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Polyorchard

Color Theory in Black and White

Polyorchard: Color Theory in Black and White (Not On Label)

Two trios, "Black" with cellist Chris Eubank and violist Dan Ruccia, and "White" with trombonist Jeb Bishop and saxophonist Laurent Estoppey, each with the foundation of bassist David Menestres, balancing experience in free improvisation and compositional music to create an exciting hybrid, a chamber collective of tumult and control.
 

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Includes two CDs in white or black sleeves, a postcard, and liner notes.

Label: Not On Label
Catalog ID: None
Squidco Product Code: 25327

Format: 2 CDRs
Condition: New
Released: 2015
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardboard Mailer w/ fold out inserts
Recorded at The Store, Raleigh, North Carolina, September 29 th and 30th, 2014, by Dan Lilley.


Personnel:

Chris Eubank-cello

Dan Ruccia-viola

Jeb Bishop-trombone

Laurent Estoppey-saxophones

David Menestres-bass

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track listing:


CD1



Black 1 10:35

Black 2 8:45

Black 3 6:36

Black 4 7:54

CD2



White 1 4:33

White 2 5:04

White 3 4:58

White 4 3:37

White 5 9:33

White 6 5:44
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"Polyorchard's melodies, or lack there of, propagate a cacophony of the absurd while evoking the sound of ritualistic incantation. Morphing from a trio to a double dectet, Polyorchard's classically-trained musicians channel twentieth century sound and performance poet Bob Cobbing, to the atmospheric presence of convention-breaking free jazz pioneers. Color Theory in Black and White is something altogether different. Black, theoretically, absorbs light but is absent of color. The listener is left with a visual impression, an experience. The timbre of the thaBlack:
Chris Eubank-cello
David Menestres-bass
Dan Ruccia-viola

White:
Jeb Bishop-trombone
Laurent Estoppey-saxophones
David Menestres-bass

"Polyorchard's melodies, or lack there of, propagate a cacophony of the absurd while evoking the sound of ritualistic incantation. Morphing from a trio to a double dectet, Polyorchard's classically-trained musicians channel twentieth century sound and performance poet Bob Cobbing, to the atmospheric presence of convention-breaking free jazz pioneers.

Color Theory in Black and White is something altogether different. Black, theoretically, absorbs light but is absent of color. The listener is left with a visual impression, an experience. The timbre of the three stringed instruments suggests an other-wordly presence; a schizophrenic dissonance.

White's brass, woodwind, and strings begin with erratic pressure waves that unsystematically crescendo as quickly as they decline. Somewhere I got lost behind linguistics, only to realize that this album purposefully denies language as a human construct and forces the listener to close their eyes to focus on the semiotics of entoptic phenomena and the mindfulness of listening.

Polyorchard's Color Theory in Black and White produces a chiaroscuro of tonality allowing the listener to refine their perceptions of the influence sound has on the human optical system...."-Emily Leon, from the liner notes

ree stringed instruments suggests an other-wordly presence; a schizophrenic dissonance. White's brass, woodwind, and strings begin with erratic pressure waves that unsystematically crescendo as quickly as they decline. Somewhere I got lost behind linguistics, only to realize that this album purposefully denies language as a human construct and forces the listener to close their eyes to focus on the semiotics of entoptic phenomenaand the mindfulness of listening. Polyorchard's Color Theory in Black and White produces a chiaroscuro of tonality allowing the listener to refine their perceptions of the influence sound has on the human optical system...."-Emily Leon, linear notes


Includes two CDs in white or black sleeves, a postcard, and liner notes.

Artist Biographies:

"Chris Eubank has been an underrated presence on the North Carolina music scene for more than a decade. While classically trained and blessed with good bloodlines (his father is a music professor, and his mother taught piano lessons on the side), Eubank has spent most of his time playing in rock bands. Since moving up from Orlando, Fla. to Durham to attend Duke in 1982, Eubank has made his presence felt by playing in a dizzying array of bands, including the Ugly Americans, Blue Chair, Skeletal Remains, the Mind Sirens, Bicentennial Quarters, Polycarp, Repetophile and Shark Quest. His active status as the cellist/bassist in Spatula keeps us keenly interested in his well-being, but as you'll see, his membership in that band is just one aspect of his character."

-Squealer Music (https://www.squealermusic.com/fantastic/spring99/eubank.html)
1/17/2018

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"Dan Ruccia (b. 1982) is a Durham, NC, based composer. He writes music that exists at the intersection of different styles, forms, and genres, particularly free jazz and punk in all of its manifestations. His music has been performed across the United States and Europe by Eighth Blackbird, The Bad Plus, Wet Ink, the Juventas New Music Ensemble, Ensemble Soli Fan Tutti, the Wavensemble, and [dnme]. He recently completed his Ph.D. at Duke University where he studied with Stephen Jaffe, Scott Lindroth, and Allen Anderson (University of North Carolina). Dan also has a B.A. in music from Princeton University, having worked with Dan Trueman, Dmitri Tymoczko, and Steven Mackey.

