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Clark, Scott: Dawn & Dusk (Out Of Your Head Records)

A stunningly beautiful suite from Richmond, VA drummer and composer Scott Clark, poetic songs rendered by Laura Ann Singh in a sextet with Bob Miller on trumpet, flugelhorn, J.C. Kuhl on bass clarinet, tenor saxophone, Michael McNeill on piano and Adam Hopkins on bass, in four sublimely passionately compositions presented in studio recording and live versions.
 

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Laura Ann Singh-vocals

Bob Miller-trumpet, flugelhorn

J.C. Kuhl-bass clarinet, tenor saxophone

Michael McNeill-piano

Adam Hopkins-bass

Scott Clark-drums, composition


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UPC: 198015672449

Label: Out Of Your Head Records
Catalog ID: OOYH 021
Squidco Product Code: 34077

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2023
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Tracks 1-4 recorded at Minimum Wage Recording, in Richmond, Virgina, on August 16th, 2021, by Lance Koehler.

Tracks 5-8 recorded live at Spacebomb Studio, in Richmond, Virgina, on March 28th, 2022, by Curtis Fye.

Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

The Wind:
No darkness can hide
But light can enfold the night
Draw close to this:
Embrace all that's there within

Find peace in yourself
Find love in the space between
The light within
The pain in your eyes
The wind

Dawn & Dusk:
So you
So you can see
So you can see
The light of //The light from

So you
so you can see
So you can see
dawn and dusk // Dawn and Dusk

Time and space can stop inside a memory
There's no there's no complaint
There's no satisfaction
There's no there's no joy

There's no there's no complaint
There's no satisfaction
There's no there's no joy ... know joy

Silent Singing:
The color gray in all its shades
It shines in bright, dull tones to
This hum of life
This hum of life
It's shown, not lived but thrown away
The stranger, family or life
Force sitting in silent singing

Loudly, this quiet
song unfamiliar to my ears

As these dry tears
Stream silently
Into nothing
As gray tones and loud songs
Hummed to ourselves
Hummed to ourselves
Hummed to ourselves....

Also available as a vinyl LP.

Artist Biographies

"Laura Ann Singh is a multilingual American singer, recording artist and composer, often associated with musica popular brasileira and Latin boleros. She has performed internationally in Europe, Russia, and South America as well as the Tiny Desk concert series on NPR and headlining the annual Globalfest festival in New York City. She has recorded music for Daptone Records, Barbes Records, and Electric Cowbell. Her repertoire pulls from all over Latin America, especially Brazil, but includes American Songbook standards, women composers, and original music.

Laura Ann is a founding member of the internationally acclaimed ensemble Miramar, which began as a bolero band with Singh, Reinaldo Alvarez and Marlysse Simmons. Miramar revives Latin American romantic music from the 1950s and 60s, explores the bolero's worldwide influence and performs original material. Their notable appearances include the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC and the Lincoln Center and Elabash Concert Hall in New York City, Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA. In 2019, the band performed in Paris and Lyon, France, for the Les Nuit de la Fourviere Festival.

Miramar has been featured on NPR's Tiny Desk concert series and in 2018 recorded a 45 featuring two original songs for Daptone Records in New York. In the spring of 2020 they toured Russia, playing concerts with local Russian string quartets from Moscow to Siberia. In October of 2020, amid the global pandemic, Miramar opened the Richmond Symphony's Pops series with a masked and distanced in-person concert. They released a single of Sylvia Rexach's Olas y Arenas on Barbes Record in February of 2022 in honor of the centennial of Rexach's birth. They are currently recording their second album of mostly original music to be released in late 2023.

Laura Ann also performs with Quatro na Bossa, a Brazilian music project she launched with guitarist and arranger Kevin Harding in 2002. Her passion for Brazilian music eventually led her to São Paulo where she studied privately with acclaimed Brazilian vocalist Fabiana Cozza. Quatro na Bossa has performed all over the East Coast, including repeat residencies at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola at the Lincoln Center. In 2008 the band released an album, Summer Samba, on the Japanese Jazz label, Venus Records. Their self-released album, Bossa Nossa, debuted in 2012.

Laura Ann loves the collaborative nature of her chosen field and is constantly grateful for the flow of communication between her and her audience. Laura Ann plays fancy concert halls in big cities and small shows in intimate venues.

