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Interstellar Nao (Rick Countryman / Gabriel Lauber / Itzam Cano): Live at No Somos Nada (FMR)

Referencing the Spanish galleons that sailed the Pacific Ocean between Acapulco in Mexico and Manila in the Philippine Islands, this meeting in Mexico city brings Philippine-based saxophonist Rick countryman together with Swiss drummer living in Mexico City Gabriel Lauber and Lauber's collaborator in the group Zero Point, Mexico City native double bass player Itzam Canois.

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Label: FMR
Catalog ID: FMR 649
Squidco Product Code: 32962

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2023
Country: UK
Packaging: Digipack - 3 panel
Recorded live at No Somos Nada Distro Cafe, in Mexico City, Mexico, on November 9th, 2022.


Rick Countryman-alto saxophone

Gabriel Lauber-drums

Itzam Cano-acoustic bass

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"This recording represents the first live trio performance, and the first release, from Mexico City... the Interstellar Nao trio... "Nao" referencing the Spanish galleons that sailed the Pacific Ocean between Acapulco in Mexico and Manila in the Phiippine Islands."-Interstellar Nao

Artist Biographies

"Rick Countryman (January 31, 1957) is an American jazz saxophonist and flautist.

After years attracting little attention as a baritone saxophone player, including an extended sabbatical, Rick made a late-life change to alto sax, at the urging of bassist, Simon Tan. His first recorded session with Simon and Christian Bucher, avant garde drummer from Switzerland, attracted the attention of French label "Improvising Beings" and was released as "Acceptance - Resistance". The recordings received many positive reviews, both in the United States and Europe.

Rick currently now has 9 releases on 4 labels across Europe, Asia, and the United States, including multiple CDs with Japanese improvisational drummer, Sabu Toyozumi, who has made several trips to Manila to perform and record. The music continues to receive positive reviews and airplay. Two recordings were listed in "Gold Dolphy 2018".

Since 2011, Rick has been an active member of the Manila jazz scene. He leads and performs in ensembles on baritone saxophone, alto saxophone, alto flute and bass flute; performing original compositions, as well as free jazz/improvisation, in his own jazz quartets and trios. His style is heavily influenced by Eric Dolphy, Sonny Simmons and the 60s Free Jazz movement. He was a student of Bert Wilson, and considers Michael Bisio and Rick Mandyck early mentors."

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"Originally from Zermatt in the canton Valais, Switzerland. At an early age, he was initiated into free jazz by his father, the architect Peter Lauber, listening to improvisations by John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, Gato Barbieri and Albert Ayler. During elementary school he studied piano for a few years. In 1989 he began to learn drums with his first teacher Reinhard Fürbringer until 1994.

From 1993 to 1997, he studied at the Musikhochschule Luzern, Abteilung Jazz (School of Jazz in Lucerne) with Fabian Kuratli. Attend master classes with Christy Doran and Peter Kowald. Later, he relocated to the city of Zürich to study with Pierre Favre from 1997 to 1999 who was his last teacher. In 2000, he made a trip to various cities and towns in Mexico. Shortly after, he returned to Zürich, at which time he decided to leave Europe and settle on the outskirts of Tepoztlán, making Mexico his home as of 2001.

SuckySucky BoomBoom, is the first ensemble he formed in 2003, accompanied by the German programmer-musician, Pit Noack, the Japanese bassist Kei Onishi and the Mexican singer Jhony of the gore-grind ensemble Oxidised Razor.

Julio Clavijo (Mandorla), joins SuckySucky BoomBoom, when Pit Noack returns to Germany. The ensemble performed twice at the Massacre Fest in Mexico City and at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (UAM) - Xochimilco.

In December 2003, Germán Bringas and Gabriel Lauber met and began to work together. For the year 2004, they organize an ensemble in the company of Julio Clavijo: Zero Point. For the following year, the trio performed at the Café Jazzorca, Hexen Café, the Tlalpan Jazz Festival, the Museum of Mexico City, the Anahuacalli Museum, Multiforo Alicia, among others. In addition to recording two independent productions released under Lauber's record label: Dimensional Recordings. In the fall of 2005, Julio Clavijo decided to venture into other projects. That's when the double bass player Itzam Canois invited to collaborate with Zero Point. Also this year, Gabriel Lauber formed Dimensional Recordings and Dimensional Productions, during which time he met and collaborated with Remi Álvarez in some ensembles. The year 2006 is decisive for the direction that Zero Point would take, since in September they recorded what would be their first virtual album (DL-CD Download Only Release) at Ayler Records, a Swedish company specializing in free jazz in addition to participating in the Japanese New Music. Festival (Tatsuya Yoshida, Makoto Kawabata and Atsushi Tsuyama), organized by Kei Onishi, the Embassy of Japan in Mexico, Jazzorca Records and Dimensional Productions. Also in 2006, he formed together with Remi Álvarez and Itzam Cano, Antimatter. This same year he joined one more ensemble, Onslaught.

Currently it is part of the assemblies: Álvarez - Lauber Duo, Antimatter, Bringas - Lauber Duo & Zero Point. He has worked live with musicians such as Dennis, Stefan and Aarón González, Dave Dove, Uros Nedeljkovic, Hermann Bühler, Scott & Steven Forrey, Marcos Miranda, Martin High De Prime, Marco Eneidi, Mauricio Sotelo, Ángelo Moroni, Juan Pablo Villa, Hernan Hecht, Aarón Cruz, Carlos Alegre, among others."

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"Itzam Cano (born in Mexico City, Mexico) is a Mexican jazz double bassist.

He studied ethnomusicology at the Escuela Nacional de Música from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). He studied electric bass and contrabass and the development of improvisation, jazz theory, and harmony.

In late 2005, he joined free jazz ensemble Zero Point. In September 2006, Zero Point participated in the Japanese New Music Festival (Tatsuya Yoshida, Makoto Kawabata y Atsushi Tsuyama), at Multiforo Alicia in Mexico City. By 2007, Zero Point released its first digital album for Ayler Records.

He has worked with Elliot Levin, Marco Eneidi, Dennis, Stefan y Aarón Gonzales, Dave Dove, Shelley Hirsch, Scott Forrey, Milo Tamez, Tom Corona, Lawrence Williams, and Generación Espontánea.

Since 2004 he has performed at the Ollin Jazz Tlalpan Internacional, Festival de Improvisación Libre, Free Jazz y Noise "Cha'ak'ab Paaxil" (with sede in Mérida, Yucatán), Festival Internacional de las Americas in La Habana, Cúba and in festivals in cities like Puebla, Guadalajara, and Zacatecas.

He has been a member of the bands Antimateria, Zero Point, Claude Lawrence trío and has been part of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Puebla and the Orquesta de Percutoris from the Escuela Nacional de Música at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (ENM-UNAM)."

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Track Listing:

1. First Abduction 9:11

2. Second Abduction 11:12

3. Pyramid Of The Sun 7:04

4. Pyramid Of The Moon 5:39

5. No Somos Nada 10:59

6. Tres Salidas 4:17

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