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Dingman, Chris

The Subliminal and the Sublime

Dingman, Chris: The Subliminal and the Sublime (Inner Arts)

A sublime five-part suite commissioned by Chamber Music America, performed by Loren Stillman (sax), Fabian Almazan (piano), Ryan Ferreira (guitar), Linda Oh (bass), and Justin Brown drums), exploring the subliminal patterns hidden below apparent reality.
 

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UPC: 888295260237

Label: Inner Arts
Catalog ID: IACD
Squidco Product Code: 20978

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2015
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded at The Clubhouse Studio in Rhinebeck, New York, on November 25th and 26th, 2013, by Paul Antonell.


Personnel:

Chris Dingman-vibraphone

Loren Stillman-alto saxophone

Fabian Almazan-piano

Ryan Ferreira-guitar

Linda Oh-bass

Justin Brown-drums

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"Chris Dingman is a vibraphonist and composer known for his distinctive approach to the instrument: sonically rich and conceptually expansive, bringing listeners on a journey to a beautiful, transcendent place. He has been profiled by NPR, the New York Times, DRUM magazine and many other publications, and has received fellowships and grants from the Chamber Music America, the Doris Duke Foundation, New Music USA, and the Herbie Hancock Institute (formerly the Thelonious Monk Institute).

Dingman has done significant work with legendary artists Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter as well as next generation visionaries such as Jen Shyu, Ambrose Akinmusire, Steve Lehman, and many others, performing around the world including India, Vietnam, and extensively in Europe and North America. Hailed by the New York Times as a "dazzling" soloist and a composer with a "fondness for airtight logic and burnished lyricism," the fluidity of his musical approach has earned him praise as "an extremely gifted composer, bandleader, and recording artist." (Jon Weber, NPR).

Education

While growing up in San Jose, California, Dingman began piano and percussion studies at an early age. He went on to attend Wesleyan University, where he received his B.A. with honors in music. While at Wesleyan, he studied intensively with vibraphonist Jay Hoggard, drummer Pheeroan AkLaff, composer/multi-instrumentalist Anthony Braxton, and mridangist David Nelson. During this time, he was heavily involved in the study of many of the world's musical cultures, including South Indian, West African, Korean, Afro-Cuban, and Brazilian music. In the summer of 2000, his studies brought him to Kerala, India to delve further into mridangam and South Indian classical music.

In 2005, Dingman was one of only seven musicians selected by Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, and Terence Blanchard to participate in the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles. At the Institute, he studied with Terence Blanchard, Ron Carter, Benny Golson, Jimmy Heath, Jerry Bergonzi, Wynton Marsalis, Jason Moran, Lewis Nash, Hal Crook, Stefan Harris, John Magnussen, Vince Mendoza, Russell Ferrante, and many others. He received his Master of Music degree from USC and the Monk Institute in 2007.

During his time at the Monk Institute, Dingman had the opportunity to perform extensively with Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter. In November of 2005, they traveled with the Monk Institute ensemble on a U.S. State Department tour of Vietnam. The ensemble gave concerts and master classes in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. In January of 2007, he traveled again with Hancock, Shorter, and the Monk Institute ensemble, this time to Mumbai, Calcutta, New Delhi, and Agra, India, where they performed for capacity crowds and presented clinics at the Ravi Shankar Institute in Delhi and St. John's School in Mumbai.Teaching

In addition to performing, Chris is an active educator, working with students of all ages and levels for the past 15 years. His extensive teaching experience includes presenting master classes at conservatories and schools both nationally and internationally (including Miami-Dade College, Trinity College, Vancouver Jazz Festival, the National Conservatory of Vietnam, Staffeldsgate College in Oslo, Norway, and more), directing a summer music camp for students ages 11-18, leading jazz ensembles at the high school and middle school levels, and teaching group percussion classes for both children and adults."

-Chris Dingman Website (https://www.chrisdingman.com/bio/)
4/14/2021

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"The music of Brooklyn-based saxophonist and composer, Loren Stillman, has found acclaimed reviews in such publications as The New York Times, Downbeat Magazine, Jazziz, Jazz Times, and National Public Radio, marking him as an innovative voice of modern jazz. With his training stemming from Lee Konitz and David Liebman to Harvey Pittel, Stillman has performed, recorded, and educated throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan.

