The Squid's Ear Magazine

  Rapid SSL

  PayPal

  Mastercard

  Visa

  Discover

  American Express



© 2002-2017, Squidco LLC


Mori, Ikue (w/ Jim Black / Okkyung Lee / Sylvie Courvoisier): Obelisk (Tzadik)

Ikue Mori's Obelisk project brings together her unique electronics with Downtown Scene key players, Jim Black on drums, Okkyung Lee on cello, and Sylvie Courvoisier on piano, an album driven by Mori's melodic compositions that take unexpected twists and turns in dramatic and lyrical playing, Mori's electronics bringing an exotic charm and ringing beauty to her works.
 

Price: $12.55
Price Was: $13.95
Blue Squid Black Friday Sale: save $1.40


Quantity:

In Stock


Shipping Weight: 2.00 units

Quantity in Basket: None

Log In to use our Wish List
product information:


UPC: 702397401827

Label: Tzadik
Catalog ID: CD-TZA-4018
Squidco Product Code: 24837

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2017
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded at East Side Sound, in New York City, New York, in January and March, 2017, by Marc Urselli.


Personnel:

Ikue Mori-electronics

Jim Black-drums

Okkyung Lee-cello

Sylvie Courvoisier-piano

Highlight an artist name or instrument above
and click here to Search
track listing:


1. Quicksilver 3:45

2. Blue Moon And Yellow Dune 4:01

3. Mozu (The Shrike) 4:56

4. Invisible Fingers 1:41

5. Hotaru (Firefly) 3:31

6. Invisible Hands 1:40

7. Among Other Seeds 4:47

8. Steel Cave 3:03

9. Insomniac Bird 5:44

10. Koya Hijiri (Holy Man from Mount Koya) 10:11
Related Categories of Interest:


Tzadik
Improvised Music
Jazz
Free Improvisation
Electro-Acoustic
Electro-Acoustic Improv
Quartet Recordings
Mori, Ikue
NY Downtown & Jazz/Improv
Staff Picks & Recommended Items
New in Improvised Music
Recent Releases and Best Sellers
Instant Rewards

sample the album:








descriptions, reviews, &c.

"Universally acclaimed as a pioneer in live laptop electronics, Ikues signature style is still uniquely her own and has influenced two generations of laptop performers. Her new band project Obelisk is a super-band featuring three of the most acclaimed and original players in the Downtown scene: Okkyung Lee, Jim Black and Sylvie Courvoisier. Ikues startling compositions blend gorgeous melodies with hypnotic rhythms and evocative soundscapes. Strange and beautiful music from a legendary master of laptop improvisation!"-Tzadik


Artist Biographies:

"Ikue Mori moved from her native city of Tokyo to New York in 1977. She started playing drums and soon formed the seminal NO WAVE band DNA, with fellow noise pioneers Arto Lindsay and Tim Wright. DNA enjoyed legendary cult status, while creating a new brand of radical rhythms and dissonant sounds; forever altering the face of rock music.

In the mid 80's Ikue started in employ drum machines in the unlikely context of improvised music. While limited to the standard technology provided by the drum machine, she has never the less forged her own highly sensitive signature style. Through out in 90's She has subsequently collaborated with numerous improvisors throughout the US, Europe, and Asia, while continuing to produce and record her own music. 1998, She was invited to perform with Ensemble Modern as the soloist along with Zeena Parkins, and composer Fred Frith, also "One hundred Aspects of the Moon" commissioned by Roulette/Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust. Ikue won the Distinctive Award for Prix Ars Electronics Digital Music category in 99.

In 2000 Ikue started using the laptop computer to expand on her already signature sound, thus broadening her scope of musical expression. 2000 commissioned by the KITCHEN ensemble, wrote and premired the piece "Aphorism" also awarded Civitella Ranieri Foundation Fellowship. 2003 commissioned by RELACHE Ensemble to write a piece for film In the Street and premired in Philadelphia. Started working with visual played by the music since 2004. In 2005 Awarded Alphert/Ucross Residency.

