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Threadgill, Henry Ensemble: The Other One (Pi Recordings)

Composed by Henry Threadgill based on his observations of the exodus of people from New York City during the Covid pandemic and the debris left behind, this work titled "Valence" and dedicated to percussionist Milford Graves, is a chamber jazz piece in three movements was taken from recordings at Roulette of the second of two performances entitled "One" and "The Other One".
 

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Henry Threadgill-conductor

Alfredo Colon-alto saxophone

Noah Becker-alto saxophone, clarinet

Peyton Pleninger-tenor saxophone

Craig Weinrib-percussion, electronics

Sara Caswell-violin

Stephanie Griffin-viola

Mariel Roberts-cello

Christopher Hoffman-cello

Jose Davila-tuba

David Virelles-piano

Sara Schoenbeck-bassoon

Adam Cordero-bassoon


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UPC: 808713009729

Label: Pi Recordings
Catalog ID: Pi 97
Squidco Product Code: 33238

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2023
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded at roulette Intermedium, in Brooklyn, New York, on May 21st, 2022, by Stephen Cooper and Eric Shekerjian.

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"The latest from Pulitzer Prize-winner Henry Threadgill, The Other One, is comprised of a three-movement composition entitled "Of Valence" that was the musical component of a large multimedia work performed and recorded live at Roulette Intermedium in Brooklyn, New York in May, 2022. Written for a 12-piece ensemble - made up of an unusual instrumental combination of three saxophones, violin, viola, two cellos, tuba, percussion, piano and two bassoons - The New York Times described the performance as possessing "a galvanic sense of swing," and "in lock-step with his every surprise rhythmic feint - producing an obliquely danceable, straightforwardly joyous Threadgillian energy."

Downbeat called Threadgill "probably the most important composer/improviser around at the moment" in its review of his prior release, Poof (Pi 2021). That album featured Zooid, his main working band for more than two decades and his workshop for developing his unique concept of using prescribed intervallic patterns in composition and group improvisation. That method - which helped the group win the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for music for its release In for a Penny, In for a Pound - continues to be used in all of Threadgill's new music, including "Of Valence." Regular members of prior Threadgill ensembles - Jose Davila on tuba, Christopher Hoffman on cello, Craig Weinrib on drums - also take part, helping to bring that inimitable Threadgill sound to the proceedings. The ensemble is further made up of younger acolytes and musicians whose practice straddles that interstice between composed and improvised music. All of the hallmarks of Threadgill's music are here: unpredictable forms, unusual instrumental combinations creating surprising timbres, percolating rhythms, interwoven melodic strains, and masterful interlacing of composition with improvisation.

The recording was taken from the second of two performances respectively entitled "One" and "The Other One." Threadgill was driven to create this new large work based on his observations of the exodus of people from New York City during the Covid pandemic. In particular, he was struck by the left-behind detritus that littered the sidewalks of his East Village neighborhood and what this reveals about human transience, rampant consumerism, and a disposable society. It encompasses video, projected paintings and photographs, electronics, a pre-recorded choir made up of his own voices, and even Threadgill singing while accompanying himself at the piano. In between all of these elements he recited prose that expressed his own wry and often humorous observations on the effect of technology and its effect on human behavior. The performances were a clear extension to the AACM impulse to break boundaries and be artists in a holistic way, not just in musical expression, a central tenet shared by so many of that organization's titans.

"Of Valence" is dedicated to the percussionist and polymath Milford Graves, who passed away in 2021. The piece was inspired by Graves' dedicated study of the human heart beat and its application to music. This can be heard in particular in Movement II, where the string trio of Sarah Caswell on violin, Stephanie Griffin on viola and Mariel Roberts on cello, play their parts while listening to a playback of their own heartbeats as recorded previously by a cardiologist. Their individual pulses dictate the tempo at which they play, further highlighting their snaking, contrapuntal weave. Graves's influence can further be observed in the use of transducers hooked up to drummer Weinrib's cymbals, the signal from which are then electronically altered, lending them an other-worldly timbral sheen.

