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Gantar, Miha: Amsterdam [5 CD BOX SET] (Clean Feed)

The second box set from Slovenia-born pianist Miha Gantar, named for his adopted city of Amsterdam, through five CDs presenting the many aspects of chamber-oriented, refined jazz that he composes and improvises around, with one CD each of trio and quartet settings, a CD of duos with Michael Moore, an extended solo improvisation, and a dual piano work.
 

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Miha Gantar-piano, guitar

Nick Dunston-double bass

Tristan Renfrow-drums

Runa Kimura-violin

Teresa Martinez Diago-violin

Lorenzo Titolo Duchini-viola

Diana Sanz Pascual-cello

Michael Moore-alto saxophone, clarinet

Ratnag Ahim-piano


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UPC: 5609063006551

Label: Clean Feed
Catalog ID: CF655CD
Squidco Product Code: 34162

Format: 5 CDs
Condition: New
Released: 2023
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Box Set - 5 CDs
CD 1 recorded at Power Sound Studio in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on July 25th, 2022 by Paul Pouwer

CD 2 recorded at Power Sound Studio in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on November 7th and 8th, 2022 by Paul Pouwer

CD 3 recorded at Power Sound Studio in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on October 10th and 11th, 2022 by Paul Pouwer

. CD 4 Recorded at Power Sound Studio in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on April 12th, 2022 by Paul Pouwer | Mix and Master by Dave Darlington

. CD 5 recorded at Power Sound Studio in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on April 12th, 2022 by Paul Pouwer.

Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"Miha Gantar's musical journey is deeply rooted in his family's rich musical heritage, and this is profoundly evident in his versatile approach to music. His inaugural release in 2022, the five-CD set "Introducing," showcased his diverse influences and multifaceted relationship with music. However, with Amsterdam, the spotlight shifts towards close-knit relationships and introspective musical reflections.

Reggie Workman writes in his liner notes "It's a clever idea, but would be only half as interesting if the music wasn't exceptional. Each piece of this rather massive work entices and lends the effect of anticipation, as if "to be going on to a next chapter of an engrossing book."

The exploration begins with the opening disc, "Reaching For The Infinite," a piano trio setting that acts as a gateway to a boundless musical journey. Listeners are greeted with a sonic experience that prompts seasoned ears to bask in satisfaction while captivating new ears with its intriguing essence. Within this exploration of the jazz piano trio, Gantar guides us through a tapestry of modes and lineages, stretching the boundaries of tonality. "Reaching For The Infinite" features the exceptional talents of Tristan Renfrow on drums and Nick Dunston on double bass. Their synergy in this musical liberation results in a warmth rarely encountered in contemporary trios led by a piano.

The second disc introduces the spellbinding piece, "Dream Sequence No. 7: Passage," featuring the Koma String Quartet. This composition allows the strings to navigate and complement Gantar's leadership, creating a sonically pleasing experience. The essence was to preserve the intimacy, fragility, and magic of their inaugural meeting in the studio. The resulting dialogue between the musicians is nothing short of exhilarating and cerebral, effortlessly swaying in a wave-like motion, painting vivid musical landscapes.

Transitioning to the third disc, we encounter the captivating "Common Orbits," a duet with the alto saxophonist and clarinetist Michael Moore. The spontaneity of this album exudes profoundness, portraying improvisation at its zenith. The players exhibit patience and restraint, waiting for the perfect cues and reading each other's musical body language to evoke emotional responses. It is a testament to the finesse of improvisation and the telepathic connection shared by seasoned musicians.

The final two discs that encompass this musical odyssey feature Gantar's prowess in piano duos and solos. While piano duos aren't groundbreaking, the raw and intimate dialogues presented in these recordings are a rarity. Reflecting on inner emotions and expressions, this format becomes a medium of self-examination. It is a journey through the inner workings of the artist's psyche, an exploration of the buried passions and pains that fuel creativity.

Crucial to understanding Gantar's musical essence is the consistent theme of unity and expansion that reverberates throughout his compositions. Whether performing solo or within an ensemble, the music emanates from within and expands outward, sparking conversations with the spaces he inhabits and the fellow musicians accompanying him on this profound journey.

