A powerful band fueled by three woodwind players (Boris Hauf, Keefe Jackson, Jason Stein) and three drummers (Frank Rosaly, Steven Hess, and Michael Hartman), capable of both rage and introspection in collective improvisation that's one part joy, one part catharsis.
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Recorded at Min Bal, in Chicago, Illinois, by Todd Carter.
Boris Hauf-baritone saxophone
Keefe Jackson-tenor saxophone, contrabass clarinet
Jason Stein-bass clarinet
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"The Next Delusion Sextet make barometric music, fluctuating, at times crushing gale force streams of energy music for our times.
The three woodwind, three percussionist noise wall presses and roils, maintaining the sort of pressure you feel when the air is charged, the elements are gathering and converging from every direction, and the unrest can be felt on the skin.
Next Delusion's barometric music is ominous, in the Latinate sense, bearing an augur of something that never quite arrives. This is a massed wall noise without a climax, all ne plus ultra - but not to the point of exhaustion, as the ensemble keeps its three pieces to a total of 27 minutes. The Sextet sustains a highly pressurized atmosphere, the weight of its hyper-dense constructions quelled right at the breaking point. It is this striking quality that distinguishes Next Delusion from the free energy music of the 70's, an obvious tributary to their music.
One might reflexively mistake the sextet, by dint of their instrumentation and the inclusion of building blocks of multiphonics, indeterminate pitches, and other scalar elements, as a capitulation to 70's energy music. They are evocative of some of that decade's luminaries; drummers Steven Hess, Frank Rosaly and Michael Hartman are orchestral in effect, reminiscent of 1984's superb, short-lived Pieces of Time drum project (comprised of Milford Graves, Andrew Cyrille, Don Moye and Kenny Clarke). Baritone saxophonist and project catalyst Boris Hauf owns the timbral range and electrifying urgency of that era's excellent, obscure baritone player Jouck Minor, whose few recorded projects burn and bruise, as does Hauf here.
As was the case on Next Delusion's inaugural release in 2010, Jason Stein and Keefe Jackson privilege timbral contrast and variety over full-lunged freak outs, their plaited and plied horn lines as dramatic as the Art Ensemble of Chicago's most exploratory work. The antecedents of that decade are less the pure adrenaline of Archie Shepp, more the concentrated, pressured play of Cecil Taylor and Jimmy Lyons.
Next Delusion's anticyclonic sound world is disquieting, exhortative, even, before the storm gathers, luminous, carrying on its mighty clouds a radically clarified message - "storm's coming!"
In this regard, Next Delusion couldn't be more of our time."-Boris Hauf website at klingt.org
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"Multi-intrumentalist, composer, producer and performer Boris Hauf plays saxophones, flutes, synths, organ, various computer-based applications, cymbals, bells, rudimentary guitar and sings. He composes for large and small ensembles, performance artists, film, radio, soloists, video and installation art. More than 40 releases on vinyl, CD, tape and online. He initiated and curated the annual composition festival Chicago Sound Map in Chicago and the concert series Playdate in Berlin and lectures at the University of the Arts in Berlin. Hauf tours worldwide in a variety of bands, ensembles as well as in various performative contexts and if necessary as a solo artist. Current bands include Owl & Mack, Postmarks, Next Delusion, The Peeled Eye. As performer and composer he collaborates closely with Choreographers Christina Ciupke, Martin Nachbar, Karen Christopher and many others with in the performance context. He owns and runs the independent record label shameless and lives in Berlin, Germany."-Boris Hauf Website (http://hauf.klingt.org/bio/)
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"Keefe Jackson, saxophonist/clarinetist/improvisor/composer, arrived in Chicago in 2001 from his native Fayettevile, Arkansas. He performs regularly in the U.S. and in Europe with many musicians including Pandelis Karayorgis, Tomeka Reid, Tim Daisy, Dave Rempis, Jeb Bishop, Jason Roebke, Jason Adasiewicz, Mike Reed, Jason Stein, Josh Berman, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Frank Rosaly, Oscar Jan Hoogland and Marc Unternaehrer. He has also appeared with Michael Moore, Ab Baars, Michiel Braam, Satoko Fujii, and Anthony Coleman. Bill Meyer (Chicago Reader): "...the impeccable logic of his lines and the richness of his tone leave you wanting more... Jackson's high-register squiggles and coarsely voiced, rippling runs push the limits of the tenor's tonal envelope." Frank van Herk, de Volkskrant (Amsterdam): "[Jackson] has an old-fashioned, warm-woolly sound, and a feeling for melodic lines that take their time in unfolding." He has been mentioned in the DownBeat Critics Poll in the Rising Star Tenor Saxophone category. Recordings are available on Delmark and Clean Feed Records."-Keefe Jackson Website (http://www.keefejackson.com/)
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"Jason Stein was born in 1976 and is originally from Long Island, New York. Stein is one of the few musicians working today to focus entirely on the bass clarinet as a jazz and improvisational instrument. He studied at Bennington College with Charles Gayle and Milford Graves, and at the University of Michigan with Donald Walden and Ed Sarath. In 2005, Stein relocated to Chicago and has since recorded for such labels as Leo, Delmark, Atavistic, 482 Music and Clean Feed. Stein has performed throughout the US and Europe, including performances in festivals in Lisbon, Cracow, Utrecht, Barcelona, Debreccen and Ljubljana. He has had the opportunity to perform with a number of exciting local and international musicians including: Michael Moore, Jeff Parker, Oscar Noriega, Rudi Mahall, Ken Vandermark, Rob Mazurek, Jeb Bishop, Ingebrigt Haker-Flaten, Urs Leimgruber, Pandelis Karayorgis, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Tony Buck, Eric Boren, Kent Kessler, Tobias Delius, Michael Zerang, Michael Vatcher, Peter Brotzman, and Wilbert DeJoode."-Jason Stein Website (http://jasonsteinmusic.com/biography)
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"Frank Rosaly (Francisco Javier Rosaly Amoros Rosello - b. 5/30/74 Phoenix, AZ) is a drummer and composer living in Chicago. He has been involved in the improvised and experimental music community since 2001 where he has become an integral part of Chicago's musical fabric, navigating a fine line between the vibrant improvised music, experimental, rock and jazz communities. He contributes much of his time to performing, composing, teaching, as well as organizing musical events, while also touring regularly domestically and internationally.
