Steve Adams / Vinny Golia Duo: The Philosophy of Air (PFMCD129)

Jeff Kaiser

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1. seconds of words…………………………12:19
2. Romeo, do you like anchovies?………………7:52
3. a mysterious abundance of quinces………….27:16
4. neon meat dream of a Beefheart machine……..10:23

Steve Adams – sopranino, alto and tenor saxophones, bass flute, electronics
Vinny Golia – bass and contra-alto clarinets, baritone and G soprano saxophones

All compositions by Steve Adams © Metalanguage Music 2018
1-3 recorded by Bruce Kaphan on March 22, 2015 at Niagara Falls Studio, Niles, CA
4 recorded by Myles Boisen on May 9, 2018 at Guerrilla Euphonics, Oakland, CA
Mixed by Myles Boisen on May 18 and 29, 2015 and May 9, 2018
Mastered by Myles Boisen on May 15, 2018 at the Headless Buddha Mixing Lab, Oakland, CA

Cover photo by Myles Boisen inside photo by Charles Smith
Layout and Design by Ted Killian

The Philosophy of Air

seconds of words, like most of these pieces, has randomized electronics, so the general character is determined (but the details are unpredictable) to create an environment for the improviser that encourages creativity. For this piece, the pitch material of the electronics is taken from the melody, while moving through several textural zones. Interestingly, the electronics have performances where they seem to be locked into to the improvisation, and ones where they’re not. This piece is dedicated to Bennie Maupin.

Most of these pieces were recorded to present a representation of how they sound live, with a small amount of editing. Romeo, do you like anchovies?, in contrast, was constructed out of two takes, a free improvisation and a re-generated electronics track, and is more of a collage than a captured performance. This was my first experience working this way, and led to my project with Tim Perkis, A Few Eccentricities, where every cut is a reconstruction. It is dedicated to collage genius Max Ernst.

I had the original idea for a mysterious abundance of quinces decades ago, but it took lots of background thinking and technological advances to make it possible. It’s very different from the original sketches, though it is still a long piece for bass flute and contra-alto clarinet with a background of drones and small, repetitive sounds. It reflects my studies of North Indian classical music, and roughly adheres to the outline of raga form. Because of the length and complexity of the piece, the electronics are fixed. It is dedicated, with love and gratitude, to my wife, Lauren.
neon meat dream of a Beefheart machine is the second piece I’ve written that is dedicated to Captain Beefheart, along with the violin/marimba duo Owed t’Don, recorded by Marimolin on their CD Phantasmata. It’s based on a Reaktor ensemble created by Rick Scott that he graciously adapted for me. Here, I am triggering the changes in the electronics to fit the music, though each new pattern is a randomly generated surprise.
Special thanks to Ann and Jack Eastman, stewards and curators of the Maybeck Studio for the Performing Arts, where these pieces were premiered, and to Vinny, my musical brother.
—Steve Adams

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Steve Adams / Scott Walton: Cookies for Cyrano (PFMCD103)

Jeff Kaiser

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1. Force Field of Oblivion 6:04
2. one of countless sporadic manifestations of the alternate universe in which Olivier Messiaen is a fervent agnostic 7:15
3. Membrillo 6:14
4. Operatic 13:37
5. The Enumeration (for Glenn Spearman) 6:13
6. Ogonix 8:58
7. Black Notebook #8 13:37

Steve Adams – alto and baritone saxes, bass flute, electronics
Scott Walton – acoustic bass

All compositions by Steve Adams, © 2016 Metalanguage Music (BMI)

Recorded Feb. 25, 2015 at Fantasy Studio B by Jesse Nichols.
mixed July 8 and December 29, 2015 at Fantasy Studios by Jesse Nichols.
mastered May 5, 2016 by Myles Boisen at the Headless Buddha Mastering Lab.

The Steve Adams/Scott Walton Duo has been performing since 2013. Steve is best known as a member of the Rova Sax Quartet, with whom he has played for over twenty five years, toured internationally and released more than twenty five recordings. His compositions have been performed at the Bang on a Can and Meet the Composer Festivals. Scott Walton is a bassist and pianist whose music negotiates the terrain between jazz, free improvisation, and the classical avant-garde.  He has performed throughout North America and Europe with groups he co-leads, and in a host of collaborative contexts.

