello), and her partner, the ever-engaging percussionist Dylan van der Schyff. Released two and a half years after its recording at the Vancouver Jazz Fest, this CD documents three instant compositions in which the guest roams a little further beyond his melodic proclivites to explore more of the sonics of both his clarinets and alto sax. By and large it's the cellist who seems to be guiding the proceedings here, with the drummer pattering behind her and the front man musing along according to his whims."-Marc Chenard, Coda
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"Cellist, improviser, composer Peggy Lee was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. She studied classical cello, completing a bachelors degree in performance at the University of Toronto as a student of Vladimir Orloff and Denis Brott. She furthered her studies on the cello with lessons with Martha Gerschefski in Atlanta Georgia. In the fall of 1988 Peggy began a year residency with a string quartet at the Banff Centre in Banff, Alberta. It was here that she first became interested in collaborating with artists from different mediums and in veering away from the classical path. This led to a decision to move away from the known and thus to her relocating to Vancouver, B.C. where she now makes her home.
Peggy's first forays into improvisation in Vancouver happened with dancers at the EDAM (experimental dance and music) studio at the Western Front and eventually led to her meeting and joining guitarists Ron Samworth and Tony Wilson in their respective bands; as well as becoming a member of the New Orchestra Workshop, which went on to have interesting and fruitful collaborations with Butch Morris, Wadada Leo Smith, René Lussier, Barry Guy and George Lewis.
Peggy continues to collaborate frequently with Ron and Tony and with her husband, drummer Dylan van der Schyff, as well as with many other longtime musical associates including Dave Douglas, Wayne Horvitz, Robin Holcomb, Veda Hille and Lisa Miller. She also leads or co-leads a number of musical projects: The Peggy Lee Band, Film in Music, Waxwing (with Tony Wilson and Jon Bentley) and Beautiful Tool (with Mary Margaret O'Hara).
She has also collaborated extensively in theatre and dance with companies and artists such as Ruby Slippers, Rumble Theatre, Presentation House, David Hudgins, Peter Bingham and Delia Brett.
In 2005, Peggy received the Freddie Stone Award for integrity and innovation in music and in 2010 she was awarded a Jesse Richardson Theatre Award for outstanding composition."-Peggy Lee Website (http://www.peggylee.net/about-peggy.html)
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"Dylan van der Schyff was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1970. He now makes his home in Vancouver, Canada, where he lives with his wife, cellist Peggy Lee, and their two children. Van der Schyff attended the schools of music at the University of Victoria and, briefly, McGill University; and he studied military drumming while with the Band of the Ceremonial Guard in Ottawa. He received his MA from Simon Fraser University and is currently engaged in graduate research in music psychology at the University of Sheffield in the UK.
As a performer and producer, van der Schyff has appeared on close to 100 recordings spanning the genres of jazz, electro-acoustic, improvised, experimental and new music; he has performed in almost every major centre in Europe and North America including international festivals in Berlin, Lisbon, Stockholm, New York, Chicago, Montreal, Trento (Italy) and Molde (Norway); and he has collaborated in numerous interdisciplinary projects involving theatre, dance and film. A partial list of notable performance and recording collaborators includes: George Lewis, Joelle Léandre, Dave Douglas, Mark Helias, Peggy Lee, Eyvind Kang, Nicole Mitchell, Brad Turner, Tony Wilson, Wayne Horvitz, Marilyn Crispell, Torsten Muller, Robin Holcolmb, Michael Moore, Ellery Eskelin, Sylvie Courvoisier, Rob Mazurek, Talking Pictures, Ken Vandermark, Paul Rutherford, John Butcher, Tobias Delius, Louis Sclavis, Evan Parker, Mark Dresser, Fred Frith, and Gary Peacock. Van der Schyff has also performed as a sideman with Roswell Rudd, John Zorn, Butch Morris, Misha Mengelberg, Georg Graewe, Oliver Lake, Wadada Leo Smith and the Kenny Werner Sextet with Randy Brecker.
Van der Schyff has served on the music faculty at Capilano University in Vancouver, Canada, since 2009. He also served on faculty at the Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music between 2002-2005, and at the Vancouver Institute for Creative Music in 2006. Additionally, he has given seminars and workshops at the University of Indiana and at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. Van der Schyff has appeared on Austrian television and Swedish radio as well as NPR, the CBC and Radio Canada. Articles about his work as an improviser have appeared in publications such as Downbeat, Jazz Times, The Globe and Mail, The New York Times, The Village Voice, The Chicago Reader, The Wire, Coda, and MUZIK."-Capilano University (https://www.capilanou.ca/jazz-studies/bios/Dylan-van-der-Schyff/)
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Recorded at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, June 2000 by Marc L'Esperance.
Michael Moore-clarinet, alto saxophone
Dylan van der Schyff-drums, percussion, &c.
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1. Floating 1 9:33
2. Floating 2 16:19
3. Floating 3 8:51