Ikue received a grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts in 2006. In 2007 the Tate Modern commissioned Ikue to create a live sound track for screenings of Maya Deren's silent films. In 2008 Ikue celebrated her 30th year in NY and performed at the Japan Society. Recent commissioners include the Montalvo Arts Center and SWR German radio program and Shajah Art foundation in UAE. Current working groups include MEPHISTA with Sylvie Courvoisier and Susie Ibarra, PHANTOM ORCHARD with Zeena Parkins, project with Koichi Makigami and various ensembles of John Zorn. New duo Twindrums project with YoshimiO  workshop/lecture in various schools include University of Gothenburg, Dartmouth Collage, New England Conservatory, Mills Collage, Stanford University, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago"

-Ikue Mori Website (http://www.ikuemori.com/bio.html)
11/21/2017

Have a better biography or biography source? Please Contact Us so that we can update this biography.

Jim Black is at the forefront of a new generation of musicians bringing jazz into the 21st century. In addition to being one of the most influential drummers of our time, he is also the leader of one of the world's most forward-thinking bands, AlasNoAxis, featuring his longtime collaborators Chris Speed, Hilmar Jensson and Skúli Sverrisson. Based on the foundation of his virtuosic but highly personal approach to jazz drumming, Black's aesthetic has expanded to include Balkan rhythms, rock songcraft and laptop soundscapes. Though he is revered worldwide for his limitless technique and futuristic concepts, what many listeners treasure in most Jim Black's work is the relentless feeling of joy and invention he brings to his performances. Jim Black's smiling, kinetic, unpredictable presence has enthralled and inspired audiences worldwide for over twenty-five years.

Since the mid-90's, Black has played a major role in the incorporation of new sounds and techniques into the jazz/creative music context. As a member of the collective group Pachora (with Speed, Sverrisson, and guitarist Brad Shepik) Black was one of the leaders in the study and adaptation of Balkan music into jazz-based music. His advanced techniques abstracted the odd time signatures of the Balkans into a new polyrhythmic language equally informed by modern jazz, drum&bass and the dumbeks of the Balkans. Black has also been an innovator in the use of electronics in improvisation, bridging the gap between electro-acoustic improv and more jazz-based traditions. Today, Black's performances are just as likely to feature his laptop-based electronic textures as his drumming.

Born in 1967, Jim Black grew up in Seattle alongside future colleagues Chris Speed, Andrew D'Angelo and Cuong Vu. After cementing their personal and artistic relationships in Seattle's various youth jazz ensembles, in 1985 they moved to Boston, where Black entered the Berklee School of Music. In Boston, Black, Speed and D'Angelo formed Human Feel with guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel, which rapidly attracted the attention of the jazz cognoscenti in Boston, New York and beyond.

By 1991, Black and the other members of Human Feel had moved to New York City, where they electrified the Downtown music scene then centered around the Knitting Factory and rapidly became among the city's busiest sidemen. Black's early years in New York saw him take featured roles in some of the most critically acclaimed bands of the time, like Tim Berne's Bloodcount, Ellery Eskelin's trio, and Dave Douglas's Tiny Bell Trio. Thus began fifteen years of near-constant touring and recording, with the above bands as well as artists like Uri Caine, Dave Liebman, Nels Cline, Steve Coleman, Tomasz Stanko, and Laurie Anderson.

-Jim Black Website (http://www.jimblack.com/Jim_Black_dotcom/BIO.html)
11/21/2017

Have a better biography or biography source? Please Contact Us so that we can update this biography.

"Okkyung Lee, a New York-based artist and South Korea native, has created a body of work blurring genre boundaries through collaborations and compositions while pushing the limitation of contemporary cello performance techniques. Her music draws from noise and extended techniques, jazz, Western classical, and Korean traditional and popular music.

