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Convergence Quartet, The: Live In Oxford (FMR)

The Convergence Quartet (Taylor Ho Bynum, Harris Eisenstadt, Alexander Hawkins and Dominic Lash) in their first FMR CD performing inspired modern jazz live in Oxford.
 

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UPC: 649849982209

Label: FMR
Catalog ID: FMR 223-0307
Squidco Product Code: 14329

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2007
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded on November 11th, 2006 by Tim Fletcher at the Jacqueline Du Pre Music Building, Oxford.


Personnel:

Taylor Ho Bynum-corent, flugelhorn

Harris Eisenstadt-drums

Alexander Hawkins-piano, small instruments

Dominic Lash-doublebass

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track listing:


1. Miscellaneous 11:03

2. Goad 8:42

3. Convergence 13:29

4. Goodbye, Sir 14:46

5. Mm(Pf) 4:14
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"The Convergence Quartet, featuring an international line up of expert improvisers, present their first release for FMR. This live set was recorded at the prestigeous Jacqueline Du Pré Music Building in Oxford."-FMR

".....you'll be listening even more closely the second time around, rather than sticking the CD on your shelf with the comfortable expectations-fulfilled assertion 'yes, I really like that kind of music, and therefore I really liked that album'. After all, that would be too easy, and music can offer a much richer experience. Thank heavens the Convergence Quartet are prepared to stick their necks out on our behalf...."-Simon H. Fell


Artist Biographies:

"Taylor Ho Bynum (b. 1975) has spent his career navigating the intersections between structure and improvisation - through musical composition, performance and interdisciplinary collaboration, and through production, organizing, teaching, writing and advocacy. As heard on over twenty recordings as a bandleader, Bynum's expressionistic playing on cornet and his expansive vision as composer have garnered him critical attention as one of the singular musical voices of his generation. He currently leads his Sextet and 7-tette, and works with many collective ensembles including a duo with drummer Tomas Fujiwara, the improv trio Book of Three, the UK/US collaborative Convergence Quartet, the dance/music interdisciplinary ensemble Masters of Ceremony, and the trans-idiomatic little big band Positive Catastrophe.

His varied endeavors include his Acoustic Bicycle Tours (where he travels to concerts solely by bike across thousands of miles) and his stewardship of Anthony Braxton's Tri-Centric Foundation (which he serves as executive director, producing most of Braxton's recent major projects). In addition to his own bands, his ongoing collaboration with Braxton, past work with other legendary figures such as Bill Dixon and Cecil Taylor, and current collective projects with forward thinking peers, Bynum increasingly travels the globe to conduct community-based large ensembles in explorations of new creative orchestra music. He is also a published author and contributor to The New Yorker's Culture Blog, has taught at universities, festivals, and workshops worldwide, and has served as a panelist and consultant for leading funders and organizations. His work has received support from Creative Capital, the Connecticut Office of the Arts, Chamber Music America, New Music USA, USArtists International, and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation."

-Taylor Ho Bynum website (http://taylorhobynum.com/)
11/21/2017

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"One of only a handful of drummers equally well known for his work as a composer, Brooklyn-based Harris Eisenstadt (b. Toronto, 1975) is among the most individual and prolific musicians of his generation. His resume includes studies with some of the most respected names in jazz and improvised music, West African and Afro-Cuban drumming, and performance credits in jazz, film, theater, poetry, dance, contemporary concert music and opera.

Eisenstadt has performed all over the globe, received grants from organizations such as Meet The Composer, American Composers Forum, Canada Council for the Arts, and appeared on more than 60 recordings since 2000, including twenty as a leader. Recordings of his compositions often appear on the Songlines, Clean Feed, No Business, and 482 Music labels, and are consistently included on critics' best-of lists. Recent honors: Rising Star Percussion Percussion, Arranger, and Composer categories of the Downbeat international critics poll; Best Album, Drummer, Composer categories of the El Intruso international critics poll.

His first work for orchestra, Palimpsest, was premiered by the American Composers Orchestra, as part of the Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute at Miller Theater, Columbia University (2011). Eisenstadt's second orchestral work, Four Songs, commissioned by the Brooklyn Conservatory Community Orchestra, was premiered at the Brooklyn Museum (2013). His first string quartet, Whatever Will Happen, That Will Also Be, was premiered as part of Eisenstadt's twelve-set residency at The Stone in NYC (2015). As a writer and radio producer, he has contributed to National Public Radio and AfroPop Worldwide. Eisenstadt is also an active AfroCuban batá drummer in New York and a longtime researcher in African and diaspora vernacular traditions. He has travelled to West Africa twice (Gambia, Senegal) to research Mandinka and Wolof music, and to Cuba twice (Matanzas, Havana) to research Afro-Cuban music."

