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Hove, Erik: Solo (Tour de Bras)

Splitting time between Montreal and New York, Canadian saxophonist Erik Hove recorded these twelve deceptively restrained solo improvisations in various locations in 2020 & 2021, applying electronics to his playing which is influenced by both improvisers like Steve Lehman, Henry Threadgill or Steve Coleman and spectral composers like Gerard Grisey or Tristan Murail.
 

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Label: Tour de Bras
Catalog ID: TDB900070cd
Squidco Product Code: 34347

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2023
Country: Canada
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded in various locations between June 2020 and September 2021.

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Splitting time between Montreal and New York, Canadian saxophonist Erik Hove recorded these twelve deceptively restrained solo improvisations in various locations in 2020 & 2021, applying electronics to his playing which is influenced by both improvisers like Steve Lehman, Henry Threadgill or Steve Coleman and spectral composers like Gerard Grisey or Tristan Murail.


Artist Biographies

"Erik Hove is an alto saxophonist who plays a wide variety of jazz, improvised, and contemporary music. Born in Vancouver, he has lived in Montreal and New York, attending McGill University as well as studying with alto master Greg Osby. While in New York, he formed the turntable-jazz group Soundclash, which won the Montreal OFF festival's Francois Marcaurelle prize and released a disc with Effendi records. He also heads various trios and quartets. He recently returned to McGill to study composition, and while there formed his latest project, the Erik Hove Chamber Ensemble. He plays with many local and international artists, including the Juno-winning Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra and Anna Webber's Montreal People.

The Erik Hove Chamber Ensemble is a musical hybrid drawing from jazz, classical and contemporary compositional traditions. The 10-piece ensemble consists of a jazz rhythm section and a small contemporary chamber ensemble, and prominently features the leader's alto saxophone playing, as well as that of flautist Anna Webber, bassist Remi-Jean LeBlanc, and trumpeter Andy King.

The project seeks to explore a synthesis of contemporary compositional concepts with current ideas from jazz and improvised music, and attempts to combine the disparate elements so as to form a cohesive whole. Of particular interest are the spectral techniques used by composers like Gerard Grisey and Tristan Murail, but also others like Lachemann, Sciarrino, Furrer, and Ligeti. These ideas are combined with novel contemporary jazz reminiscent of players like Steve Lehman, Henry Threadgill and Steve Coleman.

The music combines ideas of timbral and spectral writing, like spectral analysis, extended techniques and microtonal systems, with recent developments in modern jazz and improvised music using compound rhythms, rhythmic illusion, and disjunct chromatic melodic material in pulse-driven, narrative or song-based frameworks."

-Erik Hove Website (http://www.erikhovemusic.com/bio/)
2/26/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Ultrasound And Other Vibrations 02:42

2. Irrational Letters 02:21

3. Thoughts About Breath 02:46

4. Light Receptors 01:50

5. The Joy Of An Empty Street 04:27

6. Seeing And/Or Hearing 01:51

7. Moments Between Moments 04:27

8. Routines And Rituals 03:12

9. Celestial Textures 02:52

10. Conversations With An Empty Room 03:35

11. Faint Glint 02:40

12. Nocturnal Excursion 02:09

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