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Gordon Beeferman/Jeff Arnal October 6 @ Roulette


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Friday - October 6, 2006

ROGUE STATES CD Release Concert

Gordon Beeferman (piano)
Jeff Arnal (percussion)

20 Greene St
(between Canal and Grand St)
New York, NY
8:30 PM
$15 / Students $10 / Members free

“The pianist Gordon Beeferman and the percussionist Jeff Arnal create tightly knit improvisations that range from the angular to the pastoral"--The New Yorker

Rogue States is now available!
for sale at the Roulette concert; at Downtown Music Gallery, 342 Bowery between E2 & E3 St, NYC (212) 473-0043; and it will be for sale on CDBaby.com in the coming days.

Review from Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery:

JEFF ARNAL/GORDON BEEFERMAN - Rogue States (Generate 11; USA) Featuring Jeff Arnal on drums and Gordon Beeferman on piano. Jeff Arnal runs the great Improvised & Otherwise Festival in Brooklyn every year and is one the best percussionists to emerge in the past few years. He has a handful of fine discs out including duos with Dan DeChellis, Michael Evans and Dietrich Eichmann, a trio with Gordon Beeferman & Seth Misterka and a great quartet with Rueben Radding, Nate Wooley & Seth Misterka. This is Jeff's second duo disc with pianist Gordon Beeferman. This is a particularly strong and well-balanced duo excursion. Although it is freely improvised, it doesn't always sound that way. Both players sound like they are developing themes together, weaving lines of notes around one another. On “To Draw Near Us", they slow things down and suspend time. Gordon slowly layers different lines, his hands moving in different directions. They strip things down even more minimally on “Limb from Limb", creating some dark, spacious sounds, Gordon tapping on each end of the piano keyboard. The eerie sounds of bowed cymbals and stark piano open “Three-Wheeled Ride", soon both players are doing Morse-code like phrases and moving into hyper-tense section. Many of these pieces explore slow-moving and spacious textures, just a few notes at a time suspended carefully. On “Auuk", they take one small section and repeat it and slowly mutate it on the piano, as the percussion dances, rising up and down in density. Each piece deals with a different texture or pattern or movement. The percussion and piano always flowing together, sometimes in the shadows, sometimes into the (spot) light. There is a strong thread or connection that runs though al of this, both players breathing and thinking as one inter-connected force. Very well done on a few different levels.

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