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VINNY GOLIA: EVEN TO THIS DAY…: MOVEMENT ONE: INOCULATIONS (PFMCD145)

Jeff Kaiser

VINNY GOLIA
EVEN TO THIS DAY…
MOVEMENT ONE: INOCULATIONS

MUSIC FOR ORCHESTRA AND SOLOISTS

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(Inoculation: to inoculate)

This applies to vaccinating against the coronavirus and to mentally preparing ourselves to be strong against the onset of paranoia, boredom, depression, isolation, apathy, and all of the other symptoms of this disease that we did not anticipate.

Even to this day… comprises three movements. Movement One: Inoculations, which you are listening to now, is for orchestra and 21 improvisers. The complete length of Inoculations is 10 hours and 32 minutes and consists of 12 individual Modules. The second movement, Part Two: Syncretism: for the draw… is for metal band and orchestra and will be released in early 2022. Finally, as yet unnamed, the third movement for symphony orchestra and large ensemble with improvisers will be completed at the end of 2022.

I started writing Even to this day… for my 75th birthday a year before it was to happen at the request of Rent Romus, who was organizing a concert of 75 musicians to perform the piece, unaware that Covid lurked around the corner. The performance never happened. So, I decided to go for what I wanted using real and virtual musicians performing composed music combined with improvisation—which always seems to be the best way to get what I want musically—a blend of serenity, intensity, and stability that shifts like the sands in a desert. And, as I wanted to have many of the West Coast musicians I play with represented in the music, I came up with a plan to have soloists play over a large and continually changing symphonic setting.

Even to this day… includes soloistic journeys, short interludes, transitional forms, and improvisations involving orchestral textures. Performed live, I would have used a combination of conducting techniques I have been refining since the first concert of the Vinny Golia Large Ensemble in 1982. Unfortunately, I could not do this live because of Covid restrictions and instead created an alternate composition system to supplant and expand on those techniques. Our West Coast community of creative musicians is vast and intensely innovative, and from this communal pool, I used improvisers accustomed to performing New Music and freer forms of improvisation. Specific compositions showcase their creative talents, resulting in a myriad of improvisational approaches. For the listener, the modules within each movement can be arranged in any order but are best listened to in their original order as the compositions within each module accent each other.

Movement One: Inoculations is the first part of over a year’s worth of work on Even to this day… The movement is a direct response to Covid, reflecting feelings and thoughts while locked down or “safer at home” for 15+ months now. With so much discord in the world at the moment, the chance for a few of us to collaborate on something positive seemed a great way to fight back, peacefully, against the malaise of fear, uncertainty, isolation, hostility, and depression. So, this orchestral project started in March 2020 is now ready to add the final component, the listener…

12 CD SET WITH FEATURED SOLOISTS:

Steve Adams—Sopranino and Alto Saxophones, Alto and Bass Flutes, and Electronics • Matt Barbier—Euphonium and Trombone • Kyle Bruckmann—Oboe, English Horn, and Electronics • Dan Clucas—Cornet • Clint Dotson—Drums • Tim Feeney—Percussion • Ken Filiano—Bass • Randy Gloss—Hand Drums and Electronic Percussion • Nathan Hubbard—Drums and Percussion • Jeff Kaiser—Trumpet and Electronics • Ellington Peet—Drums • Wayne Peet—Piano, Organ, and Synth • Vicki Ray—Prepared Piano • Sarah Belle Reid—Trumpet and Electronics • Steven Ricks—Trombone and Electronics • William Roper—Bombardondino, Tuba, and Extemporaneous Spoken Word • Derek Stein—Cello • Cassia Streb—Viola • Brian Walsh—Bb, Bass, Contralto, and ContraBass Clarinets • Miller Wrenn—Bass • Vinny Golia—Woodwinds, Gongs, and Singing Bowls

Module 1 — Observation

Module 2 — Belief

Module 3 — Goals-analyzation and clarification

Module 4 — Determination

Module 5 — Identification and Orientation

Module 6 — Skills and Knowledge (qualities and abilities)

Module 7 — Collaborations

Module 8 — The Plan

Module 9 — Visualizations

Module 10 — Persistence

Module 11 — Action and Decision

Module 12 — Needs and Uses

All Compositions and Arrangements by Vinny Golia ©2021 Ninewinds, BMI

Trapezoid by Randy Gloss • Recorded by Wayne Peet and Vinny Golia (with additional remote recording by solo artists) • Recorded from March 2020 to August 2021 • Edited, Mixed, and Mastered by Wayne Peet • Produced by Vinny Golia and Wayne Peet • Disc Artwork by Steuart Liebig • Cover Design and Artwork by Ted Killian • Special thanks to Wayne Peet, Kathy Carbone, Jeff Kaiser, California Institute of the Arts, and all the performers on this project.

