A downtown mainstay for twenty years, composer/multi-woodwind performer Ned Rothenberg makes his Tzadik debut with a stunning CD of chamber music. Acclaimed for work in a wide variety of contexts from the multi-metric funk of his Double Band to the large chamber jazz of Power Lines, Rothenberg here shows both range and focus in works for unprecedented instrumentations that have epic scope. Asian and western instruments combine in scores mixing improvised solo features with through-composed ensembles. Ghost Stories is one of Rothenberg’s most accomplished works.
Undertaker Please Drive Slow
A long time resident of the Appalachian town of Asheville, North Carolina, Shane Parish is the mastermind behind the cutting edge rock band Ahleuchatistas. Here he steps out with a remarkable and soulful acoustic solo project that digs deep into Appalachian roots. Taking classic old times folk songs, Shane has abstracted them in utterly fascinating ways evoking the haunting and brooding world of the American South. At times reminiscent of John Fahey and Robbie Basho, at times of John Cage and Morton Feldman, Shane uses these beautiful songs as launching pads for his creative flights of fancy, boiling them down to their very essence.
The Sapphire Nature
One of the world’s greatest noise percussionists and a learned scholar of Kabbalah, Z’ev has been a vital force in the downtown scene since the late 1970s. His latest solo project, The Sapphire Nature is a metaphonic meditation on the mystical text Sefer Yetzirah. Accompanied by over 54 pages of text in both English and Hebrew, accessible on computer, the music is an atmospheric and hypnotic symphony of spiritual percussion.