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Glennie, Evelyn / Szilard Mezei POLAR QUARTET: Capt's Look (Listen! Foundation (Fundacja Sluchaj!))

Originally working together in avant percussionist Evelyn Glennie's improvisation Core-tet Project, Serbian violist and composer Szilard Mezei comes together again with his quartet of Bogdan Rankovic on reeds, Ervin Malia on double bass and Ivan Burka on vibraphone to present this 2022 meticulous chamber improvisation concert at Gradska Koncertna Dvorana / City Concert Hall.
 

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Evelyn Glennie-percussions

Szilard Mezei-viola

Bogdan Rankovic-clarinet, bass clarinet, alto saxophone

Ivan Burka-vibraphone, percussions

Ervin Malina-double bass


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UPC: 5904441617436

Label: Listen! Foundation (Fundacja Sluchaj!)
Catalog ID: 18/2023
Squidco Product Code: 34249

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2023
Country: Poland
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded live at Gradska Koncertna Dvorana / City Concert Hall, in Novi Sad, Serbia, on September 10th, 2022.

Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"This performance is a second coming together of a rather unusual but wonderful pair; Dame Evelyn Glennie, a household name in percussion, and Szilard Mezei, a prolific free improviser, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. In 2018, these two artists came together in the Core-tet Project, one of Dame Evelyn's significant forays into free improvisation. Since then, she also worked with TRIO HLK, but this live performance with Mezei and his quartet is a much different kind of performing for her.

While many of Dame Evelyn's audiences flock to listen to her play as well as establish canon as the most preeminent soloist in her field, this recording demonstrates something altogether different. These two impromptu creations present her as an excellent collaborator in real time. Not that audiences need it, but we are also reminded yet again of just how amazing of a listener she is. Despite her image as an iconic soloist, Dame Evelyn knows when to jump in, layout, and communicate with the other players throughout the performance. The ebb and flow of the music is natural. Textures are blended. Players are supported throughout both performances.

Mezei's quartet is comprised of some of his closest collaborators and it is easy to hear how comfortably they communicate with each other on stage. Dame Evelyn's musical chemistry with percussionist Ivan Burka at times makes the percussionists indistinguishable from one another. Some listeners might expect this recording to sound like Evelyn Glennie and the Mezei quartet as being separate entities, but every player pulls their own weight and the sounding result becomes that of a quintet rather than a soloist and a quartet.

Projects like this one are unique and perhaps do not happen as much as they should. Evelyn Glennie has always been a trailblazer in the percussion community and the world of classical music but is not often discussed as an improviser. Szilard Mezei and his team of regular performers, despite being as prolific with their output as they have been for decades, do not receive as much attention or credit as is merited, but this is also true of other significant improvisers (Gyorgy Szabados, Derek Bailey, Albert Ayler, and others being in a similar category). However, as this album demonstrates, free improvisers and prominent mainstream soloists can easily and effectively occupy the same spaces and create incredible musical experiences.

This performance, as well as Core-tet, can bring different kinds of listeners together. Dame Evelyn, Mezei, Rankovic, Burka, and Malina have given listeners a collaboration that provides a bridge between two types of musicians, showing that perhaps the distances between them are not so great."-Ross Aftel, percussionist/educator


Artist Biographies

"Dame Evelyn Glennie is the first person in history to create and sustain a full-time career as a solo percussionist, performing worldwide with the greatest orchestras and artists. Evelyn paved the way for orchestras globally to feature percussion concerti when she played the first percussion concerto in the history of the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in 1992.

A leading commissioner of new works, Evelyn has commissioned over 200 works from many of the world's most eminent composers. "It's important that I continue to commission and collaborate with a diverse range of composers whilst recognising the young talent coming through". Evelyn composes music for film, television, theatre and music library companies. She is a double GRAMMY award winner and BAFTA nominee. She regularly provides masterclasses and consultations to inspire the next generation of musicians.

Leading 1000 drummers, Evelyn had a prominent role in the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games which featured a new instrument, the Glennie Concert Aluphone. "Playing at an event like that was proof that music really affects all of us, connecting us in ways that the spoken word cannot".

Evelyn's solo recordings currently exceed 40 CDs. These range from original improvisations, collaborations, percussion concerti and ground-breaking modern solo percussion projects.

Evelyn was awarded an OBE in 1993 and has over 100 international awards to date, including the Polar Music Prize, the Léonie Sonning Music Prize and the Companion of Honour. She was appointed as the first female President of Help Musicians, only the third person to hold the title since Sir Edward Elgar and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies. Since 2021 she has been Chancellor of Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland.

