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 band occasionally works within minimalistic trajectories via a multitude of dips and spikes and call / response mechanisms. Think of fractured aural vistas that vividly express the leader's ideas, enhanced by the pristine audio characteristics.
Many of Hocevar's compositions are titled as phrases, perhaps alluding to snippets of creative foundations, targeted for expansion. On "Target Domain of Infinity [part 2]," Weston Olencki's gruff trumpet clusters and the drummer's cymbals shadings are treated with subtle EFX, leading to the following track "X Nets, Arrays, Containers," which is framed on the musicians' spontaneous interactions teetering between quietude and climactic occurrences. Here, Lee's off-centered vocal iterations serve as an additional instrument. Other works feature a mélange of dissonant applications and reedman, Michael Foster's creaky and popping notes amid Hocevar's musical drumming and the band's use of space.
About mid-way through the program, Hocevar's off-centered expressionism, awash with subtle nooks and crannies along with intermittent variances in pitch started wearing a bit thin due to the repetitious formulas and strategies in relation to the jaggedly moving parts. Indeed, he's a nascent improvisational warrior with a bright future, notably evidenced on his previous dates as a leader while falling a bit short here.
Track Listing: Where Improvisation Comes From; Target Domain Of Infinity, Pt 1; Sub-Phenomenon Of Utterance; Frame Semantics; Surface Of Inscription; Target Domain Of Infinity, Pt 2; X Nets, Arrays, Containers; Ideas Are Physical _ Conceptual Bindings; Logic Is A Consequence; Just Below The Sonic Level Of Sense Making; Dissecting The Paraconcept; Feminized.Science.Deniers; Processing Schemas; Disenfranchised Language Of Muted Rage; Primary Metaphors.
Personnel: Dre Hocevar: drums & composition; Elias Stemeseder: piano; Charmaine Lee: voice; Weston Olencki: brass; Michael Foster: reeds.
Rhythm Abstraction: Azure is the first volume of new compositions created as a follow up to 2018’s
release Rhythm Kaleidoscope. As with that release, Brock Avery improvised drum and percussion
solos. Frank Macchia then composed music for woodwinds and orchestra to Brock’s creations. Azure
is the first of three extended play albums of 6-7 compositions which will be released starting in
January and followed up in April and July. In Azure we have a created a group of pieces that continue
our quest for honoring the art of improvisation with a “stream-of-consciousness” sense of
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