Matt Ulery stopped by the NPR Music studios with his Loom Quintet while on an East Coast jaunt a few months ago and played two of our favorite tracks from his latest Greenleaf release, Wake An Echo. You can download the source audio from the performance NPR Music page.
We’ve also taken this opportunity to add two new bonus tracks from the Wake An Echo sessions. “Away Again” and “Bluest Blue” are available for download with your purchase of the CD or digital album.
“Chicago bassist Matt Ulery writes beautiful music in an unpretentious way. It’s intricate stuff, with interlocking parts and multiple sections, but it comes out sounding folky and simple. His small group, featuring bass clarinet and accordion, has it down pat.”
— NPR Music
This Tuesday, August 20th, Matt Ulery presents a special concert at Brooklyn’s ShapeShifter Lab. This double bill will marry his two most recent projects. Set one will celebrate the release of his latest album Wake An Echo (GLM | iTunes) with his Loom quintet, and the second set premieres (for New Yorkers) his 2012 work By A Little Light (GLM | iTunes). The latter will feature the Loom quintet with a string section of special guests including violinist Zach Brock. This show is not to be missed!
After the NY show, Loom heads to DC for a show at Bethesda Blues and Jazz. We’re also excited to let you know that a Tiny Desk Concert is in the works, the band filming the spot this week. We’ll update you ASAP on that. In the meantime, hope to see you out at the show!
Wednesday, August 21st
Bethesda Blues and Jazz
7719 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814
If you haven’t checked out the new album yet, listen to some tracks above, and pick up a copy at the Greenleaf-run Matt Ulery Bandcamp store. If you need some more words to seal the deal, check out the Critics Pick in Downbeat Mag this month.
Matt Ulery’s Loom, Wake An Echo
BY AARON COHEN
Bassist Matt Ulery’s quietly compelling compositions on his new disc should come as no surprise to anyone who heard last year’s By A Little Light (Greenleaf Music). But while the predecessor was a large-group statement (with added voices and strings) spread over two discs, Wake An Echo is a single CD that presents Ulery’s Chicago-based instrumental quintet, Loom. None of this means that the new album is any less ambitious, or less accomplished. Even without singers present, each of these tracks has a distinctive vocal quality, as Ulery crafts complex harmonies and graceful structural shifts… Continue Reading
“This is music of brisk intelligence and an almost off-putting abundance of composure… with frictionless access to great chunks of classical postminimalism, atmospheric indie-rock and harmonically astute post-bop.”
-NY Times http://bit.ly/18SC4or
“…an abundantly atmospheric work built on exotic scales, muted instrumental colors and darkly moody expression… revels in unhurried but circuitous melody lines & lush instrumental colors.”
-Chicago Tribune http://bit.ly/13V86Ow
“…fiery improvisational chops with a measured cool that complements the cinematic, thoroughly composed elements in Ulery’s music. Ulery is already making music unlike anyone else.”
-Chicago Reader http://bit.ly/12muJoF
“Wake An Echo brims with gorgeous melodies and voluptuous arrangements. Ulery has placed his almost other-worldly compositions into another perfect setting; it hints at a larger orchestra while maintaining a more intimate transparency.”
“Ulery recorded his terrific new album, Wake an Echo, with his long-running quintet Loom, and his attraction to composed music is changing the complexion of this hard-driving postbop combo… Ulery is already making music unlike anyone else…”
Read the full concert preview
Personnel: Marquis Hill (trumpet), Geof Bradfield (bass clarinet), Rob Clearfield (piano/accordion), Matt Ulery (double bass), Jon Deitemyer (drums/cymbals)
Wake An Echo by Matt Ulery’s Loom.
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With his 2012 release By A Little Light, Chicago bassist and composer Matt Ulery presented profoundly rich compositions for a large ensemble. The sprawling two-disc collection, lush with strings, winds, and vocals—care of the iconoclastic contemporary classical ensemble eighth blackbird, and Polish singer Grazyna Auguscik—was called “one of the most hauntingly beautiful recordings of ” by Chicago Tribune, received ★★★★ ½ in Downbeat, and appeared on NPR’s Top 50 Albums of the Year across all genres. For his follow-up—his second for the Greenleaf Music label—Ulery sets aside the grandeur of the large ensemble without sacrificing the beauty inherent in his compositions, reimagining his long-standing Loom Quintet on Wake An Echo.
There were some tough news stories towards the end of last year. That’s no reason not to appreciate the great things from 2012. Here are a few things I really appreciated. Thank you.
That we’re not looking at Mitt Romney is a blessing. Mitt’s son now tells us that Mitt didn’t actually want to run or serve, so, a blessing for all of us.
Marathons, The Ryan Adjustment.
In case you missed it, the Republican vice presidential candidate gave a rough estimate of his marathon time that was about an hour faster than the truth. As a marathoner who failed to break my goal of four hours this year (look out 2013!) I really appreciated that, and have consistently applied said adjustment ever since.
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FONT Music @10
Festival of New Trumpet Music celebrates ten years of activity with commissions and performances around New York. Festival opened with Stephanie Richards’ performance at the carousel in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Thankfully it was before Hurricane Sandy, shown here. FONT Music will continue in September of 2013.
Banff Center for the Arts.
As a part of my final season, The Banff Center invited me to compose a final piece for the closing concert. Pathways was recorded by Joe Ferla at the center, and will be released in 2013 on Greenleaf Music. It features Greg Tardy, Josh Roseman, Uri Caine, Linda Oh, and Clarence Penn. On one track we are joined by Aoife O’Donovan.
Joe joined me for another project this year and outdid himself with the sound. It is most evident on the vinyl edition of Be Still. My new Qunitet also recorded with Joe, and the record will be out in March, entitled Time Travel.
Royal Academy of Music.
Thrilled to be a part of the program at the Royal Academy in London where I will again serve in the Kenny Wheeler Chair in 2013. View shows
Key and Peele.
Start at the first season and go from there. These guys are the best.
Texts From Hillary
“Guys, if you’re going to play Well You Needn’t at least check out the Monk changes.”
McKayla Maroney is not impressed. Tough out there. We’re going to make 2013 better for sure.
Not just because he made a beautiful record for Greenleaf. Matt brought a lot of dedication and heart to the scene, both live and on record, and he is destined for bigger things. Check him out.
Denver bassist Greg Garrison brought together a great group including Matt Flinner and John Gunther this year. Thanks to Greg I met Aoife and her music. She brought me a lot of inspiration this year and we will be continuing live shows in 2013.
If you’re like us, you have a number of custom ringtones on your iPhone that you use for your alarm clock, text and email alerts, and even a specific tone for when your BFF calls. We have a whole slew of ringtones on our office computer from our artists, and here are 7 of them, all by Matt Ulery from his album By A Little Light that’s been receiving so much deserved attention lately. We hope you enjoy and share this post. Together we can rid the world of “Marimba,” “Bell Tower,” and the dreaded “Blues.” Drop us a line if you’d like to request a ringtone from our catalog.
1. Broken and Blinded
2. Dark Harvest
5. Somebody Somewhere
6. To Lose Your Mind
7. Wilder Years
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