From the San Francisco poetry underground comes the voice of Robert Anbian, backed by electronic percussionist E. “Doc” Smith and Bay Area sax legend Charles Unger, plus keyboardist Sam Peoples and bassist Mike Shea. UFQ makes its own magic inspired by the music of Miles Davis, Thelonius Monk, and Bobby Hutcherson, with infusions of Brian Eno, the Grateful Dead, and something else. Notes Anbian: “I call the post-fusion, world beat jazz these guys play ‘acid-bop’ — it’s got more possibilities for poetry than the typical verse-chorus cadences of popular music.”
Known for his lyrical-epic “WE” series, and such topical effronteries as “Haikus for the White House,” Anbian has been described by fellow poet Richard Hack as “a passionate virtuoso steeped in these times and deep with tradition” [whose] “poetry crackles with currency — hiply linguistic turns of natural originality, rhythmically brimming with a tempestuous taste of ecstasy, reason, and love.” Dusty Dog Reviews declared him “a genius or a Venusian.”
“The fiery combination of poet and band shoots these pieces straight for the edge of space and time.” -J. Worely, A&A
C.J. Reaven Borosque San Francisco Bay Area interdisciplinary artist, writer, musician, and abstract visual artist. Edgetone is proud to present her new book “The Metal Quan Yin”, a new and original work of imaginative and stunningly visual science fiction/fantasy poetry.
In 2000, The Lords of Outland presented a series of new music pieces based on her exploratory writings entitled “The Destinations Suite” in the first season of the SIMM Series in San Francisco. In April of 2002, Edgetone has released an addition to her new book a CD of music written to her works by Rent Romus’ Lords of Outland.
“C.O.M.A. does with jazz what Kronos Quartet does with chamber music: they update and expand the tradition” - Greggory Moore, Long Beach Culture
The California Outside Music Associates (COMA) has been performing throughout California for the past 8 years in various configurations and collaborations. The current group includes Dax, John and cellist/improvisor ZONE. These musicians have played in groups performing music ranging from classical, blues, rock, to the current emphasis on the improvised arts.
Ornamental Urban Shrubbery is their second CD release. Hidden between buildings, in vacant lots, in planters by the sidewalk or in the cracks of the street the city is filled with urban shrubbery. Often passed by, looked over and unnoticed until that moment when one doesn’t pass, but looks and notices.
In October of 2006 the Bloom Project performed at the Sudden Sound Series presented by the Krannert Art Museum in Champaign/Urbana at the University of Illinois while on their first tour through the heartland of the United States.
The live CD recording features the group’s signature wide ranging free group improvisations as well as some of the textual and graphical scores from their first CD ‘Bloom’.
The album also features the debut sound recording of instrument inventor Steven Baker’s challis drone as a closing track recorded in Pacifica California in 2007.
‘Bloom’, a spirited and colossal collaboration between pianist Thollem Mcdonas, multi-saxophonist and electronician Rent Romus, instrument builder Steven Baker, and drummer and found-object player Jon Brumit. The CD features free group improvisations as well as interpretations of numerous textual and graphical scores offered up by Mcdonas and Brumit. The entire album is an organic construction and expression of solos, duos, and trios combining disparate and divergent stylistic histories with a sense of refreshing immediacy, intensity, and spontaneous inventiveness.
A violent rejection of certain traditions has become an integral element of the trio’s music. They cross the border of genre and style within the context of combining composition and non-idiomatic improvisation woven throughout this debut project.
Andy Meyer – reeds | Kyle Farrell - vibraphone, percussion | Jenna Barvitski – violin, viola
Eight musical adventures riveted with high energy and subtle softness keeps the listener engaged while weaving sound scapes.
In a sea of solo piano recordings this one stands alone. Eight musical adventures riveted with high energy and subtle softness keeps the listener engaged while weaving sound scapes and vivid musical colors. In addition to Looney’s intriguing brand of originals, he also presents unique arrangements of some favorite standards such as “take the “a” train and stardust.
Scott Looney’s newest release in seven years since his debut recording “solo piano” on Edgetone represents an artistic crossroads in his evolution performing solo piano and hyperpiano(using semi-prepared elements/techniques) style as documented over these many years.
