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Variable Density Sound Orchestra

The Variable Density Sound Orchestra is veteran Boston-based guitarist/composer Garrison Fewell's newest working ensemble. Whenever possible, this international group features charter members Roy Campbell (trumpet and flute), Achille Succi (alto saxophone and bass clarinet), Eric Hofbauer (guitar), John Voigt (bass) and Miki Matsuki (drums), all of whom appear on its self-titled February 2009 debut.

As the band’s name implies, its original music, composed and conceived by Fewell, explores a wide range of textures and musical interactions. “The goal,” he explains, “is to create balance, not allowing individual soloists, collective instant composing or pre-composed material to dominate for too long.”

Evolving Strategies

Label: NotTwo Records
Released: 2015
Track listing: Mystical Realities; Evolving Strategies; Return and Breathe; Thoughts for Dixon; Voyage from Ra; Revolving Strategies; Heart is Only a Part; Mystical Realities: Aftermath.


Variable Density Sound Orchestra: Evolving Strategies

Read "Evolving Strategies" reviewed by John Sharpe

The constituent parts of guitarist Garrison Fewell's Variable Density Sound Orchestra shifted gradually between its eponymous inception (Creative Nation, 2008) and sophomore effort on Sound Particle 47 (Creative Nation, 2010). Inevitably there will be further changes in the future if the unit continues, as both trumpeter Roy Campbell and reedman John Tchicai have passed on since ...

Variable Density Sound Orchestra

Label: Creative Nation Music
Released: 2009
Track listing: Spectrononomous; Olorun Song; Ayleristic; Fragment Alignment; The Red Pyramid; Venus; Descent From Orbit; Avant Aria; Calculations At Yaxchilan; Namthini's Shadow.


Garrison Fewell: Variable Density Sound Orchestra

Read "Variable Density Sound Orchestra" reviewed by Lyn Horton

For the descriptively-titled Variable Density Sound Orchestra, guitarist Garrison Fewell has assembled a group whose members expertly develop the thematic content central to the pieces on the album. All but one are composed by Fewell, the disc closing with Butch Morris' “Namthini's Shadow." Trumpeter Roy Campbell, Jr. plays with Fewell for the first time here, the ...


Garrison Fewell: Variable Density Sound Orchestra

Read "Variable Density Sound Orchestra" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Garrison Fewell è un maturo chitarrista americano nato a Charlottesville nell'ottobre del 1953 e cresciuto a Philadelphia. Fewell ha collaborato con jazzisti importanti come John Tchicai, Benny Golson, Harbie Hancock, Billy Harper, Kenny Wheeler, Steve Grossman, Hal Galper, Tim Hagans e altri. Con questa Variable Density Sound Orchestra giunge ad una delle prove più importanti della ...


Garrison Fewell: Variable Density Sound Orchestra

Read "Variable Density Sound Orchestra" reviewed by John Sharpe

At the core of guitarist, composer, and educator Garrison Fewell's Variable Density Sound Orchestra lies the duo with Eric Hofbauer which made the captivating Lady of Khartoum (Creative Nation, 2008). Supplementing the two guitars on the debut of this new ensemble, Fewell expands into orchestral realms, broadening his sonic palette to seven instruments, in a generous ...


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