Italian electric bassist Giacomo Merega together with saxophonist Noah Kaplan and guitarist Marco Cappelli for a set of rhythm-less free form improvisations recorded in Brooklyn, NYC, with pianist Anthony Coleman and violin player Mauro Pagini joining for several tacks.
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Recorded at the Bunker Studio, in Brooklyn, New York, on June 11th, 2010 by Aaron Nevezie.
Giacomo Merega-electric bass
Noah Kaplan-tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone
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"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/)
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1. White With Clouds 4:04
2. Blue On Blue 4:02
3. Still Yellow 8:06
4. Absence of Color 5:52
5. Too Much Light to Tell 3:30
6. Metal or Wood 2:53
7. A Picture, You Blinked 1:30
8. Patterns On the Glass 2:00
9. Tentative Light 1:28
10. Things We Used to Know 3:36
11. Forgotten Corners 5:51
12. Some Wind and Voices 1:59
sample the album:
"Italian electric bassist Giacomo Merega once again gets together with saxophonist Noah Kaplan and guitarist Marco Cappelli for a set of rhythm-less free form improvisations Watch the Walls Instead. A follow up to The Light And Other Things (2008), this trio is only actually a trio for five of the twelve tracks; Anthony Coleman joins them on piano for seven cuts and violin player Mauro Pagini makes it a quintet for two performances. Listening to Walls is a lot like listening to the soundtrack of a suspense thriller movie: the songs don't proceed so much as they lurk. Kaplan, a sort of spiritual heir to Joe Maneri, applies his microtonalities, dipping his notes into the intervals, and Merega keeps a low profile, spidering his way around Kaplan, Cappelli and (sometimes) Coleman. Merega served as a sideman on Kaplan's recent release Descendents with Joe Morris handling the guitar parts and in fact, it's not hard to imagine Watch the Walls Instead as Descendents without percussion.
The emotions and timbres in such structureless music like this accounts for almost the whole performance, and that's where these musicians put their energies into. Kaplan will switch between tenor and soprano saxophones, and Cappelli sticks mostly with electric guitar, but wrings spooky resonances from it. Coleman's piano alternately flows like a brook and goes minimal and stilted, tactfully applying the right atmosphere in accordance to what the others are doing at the moment. With most songs running under four minutes, the participants keeps their collective ideas concise and never ramble for too long. Like a series of extemporaneous conversations that can jump from one topic to the next more or less randomly, Watch the Walls Instead moves in ways not predetermined. It flows in directions guided by spontaneous human interaction. For a record like this, it's best to go with that flow."-S. Victor Aaron, somethingelsereviews.com
NY Downtown & Jazz/Improv
Merega, Giacomo / Noah Kaplan / Marco Cappelli (w/ Anthony Coleman & Mauro Pagani)
Watch The Walls Instead