-Harris Eisenstadt Website (http://www.harriseisenstadt.com/bio/)
11/21/2017

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"Alexander Hawkins is a composer, pianist, organist, and bandleader who is 'unlike anything else in modern creative music' (Ni Kantu) and whose recent work has reached a 'dazzling new apex' (Downbeat). A largely self-taught improviser, he works in a vast array of creative contexts. His own highly distinctive soundworld is forged through the search to reconcile both his love of free improvisation and profound fascination with composition and structure. In 2012, he was chosen as a member of the first edition of the London Symphony Orchestra's 'Soundhub' scheme for young composers. He also received a major BBC commission in late 2012 for a fifty minute composition: One Tree Found was first performed and broadcast in March 2013, and was subsequently performed and broadcast for the WDR in Cologne (2014). He has also twice been commissioned by the London Jazz Festival (once as composer, once as an arranger), and by the Cheltenham Jazz Festival (2016).

An in-demand sideman, Hawkins continues to be heard live and on record with vast array of contemporary leaders of all generations, including the likes of Evan Parker, John Surman, Joe McPhee, Mulatu Astatke, Wadada Leo Smith, Anthony Braxton, Marshall Allen, Rob Mazurek, Taylor Ho Bynum, and Harris Eisenstadt, amongst many others. He has also been noted in recent years for his performances in the bands of legendary South African drummer, Louis Moholo-Moholo. Concert appearances have taken him to club, concert and festival stages worldwide."

-Alexander Hawkins Website (http://www.alexanderhawkinsmusic.com/biographyimages.html)
11/21/2017

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"Born Cambridge, England, in January 1980; played bass guitar since 1994; studied with Hugh Boyd and Pascha Milner and at Basstech (London) with Rob Burns, Terry Gregory and others. Played double bass since 2001; basically self taught, with grateful thanks to Simon H. Fell. First class BA in English Literature from Oxford University (2002). Received MA Composition from Oxford Brookes University in 2003, having studied with Paul Whitty, Ray Lee and others. Received PhD from Brunel University in 2010, having studied the work of Derek Bailey, Helmut Lachenmann and JH Prynne and been supervised by Richard Barrett and John Croft."

-Dominic Lash Website (http://dominiclash.blogspot.com/p/dominic-lash_5.html)
11/21/2017

