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Butterfield, Christopher: Souvenir (Reshirt)

Following his collaboration with Montreal's Quatuor Bozzini, British Columbia-based composer Christopher Butterfield draws on members of Aventa Ensemble and the Victoria Symphony to perform four works of "knotty contrapuntal figures and an ever-changing instrumental palette", mischievous works of interesting progression and percussive punctuation.

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Christopher Butterfield-composer

Bill Linwood-conductor

Rick Sacks-vibraphone, wood

Mark McGregor-flute, piccolo, alto flute

Emily Nagelbach-flute, piccolo, alto flute

Russell Bajer-oboe, English horn

Erin Marks-oboe, English horn

AK Coope-clarinet, bass clarinet

Keith McLeod-clarinet, bass clarinet

Katrina Russell-bassoon

Darnell Linwood-French horn

Marcus Goddard-trumpet

Scott MacInnes-trombone, bass trombone

Aaron Mattock-percussion

Karl Williams-percussion

Roger Admiral-piano

Muge Buyukcelen-violin

Cory Balzer-violin

Mieka Michaux-viola

Alasdair Money-violoncello

Darren Buhr-contrabass

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UPC: 875531023855

Label: Reshirt
Catalog ID: TK528
Squidco Product Code: 34148

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2023
Country: Canada
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold 3 Panels
Recorded in the Farquhar Auditorium and the Phillip T. Young Recital Hall, at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, in April and May 2022, by Kirk McNally.

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"Victoria, British Columbia-based composer Christopher Butterfield follows his acclaimed collaboration with Quatuor Bozzini, 2017's Trip, with Souvenir. The disc showcases hisdexterous and utterly unconventional handling of ensemble colour as well as his irrefutable personality. Each of its four constituent, expertly performed by veteran new music ensemble Aventa, unfolds vibrant aural scenery built from knotty contrapuntal figures and an ever-changing instrumental palette. Their animated gestures ricochet off of one another in a boisterous yet playful debate where tensions seldom resolve. Although this wild, abstract banter acts as the album's through-line, Butterfield's acute sense of restraint and balance carves out breath and generates variety throughout. Encompassing everything from a homage to Walter Benjamin to a wayward vibraphone concerto, Souvenir is full of surprising turns and oblique references.

Once praised as "highly original" by the late "Blue" Gene Tyranny, Butterfield's professional trajectory has remained staunchly unconventional. In addition to partnerships with several noted interpreters, his career has variously included a recording of Kurt Schwitters' legendary sound-poem Ursonate, collaboration with John Oswald, a residency with the Victoria Symphony, and installations with Sandra Meigs He has adjudicated for theInternational Gaudeamus Composition Competition and taught at the Ostrava Days Institute, in addition to holding an associate professorship at University of Victoria since 1996. Butterfield studiedcomposition with Czech-Canadian iconoclast Rudolf Komorous at the University of Victoria, BC, and Turkish-American composer Bülent Arel at Stony Brook University, NY. His work has appeared on releases from CBC Records, Artifact, and Editions Wandelweiser."

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"Christopher Butterfield. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, 1952. Composer.

Born in Vancouver in 1952, Christopher Butterfield moved to Halifax N.S. when he was six weeks old. As a chorister in King's College Choir in the UK, he absorbed the English choral tradition. On his return to Canada in the mid-60's he was immediately exposed to pop radio and the musical and artistic avant-garde. He's been trying to bring all these elements together ever since. After studying composition with Rudolf Komorous at the University of Victoria, and Bülent Arel at SUNY Stony Brook, he moved to Toronto where he became involved in the performance art/sound poetry scene there. Between 1977 and 1982 he mounted installations at Mercer Union, YYZ, and, under the pseudonym Isobel Foot, at the A.K.A. Gallery. He also played lead guitar in the rock band Klo for seven years. In 1992 he moved back to the west coast to teach composition at the University of Victoria. Career highlights include performing Kurt Schwitters' Ursonata on tour with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company in the US and Europe in 1996/97; the production of his opera Zurich 1916, at the Banff Summer Festival in 1998; composer in residence of the Victoria Symphony 1999-2002; the premiere of his score for Bill Coleman's dance epic Convoy PQ17 in St. Petersburg, Russia in 2001 (remounted in Victoria in 2013); the first performance of his complete settings of Jacques Prévert's Contes pour enfants pas sages in Toronto by Continuum Contemporary Music and Choir 21 (2012). Recent activities include co-ordinating and curating the Cage 100 Festival in Victoria (2012), celebrating American composer John Cage's centenary; and judging the International Gaudeamus Composition competition in Utrecht, Netherlands (2012), where Bosquet, his piece for 22 flutes and 1 'cello, was performed. His most recent work, parc, a concerto for vibraphonist Rick Sacks and the Aventa Ensemble, toured to New York, Ottawa and Regina this past March.