Even at the age of 79, 2023 promises to be another banner year for Threadgill. His long-awaited memoir, Easily Slip Into Another World, will be published by Alfred A. Knopf together with the release of The Other One. The book was written in collaboration with Brent Hayes Edwards, Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, where he is also affiliated with the Center for Jazz Studies. His prior books include Epistrophies: Jazz and the Literary Imagination (Harvard University Press, 2017), which won the 2018 ASCAP Foundation Virgil Thomson Award for Outstanding Music Criticism as well as the 2019 Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism in Memory of Newton Arvin. Edwards was a Guggenheim Fellow in 2015, and in 2020 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is currently one of the inaugural Ford Foundation Scholars in Residence at the Museum of Modern Art. The memoir - told in episodic fashion - charts Threadgill's individual path through his upbringing in Chicago, early musical influences, harrowing accounts of his military deployment to Viet Nam, inspiration by Muhal Richard Abrams and the AACM, and his brilliant over half-century long career in music. Perfectly capturing his typically droll observations on art, race, and history, it is another outgrowth of Threadgill's ever-fascinating and multi-faceted artistic creativity."-Pi Recording


Artist Biographies

"Henry Threadgill (born February 15, 1944) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer, saxophonist and flautist, who came to prominence in the 1970s leading ensembles with unusual instrumentation and often incorporating a range of non-jazz genres.

Threadgill studied at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago, majoring in piano, flute, and composition. He studied piano with Gail Quillman and composition with Stella Roberts. He has been a bandleader and composer for over forty years. He was awarded the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Music for his composition In for a Penny, In for a Pound, which premiered at Roulette Intermedium on December 4, 2014

Threadgill has performed and recorded with several ensembles: Air, Aggregation Orb, Make a Move, the seven-piece Henry Threadgill Sextett, the twenty-piece Society Situation Dance Band, Very Very Circus, X-75, and Zooid."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Threadgill)
7/10/2024

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"Alfredo Colon is a New York City native. The saxophonist was born to immigrant parents from the Dominican Republic and grew up in Washington Heights. He studied under musicians such as Lee Konitz, Jason Rigby, Steve Wilson and Jacob Sacks

Colon has performed alongside musicians such as Henry Threadgill, Moses Sumney, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Nduduzo Makhathini, Amirtha Kidambi, Harish Raghavan and many others. He has performed at esteemed spaces such as Jazz at Lincoln Center, Roulette Intermedium, BAM, The Jazz Gallery, The Stone, National Sawdust and a myriad of others.

Colon was awarded the Jazz Coalition Commission Fund Grant in early 2020. His piece 'A Witch Gets Married' premiered online on October 2020. The performance can be viewed here. He is also one of the recipients of Roulette's Van Lier Fellowship for 2022.

Alfredo plays P Mauriat instruments and D'Addario reeds."

-Alfredo Colon Website (https://www.alfredocolonmusic.com/about-1)
7/10/2024

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"Noah Becker is an alto saxophonist, clarinetist and composer based in New York. His recent activity includes releasing The Hollow Count with his band Underthought, his first record as a leader, and performing an album release show at The Jazz Gallery; releasing Retumbra, the eponymous debut from a band he co-leads; recording his third record, Rival Divers, release date soon to be announced; performing with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Henry Threadgill, as part of his Of Valence project; premiering of The Stormy Overflow, an original music/painting/video piece; conducting ethnomusicological studies in Israel and Brooklyn, in preparation for a long-term project that will explore Yemenite Jewish music and modern Jewish identity; and creating TRUMP: An Unspoken Truth, a solo project that explores and reimagines the evil words of Donald Trump to present a greater truth.

Raised in Philadelphia, Noah studied in his teen years with Anthony Tidd via the Kimmel Center's Creative Music Program. He moved to New York in 2015 to focus on continuing his musical growth, and has since performed with luminaries of the New York creative music community such as Henry Threadgill, Tyshawn Sorey, Michaël Attias, and Jen Shyu. He has also studied with musicians such as Andrew Cyrille, Darius Jones, Steve Coleman, Will Vinson, Ralph Alessi, and Andy Milne. Beyond New York, he has toured with his own bands and music in the western U.S. and Europe.