Alongside an impressive record of performances, recordings, and master-classes with his own ensembles, Stillman has performed and recorded alongside The Charlie Haden Liberation Music Orchestra, Paul Motian Trio 2000+2, Carla Bley, John Abercrombie, Michael Formanek: Ensemble Kolassus, Ralph Alessi, Andy Milne's DAPP Theory, Michele Rosewoman Quintessence, Tyshawn Sorey Oblique, Brad Shepik, Vic Juris and The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra.

An early start to his musical career found Stillman as recipient of two Outstanding Performance Awards (1996 &1998) and the Rising Star Jazz Artist Award (2004) from Down Beat Magazine. Stillman attended Manhattan School of Music (1998) and The New School (2002) on full music scholarship, and was a semifinalist in the 2002 Thelonious Monk Saxophone Competition. In 2005, Stillman received the CMA/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming and the ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Award. Stillman's original recordings, Going Public (Fresh Sound 2013), Winter Fruits (Pirouet 2008), It Could Be Anything (Fresh Sound, 2005), The Brothers' Breakfast (Steeplechase, 2006), and Blind Date (Pirouet, 2006), received critical acclaim from The New York Times, New Yorker and four star recognition in BBC Jazz Review, Jazz Man Magazine and Downbeat Magazine. Stillman has been featured on WKCR, Weekend America Public Broadcasting, and LIU Radio programming. Stillman is a Vandoren and Conn-Selmer artist."

-Loren Stillman Website (https://www.lorenstillman.com/about)
4/14/2021

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"Pianist and composer Fabian Almazan found his musical roots as a child in his homeland of Havana where he first became involved in the classical piano tradition. When his parents could not afford to pay for private piano lessons, having migrated to Miami, FL, pianist Conchita Betancourt was gracious enough to impart free lessons for over three years. Thanks to Mrs. Betancourt's exceeding generosity, Fabian was able to audition for the New World School of the Arts High School in Miami, FL where he studied from 1998 to 2002. In 2002 Fabian was selected for the piano chair in the National 2002 Grammy High School Jazz Combo. The following year, Almazan attended the newly up and running Brubeck Institute fellowship program based in northern California where he studied with Mark Levine and performed with Dave Brubeck and Christian McBride. In 2003, Fabian moved to New York City to study with Kenny Barron and Garry Dial at the Manhattan School of Music. During the completion of his bachelor's degree, Almazan immersed himself in the realm of orchestral composition studying instrumentation and orchestration with Mr. Giampaolo Bracali. Under Mr. Bracali's tutelage, Almazan composed several pieces for orchestra and chamber ensembles. In the spring of 2009 Fabian Almazan received a master's degree from Manhattan School of Music, selected as a recipient of the Michael W. Greene Scholarship, studying privately with Jason Moran. Fabian can be heard on several Spike Lee films as well as George Luca's Red Tails among other films. Most recently, Fabian was selected to participate in the SWR New Jazz Meetings which took place in Germany.

Mr. Almazan was voted #1 Rising Piano Star on the Downbeat Magazine Critics 2014 Poll and was granted the Chamber Music America 2014 NEW Jazz Works commission. Almazan received the Cintas Foundation 2010/11 Brandon Fradd Award in Music Composition, an award that has been granted to many Cuban artists who have gone on to play an influential role in the development of Cuban cultural heritage. Almazan was also selected as one of six composers to participate in the Sundance Composers' Lab where he studied with such acclaimed film composers as Harry Gregson-Williams, Alan Silvestri, George S. Clinton, Christopher Young, Ed Shearmur and Peter Golub. His solo albums, Personalities, which Fabian Almazan released on his own record label, Biophilia Records, and Rhizome [AritstShare/BlueNote Records] have garnered nationwide critical acclaim, including a glowing review in The New York Times. Interest in Almazan's work was also bolstered by his performances at the historic Village Vanguard in New York City, which have been broadcasted live to a nationwide audience on National Public Radio's Live from the Village Vanguard. Since 2007 Fabian has been the pianist for the Terence Blanchard's various bands, including the E-Collective which was nominated for a GRAMMY in 2016. Mr. Almazan has toured North and South America, Asia, Africa, Australia and Europe extensively and has had the opportunity to perform with such artists as Linda May Han Oh, Gretchen Parlato, John Hollenbeck, Johnathan Blake, Justin Brown, Mark Guiliana, Dave Douglass, Chris Dingman, David Sanchez and Ambrose Akinmusire among others."