Frank is currently active in many projects throughout Chicago as well as New York and in Europe. Some groups include Bobby Bradford/Frode Gjerstad Quartet, Matana Robert's Chicago Project, Rob Mazurek's Mandarin Movie, The Rempis Percussion Quartet, Ingebrigt Haker-Flaten Quintet, Scorch Trio, Nicole Mitchell Ice Crystal Quartet, Jason Stein Quartet, Jeff Parker/Nels Cline Quartet, Josh Abrams' Natural Information Society, Fred Lonberg-Holm's Valentine Trio, Keefe Jackson's Project Project, The Fast Citizens, The Jeb Bishop Trio, Jason Adasievicz's Rolldown, Jorrit Dijkstra's Flatlands Collective, Chicago Lucern Exchange, Hearts and Minds, Slow Cycle, Outskirts, Darren Johnston's Chicago Quintet, Anchor and others."-Frank Rosaly Website (http://fjrosalbio.blogspot.com/)
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"Steven Hess (b. 1969); Drums, Percussion, Electronics/
Steven Hess currently resides in Chicago where he probably best known as the drummer for the experimental/industrial metal band, LOCRIAN (Relapse Records), and the instrumental trio, RLYR (Magic Bullet Records), percussionist for the ultra-minimal electro-acoustic group, HAPTIC, as well as a member of, CLEARED (Immune Recordings), the Vienna/Chicago trio, INNODE (Editions Mego), and the monster jazz sextet NEXT DELUSION (Clean Feed/Shameless) fronted by the Berlin reedsman, Boris Hauf. He is as equally comfortable performing in the improvised / experimental community as he his playing in the vibrant metal/noise scene happening in Chicago (and worldwide). He can be heard on many recordings, which include releases on labels such as, Relapse Records, Profound Lore, Kranky, Utech Records, Type, Thrill Jockey, Immune Recordings, Clean Feed, and many others. He has performed live in quite a few places throughout North America, Europe and Japan.
He has collaborated/recorded/performed with the likes of:
Fennesz, Pan•American, Anjou, Sylvain Chauveau, Stefan Németh, Mamiffer, Robert Hampson, David Daniell, Helge Sten (aka Deathprod), Martin Seiwert, Frank Rosaly, Machinefabriek, Jon Mueller, Dave Rempis, Christopher McFall, Jason Stein, Jenks Miller, Tony Buck, Boris Hauf, Glenn Kotche, Reto Mäder, and Michel "Away" Langevin, amongst numerous others.
He's performed internationally at Skaņu Mežs (LV), Roadburn (NL), Transmissions Festival (IT), Mutek Festival (CAN), Adventures In Modern Music - Presented by the WIRE (US), TodaysArt Festival (NL), Unsound (POL), DudeFest (BE), Interpenetrations Festival (AT), Dis-Patch (Serbia), Decibel Festival (US), Kontracom 06 (AT), Musikprotokoll (AT), CTM Berlin (DE), Musique Action Festival (FR), NXNW (US), SXSW (US), DNA Festival (US), Chicago Sound Maps 2010 (US), Hopscotch Festival (US), Interzone Festival (Serbia), Framework Festival (DE), Substrata (US), Denton 35 (US), Utech Records Music Festival (US), Boomslang (US), and has toured throughout North America, Europe and Japan."-Steven Hess Tumblr Website (http://stevenhess.tumblr.com/about)
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"Michael Hartman is an improviser and composer currently living in Chicago, USA releasing and performing music as a solo artist, in various collaborative efforts, and as a member of TV Pow and Television Power Electric. Other projects include duo works with Boris Hauf, Dimes, and The Funf. Hartman was a founding partner of the now completed record label, Gentle Giant Records and currently runs the label Kuro Neko Music with his wife and partner Junko Okada (DJ JunkRoc).
Influenced by everything from American country music and international techno to the sounds of his urban environment Hartman explores and embraces future electronics, free music, soundscapes and contemporary compositions. His portfolio includes recorded works, sound installations, music for dance, and live performances that utilize synthesizers, samplers, drums and percussion, electronics, multi-track editing tools, and surround sound speaker systems.
Hartman also organizes and curates festivals (including Chicago Sound Map with Boris Hauf), performance series (including Decomposure at Deadtech) and the occasional tour.
Hartman has performed and recorded as a member of TV Pow, as a solo artist, and with many wonderful musicians, dancers, and other artists throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan."-Kuro Neko Music (http://188.8.131.52/artists/michael-hartman)
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