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Zeena Parkins

Zeena Parkins, multi-instrumentalist, composer, improvisor, well-known as a pioneer of the electric harp, has also extended the language of the acoustic harp with the inventive use of unusual playing techniques, preparations, and layers of digital and analog processing. Zeena makes use of anything within reach as a possible tool with which she can enhance the sonic capabilities of her harps. She accurately describes her harp as a "sound machine of limitless capacity" and has used, household objects and hardware store finds, including: alligator clips, nails, rubber erasers, rubber tubing, felt, bows, metal candy lids, oversized metal bolts, hair clips, glass jars, discarded strings, as well as more conventional: leslie cabinets, guitar pedals, and numerous other digital processing hardware and assorted and varied software.

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Recognition

Label: Biophilia Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Lei do Indigenato, 1914; Occupation; The Multi-racialism Myth; Free Labour; Beautiful Gardens; Mercy and Caprice; "Civilizing Influence"; Queen Nzinga; Absolute Confidence; Control and Oppression; Propaganda; Unity and Struggle.

Album

MZM

Label: Infrequent Seams
Released: 2020
Track listing: Red Spider; Bug; Saturn; Eight-burst; Retina; Taurus; Southern Owl; Spiral; Ant; Rosette.

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Lei Do Indigenato, 1914

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Label: Biophilia Records
Released: 2020
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Sara Serpa: Recognition

Read "Recognition" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


A lot of people have started to come to grips with shameful parts of their national heritage in recent times. In America, that has meant protests against displays of the Confederate flag and monuments to Confederate Civil War generals. For Portuguese-born vocalist and composer Sara Serpa, dealing with her heritage has taken a more personal form ...

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Myra Melford, Zeena Parkins and Miya Masaoka: MZM

Read "MZM" reviewed by Troy Dostert


Three world-class musicians whose long paths had yet to intersect, pianist Myra Melford, electronics wizard Zeena Parkins and kotoist Miya Masaoka finally team up for MZM. It's a potent, concentrated set of fully-improvised pieces that highlight the trio's ability to craft something wholly new while retaining each of their unique musical personalities. The album ...

Article: Live Review

Jazz em Agosto 2019

Read "Jazz em Agosto 2019" reviewed by Stefano Merighi


Jazz em agosto Lisbona 1-4.8.2019 Resistenza e narrazioni. Questo in sintesi il filo conduttore dell'edizione 2019 di Jazz em Agosto, in corso di svolgimento come sempre presso la fondazione Gulbenkian a Lisbona. Un'edizione “militante," dunque, sebbene non così originale come in altre occasioni, vista la ripresa di ...

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Bobby Previte: Rhapsody

Read "Rhapsody" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


Distinguished drummer Bobby Previte is a renaissance man who composed, arranged and penned the lyrics on this impressive program. In addition, he supplements his rhythmic contributions with various percussion implements, guitar, autoharp and harmonica. The premise behind Rhapsody relates to Previte's viewpoint about travel and marks the second in a three- part series that originated in ...

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Clean Feed 2018

Read "Clean Feed 2018" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Since it's inception in 2002, Lisbon, Portugal's Clean Feed Records has released nearly 500 recordings. Last year the total was 64. Keeping up with their output might be the best way to follow innovative jazz and improvised music in the 21st century. Besides releasing music by masters such as Peter Brotzmann, Joe McPhee, Ivo Perelman, Elliott ...

Article: Album Review

Myra Melford, Zeena Parkins, Miya Masaoka: M Z M

Read "M Z M" reviewed by Stefano Merighi


Magnifico trio di veterane della musica improvvisata che superano se stesse con una musica acuminata, provocatoria, anarchica ma dall'assoluto rigore interno. Vale a dire che pur infrangendo continuamente le regole del bon ton musicale e rischiando assai nel rifiuto quasi assiomatico del discorso narrativo, il trio trova con naturalezza una conversazione paritaria ma soprattutto sensata, cpunta ...


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