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resAUnance : Migration (FMR)

The debut album by the chamber-jazz quartet resAUnance of Jonathan Golove on electric cello, Michael McNeill on piano, John Bacon on vibraphone and percussion, and Esin Gunduz on voice, blending compositional, improvisation, & Turkish folk music into passionate and beautiful works.
 

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Jonathan Golove-electric cello

Michael McNeill-piano

John Bacon-vibraphone, percussion

Esin Gunduz-voice


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UPC: 0642415163156

Label: FMR
Catalog ID: FMRCD411-0216
Squidco Product Code: 22204

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2016
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded at Baird Hall, University of Buffalo, Amherst, New York, on November 26th, 2014, by Christopher Jacobs.

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"Somewhat a departure for FMR this music was recorded at the University of Buffalo New York state in 2014, and features the original music of the American based group ResAUance. Many of the pieces have a Turkish flavour, which can be ascertained from the titles such as "Kizilciklar Oldu Mu", "Bir Firtina", and are based on Turkish folk songs however much of the music is Jazz based in feel, with plenty of improvisation from an ensemble of very competent players! Refreshing and original using an unusual combination of piano, vibes, voice, cello, drums/percussion"-FMR



"resAUnance began as the trio of vibraphonist and percussionist John Bacon, vocalist Esin Gunduz, and pianist Michael McNeill. The group debuted at Buffalo's Pausa Art House in March of 2013. The following year the group collaborated with master brass improvisers Dave Ballou and Adam Unsworth in concerts at Pausa and Villa Maria College, and in June 2014 became a quartet with the addition of 'cellist Jonathan Golove for a concert as part of the legendary June in Buffalo New Music festival.

John Bacon (1963), percussionist and composer, has performed with Lester Bowie, Roswell Rudd, Bobby Previte, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Bobby Militello and as featured soloist with the SUNY Fredonia percussion ensemble. He teaches percussion, and directs a Latin Jazz Ensemble at SUNY Fredonia. He also teaches at UB and Villa Maria College in Buffalo, NY. He holds a PhD. in Music Composition form SUNY at Buffalo and a Masters Degree in Music Performance from SUNY Fredonia. Equally skilled as a percussionist and trap drummer, he has been a member of hat[now]ART recording artists The Maelstrom Percussion Ensemble, as well as leading his own ensembles. His music has been performed by a diverse collection of musicians, including The Amherst Saxophone Quartet , Leroy Jenkins, the New Jazz Orchestra of Buffalo, the New York New Music Ensemble, Amanda Deboer and the Colorfield Ensemble, Duo Cuentista and Ensemble Laboratorium. He has toured in England, Italy, Canada, and the US. A 2004 CD release, Jack Rabbitt, is an organ trio outing on the Cadence Jazz Records label featuring tenor saxophonist Don Menza and organist Bobby Jones. He performs regularly with the Bobby Militello Quartet and George Jones trio. Recent creative projects include bacbaclove with Jonathan Golove (cello) and Steve Baczkowski (winds), Improv Ork (a group of composer-improvisors playing graphic music and free improv), and the Buffalo Jazz Octet playing modern jazz.

Cellist/composer Jonathan Golove's career is marked by its versatility, sense of adventure, and commitment to the performance of both new and traditional works, as well as of improvised music. He has been featured as soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Slee Sinfonietta, New York Virtuoso Singers, and, as a baroque cellist, with the USC Early Music Ensemble. He has recorded for the Albany, Centaur, CRI, Albuzerque, and Nine Winds labels, and his performances and interviews have been broadcast by numerous National public radio stations, as well as the West German Radio, Radio Nuevo León, and Radio France. He has performed and recorded with groups including the Michael Vlatkovich Quartet, Ubudis Trio, and Vinny Golia's Large Ensemble, and made appearances at the Vancouver Jazz Festival, the Eddie Moore Jazz Festival (Oakland), and the International Meeting of Jazz Musicians (Monterrey, Mexico). He has also been honored to perform with such leading figures as Andrew Cyrille, Rashied Ali, Sonny Fortune, Ramón Lopez, and Andre Jaume. Mr. Golove gave the first performance of Varese's Ecuatorial using Floyd Engel's recreated theremin cello in 2002, and he played the work with the Asko/Schoenberg Ensemble this past year at the Holland Festival (Amsterdam) and Festival d'Automne (Paris), and more recently with the London Sinfonietta at the Southbank Centre. He will bring this historic instrument to New York City for a performance at the Lincoln Center Festival in July 2010.

A composer of contemporary music, and vocal performer, Esin Gunduz was born in 1983, in Istanbul, Turkey. As an active voice performer / soloist she appeared at the Montreux Jazz Festival (Switzerland), and the Jazz a Juan Festival of Nice (France), in 2009, for MUJE big band. She performed at Nardis Jazz Club of Istanbul, as the soloist of TRT Jazz Orchestra, and at the Pullman Jazz Festival in Huntington, as well as the shooting of some educational TV programs in WV. As a vocal improviser, she is the voice of the unique improvisational trio of Buffalo: resAUnance, playing with John Bacon (vibraphone and percussion), Michael McNeill (piano), and Jonathan Golove (electric cello). She is the soprano member of the new music collective: Wooden Cities, performing new works, along with the underrepresented works of the 21st and 20th century, and working towards the awareness for contemporary music in wider Western New York. She's become part of several other different musical projects: Buffalo Improvisers' Orchestra, Buffalo Jazz Octet, "null-point" events, and other improvisatory collaborations. Along with international venues, Esin performed at EMPAC (Troy, Albany NY), Colombus (OH), Huntington (WV) in US, and these venues in Buffalo: Burchfield Penney Art Center, Albright Knox Art Gallery, University at Buffalo's: Slee Hall, Baird Hall and Center for the Arts, Villa Maria College, Trocaire College, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, The Vault, Nietzche's, Unity Church, River Fest Park, Canvas, WASH Community Project Laundry-Mat, and Pausa Art House (along with Church of Ascension, Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo, Calvary Episcopal Church, Saint Joseph University Parish, and Pro-music Center).

Pianist Michael McNeill has cultivated a personal style that has found a home in contexts both mainstream and avant-garde, from the ethereal chamber-jazz sounds of resAUnance, to the post-bop energy of Kelly Bucheger's What Would Mingus Do?, and of course in his own music for his trio with veteran improvisers Ken Filiano (bass) and Phil Haynes (drums) and for the Buffalo Jazz Octet. His two CDs with Filiano and Haynes have drawn praise from critics in the US and abroad, who note that the band plays "thoughtful... interactive music that is seriously playful" (StepTempest), "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). Other projects and collaborations have included concerts with Dave Ballou, Juini Booth, Joe Ford, Drew Gress, Paul Smoker, and David Taylor. McNeill served as pianist and arranger on vocalist Mari McNeil's 2014 release Here Beneath The Blue and can be heard as a sideperson on Kelly Bucheger's 2012 CD House of Relics as well as four albums (1, 2, 3, 4) by percussionist Ravi Padmanabha. Forthcoming recordings include a CD from resAUnance and an album of duets with drummer/composer John Bacon.


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Artist Biographies

"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)
2/28/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Kizilciklar Oldu Mu 4:08

2. Flame 11:02

3. Wild Geese 9:25

4. Bir Firtina 4:43

5. Interlude 3:52

6. Migration 6:51

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Improvised Music
Compositional Forms
Quartet Recordings
Unusual Vocal Forms
Melodic and Lyrical Jazz
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