Over the years Christopher Butterfield has been the recipient of many commissions from the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Ontario and BC Arts Councils. His music has been recorded on the Artifact and CBC labels. His translations of three plays by Paris Dada Georges Ribemont-Dessaignes will be published by Wakefield Press in fall 2014."

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"A native of Saskatoon, Bill Linwood is the Artistic Director of the acclaimed Canadian new music ensemble Aventa and principal timpanist of the Victoria Symphony. Conducting highlights include the North American premiere of Pierre Boulez's Dérive II, the Danish premiere of Norwegian Rolf Wallin's Appearances and the US premiere of Poul Ruders' Abysm in New York City. A champion of the music of Quebec composer Gilles Tremblay, Bill has conducted several programs and recordings devoted to his music, including the European premiere of Tremblay's epic À quelle heure commence le temps? in Sweden. In 2015, Bill conducted the Australian premiere of Gavin Bryars' opera Marilyn Forever, as part of the Adelaide Festival and made his US debut with Long Beach Opera to critical acclaim: " conducting" - Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times "...Linwood conducts stylishly and authoritatively" - Jim Ruggirello, Gazettes, Los Angeles. In 2009, in recognition of his dedication and commitment to Canadian music, Bill was named a CMC Ambassador as part of the Canadian Music Centre's 50th anniversary."

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"Rick received his Masters in Music at the State University of New York at Stony Brook (1976). During his stay at Stony Brook, Rick began freelancing in Manhattan performing with ensembles including The New Orchestra, Newband, The New Jersey Percussion Ensemble and The Composer's Ensemble under such directors as Arthur Weisberg and Charles Wuorinen. After teaching for two years at Bennington College (Vermont 1979/80), Rick began traveling to Toronto to perform in the art-rock band KLO. The band's success led to Permanent Resident status in 1982. Once settled in Toronto, Rick founded the PhenomeNONsemble which he used as a platform for his unique performance works mixing contemporary music practices with theatre techniques. His work in children's theatre has resulted in continuous performances throughout Europe and the US. (Roseneath Theatre's Danny King of the Basement, Red Sky's Caribou Song and Miistatim among others.).Rick has performed with the Canadian Opera Company, on film tracks, in modern dance works and with the contemporary and avant-garde groups Arraymusic, Aventa Ensemble (recent tour to Roulette in NY and points across Canada), Art of Time Ensemble, The Glass Orchestra, New Music Concerts, Ensemble Noir (Canada's first Classical ensemble to perform in Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa), Red Sky (Beijing Olympics, Shanghai World Expo), Tapestry New Opera, The Evergreen Club Gamelan, and many others. He has toured extensively throughout Africa, Asia and Europe, Indonesia, Mongolia and the USA with these groups and has worked with such masters as Pierre Boulez, Henry Brant, George Crumb, Heinz Holliger, Mauricio Kagel, Udo Kasemets, Helmut Lachenmann, Witold Lutoslawski, Terry Riley and James Tenney.

Rick accepted the position of technical director at Arraymusic after he served as its Artistic Director for five years. He conducts the Array Ensemble and performs as a percussionist. Most recently Rick can be seen and heard as Soundpilot performing original material at /soundpilot."

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"Described as a "mind-blowing" musician of "huge physical energy" (Times Colonist), flutist Mark Takeshi McGregor is a soloist, chamber musician, and improvisor based on the unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh People - also known as Vancouver, Canada. As the principal flutist of Aventa Ensemble, Sound of Dragon, and Vancouver Intercultural Orchestra, Mark has performed extensively across five continents. Recent engagements include Innovations en Concert (Montreal), Ding Yi Chinese Chamber Music Festival (Singapore), Museo Leonora Carrington (San Luis Potosí, Mexico), Powell Street Festival (Vancouver), Melos-Ethos International Festival of Contemporary Music (Bratislava), GroundSwell (Winnipeg), Núcleo Música Nova International Symposium of New Music (Curitiba, Brazil), and the ISCM World New Music Days in Vancouver.

