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Exploding Star Orchestra: Stars Have Shapes [VINYL] (Delmark)

Jazz cornetist Rob Mazurek with Nicole Mitchell, Matt Bauder, Jeb Bishop, Jason Adasiewicz, Jason Stein, Mike Reed, &c. &c., a unique and incredible orchestra of acoustic & electronic improvisation.
 

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UPC: 038153059514

Label: Delmark
Catalog ID: DF 595
Squidco Product Code: 15869

Format: LP
Condition: New
Released: 2010
Country: USA
Packaging: Vinyl 12" LP
Recorded June 2010 by Todd A. Carter at Riverside Studio, Chicago.


Personnel:

Rob Mazurek-director, composer, cornet, electro-acoustic constructions

Nicole MItchell-flutes, voice

Matt Bauder-clarinet, tenor saxophone

Jeb Bishop-trombone

Jason Stein-bass clarinet

Greg Ward-alto saxophone

Jason Adasiewicz-vibraphone

Matthew Lux-bass guitar

Josh Abrams-bass

John Herndon-drums

Mike Reed-drums

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track listing:


1. Ascension Ghost Impression #2 20:15

2. ChromoRocker 4:48

3. Three Blocks of Light 18:41

4. Impression #1 6:33




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"Jazz cornetist Rob Mazurek has created a sound world that is uniquely his own, sculpting a TOTAL sound environment, by fully utilizing the beautiful instrumentation of the Exploding Star Orchestra and sounds from a variety of sources, including: rain from the Brazilian Amazon, insects at the turn of an eclipse, the hammering overdrive of bicycles in Copenhagen, stacked muted cornets run through various filters, drones built from electric eels and piano feedback, hi-frequency sinuous lines from tone generators, pitched bass guitars, and other prepared instruments."-Delmark

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Artist Biographies:

"Nicole Mitchell (b. 1967) is a creative flutist, composer, bandleader and educator. As the founder of Black Earth Ensemble, Black Earth Strings, Ice Crystal and Sonic Projections, Mitchell has been repeatedly awarded by DownBeat Critics Poll and the Jazz Journalists Association as "Top Flutist of the Year" for the last four years (2010-2014). Mitchell's music celebrates African American culture while reaching across genres and integrating new ideas with moments in the legacy of jazz, gospel, experimentalism, pop and African percussion through albums such as Black Unstoppable (Delmark, 2007), Awakening (Delmark, 2011), and Xenogenesis Suite: A Tribute to Octavia Butler (Firehouse 12, 2008), which received commissioning support from Chamber Music America's New Jazz Works.

Mitchell formerly served as the first woman president of Chicago's Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), and has been a member since 1995. In recognition of her impact within the Chicago music and arts education communities, she was named "Chicagoan of the Year" in 2006 by the Chicago Tribune. With her ensembles, as a featured flutist and composer, Mitchell has been a highlight at festivals and art venues throughout Europe, the U.S. and Canada.

Ms. Mitchell is a recipient of the prestigious Alpert Award in the Arts (2011) and has been commissioned by Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art, the Ravinia Festival, the Chicago Jazz Festival, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), the Chicago Sinfonietta Orchestra and Maggio Fiorentino Chamber Orchestra (Florence, Italy). In 2009, she created Honoring Grace: Michelle Obama for the Jazz Institute of Chicago. She has been a faculty member at the Vancouver Creative Music Institute, the Sherwood Flute Institute, Banff International Jazz Workshop and the University of Illinois, Chicago. Her work has been featured on National Public Radio, and in magazines including Ebony, Downbeat, JazzIz, Jazz Times, Jazz Wise, and American Legacy.

Nicole MItchell is currently a Professor of Music, teaching in "Integrated Composition, Improvisation and Technology," (ICIT) a new and expansively-minded graduate program at the University of California, Irvine. In November 2014, ICIT was approved for the unleashing of a new MA/PhD program, which will be offered starting fall 2015. Mitchell's recent composition, Flight for Freedom for Creative Flute and Orchestra, a Tribute to Harriet Tubman, premiered with the Chicago Composers' Orchestra in December 2011 and was presented again with CCO in May 2014. She was also commisisoned by Chicago Sinfonietta for Harambee: Road to Victory, for Solo Flute, Choir and Orchestra in January 2012. Her latest commission was from the French Ministry of Culture and the Royaumont Foundation in October 2014, which supported the development and French tour of Beyond Black - a collaboration with kora master Ballake Sissoko, Black Earth Ensemble and friends. Currently Mitchell is preparing her next commission supported by the French American Jazz Exchange, entitled Moments of Fatherhood, featuring Black Earth Ensemble and the Parisian chamber group L'Ensemble Laborintus, to premiere at the Sons d'hiver Jazz Festival in late January 2015.