A joint release of Ninewinds Records and NWCD450 / PFMCD145

VINNY GOLIA
EVEN TO THIS DAY…
MOVEMENT ONE: INOCULATIONS

MUSIC FOR ORCHESTRA AND SOLOISTS

Module 1

Observation

1. Moai 3 VC — BS • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Contrabass Clarinet

2. CB Flute Real One — Explained1 • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Contrabass Clarinet

3. 2 — 9 Dizzy 2 — A dedication

4. Moai 3 — 5 Middle section • Soloists: Kyle Bruckmann — Eng Hrn; Matt Barbier — Trom

5. From the Ancient Race • Soloists: Vinny Golia — Alto Sax; Dan Clucas — Cornet

6. Project — 1 — Transition • Soloists: Vinny Golia — Baritone Saxophone, Gongs; William Roper — Tuba; Nate Hubbard — Drums

7. The Real One

8. Brass — As played on the Nagra • Soloists: Vinny Golia — Sopranino Saxophone; Dan Clucas — Trumpet

9. Escape from the lab, Professor Deemer doesnít make it • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Gongs

10. Hand me Lieutenant Liu’s notebook of justice… • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Ram’s Horn, Eb Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone

11. Toolboxes and tradeoffs — For Pete Edwards • Soloist: Vinny Golia — C Flute

12. No horn Intro,…, just kidding • Soloist: Dan Clucas — Trp

13. So many forms, the low frequencies • Soloists: Wayne Peet — E Piano; Ellington Peet — Drums

14. For Art, the hole puncher • Soloists: Vinny Golia — Contrabass Clarinet, Gong; Brian Walsh — Bass Clarinet; Tim Feeney — Perc

Module 2

Belief

15. The Rams Horn Moai, a gift from Peru • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Ram’s Horn, Tenor Sax, G and F Mezzo — Soprano Sax, Bells

16. Not Pelham, (the Throwback!). • Soloists: Wayne Peet — Synth; Ellington Peet — Drums

17. It’s a jumble out there! • Soloist: Tim Feeney — Perc

18. letters to Francis • Soloists: Vinny Golia — Soprano Saxophone; Miller Wrenn — Bass

19. The complete Hermann • Soloists: Sarah Reid — Trp and FX; Tim Feeney — Perc

20. The first time I heard that • Soloists: Vinny Golia — Xiao; Tim Feeney — Perc

21. Encomium • Soloists: Vinny Golia — Singing Bowls; Brian Walsh — Bass Clarinet; Randy Gloss — Bendir Drum

22. 2 — 7 — 3 — sracps — 2

23. 1 — 18 strgs whole — No Mayo • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Tenor Saxophone, Contrabass Clarinet

24. 2 — 7 — 3 — sracps — The Original

Module 3

Goals — Analyzation and Clarification

25. For John… • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Tenor Saxophone

26. Low Toaani • Soloist: Wayne Peet — Organ and FX

27. Locus — 2 • Soloist: Brian Walsh — Clarinet

28. Xiphoid • Soloists: Steve Adams — Sopranino Saxophone, William Roper — Bombardondino (Travel Tuba)

29. Yet another, New Vamp Tune

30. Message from Time • Soloists: Sarah Reid — Trp and FX; Derek Stein — Cello

31. The battle of Tibet — Circa 1943 • Soloist: William Roper — Bombardondino (Travel Tuba)

32. From the Ancient Race; Symbolism • Soloists: Vinny Golia — Bb Clarinet; Clint Dodson — Drums

33. Warp and Woof (on the road to Georgia) • Soloists: Jeff Kaiser — Trp; William Roper — Vocal

34. The Attic of the Unknown Foe, for Mr. Martin • Soloist: VG — Eb Clarinet, Ab Clar, Contrabass Clar, Basset Horn, Gongs and Bowls

