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Two weeks after the passing of his mother to cancer, cornetist Rob Mazurek and his Black Cube sextet recorded this profound album blending acoustic and electronics with intense spiritual and emotional energy, a fitting tribute that explores our connection to the next stage.

Mazurek, Rob & Black Cube SP (featuring Sao Paulo Underground)
Return The Tides: Ascension Suite And Holy Ghost [VINYL]

Mazurek, Rob & Black Cube SP (featuring Sao Paulo Underground): Return The Tides: Ascension Suite An (Cuneiform)

Label: Cuneiform    
Released in: USA    

"I have never witnessed such an intimate and emotional situation in my life (diagnosed with Stage Four cancer and gone 11 days later) and the profoundness of the event still has me reeling with a sense of wonderment, bereavement and, once again, the realization that in fact I know nothing about anything. I was brought up Catholic and, soon after my official release into the world at the age of 18, began an intense study of Buddhism and various other religious, philosophical, political and poetic dogmas and non-dogmas.

I have always thought of the idea of passing as a beautiful thing, in which the soul or life force of the individual is somehow transferred to the immensity and brilliance of the entirety. The idea of Heaven and Hell (and everything inbetween) has always been a hallmark within the limited spectrum of what we humans can come up with and the idea of God or Gods has, for some, been an interesting way of putting a life and circumstances into some kind of mysterious belief system that can at times be fed off of and at times be fed to.

My Mother was a kind of spiritual being that would drink her cup of green tea every morning, marvel at the birds flying through the backyard and bestow upon you, slowly and quietly, the beauty and virtues of life. Sometimes you would not even notice it happening. I notice this now and think about it often. One of the very last things she said to me was that no matter where she was in the universe and wherever I was, she would always hear me. This gave her peace and myself as well.

We played this music with as much spiritual and emotional energy as I have witnessed in a situation, and we channeled the Mother Energy through it-towards the safe travel and passage to wherever my Mother might be going and, as my tears (our tears) fell after the last voice is heard in this suite of sound, the life force that is forever hers spoke silently and gently towards a new beginning that is not far off for any of us."-Rob Mazurek

Also available on CD.

"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 (

"Guilherme Granado, a Sao Paulo native, has played and recorded with Takara in Hurtm old (4 albums and a split disc with The Eternals on Submarine Records) as well as working with the Assembleia Ritmica de Pinheiros . Additionally, Granado performs, produces, and records under the name Bodes & Elefantes, which has released 3 albums on Subma rine Records & Catune. He has toured with Prefuse 73 and Marcelo Camelo, and collaborated with a global array of artists including Pharoah Sanders, Naná Vasconcelos, Bill Dixon, Roscoe Mitchell, High Priest (Antipop Consortium), Mamelo Sound System, Explod ing Star Orchestra, Paulo Santos (Uakti), Mike Ladd, and many others. Granado has appeared on recordings released by Universal, YB Music, Submarine. Granado is in the vanguard of Brazil's Electronic Spiritualism Sound Makers, devoted to promoting music, b eats and ideas in Brazil."

-Cuneiform Records 3/8/2017

"Thomas Rohrer is Swiss, living in Brazil since 1995. He began his musical studies as a violinist and studied saxophone in the jazz school of Lucerne. His work with the violin and sax has a primary focus on free improvisation, but can also be found in dialogue with traditional Brazilian music. He is a part of the Brazilian collective improvisation Abaetetuba and participates in work with cornetist Rob Mazurek, plays in duo with the singer Saadet Türköz Kazakhstan and participates in the trio with clarinetis Hans Koch and Panda Gianfratti. He worked with musicians such as Celio Barros, Zé Gomes, Nelson's Fiddle, Marcio Mattos, Mauricio Takara, John Russell, Alexandra Montano and Yusef Lateef. He toured on tour several times by Brazil, the United States and Europe. When residing in London he joined the London Improvisers Orchestra, and performed with several local improvisers. He also performs for cinema, theater, dance, performance and installation."

-Collective Abaetetuba (translatre by Google and Squidco) (

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Label: Cuneiform
Catalog ID: CUN-LP-399LP
Squidco Product Code: 19809

Format: LP
Condition: Sale (New)
Released: 2014
Country: USA
Packaging: LP
Recorded at El Rocha Studio in Sao Paulo, Brazil on May 20th, 2013 by Fernando Sanches.


Rob Mazurek-cornet, electronics, voice

Maurico Takara-drums, cavaquinho, voice

Guilherme Granado-keyboards, synths, sampler, voice

Thomas Rohrer-rabeca, electronics, soprano saxophone, voice

Rogerio Martins-percussion, voice

Rodrigo Brandao-voice

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Track Listing:

1. Oh Mother (Angel's Wings) 16:45

2. Return the Tides 16:56

3. Let the Rain Fall Upwards 18:08

4. Reverse the Lightning 16:17

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