Noah's main project as a leader is Underthought, a laboratory for original music and various modes of improvisation, featuring Alex Levine on guitar, Tyrone Allen on bass, Stephen Boegehold on drums. Noah's music incorporates stark melodies and harmonies, strong rhythmic independence of voices, sinewy orchestrations, and a discerning awareness of music's ability to shape and alter our experience of the passage of time. The idea and lived experience of the blues is central to his craft. He explores musical forms in search of the organic and human, and divisions between composition and improvisation are quick to dissolve inside his sound world. He is attuned to the interplay of the vibrations of sound, and the different ways we relate to them-through our bodies as resonant listeners, and our minds as co-creators of music and art.

Noah also co-leads other projects, including Retumbra, a chamber trio based in New York with Noah on clarinet, Jonah Udall on resonator guitar, and Steve Williams on upright bass. The group released their debut record on December 4, 2020. They combine the subtleties of drummer-less trios that have existed through recent decades with a grounding in new music and improvisation, culminating in a warm, ruminant, resonant sound. The sonic possibilities of clarinet, guitar, and bass allow the group to weave through various modes of composition, always seeking to explore new sounds and settings. Sensitive and strong-willed musicians, Noah, Jonah, and Steve constantly try to reach beyond the norm, creating new textures through thoughtful reimaginings of their material.

Noah's Colorado-based Other Trio, with Hunter Roberts on bass and BK Kahn on drums, focuses on exploring the quality of dance inside the music. Check out footage from a recent concert here.

Noah is involved with a number of other ongoing projects, including Jonah Udall's ECHOensemble and Steve Williams's Tiny Tree.

As a copyist, Noah has worked extensively with Henry Threadgill, immersing himself in Henry's musical systems and translating them to digitized notation. Their relationship has included copyist and production assistant work for Dirt... And More Dirt; Plain as Plain, In Plain Sight; 2.6 Pentadactyl; Sixfivetwo; Pathways; With or Without Card; 6 to 5, 5 to 6; Poof | Made Up Of; Still, Standing... Stuttering (2 or 3); and other yet-unreleased projects of Henry's. Noah has also performed various other copyist and arrangement jobs (some including coding) for everyone from small-work composers to ensembles of 70+ members, including Miles Okazaki, Nick Dunston, Nicole Mitchell, Marcus Gilmore, Cansu Tanrıkulu and Burniss Travis.

Noah has also designed several websites; worked at John Zorn's forward-thinking listening space The Stone; worked as a research associate for Incarcerated Mind, a budding organization that programs events in New York to raise public awareness of the injustice of the American prison system; assisted educator Rory Stuart in preparing and proofing a six-volume series of books on rhythm; and worked in administration for Blue Note Jazz Club and Gail Boyd Artist Management.

Noah has recently begun authoring liner notes, making his first forays with Retumbra's eponymous debut and Nick Dunston's Atlantic Extraction.

Noah lives in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Brooklyn, NY."

-Noah Becker Website (https://www.noahbeckermusic.com/about)
7/10/2024

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"Peyton Pleninger is an emerging tenor saxophonist, improviser, bandleader and conceptualist, forging a personal path that challenges the boundaries of what it means to be a musician. Pleninger's experience involves a variety of disciplines centered around music, which also includes astrology, painting and sculpture, botany, construction, massage and medical inquiry.

Pleninger worked as a mentee of Milford Graves, from spring 2019 until Graves' passing in early 2021, assisting daily in multi-disciplinary efforts. Summer 2019 focused on botany and garden work, which evolved into constructing a greenhouse in the winter that year. 2020 began with focus around conducting and documenting various scientific experiments around sound, vibration and cardiology, which led to constructing sculptures demonstrating some of the concepts discovered. Pleninger played an integral role in helping Graves prepare artwork and archival materials for his retrospective exhibit Milford Graves: A Mind Body Deal at the ICA Philadelphia, as well as for the post-humous exhibits Heart Harmonics: Sound, Energy and Natural Healing Phenomena at the Fridman Gallery and Milford Graves: Fundamental Frequency at Artist's Space."

