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Interstellar Nao (Rick Countryman / Garbriel Lauber / Itzam Cano / Juan Castanon): 4tet (FMR)

The second Interstellar Nao album recorded at No Somos Nada Distro Cafe in Mexico City presents the previous day's concerts from their first FMR album Live at No Somos Nada, expanding the trio of Philippine-based saxophonist Rick Countryman, Swiss drummer living in Mexico City Gabriel Lauber and Lauber's collaborator in the group Zero Point, Mexico City native double bass player Itzam Canois, with guitarist Juan Castañón, founder of Impromuzak Collective.
 

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Rick Countryman-alto saxophone

Itzam Cano-acoustic bass

Garbriel Lauber-drums

Juan Castanon-guitar


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Label: FMR
Catalog ID: FMR671
Squidco Product Code: 33365

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2023
Country: UK
Packaging: Digipack - 3 panel
Recorded live at Pizza Jazz Cafe and No Somos Nada Distro Cafe, Mexico city, Mexico, on March 7th and 8th, 2023.

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The second Interstellar Nao album recorded at No Somos Nada Distro Cafe in Mexico City presents the previous day's concerts from their first FMR album Live at No Somos Nada, expanding the trio of Philippine-based saxophonist Rick Countryman, Swiss drummer living in Mexico City Gabriel Lauber and Lauber's collaborator in the group Zero Point, Mexico City native double bass player Itzam Canois, with guitarist Juan Castañón, founder of Impromuzak Collective.


Artist Biographies

"Rick Countryman (January 31, 1957) is an American jazz saxophonist and flautist.

After years attracting little attention as a baritone saxophone player, including an extended sabbatical, Rick made a late-life change to alto sax, at the urging of bassist, Simon Tan. His first recorded session with Simon and Christian Bucher, avant garde drummer from Switzerland, attracted the attention of French label "Improvising Beings" and was released as "Acceptance - Resistance". The recordings received many positive reviews, both in the United States and Europe.

Rick currently now has 9 releases on 4 labels across Europe, Asia, and the United States, including multiple CDs with Japanese improvisational drummer, Sabu Toyozumi, who has made several trips to Manila to perform and record. The music continues to receive positive reviews and airplay. Two recordings were listed in "Gold Dolphy 2018".

Since 2011, Rick has been an active member of the Manila jazz scene. He leads and performs in ensembles on baritone saxophone, alto saxophone, alto flute and bass flute; performing original compositions, as well as free jazz/improvisation, in his own jazz quartets and trios. His style is heavily influenced by Eric Dolphy, Sonny Simmons and the 60s Free Jazz movement. He was a student of Bert Wilson, and considers Michael Bisio and Rick Mandyck early mentors."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rick_Countryman)
6/10/2024

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"Itzam Cano (born in Mexico City, Mexico) is a Mexican jazz double bassist.

He studied ethnomusicology at the Escuela Nacional de Música from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). He studied electric bass and contrabass and the development of improvisation, jazz theory, and harmony.

In late 2005, he joined free jazz ensemble Zero Point. In September 2006, Zero Point participated in the Japanese New Music Festival (Tatsuya Yoshida, Makoto Kawabata y Atsushi Tsuyama), at Multiforo Alicia in Mexico City. By 2007, Zero Point released its first digital album for Ayler Records.

He has worked with Elliot Levin, Marco Eneidi, Dennis, Stefan y Aarón Gonzales, Dave Dove, Shelley Hirsch, Scott Forrey, Milo Tamez, Tom Corona, Lawrence Williams, and Generación Espontánea.

Since 2004 he has performed at the Ollin Jazz Tlalpan Internacional, Festival de Improvisación Libre, Free Jazz y Noise "Cha'ak'ab Paaxil" (with sede in Mérida, Yucatán), Festival Internacional de las Americas in La Habana, Cúba and in festivals in cities like Puebla, Guadalajara, and Zacatecas.

He has been a member of the bands Antimateria, Zero Point, Claude Lawrence trío and has been part of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Puebla and the Orquesta de Percutoris from the Escuela Nacional de Música at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (ENM-UNAM)."

-Wikipedia (https://yamm.finance/wiki/Itzam_Cano.html)
6/10/2024

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"Juan Castañón (1980) Mexican guitarrist improviser.

He began at age of 13 as a self-taught musician playing popular mexican music on accordion with various bands in northern México.

He became interested in jazz guitar and improvisation at 18 and performed in his hometown Monterrey. He moved to Italy at 23, and studied with guitarist Marco Accqarelli at Università della Musica in Rome. He got into improvised music scene after meeting Marco Colonna and Bruno Angeloni with whom he toured and made various recordings.

Mainly interested in music where the improvisation plays an important role, his musical range extends and blends traditions as Mexican music, jazz, improvised music and rock.

He studied classical northern Indian music and the Indian instrument known as the Sarod with Maestro Michael Robbins. in 2015, he recorded the album "SARODYA" with the percussionist Alvaro Rubio on tablas.

Juan Castañón has released more than a dozen recordings under Mexican and European record labels, as well as digital distribution original productions.

He has toured around Mexico performing at jazz, and world music festivals, and played in Cuba, Italy, Spain. He has lead various projects for the past 10 years such as Impromuzak Ensemble, D/zazter trío, Acasia trío and Faena Monk.

He has collaborated, performed and recorded alongside many musicians and artists as Marco Eneidi, Bruno Angeloni, Dennis Gonzalez, Marco Colonna, Tatzuya Nakatani, Steffen Roth, Gianni Lenoci, Marcello Magliocchi, Don Malfon, Gabriel Lauber, and many more."

-Improvisors Without Borders (https://database.shareimpro.eu/en/person/juan-castanon)
6/10/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Demon Chase 12:38

2. El Canto De Los Suenos (The Song Of Dreams) 22:31

3. Regreso A La Nada (Return To Nothing) 21:19

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