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Bauder, Matt: Paper Gardens (Porter Records)

Reed player Bauder with reedist Matan Roberts, cellist Loren Dempster and bassist Reuben Radding in a work inspired by gardens of brightly colored construction-paper models.

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product information:

UPC: 656605790824

Label: Porter Records
Catalog ID: 4043
Squidco Product Code: 13204

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2010
Country: USA
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded live at Roulette NYC, October 16th, 2006.


Matt Bauder-tenor saxophone, clarinet

Matana Roberts-alto saxophone, clarinet

Loren Dempster-cello

Reuben Radding-doublebass

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track listing:

1. Track A 1:56

2. Track B 5:26

3. Track C 4:33

4. Track D 0:17

5. Track E 2:02

6. Track F 3:51

7. Track G 11:18

8. Track H 14:58

9. Track I 2:00

10. Track J 5:45

11. Track K 2:43

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"I was working at an architecture firm where I was helping with an exhibition of models made by elementary school children. The models were proposals for a redesign of their school's garden. In a moment of inspiration I saw the basis and title of Paper Gardens. The brightly colored construction-paper models were wildly different from each other, playful and wonderfully imaginative. Some were only flowers on a bed of green, while others sported swing sets or skate ramps. When aligned in a grid, I was struck by how they suggested a path, despite the spaces between each model and their diversity. I set out to create my own musical gardens, and composed many blocks of various textures. Some were simple, while others were more complex, more like a playground, including improvisation and expansion. I then laid out the sections in a grid delineated by time and silence. As with the children's garden models, I began to see a path that could lead them from one to the next."-Matt Bauder

Artist Biographies:

"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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"Reuben Radding is a bassist, free improviser, teacher, and recording engineer based in Brooklyn, NY. He was born in Washington DC in 1966. After relocating to New York City in 1988 he studied the double bass with Mark Dresser and quickly became a busy stalwart of the so-called "Downtown" scene, performing with many of the most prominent new Jazz musicians of the time. Radding has taught master classes on extended bass techniques and free improvisation workshops He is also an accomplished recording engineer and producer, and owns Studio STATS, in Brooklyn, NY."

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