Among the first class of Doris Duke Artists (2012), Mitchell works to raise respect and integrity for the improvised flute, to contribute her innovative voice to the jazz legacy, and to continue the bold and exciting directions that the AACM has charted for decades. With contemporary ensembles of varying instrumentation and size (from solo to orchestra), Mitchell's mission is to celebrate the power of endless possibility by "creating visionary worlds through music that bridge the familiar and the unknown." She is endorsed by Powell flutes."

-Nicole Mitchell Website (http://nicolemitchell.com/)
3/23/2017

"Jeb Bishop was born in Raleigh, North Carolina during the Cuban missile crisis. He began playing the trombone at the age of 10, under the tutelage of Cora Grasser. Other influential teachers during junior high and high school included Jeanne Nelson, Eric Carlson, Richard Fecteau, Greg Cox, and James Cozart.

He majored in classical trombone performance at Northwestern University from 1980-82, studying with Frank Crisafulli. Deciding he did not want to pursue a career as an orchestral musician, he returned to Raleigh in 1982 and took up engineering studies at NC State University. Raleigh's developing underground rock scene attracted him, and from 1982-84 he played bass guitar in rock bands in the Raleigh area.

At the same time, he developed an interest in philosophy, eventually majoring in the subject, and spent 1984-85 studying philosophy at the Higher Institute of Philosophy of the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium.

Returing to Raleigh in 1985, he spent the next few years working at menial jobs and playing guitar, bass, cheap keyboards, drums, etc., in rock bands including and/or, the Angels of Epistemology, Egg, and Metal Pitcher.

In 1989 he left Raleigh to pursue graduate studies in philosophy, first at the University of Arizona, then at Loyola University of Chicago (where he was awarded the Crown Fellowship in the Humanities). During 1991-92 he returned to Europe, spending the summer of 1991 studying German at the Goethe-Institut Iserlohn (now closed), and then pursuing independent studies in philosophy at the French-language division of the University of Louvain.

Returning to Chicago in 1992, he completed his M.A. at Loyola in 1993. By this time he had already begun to make connections with improvising musicians in Chicago, having joined the Flying Luttenbachers as bassist (later adding trombone) in late 1992, and playing guitar occasionally in a quartet with Weasel Walter, Ken Vandermark, and Kevin Drumm. Other bands during this period included the Unheard Music Quartet (with Vandermark, Mike Hagedorn on trombone, and Otto Huber on drums) and the Rev Trio (with Walter and saxophonist Joe Vajarsky). Bishop played electric bass in both these bands.

In late 1995, Bishop joined the Vandermark 5 as one of its founding members, and remained with the band through the end of 2004. During this period he also became associated with many other groups, including the Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet, School Days, Ken Vandermark's Territory Band, and his own Jeb Bishop Trio, and became a very frequent participant in ad hoc and free-improvised concerts in Chicago. Bishop performed in the inaugural concerts of two of the longest-running free-music concert series in Chicago: the Myopic Books weekly concerts (originally at Czar Bar; with Rev Trio) and the Empty Bottle Wednesday night concert series (with a quartet of Terri Kapsalis, Kevin Drumm, and Jim O'Rourke). He curated the monthly Chicago Improvisers Group concerts at the Green Mill from 1999-2002, and co-curated the weekly Eight Million Heroes concert series at Sylvie's in 2005-6.

Bishop has made dozens of recordings with many different groups, has toured North America and Europe many times, and maintains a busy performing schedule."

-Jeb Bishop Website (http://www.jebbishop.com/jebbio.html)
3/23/2017

"Jason Stein was born in 1976 and is originally from Long Island, New York. Stein is one of the few musicians working today to focus entirely on the bass clarinet as a jazz and improvisational instrument. He studied at Bennington College with Charles Gayle and Milford Graves, and at the University of Michigan with Donald Walden and Ed Sarath. In 2005, Stein relocated to Chicago and has since recorded for such labels as Leo, Delmark, Atavistic, 482 Music and Clean Feed. Stein has performed throughout the US and Europe, including performances in festivals in Lisbon, Cracow, Utrecht, Barcelona, Debreccen and Ljubljana. He has had the opportunity to perform with a number of exciting local and international musicians including: Michael Moore, Jeff Parker, Oscar Noriega, Rudi Mahall, Ken Vandermark, Rob Mazurek, Jeb Bishop, Ingebrigt Haker-Flaten, Urs Leimgruber, Pandelis Karayorgis, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Tony Buck, Eric Boren, Kent Kessler, Tobias Delius, Michael Zerang, Michael Vatcher, Peter Brotzman, and Wilbert DeJoode."