With the release of "Amsterdam," the 26-year-old Miha Gantar continues his mission to evolve both as a creative artist. However, Gantar is not one to linger in stasis for too long. He thrives on concentrated bursts of creativity, preferring to concentrate, release, and embrace the possibilities that each new venture holds. Amsterdam is more than just a collection of musical compositions; it is a testimony to the evolution of an artist, a testament to the depth of human emotions, and an exhilarating auditory journey that invites listeners to traverse boundless realms through the soulful language of jazz."-Jazz in Europe


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Artist Biographies

Miha Gantar: Amsterdam based Slovenian pianist and composer, studied at The New School in New York, currently live and works in the Netherland. He leads the Miha Gantar Quartet.

-Squidco 2/28/2024

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"Nick Dunston is a Brooklyn-based composer, bassist, and scholar. An "indispensable player on the New York avant-garde" (New York Times), his performances have also spanned a variety of venues and festivals across North America and Europe. He's performed, toured, and recorded professionally with bands led by artists such as Tyshawn Sorey, Vijay Iyer, Marc Ribot, Ches Smith, Imani Uzuri, Ingrid Laubrock, Anthony Coleman, Roman Filiu, Jonathan Finlayson, Amirtha Kidambi, Moor Mother, Dave Douglas, Matt Wilson, Tomas Fujiwara, Allison Miller, Jeff Lederer, Jeff "Tain" Watts, and Darius Jones. He's spent extensive time studying with bassists Linda May Han Oh, Ben Street, Harish Raghavan, as well as with composer Missy Mazzoli.

As a composer, Dunston has written for a wide range of artists of multiple genres and disciplines. He's written for entities such as the New York Public Library of Performing Arts, the Joffrey Ballet School, The Witches, violist Joanna Mattrey, and the ESMAE Jazz and Chamber Orchestras. In 2019 he was awarded the Van Lier Fellowship by Roulette Intermedium, which supported the world premieres of The Floor is Lava! (upright bass quintet), and La Operación (double saxophone trio + soprano voice), referred to as "a work so dramatic and large that is both a response to socio-historical truth as well as a reflection on his own identity..." (I Care If You Listen). As a writer, he's made monthly contributions to Hot House Jazz Magazine from 2016-2019."

-Nick Dunston Website (http://www.nickdunston.org/new-page-2)
2/28/2024

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Tristan Renfrow is an Amsterdam drummer, known for the groups Blik, Loran Witteveen Trio, New Dog, Orquesta Del Tiempo Perdido, and Salsa Manzana.

-Tristan Renfrow Website (https://tristanrenfrow.wordpress.com/)
2/28/2024

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Runa Kimura- Violinist: Graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts, attended Amsterdam Conservatory.

-Runa Kimura Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/runakimura_moon.vn/?hl=en)
2/28/2024

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"My name is Teresa Martinez, I'm 23 years old and I'm a violinist. I present myself in the category of Culture to this seventh edition of the Youth Talent of the Valencian Community.

I'm from Godella, a village near Valencia. I started playing the violin when I was five, my father is a musician and he wanted my older sister and I to receive a musical culture. I received private violin classes and it was he who took care of teaching me to sing, solpheus, and a little piano. He also enrolled me in the string orchestra of Godella's musical casino, where I had the opportunity to meet boys and girls my age with the same interests as me; I could also play as a soloist twice. I combined my violin apprenticeship with compulsory school studies until the end of high school in Godella and Burjassot public schools.

After high school I went to Paris to study with Eric Lacrouts (single at the Paris opera) and entered the Regional Conservatory of Paris to study a specialized cycle of violin, equivalent in Spanish conservatories between the middle and upper grades. There I met different teachers of solfeo, chamber music, etc. who helped me improve and develop as a musician. At the same time I completed the baccalaureate at the Spanish Lyceum in Paris and was able to obtain a double French-Spanish diploma.

Later I entered the Conservatory of Paris to study with Florin Szigeti (member of the Enesco quartet) and at La Sorbonne University to continue my studies of Elicence (graduate from the Spanish university) in violin and musicology respectively. He is currently studying at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, taking a postgraduate course with violinist Janet Krause (sunmaster at Residentie Orkest).

