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Fields, Scott Ensemble: Barclay (Ayler)

Guitarist and composer Scott Fields presents the 3rd installment of his Beckett Trilogy, based on the writings of Irish novelist and poet Samuel Barclay Beckett (1906-1989), whose ironic black comedies Fields characterizes musically in instrumental compositions performed by his quartet with cellist Scott Roller, drummer Domnik Mahnig, and saxophonist Matthias Schubert.
 

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Scott Fields- electric guitar, compositions

Matthias Schubert-tenor saxophone

Scott Roller-cello

Dominik Mahnig-percussion


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UPC: 7320470215630

Label: Ayler
Catalog ID: aylCD-159
Squidco Product Code: 27202

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2018
Country: France
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold 3 Panels
Recorded at Topaz Studios, in Cologne, Germany, on September 18th and 19th, 2018, by Reinhard Kobialka.

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"An innovative approach to word painting and a care for the rhythm of the words is evident on this third installment in the "Beckett trilogy" of albums by the Scott Fields Ensemble, following Beckett (2007) and Samuel (2009). In Barclay (2018), Fields approaches a new batch of Beckett plays seeking structure for his compositions and the guitarist/composer further succeeds in maintaining the repetition and character of the original texts, while at the same time never uttering a word - this is instrumental music. [...] A welcome and long-anticipated encore from the Scott Fields Ensemble."-Dr. John McGrath, liner notes)



"Guitarist Scott Fields' distinctive approach to composition marches to the next level on this third installment of the "Beckett Trilogy," where he uses additional Samuel Barclay Beckett (1906-1989) plays as an inspiration for these three extended works, based on the novelist's text/plots.

The ensemble seemingly weaves some of Beckett's black comedy and humor into concise and rather spirited statements via geometric, non-linear and asymmetrically paced grooves with incongruent slants, offering some brain candy for your psyche to nibble on. Fields' complex works contain elements of pathos amid traces of melodic content and themes that are often renewed and deformed. And there's lots of counterpoint between the guitarist and tenor saxophonist Matthias Schubert in tandem with fractured pulses, false endings and rough-hewn free style excursions. The band undulates the current with variances in pitch and cadences that occasionally lead to some fun and frolic.

..." but the clouds ..." is one of three extended pieces designed with Avant chamber inferences, punk jazz, and quietude, segueing to a bit of fire and brimstone, spurred by cellist Scott Roller and drummer Dominik Mahnig's rambunctious exchanges. Fields' electric guitar distortion techniques spark a gritty, in-your-face muse, amped up by the drummer's jackhammer-like accents and brusque fills. Nonetheless, the quartet maintains a continuum of suspense, although these pieces demand some degree of critical listening: it's by no means background or mood music.

Throughout, the quartet seemingly integrates Beckett's manifold plots that continually unfold, complete with scenic environs, narrow alleyways, big city debacles and penetrating narratives, accentuating Fields' excitedly imaginative and largely incomparable methodologies."-Glenn Astarita, All About Jazz


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Artist Biographies

"Scott Fields (born September 30, 1952 in Chicago, Illinois) is a guitarist, composer, and bandleader. He is best known for his attempts to blend music that is composed and music that is written and for his modular pieces (see 48 Motives, 96 Gestures and "OZZO"). He works primarily in avant-garde jazz, experimental music, and contemporary classical music.

Fields was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. He started as a self-taught rock musician but soon was influenced by the musicians of the Association for the Advancement for Creative Musicians (AACM), which was active in the Hyde Park neighborhood in which he grew up. Later he studied classical guitar, jazz guitar, music composition, and music theory. In 1973 Fields co-founded the avant-garde jazz trio Life Rhythms. When the group disbanded two years later, he played sporadically but soon was institutionalized for an extended period. He almost quit music until 1989.

Since then he has performed and composed actively. His ensembles and partnerships have included such musicians as Marilyn Crispell, Hamid Drake, John Hollenbeck, Joseph Jarman, Myra Melford, Jeff Parker, and Elliott Sharp."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scott_Fields)
2/28/2024

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"Matthias Schubert (born April 18, 1960 in Kassel ) is a German jazz musician (tenor saxophone, oboe and composition).

Schubert had oboe lessons as a teenager. The saxophonists Allan Praskin and Melvin Phillips introduced him to jazz. He studied from 1979 to 1983 at the University of Music and Performing Arts Hamburg with Andy Scherrer, Herb Geller and Walter Norris. He played for a long time in the Euro Jazz Band, the Graham Collier Band and the Marty Cook Group, but also with the groups of Albert Mangelsdorff, Manfred Bründl and others.

He played in the quartet with Simon Nabatov, Lindsey Horner and Tom Rainey during the 1990s. He forms a trio with Carl Ludwig Hübsch and Wolter Wierbos. He has founded the James Choice Orchestra with Hübsch, Frank Gratkowski and Norbert Stein. He also played with Karl Berger, Klaus King, Kathrin Lemke, Jeanne Lee, Joachim Ullrich, Andreas Willers, Xu Fengxia, Scott Fields, Uwe Oberg,Uli Böttcher and Alois Kott. In 2001 he was appointed as a lecturer at the University of Music, Drama and Media Hanover."

