(Modern Creative, Third Stream) Ben Goldberg (Carla Kihlstedt, Ron Miles, Rob Sudduth, Myra Melford, Nels Cline, Kenny Wollesen, Greg Cohen, Ches Smith) / Orphic Machine - 2015, MP3, 320 kbps

(Modern Creative, Third Stream) Ben Goldberg (Carla Kihlstedt, Ron Miles, Rob Sudduth, Myra Melford, Nels Cline, Kenny Wollesen, Greg Cohen, Ches Smith) / Orphic Machine - 2015, MP3, 320 kbps
Ben Goldberg (Carla Kihlstedt, Ron Miles, Rob Sudduth, Myra Melford, Nels Cline, Kenny Wollesen, Greg Cohen, Ches Smith) / Orphic Machine
Жанр: Modern Creative, Third Stream
Страна исполнителя (группы): USA
Год издания: 2015
Аудиокодек: MP3
Тип рипа: tracks
Битрейт аудио: 320 kbps
Продолжительность: 1:15:56
Наличие сканов в содержимом раздачи: да
1 Reading 10:10
2 Line of Less Than Ten 6:13
3 Bongoloid Lens 3:11
4 Immortality 12:05
5 The Inferential Poem 3:52
6 How To Do Things With Tears 1:37
7 Care 13:22
8 The Present 6:38
9 What Was That 5:57
10 The Orphic Machine 12:43
Об исполнителе (группе)
Clarinetist Ben Goldberg was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, later earning an undergraduate music degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a subsequent Master of Arts in Composition from Mills College. A student of Rosario Mazzeo, Steve Lacy, and Joe Lovano, Goldberg initially won acclaim as a member of the New Klezmer Trio, debuting in 1991 with Masks and Faces; two years later he won a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to mount a retrospective series spotlighting the music of key American jazz composers including Thelonious Monk and Herbie Nichols, a project on which he collaborated with the likes of Andrew Hill and Bobby Bradford. After teaming with Kenny Wollesen for the 1993 LP The Relative Value of Things, Goldberg resurfaced two years later with another New Klezmer Trio record, Melt Zonk Rewire; with the group Snorkel, he also contributed to 1996's Live at the Elbo Room. In 1998, Goldberg headlined no less than four new recordings: Eight Phrases for Jefferson Rubin, Twelve Minor, Here by Now, and What Comes Before.
Об альбоме (сборнике)
Beauty can often be found in unexpected places. On his new album, Orphic Machine, clarinetist/composer Ben Goldberg creates his most beautiful and lyrical music to date. Interestingly, though the lyrics are by poet Allen Grossman, they come not from his poems, but from a book on “speculative poetics.” Grossman’s Summa Lyrica, a collection of blunt, interwoven statements illuminating the place of poetry in human thought, provided Goldberg with the texts around which he wrapped his beautiful melodies and compelling grooves.
Goldberg needed to gather an ensemble of artists able to realize such simultaneously heady and passionate compositions; fortunately, he’s been surrounded with such gifted artists throughout much of his musical life. Orphic Machine features the talents of vocalist and violinist Carla Kihlstedt, his bandmate in the unclassifiable group Tin Hat; Wilco’s resident guitar daredevil Nels Cline, also a member ofGoldberg’s quintet Unfold Ordinary Mind; trumpeter Ron Miles, a bandmate ofGoldberg’s in the quartet Go Home; tenor saxophonist Rob Sudduth and drummer Ches Smith, both members of Goldberg’s quintet as well as Unfold Ordinary Mind; pianist Myra Melford, with whom Goldberg works in her sextet, Be Bread, and in the duo project Dialogue; bassist Greg Cohen, an early musical hero and now member of the Ben Goldberg Trio; and vibraphonist Kenny Wollesen, a member of Goldberg’s ground-breaking New Klezmer Trio.
