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An oustanding suite composed and led by trumpeter Dave Douglas for the for Monash Art Ensemble, an improvising chamber orchestra including some of Melbourne, Australia's finest players, scored for four winds, four brass, four strings, four percussion, and electronics.

Douglas, Dave & Monarch Art Ensemble

Douglas, Dave & Monarch Art Ensemble: Fabliaux (Greenleaf Music)

Label: Greenleaf Music    
Released in: USA    

"Dave Douglas writes a brand new suite for Monash Art Ensemble, an improvising chamber orchestra including some of Melbourne's finest players.

Scored for four winds, four brass, four strings, and four percussion, including electronics, Fabliaux introduces new language into the vernacular of contemporary improvised music, looking forward while looking back.

Fabliaux draws inspiration from composers of the early 14th century French Ars Nova, most notably Guillaume De Machaut. Using ideas of hocket, isorhythm, and modal counterpoint as points of departure, Fabliaux takes the players on a journey into unimagined territory.

Improvisation mixes with timbre and structure in unexpected ways, with the Australian orchestra meeting the American trumpeter on the fertile ground of exploration and discovery."-Greenleaf Music

"Dave Douglas is a prolific trumpeter, composer, educator and entrepreneur from New York City known for the stylistic breadth of his work and for keeping a diverse set of ensembles and projects active simultaneously.

His unique contributions to improvised music have garnered distinguished recognition, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Aaron Copland award, and two GRAMMY® nominations. While his career spans more than 40 recordings as a leader, his active projects include his Quintet; Sound Prints, a quintet co-led with saxophonist Joe Lovano; Riverside, a quartet co-led with Chet Doxas; a duo with pianist Uri Caine; and, debuting in 2015, High Risk, an electronic music-influenced quartet with Mark Guiliana, Jonathan Maron and Shigeto.

Since 2005, Douglas has operated his own record label, Greenleaf Music, releasing his own recordings as well as albums by other artists in the jazz idiom. Through his artist-friendly approach and innovative practices, he continues to prove himself a pioneer among artist-run labels.

Douglas has held several posts as an educator and continues to be very active as a director and programmer. He has been named the Artistic Director for the 2016 season of the Bergamo Jazz Festival, which occurs every year in March. Starting in 2012, Douglas was engaged for two years as International Jazz Artist in Residence at the Royal Academy of Music in London and launched his own Jazz Workshop, dedicated to enriching the musical experiences of younger players. From 2002 to 2012, he served as artistic director of the Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music at The Banff Centre in Canada. He is a co-founder and director of the Festival of New Trumpet Music, which was founded in 2002 to support new music by a diverse community of trumpet and brass players. He also co-hosts, with Michael Bates, a podcast called Noise From the Deep which was named the top jazz podcast by the JazzTimes critics poll in 2014."

-Dave Douglas Website (

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Product Information:

UPC: 186980000459

Label: Greenleaf Music
Catalog ID: GRE-CD-1045
Squidco Product Code: 21539

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2015
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack - 3 panel
Recorded at the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music Monash University in Clayton, Australia, on March 15th and 16th, 2014 by Ross Cockle.


Dave Douglas-composer, arranger, trumpet

Mirko Guerrini-bass clarinet, baritone saxophone

Will Martina-cello

Rob Burke-clarinet, alto saxophone

Marty Holoubek-contrabass

Kieran Rafferty-drums

Peter Knight-electronics

Lauchlan Davidson-flute, clarinet, soprano saxophone

Geoff Hughes-guitar

Craig Beard-percussion

Paul Grabowsky-piano, electric piano

Paul Cornelius-tenor saxophone

Jordan Murray-trombone

Ben Harrison-trumpet

Niran Dasika-trumpet

Elizabeth Sellers-violin

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Track Listing:

1. Forbidden Flags 6:24

2. Frieze 5:26

3. Legions 7:30

4. Gears 4:19

5. Once Again The Mind 5:41

6. Unknowing 4:25

7. Whirlwind 8:11

8. Wagon Wheel 4:31

9. Tower Of The Winds 10:05