-Peyton Pleninger Website (https://www.peytonpleninger.com/)
7/10/2024

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"Craig Weinrib (1988) lives and works in New York. He graduated from Columbia University in 2010 with a degree in English Literature. Since then he has collaborated with some of the most progressive artists in the world, including Henry Threadgill, Ravi Coltrane, and David Virelles. He now works with Henry Threadgill's Double-Up, Roman Filiú's Quarteria, the Ben van Gelder Quartet/Quintet, and the Sam Harris Trio; he also appears with Jonathan Finlayson and Sicilian Defence, the Dayna Stephens Quintet, and the Matt Brewer Quintet, among others.

As a recording and performing artist, Weinrib has appeared with Henry Threadgill, Ravi Coltrane, Mark Turner, Jason Moran, Greg Osby, Ambrose Akinmusire, David Virelles, Roman Filiu, Aaron Parks, Dayna Stephens, Curtis Fowlkes, Lage Lund, Ben Street, Sam Harris, Ben van Gelder, Rafiq Bhatia, Jonathan Finlayson, Matt Brewer, Larry Grenadier, and Joe Wilder, among many others."

-Paiste (http://www.paiste.com/e/endorser_det.php?page=bio&endorserid=5896)
7/10/2024

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"Grammy® Nominee Sara Caswell "is a brilliant world-class violinist...one of the very best of the present generation of emerging young jazz stars" according to the late David Baker, internationally-renowned jazz educator and Director of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra. Rooted in an early exposure to a variety of musical genres, Sara's technical facility intertwined with her gift for lyricism continue to attract growing attention to her artistry as a jazz soloist, sideman, and teacher.

Voted into the DownBeat Magazine Critics and Readers Polls every year since 2013, Sara has released three highly-acclaimed albums under her own name - The Way to You (2023), But Beautiful (2005), and First Song (2000). She has been part of groups led by esperanza spalding (Chamber Music Society), Linda Oh (Aventurine), and David Krakauer (The Big Picture), and has performed and/or recorded with artists and ensembles including the WDR Big Band, Brad Mehldau, Brian Blade, John Patitucci, Donny McCaslin, Henry Threadgill, Dave Stryker, Helen Sung, Miho Hazama, Christian Sands, Regina Carter, Kishi Bashi, and Bruce Springsteen. She is a member of Joseph Brent's 9 Horses trio, Chuck Owen's The Jazz Surge, and the Caswell Sisters Quintet (a group she co-leads with her sister, vocalist Rachel Caswell). In 2013, Sara and Rachel joined forces with Grammy®-nominated jazz pianist Fred Hersch and recorded the album Alive in the Singing Air to rave reviews and its selection by jazz critic Thomas Cunniffe as one of the year's "Best Vocal CDs" on Jazz History Online. Sara has performed at Carnegie Hall, Village Vanguard, Birdland, Jazz at Lincoln Center, SFJazz, Disney Hall, Barbican, and Blue Note (NYC and Tokyo), and at jazz festivals including Newport, Montreal, Montreux, North Sea, Banlieues Bleues, and Saratoga Springs, among others.

Currently on faculty at the Berklee College of Music, Manhattan School of Music, The New School, and New York University, Sara's formidable teaching experience also includes the Mark O'Connor String Camps, the Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops, the Indiana University String Academy, and a private studio. She has given numerous jazz string improvisation workshops and master classes and is involved with the Jazz Education Network and the American String Teachers Association.

As an award-winning classical violinist, Sara has soloed with several orchestras, given numerous recitals, and performed as a chamber musician in a variety of settings. She was raised in a musical family and began violin at age 5, moving through the first five Suzuki volumes in just nine months. Subsequent years of private lessons at Indiana University led to her involvement in the classical competition circuit where she won numerous awards and 1st-place prizes. "Sara has always shown a remarkable understanding of different musical styles and an uncommon power of communication. These qualities are the making of this young artist an outstanding one," spoken by the late violin maestro Franco Gulli.

A graduate of Indiana University which she attended under full scholarship as a Wells Scholar, Sara received B.M. Degrees with High Distinction and an Artist Diploma in both Violin Performance and Jazz Studies. In 2006 Sara completed her M.M. Degree in Jazz Violin at the Manhattan School of Music. In addition to several years of study with the legendary Josef Gingold (classical), Stanley Ritchie (baroque), and David Baker (jazz), Sara worked with many of today's top jazz artists at the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Summer Residency Program and at the Steans Institute for Young Artists at the Ravinia Jazz Festival."

