Their 6th duo album, cornetist/electronic artist Rob Mazurek & drummer/percussionist/electronic artist Chad Taylor's release is concerned with the balance between controlled and uncontrolled experiences.
Chicago Underground Duo
Age of Energy
Label: Northern Spy
Released in: USA
"Age of Energy is Chad Taylor and Rob Mazurek's sixth release as Chicago Underground Duo and the twelfth release in the Chicago Underground catalog. Finding time to get back in the studio was a challenge, as Rob has been touring with his trio Starlicker, The Sao Paulo Underground and the Exploding Star Orchestra and Chad with the Marc Ribot Trio, Side A (Ken Vandermark, Havaard Wiik) and Digital Primitives. The heavenly bodies even deigned to interrupt their plans to record, raining baseball-sized hailstones down like a plague upon the sessions. And yet, the Duo persevered against the cosmos to complete the new record over 4 days in Chicago with Todd Carter (TV Pow).
Developed during 2009 when the duo toured the east and west coasts, most of the material on the record was recorded live with very few overdubs. Thematically, Age of Energy is concerned with the balance between controlled and uncontrolled experiences. Computers, keyboards and drum machines pulse alongside ancient instruments like the African Mbira. 'Winds and Sweeping Pines' opens with Chad and Rob playing synthesizers and electronics, gradually as the piece develops, Chad switches to drums and Rob switches to cornet and they improvise over a blistering bass vamp in classic Chicago Underground Duo style. 'It's Alright' is a piece making extensive use of electroacoustics, starting with a drone which incorporates extreme high and low frequencies. The electronics are overdriven with results of both known and unknown nature. 'Castle In Your Heart' is based on a traditional Shona song from Zimbabwe and constitutes the only acoustic composition. 'Age of Energy' alternates between a 21/8 and a 12/8 rhythmic cycle over a dissonant pedal point. This track was also recorded live in the studio, without any overdubs."-Northern SpyAlso available on Vinyl LP.
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"Rob Mazurek is an American electro-acoustic composer, cornetist, improviser and visual artist living in Chicago, Illinois. As a composer, Rob Mazurek has written over 300 original compositions over the past 30 years, and has released 55 recordings on various labels. He currently leads a number of ensembles, including Exploding Star Orchestra, Pharoah and the Underground (featuring Pharoah Sanders), Chicago Underground, Pulsar Quartet, São Paulo Underground, Skull Sessions, Sound Is Quintet, Starlicker, Mandarin Movie and Throne of the House of Good and Evil, each of which possesses its own distinct musical personality.
He has collaborated with a wide variety of artists, such as Bill Dixon, Pharoah Sanders, Mike Ladd, Roscoe Mitchell, Yusef Lateef, Fred Anderson, Naná Vasconcelos, Mamelo Sound System, Kassin and Marcelo Camelo and others. Additionally, Rob Mazurek works as a visual artist (incorporating sound, painting and video) with numerous international performances, exhibitions and artist residencies."-Rob Mazurek Website (http://robmazurek.com/)
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Label: Northern Spy
Catalog ID: NS 020
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Recorded on December 6th, 2010 and June 30th, 2011 at Bel_Air Studios by Todd Carter.
Chad Taylor-drums, mbira, electronics, drum machine
Rob Mazurek-cornet, electronics, voice
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1. Winds And Sweeping Pines 19:57
2. It's Alright 10:57
3. Castle In Your Heart 4:36
4. Age Of Energy 6:40