Unstable Ensemble's third full-length is their most finely honed improvisational gesture. Embers is a mÃ©nage of sax/guitar melody slivers shifting amongst crackling electronic tones and bowed percussion. Existing amongst the shadowy fringes of North American improvisation since 1999, Unstable Ensemble's driftage has carried itself vast miles toward border crossings and large/no audiences to bestow ephemeral sound demonstrations as anti-placates to jazzbo tokers and noise-junkies. Encapsulating many forces, Embers surges with titanic electronic gale and absolute stillness while inner lyrical intricacies summon forlorn memories. A wholly distinct extension of the Musica Elettronica Viva and AMM world-view.
Second album from this roving avant jazz group made up of individuals stationed in Raleigh, NC; Chicago, IL; and Bloomington, Ind. The Liturgy of Ghosts finds the Ensemble mid-stride into their three-year life span by distinctively sculpting a towering tectonic merging of massive planes and melodic spikes that are absorbed into the molting. Paying minute attention to the behavior of sound, and the haze of natural distortion, magnified white blots and the clicks and ticks of electronics, the UE blurs any lines between the notions of Jazz, Improvisation and New Music. The histories of all three are pillaged and reworked, offering an unlikely body of work from a group originally based in the heart of the Midwest. The focus on electronics and wide arcs of light and timber interplay punctuate the group?s sense of dynamics, though there are moments when the horns and drums begin the decent into a jazz bed rife with stains and turmoil. Recorded live during their Summer 2001 tour, the nine pieces on The Liturgy of Ghosts find an assortment of duo/trio and full ensemble interaction. The members present are Marty Belcher, soprano sax; Jason Bivins, electric guitar; Joe Donnelly, baritone sax; Matt Griffin, percussion; and Eric Weddle, no-input mixing board; plus guests Darin Gray, upright bass, Richard Patterson, flute/electronics; and Paul Bennett, soprano sax.
Spacious, avant jazz in the realms of Spontaneous Music Ensemble that carries frictional shards sharp enough to shave your globe off yee shoulders and across the valley. Highly tempered and action packed with a sniff of underbelly, Parker, Bailey, and KISS. The make up is: Jason Bivins [electric guitar], Marty Belcher [soprano saxophone], Joe Donnelly [baritone saxophone], Matt Griffin [drums] and Richard Patterson [flute, vocalization]. A force to be reckoned with.