35. Low Toaani — Part Two • Soloist: Sarah Reid — Trp and FX

Module 4

Determination

36. Easy to Sneak Up On

37. Doctor Savaard explains his theory eloquently, but no ones listens

38. Dizzy — a second dedication because he deserves it!

39. nmae later, (not a typo…) • Soloist: Jeff Kaiser — Trp and FX

40. Kyle! • Soloist — Kyle Bruckmann — English Horn

41. Intro Drake — 1 — 2 • Soloists: Vinny Golia — Bass Clarinet; Randy Gloss — Tabla

42. Who is Gladys Glover? — Bass; Nate Hubbard — Drums

43. Not Hardly… • Soloist: Jeff Kaiser — Trp

44. 1 — 14 Solo Section 2 • Soloists: — Vinny Golia — Bass Saxophone; Nate Hubbard — Drums

45. In France you sit on long items shaped like canoes — for Barre • Soloist: Dan Clucas — Cornet

46. For Vicki • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Contraalto Clarinet; Vicki Ray — Piano

47. Trapazoid • Soloist: Randy Gloss — Frame Drum

48. Mr. Fletcher now heads towards Mexico to find his first move,…or else, it ís up to him • Soloist: Ken Filiano — Bass

49. 1 — 9 31120 not exactly Vlatkovich, (title wise…) • Soloist: Steven Ricks — Trom

50. 1 — 5 bridhge to solos • Soloists: Vinny Golia — G — Piccolo; Tim Feeney — Perc

Module 5

Identification and Orientation

51. Shadow

52. Vicki 2 • Soloist: Vicki Ray — single track of prepared piano with E — Bow

53. By which they lead • Soloists: Miller Wrenn — Bass; Tim Feeney — Perc

54. About three more days, give or take a day or two

55. Ken • Soloist: Ken Filiano — Bass

56. The return of Tyler Bob! (I know that guy!)

57. “Hey Cosmo, How you Doin’…doin’ ok…” — for Fumo

58. Your devotion to etiquette is admirable but your methods leave much to be desired

59. The Wilhelm Scream (not alligator shoes I hope!) • Soloists: Vinny Golia — Baritone Saxophone; Randy Gloss — Daf

60. He’s the only one that’s happy!

61. In Between The Winds • Soloist: Brian Walsh — Clarinet

62. Indeterminate growth • Soloist: Tim Feeney — Perc

63. Dixie Cups and Strings • Soloists: Derek Stein — Cello; Miller Wrenn — Bass

64. The Solution • Soloist: Steve Adams — Electronics

Module 6

Skills and Knowledge (qualities and abilities)

65. Try This One On

66. nmae again, later • Soloists: Ken Filiano — Bass and FX

67. Time Change

68. The Octopus boy, (good work Rachel)

69. Trpt Partial

70. It must fall out of my formation circle

71. The Octopus boy; retake • Soloist: Wayne Peet — Organ

72. All is lost, All is lost! • Soloists: Wayne Peet — Synth; Steve Adams — Alto Sax; Nate Hubbard — Drums

73. And it’s also the name of a man who operates hotels

74. Mead and various secrets from the island • Soloists: Steve Adams — Bass Flute; Randy Gloss — Frame Drum and Metal Perc

