An international trio bringing together Polish saxophonist Mikolaj Trzaska with Brits Olie Brice on bass and Mark Sanders on drums, passionate free improvisation in an Ayler/Brotzmann vein, in 8 absorbing and concise pieces recorded in the studio.
Released in: Great Britain
"After an impressive eponymous live debut, the Anglo Polish Riverloam Trio, comprising reedman Mikolaj Trzaska, bassist Olie Brice and drummer Mark Sanders, enter the studio for their follow up outing. In many ways they deliver more of the same: fiery free improvisation in post-Ayler mode. As a threesome they are perfectly matched both temperamentally and musically. If anything their colloquy convinces as even more egalitarian this time out, with Brice stepping into the limelight increasingly frequently, in what is essentially a product of ensemble interaction, where solos are quickly reabsorbed into the overall fabric.
Trzaska's throaty alto saxophone cries clearly draw inspiration from the towering example of German reed iconoclast Peter Brotzmann. Tonal distortion constitutes an integral part of his armory and his impassioned oratory, in which he worries at reiterated phrases while seeking the next move to pursue, packs a sturdy emotional heft. His efforts garner solid support from Brice whose bass throb grounds the threeway interplay but also springs into resonant counterpoint at the slightest excuse. Sanders musters drive through an inventive litany of rolls, cymbal splashes, pulse, and timbral color, without ever suggesting anything which could be demarcated into meter.
Recognizing the value and effect of silence remains one of the unit's key strengths. It's a gambit used sparingly, but when called upon, as at the start of the conversational "Grasping Ivy" and the restrained "Elephant Trees" and recurring throughout both parts of "Beware of Porter," such parsimony proves supremely effective, imparting even more weight to the relaxed exchanges. As ever such unfettered settings benefit from variations in dynamics, achieved here through the Pole's employment of bass clarinet on "Danzig Blues" and the slow burning "Inem Gortn," as well as Brice's switches from gritty plucking to abrasive bowing and Sanders' balancing act between texture and tumult.
The images of vegetation adorning the sleeve and disc itself, in addition to the Yiddish title which translates as "In The Garden," provide an apt metaphor for what lies within: music with an unforced organic quality which grows on you."-John Sharpe
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"Mark Sanders has played with many renowned musicians including Roscoe Mitchell, Wadada Leo Smith, Derek Bailey, Henry Grimes, Roswell Rudd, Peter Brotzmann, Barry Guy, Otomo Yoshihide, Jah Wobble, Sidsel Endresen , Charles Gayle, Peter Evans and William Parker. He works with John Edwards in a duo and with groups including Evan Parker, `Foils` with Frank Paul Schubert and Matthius Muller and groups with Veryan Weston, John Tilbury, Agusti Fernandez and Mathew Shipp. Mark works in a regular improvising duo with John Butcher and also performing John`s composition `Tarab Cuts` which has played festivals in Rio de Janiero, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Glasgow, Bristol and London. In a trio with cellist Okkyung Lee, John and Mark have played in Belgium, France, England and Scotland. He also has a longstanding duo with Sarah Gail Brand which has featured on the BBC`s `The Stuart Lee Show`and in the film `Taking the dog for a Walk`.
He has performed solo for a Christian Marclay exhibition at The White Cube Gallery in London, Evan Parker`s festival`Unwhitstable` in Wroclaw, Poland for `Solos Festival` The 100 Years Gallery London, an improvised music series in Derby and Cafe Oto in London. Working with Christian Marclay in his `Everyday` piece for film and live music, he has performed in Aldeburgh, Ruhr Trienalle, Vienna Bienalle, Holland festival and London`s QEH and has also collaborated with him playing for the film `Screenplay`in London and Lisbon. In situations using composition in one form or another Mark works in various projects including `13 Vices` with Brian Irvine/Jennifer Walshe, Alex Hawkins Ensemble featuring Peter Evans, Simon Fell Ensembe, groups with Hasse Poulsen and Luc Ex , Sarah Sarhandi`s `Both Universe`, Elaine Mitchener`s `Sweet Tooth` and has played in the groups of Shabaka Hutchings including`Sons of Kemet` Conceptual Artist Sam Belinfante collaborated with Mark in his piece `On the One Hand, and the Other` in two exhibitions at Camden Arts Centre, London For Conceptual artist Henrik Hakensen`s film `The End` he has performed as an improvising soloist with orchestras conductedd by Jessica Cottis, playing the music of John Coxon in Glasgow, Sydney and Monte Carlo As a guest with New York`s ICE Ensemble he has performed John Zorn`s `The Tempest` in London and at Huddersfield New Music Festival.
Mark also works in the groups of Paul Dunmall including Deep Whole Trio with Paul Rogers, in duo and `Frisque Concordance` with Georg Graewe , and the ensembles of Mikolaj Trzaska, Uwe Oberg and Peter Jaquemyn. He has performed in the USA, Canada, Brazil, Japan, Morrocco, South Africa, Australia, Mozambique and Turkey, playing at many major festivals including Nickelsdorf, Riga, Ulrichsburg, Glastonbury, Womad, Vancouver, Isle of Wight, Roskilde, Berlin Jazz days, FMP, Mulhouse, Luz, Minniapolis, Banlieue Bleues, Son D`hiver and Hurta Cordel."-Mark Sanders Website (http://www.marksanders.me.uk/biography.html)
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Recorded August 20th and 21st, 2012, at The Little house Music, by Marcin Iszora.
Mikolaj Trzaska-alto saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet
Olie Brice-double bass
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1. Grasping Ivy 8:24
2. Beware Of The Porter - Part 1 1:56
3. Beware Of The Porter - Part 2 11:00
4. Danzig Blues 4:20
5. Grub Party 9:07
6. Elephant Trees 5:52
7. Inem Gortn 12:58