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Mela, Francisco / Sinya Lin: Motions Vol. 1 (577 Records)

Extraordinary New York drummer & percussionist Francisco Mela is joined by Taiwan pianist and composer residing in NY, Shinya Lin, for two extended collective improvisations of joyful interaction, a complex interweaving of keys and drums augmented by percussive preparations from Lin and vocal exclamation from Mela, an upbeat and exuberantly intricate encounter.
 

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Shinya Lin-piano, prepared piano

Francisco Mela-drums


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UPC: 755491228111

Label: 577 Records
Catalog ID: CD-577R-5908-1
Squidco Product Code: 31443

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2022
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded at Berklee College, Boston, Massachusetts, on October 24th, 2021, by Yushu Bao and Hao Jen Lam.

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"In Motions, Vol. 1, Francisco Mela and Shinya Lin create an album of improvised textures and thrilling exploratory sounds. Using drum sets and prepared piano, they create a lush soundscape of textures, imagining a scene reminiscent of a jungle, full of life, resources and possibility.

"It was a huge pleasure to have Mela's presence and his mentorship was amazing, free of selves, the music came out just naturally from our souls," says Shinya about their first collaboration. Lin, a pianist and composer who was classically trained in Taiwan but now resides in New York, draws much of his sound from influences like John Cage and Cecil Taylor, "to accept whatever it comes, there is only enjoyment."

For Mela, who was named 2021 musician of the year by The New York City Jazz Record, this project represents yet another dimension of his curious and exploratory sound, present-focused and arrhythmic."-577 Records



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"Shinya Lin is a contemporary music performer-composer based in New York, he had touched on various fields such as European classical, contemporary classical, jazz, improvised music, and electronic music. He draws strong influences by John Cage and Cecil Taylor, "to accept whatever it comes, there is only enjoyment", exploring soundscapes within life and nature has been a huge concept in his works."

4/10/2024

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"Francisco Jose Mela is a Cuban drummer and percussionist who has performed with a wide array of prominent international Latin and jazz artists including Kenny Barron, Gary Bartz, JoAnne Brackeen, Jane Bunnett, Regina Carter, Anat Cohen, Paquito D'Rivera, George Garzone, Larry Grenadier, Stefon Harris, Lionel Loueke, Joe Lovano, Jason Moran, John Patitucci, John Scofield, Esperanza Spalding, Mark Turner, McCoy Tyner, Chucho Valdés, Kenny Werner, and many others.

Born in Bayamo, Cuba, Francisco Mela studied at the Music School of Arts El Yarey as a teenager before furthering his studies at the National School of Arts for Teachers, el CENCEA. He taught at Rafael's Cabrera Conservatory of Music and played with some of the country's top Latin jazz musicians, as well as leading his group, MelaSon Latin Jazz Band, that toured throughout Mexico. In 2000, he moved to Boston to study at Berklee College of Music and was invited to join the percussion faculty. He became the house drummer at the Wally's Café. It was here where he developed the concept for what would later be his own group.

In 2005, Mela joined the quartet of saxophonist Joe Lovano. Of particular note was the group's 2008 album on Blue Note entitled Folk Art.Later that year, Mela was approached by McCoy Tyner to join his trio.

Mela was named the Twin Cities Jazz Festival's first artistic director in 2014, Before appointment, he served as artistic director for the Xalapa Jazz Festival in Veracruz, Mexico (2010-2013).

In late 2016, Mela was part of an inaugural ensemble that joined Afro-Cuban pianist Chucho Valdés and saxophonist Joe Lovano for an international tour throughout Europe and North America. He also leads his own group, The Crash Trio."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francisco_Mela)
4/10/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Part I 15:16

2. Part II 35:13

Related Categories of Interest:


Improvised Music
Free Improvisation
Jazz
NY Downtown & Metropolitan Jazz/Improv
Percussion & Drums
Piano & Keyboards
Instruments with Preparations

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