75. The Internet is always open • Soloist: Derek Stein — Cello

76. And, Have A Nice Day, (Or Else!) • Soloist: Dan Clucas — Trp

77. It’s Douner Stieglitz camera lenses!

78. An Arc of Electricity • Soloist: Jeff Kaiser — Trp and FX

79. From the Ancient Race; Electrodes • Soloists: Wayne Peet — Piano; Clint Dodson — Drums

80. Lonely wind • Soloists: Cassia Streb — Viola; Derek Stein — Cello

INSERT SIDE TWO

Module 7

Collaborations

81. For Robin

82. History does not linger long in our century; reprise

83. Vicki project 5 • Soloists: Vinny Golia — Basset Horn; Vicki Ray — Prepared Piano

84. Never Freed • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Bass Clarinet, Soprillo Sax

85. Transition #1 • Soloist: Steven Ricks — Trom

86. Sketch • Soloists: Miller Wrenn — Bass; Clint Dodson — Drums

87. The Stretchy, Walky, Thingy • Soloists: Vinny Golia — Bari Sax; Ken Filiano — Bass; Ellington Peet — Drums

88. The Great American Biotic Interchange • Soloists: Vinny Golia — A Clarinet; Wayne Peet — Prepared Piano

89. Aver • Soloist: Clint Dodson — Drums

90. The original five! • Soloists: Vinny Golia — Bass Saxophone; Wayne Peet — Synth

91. Unit! • Soloists: Matt Barbier — Trom; Miller Wrenn — Bass

92. Robin 2 and For Richard Nunns Medley • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Gongs, Bowls, Shells

93. Villions • Soloists: Miller Wrenn — Bass (section parts); Ken Filiano — Bass and FX

94. Cassia • Soloist: Cassia Streb — Viola

Module 8

The Plan

95. Moai 3 addition

96. To the skin together

97. Flight 575 • Soloist : Steve Adams — Electronics, Alto Sax; Miller Wrenn — Bass; Clint Dodson — Drums

98. Transition #2 • Soloist: Steven Ricks — Trom

99. A to B, Pull the chutes, where’s my champagne? • Soloist: Jeff Kaiser — Trp

100. Pharoah at the chord change • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Tenor Saxophone

101. Harmonics…!!!!!?????

102. What’s your name? • Soloist: William Roper — Bombardondino (Travel Tuba) and Vocal

103. Studebakers, Toasters, and Crop-dusters • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Bass Sax; Nate Hubbard — Drums

104. The 18th form • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Bass Flute; Wayne Peet — Piano Keys; Vicki Ray — Piano Insides

105. Do you have an opinion..? • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Bari Sax

106. Toanni — Insert • Soloists: William Roper — Tuba; Nate Hubbard — Drums

107. The Filiano Way, an Introduction to Mr. Ken… • Soloist: Ken Filiano — Bass and FX

108. The Island of One Thousand Names

Module 9

Visualizations

109. …These 3 together • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Native American Flute

110. Public Swimming Pool • Soloist: Dan Clucas — Cornet

111. Moai 3 — 13

112. Dr. Karmackís tasty treats… • Soloista: Vinny Golia — Alto Saxophone; Vicki Ray — Prepared Piano

113. Transition #3 • Soloist: Steven Ricks — Trom and FX

114. Will Warren Chesnick go to the prom alone…I think not!

115. The Thayer Effect, we like what it does • Soloists: Vinny Golia — Gongs; Miller Wrenn — Bass

116. Whiteside speaking • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Gongs, Tubax (contrabass saxophone)

117. All the Ghosts we can have

118. Bowed Interlude — for Mark Dresser • Soloists: Vinny Golia — Gongs, Contra Alto Clarinet; Matt Barbier — Trom

119. Moai 3 — 5 • Soloist: Matt Barbier — Euphonium

120. 1 — 13 — w harp

121. The lipkenstein process • Soloist: Ken Filiano — Bass and FX

Module 10

Persistence

122. Events that have happened are happening again, as we speak • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Tenor Saxophone, Indonesian Flute, Gongs; Wayne Peet — Piano

123. Big Finnish for Rent and Heiki

124. Double duos • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Soprillo Sax, Bass Clarinet

125. Strange Man, but still, a good plan. • Soloist: Wayne Peet — Piano

126. Bedtime • Soloists: Vinny Golia — Bamboo Flute, Sopranino Sax; Clint Dodson — Drums

127. And I remember…everything • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Gongs

128. Moai 3 — 1

129. A gift for Mike • Soloist: Ken Filiano — Bass

130. How’d it get burned!!, How’d it get burned!!, How’d it get burned!!, How’d it get burned!!

131. Project 1 • Soloists: Vinny Golia — Bari Sax, Gongs; William Roper — Tuba; Nate Hubbard — Drums

132. Persistance for William • Soloists: Vinny Golia — Shakuhachi; Cassia Streb — Viola; Tim Feeney — Perc

133. The Intro • Soloist: Ken Filiano — Bass and FX

134. Vicki 6 • Soloists: Vinny Golia — Contrabass Clarinet; Vicki Ray — Prepared Piano

135. A Philosophy of the Bass — for Bert

Module 11

Action and Decision

136. Moai 3 — 4 Medley • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Conch, Sopranino Saxophone

137. But it was all just a dream… • Soloists: Vinny Golia — A Clarinet; Cassia Streb — Viola

138. From the Ancient Race II

139. Moai 3 — 2 Textures

140. “Your friend is intelligent, he will know better, than to follow me”