But the most important relationship on Orphic Machine is not an expressly musical one, but a meeting of minds – one young and impressionable, the other iconoclastic and powerfully original. Many of us can point to one influential teacher who changed the course of our lives, and for Goldberg that teacher was Allen Grossman, whom the young clarinetist met while an undergrad at Brandeis University in 1978. Grossman was teaching a course on speculative poetics called “The Representation of Experience,” and that class introduced Goldberg not only to new ideas but to an entirely new way of thinking.
“I didn’t know that learning could exist on that level,” Goldberg says. “Grossman lived in his own world of meaning and did his best to communicate that to people, especially students. It was kind of like being around a prophet – you can’t quite understand what he’s talking about in any usual way, but his statements just bump into you and start working on your mind. He really grabbed me, and this seed was planted inside me.”
Notes by Ben Goldberg
In 1978 I attended Brandeis University for one year as a freshman. It was my good fortune to get thrown into a dorm room with Tass Bey, a young man from Montreal who believed in the transformational power of literature to a degree beyond anybody I had previously encountered. Tass introduced me to pre-White Album Beatles and the writing of Leonard Cohen. Later he was to introduce me to some other things, but first he instructed me to enroll in a literature course entitled The Representation of Experience taught by a man called Allen Grossman. That course hit me very hard. We read old books – The Bible, Gilgamesh, Moby-Dick, etc., and Professor Grossman showed us into a world where reading, thought, meaning, action, and understanding came together. I wouldn’t say he taught us – it’s more like he embodied the business of knowing.
Years later, finding my way out of a dark period in life, I developed a sudden thirst for poetry. I got in touch with the poet Susan Stewart after I heard echoes of Allen Grossman in her work. Susan invited me to attend a 2006 gathering in honor of Professor Grossman’s retirement from Johns Hopkins where he read powerfully from his poems. I began studying a book of his called Summa Lyrica: A Primer of the Commonplaces in Speculative Poetics.
The book is constructed as a set of interrelated aphorisms whose purpose is “to bring to mind ‘the poem,’ as an object of thought and as an instrument for thinking.”
Around this time I began writing vocal music, when my group Tin Hat embarked on a project of songs using poems of E E Cummings as lyrics. I found I enjoyed the push-and-pull between words, melody, and harmony. (The Rain Is A Handsome Animal, with six of my songs, was released in 2012 by New Amsterdam)
In 2010 Chamber Music America commissioned a composition for large ensemble based upon Grossman’s Summa Lyrica. I had been reading the book for five years, and I intended to compose music based on its structure. But, as a poem cannot be restated in other words (for then it would be a different poem), the book would not allow me to summarize or map it.
I got stuck in that useful way of getting stuck that suddenly opens up new possibility: the aphorisms in the book had been working on me, and I needed to let them work directly on the music, by using them as lyrics for songs. Something about the craziness of the idea – songs based not on poems, but on statements about poetry – writing about writing – really got me going. So I found myself writing songs with words like “The function of poetry is to obtain for everybody one kind of success at the limits of the autonomy of the will.”
Orphic Machine, an evening-length work of ten movements, premiered in March 2012 at the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse in Berkeley, and at the Blue Whale in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Times called it “knotted and occasionally spooky composition marked by dazzling interplay.”
With a 2013 grant from the Shifting Foundation, I was able to record Orphic Machine in September 2013.
Professor Grossman speaks of poetry as an instrument for the conservation of value across time. His work created work for me. Now I hope that you will find something of value in the act of listening.
Carla Kihlstedt: voice & violin;
Ben Goldberg: B-flat clarinet & contra-alto clarinet;
Ron Miles: trumpet;
Rob Sudduth: tenor saxophone;
Myra Melford: piano;
Nels Cline: guitar;
Kenny Wollesen: vibraphone, chimes, drums (3);
Greg Cohen: bass;
Ches Smith: drums, vibraphone (3).
Доп. информация:
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In Memorian, Allen Grossman (1932 - 2014)
Recorded at Sear Sound, New York, September 2013
Release Date: March 24, 2015
lyrics included as a .pdf
Allen Grossman писал(а):
If we see William Blake in a vision but William Blake does not see us that's a fiction.
But if William Blake sees us in return that is either a natural or eschatological situation.
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