-Sara Caswell Website (https://saracaswell.com/bio/)
7/10/2024

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"Stephanie Griffin is an innovative violist/composer based in New York City. She founded the Momenta Quartet in 2004, is a member of Ensemble Ipse and the Argento Chamber Ensemble, and has received prestigious composition fellowships from the Instituto Sacatar (Brazil), the Bronx Arts Council, the Jerome Foundation and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She holds a doctorate from The Juilliard School and teaches at Brooklyn and Hunter Colleges."

-New Music USA (https://www.newmusicusa.org/profile/stephaniegriffin/)
7/10/2024

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""Trailblazing" cellist Mariel Roberts (Feast of Music) is quickly gaining recognition as a deeply dedicated interpreter and performer of contemporary music. Recent performances have garnered praise for her "technical flair and exquisite sensitivity" (American Composers Forum), as well as her ability to "couple youthful vision with startling maturity". (InDigest Magazine). She holds degrees from both the Eastman School and the Manhattan School of Music, where she specialized in contemporary performance practice while studying with Alan Harris and Fred Sherry. Mariel is a performer of international reach who has played throughout the US and Europe appearing both as a soloist and with ensembles such as Signal, Wet Ink Ensemble, Dal Niente, SEM Ensemble, the NouveauClassical Project, and the Wordless Music Orchestra. Mariel's premeire solo album, nonextraneous sounds, was released on Innova Records in September 2012. The record, consisting of brand new works commisioned by Mariel, received high accolades from sources such as TimeOut NY, TimeOut Chicago, The American Composers Forum, New Sounds with John Schaefer, and WQXR radio."

-Mivos String Quartet Website (https://www.mivosquartet.com/)
7/10/2024

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"Christopher is a cellist, composer, producer, engineer and filmmaker. He currently performs in Henry Threadgill's Pulitzer Prize winning ensemble Zooid, Anat Cohen Tentet, Kenny Warren Trio, Tony Malaby, Michael Blake, Darius Jones and his own projects. He has worked with Martin Scorsese, Yoko Ono, Bleachers, Iron & Wine, Ryan Adams, Marianne Faithfull, Michael Pitt & Pagoda, Marc Ribot, Butch Morris, Lee Konitz, Rudy Royston, Anna Webber, Ryan Scott, Anthony Coleman, Jeremiah Cymerman & many others."

-Christopher Hoffman Website (https://www.christopherhoffman.com/new-page-1)
7/10/2024

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"Tuba player and trombonist Jose Davila is a versatile New York-based musician whose work spans across a broad spectrum of musical genres; everything from traditional to cutting-edge jazz, to salsa and classical music. He is currently a member of Henry Threadgill's Zooid and bands led by guitarist Liberty Ellman and alto saxophonist Steve Lehman. His work with both Threadgill and Ellman extends the tuba from its traditional role as part of the rhythm section to a front-line solo voice. His playing can also be heard on the Grammy-nominated salsa recording "Un Gran Dia en el Barrio” from the Spanish Harlem Orchestra and "Remembranzas” and "Siguendo la Tradicion” from Soneros del Barrio.

Davila has also worked in the bands of Ray Charles, Andrew Hill, Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, Marc Anthony, Eddie Palmieri, Ray Anderson, Butch Morris, Ted Nash, along with the Lincoln Center Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra and the American Symphony and New York City Opera Orchestras.

A native of Puerto Rico who was raised on the East Coast, Jose received his formal musical training from the University of Connecticut and Mannes College of Music."

-Pi Recordings (https://pirecordings.com/artist/Jose_Davila)
7/10/2024

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"Cuban-born pianist David Virelles grew up in a musical home, his father a singer-songwriter and his mother a flutist and music teacher. Even though classically trained at the conservatory, he also heard many types of music in the culturally rich Santiago while growing up. Eventually, Virelles also discovered Bud Powell, Thelonious Monk and Andrew Hill, and started studying the connections between this music and Cuban rhythms.

