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Cleaver, Gerald / Brandon Lopez / Hprizm: In The Wilderness (Positive Elevation / 577 Records)

Drawn from an experimental improv performance by drummer Gerald Cleaver and bassist Brandon Lopez at 577 Records' 2019 Forward Festival, electronic artist and producer Hprizm of the Antipop Consortium took those recording to reconstruct twelve works of illusory and often surreal music, from active beat-based electronica to hazy dreamlike ambience.
 

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Hprizm-electronics

Brandon Lopez-bass

Gerald Cleaver-drums


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UPC: 755491262979

Label: Positive Elevation / 577 Records
Catalog ID: CD-PEREC-005
Squidco Product Code: 32821

Format: CDR
Condition: New
Released: 2023
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded at the Forward Festival 2019, at ShapeShifter Lab, in Brooklyn, New York, by Hprizm.

Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"In The Wilderness opens with textured drums, a muted bass, celestial sound, like stars breaking into puddles. Confident engineering and gentle instrumentation invite the audience to wander into the unknown. The project draws from an experimental performance by drummer Gerald Cleaver and bassist Brandon Lopez, at 577 Records' Forward Festival, which was later deconstructed and rebuilt by hip-hop producer Hprizm of the Antipop Consortium.

All three musicians were involved in visioning the project's many stages, lending itself to an easy give-and-take between the artists, despite its improvisational, temporally disconnected structure.

This is Hprizm's second record (following Signs Remixed) on 577's sub-label, Positive Elevation, which is dedicated to electronic experimentation and avant soul."-Positive Elevation

Also available as a vinyl LP.

Artist Biographies

Hprizm/High Priest of the Antipop Consortium is a NYC based-composer, producer and performer - Prizm's beat driven compositions have been presented globally in over 50 countries and performed alongside the likes of Public Enemy, Radiohead, The Roots and More.

5/28/2024

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"[..] Composer/bassist, Brandon A. Lopez, deemed "The Ubiquitous Free Improv Bass Ace" by the Village Voice and said to play with a "Bruising Physicality" by the Chicago reader.

He was born and raised in the splendors of Northwestern New Jersey, in the shadow of the (New York) city. It was there that he cultivated a taste for the left of center musics and subsequently, dug graves.

He's had the pleasures of working with many of the world's luminary weirdos. Here's a list: Nate Wooley, William Parker, Chris Corsano, Justice Yeldham, Weasel Walter, Peter Evans, Tyshawn Sorey, Gerald Cleaver, Ingrid Laubrock, Tom Rainey, Tony Malaby, Paul Lytton, Mette Rasmussen, Jooklo Duo, Michael Foster, Leila Bordreuil, Jaimie Branch, Joe Morris, Brandon Seabrook, Cactus Truck, John Dykeman, Daniel Carter, and many others.

He's currently leads a trio dubbed "The Mess", another one called the Brandon Lopez Trio, works as a soloist and is formerly/currently/latterly writing more and more music. He may play some it sometime soon (see "gigs").

He attended New England Conservatory."

-Brandon Lopez Website (http://www.brandonlopez.nyc/)
5/28/2024

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"Gerald Cleaver (born May 4, 1963) is an African-American jazz drummer from Detroit, Michigan. Cleaver's father is drummer John Cleaver Jr., originally from Springfield, Ohio, and his mother was from Greenwood, Mississippi. Gerald had six older siblings. Cleaver joined the jazz faculty at the University of Michigan in 1995. He has performed or recorded with Joe Morris, Mat Maneri, Roscoe Mitchell, Miroslav Vitous, Michael Formanek, Tomasz Sta ko, Franck Amsallem and others.

Under the name Veil of Names, Cleaver released an album called Adjust on the Fresh Sounds New Talent label in 2001. It featured Maneri, Ben Monder, Andrew Bishop, Craig Taborn and Reid Anderson and was a Best Debut Recording Nominee by the Jazz Journalists Association. Cleaver currently leads the groups Uncle June, Black Host, Violet Hour and NiMbNl as well as working as a sideman with many different artists."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerald_Cleaver_(musician))
5/28/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Mainsource A 5:03

2. T Top 2:08

3. Hopoff 2:05

4. Rama 3:14

5. Blowback 2:24

6. Hallucinate 3:14

7. Mainsource C 4:36

8. GLP3 3:39

9. GLP1 2:56

10. GLP 1:28

11. Ono 2:00

12. Mainsource C1 7:12

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