141. Bad Dentist • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Basset Horn

142. Someplace called…not Furiya • Soloists: Vinny Golia — Conch, Shakuhachi; Clint Dodson — Drums

143. Isochronus

144. Travk 5 • Soloist: Vicki Ray — Prepared Piano

145. Moai 3 — 10 • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Tenor Saxophone, Globular Flute

146. Elegy for Don LaFontaine • Soloist: Brian Walsh — Bass Clarinet

147. LE Spring 2020 — 7 — B section

Module 12

Needs and Uses

148. Goliath • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Sopranino Saxophone

149. The Rolisican government questions Fukoda’s support, in the cave of Neon (Perhaps it’s the radiation?) • Soloist: Tim Feeney — Perc

150. LE Spring 2020 — 7

151. An Unforeseen Side Effect

152. Gombus! • Soloist: Sarah Reid — Trp and FX

153. Intro Drake 1 and 2 • Soloists: Vinny Golia — Bass Clarinet; Randy Gloss — Tabla

154. Waterflute Piece (Susan makes glorious instruments!) • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Alto Flute, Waterflute and Globular Flutes

155. LE Spring 2020 — 6 — redone • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Alto Clarinet, Gongs

156. All that Shimmers… • Soloist: Randy Gloss — Tamb

157. Dedicated to Bobby, John, and Horace • Soloists: Vinny Golia — Basset Hrn; Derek Stein — Cello

158. Return of the Goliath • Soloist: Wayne Peet — Pipe Organ

Photo by Chuck Koton

Vinny Golia: Syncquistic Linear Expositions  and their Geopolitical Outcomes (…we are all still here…) (PFMCD109)

Jeff Kaiser

Vinny Golia

Syncquistic Linear Expositions 
and their Geopolitical Outcomes
(…we are all still here…)

1. The Trouble With Mr. Snappy 9:42
2. Paro 11:12
3. Some Kind Of Guru 11:51
4. Bank Book Lama 9:39
5. All The Things I’m Not (version 1) 8:29
6. Onion Of Mystery 7:08
7. Final Authority 9:55

Vinny Golia: Sopranino, Bb and G Soprano, Baritone Saxophones, Bass Clarinet, Kwala, Gongs, and Kayzee
Steve Adams: Alto Saxophone 
Ken Filiano: Acoustic Bass and Pedals 
Tina Raymond: Drums

Recorded 11 March 2017 at Kingsize Sound Labs in Eagle Rock, California
Recorded and mastered by John Baffa Mixed by John Baffa and Vinny Golia

Photos by Vinny Golia
Layout and Design by Ted Killian

All compositions and arrangements by Vinny Golia
℗ and © 2017 Ninewinds, BMI

A joint release of pfMENTUM and Ninewinds
PFMCD109/NWCD342
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David Borgo / Paul Pellegrin: Kronomorphic (PFMCD059)

Jeff Kaiser

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David Borgo and Paul Pellegrin
Kronomorfic
Micro Temporal Infundibula

David Borgo: tenor, soprano and sopranino saxophones
Bill Barrett: chromatic harmonica
Paul “Junior” Garrison: electric guitar
Nathan Hubbard: vibraphone and marimba
Danny Weller: double bass
Paul Pellegrin: drum set and hand percussion

1. Deprong Mori 6:38
2. Tehuantepec 4:27
3. Perambulate 8:26
4. Dendochrone Currents 8:01
5. Gnomon 8:03
6. Repolarization 6:22
7. Jeannot’s Knife 6:11
8. Autopoiesis 5:56
9. Ossuary 6:30

Special guests:Jeff Kaiser – trumpet and live electronics on Jeannot’s Knife
Evan Adams – oboe on Gnomon
Perambulate composed by David Borgo© 2010 by David Borgo Music, ASCAP
All other songs composed by Paul Pellegrin© 2010 by Paul Pellegrin Music, ASCAP
All songs arranged by David BorgoProduced by David Borgo and Paul Pellegrin
Recorded by Joe Kucera at UC San Diego, Studio A
Mixed by Joe Kucera and David Borgo
Mastered by Jeff Kaiser
Special thanks to Mike Saul and Shawn Fleming
Dedicated to Veronica, Elian and Lola Pellegrinand to Sylvia, Diego and Joaquin Borgo
www.kronomorfic.com

Liner Notes:

“Any detailed description of this phenomenon would baffle the layman, but any comprehensible explanation would insult an expert.” —Kurt Vonnegut