Since moving to New York in 2000, She has released more than 20 albums including the latest solo record Ghil produced by Lasse Marhaug on EditionsMego/Ideologic Organ, Noisy Love Songs (for George Dyer) on Tzadik.She has performed and recorded with numerous artists from wide ranges such as Laurie Anderson, David Behrman, Mark Fell, Douglas Gordon, Jenny Hval, Vijay Iyer, Christian Marclay, Ikue Mori, Lawrence D "Butch" Morris, Marina Rosenfeld, Jim o'Rourke, Evan Parker, Wadada Leo Smith, C Spencer Yeh and John Zorn to name just a few.

Since 2010, she has been developing a site-specific duo project with New York based dancer/choreographer Michelle Boulé. They have performed at Issue Project Room, Mount Tremper Art Center and send+receive fesival in Winnipeg, Canada and scheduled perform at The Met Breuer Building on March 12th, 2016 as a part of the inaugural program, curated by pianist/composer Vijay Iyer. She opened for a legendary experimental rock group Swans in May, 2015 in Northern Europe and UK. In early 2015, Okkyung presented new compositions commissioned by London Sinfonietta as a part of Christian Marclay's exhibit at White Cube Gallery in London.

Okkyung was rewarded with prestigious Doris Duke Performing Artist Award in 2015 and received Foundation For Contemporary Arts Grant in 2010.

She received a dual bachelor's degree in Contemporary Writing & Production and Film Scoring from Berklee College of Music in 1998 and a master's degree in Contemporary Improvisation from New England Conservatory of Music in 2000."

-Okkyung Lee Website (http://www.okkyunglee.info/about)
11/21/2017

Have a better biography or biography source? Please Contact Us so that we can update this biography.

"Sylvie Courvoisier is a pianist, composer and improviser. Born in Lausanne, Switzerland, Courvoisier moved to New York in 1998 and has lived in Brooklyn since that time.

Courvoisier has led several groups over the years and has recorded over 25 records as a leader or co-leader for different labels, notably ECM , Tzadik and Intakt Records and 30 cds as a sideperson. She has performed and recorded with John Zorn, Mark Feldman, Yusef Lateef, Ikue Mori, Tony Oxley, Tim Berne, Joey Baron, Joëlle Léandre, Herb Robertson, Butch Morris, Evan Parker, Mark Dresser, Ellery Eskelin, Lotte Anker, Fred Frith, Michel Godard, Tomazs Stanko among others. She has been commissioned to write music for concerts, radio, dance and theater. Since 1996, she has been touring widely with her own groups and as a side person in USA, Canada, Japan, Australia and Europe.

Currently, Courvoisier is the leader of her TRIO with Kenny Wollesen and Drew Gress. She performs regularly Solo and since 1997, in Duo with violinist Mark Feldman. She co-leads the Sylvie Courvoisier/Mark Feldman Quartet with Scott Colley and Billy Mintz. Since 2000, she has been a member of Mephista, an improvising collective trio with Ikue Mori and Susie Ibarra. She is currently playing and touring in different projects of John Zorn including Cobra and Masada Marathon. She is also playing in Erik Friedlander's Trio, Herb Robertson's Quintet and Nate Wooley's Quartet. Since 2010, she has been working as a pianist and composer for flamenco dancer Israel Galvan's project "la Curva" with more than 150 performances around the world.

Awards include Switzerland's 1996 Prix des jeunes créateurs; Zonta Club's 2000 Prix de la Création; Switzerland's 2010 Grand Prix de la Fondation Vaudoise de la Culture; 2013's NYFA (NewYork Foundation For the Art) Music/Sound Fellowship."

-Sylvie Courvoisier Website (http://www.sylviecourvoisier.com/bio.htm)
11/21/2017

Have a better biography or biography source? Please Contact Us so that we can update this biography.

