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Wish the Children Would Come On Home: The Music od Wayne Horvitz


  • Kod: SGL16062
  • Producent: Songlines (USA)
  • Wykonawca: The Westerlies
  • Nośnik: CD
  • Cena: 66,99 zł
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Avant Jazz / Free Improvisation / Avant-Garde
premiera polska:
2016-10-27
kontynent: Ameryka Północna
kraj: Canada
opakowanie: digipackowe etui
opis:

multikultiproject.blogspot.com; 2016-11, ocena: **** 1/2:
"Czwórka młodych muzyków z Seattle, którzy przenieśli się do Nowego Jorku by tu studiować na w Juilliard oraz Manhattan School of Music, postanowiła założyć kwartet pod koniec 2011 roku odkrywając w toku eksperymentów własną, zbiorową barwę i brzmienie, które czerpie z amerykańskiej muzyki folk, indie rocka, jazzu i muzyki klasycznej. Przez następne dwa lata grali stale w obu miastach (Sesttle i Nowym Joru), tworząc i wciąż rozwijając duży repertuar oryginalnych kompozycji. Na początku 2013 roku westerlies zostali zaproszeni przez swojego nauczyciela z Seattle, przyjaciela i mentora, Wayne'a Horvitza, aby stworzyć własną interpretację jego oryginalnej muzyki. Oni przystali na to od razu - cała czwórka bowiem była już nieźle zaznajomiona z jego kompozycjami wykorzystując je i grając w rozmaitych zespołąch. Po konsultacjach z Horvitzem wybrali szereg jego szereg melodii jazzowych, kompozycji muzyki filmowej i klasycznych utworów kameralnych z dorobku kompozytorskiego Horvitza ostatnich trzydziestu lat i zdecydowali się nagrać je wraz ze swoim mentorem podczas letniej rezydencji w San Juan Islands koło Waszyngtonu.

Ponoć współpraca była dosyć trudna, ale na pewno była też owocna. Zaaranżowanie muzyki Horvitza na dwie trąbki, dwa puzony wsparte klawiszami i elektroniką samego kompozytora wcale nie przebiegało bez spięć. Każdy miał po prostu wizję muzyki, możliwości brzmieniowe w niej drzemiące i chciał ją zrealizować. Ale nie za wszelką cenę - kompromis wśród artystów wcale bowiem nie musi ucierać się łatwo, ale tu ostatecznie zwyciężyła muzyka. Bo Horvitz pozwolił zrobić z nią dużo, uznając partnerów w młodych muzykach, a oni sami wcale nie odrzucali wszystkich pomysłów mistrza chcąc realizować tylko własną wizję. Czasami więc starają się „ocalić” melodię, czasami klimat jakiejś kompozycji. Szukali oni - jak wspominają - inspiracji w pracach 'Butcha' Morrisa, barwiąc momentami kompozycje Horvitza w duchu zupełnie innej muzyki z Seattle mrokiem. Czasami poddają ją dekonstrukcji, ale zawsze przykuwa ona uwagę słuchacza. A w tak trudnym składzie instrumentalnym wcale nie było to sprawą łatwą. Polecam gorąco!"
autor: Marek Zając


Editor's info:
“The Westerlies are super great! Wow. Swinging, grooving, clean and tricky playing. This is the group that, once you’ve heard them, you’ll realize they always needed to exist. Unique, original, exciting. And simply killing in the best sense.”
– Dave Douglas, GRAMMY-nominated trumpeter/composer

Four young Seattle brass players, all relocated to New York City to study at Juilliard and the Manhattan School of Music, decided to form a quartet in late 2011. Through much experimentation they discovered a colorful collective sound that drew from American folk music, indie rock, jazz, and classical music. For the next two years they performed constantly in both cities, creating and developing a large repertoire of original compositions. In early 2013 The Westerlies were approached by their Seattle-based teacher, friend, and mentor, Wayne Horvitz, to create a record of his music. They wholeheartedly agreed; all four of them were already very familiar with his body of work and had played in a number of his ensembles. After exploring his prolific output of the past thirty years, they selected a range of jazz tunes, film music, and classical chamber pieces, and chose to record them on location during their annual summer residency in the San Juan Islands of Washington.