Additionally, Dan is a violist and improviser, playing with [dnme] (which he directed in 2009 and 2010), Microcephalic Superintendent, and other groups around the Triangle. He also is a DJ at WXDU, playing a freeform mix of rock, jazz, classical, and everything else, and writes album reviews for Dusted Magazine. He is also on Twitter."

-Dan Ruccia Website (http://www.danruccia.com/about.html)
1/17/2018

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"Jeb Bishop was born in Raleigh, North Carolina during the Cuban missile crisis. He began playing the trombone at the age of 10, under the tutelage of Cora Grasser. Other influential teachers during junior high and high school included Jeanne Nelson, Eric Carlson, Richard Fecteau, Greg Cox, and James Cozart.

He majored in classical trombone performance at Northwestern University from 1980-82, studying with Frank Crisafulli. Deciding he did not want to pursue a career as an orchestral musician, he returned to Raleigh in 1982 and took up engineering studies at NC State University. Raleigh's developing underground rock scene attracted him, and from 1982-84 he played bass guitar in rock bands in the Raleigh area.

At the same time, he developed an interest in philosophy, eventually majoring in the subject, and spent 1984-85 studying philosophy at the Higher Institute of Philosophy of the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium.

Returing to Raleigh in 1985, he spent the next few years working at menial jobs and playing guitar, bass, cheap keyboards, drums, etc., in rock bands including and/or, the Angels of Epistemology, Egg, and Metal Pitcher.

In 1989 he left Raleigh to pursue graduate studies in philosophy, first at the University of Arizona, then at Loyola University of Chicago (where he was awarded the Crown Fellowship in the Humanities). During 1991-92 he returned to Europe, spending the summer of 1991 studying German at the Goethe-Institut Iserlohn (now closed), and then pursuing independent studies in philosophy at the French-language division of the University of Louvain.

Returning to Chicago in 1992, he completed his M.A. at Loyola in 1993. By this time he had already begun to make connections with improvising musicians in Chicago, having joined the Flying Luttenbachers as bassist (later adding trombone) in late 1992, and playing guitar occasionally in a quartet with Weasel Walter, Ken Vandermark, and Kevin Drumm. Other bands during this period included the Unheard Music Quartet (with Vandermark, Mike Hagedorn on trombone, and Otto Huber on drums) and the Rev Trio (with Walter and saxophonist Joe Vajarsky). Bishop played electric bass in both these bands.

In late 1995, Bishop joined the Vandermark 5 as one of its founding members, and remained with the band through the end of 2004. During this period he also became associated with many other groups, including the Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet, School Days, Ken Vandermark's Territory Band, and his own Jeb Bishop Trio, and became a very frequent participant in ad hoc and free-improvised concerts in Chicago. Bishop performed in the inaugural concerts of two of the longest-running free-music concert series in Chicago: the Myopic Books weekly concerts (originally at Czar Bar; with Rev Trio) and the Empty Bottle Wednesday night concert series (with a quartet of Terri Kapsalis, Kevin Drumm, and Jim O'Rourke). He curated the monthly Chicago Improvisers Group concerts at the Green Mill from 1999-2002, and co-curated the weekly Eight Million Heroes concert series at Sylvie's in 2005-6.

Bishop has made dozens of recordings with many different groups, has toured North America and Europe many times, and maintains a busy performing schedule."

-Jeb Bishop Website (http://www.jebbishop.com/jebbio.html)
1/17/2018

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After studying saxophone at the "Conservatory of Lausanne, Switzerland, where he received in 1994, a concert license (master of arts soloist) Swiss saxophonist established in Greensboro in 2010, Laurent Estoppey, devoted himself mostly to contemporary music, but performs and teaches classic saxophone repertoire and transcriptions of baroque music.

Numerous collaborations with composers have led him to create at least one hundred works. Now his musical activity is divided between written music and improvisation, and it occurs throughout Switzerland, many European countries, but also in Canada, USA, Argentina, Guatemala and South Africa.

