Friday, January 4, 2019

Recording: Go:Organic

Artist: Go:Organic

Song: Dastgah [2nd set excerpt, in two parts]

Recorded at The Music Gallery @ 918 Bathurst, November 17, 2018.

Go:Organic - Dastgah [2nd set excerpt, part 1]

Go:Organic - Dastgah [2nd set excerpt, part 2]

The local manifestation of Adam Rudolph's portable improvising big-band concept a couple years back apparently made a lasting impression on the musicians, especially local tar player Araz Salek, who wondered how it would work to apply Rudolph's m.o. to the modal frameworks of Persian music. The end result of their considerations on the topic was this local remounting, with some adaptations to Rudolph's open-ended scores and a cadre of top-notch local players from Persian traditions in the ensemble. Elaborate preparations not only included what I've heard were some intense rehearsals, but also having the piano specially retuned for the Persian modal scale.

As with the previous organic encounter with Rudoph, the project's biggest achievement remains finding ways to co-ordinate all these musicians while still leaving room for their individual voices to be heard. From designated solos to call-and-response cues to arranged cells, there was a thrilling sense of movement through two sets.

The musicians this time around were:

  • Santour: Sadaf Amini
  • Kamanche: Hamidreza Khalatbari
  • Tar: Araz Salek
  • Tuned Piano: Jonathan Adjemian
  • Ney: Ernie Tollar
  • Violin: Aline Homzy
  • Violin: Nelson Moneo
  • Double bass: Rob Clutton
  • Clarinet: Karen Ng
  • Trumpet: Emily Denison
  • Bassoon: Peter Lutek
  • Saxophone: Jay Hay
  • Tombak: Pedram Khavarzamini
  • Congas: Ruben Esguerra
  • Drums: Nick Fraser

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