Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Recording: Dialectica

Artist: Dialectica

Song: The Puppet Master

Recorded at The Music Gallery (X Avant XI – Night 3), October 15, 2016.

Dialectica - The Puppet Master

A full house out to see Sarah Neufeld's negotiations of chamber music and pop got a different approach to a similar inquiry with Shannon Graham's new Dialectica project. A quartet combining jazz and classically trained saxophonists, this offered compositions from Graham (who has also been exploring these intersections in her work with Spectrum Music) and Chelsea McBride, along with some verve, bringing a little glitter to what could be contained as mere "formal" music. (There were also a couple of pieces from from Javier Vazquez who added some percussion to the closing mambo, which speaks to the group's urge to groove a little bit.)

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