|Tyshawn Sorey — The Inner Spectrum of Variables (June 3, 2016)|
Tyshawn Sorey — The Inner Spectrum of Variables (June 3, 2016)•→ Skladatel/bubeník Tyshawn Sorey je širokým rozmachem ruky považován za jednoho z nejdůležitějších mladých umělců na křižovatce mezi komponovanou a improvizovanou hudbou. Pravidelně vystupuje s Vijay Iyerem, Steve Lehmanem a Myrou Melford. The New York Times nazval jeho hudbu “gestickou a filozofickou.” Má nevyčerpatelný pramen nápadů. Zatímco přecházející album “Alloy” ještě nese pár charakteristických znaků jeho dřívějších skladeb, jako je pečlivě zvážený prostor, dynamika a textura, je osvěžující slyšet na tom novém nečekaný důraz na melodii, tedy právě to, co odhaluje dosud do značné míry skrytou stránku Soreyho hudební osobnosti. Tato čerstvá práce je hlavním krokem vpřed pro jednoho z nejvýraznějších talentů soudobé hudby. Sorey nedávno přijal profesúru v oblasti kompozice a kreativní improvizace od Wesleyan University a obdrží doktorát v oblasti Music for Composition od Columbia University v květnu 2017. Výuku zahájí na podzim 2017. Není to však první ocenění: Tyshawn Sorey také obdržel umělecký grant pro vytvoření nového díla svého klavírního tria, které má být provedeno na jazzovém festivalu v Newportu v červenci 2016, a to od Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF), jak oznámil George Wein, předseda Newport festivaly Foundation, Inc. ™ (NFF). Z tohoto dvojalba vyzvednu hru na housle od Fung Chern Hwei. Referenční skladba: Reverie, otevírající druhý disk.
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Born: July 8, 1980, Newark, New Jersey
Location: New York, New York
Album release: June 3, 2016
Record Label: Pi Recordings
1. Movement I (Introduction) 3:12
2. Movement II 21:51
3. Movement III 32:53
4. Reverie 15:07
5. Movement IV 20:14
6. Movement V + VI + Reprise 23:21
•→ Tyshawn Sorey: drums;
•→ Cory Smythe: piano;
•→ Christopher Tordini: bass;
•→ Fung Chern Hwei: violin;
•→ Kyle Armburst: viola;
•→ Rubin Kodheli: violoncello.
About the Album
•→ Composer/drummer Tyshawn Sorey is widely considered to be among the most important young artists at the intersection between composed and improvised music. The New York Times called his music “gestural, and philosophical” and his prior release, Alloy (Pi 2014) elegant and shadowy. Not only is he one of the most in–demand drummers on the modern jazz scene regularly performing with Vijay Iyer, Steve Lehman and Myra Melford, among many others, and was named the number one Rising Star Drummer in the 2015 Downbeat Critics Poll he is also one of a select group of jazz musicians who has pursued composition at the highest level: Sorey has an MA in Composition from Wesleyan University and will receive his Doctorate in Music for Composition from Columbia University in May, 2017. He is a 2015 recipient of the Doris Duke Impact Award and was recently appointed to a tenure track professorship at Wesleyan University, where he will be taking the place of the recently retired Anthony Braxton starting in the fall of 2017. He is an exemplar of a new breed of improvising artists who successfully straddle the contemporary classical realm: In addition to leading his trio at the venerable Village Vanguard in 2015 and the Newport Jazz Festival later this year, he has performed with the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and will be appearing with the Leopoldinum Chamber Orchestra (Wroclaw), Klangforum Wein (Vienna), and Ensemble Intercontemporain (Paris). He has composed for members of the TAK Ensemble, and his work Josephine Baker: A Personal Portrait will be performed by ICE and soprano Julia Bullock at the Ojai Festival in June 2016.
•→ The Inner Spectrum of Variables for Double Trio is an extended composition that draws from Soreys manifold musical influences, involving multiple harmonic, formal, rhythmic, and modal vocabularies all supported by an exploratory and improvisational framework. The largely composed work is inspired by the work of improviser/composer Lawrence D. Butch Morris, in particular his use of conduction, or conducted improvisation, Anthony Braxton, whom Sorey studied with at Wesleyan University, Harold Budd, as well as Ethiopian modal jazz, klezmer, and Western art music traditions. But that really is only the tip of the iceberg. Sorey also cites the practices of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), Schoenberg, Bach, Brahms, Scriabin, his studies with Fred Lerdahl at Columbia University, Steve Reich, his long–standing affinity for Morton Feldman, Frank Zappa, and even Louis Armstrongs bravura playing an inexhaustible wellspring of ideas. While still traversing many of the hallmarks of his prior compositions, such as the careful consideration of space, dynamics and texture, there is a refreshingly unexpected emphasis on melody here that reveals a heretofore largely–hidden side of Soreys musical personality. The work is a major leap forward for one of contemporary musics most distinct talents.
