Ingrid Laubrock – “Contemporary Chaos Practics: Two Works For Orchestra With Soloists Mary Halvorson, Kris Davis, Nate Wooley, Ingrid Laubrock” (Intakt, 2018)

“Contemporary Chaos Practics: Two Works For Orchestra With Soloists Mary Halvorson, Kris Davis, Nate Wooley, Ingrid Laubrock” is the newest release of :Intakt Records” label. Album was recorded by soloists Mary Halvorson (electric guitar), Kris Davis (piano), Nate Wooley (trumpet), Ingrid Laubrock (soprano and tenor saxophone) and orchestra, which has huge group of talented and experienced musicians. Four mprovisers are central figures of American avant-garde jazz scene. They also are famous in international jazz scene – improvisers always collaborating with other great jazz masters from different parts of the world. Excepional playing manner, unique sound, marvelous and interesting musical experiments, unusual timbres, special effects and wild free improvisations effect their popularity and form original and bright playing style. Musicians are open to new, shocking, wild and franky musical decisions. Fresh ideas, evocative and innovative point of view, modern, interesting and passionate improvising are the basics of their music. Music is totally based on avant-garde and experimental jazz, as well as bebop, post bop, neo bop and other modern jazz styles. Compositions also are related with contemporary academical music and academic avant-garde.

“Contemporary Chaos Practics” is a marvelous result of collaboration between orchestra and four great jazz players. This album gives a wonderful opportunity to hear collective playing of orchestra and jazz improvisers. Fusion of contemporary academical and experimental music, academic avant-garde and free improvisation is the key of this album. The compositions are based on free structure, open form and abstract pattern. It also has colorful, multi-layed and polyphonic facture, gorgeous background and dozens of synthesized sounds, weird timbres and strange noises. All musicians of the orchestra and the soloists have the best and precise playing technique – it’s filled with enchanting passages, wild fast and thrilling solos, dizzy and warm melodies and expressive collective improvisations, All musicians are the masters of their art. Proffessional, expressive, touching and impressive playing makes an effect to all sections of musical language. They make eclectic combos, exotic and wild experiments, choose experimental and new ways of playing and fuse different music genres in one place. It’s hard to say, to which style this music is more related. All the time musicians are varieying between hot, expressive and wild free improvisation, fascinating musical experiments, spontaneous turns and changes to evocative, expressive and interesting academic avant-garde and its styles. Rhythmic and melodic series, repetitive combinations, elements of minimalism, sonoristic, concrete andspectral music, the newest tendencies of contemporary academical music, as well as academic avant-garde are frequently used in these compositions. It puts the music between wild and free avant-garde jazz and arranged, evocative, new and modern contemporary academical music. There’s no frames between these two genres here – one minute orchestra plays harsh, sharp, strictly arranged and interesting excerpt of compositions and other minute it goes straight to expressive, sparkling, free and franky collective improvisations. All fo it gently fits together in one place. Music is in change all the time – from soft, gentle, light and relaxing it gets extremely loud, provocative, scandalous and harsh, evocative and passsionate, expressive and active, furious and aggressive or simply beautiful, colorful and charming. Musicians are expressing huge range of colorsm sounds, moods and expressions. All players of the orchestra don’t hesitate to make fresh, innovative and brave instrumental decisions, evocative sound experiments and break the rules. They search for new timbres, exotic combos, extravagant playing techniques, innovative expressions, use wide range of dynamics, tempos and wide kit of scales and chords. Orchestra keeps active and evocative mood. The musicians are playing free, emotionally and with passion – their playing is based on the newest tendencies of contemporary academical and experimental music, but never gets too far from spontaneous changes, free improvisation or unpredictable, experimental, funny or just crazy and wild musical decisions. Energetic, vivid and bright saxophones, passionate, active and turbulent electric guitar, bright, luminous and roaring trumpet and dynamic, free and expressive piano improvisations keep the main mood of the compositions. Collective improvisations by these jazz masters are the most effective, sparkling and fantastic pices of whole album. It brings life, energy, passion and drive to the compositions. Listener can hear all wide range of moods, expressions, playing techniques and ways of improvising in one place. Abstract, subtle and relaxing pieces go straight to dramatic and turbulent culminations, vigilant, stormy and roaring bursts of energy, light, gentle and peaceful episodes who can be changed in a minute by rigorous, turbulent and vibant blow outs, dizzy and charming passages or moving solos. This album is a great result of collaboration between orchestra and four marvelous jazz masters. It makes an opportunity to hear together new, evocative and innovative tendecies of academic avant-garde, strange, weird and interesting musical experiments and wild free improvisations. All musicians together create moving, touching, expressive and tremendous sound.

Conductor 1: Eric Wubbels
Conductor 2: Taylor Ho Bynum
Bass: Greg Chudzik, Pat Swoboda
Bassoon: Nanci Belmont, Dana Jessen
Cello: Talia Dicker, Maria Hadge, Katinka Kleijn
Clarinet, Bass Clarinet: Joshua Rubin, Katie Schoepflin
Contrabass Clarinet, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet: Bohdan Hilash
Flutes, Piccolo: Michel Gentile
Flute, Piccolo, Bass Flute: Zach Sheets
French Horn: Elizabeth Fleming, John Gattis
Oboe: Christa Robinson
Oboe, English Horn: Katie Scheele
Percussion: Tim Feeney, Clara Warnaar
Trombone: Jacob Garchik, Mike Lormand
Trumpet, Piccolo Trumpet: Gareth Flowers
Tuba: Dan Peck
Viola: Dominic DeStefano, Hannah Levinson, Miranda Sielaff
Violin: Sam Bardfeld, Maya Bennardo, Jean Cook, Erica Dicker, Mark Feldman (Vogelfrei only),
Sarah Goldfeather (Contemporary Chaos Practices only),
Megan Gould, Elena Moon Park, Mazz Swift
Vocalists: Roland Burks, Tomas Cruz, Chris DiMeglio, Walker J Jackson,
Amirtha Kidambi, Kyoko Kitamura, Emilie Lesbros, Kamala Sankaram
Amplified Contrabass Clarinet: Josh Sinton (Vogelfrei only)

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