AMN Reviews: Rodrigo Amado Motion Trio – Desire and Freedom (2016; Not Two)


Free jazz in this decade is an embarrassment of riches – more releases coming out than any single individual can listen to, and many of them quite sublime. But if one were to focus in on canonical free jazz of the modern era, Rodrigo Amado would be at the top of the queue. Just off a series of collaborations with Peter Evans among others, Amado’s Motion Trio returns for an effort featuring just themselves.

In addition to Amado on sax, Miguel Mira handles the cello, and Gabriel Ferrandini the drums. Desire and Freedom, consisting of three long tracks, has a refined live-in-the-studio feel. Amado is the driving force, pushing his compatriots with constantly evolving themes. While brash and loud, sounding unconventional notes from time to time, he is never harsh. Ferrandini is a wonderfully busy percussionist, playing the whole set with vigor as a lead instrument rather than as a rhythm endeavor. Mira similarly eschews convention, moving rapidly up and down his fretboard with ease as well as using the occasional bowing.

The album explores dualities – the yin and yang of idea and expression, and of liberty and responsibility (as two of the tracks are aptly titled). But a third set of poles is defined by this trio’s nod to the jazz tradition while forging a new path. The road they blaze is not one of irreverence for the past, but an intrepid exploration into what can be.

Desire and Freedom captures a sense of urgency, but also a gentleness and beauty. Amado, Mira, and Ferrandini can fill a room with more musical information most outfits of a larger size. Bravo.

More Rodrigo Amado reviews:

The Music That Made Ennio Morricone

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Source: HITC.

In the extended title sequence of Sergio Leone’s epic 1968 western Once Upon a Time in the West, three vengeful-looking gunslingers await the arrival of the next train at the remote Cattle Corner Station. Not a word is shared between them. Instead, caught in vivid closeup like the lines ingrained on the weathered skin of their faces, it’s the sounds that tell a story: chalk screeches across a blackboard; water drips on to the brim of a hat and, in the dead stillness of the desert outside, a windpump gently squeaks. Even before knuckles are cracked, pistols are cocked and the man they’ve been waiting to kill announces his arrival with three mournful notes on a harmonica, it’s clear that things are about to turn ugly.

S.E.M. Ensemble Perform Niblock, Stockhausen, and More in NY on December 9

English: Karlheinz Stockhausen October 1994 in...

Source: S.E.M. Ensemble.


Following a tradition started more than 30 years ago, the S.E.M. Ensemble, under the artistic direction of Petr Kotik, returns to Paula Cooper Gallery to present its annual holiday concert on Friday, December 9 (8 p.m.). This year’s program features five electronic music works that explore sound in space in the gallery setting of Mark di Suvero’s abstract sculptures (on view until December 10, 2016).

Phill Niblock: Praised Fan (2016) – American premiere (2016)
Karlheinz Stockhausen: Gesang der Jünglinge (“Song of the Youths”) (1956)
Petr Kotik: Kontrabandt (1967)
Michael J. Schumacher: Filters and Filtered (2011-present)
Laurie Spiegel: A Harmonic Algorithm 2011

Upcoming New York Shows

English: Joe McPhee, moers festival 2010

November 29, 2016

Reasons of Resonance
8:00PM $20/$15 Students & Seniors
Location: the cell 338 W. 23rd Street, New York City
Solo performance by percussionist/composer Gerry Hemingway of collaborative works with composer Sarah Weaver and visual artist Beth Warshafsky.
“Sound Geometries” – Gerry Hemingway, drumset, Beth Warshafsky, live video
“Node 111” – Gerry Hemingway, drumset, Sarah Weaver, composer
“Reality Axis” – Gerry Hemingway, drumset, Sarah Weaver, composer
With support from Nagual Music and Liminal Music Inc.

December 20, 2016

SLM Ensemble: Solo and Chamber Works for Peace
8:00pm $20/$15 Students & Seniors
Location: the cell 338 W. 23rd St, New York City
Musicians from the SLM Ensemble perform solo and chamber music compositions and improvisations for peace.
Musicians: Jane Ira Bloom, soprano saxophone, Yoon Sun Choi, voice, Julie Ferrara, oboe, english horn, Joe McPhee, saxophone, trumpet, Zafer Tawil, oud, ney, Arab percussion, Dave Taylor, bass trombone, Min Xiao-Fen, pipa, Sarah Weaver, composer, computer
The SLM Ensemble is a New York City based experimental music large ensemble created by co-artistic directors bassist/composer Mark Dresser and conductor/composer Sarah Weaver. The SLM Ensemble performs and records works for large ensemble, solo and chamber works, film/multimedia, and the telematic medium via the internet by Dresser, Weaver, and at times collaborating composers. The modular roster is composed of diverse pioneering musicians of our time. The name SLM is an acronym “Source Liminal Music” as well as a tri-consonantal root of words from several languages that mean “peace”.