In 2003, David became the first recipient of the Oscar Peterson Prize, presented by Peterson himself. Since his arrival to NYC, he has appeared on live concerts and recordings with musicians as diverse as Steve Coleman, Mark Turner, Henry Threadgill, Andrew Cyrille, Chris Potter, Wadada Leo Smith, Tom Harrell, Milford Graves and Ravi Coltrane.

David's 2012 release Continuum (Pi Recordings) united Andrew Cyrille, Ben Street and Román Díaz. This album ended on many "Best Of The Year" lists, including The New York Times. Since then, he has released three more albums on the Munich label ECM to critical acclaim, documenting a wide sonic range - Mbóko, Antenna, and his latest Gnosis."

-Pi Recordings (https://pirecordings.com/artists/david-virelles/)
7/10/2024

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"Sara Schoenbeck is a bassoonist who dedicates herself to expanding the sound and role of the bassoon in the worlds of classical, contemporary notated and improvised music. The Wire magazine places her in the "tiny club of bassoon pioneers" at work in contemporary music today and the New York Times has called her "riveting, mixing textural experiments with a big, confident sound."

Originally from California, Sara spent her time on the west coast freelancing in various orchestral bassoon sections such as Santa Barbara Symphony, California Symphony, Redlands, Mancini Orchestra, the Dakah Hip Hop Orchestra and touring as a member of creative music ensembles Gravitas Quartet with Wayne Horvitz, Ron Miles and Peggy Lee, Anthony Braxton's 12+1(tet) and Vinny Golia's Large Ensemble. Sara also recorded for various sound and film projects including the Matrix 2 and 3 and Spanglish.

Sara now calls Brooklyn home and performs regularly with Petr Kotek's SEM ensemble, the composers group WetInk, Wordless Music Orchestra, LPR, Anthony Braxton's Tri-Centric Orchestra, Gravitas, Harris Eisenstadt's Golden State Quartet,the Lyrica Chamber Orchestra as well as performing with many other creative and inspiring musicians in the New York scene.

She has performed at major venues and festivals throughout North America and Europe, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, the Kitchen, Iridium, Disney Hall, SXSW, New Orleans Jazz Festival, Berlin Jazz Festival, Free Music Festival in Antwerp Belgium, Biennale Musica in Venice Italy, Montreal Jazz Festival, Ottawa Jazz Festival, the Vancouver International Jazz Festival and the San Francisco Jazz Festival to name a few. Sara received her BFA from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and MFA from the California Institute of the Arts."

-Sara Schoenbeck Website (http://saraschoenbeck.weebly.com/bio.html)
7/10/2024

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"New York native Adam Cordero is a saxophonist, composer, educator, environmentalist, and multi-instrumentalist based in Queens, New York. His dedication to music has led him to play at the most established jazz venues in the NYC area such as The Jazz Gallery, Smalls Jazz Club, Roulette Intermedium, Bar Next Door, Dizzy's, and Williamsburg Music Center. Adam has also performed internationally for a week-long engagement at the Bern Jazz Festival, held in Switzerland. Adam's quintet, "Arcadia" strives to unite people in the need to preserve our environment. "Arcadia" mainly holds benefit concerts- their most recent benefit event on December 22nd, 2022 was held as a streamable concert, and it raised hundreds of dollars for Eden Reforestation Projects. Adam also released his first album, "Ashland" alongside guitarist Odin Scherer on October 2nd, 2020, 50% of proceeds were donated to the Latino Community Foundation's California Wildfire Relief Fund. "Ashland" has been regarded by master composer Kirk Nurock as "lush, soaring, and healing- the compositions weave through offbeat meters with intellect and grace." Adam was named a National YoungArts Foundation Winner in 2018 and in 2019, he performed and was broadcasted on the East Coast's premier jazz radio station, WBGO. Adam has shared the stage with incredible artists such as Henry Threadgill, Morgan Guerin, Ingrid Jensen, and Tyshawn Sorey. In addition to playing saxophones, Adam also plays clarinet, flute, bass clarinet, and bassoon.

