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Bjorklund's, Alan Amygdala: History Lesson (577 Records)

One of three albums in a series curated by saxophonist David Schnug and released by 577 Records, trumpeter Alan Bjorklund's Amygdala presents an inventive and adventurous set of compositions, from a succinct 16 seconds to more than 7 minutes on the title track, in a mix of composed and improvised approaches using modern syntax and compositional strategies to compelling effect.

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Label: 577 Records
Catalog ID: 5783
Squidco Product Code: 31962

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2012
Country: USA
Packaging: Jewel Case
Recorded at Halsey Street, in Brooklyn, New York, on December 28th and 29th, 2009, and on July 19th, 2010, by Anthony Ingemi.


Alan Bjorklund-trumpet, piccolo trumpet, didgeridoo

Cody Brown-drums

Andrew Carrico-baritone saxophone

Ryan Clackner-acoustic guitar, electric guitars

Trevor Lagrange-steinway, accordion

Pascal Niggenkemper-bass

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Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"This record is one of three in a series curated by myself and released by 577 Records. The other two releases are of my trio, and the group Aella.

Alan Bjorklund's music is wildly original and astoundingly logical. I attended college with Alan and have watched in amazement over the years as his music developed into the work you see presented here. I have frequently performed his music and in doing so have experienced a new way of playing. Each performer here, while either playing written material or improvising, is aware of a modern vocabulary and syntax that I feel is the present "musical moment" - and it is the musical challenge of today to speak this language. There is an interesting development happening in our music - certain composers are working at the edge of tonality and beyond; they are using exotic rhythms and obscure approaches to melody - and while they are reaching to the limit for new material, their work grooves. This sound has been forming for years with the work of many adventurous souls and Alan is one such composer."-David Schnug

Artist Biographies

Alan Bjorklund is a trumpeter & didgeridoo player, based in Brooklyn, New York. He is known for his trio with Tyshawn Sorey and Kim Cass, and his ensemble Alan Bjorklund's Amygdala.

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Cody Brown is a drummer known for the groups Will McEvoy's Mutasm and Alan Bjorklund's Amygdala.

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Andrew Carrico (1986-2012) was a Seattle native and Baritone saxophonist, performing and living also in New York City. Andrew graduated from the New School in New York City in 2009 and from Garfield High School in 2004. He played baritone sax in the Garfield High School jazz band that won New York's Essentially Ellington Festival in 2003 and 2004. Andrew played, composed and enjoyed experimental jazz and jazz fusion. He was known for the rock fusion group Afuche, and his work with Amygdala.

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Ryan Clackner is a NY area acoustic and electric guitarist, known for the groups Amygdala and his work with Radam Schwartz.

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Trevor Lagrange is a NY pianist, keyboard player and accordionist. He is known for the groups Tsuyoshi Furuhashi Quartet, The David Schnug Trio and Alan Bjorklund's Amygdala.

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"New York City-based German-French bassist, composer and improviser Pascal Niggenkemper is a performing and recording artist active on the creative music scene in the US and in Europe.

From 1999-2005 he was musicaly active in Cologne having studied jazz & classical double bass at the Hochschule für Musik. In 2005 he received the DAAD award and moved to New York.

From 2008 to 2010 Pascal led the PNTrio with Tyshawn Sorey and Robin Verheyen. (CD "pasàpas" Konnex 2008 & "urban creatures" JazzHausMusik 2010). The trio toured extensively in Europe performing at the Jazzcologne Festival, Jazzherbst Konstanz and at the Kennedy Center in Washington. Recordings for the WDR and the BR Radio.

In cooperation with Jazzdor Strasbourg-Berlin, Pascal formed the septet vision7 that performed at Jazzdor Strasbourg-Berlin, Vive le Jazz in Cologne, Jazz à la Cité in Paris and at the Pori Jazz in Finland. (CD 'Lucky Prime' clean feed records Sept 2013)

In September 2011 Pascal released with Simon Nabatov and Gerald Cleaver the CD/LP upcoming hurricane on NoBusiness Records which is listed among 'Albums of the year' 2011 in the 'The New York City Jazz Record'. The trio performed in Canada and the USA.

He recently recorded a new solo program called: 'look with thine ears' music for bass & preparations was premiered at the Jazzdor Festival in Strasbourg in November 2013. The CD was released in March 2015 on clean feed records. He performed for the France Musique radio broadcast by Anne Montaron called 'a l'improviste'.

In 2014 he presented the double trio 'le 7eme continent' with the program 'talking trash' at the Vive le Jazz festival in Cologne, Germany and the concert was broadcast by WDR3 radio. Their CD was released in May 2016 on clean feed records and the group performed in France, Belgium and Germany.

Pascal is co-leading the groups baloni with Frantz Loriot viola and Joachim Badenhorst clarinets (CD 'fremdenzimmer' 2011, 'Belleke' 2014 & 'Ripples' 2015 clean feed records) PascAli a duo for two prepared basses with Sean Ali (CD 'suspicious activity' creative sources 2012) and Miner's Pick with Thomas Heberer. (CD 'miner's pick' FMR records 2014)

With friends, he curates in NY the house concert series ze couch, where every month artists meet to present their work.

Festival presence includes: Jazzdor Strasbourg-Berlin, Vision Festival New York, Umbrella Festival Chicago, Banlieues Bleues Paris, Strade del Cinema Aosta, météo Mulhouse, Jazzcologne, JIGG Lisbon, Taktlos Zurich, Jazz à la Cité in Paris, ESCUCHA Madrid, Washington DC Jazz Festival, Pori Jazz Festival, Middelheim Antwerp, Grenzenlos Köln, undead Jazzfest NYC, D'Jazz Nevers, NewAdits Klagenfurt, Font New York, Music Unlimited Wels, Vive le Jazz Cologne, GONG Aarau, Konfrontationen Nickelsdorf, Ljubljana Jazz Festival etc...

He received the following scholarships/grants: DAAD, Henry Mancini Institute, North Rhine-Westphalia composition stipend."

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Track Listing:

1. Multiple Personalities 4:51

2. Pedals #5 1:23

3. Short #6 0:16

4. Flying Purple Panic Attack 3:18

5. History Lesson 3:57

6. Mary Had a Little Conniption 1:14

7. Relish Fingers 3:39

8. Improvisation #1 0:59

9. Placid 2:16

10. Improvisation #8 0:27

11. States of Music Tech 3:23

12. Amygdala 7:20

13. Improvisation #3 1:49

14. Short #12 0:18

15. John Wayne 3:01

16. Third Bar Tonight 4:49

17. Short #4 0:18

18. Improvisation #14 1:02

19. Mirror Image 2:20

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