He works with the following orchestras: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande Orchestra (from 2008 to the present, conducted by Marek Janowski, Kazuki Yamada...), Lausanne Chamber Orchestra (1998 to the present (Christian Zacharias...) Basel Symphony, UBS Verbier Festival Orchestra (1999 James Levine) Timisoara, Orchestra of the State of Lithuania, Lausanne Sinfonietta, NEC - Chaux-de- Fonds-Contrechamps Geneva, Staatskapelle Weimar (2010, Heinz Holliger)

Estoppey has founded and developed several chamber music groups including: DILEMME (saxophone / piano with Myriam Migani), ST15 (saxophone / piano with Virginie Falquet) DEGRE21 (saxophone / guitar with Antonio Albanese), 1+1 (duo- concept Anne Gillot, recorders), compagnie CH.AU (set of nine musicians) and the 4TENORS (saxophone quartet with Vincent Daoud, Rico Gubler and Lars Mlekusch). A collaboration with saxophonist Dr.Steve Stusek (professor at UNCG) as well as the foundation of COLLAPSS (Collective for Happy Sounds) in Greensboro are his main activities in the United States. Additionally he is regularly invited to play with the saxophone quartet Basel ARTE Quartet and is a member of baBel ensemBle.

His improvisational collaborations involve meetings and concerts with musicians from all backgrounds. Many groups he has worked with are still alive today, including: HipNoiz51 (DJ, drums, saxophone, clarinet, bass and electronics) BETTY'S QUARTET (two saxophones, two voices Antoine Auberson, Anne-Sylvie Casagrande and Edmée Fleury), YET TRIO (Lingling Yu, pipa and Dragos Tara, doublebass), and Zkrabuj et chou et pâté (saxophone / percussion with LucMüller)

Estoppey as also worked alongside many independant musicians such as Jacques Demierre, Pierre Favre, Pierre Audétat, Malcolm Braff, Urs Leimgruber, Fritz Hauser and Nick Didkovsky.

He is a guest musician of the Russian theatrical troupe Akhe with whom the show "Wet Wedding" was presented in Geneva, Nice, London, Stockholm, and Mexico.

His discography includes sixteen recordings

His interest in all contemporary arts has led him to collaborate with many artists in interdisciplinary projects including, among others, projects with Georges Haldas (literature), Olivier Saudan (painting and video), Francis Baudevin Stephan Perrinjaquet, Tatiana Rihs, Claudia Comte, Christopher Cassidy, Samantha DiRosa (visual arts) Heidi Bunting, Christine Cruchon, Brianna Taylor (dance), Gil Pidoux (literature and theater).

As an educator, Estoppey used to teach saxophone from beginners to master students for around twenty years in many music schools in Switzerland. He is regularly invited to lead improvisation workshops for musicians of all levels and all instruments, as well as saxophone, improvisation and contemporary music masterclasses.

He has a real passion to share his love for art and music with children as well as teenagers and adults.

As a composer, Estoppey writes music for concerts, but also sound installation and video art.

His piece NFM for saxophone ensemble was recently performed by UNCG saxophone studio and UNCSAx Ensemble.""

-Laurent Estoppey Website (http://laurentestoppey.com/english/)
1/17/2018

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"David Menestres is a bassist, composer, and writer currently living in the Piedmont region of North Carolina. David is the founder/leader of the Polyorchard ensemble and is the host and producer of Tone Science, a weekly two-hour radio show on taintradio.org since 2010."