Growing up in Roslyn Heights, NY, Adam was often captivated by the simple beauties of nature he was surrounded by. In the past few years, his fascination with the natural world began to entangle itself with his artistry. While Adam's music explores a crossing of different genres & modern jazz, his compositional process is most inspired by nature. Whether it be hearing a bird call or staring in awe at a tree, Adam uses nature as a catalyst for writing compositions. He hopes his duo project with Odin Scherer and his quintet, "Arcadia", will inspire listeners to consider their relationship with nature and climate change.

Adam holds a Bachelor's degree with high honors from The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. Adam currently teaches his own studio of students privately, in addition to being an adjunct faculty member at The New School for Jazz & Contemporary Music."

-Adam Cordero Website (https://www.adamcordero.com/bio)
7/10/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Movement I, Sections 1-2 5:17

2. Mvt I, Section 3 1:20

3. Mvt I, Sections 4-4A 1:53

4. Mvt I, Sections 5-6 0:37

5. Mvt I, Sections 6A-7A 4:42

6. Mvt I, Sections 8-8A 1:10

7. Mvt I, Sections 9-11 1:31

8. Mvt I, Section 11 Interlude 3:09

9. Mvt I, Finale 6:00

10. Movement II 16:24

11. Movement III, Section 11A 0:33

12. Movement III, Section 12-12B 3:17

13. Mvt III, Section 12B 01:23 1:24

14. MVt III, Section 13 1:43

15. Mvt III, Section 14 4:01

16. Mvt III, Section 15 1:18

17. Mvt III, Section 16 2:13

18. Mvt III, Section 17 2:11

19. Mvt III, Finale 2:24

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Asp Nimbus [VINYL]
(Out Of Your Head Records)
Dinged Sleeve copies
Schoenbeck, Sara
Sara Schoenbeck
(Pyroclastic Records)
A document of bassoonist Sara Shoenbeck's collaborations recorded between 2019-2021 in recording studios across North America, showing the inspired curiosity she brings to improvisation through a diverse set of duos performed with Harris Eisenstadt, Nicole Mitchell, Nels Cline, Roscoe Mitchell, Matt Mitchell, Mark Dresser, Wayne Horvitz, Peggy Lee and Robin Holcomb.
Hoffman, Christopher
Asp Nimbus [VINYL]
(Out Of Your Head Records)
With many parallels to and collaborative work with Henry Threadgill, cellist Christopher Hoffman pens eight dynamic compositions for his superb quintet of Bryan Carrott on vibraphone, Rashaan Carter on bass, Craig Weinrib on drums and David Virelles on piano, merging melodic approaches to creative jazz with interesting structures and virtuosic soloing from all performers.
Power, Ian
Diligence
(Edition Wandelweiser Records)
Two works for solo instrumentalists by Baltimore composer Ian Power, both written in 1984: "mahrem bir eser | a private work" using microtonal harmonics and electronic noise, performed by cellist Mariel Robers and recorded in 2016 at Brandeis Univeristy; and "swathe" using overtone and microtone performed by clarinetist Gleb Kanasevich and recorded in NYC in 2019.
Ellman, Liberty
Last Desert
(Pi Recordings)
Guitarist/composer Liberty Ellman's album takes its name from the four deserts--Atacama in South America, the Gobi in China, the Sahara in Egypt, and the "White Desert" of Antarctica--in seven sophisticated compositions performed with Steve Lehman on alto sax, Stephan Crump on bass, Damion Reid on drums, Jonathan Finlayson on trumpet, and Jose Davila on tuba.
Rosenthal, Dean
Stones/Water/Time/Breath
(Edition Wandelweiser Records)
American composer Dean Rosenthal's influential performance piece written in 2012 and performed more than 40 times throughout the world, a site-specific piece for any outside body of water with any number of performers, using stones to create percussive sounds in the water, here in five live performances from Newfoundland to New York to Wilbraham, MA (the composer's hometown).
Eisenstadt, Harris / Mivos Quartet
Whatever Will Happen That Will Also Be [VINYL]
(NoBusiness)