Other Releases With These Artists:
Wooley, Nate
Battle Pieces 2
(Relative Pitch)
Taborn, Craig / Ikue Mori
Highsmith
(Tzadik)
Dresser, Mark Seven (Mitchell / Ehrlich / Boroff / Dessen / White / Black)
Sedimental You
(Clean Feed)
Courvoisier, Sylvie / Mark Feldman / Evan Parker / Ikue Mori
Miller's Tale
(Intakt)
Black, Jim Trio
The Constant
(Intakt)
Bica, Carlos & Azul (w/ Frank Mobus / Jim Black)
More Than This
(Clean Feed)
Rothenberg, Ned / Mark Feldman / Sylvie Courvoisier
In Cahoots
(Clean Feed)
Dresser, Mark Seven (Mitchell / Ehrlich / Boroff / Dessen / White / Black)
Sedimental You
(Clean Feed)
Lee, Okkyung / Christian Marclay
Amalgam [VINYL]
(Northern Spy)
Lee, Okkyung / Christian Marclay
Amalgam
(Northern Spy)
DNA
A Taste Of DNA [12-inch VINYL]
(Superior Viaduct)
Lee, Okkyung / Bill Orcutt
Live at Cafe OTO [VINYL]
(Otoroku)
Rova::Orkestra
Electric Ascension (2003)
(Atavistic)
Rova Channeling Coltrane
Electric Ascension - Live At The 2012 Guelph Festival + "Cleaning The Mirror - A Documentary by John Rogers" [Blu Ray + DVD + CD]
(RogueArt)
Davis, Kris Infrasound (w/ Goldberg / Noriega / Badenhorst / Bishop / Radley / Versace / Black)
Save Your Breath
(Clean Feed)
Mori, Ikue
Light In The Shadow
(Tzadik)
Wooley, Nate (w/ Ingrid Laubrock, Sylvie Courvoisier & Matt Moran)
Battle Pieces
(Relative Pitch)
Nagai, Shoko (w/ Reynolds / Goldberger / Takeishi / Black)
Taken Shadow
(Animul)
Parker, Evan ElectroAcoustic Septet
Seven
(Les Disques Victo)
Iyer, Vijay & Mike Ladd
Holding It Down: The Veterans' Dreams Project
(Pi Recordings)
Trumpets and Drums (Wooley / Evans / Black / Lytton)
Live in Ljubljana
(Clean Feed)
Courvoisier, Sylvie - Mark Feldman Duo
Live At Theatre Vidy-Lausanne
(Intakt)
Edwards, John / Okkyung Lee
White Cable, Black Wires
(Fataka)
Lytton / Wooley + Ikue Mori and Ken Vandermark
The Nows [2 CDs]
(Clean Feed)
Liebman / Eskelin with Tony Marino & Jim Black
Non Sequiturs
(Hatology)
Bettis, Chuck & Friends
Community Of Commotion
(North East Indie)
Parker, Evan / Lee / Evans
The Bleeding Edge
(psi)
Bica, Carlos & Azul
Things About
(Clean Feed)
Broken Record Chamber
Free Improv For Robots
(Spool)
Nechushtan, Alon (with Dresser / Swell / Rothenberg / Dick / Wooley / Kaiser / &c.)
Dark Forces
(Creative Sources)
Eskelin, Ellery / Andrea Parkins / Jim Black
One Great Day
(hatOLOGY)
Courvoisier, Sylvie - Mark Feldman
Hotel Du Nord
(Intakt)
Black / Dunn / Noriega / Speed
Endangered Blood
(Skirl)
Courvoisier, Sylvie / Mark Feldman
To Fly To Steal
(Intakt)
Courvoisier, Sylvie Trio
Abaton [DVD]
(La Huite)
Douglas, Dave Tiny Bell Trio
Constellations
(Hatology)
D'Angelo, Andrew
Skadra Degis
(Skirl)
Jensson, Hilmar's TYFT
Smell the Difference
