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Micro-East Collective: Fabric

Read "Fabric" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


The large ensemble known as “Micro-East Collective” follows up their previous effort, Out Of My Face by pursuing similar concepts and practices, consisting of verbose dialogue, multi-layered sound textures and complex arrangements on the newly released, Fabric. Yet on these fifteen pieces, the performances feature as few as three or (at times), twenty musicians. And as the title and cover artwork might suggest, the musicians’ disperse ethereal fabrics of sound via an amalgamation of disparate elements and otherworldly musings along ...

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Micro-East Collective: Out of My Face

Read "Out of My Face" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


The aggregation of musicians known as the “Micro-East Collective” counteract the extended themes and microtonal concepts implemented on their previous release 062099 with abstract interludes, free-jazz improvisation and acerbic wit on this new recording, titled Out Of My Face. Along with guitarist Nick Didkovsky and trumpeter Rob Henke of New York’s heralded “Dr. Nerve” band, this large ensemble pursues brief melodic sound-bites and curiously interesting dialogue on the appropriately titled piece, “Sound Bites”. On “Quartet 7899”, guitarist Nick Didkovsky’s layered ...

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Micro-East Collective: 062099

Read "062099" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


Your mission, should you accept it, is to land your manned three-wheeled vehicle on a newly discovered planet which encircles the star “Beta Pictoris some 63 light-years from the Earth’s sun. Your vehicle is equipped with sensors, photographic equipment, recorders and other data gathering devices........Well, you get the picture as the North Carolina based “Micro-East Collective” not only provide the story yet also have scored and performed the musical soundscape for this fictitious journey into the cosmos.

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