NY free jazz drummer and composer Harris Eisenstadt brings his talents to the compositional world with this four movement suite performed by the Mivos Quartet of Olivia De Prato, Josh Modney, Victor Lowrie and Mariel Roberts, a creative composition blending melodic and textural approaches to the strings in a bold rendering of Eisenstandt's work.
Webber, Anna
Clockwise
(Pi Recordings)
Wind player and composer Anna Weber pays homage to 20th Century composers' works for percussion, using Xenakis, Feldman, Varese, Stockhausen, Babbitt & Cage as influences in compositions leaving room for improvisation from her septet of Jeremy Viner (sax & clarinet), Jacob Garchik (trombone), Christopher Hoffman (cello), Matt Mitchell (piano), Chris Tordini (bass), and Ches Smith (drums).
Sinton's, Josh Predicate Trio (w / Chris Hoffman / Tom Rainey)
Making Bones
(Iluso)
Concentrating on the lower reeds, baritone saxophone and bass clarinetist Josh Sinton's Predicate Trio brings the best of New York's Downtown improv scene through drummer Tom Rainey and cellist Christopher Hoffman, the album opening with a submerged baritone solo leading to seven original Sinton compositions and two uniquely mischievous and informed collective improvisations.
Braxton, Anthony
Trillium J [4 CDs + Blu Ray]
(Braxton House/Firehouse 12 Records)
A multimedia box set of Anthony Braxton's opera work "Trillium J", containing live performance video on Blu-ray disc of a 2014 performance at Roulette in NY, and studio recording on 4-CD set, with 12 vocalists, 12 instrumental soloists and a full orchestra.
Braxton, Anthony
Trillium J [4 CDs + Blu Ray]
(New Braxton House)
Newly Distributed in 2021: A multimedia box set of Anthony Braxton's opera work "Trillium J", containing live performance video on Blu-ray disc of a 2014 performance at Roulette in NY, and studio recording on 4-CD set, with 12 vocalists, 12 instrumental soloists and a full orchestra.
Malaby's, Tony TubaCello
Scorpion Eater
(Clean Feed)
NY saxophonist Tony Malaby's latest album was recorded with his most consistent collaborators--tubist Dan Peck, cellist Christopher Hoffman, and drummer/percussionist John Hollenbeck--in an album of energetic improv with a unique timbral configuration.
Paul, Leah
Trenza
(Skirl)
Flutist Leah Paul presents two engaging compositions in multiple movements, performed with a chamber ensemble of Chris Speed (reeds), Rob Jost (french horn), Sara Schoenbeck (bassoon), Peter Sachon (cello), Tanya Kalmanovitch (viola), Ben Kono (oboe) and Michel Gentile (flute).
Smith, Wadada Leo
The Great Lakes Suites [2 CDs]
(Tum)
Outstanding compositions and performances on a 2 disc set from trumpeter Leo Smith, each piece dedicated to one of the US Great Lakes, with multi-wind player Henry Threadgill, bassist John Lindberg, and drummer Jack DeJohnette, a milestone in a superlative career!
Virelles, David
Continuum
(Pi Recordings)
Cuban-born pianist David Virelles in a collaborative effort with legendary drummer Andrew Cyrille, bassist Ben Street, and Cuban folkloric percussionist/poet Roman Diaz, inspired by various aspects of Afro-Cuban religious practices.
Braxton, Anthony and the Tri-Centric Orchestra
Trillium E [4 CDs]
(New Braxton House)
Newly Distributed in 2021: Trillium E is the first-ever studio recording of an Anthony Braxton opera, a deluxe 4-disc set of this surreal and witty installment in Braxton's ongoing Trillium cycle, and includes a booklet with libretto, photos, and critical essays.
Tsahar, Assif & The New York Underground Orchestra
The Labyrinth
(Hopscotch Records)
Tsahar's New York Underground Orchestra with an all-star set of New York players including Okkyung Lee, Oscar Noriega, Matt Lavelle, Tatsuya Nakatani, &c. &c performing Tsahar's 10 part "labyrinth".
Braxton, Anthony
12+1tet (Victoriaville) 2007
(Les Disques Victo)
Braxton's Composition 361 is a staggeringly detailed 70 minute tour-de-force for his 12-tet, a work of shifting layers, counter-structures, quiet tensions and scorching explosions.
Fox, Billy
The Uncle Wiggly Suite
(Clean Feed)



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