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Chamber compositions from Downtown NY pianist and composer Anthony Coleman performing with his ensemble "Survivors Breakfast", a large group of orchestral and improvisational colors.

Coleman, Anthony
The End Of Summer

Coleman, Anthony: The End Of Summer (Tzadik)
Label: Tzadik    
Released in: USA    

"The End of Summer is a collection of Anthony Coleman's most recent chamber compositions and features his fabulous new ensemble Survivors Breakfast. Born and raised in NYC, Anthony has been a central figure in the Downtown scene since the late '70s. His work blends the edge of improvisation with the meditative minimalism of Morton Feldman and Scelsi filtered through his tortured wandering aesthetic and an impish sense of humor. For this latest release he has put together a remarkable program of pieces inspired by film directors Ozu and Kiarostami, the fifty Eskimo words for snow and more."-Tzadik

"Michaël Attias is a quietly fierce force on the international improvising scene. With a brisk and calming tone Attias is a thinker, traveler, questioner. Born in Israel, raised in Paris and the American Midwest, he has lived in NYC since 1994.Cary Tone HOT HOUSE

As a leader, Attias has released five critically-acclaimed albums since 2005: Credo, Renku, Renku in Coimbra, Twines of Colesion and, in 2012, Spun Tree. As a sideman, he has performed and recorded all over the world alongside some of today's most compelling musicians: Anthony Braxton, Paul Motian, Anthony Coleman, Masabumi Kikuchi, Tony Malaby, Ralph Alessi, Oliver Lake, Tom Rainey, John Hébert, Nasheet Waits, Sean Conly, Ken Filiano, Kris Davis, and many others.

His current projects include his long-standing trio Renku, with John Hébert and Satoshi Takeishi; Spun Tree, with Ralph Alessi, Matt Mitchell, Sean Conly, Tom Rainey; and the new Michaël Attias Quartet with Aruàn Ortiz, John Hébert and Nasheet Waits.

Michaël Attias has also established himself as creator of live musical scores and sound designs for theatre including, since 2008, five collaborations with legendary director Robert Woodruff: Chair, Notes From Underground, Battle of Black and Dogs, Autumn Sonata, and In a year With Thirteen Moons. These were produced at such prominent New York and regional theatres as Yale Repertory Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Baryshnikov Arts Center, and The Duke on 42nd Street.

Michaël Attias was named a 2000 Artists' Fellowship Recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts and was awarded a MacDowell Arts Colony fellowship in Fall 2008. From 2003 to 2008, he curated the critically acclaimed and highly successful new music series, Night of the Ravished Limbs, at Barbès in Brooklyn, welcoming a wide array of established names such as Barre Philips, Tim Berne, Mark Helias, Jason Moran, as well as an impressive list of rising New York talent including Mary Halvorson, Eivind Opsvik, Gerald Cleaver, and many more.


The product of migrations spanning North Africa, the Middle East, Western Europe and the American Midwest, Attias was born in Haïfa, Israel in 1968 and spent the first part of his childhood in Paris, where he attended the music conservatory and studied violin for a brief period. His family moved to Minneapolis in 1977. An early passion for the music of Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Ornette Coleman led him to start playing the alto saxophone at the age of 15 under the guidance of great Minneapolis saxophonist and composer Pat Moriarty, while attending the Children's Theatre School. Avid for adventure and experience, he graduated from high school as a junior and traveled for a year in Europe before enrolling at New York University as a Film and Music student. Somewhere in between, he had the great privilege of taking a couple of lessons with Lee Konitz. Judging that school was interfering with his education, he dropped out after the spring semester, went back to Paris for a year where he wrote a novel called Twines of Colesion (1000 pages thankfully destroyed), came back to the US for an eight-month cross-country trip that took him from New York City to San Francisco via Mexico, and returned to Paris in 1989 where he became bartender at the IACP, a music school founded by legendary bassist Alan Silva. There he met such heroes of the ex-pat scene as Steve Lacy, Sunny Murray, Frank Wright, Bobby Few and others. He recorded with a pianoless quartet dedicated to the music of Thelonious Monk, Four in One (In Situ 1992), made his first album as leader and composer with a quintet of French musicians (released on Igal Foni's For Elevators/Jazzis, 1993). In January 1993, at the prompting of Anthony Braxton, he moved back to the US, sat in on his classes at Wesleyan University for one semester and finally moved to New York the following winter."

-Michael Attias Website (

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Product Information:

UPC: 702397809425

Label: Tzadik
Catalog ID: TZA-CD-8094
Squidco Product Code: 17448

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2013
Country: USA
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded on various dates between 2009 and 2012 at different locations.


Michael Attias-Alto Sax

Anthony Coleman-Piano, Conductor

Andy Allen-Alto Sax

Yasmine Azaiez-Violin

Peter Bauer-Clarinet

Jason Belcher-Baritone Horn

Diamanda La Berge Dramm-Violin

Zoe Christiansen-Clarinet, Accordion

Chuta Chulavalaivong-French Horn

Jason Coleman-Cello

David Cordes-Bass

Henrique Eisenmann-Piano

Mia Friedman-Violin

Christian Gamboa-Piano

Simon Hanes-Bass

Leah Hennessy-Voice, Piano

Andrew Hock-Guitar

Cale Israel-Trombone

Eden Macadam-Somer-Violin, Viola

Amir Milstein-Flute

Marina Moore-Viola

Andria Nicodemou-Vibraphone

Ashley Paul-Alto Sax

Randall Pingrey-Trombone

Abigale Reisman-Violin

Kathryn Schulmeister-Bass

Arian Shafiee-Guitar

Borey Shin-Accordion

Fausto Sierakowski-Alto Sax

Davindar Singh-Bass Clarinet

Ryan Stickney-Voice

Nigel Taylor-Trumpet

Joelle Wagner-Bassoon

Simon Willson-Bass

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Track Listing:

1. Matter of Operation 11:57

2. Whorfian Hypothesis 5:45

3. The Taste of Saury 6:08

4. Kohayagawa-ke No Aki (The End of Summer) 9:23

5. Aioli 3:58

6. Zendegi Va Digar Hich (And Life Goes On) i. The Popular Front 3:04

7. Zendegi Va Digar Hich (And Life Goes On) ii. October 5th, 2009 4:27

8. Zendegi Va Digar Hich (And Life Goes On) iii. les Obseques (dreaming of the masters) 5:12

9. Zendegi Va Digar Hich (And Life Goes On) iv. ...and life goes on 4:49

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