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Dre Hocevar: Surface of Inscription

Read "Surface of Inscription" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Drummer, composer Dre Hocevar is a deft improviser who largely produces music that casts his out-of-the-box thinking. With his sextet, including vocalist Charmaine Lee's avant-garde wordless chants, iterations, and conventional singing, we hear a consortium of bizarre sound designs, tonal disparities and radical spins on just about everything imaginable. It's all executed with asymmetrical cadences along with some cosmic interference supplied by electronics ace Bernardo Barros. These fifteen pieces often appear as snapshots of a continual saga. The ...

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Dre Hocevar: Collective Effervescence

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Slovenian drummer Dre Hocevar has expanded his trio via the 2015 Clean Feed release Coding of Eventuality with a quintet format for an electro-acoustic freely improvised set, where the artists operate within avant-garde circles while incorporating microtonal and minimalist forums and abstract classical persuasions. Electronics performer Phillip White intertwines subtle nuances and treatments yet does not dominate or become the primary voice within the group's loosely articulated framework. Hocevar is a colorist due to his cymbals shadings and ...

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Dre Hocevar Trio: Coding Of Evidentiality

Read "Coding Of Evidentiality" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

With his multinational trio, Slovenian drummer Dre Hocevar molds unorthodox instrumentation into a branded musical statement. He integrates an asymmetrical configuration of structure and improvisation, offering fragmented and rolling thematic designs with similes of gravitational pull during the artists' exchanges. Electronics performer Sam Pluta makes his lone contribution to “Critical Discourse Analysis" and ignites the festivities with peculiar effects akin to mechanical grinding, offset by pianist Bram De Looze's delicate twinkles of sound, summoning an oddly balanced overture ...

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Dre Hocevar Trio: Coding Of Evidentiality

Read "Coding Of Evidentiality" reviewed by John Sharpe

Slovenian-born, New York based drummer Dre Hocevar may not be a familiar name to many but that will likely change after Coding Of Evidentiality. Hocevar has convened a trio which sits comfortably in the lineage of the Portuguese Red Trio (who can be heard to good effect on Empire (No Business, 2011, Stem (Clean Feed, 2012) and Rebento (No Business, 2013)) and going further back, English pianist Howard Riley's seminal early 1970s outfit with bassist Barry Guy. Indeed Hocevar boasts ...

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Dre Hocevar Trio: Coding Of Evidentiality

Read "Coding Of Evidentiality" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Given the title of drummer Dre Hocevar's recording, the question arises: can one classify or identify a system's disorder, i.e. entropy? The liner notes give us a hint. Laurence Donohue-Greene writes, this trio of Hocevar, pianist Bram De Looze and cellist St.Louis, “develop each improvisation compositionally and with tenacious unity." I suspect, when there is human involvement, all improvised music finds some order and yes, eventuality can be coded. Philosophic and thermodynamic discussions aside, the seven pieces presented ...


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