What I like most about music is the universality of its language and its power of transmission of feelings, emotions, sensitivity... Music is everywhere and is part of our culture and day to day. But we must not forget the work behind it, the pressure, the nerves, the dedication and passion of each person who dedicates himself to it. Being a musician is a background career for life, with full dedication and always in the spirit of being able to improve; it is a constant search for perfection, which is in turn non-existent since we speak of a completely subjective universe.

This is why I present myself to this award, as such help could help me continue to train myself and become the best version of myself. Next year I would like to start a master's degree in performance and orchestra at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. I want to be able to continue working with my set of chamber music Le Bestiaire, which in addition to giving concerts we participate in different projects, such as music workshops in schools, in nursing homes... In the future I would like to be able to return to the Valencian Community and share with future musicians my experience and everything I have learned all this time."

-XI Premio Talento Joven (Translated by Firefox) (http://www.talentojovencv.com/participa-septima-edicion/cultura-participa-septima-edicion/teresa-martinez-diago/)
2/28/2024

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"Italian violinist Lorenzo Titolo Duchini (Aosta, 1997) started approaching to the violin at the age of 5 with the Suzuki school method until the age of 12, he when continued studying at the Conservatoire de la Vallée d'Aoste. During These years, he left the violin and started the viola studies at the same conservatory and with the help of Professor Krystyna Porebska. In 2019 Lorenzo completed his Bachelor in Italy and moved to The Netherlands attended, where he attends the two-years Master Orchestral Programme at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, under the direction of professors Nobuko Imai and Marjolein Dispa; he lives in Amsterdam.

During the years of study, he took part in masterclasses and lessons with important names like Jurgen Kussmaul, Viet Hertenstein, Pauline Sachse, Francien Schatborn, Sven Arne Tepl, Ula Uljiona, Simone Briatore, Simonide Braconi, Jorg Winkler, Steve Dann, Marina Thibeault, Lilli Maijala, Frederik Boits, Danusha Waskiewicz.

Since 2022, Lorenzo work work as permanently tutti violinist at the Philharmonie Zuidnederland; in 2023, he got the necessary marks for eligibility principal viola.

Lorenzo performed with many youth orchestras, as a member with the EUYO - European Union Youth Orchestra (in 2021 and 2022) and the orchestra del Teatro Olimpico di Vicenza (from 2018 to 2022), and occasionally with the Orchestra Filarmonica Settenovecento Rovereto, L'Orchestre de la Francophonie and the CvA Symphony Orchestra. Concerning professional orchestras, his fixed-job orchestra, he worked with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and De Nieuwe Philarmonie Utrecht.

In 2020 Lorenzo passed the audition for Nederland Philarmonic Orchestra acade who has been cancelled due to Covid-19 pandemic."

-Linked In (Translated by Google) (https://nl.linkedin.com/in/lorenzo-titolo-duchini-ab68a5107)
2/28/2024

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"Diana Sanz Pascual began her cello studies at the age of 7. In 2015 she started her Bachelor Degree in Music Performance (Violoncello) in Real Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid with Prof. Ángel García Jermann, where she graduated in 2019, and she continued her education with Prof. Michal Dmochowski. The current academic year Diana finishes her master studies at Conservatorium van Amsterdam with Prof. Gideon den Herder.

Diana was a highly commended player (2021) and a reserve member (2022) of the European Youth Orchestra (EUYO). She is a reserve member of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester (2022), and a member of the Spanish National Youth Orchestra (Joven Orquesta Nacional de España, JONDE) since 2019. She has also played with professional orchestras such as Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Residentie Orkest and Orquesta y Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid (ORCAM)."

