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Magee, Massimo

Live In the Metaverse

Magee, Massimo: Live In the Metaverse (Orbit577)

A virtual live performance from the UK at The OctoBar in this solo clarinet performance from multi-reedist Massimo Magee, starting with a short introduction titled "The Way In", leading to a 43 minute extended and accomplished improvisation dedicated to the playing of iconic reedists Evan Parker and John Coltrane, complemented by unexpected digital glitches and reverb.

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UPC: 755491181799

Label: Orbit577
Catalog ID: OR5008
Squidco Product Code: 29890

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2020
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack
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"Massimo Magee is a writer, artist and musician based in London. His work is wide-ranging, including fiction, text art, sound and image digital art pieces, experimental music (improvised, composed and everything in between), free jazz, radically extended saxophony, electronics, data manipulation and much more. He has performed internationally and had recordings released in the USA, UK, France, Poland and Australia with musicians such as Eddie Prévost, Hankil Ryu, Sangtae Jin, Keith Rowe, David W Stockard, Tony Irving (Ascension), Christian Munthe, Lee Noyes, Matt Earle, Adam Sussmann, Elliott Dalgleish, Michael Pisaro, Jim Denley, Dale Gorfinkel, Barre Phillips and many more on labels such as Homophoni, Copy For Your Records, Kendra Steiner Editions, Ilse, Ideal State, Audiotong, Factor Vac and others. Ensembles have included Cyclone Trio, Apocalypse Jazz Unit, the Magee/Green/Fowler-Roy Trio, MTJAM and many ad hoc groups. His Manifesto (New Unities) has recently been published."

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track listing:

1. The Way in 1:51

2. The Bout 43:33
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"UK-based musician Massimo Magee is relatively certain that this was the first free jazz concert made in a virtual venue. His innovative new album, Live in the Metaverse (to Evan Parker and John Coltrane), is defined by this sense of confident and playful originality.

Magee recorded this performance by streaming live into a room called The OctoBar-a virtual performance space designed by his friend Alexander Feder-the tracks are riddled with the sounds of a slightly broken streaming signal: clicks, bleeps, pops, and other inexplicable noise that Magee suggests is akin to the ambience of a live performance, anything that might otherwise interrupt his smoothly-executed, extended clarinet solo.

Opening with the short, reverb-focused track, "The Way In" gives the album a mystical, dazzling ambience and plenty of intentional electronic manipulation. It quickly gives way to "The Bout," a 40-minute track for a conceptually simple performance that remains surprisingly throughout, allowing Magee to improvise over the layers of his unintentional broadcast delays and reverberations.

The project is deeply inventive and beautifully performed, offering a new interpretation of live music's possibilities on a virtual platform, and what Magee affirms is a "gesture of insistence that the spiritual mission of this music will (and must) continue, in spite of whatever obstacles may present themselves, materially or mentally, in the time to come."

This solo album joins Magee's other 577 Records' productions, with Tony Irving - Vitriol and the Third Oraculum (577 Records, 2020), the live recording of the Cyclone Trio - Cataclysm... Live at Cafe Oto (Orbit577, 2020) and precedes the December release of the Cyclone Trio - Electric (Orbit577, 2020)."-Orbit577

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