McGregor has performed as concerto soloist with the Victoria Symphony, Little Giant Chinese Chamber Orchestra (Taiwan), Vancouver Intercultural Orchestra, and Aventa Ensemble, and has worked with some of the world's leading composers, including Michael Finnissy, Heiner Goebbels, Philippe Leroux, Nicole Lizée, Natalia Solomonoff, Simon Steen-Andersen, Gilles Tremblay, Barry Truax, and Rolf Wallin. Mark is particularly passionate about expanding the Canadian flute repertoire, and has worked with a wide array of Canadian composers, resulting in new works for solo flute, chamber music, and concertos. In 2021 McGregor was honoured with the Friends of Canadian Music Award, which recognizes exceptional commitment, on a national scale, to Canadian composers and their music.

A prolific recording artist, Mark Takeshi McGregor has appeared on the Centrediscs and Redshift record labels; in 2020 Mark was the winner of the Western Canadian Music Award "Classical Artist/Ensemble of the Year" for his album, Lutalica, which features the solo flute music of Pacific Rim composers. Dr. McGregor teaches at Vancouver Community College, the Vancouver Academy of Music, and the VSO School of Music. In addition to his career as a musician, Mark likes to paint and draw, sip rosé, and tell slightly exaggerated stories, like a true Sagittarius."

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"Emily Nagelbach is second flute/piccolo with the Vancouver Island Symphony, principal flute with the Palm Court Orchestra, and Head of the Winds & Brass Department at the Victoria Conservatory of Music (VCM) in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. As a freelance musician, she has performed with a variety of regional ensembles, including the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Victoria Symphony Orchestra and Pacific Opera Victoria.

Emily holds an AVCM from the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto), a B.Mus. in Performance and Theory from Wilfrid Laurier University and a M.Mus. in Performance from the University of British Columbia, studying with Dr. Amy Hamilton, Lorna McGhee and Camille Churchfield. Prior to entering university, Emily studied with her friend and mentor, Dr. Mary Byrne.

As a soloist and chamber musician, she has won numerous competitions, including the Vancouver Friends of Chamber Music Competition and the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Orchestra Concerto Competition. Emily has been broadcast on CBC Radio as guest principal flute with the Victoria Symphony Orchestra and has recorded for the Canadian Music Centre. She also is a member of the Continuum Consort, with whom she toured South Korea in recital and performs regularly with in concert on the West Coast of BC.

Emily has been a member of Pedagogy Committee of the National Flute Association and served as the Artistic Director of the Summer Music Discovery Camp at the VCM for many years. She teaches flute, piccolo, baroque flute and theory to students of all ages and levels and piano and fife for young beginners."

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"Russell Bajer has been a member of the Victoria Symphony for 13 years and has appeared as soloist with the orchestra on both oboe and English horn. He has played concerti of Bach, Mozart, Haydn, Vivaldi and Marcello with such groups as the Galiano Ensemble and the Sidney Classical Orchestra and has recorded solos with Capriccio choir and the Linden Singers. Russell has been guest principal oboist with the Vancouver Symphony, the Vancouver Opera and the CBC Radio Orchestra."

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"Erin Marks was born and raised in Vancouver and earned her Bachelors and Masters degrees at the Manhattan School of Music in New York. While there, she played in the Manhattan Sinfonia, the Manhattan Virtuosi, the Columbia Bach Society , and in a number of Broadway musicals. She then proceeded to Leipzig where she was soloist and principal oboe with the East/West International Music Festival, and to the Dominican Republic where she played with the Santo Domingo Opera. Back to B.C., she played with the Victoria Symphony and the Pacific Opera Victoria. At present she regularly plays oboe and English Horn with the Vancouver Opera Orchestra and free-lances around town."-Isolation Commission, YouTube (

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"AK performs with an eclectic array of ensembles, including the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Opera Orchestra, Turning Point Ensemble, and Victoria's Aventa Ensemble, among others, with concerts across the globe. She is a long-time member of Standing Wave, one of Canada's premiere contemporary chamber music ensembles, with whom she has released three recordings, including the recent, award- winning New Wave. AK is also a founding member of both the AdMare Wind Quintet and Cascadia Reed Quintet, and has enjoyed many musical adventures, from Couperin to cutting-edge, with both groups.

