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Pianist/composer Gordon Beeferman's trio with bassist James Ilgenfritz and drummer/percussionist Michael Evans in an entirely acoustic record that conjures up electronica, noise, free jazz, and new-complexity, in a sublimely creative fashion.
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Label: OutNow Recordings
Catalog ID: ONR016
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Recorded at Columbia University in April 26th, 2013 by Gordan Beeferman.
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1. Plumes 8:06
2. Off To The Races 4:43
3. Matins 8:29
4. Wire World 10:35
5. Sound Of The Knee 8:44
6. Triple Life 18:20
7. Supermoon 7:52
8. Out In Here 6:30
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"Pianist/composer Gordon Beeferman turns the traditional piano trio inside out with these nine completely improvised pieces. "Out in Here" documents a subversive and elegant mind-meld with two exceptionally creative collaborators, bassist James Ilgenfritz and drummer/percussionist Michael Evans. This entirely acoustic record conjures up electronica, noise, free jazz, and new-complexity, in a sublimely creative fashion. Disquieting, occasionally absurdist, and beautiful, this is music for our surreal age of unpredictability and unrest."-OutNow
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"Gordon Beeferman is a composer, pianist, and improviser based in New York City. An eclectic and omnivorous musician who straddles numerous genres, he has created and performed innovative opera, chamber and orchestra music, avant-jazz, and numerous collaborations with choreographers, writers, and video artists. His varied projects include bands that perform his compositions: an Organ Trio; Other Life Forms, a quartet; and Music for an Imaginary Band, a septet-"a commanding avant-jazz ensemble" (Time Out New York). "Four Parts Five," an extended work for his new quintet, was released on Innova Recordings in 2015 - "Packed with humour, mischief, and an urge to dance" (The Wire). Since 2003, Beeferman has composed two operas with librettist Charlotte Jackson: "The Rat Land," praised as "complex and daringly modern" by The New York Times, and "The Enchanted Organ: A Porn Opera," scenes of which have been performed to sold-out theater and nightclub audiences in downtown Manhattan. Notable commissions and/or performances of his compositions have come from the New York City Opera orchestra, Momenta Quartet, Minnesota Orchestra, Albany Symphony, California EAR Unit, St. Urban Concerts, Talea Ensemble, Quartet New Generation recorder collective, and others. He has received commissions from the Fromm Foundation, the BMI Foundation, and Concert Artists Guild, three BMI Student Composer Awards, a Tanglewood fellowship, and residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, the Copland House, and Ucross. An active member of the New York music scene since 1998, Beeferman has performed at venues and series including Roulette, MATA, and the Vision Festival, and his recordings have been acclaimed by magazines including The Wire, Jazz Review, and Cadence. In 2016 he performed his first solo concerts in Europe, and original and improvised music with ensembles in Germany and Amsterdam. He has also performed as a pianist/keyboardist in Philip Glass's "Einstein on the Beach" and Taylor Mac's "A 24-Decade History of Popular Music," and has co-curated concerts of the AIDS Quilt Songbook in New York City and Philadelphia. Beeferman's recordings are available on Clang, Innova, OutNow, Generate, Genuin, and Summit Records. He is a 2016 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow."-Gordon Beeferman Website (http://www.gordonbeeferman.com/)
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"Bassist and composer James Ilgenfritz has worked in New York's experimental music community for ten years, interacting with visual artists, improvisers, composers, and literary figures. As an improviser James has performed with Anthony Braxton, John Zorn, Elliott Sharp, Anthony Coleman, Jin Hi Kim, Jon Rose, Steve Swell, Nate Wooley, Jeremiah Cymerman, and Brian Chase. As an interpreter of notated music, he has also worked with composers Lukas Ligeti, JG Thirlwell, Annie Gosfield, Pauline Oliveros, Ted Hearne, David T. Little, Karin Rehnqvist, Duane Pitre, Kevin Norton, & Gordon Beeferman. He recently completed a tour of the Midwest and northeast with his jazz quartet MiND GAMeS (with Denman Maroney, Andrew Drury, Angelika Niescier). His debut solo recording 'Compositions (Braxton) 2011' features his distinctive solo bass interpretations of the music of Anthony Braxton, and was called "a considerable achievement of solo instrumentalism and an important demonstration of the possibilities open to the double bass in the early 21st century" by Avant Music News's Dan Barbiero. Current projects include his longstanding Anagram Ensemble (which has morphed from jazz quartet to experimental big band to avant-garde theatrical chamber ensemble), Hypercolor (with Lukas Ligeti and Eyal Maoz), Red Triangle (with Chuck Bettis and Nonoko Yoshida), COLONIC YOUTH (with Dan Blake, Philip White, and Kevin Shea), The Curators (with Joe Hertenstein and Mikko Innanen) and Radiant Tongues (with Jason Ponce). In 2011 James was Artist In Residence at Issue Project Room, where he premiered his opera The Ticket That Exploded (based on the 1962 William S. Burroughs novel of the same name). He is coordinator of the WSB100 festival, New York City's month-long celebration of the life and legacy of William S. Burroughs on the occasion of his 100th birthday. James Ilgenfritz holds degrees from University of Michigan & University of California San Diego, and is on faculty at Brooklyn College Preparatory Center & Brooklyn Conservatory."-James Ilgenfritz Website (https://jamesilgenfritz.com/about/)
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"Michael Evans is an improvising drummer/percussionist/ thereminist/composer whose work investigates and embraces the collision of sound and theatrics.While his primary instrument is an unconventionally altered drumset, his work with unusual sound sources includes found objects, homemade instruments, the theremin and various digital and homemade analog electronics.