-I Am Amsteram (https://www.iamsterdam.com/en/whats-on/calendar/concerts-and-music/concerts/klassiek-op-zondag-diana-sanz-pascula-and-pau-hernandez)
2/28/2024

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"Michael Moore was born (1954) and raised in Arcata, California, USA. After absorbing music at home, playing locally and attending The College of the Redwoods and Humboldt State University, he moved to Boston to study with Jaki Byard, Gunther Schuller, Ran Blake, Joe Allard, George Russell and Joe Maneri at the New England Conservatory of Music, graduating in 1977. After a year in New York City he travelled to Europe for the first time in the summer of 1978 to play with Available Jelly, the musical accompaniment to the Great Salt Lake Mime Troupe. Since 1982 he has made his home in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

The early '80's found him working in the theater (Baal, Dogtroep, De Voorziening, Teo Joling, Mug met de Gouden Tand) and dance (Pauline De Groot, Katie Duck, Allessandro Certini, Shusaku Takeuchi and Virgilio Sieni) as well as various musical contexts such as Gijs Hendricks' Octet, Franky Douglas' Sunchild, Guus Janssen's Septet and Maarten Altena's Quartet and Octet. Later he played and recorded with the groups of Mark Helias, Gerry Hemingway, Sean Bergin, Maurice Horsthuis, Georg Graewe, Klaus Konig, Burton Greene (Klezmokum), Simon Nabatov, Dave Douglas, Myra Melford, Mark Dresser, Ig Henneman and others.

In 1986 he received the Dutch jazz award, the Boy Edgar Prijs. In '97 Trio Clusone was voted #1 acoustic group (Talent Deserving Wider Recognition) in Down Beat's Critics Poll; in 2000 - 2002 Moore was voted #1 clarinetist in the same poll. He was also voted winner of the Bird Award from the Northsea Jazz Fest in 2000.

Since '91 his activities as composer and performer have been documented both on his own recording label, Ramboy, and others including hatART, Palmetto, Gramavision, Between the Lines and Red Toucan. His playing and writing are to be heard on more than 80 CDs.

His activities as a concert designer came to the fore in '93 with a commission for YoYo Ma's Carte Blanche at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam; a three day festival (Moore & more) in Bremen, Germany; Clusone & friends concerts in Italy and Holland, and a three-day Available Jelly Festival at the Felix Meritus concert hall in Amsterdam. In '94 he organized three evenings at De Singel in Antwerpen with Lee Konitz, Misha Mengelberg, Joey Baron, Marilyn Crispell, Gerry Hemingway, Kenny Wheeler, Mark Feldman and others.

His more recent activities include performances with his 'Fragile' Quartet, Michael Moore Quintet, Jewels & Binoculars - play the music of Bob Dylan, Misha Mengelberg's Instant Composers Pool Orchestra, the Magpie dance and music performance group, the Achim Kaufmann Trio, Benoit Delbecq, Oskar Aichinger (music of Carla Bley and Annette Peacock) and the Paul Berner band.

Michael Moore has a deep understanding of both the American jazz and the Dutch improvised music traditions, but his writing and playing are also influenced by music from other cultures. He has played Turkish music with Ogüz Büyükberber and Hüsnü Senlendirici, Malinese with Toumani Diabate, Keletigui Diabate and Habib Koite, Portuguese with Fernando Lameirinhas and Cristina Branco, and Brazilian with Rogerio Bicudo, Banda Mantiqueira and Paulo Moura. The musics of Sicily, Madagascar, Istria and Indonesia have also been particularly influential. He has collaborated with and been influenced by poets and poetry, dancers and other visual artists. Michael continues to write, improvise, play and prepare new releases for Ramboy and other labels."

-Ramboy (http://www.ramboyrecordings.com/mm.htm)
2/28/2024

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Track Listing:



CD1



1. Reach For The Infinite 48:02

CD2



1. Passage 41:57

CD3



1. Introduction 6:50

2. Tempestoso 3:13

3. Common Orbits 2:37

4. Inside Out 5:26

5. Ballad 4:08

6. Memory Scatter 5:09

7. The Birth Of Light 6:45

8. Chant 3:33

9. Celestial Dance 5:16

10. Fragments Of The Sublime 4:58

11. Rondo 7:40

12. Amsterdam Stride 7:01

13. Quantum Leaps 3:33

14. Postlude 2:45

CD4



1. Inner Discourse 31:40

CD5



1. Stasis Temporis 39:55

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