This is a great record! It reminds me a little of Gunther Schuller's 'Third Wave' experiments.
I admire Dave for his consistent involvement in moving the music forward ...as complex, involving and articulate as anything he has done.
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Dave Douglas writes a brand new suite for Monash Art Ensemble, an improvising chamber orchestra including some of Melbourne’s finest players.
Scored for four winds, four brass, four strings, and four percussion, including electronics, Fabliaux introduces new language into the vernacular of contemporary improvised music, looking forward while looking back.
Fabliaux draws inspiration from composers of the early 14th century French Ars Nova, most notably Guillaume De Machaut. Using ideas of hocket, isorhythm, and modal counterpoint as points of departure, Fabliaux takes the players on a journey into unimagined territory.
Improvisation mixes with timbre and structure in unexpected ways, with the Australian orchestra meeting the American trumpeter on the fertile ground of exploration and discovery.
released December 4, 2015
Dave Douglas | Monash Art Ensemble
Dave Douglas, trumpet
Lauchlan Davidson, flute / clarinet / soprano saxophone
Rob Burke, clarinet / alto saxophone
Paul Cornelius, tenor saxophone
Mirko Guerrini, bass clarinet / baritone saxophone
Ben Harrison, trumpet
Niran Dasika, trumpet
Jordan Murray, trombone
Craig Beard pitched percussion
Paul Grabowsky, piano and fender rhodes
Peter Knight, electronics
Kieran Rafferty, drums
Geoff Hughes, guitar
Elizabeth Sellers, violin
Will Martina, cello
Marty Holoubek, contrabass
Recorded March 15 & 16, 2014
Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music
Monash University, Clayton, Victoria
Produced by Paul Grabowsky & Dave Douglas
Executive Producer: Dave Douglas
Project Coordinator: Rob Burke
All compositions & arrangements by Dave Douglas (Dave Douglas Music / BMI)
Spiky, jagged, rough edged, thrill-packed originals by the brilliant composer and bandleader David Sanford. Features trumpeter Hugh Ragin in a heartfelt tribute to trumpet master Lester Bowie. Dave Douglas
Emi Makabe brings an intensely original mix of elements together into a fresh and personal statement. As a vocalist, shamisen player, and composer, Emi brings us to a new place with this music. Dave Douglas
Ward's swirling, breezy sax feels very close and intimate - listening to it I pictured myself in a small basement room as the band played - but the 10 tongues paint a joyful and sophisticated urban fairytale that changes scene cinematically and builds to a satisfying finale. Tom Colquhoun