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Lopez, Brandon

quoniam facta sum vilis [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]

Lopez, Brandon : quoniam facta sum vilis [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD] (Astral Spirits)

Recorded mostly in the May Funerary Chapel in Chicago's Rosehill Cemetery, and partially in Brooklyn's Issue Project Room, NY bassist Brandon Lopez wrote these intense solo compositions for double bass as a response to the musical intention of Bach's cello suites by creating an inversion, seeking beauty amidst violence and erratic approaches.

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Label: Astral Spirits
Catalog ID: AS075
Squidco Product Code: 26520

Condition: New
Released: 2018
Country: USA
Packaging: Cassette
Recorded mostly in the May Funerary Chapel in Chicago's Rosehill Cemetery, and partially in Brooklyn's Issue Project Room, by David Zuchowski and Bob Bellerue.


Brandon Lopez-double bass

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"[..] Composer/bassist, Brandon A. Lopez, deemed "The Ubiquitous Free Improv Bass Ace" by the Village Voice and said to play with a "Bruising Physicality" by the Chicago reader.

He was born and raised in the splendors of Northwestern New Jersey, in the shadow of the (New York) city. It was there that he cultivated a taste for the left of center musics and subsequently, dug graves.

He's had the pleasures of working with many of the world's luminary weirdos. Here's a list: Nate Wooley, William Parker, Chris Corsano, Justice Yeldham, Weasel Walter, Peter Evans, Tyshawn Sorey, Gerald Cleaver, Ingrid Laubrock, Tom Rainey, Tony Malaby, Paul Lytton, Mette Rasmussen, Jooklo Duo, Michael Foster, Leila Bordreuil, Jaimie Branch, Joe Morris, Brandon Seabrook, Cactus Truck, John Dykeman, Daniel Carter, and many others.

He's currently leads a trio dubbed "The Mess", another one called the Brandon Lopez Trio, works as a soloist and is formerly/currently/latterly writing more and more music. He may play some it sometime soon (see "gigs").

He attended New England Conservatory."

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track listing:

1. vanitas 05:22

2. and the deep indoors 03:22

3. Lay 04:03

4. Bea 04:46

5. Pa 04:35

6. Gruppo 07:01

7. Lamed 04:39

8. for Sal 07:54
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"Quoniam Facta Sum Vilis (For I have become vile in the eyes of the lord)" is the newest solo album of the award winning composer and virtuoso bassist, Brandon Lopez. Created, in part, as an answer to the musical "reason" of the Bach cello suites, Lopez seeks to create the inverse of what's hailed as musical logic. To create something florid and beautiful from the violent and erratic and to deny the supremacy of the wrote in favor of the intuitive."-Astra Spirits

"Considered one of the leading lights of his generation of musical thinkers, Brandon Lopez has become the in demand bassist in NYC. His abilities have garnered attention from musicians and critics alike, recording and playing with the luminary improvisers of NYC and abroad (Tyshawn Sorey, Sun Ra Arkestra under the direction of Marshall Allen, Nate Wooley 4tet, Chris Potter, Gerald Cleaver, Craig Taborn, Ingrid Laubrock, Chris Corsano, Mette Rasmussen, Jooklo Duo, C Spencer Yeh, Okkyung Lee, Brandon Seabrook, Tom Rainey, William Parker's Little Huey, Dave Rempis, Francisco Mela, Susan Alcorn, Justice Yeldham, Joe Morris, Han Bennink, Paul Lytton).

He was even handpicked as a soloist by Ashley Fure and The New York Philharmonic to ring in the new musical director, Maestro Jaap Van Zweden's, first concerts.

He's the 2018 Artist in Resident at Issue Project Room and Van Lier Fellow at Roulette Intermedium."

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