-Fabian Almazan Website (https://www.fabianalmazan.com/printer/bio.php)
4/14/2021

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track listing:


1. The Subliminal and the Sublime: I. Tectonic Plates 4:33

2. The Subliminal and the Sublime: II. Voices of the Ancient 17:27

3. The Subliminal and the Sublime: III. Plea 3:01

4. The Subliminal and the Sublime: IV. The Pinnacles 19:50

5. The Subliminal and the Sublime: V. All Flows Forth 16:03
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"From the giant redwoods of California to the smallest ripples in water, our place and purpose in the universe is often illuminated by our awareness of the natural world. In his stunning five-part suite The Subliminal and the The Sublime, genre-defying composer/vibraphonist Chris Dingman elegantly captures these profound and subtle wonders of nature, ultimately guiding the listener to reflect on the cosmos and their place within it."-Chrisdigman.com



"The Subliminal and the Sublime is based on the concept that, under the surface of our apparent reality, there are subliminal layers of patterns, details and depth. When we look at these layers more closely, we have the opportunity to discover sublime truths about the world and ourselves."

So says vibraphonist, composer and bandleader Chris Dingman of his forthcoming album, slated for release on June 16th on the non-profit Inner Arts Initiative imprint.

The work was commissioned by Chamber Music America, conceived over a period of a year and a half and debuted in New York City in Fall 2013. Much of the record was inspired by Dingman's travels in the American West, where his direct experience with the forces of nature inspired his compositions. "I wanted to capture the feeling of the close range and the massive in music -- to get a larger yet more detailed view of everything....It's all juxtaposed and arranged together, so there are multiple layers happening at once."

Joining Dingman for this ambitious undertaking, recorded over two days this past November, are alto saxophonist Loren Stillman, whose resume includes works with Charlie Haden, Paul Motian and Carla Bley; pianist Fabian Almazan, who's gained notoriety as Terence Blanchard's pianist; guitarist Ryan Ferreira, a regular on the West Coast experimental scene; 30-year old Malaysian-born bassist Linda Oh and Justin Brown, a drummer out of Oakland who extensive resume (Kenny Garrett, Christian McBride, Gerald Clayton, Stefon Harris, Esperanza Spaulding, Terence Blanchard) belies his youthful countenance.

This five part suite, which also finds influence in everything from West African griot to Steve Reich and Debussy, opens with the four and one-half minute soundscape "Tectonic Plates." Like the geological phenomena that inspired the piece, the composition features almost imperceptible movements in tone, much as one imagines the sound made by the plates as move quietly, undetectable beneath our feet. Hence, Dingman speaks to those "subliminal layers of patterns, details and depth" found in his musical manifesto.

Almazan opens the second movement of this suite, "Voices Of The Ancient," with a simple two chord motif that establishes the harmonic center of the piece. As it gradually begins to move in counterpoint with Dingman's vibraphone and Oh's bass, the tension of the piece begins. Brown starts shape-shifting across the kit as Stillman subtly sneaks into the mix. Midway through the 17 minutes of this tune, the piece almost explodes before falling gently back to the ground. The experimentalist, open road musical landscaping of Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays bear witness here as the piece fades into the short piano and vibraphone exposition "Pleas." Muted and serene, with occasional flashes of metal from Brown, the piece serves as a resting spot in the middle of the musical expedition.

"The Pinnacles" bears a resemblance to "Voices Of The Ancient," as if the former were a climb up the mountain and latter is the view from the top. Stillman's inconspicuous horn lines inform the bright texture of the piece as it ebbs and flows, much as water might flow down the mountain. Not coincidentally, the fifth movement of The Subliminal and The Sublime is called "All Flows Forth," well interpreted as both the flow of elements in nature and the flow of energy in the spirit realm.

For traditionalists -- be it of a bop or pop nature -- this record will not abide. But experimentalist, especially those who fall from the lofts of Tony Scott and Alan Watts, this record should inspire interest."-Michael Verity, About Entertainment


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