We’ve launched our 40th podcast!

Posted by: mark on February 17, 2017 @ 3:58 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Podcast, Rudy Royston

With the launch of our latest A Noise From The Deep podcast featuring trombonist Roswell Rudd, we’re celebrating our 40th podcast!

Since it’s debut in 2013 with Henry Threadgill, the series has included a broad range of musicians and personalities discussing their creative process with Dave Douglas.

All of the podcasts are available on our website as well as iTunes and Stitcher.

We’re honored to shine a light on these great artists and provide our community with the opportunity to learn more about these great artists and their work.

Thanks to all of our supporters for listening. We hope you’ll continue to explore the work of these great artists.

Listen and enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

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Soundprints dates in the US Northeast

Posted by: mark on @ 10:52 am
Filed under: Artists, Dave Douglas, Linda Oh, Rudy Royston

Soundprints, the quintet led be Dave Douglas and Joe Lovano, is playing some dates in the US Northeast, including New York, Stony Brook and Cambridge.

They’ll be playing some brand new music and some repertoire from their debut album Live at Monterey Jazz Festival. The band will include pianist Lawrence Fields, bassist Linda Oh and drummer Rudy Royston.

Look for a new album from this group in the near future. See you out there!

Details:

February 21-26   New York, NY | Village Vanguard | Details
February 27         Stony Brook, NY | The Jazz Loft | Details
March 2                Boston, MA | Regattabar | Details

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ANFTD #40: Roswell Rudd

Posted by: Dave Douglas on February 10, 2017 @ 4:00 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Podcast

Trombonist and composer Roswell Rudd has been a force in American music for over 60 years. Emerging from the brass and Dixieland bands of New England colleges in the mid-1950s, Rudd went on to New York to join fellow-seekers Steve Lacy, Herbie Nichols, Archie Shepp, Milford Graves, Cecil Taylor, Carla Bley, Charlie Haden and many others. An important aspect of Rudd’s work came about in doing research for Alan Lomax, categorizing and analyzing hundreds of hours of musical field recordings from around the globe over a span of several decades. He credits this work with deepening his understanding of musical systems, giving him the ability to travel anywhere in the world and fit into disparate musical traditions and practices.

Rudd and his partner, producer Verna Gillis, have traveled the world since 2001, producing ground-breaking collaborations with musicians from Mali, Mongolia, China and Siberia. Roswell Rudd conducts master classes and workshops, as well as continuing to perform. His most recent recording is a collaboration with the vocalist Heather Masse entitled August Love Song.

THE OLDERS, Roswell Rudd and Verna Gillis, are ready to release their new song/video AWESOME & GRUESOME.

We’d like to give a special THANK YOU to Verna Gillis for her help in creating this episode. Podcast is edited by Geoff Countryman.

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Linda Oh news.

Posted by: mark on February 6, 2017 @ 9:59 am
Filed under: Artists, Linda Oh

We are really excited for big changes for Linda May Han Oh! After two recordings for Greenleaf Music, of which we are extremely proud, Linda has decided to go her own way and join the label of her partner, Fabian Almazan, and Biophilia Records. We’ve heard Linda’s new recording and it is fantastic! You’re not going to want to miss it. We are sad to see her leave Greenleaf, but thrilled with the new projects and plans going on at Biophilia. We wish her every success! Her excellent titles will remain in our catalog and be available to listen to here.

Check out Linda’s artist page on the Biophilia site. And look for the new record in the coming weeks!

 

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New track from Metamorphosis available now – Boötes.

Posted by: mark on February 4, 2017 @ 11:42 am
Filed under: Artists, Dave Douglas, Subscriber News

The February subscription track from Metamorphosis just went up. You can get it by joining us here. If you’re not a subscriber, you can read  Dave’s description of the new track, which is a quartet featuring Dave Douglas, Oliver Lake, Fred Frith and Yasushi Nakamura.

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Metamorphosis | Boötes

Posted by: russell on February 3, 2017 @ 4:55 pm
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Subscriber Downloads

This month’s recording from Metamorphosis features Dave Douglas in a quartet with Oliver Lake, Fred Frith and Yasushi Nakamura.

Boötes is one of the more mysterious constellations. Known as the herdsman or ox-driver, Boötes was also known in the figure of a winemaker whose vintage was so strong as to simply knock people out. It was an inspiration to interpret this myth and the star formation alongside these three great musicians. We started out at a sprint on this track, and as it goes along it settles into a quite beautiful and mysterious harmonic territory. Fred Frith, through tuning and retuning the guitar in mid-performance, creates a gliding underpinning to the whole thing. Oliver Lake’s deep tone penetrates straight through the texture of the four instruments. Yasushi Nakamura has that supple, rich acoustic tone that provides a context for the whole group. This is a quartet I look forward to rediscovering and following deeper in future performances.

