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Brett Sroka

Brett Sroka is a composer, musician and sound artist for film, dance, installation and has released five records with his electro-acoustic jazz trio Ergo, and melodronoise duo Cherubim. His first record, Hearsay (from Fresh Sound - New Talent Records) featured then newcomers Jason Moran, Avishai Cohen and Eric Harland, but being a trombonist in jazz engendered an outsider's perspective on the idiom, inspiring Sroka to begin exploring electronic music as well. His process has subsequently been an effort to reconcile these disparate fields: to develop an organic, improvisational approach to computer instruments, and to seek out dynamic, technological possibilities in music. In early 2014, at Roulette Intermedium in Brooklyn, Sroka premiered Sine Qua Non, a generative sound installation that grows out of a live improvisation

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Ergo: As subtle as tomorrow

Read "As subtle as tomorrow" reviewed by Vic Albani

Ritengo la Cuneiform una delle migliori e intelligenti etichette musicali esistenti poiché, lavorando su territori spesso assai diversi fra loro, riesce regolarmente a evidenziare new forms e ricerche di spessore in molti lavori di artisti celebrati o meno. È il caso di questi Ergo (che hanno anche un sito che si chiama “ergo ...

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Ergo: If Not Inertia

Read "If Not Inertia" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Il terzo disco del gruppo Ergo si muove sul piano di una musica intensa e pensata secondo linee geometriche, incentrate su una grande attenzione al suono. Si capisce sin dal pezzo di apertura, che cresce lungo un asse sommatorio dominato da una sola nota ossessiva, su cui si aggiunge uno strumento alla volta, o quando i ...

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Ergo: If Not Inertia

Read "If Not Inertia" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

A few decades ago, it wasn't evident that computers could become an integral component to music, other than some experimental persuasions set forth by the likes of eminent modern jazz trombonist George Lewis, who helped pioneer live electronics. But trombonist Brett Sroka carries the torch, yet in a different or, perhaps, more subtle light. With first-call ...

Multitude, Solitude

Label: Cuneiform Records
Released: 2010
Track listing: 01. Rana Sylvatica; 02. Vessel; 03. She Haunts Me; 04. Little Shadow; 05. Endlessly (multitude, solitude); 06. Actuator.

May 2010

Read "May 2010" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Adam Lane Brooklyn LyceumBrooklyn, NY April 14, 2010While bassist Adam Lane's Full Throttle Orchestra is named to conjure up great size and bombast, at present it's a compact sextet whose sonic inventory includes passages of nuance and overall calm. With a Bay Area lineup, Lane has released No(w) Music (Cadence, ...

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Ergo: Multitude, Solitude

Read "Multitude, Solitude" reviewed by Elliott Simon

During the past two decades, electronic music has solidified its initial uneasy alliance with acoustic jazz. Newer releases such as Ergo's Multitude, Solitude are able to get past that original awkward balance and meld electronics with jazz improvisation and instrumental technique. The result is a trio that interacts like one but also accesses the broader sound ...

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Ergo: Multitude, Solitude

Read "Multitude, Solitude" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Nell'immagine in bianco e nero che troviamo stampata sotto al contenitore plastico del CD, campeggia una cuffia appoggiata sopra al rullante di una batteria. Un segnale preciso di come si debba entrare in questo universo musicale in punta di piedi e soprattutto in silenzio. Il trio denominato 'Ergo' parte già con una formazione inconsueta: trombone, tastiere ...

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Ergo: Multitude, Solitude

Read "Multitude, Solitude" reviewed by Nic Jones

This is a trio working the electro-acoustic margins, as the instrumental line-up might suggest; and whilst Ergo's music often flirts with ambient notions, there is equally a predominant air of unease about their work, as if by mutual consent they can only reach a kind of uneasy rapprochement with both silence and the moment. The air ...


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