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Rob Mazurek / Exploding Star Orchestra Featuring Roscoe Mitchell ‎— Matter Anti-Matter (2013)

 Rob Mazurek / Exploding Star Orchestra Featuring Roscoe Mitchell ‎— Matter Anti-Matter (2013)

USA Flag Rob Mazurek / Exploding Star Orchestra Featuring Roscoe Mitchell ‎— Matter Anti-Matter
Δ   Electronic innovator, multi-instrumentalist and avant-garde force who worked in jazz, classical, and experimental.
Δ   The Exploding Star Orchestra came into being when the Chicago Cultural Center and the Jazz Institute approached cornetist and composer Rob Mazurek about putting together an avant-garde jazz ensemble for a Chicago concert.
Born: in 1965 in Jersey City, New Jersey
Genres: Jazz, Experimental, Avant-garde
Instruments: Cornet, Electronics, Piano, Boxes, Voice
Location:  Chicago, Illinois
Formed: 2005 in Chicago, IL
Album release: 2013
Record Label: Rogueart —– ROG-0051
Duration:     49:28 + 41:47 = 91:15
Notes:
Δ   Exploding Star Orchestra (CD-1) recorded live on May 9th 2009 by Egidio Conde at SESC Vila Marina, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Δ   Additional Recording by Greg Norman on January 11th 2011 in Chicago, USA and Jeb Bishop Trombone on track 1.
Related artists: Oscar Strasnoy, Laura Lima, Maria Claudia Mejía Alvarez, Floriane Gaber,  Meridian Brothers
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Δ   Comes with color-printed insert depicting reproductions of two 3D-lithographs made by Rob Mazurek in March 2013 at URDLA.
Δ   When ordered at Rogueart's website, anaglyph 3D glasses are included.
Tracks:
63 Moons of Jupiter Suite
Disc 1:
01 Lo and Volcanic      (3:31)
02 Europa     (7:18)
03 Ganymede and the Ice Parade       (5:25)
04 Callisto the Bear      (8:29)
05 Himalia a Metaphor for Joe Frazier       (5:15)
06 Almathea is Red      (8:14)
07 Elara Beneath the Underground      (6:43)
08 Pasiphae Gives Birth to the Minotaur       (4:24)
Solo Electronic Works
Disc 2:
01 Cryogenics After the Land of Spirals       (17:55)
02 Pondering the Hidden Light       (3:24)
03 Stalking the Spectrum of Inevitable       (17:04)
04 Last Breath on the Forgotten Planet       (1:07)
05 Ascension Dream Phoenix       (8:48)
Credits:
Δ   Rob Mazurek: direction, cornet (CD 1), electronics (CD 2), compositions           Δ   Roscoe Mitchell: alto & soprano saxophones
Δ   Nicole Mitchell: flutes & voice
Δ   Matana Roberts: alto saxophone
Δ   Matt Bauder: tenor saxophone
Δ   Steve Swell: trombone
Δ   Jason Adasiewicz: vibraphone & tubular bells
Δ   Kevin Dumm: electronics
Δ   Matthew Lux: bass guitar
Δ   Mauricio Takara: cavaquino & percussions
Δ   Guilherme Granado: samplers & marimba
Δ   John Herndon: drums
Δ   Mike Reed: drums
Δ   Chad Taylor: drums
Δ   Damom Locks: voice Matter or antimatter, everything is out of proportion with Rob Mazurek's music; it is larger than nature, it has no other choice but to be so, to tell the truth. Must everything really be colossal and euphoric? The answer is yes: everything must be colossal, and euphoric…. …Wasn't the Exploding Star Orchestra created in 2005 in order to gather shattered pieces of a single celestial and musical body, Chicago, its satellites here present, the inhabitants of multi-layered formations successively assembled by Rob Mazurek, the inhabitants of the Chicago Underground, of Isotope 217, of Mandarin Movie, of Sound Is Quintet, of Starlicker, of the Pulsar Quartet, of the Skull Sessions? To gather them again on May 8th and 9th 2009 at São Paulo's Vila Mariana, on the satellite and with the inhabitants of the São Paulo Underground, and with a distant inhabitant of the Art Ensemble of Chicago, a grandmaster of gravitational fields. Alexandre Pierrepont, excerpt from the liner notes
Δ   All compositions by Rob Mazurek Exploding Star Orchestra (CD-1) recorded live on May 9th 2009 by Egidio Conde at SESC Vila Marina, Sao Paulo, Brazil.                    Δ   Additional recording by Greg Norman on January 11th 2011 in Chicago, USA       Δ   Mixing (CD-1): Helder Velasquez Smith