(Skirl)
H-Alpha (Krauss / Mori / Black)
Red Sphere
(Skirl)
Eskelin, Ellery / Parkins, Andrea / Black, Jim
One Great Night...Live
(Hatology)
Lee / Evans / Beresford
Check For Monsters
(Emanem)
Fujii Trio, Satoko
Trace A River
(Libra)
Maybe Monday
Unsquare
(Intakt)
Mori, Ikue
Bhima Swarga-The Journey of the Soul From Hell to Heaven [DVD]
(Tzadik)
Feldman, Mark & Courvoisier, Sylvie
Masada Book Ii - The Book Of Angels Volume 3
(Tzadik)
Robertson, Herb - NY Downtown Allstars
Elaboration
(Clean Feed)
Dresser, Mark / Fred Frith / Ikue Mori
Later...
(Les Disques Victo)
Labrosse, Diane Ikue Mori, and Martin Tetreault
Ile bizarre
(Ambiances Magnetiques)
Recommended & Related Releases:
Wooley, Nate
Battle Pieces 2
(Relative Pitch)
Taborn, Craig / Ikue Mori
Highsmith
(Tzadik)
Dresser, Mark Seven (Mitchell / Ehrlich / Boroff / Dessen / White / Black)
Sedimental You
(Clean Feed)
Courvoisier, Sylvie / Mark Feldman / Evan Parker / Ikue Mori
Miller's Tale
(Intakt)
Black, Jim Trio
The Constant
(Intakt)
Bica, Carlos & Azul (w/ Frank Mobus / Jim Black)
More Than This
(Clean Feed)
Rothenberg, Ned / Mark Feldman / Sylvie Courvoisier
In Cahoots
(Clean Feed)
Dresser, Mark Seven (Mitchell / Ehrlich / Boroff / Dessen / White / Black)
Sedimental You
(Clean Feed)
Lee, Okkyung / Christian Marclay
Amalgam [VINYL]
(Northern Spy)
Lee, Okkyung / Christian Marclay
Amalgam
(Northern Spy)
DNA
A Taste Of DNA [12-inch VINYL]
(Superior Viaduct)
Lee, Okkyung / Bill Orcutt
Live at Cafe OTO [VINYL]
(Otoroku)
Rova Channeling Coltrane
Electric Ascension - Live At The 2012 Guelph Festival + "Cleaning The Mirror - A Documentary by John Rogers" [Blu Ray + DVD + CD]
(RogueArt)
Davis, Kris Infrasound (w/ Goldberg / Noriega / Badenhorst / Bishop / Radley / Versace / Black)
Save Your Breath
(Clean Feed)
Mori, Ikue
Light In The Shadow
(Tzadik)
Wooley, Nate (w/ Ingrid Laubrock, Sylvie Courvoisier & Matt Moran)
Battle Pieces
(Relative Pitch)
Nagai, Shoko (w/ Reynolds / Goldberger / Takeishi / Black)
Taken Shadow
(Animul)
Parker, Evan ElectroAcoustic Septet
Seven
(Les Disques Victo)
Iyer, Vijay & Mike Ladd
Holding It Down: The Veterans' Dreams Project
(Pi Recordings)
Trumpets and Drums (Wooley / Evans / Black / Lytton)
Live in Ljubljana
(Clean Feed)
Courvoisier, Sylvie - Mark Feldman Duo
Live At Theatre Vidy-Lausanne
(Intakt)
Edwards, John / Okkyung Lee
White Cable, Black Wires
(Fataka)
Lytton / Wooley + Ikue Mori and Ken Vandermark
The Nows [2 CDs]
(Clean Feed)
Liebman / Eskelin with Tony Marino & Jim Black
Non Sequiturs
(Hatology)
Bettis, Chuck & Friends
Community Of Commotion
(North East Indie)
Parker, Evan / Lee / Evans
The Bleeding Edge
(psi)

Search for other titles on the Tzadik label.