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Kyle Saulnier

Hailed as “a composer and arranger certainly worthy of considerable attention” (Bill Donaldson, Cadence), Kyle Saulnier writes music of dramatic intensity and immediacy, fusing orchestral techniques with modern jazz vocabulary into music described as “lush and inventive” (WNYC), and “fearlessly relevant” (NY Music Daily). For his Awakening Orchestra, Saulnier has composed two symphonies, a violin concerto, and scores of other compositions in addition to arrangements and orchestrations ranging from Copland to Nine Inch Nails. The orchestra’s debut was called “as rare an achievement as Carla Bley’s Escalator Over the Hill” (All About Jazz), and “a unique and masterful work.” (Cadence Magazine) Not limited to jazz or avant-garde music, Saulnier has written for the Metropole Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic, Vermont Symphony, National Geographic Television, BET Awards, and TURNmusic

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Volume II: To Call Her to a Higher Plan

Label: Biophilia Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Prelude & Fanfare: the Patriot; Burn; Throughout; I Can See My Country from Here (Free Labor, Free Land, Free Men / Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité / Ethos, Pathos, Logos / Epilogue); I Remember; To Call Her to a Higher Plain (On the Technicians of Power / First Cadenza / On the Acceptance of Things That We Can Not Change / Second Cadenza / On the Changing of Things That We Can Not Accept); The (desc/diss)ent; Lux Aurumque.

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Article: Album Review

The Awakening Orchestra: Volume II: To Call Her to a Higher Plan

Read "Volume II: To Call Her to a Higher Plan" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Tra gli orchestratori e bandleader emersi di recente Kyle Saulnier è uno dei più interessanti. Il suo esordio con l'Awakening Orchestra nel doppio This Is Not the Answer (Innova 2014) ha rappresentato una sorprendente rivelazione per padronanza di scrittura e spregiudicata sintesi di elementi diversi, inclusi il free e il rock. Con un taglio ...

Musician

Awakening Orchestra

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

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Various Artists: Newvelle Muri

Read "Newvelle Muri" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Swiss drummer/percussionist and composer, Stephan Diethelm lived in Zimbabwe for several years and was musically influenced by the African rhythms he heard. He had appeared on four albums when he launched the Muri Series, an ongoing succession of concerts that began in 2002, sometimes called Musig im Pflegidach. Pflegidach is a monastery that dates to the ...

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Article: Album Review

Moppa Elliott: Jazz Band/Rock Band/Dance Band

Read "Jazz Band/Rock Band/Dance Band" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Bassist Moppa Elliott is best known as the leader of the surrealistic jazz group, Mostly Other People Do The Killing, but his musical universe, encompassing work with symphony orchestras and new music ensembles, stretches much farther than that band's frantic music. This is reflected in this 2 CD set of Elliott leading three different types of ...

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Article: Album Review

Gil Evans Orchestra: Hidden Treasures - Monday Night Sessions, vol 1

Read "Hidden Treasures - Monday Night Sessions, vol 1" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


A tre decenni dalla morte del suo leader, esce il 7 dicembre il nuovo disco della Gil Evans Orchestra finalmente registrato in studio. Com'è noto, sia gli ultimi album della band con l'arrangiatore ancora in vita, sia il postumo Tribute To Gil (Soul Note 1989), con la formazione orfana, erano registrazioni live, spesso acusticamente carenti. Per ...

Album

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 ...

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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 ...


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