As an active and versatile New York City musician, he has worked with a wide variety of artists of all sorts including Ron Anderson, Jeff Arnal, Audio Artists, Claire Barratt, Samm Bennett, Jac Berrocal, Carla Bley, Naval Cassidy, James Chance, Martha Colburn, Combustible Edison, Lol Coxhill, EasSide Percussion (ESP), Roger Ely (the Devil's Chaueffeur), Nicolas Dumit Estevez, Ken Filiano, Fast Forward (Gobo), Chris Ferris, Michael Gira (Angels of Light, Swans), Gisburg, Gilbert Godfried, God Is My Co-Pilot, David Grubbs, Alexander Hacke (Einsturzende Neubauten), Susan Hefner, Steve Horowitz's Code Ensemble, Jarboe (Swans), Pamelia Kurstin, Skip LaPlante's Music for Homemade Instruments, Zach Layton, Gen Ken Montgomery, Neil Leonard, Aimee Mann, Karen Mantler, Sean G. Meehan, Donald Miller, Eric Mingus, Gordon Monahan, Joe Morris, Michelle Nagai, Anders Nilsson, Evan Parker, Andrea Parkins, Maxime De La Rochefoucauld, William Parker, Yvette Perez's Birdbrain, Yvette Perez's Mitra Sumara, Gino Robair, Lary Seven, Elliot Sharp, Moe! Staiano, LaDonna Smith, David Simons, Jesse Stewart, the Talking Band, Toronto Dance Theatre, Stephen Vitiello, Christopher Walken, Jason Willet, Peter Zummo's Noisy Meditation Band and John Zorn.
He toured internationally with God is my Co-Pilot in the 90's, performed solo percussion at Het Apollohuis in Eindhoven, Netherlands, with Gordon Monahan in Munich, Germany, and in an impromptu series entitled "Purgatory", presented by Alexander Hacke (Einsturzende Neubauten) in Berlin, Germany. He toured Japan with percussionist Samm Bennett in 2005, went to Sweden with Anders Nilsson and "Fulminate Trio" in 2006, and performed with Fast Forward in "Music a la Mode" at Sophiensaele in Berlin in 2010.
His work with the theremin varies the quality of its sound through set-up and technique. On the theremin he has performed with dancers and in group settings playing experimental, jazz, rock, ersatz lounge and chamber music. In 2000, he was photographed playing a Moog ether wave theremin for the front of Bob Moog's Big Briar catalog. He has performed in multiple performances of the NYC Theremin Society's concerts 2005 - 2012 at Issue Project Room and at Joe's Pub.
He was selected for a composers fellowship to Music/Omi 2001, part of the International Music Colony @ the Art Omi International Arts Center, in Ghent, N.Y. During the summer of 2003, he participated in Baltimore's High Zero Festival, an ongoing, yearly improvisational festival featuring musicians from the USA and abroad. Every August since 2006, he has been happily teaching percussion workshops to children, performs as a musician and often times helps out by cooking meals at the Electric Eclectics festival (Festival Of Modern Music And Irritainment) in Meaford, Canada presented by Gordon Monahan, Laura Kikauka and Chris Worden.
He collaborates regularly with the choreographer Susan Hefner. Their sound/movement performance work has been previously produced at Roulette, The Chocolate Factory, Improvised and Otherwise, Dixon Place, Music with a View at the Flea Theater, the Birmingham Improvisation Festival, and elsewhere. The duo also presents salon performances at their home studio, MESH. In December 2013, they will perform at Experimental Intermedia.
He also continues his ongoing collaborations with: Bed of Daddle (with Gordon Beeferman and James Ilgenfritz), Fulminate Trio (with Anders Nilsson & Ken Filiano), Peter Zummo's Noisy Meditation Band, Ghosts of the Holy Ghost Spermic Brotherhood (with David Grollman and Andy Haas.)
Recorded examples of his work can be found on EasSide Percussion's "ESP" release on Avant records, "MESuperstar" on A.T.M.O.T.W. records, Karen Mantler's "Farewell" and "Pet Project" releases on XtraWatt records, "Just Drums 2 - The Project" (a compilation of 35 drummers) on Fever Pitch records, "MEJA" (Michael Evans/Jeff Arnal) on C3R records, Fulminate Trio: s/t on Generate records," Deviant Shakti: Ladonna Smith and Michael Evans" on Trans Museq records, "An Optimist Notes the Dusk" with David Grollman on Drag City Records, and "Ghosts of the Holy Ghost Spermic Brotherhood" on Resonant Records.
He has studied movement/sparring/drumming with Professor Milford Graves, drum technique with Joe Morello, tabla with Misha Masud, kanjira with Ganesh Kumar and Haitian/Afro-Cuban hand drumming with John Amira. He has studied musicianship with Helen Hobbs Jordan, composition with Richard Cameron Wolf, Blue Gene Tyranny and the theremin with Pamelia Kurstin."-Michael Evans Website (http://www.michaelevanssounds.com/about)
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