-Wikipedia (Translated by Google) (https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matthias_Schubert)
2/28/2024

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"Born in 1959 in Amarillo, Texas (USA). University music studies 1976-1981 in Texas (Univ. of Texas/Austin, 76-79, North Texas State/Denton, 80-81) and in Paris, France 79-80). 1980-83 active with the free improvisation quartet BL Lacerta as Artist-in-Residence in Dallas with support from the Texas Commission on the Arts, Chamber Music America, the Atlantic-Richfield Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts (his "Masters in Improvisation"). The collaboration with artists of widely divergent media forms has ever since been a significant aspect of his activities as a cellist, teacher, improviser and composer for over 30 years.

German resident since 1983 in Stuttgart und Essen. Further composition studies, teacher in a "youth music school" in Gladbeck 1985-1988. 1987-89 full-time cellist in the Dortmund Philharmonic, on a project basis until 1998. In the 1990s, active with the Wolpe Trio (Essen), Musikfabrik NRW (Düsseldorf), ensemble avance (Stuttgart), the trombonist/ composer Mike Svoboda, the organist/composer Gary Verkade (and their improvisation ensemble Synthese), extensive private cello teaching and the beginning of school projects in contemporary music and group improvisation (especially in the "Response" program in the Frankfurt area until 2004 and thereafter in Essen). Worked with dancers Dyane Neiman and Robert Solomon.

From about 2000, active in Ensemble >gelberklang< and Helios String Quartet (both in Stuttgart), in the ensembles of Mike Svoboda and the American composer/guitarist Scott Fields (Cologne), concerts and film music with Michael Riessler, several collaborations with the French dancer-choreographer Christine Brunel in Essen and the Polish painter Agata Schubert. Guest with Ensemble Modern Orchestra (Frankfurt), ensemble recherche (Freiburg) and willing collaborator in many improvisation- and composition-based projects of all kinds.

Starting in 2010 with his move back to Stuttgart, increased emphasis on composition and solo work with cello/electronics, collaborations as musician/actor with the choreographer Nina Kurzeja ("Tattoo") and TART Produktions ("Napoleon Raskolnikow im Schnee"), both in Stuttgart. In 2011 he began a very fruitful collaboration with the spoken-word poet Timo Brunke leading to "Der Übergang des Abendlandes", commissioned and produced by the Theaterhaus Stuttgart. In 2012 he played in a trio project with the South African jazz pianist Abdullah Ibrahim and Cleave Guyton (woodwinds, NY). Release of Blind Date Quartet CD with A. Sheridan (flutes), U. Stortz (violin), SR (cello) and J. Hollenbeck (drums/percussion).

Represented as a cellist, improviser and composer on labels such as Wergo (Frankfurt), cybele (Dusseldorf), Kairos (Vienna), free elephant records (Wuppertal), New World Records (New York), clean feed (Lisbon) und GPE records/Timezone.

In 2005, co-founded Open_Music e.V. (Stuttgart), a non-profit organization for improvisation and artistic education which has been awarded numerous grants and prizes from national, state and local agencies and foundations. Open_Music, which has carried out more than 70 projects in the past 7 years with children, youth and young adults from a wide spectrum of social backgrounds, was part of the so-called Southern Network, an initiative of the National Cultural Foundation for innovative performance and education projects in the Stuttgart region from 2008-2011. As of 2012, Open_Music has been granted institutional funding by the City of Stuttgart in addition to significant funding from state resources and private foundations."

-Harmonie 59 (http://www.harmonie59.org/scott-roller/)
2/28/2024

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"Mahnig received his first drumming lessons at eleven years. In June 2012 he graduated from the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences with Gerry Hemingway, Norbert Pfammatter and Marc Halbheer . In the fall of 2012 he took his master's degree at the Cologne University of Music and Dance with Jonas Burgwinkel and Frank Gratkowski ; He has masterclasses and workshops with John Hollenbeck, Heiri Känzig, Henning Berg, Steve Coleman and Christy Doran . He is a member of The Great Harry Hillman, the bands of Frank Haunschild, Jens Böckamp, Tamara Lukasheva and Liza Pflaum, the Move Dove quartet around Luis Reinhard, the trio Botter and Massive Schrage . He presented himself at concerts in Hungary, Germany and Switzerland, among others at the Langnau Jazz-Nights and the Jazz Festival Willisau (with Kenny Wollesen ).

Mahnig is a multiple winner and winner of the Swiss drummer and percussionist competition. At the Convento Jazzpreis NRW 2011, he was honored as the best soloist: "Drummer Dominik Mahnig impressed with his subtle and biting bespoke, which supported the melodies in a tone -colored manner and at the same time rhythmically brushed against the line." Wilhelm-Fabry- He received a special prize for a strong creative statement in 2013. The Great Harry Hillman won the ZKB Jazz Prize in 2015."

-Wikipedia (translated by Google) (https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dominik_Mahnig)
2/28/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Krapp's Last Tape 28:07

2. ...But The Clouds... 16:12

3. Catastrophe 18:26

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