Δ   Mastering (CD-1 & 2): Jean-Pierre Bouquet, L’Autre Studio, Vaires-sur-Marne, France
Δ   Lithographs: Rob Mazurek
Δ   Liner notes: Alexandre Pierrepont
Δ   Photographs: Paulo Borgia
Δ   Cover design: Max Schoendorff
Δ   Cover realisation: David Bourguignon
Δ   Producer: Michel Dorbon the two litographs: MATTER ANTI-MATTER 1 and MATTER ANTI-MATTER 2 have been done by Rob Mazurek on March 2013 (20 ex. on velin de Rives) at URDLA, Villeurbanne, France. Both lithographs are 3D; reproductions are included in the albums. When orderd on our website, 3D glasses will be send as well.


© ROSCOE MITCHELL
Roscoe Mitchell (born August 3, 1940 in Chicago, Illinois) is an African-American composer, jazz instrumentalist and educator, mostly known for being "a technically superb — if idiosyncratic — saxophonist." He has been called "one of the key figures" in avant-garde jazz who has been "at the forefront of modern music" for the past thirty years. He continues "to be a major figure." He has even been called a "super musician" and the New York Times has mentioned that he "qualifies as an iconoclast."                                                                                                                                               
ROB MAZUREK

Artist Biography by Nathan Bush
Δ   Originally rooted in the tradition of hard bop jazz, cornetist Rob Mazurek developed into one of the most consistently exciting pure improvisers of his time. As a founding member of the multifaceted Chicago Underground collective and the 21st century fusion outfit Isotope 217, his playing redefined musical boundaries through vibrant sonic palettes that defy categorization.
Δ   Born in 1965 in Jersey City, New Jersey, Mazurek moved with his family to the Chicago area as a preteen, and began playing cornet in his school band at the age of ten. After switching briefly to trumpet, he eventually settled on the smaller horn. Upon graduating from high school, the young musician attended the Bloom School of Jazz in Chicago. He got his start as a performer in the city, playing with pianist Kenny Prince and drummer Yoron Israel. Early influences came from the hard bop nucleus of Blue Note Records (particularly the trumpet playing of Lee Morgan, Kenny Dorham, and Freddie Hubbard). It was in this mold that Mazurek shaped his first group, a quartet with drummer George Fludas, bassist John Webber, and pianist Randolph Tressler. In 1993, Mazurek booked an engagement at Edinburgh's Tron Tavern & Ceilidh House for the entire length of the country's Fringe Festival. Though the music was fairly traditional, the performances were a success, and the following year the group was offered a deal with Scotland's Hep label. The quartet's promise was certified with Man Facing East in 1994 and Badlands in 1995.
Δ   Mazurek was hearing a new sound, however. His creative impulses were being sparked by the music of Ornette Coleman and his cornet-wielding sparring partner from the late '50s, Don Cherry, as well as the Art Ensemble of Chicago. The list would quickly grow to include the free playing of Henry Threadgill, Bill Dixon, and Leo Smith, and by the time of 1996's Green & Blue, Mazurek was beginning to see the limitations of his quartet. That year he established the Chicago Underground, a Sunday afternoon workshop at a local bar, the Green Mill. The first person he invited to his new musical high-wire act was guitarist Jeff Parker. The jam sessions quickly attracted a group of regulars including bassist Noel Kupersmith and drummer Chad Taylor, and Mazurek found that he had the core for an ensemble. It was this new crew (completed by trombonist Sara Smith), billed as the Chicago Underground Orchestra, that recorded Playground for Bob Koester's Delmark in 1998. The partnership automatically linked Mazurek's group with a rich tradition of Chicago jazz, as Delmark had championed a number of artists from the city's Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians.