If you are a subscriber, stream or download below. If you are not a Subscriber, or you don’t know about the Subscriber Series, click here to learn more.

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Metamorphosis live at Jazz at Lincoln Center in March!

Posted by: mark on @ 11:57 am
Filed under: Artists, Dave Douglas

Metamorphosis, the new work for improvisers by Dave Douglas, will be premiered live at Jazz at Lincoln Center on March 3 and 4.

The ensemble will include a selection of outstanding improvisers: trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith, saxophonist Oliver Lake, guitarist Marc Ribot, pianist Myra Melford, bassist Mark Dresser, and percussionist Susie Ibarra and drummer / Andrew Cyrille.

The performances will take place in the Appel Room. You can order tickets here.

And check out our 2017 Subscribers Series, which features monthly tracks from Metamorphosis.

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WBGO premieres Metamorphosis track “Halcyon Days”

Posted by: mark on January 19, 2017 @ 10:00 am
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Subscriber News

WBGO is featuring a track from Metamorphosis, the new Dave Douglas project for eight improvisers and our new Subscriber Series.

They are premiering the track “Halcyon Days,” which is a bonus track from the session that features Wadada Leo SmithOliver Lake, Fred Frith, Matt Mitchell, Kris Davis, Yasushi Nakamura and Andrew Cyrille.

Check out the feature by Nate Chinen and listen to the music.

We’re releasing tracks each month for Greenleaf subscribers throughout 2017. Join us to hear this exclusive content and more.

The live premiere of Metamorphosis will take place at the Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center on March 3 and 4.

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Metamorphosis | Andromeda

Posted by: russell on January 12, 2017 @ 9:39 am
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Subscriber Downloads

Welcome back, subscribers. You’re getting a first and exclusive look at this take of Andromeda, the first piece in the suite Metamorphosis that I produced in December for your 2017 Subscription Series. It was such an honor to get to call some of my heroes for the recording of this composed/improvised music. Throughout 2017 there will be tracks — many of them quartets made up of various subgroupings — from Metamorphosis on this feed. There is also a live premiere at Lincoln Center March 3 & 4, 2017. I am very grateful for these opportunities to present improvised music with these masters.

Dave Douglas, Wadada Leo Smith, trumpets; Oliver Lake, saxophone; Fred Frith, guitar; Matt Mitchell, modular synth; Kris Davis, piano; Yasushi Nakamura, acoustic bass; Andrew Cyrille, drums.

Recorded and mixed by Tyler McDiarmid at The Samurai Hotel Recording Studio in Queens, NYC. December 5, 2016.

Read Dave’s program notes here.

If you are a subscriber, stream or download below. If you are not a Subscriber, or you don’t know about the Subscriber Series, click here to learn more.

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Subscriber Series 2017: Metamorphosis

Posted by: mark on @ 9:36 am
Filed under: Dave Douglas, Subscriber Downloads, Subscriber News

Our Subscriber Series for 2017 is Metamorphosis, a new work by Dave Douglas for improvisors.

In 1997, Douglas released the one-of-a-kind album Sanctuary, a thrilling and unpredictable journey through the improvisation of a double-quartet. Metamorphosis marks a conceptual return to this bold and distinctive project, with Douglas enlisting some of the most unique and flexible voices in modern improvised music: trumpeter and cornet player Wadada Leo Smith, saxophonist Oliver Lake, guitarist Fred Frith, modular synth player Matt Mitchell, pianist Kris Davis, bassist Yasushi Nakamura and drummer Andrew Cyrille. All of these artists are known for their uninhibited approach to improvisation and for being highly responsive team players, two essential traits for a project like this to succeed.

Based on Douglas’ compositional material inspired by the constellations, the December 2016 recording session yielded twelve tracks. You can read Dave’s program notes for details on the material. Some tracks, such as January’s Andromeda, feature the entire ensemble  while others include smaller groupings of four and five musicians in various configurations.

As part of our Subscribers Series, we are releasing a new track each month exclusively for subscribers throughout 2017. Subscribers can download the material for their enjoyment in various file formats. As well, subscribers can listen to the music using the proprietary Greenleaf Cloud Player on our website, which also includes everything that has ever been released on Greenleaf Music as well as additional subscriber-only material.

Please join us as a subscriber to gain access to this unique material and more.

Look for interviews with the artists and other project-related offerings throughout the year.

And don’t miss the debut live performance of this bold new music at the Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center on March 3rd and 4th.

Project details:

Personnel:
Dave Douglas, Wadada Leo Smith, trumpets
Oliver Lake, saxophone
Fred Frith, guitar
Matt Mitchell, modular synth
Kris Davis, piano
Yasushi Nakamura, acoustic bass
Andrew Cyrille, drums

Recorded and mixed by Tyler McDiarmid at The Samurai Hotel Recording Studio in Queens, NYC. December 5, 2016.

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