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Mazurek, Rob: All Distances Inform (RogueArt)

Analogized to a form of poetry known as the Projective Verse, Chicago trumpeter Rob Mazurek propels clarion exclamation and contemplation on the piccolo trumpet through eleven improvisations utilizing the natural resonance of each room that he performs in, captured in True Stereo through dual microphones resulting in this remarkable solo album.

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UPC: 3760131271164

Label: RogueArt
Catalog ID: ROG-0116
Squidco Product Code: 31379

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2022
Country: France
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold 3 Panels
Recorded at the Chinati Fondation, in Marfa, Texas, on August 13th and 14th, 2018, by Ken Christianson.


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Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"To make poems of essential use, Charles Olson wrote in 1950, poets must attend to the breath. Poems of this kind that are written, Olson adds, by those who compose by the breath and who also listen. He calls this method Projective Verse. I suspect Olson would consider this album by Rob Mazurek recorded at the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas, in buildings where works by Donald Judd and John Chamberlain are installed, a kind of Projective Verse on the piccolo trumpet."-Tim Johnson, from the liner notes

"We hear Mazurek's movements, the sounds of his body and breath, the way Mazurek responds to those sounds. As he breathes, he listens."-Rogueart"

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Artist Biographies

"Rob Mazurek is an American electro-acoustic composer, cornetist, improviser and visual artist living in Chicago, Illinois. As a composer, Rob Mazurek has written over 300 original compositions over the past 30 years, and has released 55 recordings on various labels. He currently leads a number of ensembles, including Exploding Star Orchestra, Pharoah and the Underground (featuring Pharoah Sanders), Chicago Underground, Pulsar Quartet, São Paulo Underground, Skull Sessions, Sound Is Quintet, Starlicker, Mandarin Movie and Throne of the House of Good and Evil, each of which possesses its own distinct musical personality.

He has collaborated with a wide variety of artists, such as Bill Dixon, Pharoah Sanders, Mike Ladd, Roscoe Mitchell, Yusef Lateef, Fred Anderson, Naná Vasconcelos, Mamelo Sound System, Kassin and Marcelo Camelo and others. Additionally, Rob Mazurek works as a visual artist (incorporating sound, painting and video) with numerous international performances, exhibitions and artist residencies."

-Rob Mazurek Website (

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Track Listing:

1. Piece III (Main Room South) 2:32

2. Piece IV (Partitions) 5:09

3. Piece V (Through Small Room To End) 7:16

4. Piece VI (As Distance Reveals) 8:36

5. Piece VII (Backwave Movement) 11:31

6. Piece I (Main Room North) 8:14

7. Piece II (Small Room North Building) 3:07

8. Piece I (CH1) 5:52

9. Piece II (CH2) 4:15

10. Piece IV (CH3) 7:49

11. Piece III (CH4) 5:54

Related Categories of Interest:

Improvised Music
Free Improvisation
Chicago Jazz & Improvisation
Recordings featuring brass instruments - trumpets, trombones, tubas, other horns
Solo Artist Recordings
Recordings Utilizing the Natural Resonance of a Space

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