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Frank Macchia

Born and raised in San Francisco, CA., Frank started on the clarinet at the age of ten years old. Soon afterward he began studies on bassoon, saxophone and flute. By the age of fourteen he began studying composition, writing jazz and classical pieces for his high school band and orchestra and for jazz ensembles that rehearsed at the local union hall, including trumpeter Mike Vax's Big Band. In 1975-76 Frank wrote jazz/classical hybrid works that were performed by the San Francisco Symphony and local professional jazz musicians at the Summer Music Workshop Programs, and he composed and conducted an orchestral overture for his high school graduation ceremony

Rhythm Abstraction: Azure

Label: Cacophony
Released: 2020
Track listing: Echopraxia; Balinese Butterflies; Emma's Dilemma; Last Call; Madness!; Dreams of Salvadore Dali's Llama; Panoply.

Rhythm Abstraction: Gold

Label: Cacophony
Released: 2020
Track listing: Compulsion; Inquisition; Complication; Anahata; Impatience; Momentum

Rhythm Abstraction: Ruby

Label: Cacophony
Released: 2020
Track listing: Slither; Dogmented; Apparitions, Gerbil Juggling; Impending Doom, Acceleration; Hallucination.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Frank Macchia / Brock Avery: Rhythm Abstraction: Ruby

Read "Rhythm Abstraction: Ruby" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Multi-instrumentalist Frank Macchia released his full length CD Rhythm Kaleidoscope (Cacophany Records) in 2018. The compositions were created over a foundation of Brock Avery's multi-layered improvised drum and percussion solos, with Macchia orchestrating a sea of woodwinds and synthesizer sounds, some brass and some prepared piano samples, resulting in a lush and feisty twenty-first century jazz-classical-fusion ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Frank Macchia / Brock Avery: Rhythm Abstraction: Gold

Read "Rhythm Abstraction: Gold" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Muli-reedist Frank Macchia and percussionist Brock Avery started 2020 with their release of Rhythm Abstraction: Azure (Cacophony), a follow-up to 2018's Rhythm Kaleidoscope (Cacophony), employing its predecessor's approach. Here's how it works. Avery lays down an improvised percussion foundation. Then Macchia steps in with just about every imaginable reed instrument to construct an elaborate orchestration—one step, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Frank Macchia & Brock Avery: Rhythm Abstraction: Azure

Read "Rhythm Abstraction: Azure" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Reedman-arranger-composer Frank Macchia didn't take the conventional route in putting his EP Rhythm Abstractions: Azure together. He didn't get a huge orchestra in one studio, pass out the charts and explain to the players what he was trying to do. What he did was pare the personnel down to a minimum and turn drummer Brock Avery ...

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Echopraxia

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Label: Cacophony
Released: 2020
Duration: 02:23

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Balinese Butterflies by Frank Macchia & Brock Avery

Featuring the music of Frank Macchia
Duration: 3:21

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 composition, where Frank reacted to whatever Brock created with his drum improvisations and continued to pursue the use of tone rows and motifs to create a music journey that ebbs and flows with the rhythm and takes the listener on a journey through rhythm and sound.
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The Making of Rhythm Kaleidoscope

Featuring the music of Frank Macchia
Duration: 39:37

Frank Macchia and Brock Avery discuss the making of the new music album "Rhythm Kaleidoscope", where Brock created drum solo improvisations that Frank then composed "stream of consciousness" music for large ensembles. Interviewed by Eric Jensen, who also played guitar on the project.

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