She is at home anywhere in the world."

-Laura Ann Singh Website (https://www.lauraannsingh.com/about)
2/21/2024

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"Bob Miller plays trumpet, synth and sings coro for Bio Ritmo. He's been in the band almost since the beginning.

He has been playing trumpet professionally since 1991. He graduated from Towson State University with a degree in Music Education in 1995 and went on to do Master's work in jazz at Virginia Commonwealth University. He has appeared on over 50 recordings ranging from jazz to folk to latin to rock and roll, including albums with Bio Ritmo, Matthew E. White, The Mountain Goats, Megafaun, Steven Bernstein, The Squirrel Nut Zippers, David Karsten Daniels, Sarah Lee Guthrie, and Marion James. He has been honored to share the stage with artists such as Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Sharon Van Etten, Ken Vandermark, Clark Terry, Dave Holland, John Pizzarelli, Don Byron, Uri Caine, Poncho Sanchez, Eddie and Gerald Levert, and Barry Harris as well as most of the artists on whose recordings he has appeared. His open-minded approach to music has made him a highly sought after studio musician and freelance artist. Current projects include old-school salsa outfit Bio Ritmo, Avant-jazz groups The Scott Clark 4tet and Fight the Big Bull, Modern Americana artist Matthew E. White and numerous other projects in the Richmond, VA area including Fear of Music, Hi-Steps and Microwaves."

-Bio Ritmo (http://bioritmo.com/bob-miller/)
2/21/2024

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"J.C. Kuhl has been an adjunct professor of jazz saxophone at VCU since 2005. A native of Baltimore, MD, he plays saxophone, flute, and clarinet and studied at Towson State University, where he majored in jazz/commercial music. After working in clubs in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. area, he moved to Richmond in 1995 and joined the eclectic rock band Agents of Good Roots, which fused many different styles including jazz, hip-hop, and classical. They toured incessantly for six years, playing more than 200 shows a year. After Agents, J.C. was a member of Devil's Workshop Big Band, Modern Groove Syndicate, Bio Ritmo, and The Thompson/D'earth Band.

Kuhl has performed and/or shared the stage with Dave Matthews Band; John Scofield Uberjam Band and Quartet; Béla Fleck and the Flecktones; Bruce Hornsby; Blues Traveler; Karl Denson's Tiny Universe; Medeski, Martin, and Wood; Big Head Todd and the Monsters; The Neville Brothers; The Temptations; Soulive; Pat McGee Band; Moe; and G Love and Special Sauce. He toured as part of the H.O.R.D.E. tour for two years with artists such as Lenny Kravitz, Me'shell Ndegeocello, Rusted Root, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, King Crimson, Ben Harper, and Blues Traveler and continues to perform extensively throughout the U.S. and Canada. He is currently a member of Mekong Express, Mike Davison's Latin Jazz Messengers, John D'earth Group, Jones/Kuhl Duo, Brian Jones Group, Ombak, Old New Things, Three Sheets to the Wind, The Winn Brothers Band, and The Bachelor Boys Band.

J.C. resides in Richmond with his family and is a freelance performer, live and in the studios. He also teaches at The Collegiate School and has taught at Ashland Music Center and Harrison Music/Music and Arts."

-Virginia Commonwealth University (https://arts.vcu.edu/community/vcuarts-faculty-and-staff/directory/j-c-kuhl/)
2/21/2024

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"Michael McNeill is a pianist, improviser, and composer from Western New York. He's involved in projects ranging from reinterpretations of music by Thelonious Monk (on the album Refractions with drummer John Bacon) to the chambercore quartet The Evolution of the Arm, which "nearly forge[s] an entirely new subgenre of sounds" (TakeEffect). two CDs with bassist Ken Filiano and drummer Phil Haynes have drawn praise from critics in the US and abroad, who note that the band's music is "brimming with intelligence and passion" (AllAboutJazz.com), and that the trio "has much to offer not only to jazz or classical music, but music as a whole" (Music On The Run, Brazil). Current projects include an album of telepathic improvisations with The Evolution of the Arm, sideperson appearances in drummer Scott Clark's new Dawn & Dusk, and solo electronic music. His quartet Allegories - featuring pedal steel guitar innovator Susan Alcorn, trumpet virtuoso Dave Ballou, and exploratory percussionist Shelly Purdy - toured and recorded in June 2022 and will release an album in 2024. [...]"