Δ   Mazurek's group would spawn a number of spin-offs including a Duo (with Taylor), Trio (with Kupersmith), and a Quartet (with Parker), all of which wore the Chicago Underground banner. Parker had moved into the loft of Chicago out-rockers Tortoise a few years earlier and quickly became a full-time member. Two musical worlds — fringe jazz and fringe rock — met and Mazurek found himself exposed to an entirely new realm of sonic possibilities. In the years that followed, he made numerous extracurricular appearances, lending his cornet to Tortoise's TNT, Gastr del Sol's Camoufleur, Stereolab's Cobra and Phases Group, and Sam Prekop's solo debut, among others. It was out of this musical cross-fertilization that, in 1997, Isotope 217 was born. A disorienting mix of jazz flourishes, muscular funk, hip-hop reductions, and minimalist electronica, the group was a collaboration between Chicago Underground members (Mazurek, Parker, and Smith), veteran Chicago bassist Matt Lux, and Tortoise's Dan Bitney and John Herndon. The sextet released its debut, The Unstable Molecule, in 1998, followed by Utonian Automatic (1999) and Who Stole the I Walkman? (2000).
Δ   Meanwhile, the music emanating from the Chicago Underground was approaching the realm of pure sound on albums like Synesthesia and Possible Cube. Mazurek had discovered the music of Morton Feldman and Vladimir Ussachevsky as well as visual artists like Mark Rothko, all of which seemed to find a way into the music. As the century drew to a close, he was hard at work developing laptop-constructed musique concrète for his Orton Socket project. Mazurek subsequently moved from the United States to São Paulo, Brazil, and has continued to maintain an internationalist perspective, touring and recording with such ensembles as the São Paulo Underground, the Exploding Star Orchestra, and the improvisational trio Tigersmilk, and presenting new works at the Dieppe Biennale in Normandy, France, in 2007. In addition, the Exploding Star Orchestra appeared at the Chicago Jazz Festival with vanguard jazz legend Bill Dixon. Together they premiered one new extended composition by each man. It was the latter's first large-scale experiment with a video score. In 2008, the collaboration continued in the recording studio, resulting in Bill Dixon with Exploding Star Orchestra on Thrill Jockey. It was Dixon's final recording.
Δ   Mazurek was extremely active in 2010. He recorded Boca Negra with the Chicago Underground Duo, Stars Have Eyes with the Exploding Star Orchestra (both on Thrill Jockey), and a solo effort entitled Calma Genta, on Submarine Records' Catune imprint. Δ   In 2011, he issued Double Demon, the initial offering by his new Starlicker group, on Delmark, with vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz and drummer John Herndon. In addition, his stellar São Paulo Underground group released its third offering, Tres Cabeças Loucuras on Cuneiform. He toured behind both. Given his other projects, the Chicago Underground Duo remained near the top of Mazurek's priority list. The pair released Age of Energy in the early spring of 2012. In January of the following year, Cuneiform released Skull Sessions by the Rob Mazurek Octet, featuring members of Starlicker, the São Paulo Underground, and other contributing musicians (including noted Chicago flutist Nicole Mitchell). In April, The Space Between, a collaborative project between his Exploding Star Electro Acoustic Ensemble and videographer Marriane F. Kim, was issued in a double-disc package containing both audio and video discs by Delmark.
