For Binary, Webber looked to the internet for inspiration. Title: Year Released: 2017 Record Label:. The recording will be out October 25 on Skirl Records. The shape of the music, recorded in a Berlin studio back in May, is all, with no bass to tie the music down this album will probably only appeal to avant jazz fans and the general musical public will never hear it at all, which is simply their loss. To that point, Webber, Hollenbeck and Mitchell go beyond the jazz trio, incorporating the feel and structure of European avant-rock, as well as that of Scelsi and Grisey. Likewise, Webber casually resists the urge to send her tenor on fanciful flights or errant excursions; in place of wild spurts of warm blood, she offers coolly-calculated drips from an I.
With drums whipping into a frenzy, it quickly gathers a violent sort of energy, only to be punctuated by these little compositional asides which shine through the storm like goofy rays of light. Much of it continues in the same vein: cerebral aleatoric passages suddenly erupt into funky jams, explorations of extreme dynamics juxtapose the barely audible with the very loud, crazy quilt sections which appear to be spontaneously improvised arein factwritten-out heads. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help. Webber who's worked with , , and classical composer to name a few , you will certainly recognize her Simple Trio-mates: and. Released in late-October, listen to the opening track, above.
She recently played in the world premiere of Sila: The Breath of the World by Pulitzer Prize-winner John Luther Adams at Lincoln Center. Kindred spirits in every sense of the word, Webber, Mitchell, and Hollenbeck are restless intellects whose multi-hued music continually pushes the outside of the envelopeboth stylistically and technicallyand whose off-the-cuff virtuosity makes the impossible seem easy. Like Simple this new album which is just as good, maybe even better, finds Webber who sounds a little like keeping musical company in pianist Matt Mitchell, and Claudia Quintet drummer , and the Internet-themed album has a pared down very open feel, the gimmick here that the title track was composed using numbers and letters produced by a random binary digit generator. Webber and Mitchell improvise jointly around well-placed percussion jabs which coalesce behind a second, related theme. A third motif is introduced, which re-awakens Hollenbeck and the newly invigorated trio goes into full attack mode to bring the piece to a fearsome end. Binary is one of those rare albums that manage to be super-brainy, yet totally enjoyable from start to finish. As tough and modern as Webber's creations are, there's a strong undercurrent of wry, puckish humor à la Braxton.
But equally how do you get out there in the first place? Despite the implications of its title and the name of the group itself, Binary is not simple. . Although Webber situates herself in the jazz world, her compositional approach is as greatly influenced by jazz music as it is by new music composers such as Giacinto Scelsi, Györgi Ligeti, and Gérard Grisey. Webber's intention in her work is to blur the line between composed and improvised material, creating frameworks for improvisation that will challenge the musicians to expand outside the realm of what they normally play. Anna Webber is an integral part of a new wave of the Brooklyn avant-garde jazz scene. She is committed to experimenting with the jazz form, pushing her to challenge conventions as well as her own impulses as an artist. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month.
Originally from British Columbia, Webber studied music at McGill University in Montreal before moving to New York City in 2008. Once again, Mitchell and Hollenbeck suffuse Webber's knotty, twisted compositions with the sort of ease one would associate with a relaxed Sunday afternoon jam session. This is a fantastic record, and it comes highly recommended! Dense themes and motifs are repeated with minor variations, but Webber reserves ample space for her own non-linear soloing. In this regard, Binary is a complete success. Webber's tenor gets progressively more woozy with each foray. Mitchell is percussive, hammering out chords and delicately asserting unexpected notes at unusual timings.
As a composer, Webber's devil-may-care approach places , and on equal footing with and. Personnel: Anna Webber: tenor saxophone, flute; Matt Mitchell: piano; John Hollenbeck: drums. Maximal minimalism, if you will. Nonetheless, Binary shares a characteristic of many offerings in this space — a blurred line between where the compositions end and the improvisations begin. The recording will be out October 25 on Skirl Records.
Mitchell and Hollenbeck are on board with the composer on that tip as well. Webber is a 2018 Guggenheim Fellow. She is committed to experimenting with the jazz form, pushing her to challenge conventions as well as her own impulses as an artist. In 2015, she was the recipient of a grant from the Shifting Foundation. If you're familiar with , you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. The trio's second release, Binary is a worthy follow-up to their startling debut, Simple Skirl Records, 2015.
She is committed to experimenting with the jazz form, pushing her to challenge conventions as well as her own impulses as an artist. Consisting of creative music veterans on drums and on piano, along with Webber on sax and flute, the group takes this non-traditional, bassless lineup in non-traditional directions. She has additionally been awarded grants from the Shifting Foundation 2015 , the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, and the Canada Council for the Arts and residencies from the MacDowell Colony 2017 , the Millay Colony for the Arts 2015 , and the Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts 2014. Although Webber situates herself in the jazz world, her compositional approach is as greatly influenced by jazz music as it is by new music composers such as Giacinto Scelsi, Györgi Ligeti, and Gérard Grisey. Only available via digital download here: Tracks: The Four Americas Backseat Ranger The Three Fourmericas Last Fashion Hero A Pond of Time A burden the ham is worse, too in the butch. It is this latter group, consisting of Webber, John Hollenbeck on drums, and Matt Mitchell on piano, that has produced the magnificent Binary.