An emotional solo concert performed at Chicago's Corbett vs. Dempsey gallery, an ode to Mazurek's mother a few months after her passing, on cornet, flutes, bells, books, maracas, apples, and little electronics, in a touching and beautiful celebration of her life.
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Label: Corbett vs. Dempsey
Catalog ID: CvsDCD013
Squidco Product Code: 18910
Packaging: Cardstock Gatefold Sleeve
Recorded Live at the Corbett vs. Dempsey gallery in Chicago, in July 2013.
Rob Mazurek-cornet, boxes, bells, flute, books, voice, maracas, electronics, apples, distortion, sun
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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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1. The Breath Of Life You Gave Me 3:21
2. Quiet The Thunder Bells 3:30
3. Spark On The Horizon 3:14
4. Toward New Light (Secret Box 1) 2:33
5. You Are The Weaver Of My Dreams 3:00
6. Green Tea Leaf / Morning Ritual / Don't Forget To Breath 3:29
7. Let Me Sing You Through To The Other Side 5:56
8. Toward Enlightenment (Secret Box 2) 6:57
9. You Were Born With Sun In Your Eyes (Secret Box 3) 15:26
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"In July 2013, a few months after the passing of his mother, cornetist Rob Mazurek performed solo at Corbett vs. Dempsey gallery, in Chicago. Mazurek is one of the highest profile figures in contemporary creative music, leading bands like the Exploding Star Orchestra, Skull Sessions Octet and Starlicker.
On this occasion, he brought a box filled with various implements - his cornet, naturally, but flutes, bells, books, maracas, apples, and little electronics. This box became an inexhaustible resource as he pulled new soundmakers from it and performed a profoundly intense dedication to his mom, culminating in a durational event that found him shaking the remaining contents of the box over his head until he could no longer hold his arms aloft.
It was one of the most moving musical happenings that anyone at the gallery could remember, and we have taken the opportunity to release it as a CD. Often, such potent live events don't translate to a recording, but on Mother Ode the emotional impact of Mazurek's dedication appear just as vividly, a deep mourning of death rubbing elbows with a joyous celebration of life."-Corbett vs. Dempsey
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