•→ Sorey has assembled a masterful group of musicians on the cutting edge for this recording. The Double Trio centers around his working group featuring himself on drums and conducting, Cory Smythe on piano (core member of ICE as well as a collaborator with classical violinist Hilary Hahn), and Christopher Tordini on bass (Greg Osby, Claudia Quintet, Becca Stevens, and Matt Mitchell). They are joined by violinist Chern Hwei Fung (first violinist of the Sirius String Quartet), violist Kyle Armbrust (ICE, Knights Chamber Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony), and cellist Rubin Kodheli (Laurie Anderson, Meredith Monk). An early iteration of The Inner Spectrum of Variables debuted at Roulette in Brooklyn, NY in May 2015. Energized by the success of that performance, Sorey continued to expand the work in the months leading up to the recording session in December. What was expected to be an hour–long piece became twice that and the monumental work was recorded in a single marathon fifteen–hour session. There were no half measures taken the musicians performed this complex music with almost superhuman focus and endurance. Their commitment and refusal to compromise help bring this intensely beautiful work thrillingly to life.
•→ For pianist Smythe, who has performed with Sorey for almost a decade, “I marvel at the fact that Tyshawn’s musical imagination seems more transcendentally inscrutable to me than ever. There are aspects of the Double Trio that I think connect it to previous works of his: its near–geological scale, probably; the way that a motivic idea will generate a staggering census of related forms; the underlying alloying of musical languages and practices. But the particular sounds and threads and meanings and everything else that emerge in this work seem unlike anything else Tyshawn has ever produced.” Perhaps violinist Fung sums it up best: “One cannot fathom how deep Tyshawn’s mind is, both intellectually and intuitionally. The music is music from the future, music that people have never heard of, or imagined to exist. Here is a piece of intricate art that flows out of a genuine creative mind.” © Photo credit: John Rogers
By KARL ACKERMANN, Published: May 25, 2016 / Score: ****½
•→ Tyshawn Sorey has realized a career’s worth of accomplishments, accolades and appointments despite a professional resume that — with the exception of Vijay Iyer’s Blood Sutra (Artist House, 2003) — is not quite ten years in the making. On the verge of his doctoral degree in composition at Columbia University, he has composed almost two–hundred works, and received the 2015 Doris Duke Impact Award. He is now set to replace the retired Anthony Braxton as Professor of Music at Wesleyan University in 2017. One of the most frequently sought–after drummers in the jazz world, he has recorded or performed with Wadada Leo Smith, John Zorn, Muhal Richard Abrams, Steve Lehman and Myra Melford as well as Iyer and Braxton.
•→ Following Sorey’s highly acclaimed Oblique — I and Alloy (PI Recordings, 2011, 2014), his two–CD The Inner Spectrum of Variables continues to capitalize on Sorey’s expansive compositional and theoretical knowledge base and his unique expression of musical ideas. Inspired by the unflinching experimentation of the late Butch Morris, Sorey uses the cornetist/composer’s method for leading improvisers and crafting arrangements as music reveals itself in real time. To that end, Sorey recorded The Inner Spectrum of Variables in a single fifteen–hour session. There are other influences at work as well: the AACM, Schoenberg and Bach, Steve Reich, Morton Feldman and Frank Zappa, among them.
•→ Sorey’s regular associates, pianist Cory Smythe and bassist Christopher Tordini are joined by Fung Chern Hwei (Sirius Quartet) on violin, Kyle Armburst (Metropolis Ensemble) on viola and cellist Rubin Kodheli (Brooklyn Rider). Each of the two CDs consist of three compositions; movements of the larger work. Disc One’s “Movement I (Introduction)” and “Movement II” exude the attributes associated with classical ensemble style while “Movement III” sees a shift toward the more avant–garde. The insistent hum of the strings against Smythe’s spikey piano creates an atmosphere of building tension, forcing the strings out of their natural environment.
•→ Disc Two opens with “Reverie” and for the first six of its fifteen minutes, Sorey solos on an assortment of percussive devices, to mesmerizing effect. What remains is for the most part a spare but intense violin overlaying the drum set. “Movement IV” sees both sides of the double–trio making individual statements before coming together in an exotic swirl of sounds. “Movement V + VI + Reprise” closes the work starting from a relative whisper before taking a nomadic journey that is grounded in the fundamental elements of both trios, but never settling as tones and scales frequently shift.
•→ Sorey doesn’t so much blur the line between the conventional roles of the ensemble and jazz trio, as he does allow their individual voices tell two sides of the same story. The lyrical intricacies central to the suite are frequently intermingling their attributes as living entities would do in such close proximity. There is a spontaneity and natural flow in the mix of components that make up The Inner Spectrum of Variables and they belie the complexity and scope of Sorey’s vision; it is the vision of a modern master. •→ https://www.allaboutjazz.com/
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|Tyshawn Sorey — The Inner Spectrum of Variables (June 3, 2016)|