During the Pandemic, she has been busy making a wide variety of recordings and is looking forward to a number of new releases in the months to come. On the video front, she is thrilled to have been a part of Antarctica: Life Emerging, and to have been able to contribute a solo work (Leaning) to the Canadian Music Centre BC Chapter's Unaccompanied video series in July 2021, currently viewable on their website.

AK holds a BMus from UBC and an MMus from Northwestern University, Chicago. She is a respected adjudicator and clinician and is proud to have many award-winning private students, a number of whom currently hold professional orchestral positions."

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"Born and raised in Edmonton, Katrina Russell obtained her Bachelor of Music Degree in Performance from The University of Victoria. Further studies took her to Toronto, Banff, and then to Boston Massachusetts where she attended the New England Conservatory of Music. There she was able to pursue her interest in the Baroque bassoon, and was granted a Graduate Diploma Historical Performance with distinction in performance.

Armed only with a handful of bassoons and a desire to play them, Katrina moved to London, England where she was lucky enough to spend eighteen years playing them (as well as several others that presented themselves along the way). Specializing in historical performance, she played and recorded with many of the period instrument ensembles in Britain and Europe, including The English Concert, The King's Consort, The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, The Academy of Ancient Music, The Hanover Band, The Gabrieli Consort and Players, L'Orchestre de la Champs Elysees, The Orchestra of "The Sixteen", and The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra. After several years of return visits to Canada to play with Early Music Vancouver ensembles and The Pacific Baroque Orchestra, Katrina and her husband (British horn player Andrew Clark) relocated to the West Coast in late 2010, and established themselves near Ladysmith where they have a speciality brass making workshop producing horns and trumpets."

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"Originally from Saskatoon, Darnell Linwood was Principal Horn with the Regina Symphony Orchestra and since moving to Victoria in 2003, she has been active as both a chamber and orchestral musician playing with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Calgary Philharmonic, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the Victoria Symphony. A strong advocate for new music, Darnell is a co-founder of Aventa Ensemble, where she has been featured on local concerts, tours and recordings. Performance highlights include the world premiere of Giorgio Magnanensi's Ethuiá V for horn and electronics, as well as recordings of Gilles Tremblay's Le signe du lion (Centredisc) and Pierre Boulez' Dérive II (CBC). Darnell has also been featured in such repertoire as György Ligeti's Trio for Horn, Violin and Piano, Poul Ruders' Horn Trio, Hans Abrahamsen's Six Pieces and Simon Steen-Andersen's In Spite of, and maybe even therefore. She works closely with composers in developing the horn repertoire and presented the world premiere of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies' horn trio, Stormwatch, Stormfall of which the composer wrote: "the new piece was wonderfully performed, to the extent that I can't remember a better premiere." "

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"During his nearly twenty-year tenure as Associate Principal Trumpet with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Marcus Goddard has been a featured soloist on performances of Ligeti's Mysteries of the Macabre and Manfredini's Concerto for Two Trumpets. Goddard was the Acting Principal Trumpet of the VSO between 2004 and 2005. During this time, Goddard was the principal trumpet on the Grammy and Juno Award-winning recording of the Barber, Walton, and Korngold violin concertos with violinist James Ehnes conducted by Maestro Bramwell Tovey. While serving as Acting Co-Principal Trumpet of the CBC Radio Orchestra, Goddard was a featured soloist on a recording of Alan Hovhaness' Prayer of St. Gregory.

Goddard has been a member of the Turning Point Ensemble since its establishment and also frequently performs with other ensembles such as Aventa Ensemble, the Vancouver Opera, Standing Wave, and on film recordings with the Vancouver Film Orchestra. He can be heard on many recordings with the VSO, CBC Radio Orchestra, Turning Point Ensemble.

Goddard recently toured southern Germany with his wife, Angela Goddard, and their two daughters in a critically acclaimed program for trumpet, organ, violin and soprano. Past trumpet and organ tours have taken Goddard across BC from Vancouver to the Nelson. Goddard frequently performs his own compositions for solo trumpet and electronics at festivals and recitals. Before winning his position with the VSO, Goddard served as Principal Trumpet of the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra in Spain."

