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Judge Schreber's Avian Choir: Bleed [VINYL] (Cort)

Saxophonist and composer Crowmeat Bob's ensemble, Judge Schreber's Avian Choir, is a project name he's used to present his large ensemble pieces involving composition, improvisation, and conduction, here in a conducted collaboration with 15 bowed string players, a heavy metal rhythm section and Bob's own overdubs on reeds and guitar.
 

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Mike Isenberg-drums

Crowmeat Bob Pence-reeds, guitar

Libby Rodenbough-violin

Zach Aliotta-violin

Lalia Mangione-violin

Dan Ruccia-viola

Justin Blatt-viola

Ashley Overby-viola

Nora rogers-cello

Chris Eubank-cello

Emma Dunlap Grube-cello

Vattel Cherry-string bass

David Menstres-string bass

Matt Nelson [2]-string bass

Wood Robinson-string bass

Christopher Scully Thurston-string bass

Jon Ferrel-electric bass


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Label: Cort
Catalog ID: 1
Squidco Product Code: 28257

Format: LP
Condition: New
Released: 2019
Country: USA
Packaging: LP
Recorded at Fidelitorium, in Kernersville, North Carolina, in 2018, by Nick Peterson.

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"This is Crowmeat Bob's first real album as a leader, but he's been making music in North Carolina for two decades in multitudes of bands and collaborations. Judge Schreber's Avian Choir is a project name he's used a handful of times in the past to front large ensemble pieces involving composition, improvisation, and conduction, usually for just one or two live performances of a given piece.

For "Bleed", the performance was a recording session at Mitch Easter's Fidelitorium, engineered by Nick Peterson and mastered by Todd Rittmann. It's a document of a conducted collaboration with 15 bowed string players, a heavy metal rhythm section (including Mike Isenberg of Savage Knights on drums), and Bob's own overdubs on reeds and guitar. It's an ambitious monument, with long string orchestra passages giving way and combining with heavy metal eruptions. Powerful riffs, halos of harmonics, deft improvisations, textured landscapes."-CORT


Artist Biographies

"Upon graduating with a degree in cinema production in the 90's, Crowmeat Bob swiftly went to work at the Record and Tape Exchange and started playing bass and guitar with friends (primarily guitar guru John Aguero) in his parents' basement and in a friend's garage. No gigs were played during those years; they were a freaky little neurotic island in the strip-mall wasteland of northern Virginia. The prevailing aesthetic was some kind of heavy splatterjazz-noise-math-rock-free-improv, with 'frop breaks spent listening intently to all kinds of bidness like electric Miles, Black Sabbath, Messiaen, Sonic Youth, Marc Ribot, Cecil Taylor, Bartok, Last Exit, The Stooges, you name it. He eventually made the move to North Carolina in like '96, where he resides to this day, and picked up sax and bass clarinet while continuing with guitar.

He's played with about a billion bands, either as a composer or sideman, and been gigging on about a weekly basis since settling in the Research Triangle in 2000. Becoming fairly well known as part of the small "free improv" scene there, he was fortunate enough to get to play with a lot of great touring musicians, some of whom you probably revere. And mixing with the indie rockers provided ample opportunity to add sax to various rock'n'roll bands. His playing can be heard on local labels like Merge, Sorry State, and Paradise of Bachelors. Now that he is almost a halfway-decent player and has had a lot of experience writing music for many different kinds of ensembles, he has finally put out a record as a leader: Judge Schreber's Avian Choir is the name he gives to a recurring project that takes slightly different forms, in this case a large string ensemble with a heavy rhythm section."

-Bob Pence 2/26/2024

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"Dan Ruccia (b. 1982) is a Durham, NC, based composer. He writes music that exists at the intersection of different styles, forms, and genres, particularly free jazz and punk in all of its manifestations. His music has been performed across the United States and Europe by Eighth Blackbird, The Bad Plus, Wet Ink, the Juventas New Music Ensemble, Ensemble Soli Fan Tutti, the Wavensemble, and [dnme]. He recently completed his Ph.D. at Duke University where he studied with Stephen Jaffe, Scott Lindroth, and Allen Anderson (University of North Carolina). Dan also has a B.A. in music from Princeton University, having worked with Dan Trueman, Dmitri Tymoczko, and Steven Mackey.

Additionally, Dan is a violist and improviser, playing with [dnme] (which he directed in 2009 and 2010), Microcephalic Superintendent, and other groups around the Triangle. He also is a DJ at WXDU, playing a freeform mix of rock, jazz, classical, and everything else, and writes album reviews for Dusted Magazine. He is also on Twitter."

-Dan Ruccia Website (http://www.danruccia.com/about.html)
2/26/2024

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"Chris Eubank has been an underrated presence on the North Carolina music scene for more than a decade. While classically trained and blessed with good bloodlines (his father is a music professor, and his mother taught piano lessons on the side), Eubank has spent most of his time playing in rock bands. Since moving up from Orlando, Fla. to Durham to attend Duke in 1982, Eubank has made his presence felt by playing in a dizzying array of bands, including the Ugly Americans, Blue Chair, Skeletal Remains, the Mind Sirens, Bicentennial Quarters, Polycarp, Repetophile and Shark Quest. His active status as the cellist/bassist in Spatula keeps us keenly interested in his well-being, but as you'll see, his membership in that band is just one aspect of his character."

-Squealer Music (https://www.squealermusic.com/fantastic/spring99/eubank.html)
2/26/2024

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Track Listing:



SIDE A



1. Zarathustra's Ape

2. The Bacillus of Revenge

SIDE B



1. The Cardboard Cutout Spiral Sundial

2. The Wheel of Ixion

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