-David Menestres Website (http://davidmenestres.com/bio/)
1/17/2018

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Other Releases With These Artists:
Polyorchard
Red October [CASSETTE w/DOWNLOAD]
(Out and Gone Music)
Bishop, Jeb / Dan Ruccia
Scratch Slice Jag
(Out & Gone Records)
Eisenstadt, Harris
Recent Developments
(Songlines)
Roebke, Jason Octet
Cinema Spiral
(NoBusiness)
Audio One (Vandermark/Adasiewicz/Berman/Bishop/Rempis/Williams/Mazzarrella/Daisy/Macri/Paulson)
The Midwest School [VINYL]
(Audiographic Records)
Audio One (Vandermark/Adasiewicz/Berman/Bishop/Rempis/Williams/Mazzarrella/Daisy/Macri/Paulson)
What Thomas Bernard Saw
(Audiographic Records)
Audio One (Vandermark/Adasiewicz/Berman/Bishop/Rempis/Williams/Mazzarrella/Daisy/Macri/Paulson)
An International Report
(Audiographic Records)
Eisenstadt, Harris
Old Growth Forest
(Clean Feed)
Bathysphere (with Bishop / Malaby / Ho Bynum / &c)
Bathysphere
(Driff Records)
Whammies, The (Dijkstra / Oliver / Karayorgis / Roebke / Bishop / Bennink)
Play The Music of Steve Lacy Vol. 3, Live
(Driff Records)
Bruckmann's, Kyle Wrack
...Awaits Silent Tristero's Empire
(Singlespeed Music)
Gregorio, Guillermo
Faktura
(Hat [now] ART)
Rutherford, Paul
Chicago 2002
(Emanem)
Vandermark / Gregorio / Bishop / Morris / &c
Pipeline
(Corbett vs. Dempsey)
Various Artists
Amalgam(e): 10 Years of Red Toucan [2 CDs]
(Red Toucan)
Vandermark's, Ken Topology Nonet w/ Joe McPhee
Impressions of Po Music
(Okka)
The Whammies (Dijkstra / Oliver / Karayorgis / Roebke / Bishop / Bennink)
Play The Music Of Steve Lacy: Vol. #2
(Driff Records)
Giallorenzo, Paul Gitmo
Emergent
(Leo)
Amado, Rodrigo's Motion Trio & Jeb Bishop
Burning Live at Jazz Ao Centro
(Jacc Records)
Whammies, The (Djikstra / Karayorgis / Bishop / Oliver / McBride / Bennink)
Play The Music of Steve Lacy
(Driff Records)
KLANG
Other Doors
(Allos Musica)
Exploding Star Orchestra
Stars Have Shapes
(Delmark)
Jackson, Keefe Quartet
Seeing You See
(Clean Feed)
Drake, Hamid & Bindu
Reggaeology
(RogueArt)
Dijkstra, Jorrit
Pillow Circles
(Clean Feed)
Lucky 7's
Pluto Junkyard
(Clean Feed)
Bruckmann, Kyle
Wrack
(Red Toucan)
Flatlands Collective, The
Maatjes
(Clean Feed)
Cardew, Cornelius
Material
(Hat [now] ART)
D'Agaro, Daniele
Chicago Overtones
(Hatology)
Atomic / School Days
Nuclear Assembly Hall
(Okka)
Brotzmann Chicago Tentet, Peter
Signs
(Okka)
Recommended & Related Releases:
Audio One (Vandermark/Adasiewicz/Berman/Bishop/Rempis/Williams/Mazzarrella/Daisy/Macri/Paulson)
The Midwest School [VINYL]
(Audiographic Records)
Audio One (Vandermark/Adasiewicz/Berman/Bishop/Rempis/Williams/Mazzarrella/Daisy/Macri/Paulson)
An International Report
(Audiographic Records)
Gregorio, Guillermo
Faktura
(Hat [now] ART)
Vandermark / Gregorio / Bishop / Morris / &c
Pipeline
(Corbett vs. Dempsey)
Various Artists
Amalgam(e): 10 Years of Red Toucan [2 CDs]
(Red Toucan)
Vandermark's, Ken Topology Nonet w/ Joe McPhee
Impressions of Po Music
(Okka)
The Whammies (Dijkstra / Oliver / Karayorgis / Roebke / Bishop / Bennink)
Play The Music Of Steve Lacy: Vol. #2
(Driff Records)
Amado, Rodrigo's Motion Trio & Jeb Bishop
Burning Live at Jazz Ao Centro
(Jacc Records)
Whammies, The (Djikstra / Karayorgis / Bishop / Oliver / McBride / Bennink)
Play The Music of Steve Lacy
(Driff Records)
KLANG
Other Doors
(Allos Musica)
Drake, Hamid & Bindu
Reggaeology
(RogueArt)
Dijkstra, Jorrit
Pillow Circles
(Clean Feed)
Bruckmann, Kyle
Wrack
(Red Toucan)
Cardew, Cornelius
Material
(Hat [now] ART)
D'Agaro, Daniele
Chicago Overtones
(Hatology)
Atomic / School Days
Nuclear Assembly Hall
(Okka)
Brotzmann Chicago Tentet, Peter
Signs
(Okka)
Other Recommended Releases:
Polyorchard
Red October [CASSETTE w/DOWNLOAD]
(Out and Gone Music)
Bishop, Jeb / Dan Ruccia
Scratch Slice Jag
(Out & Gone Records)
Eisenstadt, Harris
Recent Developments
(Songlines)
Roebke, Jason Octet
Cinema Spiral
(NoBusiness)
Audio One (Vandermark/Adasiewicz/Berman/Bishop/Rempis/Williams/Mazzarrella/Daisy/Macri/Paulson)
What Thomas Bernard Saw
(Audiographic Records)
Eisenstadt, Harris
Old Growth Forest
(Clean Feed)
Bathysphere (with Bishop / Malaby / Ho Bynum / &c)
Bathysphere
(Driff Records)
Whammies, The (Dijkstra / Oliver / Karayorgis / Roebke / Bishop / Bennink)
Play The Music of Steve Lacy Vol. 3, Live
(Driff Records)
Bruckmann's, Kyle Wrack
...Awaits Silent Tristero's Empire
(Singlespeed Music)

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