Acoustic improvised conversations explore these soulful places with innovative musicians from Boston, and NY on flute, cello, sax, oboe, piano, percussion and bass creating a refreshing acoustic sound. Stylistically the music transcends traditional musical boundaries, but is influenced especially by Jazz, European, Japanese and Indian music.
First Darkness, then comes the Moon was written by Linda Chase at an artist's retreat center nestled in the Redwoods of Humboldt County, California. The piece reflects the quiet mystery of the damp and dark woods at nightfall. Stars gradually emerge, then the moon brightens the evening sky and forests of the soul feel the light amidst the edge of darkness.
Conversations I and II, Through the Mist, Listening and Parting are conversational improvisations for flute, sax and oboe who intimately speak to eachother in the way that only two breathing instruments can.
Voice inside the Beat was inspired by 13th Century mystic poet, Julaluddin Balkhi (Rumi).
(Coleman Barks translation)
In your light I learn how to love.
In your beauty, how to make poems.
You dance inside my chest,
where no one sees you,
but sometimes I do,
and that sight becomes this art.
Drumsound rises on the air,
its throb my heart.
A voice inside the beat says,
"I know you're tired,
but come. This is the way."
Linda Chase, flutist/composer/Berklee faculty member, teaches composition, arranging, world music, jazz and improvisation at Berklee College of Music. She has composed for the American Repertory Theatre Institute in Cambridge, and also has been a featured composer/performer in concerts throughout the Boston area. One of her her recent works includes a musical journey of poetry by Jelaluddin Balkhi (Rumi) and music. She holds a Master's in Music in contemporary improvisation from New England Conservatory where she studied with Ran Blake, and a Bachelor's Degree in Expressive Arts from Evergreen State College in Washington.
Hankus Netsky a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and ethomusicologist, is an instructor in jazz, contemporary improvisation, and Jewish music at the New England Conservatory in Boston. He is founder and director of the Klezmer Conservatory Band, an internationally renowned Yiddish music ensemble. Hankus has composed extensively for film, theater, and television, and collaborated with such artists as Itzhak Perlman, Robin Williams, Joel Grey, and Theodore Bikel. He has produced numerous CDs on the Rounder and Vanguard labels.
Reid Jorgensen percussion Faculty at the Rivers School of Music, studied with Alan Dawson, Arthur Press (Boston Symphony), and received a Diploma in Arranging & Composition from Berklee College of Music. Reid has performed with: Al Cohn/Zut Sims, Erroll Garner, Cab Calloway, Lionel Hampton, Shelia Jordan, Ran Blake, Jaki Byard, George Garzone, Bill Pierce, Herb Pomeroy, Ray Santisi, Dave Mckenna, and many others. He recently recorded The Songs of Billy Strayhorn featuring Ron Gill and his Quintet (WGBH Recordings)
Rushad Eggleston is becoming widely known for inventing a new style of cello playing. He was the first string player awarded a full scholarship to the Berklee College of Music, and he became their first active student to be nominated for a Grammy Award (with Fiddlers Four, 2003). Rushad is active in the acoustic music world in NYC and through his work with Darol Anger, touring nationally.
Jed Wilson is an experienced performer of various musical colors. Somewhat precocious as a jazz pianist, he won three consecutive Down Beat Magazine student awards as a high school student in Oregon. This led to studies with Bob Moses and Michael Cain at the New England Conservatory of Music He has begun fruitful associations with folk-bluegrass singer Aoife O'Donovan as well as jazz vocalist Dominique Eade.
Volker Nahrmann, bass went on the road with the Artie Shaw Big Band and also toured the US with the ground breaking world music group DOAH.( Global Pacific/CBS records) He performs a fusion of contemporary jazz and world music. Volker is equally at home in the Jazz and classical worlds and has performed with artists ranging from such jazz legends as: Herb Pomoroy, Michael Brecker and Mike Metheny to popular favorites such as the Irish Tenors, Fredericka von Stade, Mauricio Pollini and Livingston Taylor.
1. First Darkness, then comes the Moon
2. Conversation I
3. Conversation II
4. La Voglia
6. Last Time
7. Through the Mist
9. Voice inside the Beat
12. Beside Still Waters