-Michael McNeill Website (https://michaelgraymcneill.com/bio.html)
2/21/2024

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"Adam Hopkins: Bassist, composer, educator, and semi-professional parallel parker from Baltimore MD-the Land of Pleasant Living. Relocated to Brooklyn NY in 2011, but Baltimore will always be home.

Extended Bio:

Adam Hopkins is a bassist, composer, and educator born and raised in Baltimore MD and relocated to Brooklyn NY in 2011. He has extensive experience performing jazz and improvised music and has played with professional orchestras in Maryland, Virginia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and the DC metro area.

Adam currently appears in a number of NYC-based ensembles both as a leader and sideman. As a sideman he closed 2017 with performances led by Henry Threadgill as well as a European tour with John Hollenbeck's Claudia Quintet. He performs regularly with BeepHonk, Laila & Smitty, Anna Webber's Rectangles, Danny Gouker's Signal Problems, Christopher Hoffman Trio, Kate Gentile Mannequins, Dustin Carlson's Air Ceremony, Ideal Bread, Patrick Breiner's Double Double & Practical Mysticism. He currently leads three NYC-based bands (Adam Hopkins' Crickets, Bells + Wires, and Party Pack ICE) - for more information about any of these groups please refer to the Projects section of this site. Adam has studied double bass with many great performers and teachers of the instrument, including Michael Formanek, Jeffrey Weisner, Jack Budrow, Rodney Whitaker, and Sam Cross and additional studies with Drew Gress and Gary Thomas.

In August of 2018 Adam will launch his own record label called Out Of Your Head Records, with the intention of releasing his own albums, and albums of music he loves made by his friends. Also there will be t-shirts and stickers, because who doesn't love t-shirts and stickers?

In addition to being a performer he has extensive experience as a curator. In 2009 he co-founded an improvised music collective called the Out of Your Head Collective, which maintained weekly performances in Baltimore for 5+ years at The Windup Space. Upon moving to New York in 2011 he started a Brooklyn-based chapter which involved over 100 of the city's greatest improvisers. He currently co-curates a weekly performance series in Crown Heights called A.E. Randolph Presents, now in its fourth year, and previously curated the weekly performance series 65Fen.

Adam held a faculty position at Loyola University for six years as a professor of double and electric bass, music theory, ear training, and jazz ensembles. Currently he teaches privately in his home studio and designs improvisation-based workshops for business through sfz Creative, a company he co-founded with musical associates Eric Trudel and Danny Gouker. He holds a graduate performance diploma from Peabody Conservatory in Jazz Studies, a master's degree from Michigan State University in Orchestral Bass Performance, and a bachelor's degree from James Madison University in Music Industry."

-Adam Hopkins Website (https://www.adam-hopkins.com/about/)
2/21/2024

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"Drummer and composer, Scott Clark keeps time in the balance. His performances behind the kit are generous and empathetic, establishing his voice immediately upon striking the surface. It is rare to find art that is both formally rigorous and aesthetically vital, but Clark thrives in this project, engineering frameworks for lucid, active songs, drawing on the performances of his collaborators and the weight of his subject matter. A series of jazz suites have emerged from the study of his own Native ancestry, beginning with Bury My Heart (2016) written in response to Dee Brown's book of the same title, and continuing with ToNow (2018) written as a contribution to the Standing Rock protests and the unlawful construction of an oil pipeline across Native land. By centering jazz in this historic and ongoing injustice, Clark pulls together a deeply American artform and a deeply American tragedy, yet his project never feels weighed down by its sense of purpose. Protest music that is lucid and nourishing, a rhythmic shape of restless assurance."

-Scott Clark Website (https://scottwclark.com/about/)
2/21/2024

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Track Listing:



1. The Wind 9:11

2. Dawn And Dusk 4:08

3. Silent Singing 11:54

4. Above The Grey 4:58

5. The Wind [Live] 8:39

6. Dawn & Dusk [Live] 5:37

7. Silent Singing [Live] 14:40

8. Above The Grey [Live] 6:05

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