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New Sanctuary | Luglio

posted by russell on July 1, 2016 @ 5:00 am
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All of these short ‘mini-compositions’ are meant to point the band in a direction. With improvisers like Susie and Marc a small hint is all you need. The short ‘head’ is played at the end of this track, following unaccompanied improvisations from each player. I remember this being really fun to play, and kind of mysterious—there is only one take—but I also remember looking forward to some live performances (coming in November and next year!) to open it up and explore it some more.

Thanks to those who’ve joined and are following this series. I hope you enjoy hearing each new piece as much as I’ve enjoyed putting it together. We’re truly grateful for your support and we look forward to the new projects coming up in the future.

Best,

Dave

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New Sanctuary | Giugno

posted by russell on June 3, 2016 @ 12:47 pm
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Giugno is our latest offering from New Sanctuary. We hope you enjoy!

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New Sanctuary | Maggio

posted by russell on May 4, 2016 @ 3:00 pm
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A note from Dave:

So exciting to play with my good friends Marc Ribot and Susie Ibarra. They play with such fire and passion! Enjoy this new track for the New Sanctuary Series: Maggio.

When I first moved to New York in 1984, I used to rehearse and practice at a space that was next to Ronald Shannon Jackson’s studio. It was during prime Decoding Society. Those guys were so incredible! I played with Shannon a few times in the studio. He had an amazing trumpet player named Henry Scott in the band. Serious chops. Those guys could play ferocious.

The energy on this track reminds me of those days in a way. Can’t wait to do some live shows with this band. Thanks for listening.

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New Sanctuary | Aprile

posted by russell on April 1, 2016 @ 7:42 pm
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A note from Dave:

Listeners to the original Sanctuary will hear references to that work in the piece Aprile, from the New Sanctuary project. The arrival of spring is always an exciting time, and a recent week spent in Bergamo, Italy, reminded me how far back that history goes. The image here is from the street calendar in the old square of Bergamo’s upper city, dating back hundreds of years. The fragments of melody in Aprile are drawn from architectural  planning and thought, design in music having so much in common with planning and construction of physical objects. Marc Ribot is a brilliant harmonist, and Susie Ibarra makes deft use of her microtonally pitch kulintang bells on this piece.

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New Sanctuary | Marzo

posted by russell on March 3, 2016 @ 2:12 pm
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A note from Dave:

March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. Marzo approximates the saying, built off tiny fragments of that melody that ungirds the entire suite of New Sanctuary, the trio dives into this one full on. Possibly one of the most straight ahead pieces in the suite.

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