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Kaplan, Noah / Giacomo Merega / Joe Moffett: Crows And Motives (Underwolf)

The NY trio of saxophonist Noah Kaplan, electric bassist Giacomo Merega, and trumpeter Moffett, in free improvisation focusing on texture and tone, applying traditional counterpoint to contemporary improvisation.
 

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UPC: 700261703855

Label: Underwolf
Catalog ID: 007
Squidco Product Code: 20368

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2014
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardboard sleeve
Recorded at Forge Recording in Oreland, Pennsylvania, in June 2012 by Eric Carbonara.


Personnel:

Noah Kaplan-saxophones

Giacomo Merega-electric bass

Joe Moffett-trumpet

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track listing:


1. Lacrimosa 2:28

2. Discreet Density 3:12

3. Slow Burn 3:51

4. Screambirds 1:40

5. Moretet 4:46

6. Buzz 3:15

7. Slow Mettle 2:43

8. Episodes 4:50

9. Balladeer 2:25

10. Discontinuity With Finale 4:05





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Improvised Music
Jazz
NY Downtown & Jazz/Improv
Trio Recordings

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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"On this intimate album the three musicians weave calm but intense sonic textures, with lots of emphasis and value on single tones, on shifting micro-tones which result in almost human voice inflexions, and an almost contemplative interplay. They describe it themselves as applying "traditional counterpoint to contemporary improvisation", and the result deserves to be heard to audiences outside New York. The inspiration for the music came from the 15th Century composer Josquin des Prez' Missa L'Homme Armee, a composition that uses counterpoint and "mensuration canons", in which "each voice sings the same notes, but the length of time each note each note is sung differs", and we get a similar approach here with trumpet, sax and bass singing in layers of sound, creating a beautiful soundscape full of dark and melancholy undertones, full of human angst and despair. Not upbeat, but strange and beautiful."-Stef, freejazzblog.org


Artist Biographies:

"Noah Kaplan is a composer and saxophonist from Topanga, CA. His music blends the dark energy of free jazz with Romantic lyricism in new realms of tonality. Kaplan has composed for the JACK quartet, PRISM quartet, So Percussion, and the American Modern Ensemble, among others. He performs in and composes for Dollshot, the art-rock band he co-leads, who recently recorded their second album, his song cycle, Lalande. He is currently collaborating with writer Hampton Fancher on a sci-fi opera. As an improviser, Kaplan has performed and/or recorded with Joe Morris, Anthony Coleman, David Tronzo, Peter Erskine, Alan Pasqua, Rinde Eckert, Mat Maneri and Joe Maneri, among many others. The Noah Kaplan Quartet's debut album Descendants was released on HatHut Records in 2011. Their second album, Cluster Swerve, will be out on HatHut in early 2017.

Noah is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Music Composition at Princeton University where he is a Naumburg and Mark Nelson doctoral fellow. He graduated from New England Conservatory in 2006 with a B.M. in Jazz Performance, and received an M.F.A. in Music Composition from Princeton in 2015. He was the William and Mary Greve Foundation-John J. Tommaney Memorial Fellow in Composition at the Tanglewood Music Center in 2016.

In addition to composing and improvising, he produces new classical and experimental music for Underwolf Records. He recently edited a new English edition of Ivan Wyschnegradsky's Manual of Quarter-Tone Harmony, which will be released on Underwolf Press in early 2017. He lives in Brooklyn."

-Noah Kaplan Website (https://kaplan.me/)
10/11/2017

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