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Hocevar, Dre : Surface Of Inscription (Clean Feed)

Composer and drummer Dre Hocevar brings an unusual sense of unity, logic and purpose to his improvised work resulting from a number of distinct compositional procedures, performed by vocalist Charmaine Lee, pianist Elias Stemeseder, brass player Weston Olencki reedist Michael Foster, and electronics artist Bernardo Barros, a unique and rewarding album.
 

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Elias Stemeseder-piano

Charmaine Lee-voice

Dre Hocevar-drums, composition

Bernardo Barros-electronics

Weston Olencki-brass

Michael Foster-reeds


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UPC: 5609063004427

Label: Clean Feed
Catalog ID: CF442
Squidco Product Code: 24977

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2017
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Systems Two Studios, New York, November 11 and 12, 2016 by Rich Lamb

Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"There is a particular, stately calmness about this album as if it's out-worldly sonics have been chiseled off some strange marble. From the abrasive brass opener onward, up to that final anguished scream, a sense of meticulously sculpted logic envelops it's razor-sharp, elegantly reserved pieces. Wholly born of spontaneous improvisation, it is equally their subjection to the subtle sets of constraints and restrictions that make up for their final beauty.

The master craftsman behind this elevating enterprise is Dre Hocevar, a drummer of considerable conceptual forcefulness and vision. Following his three previous outings on Clean Feed, with Surface of Inscription he may just have delivered his most accomplished work yet, and with his very distinct artistic creed of invoking new musical spaces - claiming a singular, yet untapped character - this is rather telling.

In this particular endeavor he is joined by the vocalist Charmaine Lee, the pianist Elias Stemeseder, the brass player Weston Olencki and the reeds operator Michael Foster, with Bernardo Barros seamlessly weaving in his highly articulate electronica. The performers utilized a number of distinct compositional procedures in order for them to redesign their habitually used frames of interaction, with each of them playing the final take against the backdrop of a previously documented construction. What came out of such a methodical set-up is a kind of a forma viva, an open-air park of solidified sound. The music within is inscribed in a code you may not immediately recognize, yet it is certainly one you can't help but marvel."-Clean Feed


Artist Biographies

"Elias Stemeseder: Born in Salzburg, Austria in 1990, Elias lived in Berlin from 2010 and moved to New York in 2015. Besides his main instrument, the acoustic piano, he also plays synthesizers. He performs in a variety of musical idioms ranging from the song-oriented music of Jim Black's trio to contemporary classical pieces by John Zorn to the electric music of Eyebone.

Current projects include collaborations with John Zorn (John Zorn's Bagatelles), the Greg Cohen Quintet, Philipp Gropper's "Philm", Jim Black's "Malamute" Anna Webber's "Percussive Mechanics", Robert Landfermann Quintet and "OTIS+WEDDING".

Elias Stemeseder has performed solo concerts at the Nuoro Jazz Festival (IT), Haus Der Berliner Festspiele (DE), 12points Festival Dublin (IRL) and Südtirol Jazzfestival (IT). He leads a Berlin - based quartet with Eldar Tsalikov, Igor Spallati and Ugo Alunni and co-leads the bands Jagged Spheres (with Anna Webber and Devin Gray) and Eyebone (with Nels Cline and Jim Black).

Since 2008 Elias has been working extensively with the American drummer Jim Black. The Jim Black trio (with Thomas Morgan on double bass) has released the critically acclaimed recordings Somatic and Actuality on the German label Winter&Winter Recordings and The Constant on the Swiss label Intakt Records. In 2013, Elias formed the collective trio "Eyebone" with Jim Black and guitarist Nels Cline, in which he plays the Wurlitzer piano and bass synthesizers.

Elias has received scholarships and grants from SKE/austro mechana and BKA Österreich Kunst und Kultur."

-Elias Stemeseder Website (http://eliasstemeseder.com/)
12/4/2023

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"Charmaine Lee is an improvising vocalist from Sydney, Australia. Her work favors a uniquely personal approach to vocal expression, concerned with spontaneity, playfulness, and risk-taking. She has performed with leading improvisers Joe Morris and Nate Wooley, and maintains ongoing collaborations with contemporaries Lester St. Louis and Zach Rowden. She currently resides in New York."

-New Music World (http://newmusicworld.org/event/charmaine-lee-ceremony-with-conrad-tao-duo-with-nate-wooley/)
12/4/2023

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"Dré A. Hočevar (Ljubljana, 1987) is a Slovenian composer and researcher based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Currently, Hočevar is conducting his PhD studies at the Centre for Research in New Music, CeReNeM, University of Huddersfield, UK. The central subject of his research and composition praxis is .meta [dynamic cognitive-apparatus formation, application, and analysis systems]. Dré A. Hočevar is the artistic director and founder of .alfabet, Institute for Research in Art, Critical Thought and Philosophy, and is frequently leading workshops, seminars, and lectures in composition, performance and research. Hočevar's teachers include Steve Lehman, Peter Ablinger, Joe Morris, Michael Carvin, Alexander J. Harker and Aaron Cassidy."