The collaborative process between Horvitz and The Westerlies proved to be challenging and fruitful. On the process of arranging Horvitz’s music, Willem de Koch explains that “the unorthodox instrumentation both forced and allowed us to find our own approach to the music, simply because we can’t follow many of the conventional idioms of traditional jazz.” Riley Mulherkar adds, “The process of arranging varied from tune to tune – some are deconstructed and abstracted from their original context, while others are played nearly verbatim to the sheet music. Improvisation is woven into the fabric of everything we play, so whether in an exposed solo or hidden as a texture behind a melody, we are constantly finding new ways to interpret the music in the moment.” Horvitz’s unique sensibilities shine through in every track; he’s clearly concerned with the sources of contemporary American music, such as blues, jazz, and old-time folk, and his music explores them with a nostalgia not immune to disruption and risk. The Westerlies’ vibrant interpretations of Horvitz’s music makes this album an evocative view of one of America’s most engaging genre-bending artists.

The music is primarily pre-composed, but late on the last night of recording Horvitz joined the band for a few improvisations on his piece “Wish the Children Would Come On Home.” Sections of these takes ended up as interludes on the album, creating a contrastingly freer, darker sonic space than the composed material. Zubin Hensler explains, “We felt it was important to pay homage not only to Wayne’s compositions, but also to his output as an improviser. His improvised work with the late great trumpeter Butch Morris is particularly inspiring to me, and is essential to my understanding of Wayne as a complete artist.” “We all love folk music and Americana, and we’ve always thought of ourselves as more of an improvising folk-brass-band, rather than a jazz or classical ensemble,” says Andy Clausen. “The balance between composed and improvised material was, as much as possible, informed by the tune itself. We sought to make the music our own. In some cases that meant straying from the written material, and in other cases, the improvisation and personalization happened more in the dynamics, inflection and style.”

The Westerlies have developed loyal followings in Seattle and New York and are now booking a US tour for Summer/Fall 2014. “We want to take this ensemble as far as we can,” de Koch says. “There’s a lot of personal investment in the group because, one can’t deny, there’s nothing better than playing music with three of your best friends.” Clausen adds, “The band at its core is an original music brass quartet. We are all composers, and the band existed for over a year before we played anything other than our own stuff. We put that on hold to pursue this project with Wayne, but we are now hoping to re-visit a lot of that older material and compose new music for our next album.” The Westerlies have certainly been keeping busy; in addition to their work with Horvitz, in the past year alone they scored and performed a piece with Juilliard Dance, performed and recorded with indie-folk outfit The Relatives, and created a whole new set of original music that includes drums and piano. The Westerlies’ future is full of promise, for they have already proven to be a truly creative and malleable ensemble, both alone and in collaboration. Wayne concludes the liner notes by saying: “Finally, and importantly, they have the perfect name. Like Henry Cowell, Jimmy Giuffre or any number of iconic Westerners who gravitated to NYC, they bring with them a subtle sensibility that I, myself a lover of the West, hear infused with an openness that is restrained and on fire all at the same time.”

muzycy:
Riley Mulherkar: trumpet
Zubin Hensler: trumpet
Andy Clausen: trombone
Willem de Koch: trombone
Wayne Horvitz: keyboards and electronics

utwory:
1. Please Keep That Train Away from My Door
2. 9/8
3. Sweeter Than the Day
4. Interlude 1
5. Triads
6. The Band with Muddy
7. You Were Just Here
8. Interlude 2
9. The Circus Prospered
10. Home
11. Waltz from Woman of Tokyo
12. Interlude 3
13. Love, Love, Love
14. Barber Shop
15. The Store, the Campfire
16. Wish the Children Would Come On Home

wydano: 2014-05-13
more info: www.songlines.com

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