The Evelyn Glennie Podcast was launched in 2020 featuring popular personalities from the world of music, sport, television and academia. Evelyn curates The Evelyn Glennie Collection which includes in excess of 3,800 percussion instruments. The film Touch the Sound and TED Talk are key testimonies to her unique and innovative approach to sound-creation. Continuing her mission to Teach the World to Listen she founded The Evelyn Glennie Foundation in 2023, which aims to improve communication and social cohesion by encouraging everyone to discover new ways of listening in order to inspire, to create, to engage and to empower."

-Evelyn Glennie Website (https://www.evelyn.co.uk/about/biography/)
2/26/2024

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"Szilárd Mezei, born February 12th, 1974 in Senta, Serbia (then Yugoslavia) as a member of the Hungarian minority in the multiethnic region of Vojvodina. Completed his violin studies in Senta and Subotica and studied composition for four years at the University of Arts in Beograd under prof. Zoran Eric. As violinist, violist, double bass player and composer and in various formations (from duo to nonett) held many concerts: Senta, Kanizsa (the "Jazz, Improvisative Music..." Festival 1995, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2002), Subotica, Novi Sad (all Serbia, then Yugoslavia), Maribor (Slovenija), Szeged (Hungary, 'MASZK' Festival 1994, 1997), Budapest (Hungary, 'FONÓ' 1997), Gyor (Hungary, 'Mediawave' Festivals 1992, 1994, 1995, 2003, 2006, also 'Gyorfree Impro Workshops' 2003, 2004, 2006), Gyergyószentmiklós (Romania), Leverkusen (Germany, 'Leverkusener Jazz Tage' 1991), Düsseldorff (Germany, 'Düsseldorffer Altsadt Herbst' 1996 - special prize for improvisation), Copenhagen and Aarhus (Denmark, 'Magic Music Festival' 1999), Kluj-Napoca (Romania, 'Charta Minimumia Festival' 2000), Odorhei Secuiesc (Romania), Beograd (Serbia, 'Ring Ring Festival' 2002, 2005), Pécs (Hungary, 'Gassztro Fest' 2002, 'POSZT' 2006), Kishegyes ('Dombos Fest' 2003), Copenhagen, Aero, Aalborg, Aarhus (Denmark, 2003 - tour with the Creative Workshop Ensemble), Debrecen ('Debrecen Jazz Days' 2003), Klagenfurt ('CIK', Austria, 2004), London ('Klinker Nunhead', 2005), 'Cerkno Jazz Fest' (Slovenia, 2006, 2007), Avignon 2006, Zagreb, Graz , Warszawa (Music Academy), Budapest (Music Academy), Gyor, Subotica, Novi Sad, Debrecen , Vác 2007, Dunajska Streda (Are You Free? Festival), Beograd (Ring Ring Festival 2008, Lasciar Vibrare festival), Budapest (Újbuda Jazz festival 2008), Ljubljana, Krakow (Krakow Jazz Fall 2008, Graz (Stockwerk).

His orchestra plays contemporary improvised music, mostly performing his own compositions. As a composer, Mezei is interested in exploring the relationship between improvisation and composition (similarly to Witold Lutoslawski's aleatoric and Anthony Braxton's creative music methods), incorporating elements of jazz and authentic folk music as well. As a young musician he followed the path of B.Bartók and Gy.Szabados. Mezei is also very actively involved in composing scenic music and plays authentic Hungarian folk music on genuine folk instruments (koboz and oud).

Since 2001, Mezei is closely collaborating with choreographer Josef Nadj, director of the 'Centre Chorégraphique National d'Orléans' in Orléans, France. Their mutual project 'Les Philosophes' was selected theatre-piece of the year 2001 in France. The play was performed with great success at the 'Festival of Dance' in Cannes, France 2001, in Avignon 2002, in Brugge (Belgium - the capital of European Culture for the year 2002), in Orléans in October 2002, in Paris in May 2003, in Reggio Emilia (Italy), in Le Havre, in Nantes (France) 2004, and in London 2005. In 2006 they collaborated on a new project 'Asobu' (together with co-composer Akosh S.). This play was premiered at the Festival d'Avignon in 2006, then successfuly toured Europe and Japan.

In 2003 Mezei was invited by the Creative Workshop Ensemble of Denmark to tour in that country, performing some of his compositions.

