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Coleman, Anthony / Brian Chase: Arcades [VINYL] (Chaikin Records)

Downtown NY pianist Anthony Coleman (John Zorn, Marc Ribot, Glenn Branca), and drummer Brian Chase (Jeremiah Cymerman, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Drums and Drones) present their debut collaboration, balancing jazz-influenced improvisation with avant compositional forms to forge a chamber jazz album of thoughtful interaction informed by profound technique and creative drive.
 

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Anthony Coleman-piano

Brian Chase-drumset


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Edition of 150 copies

UPC: 634457018105

Label: Chaikin Records
Catalog ID: LP-CHAIK-006LE
Squidco Product Code: 31791

Format: LP
Condition: New
Released: 2022
Country: USA
Packaging: LP
Recorded at 2nd Story Sound, New York, New York, by Jeff Cook.

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"Pianist and composer Anthony Coleman (John Zorn, Marc Ribot, Glenn Branca), teams up with drummer Brian Chase (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Drums and Drones) for their debut duo album, Arcades. These distinguished figures of the avant-garde craft a kaleidoscopic and expressionistic album from start to finish, hinged upon their synergistic interplay and technical dexterity. The music stands at a cross-section of post-jazz improvisation and contemporary classical ideals, emblematic of the 'Downtown' NYC scene of which Coleman and Chase are active participants. At the core of these "stark, compelling improvised duos" (The Wire, April 2022) is the musical dialogue between Coleman and Chase - a spontaneous exchange and counter-exchange resulting in an array of expressive moods and themes, from the euphoric to the introspective. The title 'Arcades' is a reference to philosopher Walter Benjamin's The Arcades Project, a labyrinthine text profiling 19th-century Parisian urban life, which consists largely of fragments of popular discourse, sociological observations and poetic personal insights.

Pianist and composer Anthony Coleman has been one of the key figures of New York music for nearly four decades. His work bridges the gap between Composition and Improvisation, Uptown and Downtown, and spans a wide range of genres and practices including Free Improvisation, Jazz, Jewish music (of various types), and Contemporary Chamber Music. He has recorded 20 CDs under his own name and has played on more than 150. The first two records Coleman played on, Glenn Branca's Lesson No. 1 and John Zorn's Archery, have become classics of a then-emerging avant-garde. As a composer, Coleman's works have been commissioned by the Concert Artist Guild, the Jerome Foundation, the Ruhrtriennale, the Festival Banlieues Blues, and the Bang on a Can All-Stars, among others. He has presented his own work at the Sarajevo Jazz Festival (Bosnia), North Sea Jazz Festival (Holland), Saalfelden Festival (Austria), and the Krakow and Vienna Jewish Culture Festivals. He has also toured and recorded with John Zorn, Elliott Sharp, Marc Ribot, Shelley Hirsch, Roy Nathanson, and many others.

Brian Chase is the drummer for Grammy-nominated rock band Yeah Yeah Yeahs, NYC's experimental music community and his solo project, Drums and Drones. Performing has taken him across the world to notable stages including the Sydney Opera House, London's Royal Festival Hall and Japan's Fuji Rock, as well as concert spaces ranging from the Metropolitan Museum of Art to countless independent art spaces of music's 'underground' communities. In 2007, Brian began Drums and Drones, a solo project which applies principles of harmonic resonance to drums and percussion; initial inspiration for the project comes from La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela's legendary Dream House installation. Drums and Drones: Decade, a triple album with 144 page book (Chaikin Records), was released in 2018; the collection was described in The Wire as "luscious laboratory experiments in listening to stretched skins, wooden vessels and metallic surfaces." As an educator, Brian was a visiting professor at Bennington College and guest lecturer at So Percussion's Summer Institute at Princeton University. Essays and writings have appeared in John Zorn's Arcana series, Modern Drummer magazine, and culture blog Talkhouse. In 2018, Brian started his record label, Chaikin Records, which focuses primarily on the NYC avant-garde arts community."-Chaikin Records


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Artist Biographies

"Anthony Coleman (born August 30, 1955) is an avant-garde jazz pianist. During the 1980s and 1990s he worked with John Zorn on Cobra, Kristallnacht, The Big Gundown, Archery, and Spillane and helped push modern Jewish music into the 21st century.

At the age of thirteen, Coleman started studying piano with Jaki Byard. At the New England Conservatory of Music he studied with George Russell, Donald Martino and Malcolm Peyton.