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"Scott MacInnes received his MMus from the University of Victoria (2011) and his BMus at the University of Toronto (2005). Scott moved to Victoria after winning a one-year bass trombone position with the Victoria Symphony for the 2005/6 season. The following year he secured the position of Principal Bass Trombone with the Vancouver Island Symphony. Scott is an extremely active chamber musician both as a member of the Pinnacle Brass Quintet and iTromboni. Demonstrating his great versatility, Scott can also been seen playing jazz, pop and rock around Victoria, as well as in most of the musical theatre pits. As an instructor, Scott teaches privately as well as at the University of Victoria where he teaches chamber music, a pep band and private instruction. Scott also holds the position of Artistic Director for both the Meridiem Wind Orchestra and the BC Brass Collective."

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"Canadian pianist Roger Admiral performs solo and chamber music repertoire spanning the 18th through the 21st century. Known for his dedication to contemporary music, Roger has commissioned and premiered many new compositions. He works regularly for New Music Edmonton, and also performs as part of Kovalis Duo with Montreal percussionist Philip Hornsey

Roger studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto), University of Western Ontario, and the University of Alberta (where he graduated with a Doctor of Music degree.) His main teachers were Virginia Blaha, Peter Smith, Arthur Rowe, and Helmut Brauss.

Recent performances include the complete piano works of Iannis Xenakis for Vancouver New Music, Gyorgy Ligeti's Piano Concerto with the Victoria Symphony Orchestra conducted by Tania Miller, and recitals for Curto-Circuito de Música Contemporânea Brazil / Canada."

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"Müge Büyükçelen born in 1975, in Istanbul Turkey started playing at age 9. She studied at the Istanbul State Conservatory, where her natural talent was quickly recognized and was awarded the "best young musician" award. She studied privately with Nicolai Chumacenko, Sandra Goldberg, Ayla Erduran, and Burkhard Godhoff. She holds a Masters degree in music performance from Bilkent University, in Ankara Turkey, and an associate teaching diploma from the Victoria Conservatory of Music in Victoria BC Canada. Currently she performs with the Galiano Ensemble, Victoria Symphony, Emily Carr String Quartet and the Aventa Ensemble. She has been a featured soloist with numerous orchestras, performing in France, Switzerland, Italy, Turkey, North America, Costa Rica, Oman and Bahrain. She has also collaborated with many recognized musicians of including, Martin Fischer-Dieskau, Jamie Parker, Lorraine Min. In 2009, Muge performed the world premiere of a piece dedicated to her called Archimedes' Codex composed by Michael Oesterle. In 2010, she premiered Yannick Plamondon's La fenêtre II for electric violin with Aventa Ensemble."

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"Cory Balzer is originally from Meadow Lake Saskatchewan and earned a Bachelors degree in violin from McGill and a Masters degree from Rice University. He is a member of the Victoria Symphony and the Galiano Ensemble. He has participated in the Shaw festival, the Charlottetown Festival and Les Jeune Virtuose Montreal. Cory has performed with Kenji Fuse in the quartet 'Strung Out' performing arrangements of early 1980's rock songs."

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"Originally from Victoria, B.C., Mieka enjoys an active career as an orchestral and chamber musician performing on both modern and baroque viola and violin. She is a member of the Emily Carr String Quartet, the Aventa Ensemble and the Victoria Symphony.

In 2004, Mieka participated in Tafelmusik's Baroque Summer Institute where her love of period performance practice began.

Since then, Mieka has regularly performed as principal viola with the Pacific Baroque Orchestra, Island Baroque and Victoria Baroque.

In the fall of 2014, Music in Victoria described her solo debut performing the Telemann viola concerto with the Victoria Baroque Players as "tossed off...with aplomb" and "received enthusiastically by the audience".

She has also been presented by Early Music Vancouver and Early Music Society of the Islands."

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"Alasdair studied with James Hunter at the Victoria Conservatory of Music. Following his graduation in 1991 he went on to complete a Bachelor of Music degree at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston where he studied with Lawrence Lesser. Alasdair continued his studies in England with Raphael Wallfisch at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he received a post-graduate diploma in cello performance . Alasdair has attended such festivals as Banff and Orford in Canada and the Dartington, Evian and Verbier music festivals in England and in Europe. In Canada, Alasdair regularly performs with the Victoria and Vancouver Island symphonies and the Galiano and Aventa ensembles."