In 2007 He was invited to play with The Fonda / Stevens Group. They held concerts in Magyarkanizsa, Zagreb, Graz, Oberwart, Cerkno, performing compositions by Michael Jefry Stevens, Joe Fonda and Mezei.

His 'String Trio' was performed at the Festival of Contemporary Music 'Ondine '98' in Rovereto, Italy . The composition 'Trio for Flute, Piano and Percussion' won the 3rd prize at the 7th International Review of Composers in Beograd 1998 in the category of student-composers. He got the 'Sterija Prize' for the music of the theatre-piece 'Szelídítések' (Tamings). In 2004 Mezei won also the prize for music at the 54th 'Festival of Professional Theatres' in Vojvodina (for the theatre-piece 'Via Italia'). In 2009 He won the prize for composition in Theater Festival "Joakim Vujic, Sabac, Serbia for the music in theater-piece "Tempest". As a performer Mezei participated in many workshops of improvised and intuitive music (with Tim Hodgkinson in Budapest, William Parker in Gy?r, among others). Played so far with musicians/improvisors like Matthias Schubert, Tamás Geröly, Róbert Benk?, György Szabados, Mihály Dresch, Michael Hornstein, Tim Hodgkinson, Albert Márkos, Peter Ole Jörgensen, Jens Balder, Joe Fonda, Michael Jefry Stevens, Joelle Leandre, Hamid Drake, Herb Robertson, Frank Gratkowski, Charles Gayle. His writings on music were published in many periodicals in Former-Yugoslavia and Hungary.

Mezei is a member of the Composers Association of Serbia and the Hungarian 'Gyorfree' Jazz, Improvisative, Contemporary and Folk Music Workshop Comitee.

He lead the Szilárd Mezei Trio, Szilárd Mezei Quintet (/ Sextet / Septet / Octet / Ensemble), and plays in many formations (duo, trio, etc.) for improvising music (among others, in duet with György Szabados, and with His orchestra MAKUZ, The Fonda/Stevens Group, Burány Quartet, duet with Albert Márkos)."

-Jazz CDs UK (http://www.jazzcds.co.uk/artist_id_1273/biography_id_1273)
2/26/2024

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Bogdan Rankovic is a saxophonist known for his work with Szilárd Mezei, Boris Kovac, Jeanette Chéro & Béla Mavrák.

-Squidco 2/26/2024

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Ivan Burka is a vibraphonist known for his work with Mezei Szilárd.

-Squidco 2/26/2024

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"Ervin Malina: Serbian bass player

Ervin Malina, double-bass graduated from the Art Academy of Novi Sad (Serbia) in 2007.His ability to transform and identify with different music styles made him a valued member of a variety of ensembles on his musical journey. Great inventiveness and imagination align him with the most sought-after double bassists in Novi Sad, especially for performing improvised music, jazz.

He is a regular member of the Vojvodina Symphonists Orchestra, as well as of the former Novi Sad Chamber Orchestra. He cooperates also with Olah Vince and his Earth-Wheel-Sky Band, which recorded the music for several Serbian national TV serials. As a member of the Serboplov ensemble of clarinet player Bogdan Rankovic, he has performed in many concerts and festivals in Serbia, Germany, Hungary... his cooperation with composer Boris Kovac brought him to Norway, Poland, Czech, Bulgaria, Japan...

He also cooperates with the composer Mezei Szilard, in the Mezei Szilard Trio, and other ensemble formations, with whom he has recorded a number of CD albums as well as music for theatre performances.

He has participated in the theatre performances of Josef Nadj: 'ASOBU', 'Length of 100 Needles' for which the music was composed by Mezei Szilard. He occasionally cooperates with Hungarian composer Szabados Gyorgy and his MAKUZ ensemble.

As a member of the OSSA Jazz Quartet, he has a CD album and a great number of performances in festivals and clubs. He cooperates with different folklore ensembles (tours in Czech, Slovak, Romania, Hungarian, etc.). He is also guest on a new project of the composer Milan Nenin and Novi Sad band 'Tripcycle'."

-Gyorge-Szabado (http://gyrgy-szabados.com/the-world-of-georgy/whos-who/ervin-malina-musician/)
2/26/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Capt's Look 36:04

2. Lock 7:07

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Improvised Music
Jazz
Chamber Jazz
Free Improvisation
Quintet Recordings
Percussion & Drums
European Improvisation, Composition and Experimental Forms
New in Improvised Music

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