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Other Releases With These Artists:
Bynum, Taylor Ho
Enter the Plustet [VINYL]
(Firehouse 12 Records)
Fujiwara, Tomas
Triple Double
(Firehouse 12 Records)
Eisenstadt, Harris / Mivos Quartet
Whatever Will Happen That Will Also Be [VINYL]
(NoBusiness)
Konstrukt & Alexander Hawkins
Live at Cafe OTO [VINYL 2 LPs]
(Holidays Records)
Holy Quintet, The (Change / Drouin / Lash / Lazardiou / Ryan)
Borough
(Mikroton Recordings)
Chessex, Antoine / Apartment House / Jerome Noetinger
"Plastic Concrete" / "Accumulation"
(Bocian)
Eisenstadt, Harris Canada Day (w/ Wooley / Bauder / Niggenkemper)
On Parade in Parede
(Clean Feed)
Eisenstadt, Harris
Recent Developments
(Songlines)
Cundy, Chris
Gustav Lost
(FMR)
Sharp, Elliott Aggregat (Bynum / Greene II / Jones / Altschul)
Dialectrical
(Clean Feed)
Illegal Crowns (Halvorson / Fujiwara / Delbecq / Ho Bynum)
Illegal Crowns
(RogueArt)
Braxton, Anthony
Trillium J [4 CDs + Blu Ray]
(Braxton House/Firehouse 12 Records)
Braxton, Anthony
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(Braxton House/Firehouse 12 Records)
Hawkins, Alexander / Evan Parker
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Eisenstadt, Harris
Old Growth Forest
(Clean Feed)
Bathysphere (with Bishop / Malaby / Ho Bynum / &c)
Bathysphere
(Driff Records)
Wooley, Nate Quintet (Wooley / Sinton / Moran / Opsvik / Eisenstadt)
(Dance to) The Early Music
(Clean Feed)
Wastell, Mark
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(Confront)
Eisenstadt, Harris
September, Canada Day IV
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Convergence Quartet (Taylor Ho Bynum / Alexander Hawkins / Dominic Lash / Harris Eisenstadt)
Owl Jacket [VINYL]
(NoBusiness)
Eisenstadt, Harris (w/ Moore, Schoenbeck, Dresser)
Golden State II
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Akama, Ryoko / Bruno Duplant / Dominic Lash
Next To Nothing
(Another Timbre)
Moholo-Moholo, Louis Unit
For the Blue Notes
(Ogun)
Bynum, Taylor Ho
Navigation (Possibility Abstracts X & XI) [VINYL 2 LPs]
(Firehouse 12 Records)
Bynum, Taylor Ho
Navigation (Possibility Abstracts XII & XIII) [2 CDs]
(Firehouse 12 Records)
Eisenstadt / Mitchell / Dresser / Schoenbeck
Golden State
(Songlines)
Thomas / Lash / Sanders
Skip
(FMR)
Braxton, Anthony & Taylor Ho Bynum
Duo [DVD]
(New Braxton House)
Beuger, Antoine
Cantor Quartets [2 CDs]
(Another Timbre)
Braxton, Anthony Steptet (with Ho Bynum / Halvorson / Pavone / Rozen / Siegel / Testa)
Echo Echo Mirror House
(Les Disques Victo)
Eisenstadt, Harris September Trio
The Destructive Element
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Convergence Quartet, The
Slow and Steady
(NoBusiness)
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Book of Three: Continuum
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Various Artists
Wandelweiser und so weiter [6 CD Box]
(Another Timbre)
Beuger, Antoine performed by Chabala / Lash / Owen
s'approcher s'eloigner s'absenter
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Malcolm, Nick Quartet
Glimmers
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AYCH (Jim Hobbs, Mary Halvorson, Taylor Ho Bynum)
As The Crow Flies
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Ward / Hill / Lash / Sanders
Predicate
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Braxton, Anthony
Trillium E
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London Improvisers Orchestra
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Eisenstadt, Harris
September Trio
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Envoi
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Eisenstadt, Harris
Canada Day II
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Eisenstadt, Harris
Canada Day
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Rutherford / Muller / Eisenstadt
The Zone
(Konnex)
Eisenstadt, Harris
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Pavone, Jessica
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Bynum, Taylor Ho
Book Of Three
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The Middle Picture
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Decoy & Joe McPhee
Oto
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Convergence Quartet (Bynum / Einsenstadt / Hawkins / Lash)
Song / Dance
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Decoy (Hawkins / Edwards / Noble)
Vol. 1: Spiri
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Madeleine Dreams
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Dixon, Bill
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Kaufmann / Dresser / Eisenstadt
Starmelodics
(Nuscope)
Bynum, Taylor Ho Sextet
Asphalt Flowers Forking Paths
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Morris, Joe Bass Quartet
High Definition
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Eisenstadt, Harris
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London & Glasgow Improvisers Orchestras
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(Emanem)
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9 Compositions (Iridium) 2006 [DVD]
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(Rossbin)
Braxton, Anthony Sextet
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Somnambulist
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Bynum, Taylor Ho
Enter the Plustet [VINYL]
(Firehouse 12 Records)
Fujiwara, Tomas
Triple Double
(Firehouse 12 Records)
Konstrukt & Alexander Hawkins
Live at Cafe OTO [VINYL 2 LPs]
(Holidays Records)
Holy Quintet, The (Change / Drouin / Lash / Lazardiou / Ryan)
Borough
(Mikroton Recordings)
Chessex, Antoine / Apartment House / Jerome Noetinger
"Plastic Concrete" / "Accumulation"
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Eisenstadt, Harris Canada Day (w/ Wooley / Bauder / Niggenkemper)
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(Clean Feed)
Eisenstadt, Harris
Recent Developments
(Songlines)
Cundy, Chris
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Sharp, Elliott Aggregat (Bynum / Greene II / Jones / Altschul)
Dialectrical
(Clean Feed)
Illegal Crowns (Halvorson / Fujiwara / Delbecq / Ho Bynum)
Illegal Crowns
(RogueArt)
Braxton, Anthony
Trillium J [4 CDs + Blu Ray]
(Braxton House/Firehouse 12 Records)
Braxton, Anthony
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(Braxton House/Firehouse 12 Records)
Hawkins, Alexander / Evan Parker
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(Clean Feed)
Bathysphere (with Bishop / Malaby / Ho Bynum / &c)
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(Dance to) The Early Music
(Clean Feed)
Wastell, Mark
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(Songlines)
Convergence Quartet (Taylor Ho Bynum / Alexander Hawkins / Dominic Lash / Harris Eisenstadt)
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Eisenstadt, Harris (w/ Moore, Schoenbeck, Dresser)
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(Songlines)
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(Another Timbre)
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Navigation (Possibility Abstracts X & XI) [VINYL 2 LPs]
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Skip
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