We live our lives in time, but we experience our life across time, as a dynamic and complex overlay of temporal narratives that shape meaning. Folklore, history and culture all saturate space with time, and our personal evolving time-place nexus helps us to make sense of the multiple contexts we embody and experience.
One of music’s most laudable qualities may be its ability to bring us fully into the present, but it does this via its own complex layering of sound, space and time. “Infundibula” comes from the Latin word for funnel, and it is used to describe, among other things, a variety of funnel-like structures in the lungs, heart, kidneys, ovaries and brain. Kurt Vonnegut adopted the term in his novel The Sirens of Titan to describe a kind of wormhole through time and space “where all the different kinds of truths fit together.”

Kronomorfic is a collaborative effort to explore layers of musical time that coexist and interweave in ever more complex interrelationships. The compositions are mostly structured using hybrid rhythmic phrases in polymetric time (e.g., 5/3/4, 6/7/9, 8/12/15). These hybrid phrases provide the clave (or “key”) from which the melodic counterpoint, rhythmic modulation and improvisations emerge. For us, Micro Temporal Infundibula are intermediary time strata within these claves that allow disparate and seemingly conflicting rhythms to communicate with one another.

Deprong Mori was named for a species of bat in Venezuela (the “piercing devil”) believed to be able to penetrate solid objects. Technically the song alternates sections with meters of 10, 9 and 13 beats, but these shifts can be heard as different perceptual facets of a sonic prism formed by a single interlocking ostinato. Tehuantepec, the Isthmus that represents the shortest distance between the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Ocean, may evoke the marimba melodies from that region, but here they take on an entirely new character in a 10-beat meter. The loping drum and bass patterns of Perambulate create a 3-against-4 feel that underlies the tune’s polychordal harmony and outward-bound solos. Dendochrone Currents, an elliptical reference to the science of tree ring dating, starts with a meditative guitar intro and then establishes a polymeter of 12/15/8 (with the marimba, horns, and bass respectively) before launching into solos over a 6-against-9 feel (with an implied stratum of 4). Gnomon, named for the part of the sundial that casts a shadow, starts with a collective free improvisation that leads into alternating sections of 12 and 9 beats. The soloing is over a heated Balkan-inspired feel that alternates 2-3-2-2-2-3-2-3-2-3 with 2-3-2-2-3-3-3.

Repolarization combines a vibes part in 7, a horn melody in 6, and a bass line in 9. The “polarity” of the title refers to the way in which the horns and vibes synchronize only at the beginning of their phrases in the A sections and only at the end of their phrases in the B sections. Jeannot’s Knife, a French parable about a knife whose blade and handle has been replaced 15 times, raises the question of whether an object which has had all its component parts replaced remains fundamentally the same object. The reference here is both to the way in which the composition unfolded—with an initial rhythmic structure generating a melody that, in turn, implied a different rhythmic structure—and to how the horns and vibes create their melodic phrases anew each time by selecting pitches from a pre-given hexachord. Rhythmically, the vibes and horns phrase in 7-against-5 (heard in the hi-hat), while the bowed bass plays a repeating 7-beat phrase across the meter of 5. The hand drumming cycles with two iterationsof the bass line and can be counted 3-3-3-5. The trumpet-with-live-electronics solo by special guest Jeff Kaiser seems to push the paradox of the title even further, as the notion of “component parts” gives way to a feeling of hybridity and distributed agency.

Autopoiesis, or “self-creation,” refers to any system that regenerates itself, acting as both producer and product. It offers an intriguing metaphor for the way in which the rhythms of these complex claves often seem to generate one another. Two claves are used in this tune: 3/4/5/ and 3/5/7. The bass plays in 5 throughout, while the horn melody modulates between3 and 7, and the vibes between 4 and 3. Ossuary was inspired (even haunted) by a visit to the ossuary in Kutna Hora, Czech Republic, a chapel with chandeliers, candelabra, chalices and a coat of arms all made from human bones. The tune starts with a clave of 6/8/5 (in the drums, vibes and bass respectively) that alternates with a 9-against-6 feel when the horns enter, before giving way to a contrasting section in a 9/8/6/ clave (in the bass, horns, and vibes respectively). The improvised solos happen over the “big 9” in the bass, then the melody returns and slowly recedes as the drums, bowed bass, vibes and electric guitar all come to rest.

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