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Heinemann, Jakob: Opacity (Kashe Editions)

The debut as a leader for Chicago double bassist and composer Jakob Heinemann, in a series of peacefully sophisticate, through-composed compositions of acoustic orchestration with subtle field recording & object accents from Heinemann, each piece leaving room for improvisation, performed in a quartet with Ishmael Ali on cello, Jeff Kimmel on clarinet and Molly Jones on flutes.
 

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Jakob Heinemann-bass, objects, field recordings

Ishmael Ali-cello

Jeff Kimmel-clarinet

Molly Jones-flutes


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UPC: 195269276263

Label: Kashe Editions
Catalog ID: None
Squidco Product Code: 34282

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2023
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Marmalade Studios, in Chicago, Illinois, in August, 2022, by Ishmael Ali.

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"I'm happy to share this recording, my first as a bandleader. This quartet, featuring myself, Molly Jones, Jeff Kimmel and Ishmael Ali developed this music over the course of a year of rehearsing, performing and improvising together, and I'm so thankful for their musicianship and patience in collaborating on this project.

Most of the music is through-composed, but the notation is very open, meaning each performance is a little different, and the performers can add their own ideas and sensibilities as they wish. The compositions are at times collaged with field recordings, group improvisation, and foley sounds, creating a wide palette of colors that blend together to create a unique sonic environment.

I spent much time refining this music as we played it, tinkering with the harmonies, structure, and flow of each piece, until it felt right. I'm really proud of how everything turned out, and am grateful to everyone for listening."-Jakob Heinenmann


Artist Biographies

"Jakob Heinemann is a double bassist, composer, improviser and sound artist working between Chicago and Madison, WI. My interests are wide-ranging, but tend to center on close listening, environmental composition, and open collaborations with other artists. As a bass player, I frequently perform freely improvised music, and count myself as a member of the rich and varied community of creative musicians in Chicago. As a composer and sound artist, I utilize field recordings, spectral analysis, and traditional scoring to sonify my local community, seeking to document and understand a sense of place in a radically changing environment. I have been fortunate to work with some incredible artists over the years including Roscoe Mitchell, Tomeika Reid, Mike Reed, Jim Baker, and Dave Rempis."

-Jakob Heinemann Website (https://jakobheinemann.com/)
4/10/2024

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"Ishmael Ali is a first generation Filipino-Arab-American cellist, guitarist, improviser, composer, and electronic artist currently residing in Chicago. His work centers on exploring sound through improvisation, experimentation, collaboration, as well as a wide array of idiomatic approaches in an ever-changing, always-growing list of projects with diverse focuses and influences.Though varying drastically from group to group, a common thread in his work is the juxtaposition of seemingly disparate elements to create something new: both foreign and familiar.

In addition to performing, Mr. Ali is a co-founder and audio engineer at the recording space Marmalade in Chicago and was the founder and director of the now inoperative music and art space, Orotund Music. He continues to work as an organizer and promoter through the music series OBTC."

-Ishmael Ali Website (https://ishmaelalimusic.com/)
4/10/2024

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"Jeff Kimmel is a Chicago-based clarinetist whose work encompasses improvisation, new and experimental music, and interdisciplinary collaborations. Jeff is a regular contributor to Chicago's improvised music community, and has performed at Harris Theater, Logan Center for the Arts and the Chicago Cultural Center. He collaborates with Andrew Tham as part of the multimedia concern Current Conditions, has performed with experimental music ensemble a.pe.ri.od.ic, and toured with puppet theatre company Manual Cinema.

Jeff's work has been funded by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, and he was awarded a residency at the Atlantic Center for the Arts to work with Roscoe Mitchell. Originally from Greenville, SC, Jeff holds a B.M. from New England Conservatory."

-Jeff Kimmel Website (http://jeffkimmel.blogspot.com/p/bio.html)
4/10/2024

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"Molly Jones' practice incorporates improvisation and composition with saxophones, flutes, and electronics. Her work originates in a place of playfulness, listening, and attention.

Influenced by her experiences in jazz, new music, Balkan brass, and Scottish country dance ensembles; her fascination with found sounds; her work as a software engineer; and her ongoing participation in mindfulness communities, she has created electroacoustic pieces, chamber works, experimental theater performances, poetry, and video in addition to maintaining an improvisation practice. She performs with Chicago quartet Mad Myth Science."

-Molly Jones Website (https://www.mollyjonesmusic.com/bio-cv)
4/10/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Distance 05:16

2. Interpolation A 01:20

3. Dew 05:25

4. Opal 02:41

5. Interpolation B 02:13

6. Shells I 08:15

7. Shells II 05:26

8. Shells III 04:35

9. Interpolation C 02:15

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Improvised Music
Free Improvisation
Jazz
Electro-Acoustic
Electro-Acoustic Improv
Chamber Jazz
Quartet Recordings
Chicago Jazz & Improvisation
New in Improvised Music

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