Coleman's collaborators over the years have included guitarist Elliott Sharp, trumpeter Dave Douglas, accordion player Guy Klucevsek, composer David Shea, former Captain Beefheart bandmember Gary Lucas, classical and klezmer clarinetist David Krakauer, guitarist Marc Ribot, bassist Greg Cohen, drummer Joey Baron and saxophonist Roy Nathanson.

Coleman's compositions and solo work reflect his interest in his Jewish background. His groups Sephardic Tinge and Selfhaters in the 1990s explored both the lively, rich and exuberant musical legacy as well as darkly described the lamentation of a minority culture in Diaspora. Sephardic Tinge toured extensively, especially throughout Europe, in the 1990s and the early 2000s.

Coleman's Disco by Night is a work inspired by his visit to his family's homeland of Yugoslavia and was his first major solo record released by Japan's Avant Records in 1992. Shmutsige Magnaten, in which he played the songs of Yiddish folk composer Mordechai Gebirtig, a victim of the Holocaust was also released by Tzadik Records in 2006. It was recorded live at midnight in the oldest synagogue of Kraków, Poland, a few steps away from Gebirtig's birthplace during the annual Kraków Jewish Music Festival in 2005.

His duo albums, The Coming Great Millenium, Lobster & Friend, and I Could've Been a Drum with Roy Nathanson, mostly explore the fun, frivolous and joyous alongside the nostalgic hearts and minds of Jews in modern and old America. These recordings typify Coleman's "free" playing style as well as his multi-instrumental capabilities with him also operating samplers, trombones, percussion as well as piano and voice. Coleman and Nathanson have performed all over the U.S. and Europe.

Coleman is also an accomplished composer with many works being commissioned by numerous ensembles including the 2006 work Pushy Blueness which was released on Tzadik.

His work includes Damaged by Sunlight, issued on DVD in France by La Huit, the album Freakish: Anthony Coleman plays Jelly Roll Morton (Tzadik); a monthlong residency in Venice as a guest of Venetian Heritage, a commission for the Parisian Ensemble Erik Satie: Echoes From Elsewhere; tours of Japan and Europe with guitarist Marc Ribot's band Los Cubanos Postizos; a lecture/performance as part of the symposium "Anton Webern und das Komponieren im 20 Jahrhundert" (Neue Perspektiven, Basel, Switzerland) and a commission from the String Orchestra of Brooklyn (Empfindsamer).

He has been on the faculty of the New England Conservatory of Music since 2005 and Mannes College New School for Music since 2012. His album The End of Summer features his NEC Ensemble Survivors Breakfast.

Coleman has degrees in composition from the New England Conservatory of Music and the Yale School of Music and attended Mauricio Kagel's seminar at Centre Acanthes in Aix-en-Provence, France. He has received grants and residencies from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Djerassi Colony, the Civitella Ranieri Center, the Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg Kulturbehörde and the Yellow Springs Arts Center. He spent the spring semester of 2003 teaching theory and composition at Bennington College in Vermont. In 2004 he was the subject of a three-day festival, Abstract Adventures, in Brussels, Belgium.

Coleman writes articles for All About Jazz and Bomb magazine and was a contributor to John Zorn's essay collection Arcana: Musicians on Music in 2000.

In the mid 1990s, Coleman appeared in Sabbath in Paradise, Claudia Heuermann's documentary about Jewish music in the avant-garde downtown scene in New York, A Bookshelf on Top of the Sky, Heuermann's documentary about John Zorn, and Following Eden. In 2005 Coleman was interviewed for the Marc Ribot documentary The Lost String, directed by Anais Prosaic."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_Coleman)
6/12/2024

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Selected Discography:

Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Drums and Drones
w/ The Seconds
w/ Alan Licht
w/ Peter Aaron
w/ Collapsible Shoulder
w/ Thollem McDonas
w/ Seth Misterka:
w/ Jeremiah Cymerman
w/ Man Forever
w/ Karlie Bruce
w/ Fretless Brothers
w/ Sway Machinery
w/ Tyondai Braxton

-Brian Chase Website (http://www.chasebrian.com/recordings/)
6/12/2024

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Track Listing:



SIDE A



1. Arcades 12:32

2. Divagations 10:43

SIDE B



1. Crepuscule 07:06

2. Momentary Come-on 08:26

3. With Cunning 07:40

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Vinyl Recordings
Improvised Music
Jazz
Free Improvisation
Chamber Jazz
NY Downtown & Metropolitan Jazz/Improv
Duo Recordings
New in Improvised Music
Jazz & Improvisation Based on Compositions

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