IntuitionScienceAndSex is a free trio album meditation on one mode with two musicians and drone machines. On September 11th, 2007 Arrington deDionyso (Bass Clarinet) and Thollem McDonas (Rickety Old Beat-Up Piano) met in an industrial area of Portland with a simple question and complicated answers.
Simplicity and complexity in their respective perfections, each idea developed over long spans of time. The result is a very different kind of album for both of these two prolific musicians.
“This live album delivers more pearls of wisdom by that magnificent lone wolf specimen named Thollem Mcdonas. This man’s ardent playing seems to be modeled after centuries of musical knowledge; helped by the peculiar resonance of Detroit’s Bohemian National Home, Thollem wanders helplessly in search of lost recollections, which he finally finds only to immediately neglect them to turn his attention towards the end of another rainbow.” -Massimo Ricci
“…an hour of intense improvisation by two artists of immense creativity and thrilling brilliant technical virtuosity.” -Eduardo Chagas
This album was recorded on the 16th of December, 2005 in an old cold stone house in the tuscan hills outside of Florence. It was a meeting of a couple of hours between Edoardo Ricci and Thollem Mcdonas. Edoardo is a highly regarded long time improvisor in Italy who has up to now not been fully introduced in the states.
In this great old cold house was a great old beatup rickety wild intoned piano. Thollem loves wild pianos because with the encouragement of natural forces they have rebelled against the expectations of western human ears.
“The Sun Don’t Wait” (mp3)
from “I’ll Meet You Halfway Out In The Middle Of It All”
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“Weill, Captain Beefheart, Thelonious Monk and Tom Waits are just a few of the many spiritual godfathers guiding the hands of this exceptional author.” - MASSIMO RICCI, Touchingextremes
Thollem / Rivera plays both fully composed pieces and organized improvisations, absorbing ideas from many different sources and mixing them up until they often no longer resemble their original state. This music is of the world, a result of, and as interaction in it. Nuclear bombs, modern classical music, free jazz, cave paintings, gamelan and West-African drumming ensembles, flowers, weather patterns, Chinese and Hindustani music, cracks, lies, enzymes, punk, wind, traffic, whispers, chants, and chance, among infinite others, all play some kind of a role in the development of this music. Each piece is derived from its own unique set of principles, partially with the goal of making every piece distinct in both concept and character. Sometimes this music is fast and intricate, other times it is expansive allowing the complete decay of sounds. It is heavily rehearsed and spontaneous acoustic music. Utilizing only piano, percussion, and sometimes voice, you will still hear a tremendous amount of variety, an incorporation of an eclectic grouping of sounds and ideas. -Thollem
“This is an exciting album, wild in parts, and simple in others. It has a genuine “otherness” that cannot be faked. -DaveX
“Once Around The Butterfly Bush” is music made of wood, wind, and wire. A carefully honed composition using simultaneous tempos in any given song, it switches focus between melody/rhythm and figure/ground until they become blurred. This song cycle incorporates a blend of traditional and homemade instruments, and layers musical styles on top of each other until style becomes irrelevant.
“Once Around The Butterfly Bush” is a collage of pre-composed melodic and rhythmic lines that fit together (over and under and in between) like a puzzle piece.
Dan Ake - Lobro, Spike, 2×6 | Ronnie Camaro – bass, vocals | Peter J. Martin - piano, cajon (left foot), bass drum (right foot), vocals, Balinese gangsa, Long- Boy, Proto | Molly Tascone - vocals, recorder, glockenspiel, steel drum, triangle
Eddie the Rat is the pseudonym for composer and multi-instrumentalist, Peter Martin. Starting in 2000 as a one-man electro-acoustic experiment in sound and composition, within a year Martin’s vision evolved into a performing group bearing the same name. During the first two years of the group’s existence, the ensemble usually consisted of no less than 12 members and included members of 7 year rabbit cycle, Secret Chiefs, Zen Guerrilla, and others. “Insomnia Sound Bible” is a recording of the shorter songs that were being played alongside larger scale pieces in the group’s live sets at this time.
”Insomnia Sound Bible” is the songbook to a sleepwalker’s guide through oblivion. Its soundscape is made of violins and cellos, trumpets and clarinets, lots of percussion and homemade instruments, and telepathic harmonizing and other voices. As with all Eddie the Rat recordings, the intention is for the CD to be listened to as a whole, however, these are songs which can also be taken in their own context.