-Jason Stein Website (http://jasonsteinmusic.com/biography)
3/23/2017

Other Releases With These Artists:
Audio One (Vandermark/Adasiewicz/Berman/Bishop/Rempis/Williams/Mazzarrella/Daisy/Macri/Paulson)
The Midwest School [VINYL]
(Audiographic Records)
Parker, Jeff / Rob Mazurek
Some Jellyfish Live For Ever [VINYL]
(RogueArt)
Chicago / Sao Paulo Underground feat Pharoah Sanders
Pharoah and the Underground - Primative Jupiter [VINYL]
(Clean Feed)
Ajemian, Jason / Tony Malaby / Rob Mazurek / Chad Taylor
A Way a Land of Life [VINYL]
(NoBusiness)
Chicago Underground Duo
Locus
(Northern Spy)
Mazurek, Rob Exploding Star Orchestra Featuring Roscoe Mitchell
Matter Anti-Matter, Sixty-Three Moons Of Jupiter & Electronic Works [2 CDs]
(RogueArt)
Mazurek, Rob
Space Between [CD + DVD]
(Delmark)
Fournier / Mitchell / Taylor / Reid / Santacruz
Watershed
(RogueArt)
Whammies, The (Djikstra / Karayorgis / Bishop / Oliver / McBride / Bennink)
Play The Music of Steve Lacy
(Driff Records)
Mazurek, Rob Pulsar Quartet
Stellar Pulsations
(Delmark)
KLANG
Brooklyn Lines...Chicago Spaces
(Allos Musica)
KLANG
Tea Music
(Allos Musica)
Berman, Josh & His Gang
There Now
(Delmark)
Haker-Flaten, Ingebrigt Chicago Sextet
Live From Jazzfest Saalfeleden 2011 [VINYL]
(Tektite)
Mitchell, Nicole & an_Arche NewMusic Ensemble
Arc Of O For Improvisers, Chamber Orchestra & Electronics
(RogueArt)
Sao Paulo Underground (Featuring Rob Mazurek)
Tres Cabecas Loucuras
(Cuneiform)
Exploding Star Orchestra
Stars Have Shapes
(Delmark)
Exploding Customer
Live at Tampere Jazz Happening
(Ayler Records)
Von Wyl, Luzia Ensemble
Frost
(Hatology)
Pascal
Nihilist Chakai House [VINYL]
(Discombobulate)
Vandermark's, Ken Topology Nonet w/ Joe McPhee
Impressions of Po Music
(Okka)
Lopes, Luis Humanization 4tet
Live in Madison
(Ayler)
Gonzalez, Dennis Yells at Eels
Colorado at Clinton
(Ayler)
Dresser, Mark Quintet
Nourishments
(Clean Feed)
Slobber Pup
Black Aces [VINYL 2 LPs]
(Rarenoise Records)
Perelman, Ivo / Matthew Shipp / William Parker / Gerald Cleaver
Serendipity
(Leo)
Lama + Chris Speed
Lamacal
(Clean Feed)
Plays Monk (Amendola / Goldberg / Hoff)
Plays Monk
(Long Song Records)
McPhee, Joe
The Loneliest Woman [CD EP]
(Corbett vs. Dempsey)
Mostly Other People Do the Killing
Slippery Rock
(Hot Cup Records)
Hegenbart, Boris & 19 Artists (Frith / Ambarchi / Grubbs / Brandlmary / &c)
Instrumentarium [VINYL 2 LPs]
(God Records)
Mitchell, Roscoe & Nicole Mitchell's Black Earth Ensemble
Three Compositions - Live At Sant'anna Arresi
(RogueArt)
Mockunas, Liudas and Barry Guy
Lava [VINYL]
(NoBusiness)
Attias, Michael
Spun Tree
(Clean Feed)
Morris, Joe
Perpetual Frontier The Properties of Free Music [BOOK]
(Riti Publishing)
Rivers / Holland / Altschul
Reunion: Live in New York [2 CDs]
(Pi Recordings)
Eisenstadt, Haris
Canada Day Octet
(482 Music)
Lacy, Steve
The Sun
(Emanem)
Furuya Quintet, Nobuyasu
The Major [VINYL]
(NoBusiness)
