The Rempis/Daisy Duo & Jason Adasiewicz|Jim Baker|Fred Lonberg-Holm|Steve Swell|Katie Young|Aaron Zarzutzki – “Dodecahedron” (Aerophonic, 2018)

“Dodecahedron” will be released on May 1, 2018 by “Aerophonic Records”. Album was recorded by huge group of creative avant-garde jazz masters – it’s a duo of Dave Rempis (alto, barotone saxophones) and Tim Daisy (drums) and the guests: Jason Adasiewicz (vibes), Jim Baker (piano/electronics), Fred Lonberg-Holm (cello), Steve Swell (trombone), Katie Young (bassoon, electronics) and Aaron Zarzutzki (electronics). All musicians had been playing and improvising together many times. Each of them has its own and original playing and improvising style, knows how to use unique and inventive playing techniques and likes the brave experiments in all fields of musical language. Their improvisations are based on spontaneous improvisations which are usually made in the spot – expressive solos, vivacious and remarkable melodies, splendid and impressive passages, furious, harsh and roaring blow outs, dynamic, loud and powerful rolls and the synthesis with electronics. The musicians masterfully combine all these things together with passionate and impressive improvising. Usually, their compositions are based on avant-garde jazz, but also have the intonations of other music styles – modern jazz, academic avant-garde, experimental and electronic music. These music styles play the function of background and gorgeously illustrate all the solos of the compositions – musicians using all these intonations like a coloristic and illustrative elements. Their collective improvisations have interesting, vivacious, evocative and expressive sound.

The compositions of this album are based on avant-garde jazz elements. The musicians are experimenting in all ways of musical language – they searching and extracting new timbres, weird sounds, use inventive and shocking musical decisions and huge variety of musical expressions. The improvisations are highly based on all the main elements of collective improvisation. The most part of the pieces have especially touching, striking, passionate, evocative and energetic sound. Turbulent, powerful and spontaneous improvisations are filled with colorful harmony, weird timbres, strange noises, electronic music elements, roaring, active and dynamic solos and various special effects. Saxophones and bassoon solos by Dave Rempis and Katie Young have bright and sharp sound. Expressive and passionate solos, harsh, sharp and furious roars, powerful and turbulent blow outs, impressive and vivacious riffs, live, active and wild fast passages make fresh, remarkable and emotional mood. Jason Adasiewich vibes, Tim Daisy drums and Fred Lonberg – Holm cello create colorful, solid and contrasting rhythmic section. Musicians are experimenting in all ways of musical language – their music is full of contrasts and sudden stylistic turns. Harsh, powerful and aggressive drum rolls, vivacious and vivid arpeggios, especially energetic and spontaneous free improvisations, experimental ways of playing, soft and gorgeous vibes melodies, expressive and touching cello improvisations make an effort to whole sound. From subtle, silent, relaxing and peaceful solos, monotonous and separate sounds cello grows out to expressive, dramatic, noisy, harsh and interesting culminations. Jim Baker piano bring vivacious and colorful sound and harmony pattern. Pianist masterfully switches between bebop, post-bop, harsh and aggressive sounds, free improvisations and turbulent solos. He extracts different timbres, moods, melodies and characters. All the sounds and expressive melodies of acoustics are synthesized with electronics which are controlled by Jim Baker, Katie Young  and Aaron Zarzutzki. They produce interesting and effective sound by using traditional electronic music playing techniques – field recordings, computer sounds, concrete music intonations, sonic systems, drone and many others. It brings specific and effective sound to the album. Masterful synthesis between acoustics and electronics, original and expressive sounds and timbres, impressive and remarkable improvising by all musicians create innovative and interesting sound of this album.

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