Member of:
Δ   Brokeback
Δ   Chicago Underground Duo
Δ   Chicago Underground Quartet
Δ   Chicago Underground Trio
Δ   Exploding Star Orchestra
Δ   Isotope 217
Δ   Rob Mazurek Octet
Δ   São Paulo Underground
Δ   Sinister Luck Ensemble
Δ   Starlicker
Δ   Tigersmilk
Website: http://www.robmazurek.com/sounds/45/
Culture art: http://www.culturebase.net/artist.php?4085
Full details: http://theshop.free-jazz.net/rob-mazurek-exploding-star-orchestra-matter-anti-matter-rogueart-jazz/shop/music-label-and-artists/
Discography:
1994 Rob Mazurek Quartet: Man Facing East (Hep Records)
1995 Rob Mazurek Quintet: Badlands (Hep)
1997 Rob Mazurek Quintet: Green & Blue (Hep)
1998 Chicago Underground Orchestra: Playground (Delmark Records)
1998 Isotope 217: the Unstable Molecule (Thrill Jockey)
1998 Chicago Underground Duo: 12 Degrees of Freedom (Thrill Jockey)
1999 Chicago Underground Trio: Possible Cube (Delmark)
1999 Istotope 217: "Utonian Automatic" (Thrill Jockey)
1999 Orton Socket: "99 Explosions" (Moikai)
2000 Chicago Underground Duo: Synesthesia (Thrill Jockey)
2000 Chicago Underground Trio: Flamethrower (Delmark)
2000 Isotope 217: "Who Stole The I Walkman" (Thrill Jockey)
2001 Chicago Underground Quartet (Thrill Jockey)
2002 Rob Mazurek: Amorphic Winged (Walking Road)
2002 Chicago Underground duo: Axis and Alignment (Thrill Jockey)
2002 Rob Mazurek: Silver Spines (Delmark)
2003 Tigersmilk: "Tigersmilk" (Family Vineyard)
2003 Rob Mazurek/Liam Gillick: "Thought Farming" (En/Of)
2004 Chicago Underground Trio: Slon (Thrill Jockey)
2004 Rob Mazurek: Sweet and Vicious Like Frankenstein (Mego Records)
2004 Rob Mazurek: "Music For Shattered Light Box and 7 Posters" (Bottrop-Boy)
2005 Mandarin Movie (Aesthetics Records)
2005 Tigersmilk: "Tales From The Bottle" (Family Vineyard)
2006 Chicago Underground Duo: In Praise of Shadows (Thrill Jockey)
2006 Sao Paulo Underground: Sauna: Um, Dois, Tres (Aesthetics)
2007 Chicago Underground Trio: Chronicle (Delmark)
2007 Exploding Star Orchestra: "We Are All from Somewhere Else (Thrill Jockey)
2007 Tigersmilk: "Android Love Cry" (Family Vineyard)
2008 Bill Dixon with Exploding Star Orchestra (Thrill Jockey)
2008 Sao Paulo Underground: "The Principle of Intrusive Relationships" (Aesthetics)
2008 Rob Mazurek: "Abstraction on Robert D'Arbrissel" (Adluna)
2009 Rob Mazurek Quintet: Sound Is (Delmark)
2009 Rohrer/Mazurek/Takara/Barella: "Projections of a Seven Foot Ghost" (Peligro)
2010 Chicago Underground Duo: Boca Negra (Thrill Jockey)
2010 Rob Mazurek: Calma Gente (Submarine)
2010 Exploding Star Orchestra: "Stars Have Shapes (Delmark)
2011 Starlicker: "Double Demon (Delmark)
2011 Sao Paulo Underground: "Tres Cabecas Loucuras" (Cuneiform/Submarine)
2012 Rob Mazurek Pulsar Quartet: "Stellar Pulsations" (Delmark)
2012 Chicago Underground Duo: "Age Of Energy" (Northern Spy)
2012 Rob Mazurek/Carlos Issa: "Eclusa" (Submarine)
2013 Rob Mazurek Octet: "Skull Sessions" (Cuneiform)
2013 Sao Paulo Underground: "Beija Flors Velho E Sujo" (Cuneiform/Infinity Dogs)
2013 Rob Mazurek Exploding Star Electro Acoustic Ensemble: "The Space Between" (Delmark)
2013 Rob Mazurek: "Episodes" (Wapapura)
2013 Rob Mazurek Exploding Star Orchestra Featuring Roscoe Mitchell + Solo works: "Matter Anti-Matter" (Rogue Art)
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Rob Mazurek / Exploding Star Orchestra Featuring Roscoe Mitchell ‎— Matter Anti-Matter (2013)

 

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