Lazro / Pauvros / Turner
Curare [VINYL]
(NoBusiness)
Gayle, Charles
Streets
(Northern Spy)
Bradford / Dresser / Ferris
Live in LA
(Clean Feed)
Ware, David S. Quartet
Live in Vilnius [VINYL 2 LPs]
(NoBusiness)
Indigo Trio + Michel Edelin
The Ethiopian Princess Meets The Tantric Priest
(RogueArt)
Mitchell, Nicole
Awakening
(Delmark)
Miguel, Sei / Pedro Gomes
Turbina Anthem [VINYL]
(NoBusiness)
Leandre / Mitchell / Van Der Schyff
Before After
(RogueArt)
Great Architect
[VINYL]
(Kinnikinnik)
Leandre, Joelle & India Cooke
Journey [VINYL]
(NoBusiness)
The Nu Band
Live in Paris [VINYL]
(NoBusiness)
Decoy & Joe McPhee
Oto
(Bo Weavil Recordings)
Rent, The (Thomson / Neal / Fraser/ Brenders / Hood)
Musique de Steve Lacy
(Ambiances Magnetiques)
Sanguedolce, Lorenzo & Michael Bisio
Live at the Yippie [VINYL]
(NoBusiness)
Knuffke, Kirk Trio
Amnesia Brown
(Clean Feed)
Indigo Trio (Mitchell / Drake / Bankhead)
Anaya
(RogueArt)
Bruckmann, Kyle
Wrack
(Red Toucan)
Bradford, Bobby
Love's Dream
(EMANEM)
Hobbs, Jim Fully Celebrated Orchestra
Peace & Pig Grease
(Silkheart)
Lane's, Adam Full Throttle Orchestra
New Magical Kingdom
(Clean Feed)
Golia, Vinny Quartet
Sfumato
(Clean Feed)
Fiedler, Joe Trio
Plays the Music of Albert Mangelsdorff
(Clean Feed)
Atomic / School Days
Nuclear Assembly Hall
(Okka)
Smith, Wadada Leo
Kabell Years 1971-1979
(Tzadik)
Recommended & Related Releases:
Other Recommended Releases:
Audio One (Vandermark/Adasiewicz/Berman/Bishop/Rempis/Williams/Mazzarrella/Daisy/Macri/Paulson)
The Midwest School [VINYL]
(Audiographic Records)
Parker, Jeff / Rob Mazurek
Some Jellyfish Live For Ever [VINYL]
(RogueArt)
Chicago / Sao Paulo Underground feat Pharoah Sanders
Pharoah and the Underground - Primative Jupiter [VINYL]
(Clean Feed)
Ajemian, Jason / Tony Malaby / Rob Mazurek / Chad Taylor
A Way a Land of Life [VINYL]
(NoBusiness)
Chicago Underground Duo
Locus
(Northern Spy)
Mazurek, Rob Exploding Star Orchestra Featuring Roscoe Mitchell
Matter Anti-Matter, Sixty-Three Moons Of Jupiter & Electronic Works [2 CDs]
(RogueArt)
Mazurek, Rob
Space Between [CD + DVD]
(Delmark)
Fournier / Mitchell / Taylor / Reid / Santacruz
Watershed
(RogueArt)
Whammies, The (Djikstra / Karayorgis / Bishop / Oliver / McBride / Bennink)
Play The Music of Steve Lacy
(Driff Records)
Mazurek, Rob Pulsar Quartet
Stellar Pulsations
(Delmark)
KLANG
Brooklyn Lines...Chicago Spaces
(Allos Musica)
KLANG
Tea Music
(Allos Musica)
Berman, Josh & His Gang
There Now
(Delmark)
Haker-Flaten, Ingebrigt Chicago Sextet
Live From Jazzfest Saalfeleden 2011 [VINYL]
(Tektite)
Mitchell, Nicole & an_Arche NewMusic Ensemble
Arc Of O For Improvisers, Chamber Orchestra & Electronics
(RogueArt)
Sao Paulo Underground (Featuring Rob Mazurek)
Tres Cabecas Loucuras
(Cuneiform)
Exploding Star Orchestra
Stars Have Shapes
(Delmark)
Exploding Customer
Live at Tampere Jazz Happening
(Ayler Records)



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