-Dre Hocevar Website (https://opus-i.io)
12/4/2023

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"Bernardo Barros is a composer, pianist and live-electronics performer. He has devoted himself to the creation of instrumental and electroacoustic works. In 2007 founded Cyclone with Mario del Nunzio, that has performed in Brazil and Europe. He also performs with Bruno Ruviaro as a live-electronics duo. He holds a BA in music composition from Unicamp (Brazil), studied sonology at the Sonology Institute (The Hague, Holland). In 2011 he completed his Masters Degree at University of São Paulo (Brazil). Bernardo lives in Bay Area, California."

-Sonorities Festival of Contemporary Music (http://orestiskaramanlis.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Sonorities_27-4-2013.pdf)
12/4/2023

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"Weston Olencki is a New York City based trombonist/composer specializing in the performance and production of experimental music & art. Weston is a member of Ensemble Pamplemousse and the Wet Ink Large Ensemble, one half of RAGE THORMBONES and People Making Sounds, and has performed with Ensemble Dal Niente, wasteLAnd, wildUP!, Fonema Consort, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Talea Ensemble, sfSound, Wild Rumpus, Eco Ensemble, Chicago Symphony Orchestra's MusicNOW, and a.pe.ri.od.ic - under conductors Alan Pierson, Enno Poppe, Steven Schick, Marino Formenti, and Michael Lewanski. He was awarded the Kranichsteiner Musikpreis for Performance [2016] and a Stipendiumpreis [2014] from the Darmstadt Ferienkurse.

His compositional work has been performed/commissioned by the Talea Ensemble/Earle Brown Music Foundation, Pamplemousse, Bass2Bass [Michelle Lou + Scott Worthington], People Making Sounds, trombonist Matt Barbier, clarinetist Erin Cameron, and saxophonist David Wegehaupt.

An active proponent of new repertoire, Weston has pursued individual collaborative work with composers Eric Wubbels, Katherine Young, Mauricio Pauly, Dave Reminick, Michelle Lou, Ray Evanoff, and Timothy McCormack, alongside US/world premieres of pieces by Peter Ablinger, Bernhard Lang, Elliott Carter, Michael Gordon, James Saunders, Dai Fujikura, Katharina Rosenberger, Erik Ulman, and Chris Mercer. Festival/series appearances include Alatszto Hang [Budapest], Weisslich [London], Constellation's Frequency Series [Chicago], FOCIarts [New Orleans], Permutations [NYC/SF], sfSoundSalonSeries [SF], NUNC [Chicago], Indexical [Santa Cruz], Switchboard Presents [SF], OPTION [Chicago], and Omaha Under the Radar.

Weston has held residencies at the University of California Santa Cruz, Harvard University [HGNM], NYU, and Stanford University, with upcoming residencies at Northwestern and CalArts. He has recorded for HatHut, Sound American, Indexical, and Clean Feed with forthcoming releases on Carrier."

-Weston Olencki Website (http://www.westonolencki.com/about/)
12/4/2023

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"Michael Foster is a saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist working in the fields of free improvisation, noise, free jazz, graphic & video notation, performance art, and other forms of weird music.

Foster utilizes extensive preparations of his saxophone, augmenting it with amplification, objects, balloons, drum heads, vibrators, tapes, and samples as a method of subverting and queering the instrumentÕs history and traditional roles.

His current ensembles include duos with cellist Leila Bordreuil, percussionist Ben Bennett, poet/vocalist Lydia Lunch, vocalist Anais Maviel, Richard Kamerman, The Ghost (with Henry Fraser & Connor Baker), Barker Trio (with Tim Dahl, James Ilgenfritz, & Andrew Barker), While We Still Have Bodies (with Sean Ali, Ben Gerstein, & Flin van Hemmen), Weasel Walter Large Ensemble, and BDM (with Ben Bennett and David Grollman).

Selected notable venues he's performed at include Bowling Green State University (Ohio), The Stone (NYC), BimHuis (NL), Jazzfestival Groningen (NL), Fabrica Brao de Prata (PT), Death By Audio (NYC), Studio Loos (NL), Betalevel (Los Angeles), Webster Hall (NYC), XI20 (LT), Jazzclub Erfurt (DE), and many more."

-Michael Foster Website (http://michaelfostermusic.com/)
12/4/2023

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Track Listing:



1. Where Improvisation Comes From 3:07

2. Target Domain Of Infinity, Pt 1 3:10

3. Sub-Phenomenon Of Utterance 3:09

4. Frame Semantics 4:20

5. Surface Of Inscription 5:15

6. Target Domain Of Infinity, Pt 2 4:32

7. X Nets, Arrays, Containers 2:20

8. Ideas Are Physical _ Conceptual Bindings 3:14

9. Logic Is A Consequence 6:22

10. Just Below The Sonic Level Of Sense Making 3:21

11. Dissecting The Paraconcept 8:14

12. Feminized.Science.Deniers 4:03

13. Processing Schemas 2:37

14. Disenfranchised Language Of Muted Rage 3:20

15. Primary Metaphors 1:59

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Improvised Music
Jazz
Free Improvisation
European Improvisation, Composition and Experimental Forms
Sextet Recordings
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