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"Darren Buhr is a native of Regina and has been a member of the Victoria Symphony since 1994. Darren is a graduate of Indiana University where he was Principal Bass with the Philharmonic Orchestra as well as playing with the Evansville, Columbus and Terre Haute orchestras. Since 1994, Darren has been on the faculty of the Victoria Conservatory of Music."

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Track Listing:

1. Souvenir 21:06

2. Parc 19:00

3. Frame 14:23

4. Port Bou 14:27

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(Recommended Records)
An amazing collection and reflection on the work of percussionist, composer and connector Chris Cutler of Henry Cow fame and founder of the highly influential Recommended Records label and distribution service, through 10 CDs, 1 DVD and two books of documentation, artwork, photographs, published and unpublished texts in a sturdy box, with over five hours of unreleased materials.
Clark, Scott
Dawn & Dusk
(Out Of Your Head Records)
A stunningly beautiful suite from Richmond, VA drummer and composer Scott Clark, poetic songs rendered by Laura Ann Singh in a sextet with Bob Miller on trumpet, flugelhorn, J.C. Kuhl on bass clarinet, tenor saxophone, Michael McNeill on piano and Adam Hopkins on bass, in four sublimely passionately compositions presented in studio recording and live versions.
Nicols, Maggie / Matilda Rolfsson / Mark Wastell
Semiotic Drift
Extending the duo of British improvisers, legendary vocalist and leader of London's The Gathering, Maggie Nicols, also performing on taps and percussion, and Confront label-leader, percussionist Mark Wastell performing on cymbals and frame drum, with Swedish percussionist Matilda Rolfsson on bass drum, captured in a captivating concert at All Ears in Oslo in 2023.
Mollestad, Hedvig Weejuns
(Rune Grammofon)
A new trio from Norwegian improvising rock guitarist Hedvig Mollestad with Supersilent/Elephant9's Ståle Storløkken A new trio from Norwegian improvising rock guitarist Hedvig Mollestad with Supersilent/Elephant9's Ståle Storløkken on bass and drummer Ole Mofjel, in a well-balanced album that brings to mind Crimson, ECM fusion or Mahavishnu/Miles, through a six live performances throughout Norway of burning interaction around introspective sonic environments.and drummer Ole Mofjel, in a well-balanced album that brings to mind Crimson, ECM fusion or Mahavishnu/Miles, through a six live performances throughout Norway of burning interaction around introspective sonic environments.
DDK Trio (Jacques Demierre / Axel Dorner / Jonas Kocher)
A Right to Silence [3 CDs]
The trio of pianist Jacques Demierre, trumpeter Axel Dorner and accordionist Jonas Kocher recorded these live improvisations at Theatre Le Colombier in Les Cabannes, France, each performer then assembling a complete album selecting from the fourteen recordings, unique to each performer's aesthetic selection, sequencing and length, creating three distinct yet deeply attached albums.
Carter, Daniel / Ayumi Ishito / Eric Plaks / Zach Swanson / Jon Panikkar
Open Question Vol. 2
(577 Records)
The second volume from the wonderfully warm and innately lyrical free jazz quintet that grew organically from weekly jam sessions in Harlem starting in 2019, comprised of tenor saxophonist Ayumi Ishito, pianist Eric Plaks, bassist Zach Swanson, and drummer Jon Panikkar, and later, multi-instrumentalist Daniel Carter, Ishito the driving force in the project and this beautiful recording.
Carter, Daniel / Adriana Camacho / Federico Ughi
Trabajadores De Energia
(577 Records)
Long-time collaborators Daniel Carter, here performing on trumpet, alto saxophone and piano, and drummer Federico Ughi, met Mexico City bass player Adriana Camacho during a Sounds of Freedom international music residency, forming the descriptively titled "Energy Workers" trio and recording these two expressive improvisations balancing moody post-bop with contemplative conversation.
Longhand (Tony Wilson / Peder Long) with special guests Jesse and Josh Zubot
Plays Long
(Drip Audio)
Vancouver mainstay, guitarist and composer Tony Wilson leads Longhnad, performing the energetically twising and turning, genre-spanning music of composer and saxophonist Peder Long, a mentor to Wilson while studying at Malaspina College, in a band with Vancouver collaborators Russell Sholberg (bass), Skey Brooks (drums), Jesse Zubot (violin) and Joshua Zubot (violin).

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