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Lerner, Marilyn / Nicole Rampersaud: Brass Knuckle Sandwich (Ambiances Magnetiques)

An assertive duo of piano and trumpet from Canadian improvisers Marilyn Lerner playing inside and out of the piano, and trumpeter Nicole Rampersaud performing with powerful and unusually expressive technique, this the first meeting between the two in a set of seven studio recordings, creative interactions of wide-ranging and cohesive approaches to their dialogs.
 

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UPC: 771028125821

Label: Ambiances Magnetiques
Catalog ID: AM_258
Squidco Product Code: 32929

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2021
Country: Canada
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Union Sound, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on February 8th, 2018-08-02, by Jeff Elliot.

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"First recording of the improviser duo Nicole Rampersaud and Marilyn Lerner. Brass Knuckle Sandwich is both a conversation and an exploration of a percussive, wind-swept soundscape at the intersection of copper and wood. It is the meeting of two of Canada's finest improvisers. A friendly encounter of creative, daring, patient and generous musicians. "-Ambiences Magnetiques



"Polished and powerful as the first part of its name and as layered as the second, Toronto's Brass Knuckle Sandwich has produced a crunchy but powerful snack of seven in-the-moment improvisations. The duo of pianist Marilyn Lerner and trumpeter Nicole Rampersaud, long-time members of the city's advanced music community, inventively display every flavorful scintilla of sound from the furthest reaches of their instruments. Lerner clips, pumps and slides over the keys in groups or separately and strums, plucks and buzzes the piano's internal strings. Making use of tongue-stopping, tone crackling and half-valve effects, Rampersaud's brass extensions include vocalized blowing, spittle-encrusted squeaks, strangled cries and plunger farts.

Expressing timbres ranging from the dulcet to the dissonant, the two produce a track like "Evermore", which from its carefully shaped keyboard introduction to mid-range capillary slurs conveys winnowing motion. Then they abruptly turn around during the following "nat.pit.hat" to contrast the trumpet's uppermost screech mode with dynamic piano pacing in the most fragmented mode before joining infant-like howls and resonating key clanks into a balanced ambulatory theme. Kinetics may edge out caution on most of the disc, but in spite of numerous advanced motifs, narratives are always fluid. The disc culminates in the almost 15-minute Rizoo, where broken octave creativity including hand muted brass cries and staccato peeps from Rampersaud and bottom board percussiveness and stopped key thumps from Lerner predominate until the track and the CD's finale settles into a connective mode."-Ken Waxman, The Whole Note/Jazz Word



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Artist Biographies

"Exhilarating jazz pianist/improviser Marilyn Lerner performs to acclaim internationally, from her native Montreal to Havana, from Jerusalem to Amsterdam and the Ukraine. Her groundbreaking recordings have garnered recognition, including "Best Western Jazz Recording 2004" for her "Special Angel" duo with legendary guitarist Sonny Greenwich.

Lerner's work spans the worlds of jazz, creative improvisation, klezmer and 20th century classical music. She composes for film, theatre, radio and television. She produced "Birds Are Returning", the first contemporary Canadian jazz recording to come out of Cuba, playing her compositions with greats Dafnis Prieto, Yosvanny Terry and Jane Bunnett.

Along with her innovative solo piano work, Lerner tours with The Queen Mab Trio (clarinettist Lori Freedman and Dutch violist Ig Henneman) across Canada, the U.S. and Europe. Their fall 2006 European tour included the prestigious Wels XX Music Unlimited Festival in Austria. Marilyn also performs with Sonny Greenwich, the Mad Satie Trio (Andrew Downing, David Occhipinti), Nick Frasier and Matt Brubeck, Lou Grassi and Ken Filiano, and in the Jewish scene with Adrienne Cooper, Frank London, Alicia Svigals, From Both Ends of the Earth, and David Wall. She has appeared with Steve Lacy, Tito Puente, Michael Vatcher and Gerry Hemingway.

Lerner's original music has garnered the Montreal International Jazz Festival award for best composition. Her audio art collages have been broadcast internationally. A recent commission by CBC in honour of composer Dmitri Shostakovitch's 100th birthday entitled "Meditations on Mitya" was performed by the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra and in November 2006.

A prolific recording artist, her most recent work includes the independently produced "Romanian Fantasy", a solo recording of improvisations on traditional Eastern European Jewish music recorded at the Glenn Gould Studio at CBC Toronto, "Thin Air" (WIG) the Queen Mab Trio's new release based on Hector Berloiz' Queen Mab Scherzo, "Luminance" (Ambiences Magnetiques), solo improvised piano music using different microphone techniques, "Special Angel" (C.B.C. records), duo with jazz guitar legend Sonny Greenwich, and, with singer David Wall, "Still Soft Voiced Heart" (Traditional Crossroads), original settings of contemporary Yiddish poetry.

Lerner conducts workshops on improvisation and on Jewish music throughout North America, Europe and the former Soviet Union. Current projects include both a recording and performances of "Shake My Heart Like a Copper Bell", Lerner's contemporary Yiddish song cycle on the poetry of Anna Margolin, scored for piano, cello, clarinet and singer Adrienne Cooper, for which she received a Hadassah-Brandeis research award, ongoing collaborations with poet Patrick Friesen, a new trio project with cellist Matt Brubeck and drummer Nick Fraser and numerous solo concerts."

-Marilyn Lerner Website (http://www.marilynlerner.com/bio.html)
4/10/2024

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"Trumpet Player, Composer, and Improviser Nicole Rampersaud has a singular voice that intersects with a broad range of musical practices and traditions. Her intrepid listening and boundless curiosity have made her an internationally sought-after collaborator throughout several musical communities.

Nicole's individualistic versatility has led to collaborations with many of the leading innovators in contemporary music: Anthony Braxton, Joe Morris, Ra-kalam Bob Moses, Sandro Perri, and many more. Her primary groups include Brass Knuckle Sandwich (with pianist Marilyn Lerner), a duo with guitarist Joel LeBlanc, and she is a founding member of the trio c_RL alongside Allison Cameron and Germaine Liu. She relentlessly seeks out and creates spaces to work with a diverse and expanding group of music-makers as a means of exploring and nurturing new connections between creative practices.

Since 2008, Nicole has been building a catalogue of solo compositions that deconstruct the trumpet's sonic possibilities. In solo performances, Nicole improvises composites of her pieces in the moment, resulting in compelling structures that engage audiences in the creation of a connected experience. In 2021, she co-founded the improvisation-driven series, Understory, that uses technology to reimagine collaboration between improvising artists across Canada."

-Nicole Rampersaud Website (https://www.nicolerampersaud.com/bio)
4/10/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Bristles 5:41

2. Clamour 8:09

3. Susurration 5:50

4. Floufe 7:42

5. Evermore 6:46

6. Nat.Pit.Hat 7:29

7. Rizoo 14:53

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Ambiances Magnetiques
Improvised Music
Jazz
Free Improvisation
Musique Actuelle
Piano & Keyboards
Recordings featuring brass instruments - trumpets, trombones, tubas, other horns
Duo Recordings
Canadian Composition & Improvisation
New in Improvised Music

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