Dione Ardania – vocals | Jay Arseneult – electric bass | Vonn Scott Bair – vocals | Geoff Ball – vocals | Heather Bradley – vocals | Ronnie Camaro – electric bass | Lisa Cooper - vocals | Ed Daranciang – electric guitar | Rich Doucette – esrag | Darren Donahue – electric guitar | Brandon Foust – percussion | Blind Lemon Glickman (Steve Gigante) – guitar, vocals | Jesse Hix – standup bass, contrabass, percussion, vocals | Carl Horne – electric bass | Warren Huegel - percussion | Olivar Kobar – national guitar | Matt Kyte - triangle, percussion, keyboards, vocals | Floyd Labar – vocals | Jeanette Labar – vocals | Bill O ‘Mahony – electric guitar | Peter Martin - vocals, acoustic and electric guitar, harmonica, clarinet, keyboards, percussion | Jon Meyer – vocals | Yevlac Nad – percussion | Rahul Parson – acoustic and electric guitar | Tim Parker -slide guitar | Perrish – trumpet, vocals | Geoff Reed – drums and percussion | Karen Schumacher – violin | Ches Smith – drums and percussion | Nina Sprick – vocals | Molly Tascone – vocals | Scott Thiessen – electric guitar | Taylor Walker – electric bass | Pat Vasta – vocals
Original composed modern jazz by bassist Bill Noertker and the second part of his suite inspired by the life and work of Joan Miró.
Catalonia is the birthplace of many innovative artists, among them Joan Miró, Antoni Gaudí, and Salvador Dalí. In 1995, and again in 2005, I was able to make a pilgrimage to Catalonia to see the works of these great artists in person. Out of these experiences came an extended suite of music, Sketches of Catalonia. This CD is the second part of this suite and is inspired by the life and work of Joan Miró. A CD based on Dalí is already available on the Edgetone label. A CD based on Gaudí will follow.
In the last decade, Bill Noertker has composed over 150 original pieces of music for jazz ensemble. His compositions point to the continuity between the jazz tradition and the avant-garde. His use of group improvisation and his attention to the individual voices of each of his bandmates call forth the human element so sorely missing from much of today’s jazz.
Bill Noertker – contrabass | Annelise Zamula – tenor saxophone, flute | Jason Levis – drums | Jenny Maybee – piano | Jim Peterson – alto and baritone saxophones, flute | Niels Myrner - drums | Yehudit - 5-string electric violin | Hugh Schick – trumpet
The first full volume presenting the Edgetone artist roster showcasing the wide world of free independent artists crossing and mixing multiple genres and styles.
The community of musicians on Edgetone are those who do not want to compromise their music to fit into a narrow definition of “commercially viable”, or necessarily take on standard genre tags. They are those that believe in their efforts and work diligently through creative business mechanisms to support their ideas and dreams.
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“…one of those rare occasions where the mix of poetry and jazz succeeds on so many levels; setting an example for the genre.” – Steven Loewy, All Music Guide
Oluyemi & Ijeoma Thomas of Positive Knowledge has recorded & performed together for the past two decades, composing and sharing their joyful Creative World Music Systems with lovers of music and poetry around the world. Ijeoma Thomas – Wordsmith, spoken word artist, poet vocalist and teacher believes “all art is a gift of the Holy Spirit.” Composer, teacher & multi-reed musician (bass clarinet, saxophones) Oluyemi Thomas brings elements of life and work to the flow & he believes: “The musician’s art is among those arts worthy of the highest praise…”
As a great enhancement to their compositional approaches, Positive Knowledge continues to perform throughout the United States, Africa, Asia, Europe, South America, Israel, Canada, and the Caribbean Islands which has resulted in a rich multifaceted vocabulary to date. They have recorded or performed with such artists as Cecil Taylor, Wadada Leo Smith, Roscoe Mitchell, Alan Silva, Peter Kowald, Henry Kaiser,William Parker, Miya Masaoka & Gino Robair, “Kidd” Edward Jordan.
Wilber Morris, bass | Michael Wimberly, drums | Ijeoma Thomas, spoken word, percussion | Oluyemi Thomas, bass clarinet, c-melody sax, flute, musette, perc.
“Miles Star in 3 parts: I-II) Star/Seed, III) Blue Fire” (mp3)
from “The Year of the Elephant”