New Release from Ictus Records

Andrea Centazzo - Mandala Roma - Auditorium
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Coming out on Ictus Records:

“September Impressions” is a work by the Centazzo Leppin Sebastian Zook Project. The renowned Italian-American percussionist Andrea Centazzo (http://www.andreacentazzo.com) stayed at my home while he was in town for his appearances in the 2010 Sonic Circuits Festival (http://www.dc-soniccircuits.org/festival/2010/), which included a solo performance at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage (http://www.kennedy-center.org/explorer/videos/?id=M4402) and an appearance with the Lost Civilizations experimental music project (http://www.soundclick.com/lostcivilizatons) at The Mansion at Strathmore. On September 23, the day following Dr. Centazzo’s Kennedy Center appearance, two of my colleagues in the Twenty-first Century Chamber Ensemble (http://www.myspace.com/xxichamberensemblepartone), Janel Leppin (cello) and Mike Sebastian (reeds), came over to my home to jam. That date was an anniversary of Coltrane’s birth — thus, “impressions” in this work’s title to honor the master’s legacy. Coincidentally, it was also the anniversary of the Twenty-first Century Chamber Ensemble’s Millennium Stage appearance in the 2009 Sonic Circuits Festival (http://www.dc-soniccircuits.org/festival/2009/). I set up my recording rig to capture what I could. It was, in Dr. Centazzo’s words, “battlefield conditions”: his expansive percussion rig in the living room, my basscello rig in my music room, with Janel Leppin and Mike Sebastian squeezed into the very short connecting hallway. Although Dr. Centazzo used some pre-recorded material during our session and did a magnificent job in augmenting the session in postproduction, the music that Janel Leppin, Mike Sebastian and I contributed was unscored, unrehearsed and improvised extemporaneously on the spot — and it was the first time we had all played together.

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