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Although it’s right there in the name, it’s not entirely clear whether composer/leader Kyle Saulnier’s Awakening Orchestra is in fact an orchestra, a big band or something entirely and wildly different. Encompassing broad swaths of musical style in both original and recontextualized and re-imagined compositions, the Awakening Orchestra delves deep into traditions from classical to jazz to indie rock on their debut album, volume I: this is not the answer. Interspersing original work - like the intricate, four-part, title-track symphony - with often radical interpretations of work by Samuel Barber, Radiohead, Johannes Brahms and Low, volume I: this is not the answer crafts a powerful mix of written and improvised material

Interlude: Atticus Live!-The Music of Jesse Lewis

Label: Biophilia Records
Released: 2016
Track listing: Looking Glass; Build; The Adventures of Dirt McGillicuddy; Atticus; The Robert Frost Experiment; Quiet; Snowflake; Turbulence; The Pasture (You Come Too).

Atticus Live!

Label: Biophilia Records
Released: 2016
Track listing: Looking Glass; Build!; The Adventures of Dirt McGillicuddy; Atticus; The Robert Frost Experiment; Quiet; Snowflake; Turbulence Is Bliss; The Pasture (You Come Too).

ARTICLE: GENERAL ARTICLES

Things We Like: Novembre 2016

Read "Things We Like: Novembre 2016" reviewed by AAJ Staff

By VIC ALBANI Se state cercando un grande regalo musicale per il prossimo natale, ecco uno dei più dischi più belli e interessanti degli ultimi anni, sopra ogni etichetta, sopra ogni genere. Before the Dawn, raccoglie lo straordinario ritorno sulle scene “una tantum" di sua maestà Kate Bush, vale a dire la ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Awakening Orchestra: Atticus Live!

Read "Atticus Live!" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Sorry. If this is the direction in which big-band jazz is moving, please apply the brakes as quickly and gently as possible so that this listener may exit the train. When it comes to big bands, some members of an older generation cling to standards that must always be upheld. Not swinging is from time to ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Awakening Orchestra: Interlude: Atticus Live!-The Music of Jesse Lewis

Read "Interlude: Atticus Live!-The Music of Jesse Lewis" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

On the heals of the excellent debut This Is Not the Answer, Vol 1 (Innova Recordings, 2014), composer/conductor Kyle Saulnier leaves the writing credits to featured guitarist/composer Jesse Lewis on Interlude: Atticus Live!-The Music of Jesse Lewis. Not a regular member of Saulnier's Awakening Orchestra, Lewis had recorded each of these tracks on his similarly named ...

Vol. 1: This Is Not the Answer

Label: Innova Recordings
Released: 2014
Track listing: Disc 1: Part I: Of Conflict and Resolution. Prelude & Fanfare, "The Prophet"; Myxomatosis, "Judge, Jury and Executioner"; The Words, They Fail to Come; Alone Together; Protest; You Still Believe in Me. Disc 2: Part II: This is Not the Answer. 6 Piano Pieces, Op. 118: No. 2, Intermezzo in A Major; This Is Not the Answer: I. Overture and Evolution; This Is Not the Answer: II. Empty Promises; This Is Not the Answer: III. This Is Not the Answer; This Is Not the Answer: IV. The Hypocrite and the Hope; Murderer; Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Awakening Orchestra: Vol. 1: This Is Not the Answer

Read "Vol. 1: This Is Not the Answer" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Questo debutto di Kyle Saulnier è uno dei lavori orchestrali più ricchi e appassionanti degli ultimi anni, paragonabile per fantasia e freschezza a Infernal Machine, il disco d'esordio di Darcy James Argue. Compositore e polistrumentista, Saulnier è nato nel Connecticut, ha studiato composizione alla Berklee e alla Manhattan School of Music e risiede da ...

ARTICLE: GENERAL ARTICLES

I nuovi orchestratori - 2: Kyle Saulnier - Rob Mazurek

Read "I nuovi orchestratori - 2: Kyle Saulnier - Rob Mazurek" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Parliamo ancora di orchestre e arrangiatori [per leggere la prima puntata di questo approfondimento -clicca qui. Tralasciando per il momento di considerare i contributi più innovativi della scena europea (tra cui spiccano la Vienna Art Orchestra e l'Italian Instabile Orchestra) dopo la stagione del Free la ricerca d'avanguardia statunitense non si è fermata. Purtroppo ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Awakening Orchestra: Vol. 1: This Is Not the Answer

Read "Vol. 1: This Is Not the Answer" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Connecticut native Kyle Saulnier is both a life-long student and a working teacher of jazz. The multi-instrumentalist and composer leads the 20-piece Awakening Orchestra's debut, This Is Not the Answer and it is as rare an achievement as Carla Bley's historic Escalator Over The Hill (ECM, 1971). The latter work--more jazz-operetta in orientation and prescribed in ...


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