This last Saint Petersburg bunch unfastened their furry hats, and romped off in a fashion that suggested The Pogues in approach, most likely with a similar love of heavy alcohol. Could vodka beat whiskey? Maybe easily. Otava Yo's madcap Soviet stomp antics didn't interfere with their musical substance, their identical cotton vests allowing the sweat to flow freely, their curious mix of frontmen implying a love of imported Three Stooges videos. Surely these aren't the same kind of Russians that are threatening to invade Estonia? Soon, the crowd was subject to a long snake of dancers, weaving around in circles, as the tunes became ever more frantic. It was a fine way to climax an excellent weekend of music, so many bands flitting past in their allotted 30 minutes, most of them understanding perfectly well how to compress their performing ethos into a representative dosage.
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
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