STEVE COLEMAN: SYNOVIAL JOINTS RECORDING PROJECT
The Latest Update
STEVE COLEMAN AND THE COUNCIL OF BALANCE (FEAT. TALEA ENSEMBLE) UPDATE
We just returned from a successful trip to Europe, where we performed with four different ensembles.
Steve Coleman and The Council of Balance performed at the Saalfelden Jazz Festival in the Autrian Alps.
Steve Coleman and Five Elements performed concerts at the Pomigliano Jazz Festival in Pomigliano Italy and the Concert of Jazz and Wine at the Château Carbonnieux in Bordeaux France.
Finally, Steve Coleman and The Mystic Rhythm Society, Steve Coleman and The Council of Balance and Steve Coleman’s Natal Eclipse performed at the la Villette Festival in Paris France.
Steve Coleman and The Council of Balance is the same group that recorded this Synovial Joints project, and we performed almost all of the music on this recording. Steve Coleman’s Natal Eclipse is a new group which I hope to record very soon.
Please register for free on my website (m-base.net) for further updates, as well as audio and video footage from both the European trip and the previous Chicago residency.
You can view the entire performance of Steve Coleman and The Council of Balance in Paris France above.
Steve Coleman and the Council of Balance (feat. Talea Ensemble) update
We are heading to Europe tomorrow for a series of concerts in the Austrian Alps and Paris. Should be interesting, as playing live with a large group is always a challenge. Hope to see some of you there. Check out these links for more details:
Synovial Joints Recording Session: Acupuncture Openings
Some recorded footage from my recording Synovial Joints. This is an excerpt from composition is called Acupuncture Openings.
Synovial Joints Recording Session: Tempest
Some recorded footage from my recording Synovial Joints. This is an excerpt from composition is called Tempest.
Synovial Joints Recording Session: Harmattan
Some recorded footage from my recording Synovial Joints. This is an excerpt from composition is called Harmattan.
Synovial Joints review
This is the first review that I have seen of the Synovial Joints recording.
Synovial Joints is released today
After a lot of work, Synovial Joints is being released today in the United States! I believe it has already been released in the EU.
This recording has been a labor of love, and I like to thank all of the musicians who participated, Systems Two Recording Studio, TidbiT SonoS, Sooya Arts Management, Pi Recordings, The Guggenheim Foundation and New Music USA.
DownBeat (May 2015)
In the current DownBeat (May 2015) I discuss this Synovial Joints project.
I am applying for this New Music USA Project Grant for the purpose of composing and recording a suite of compositions for an ensemble of 17 to 22 musicians, utilizing instrumental colors found in musical expressions of diverse cultural origins (American, European, Caribbean, South American, etc.), performing music of both a spontaneous and a pre-conceived nature.
My general goal is to create music that in some way alters the underlying structure of spontaneous music, the most important being its flow, i.e., the type of propulsion that drives musical motion. Flow is one of the primary temporal qualities that provoke a physical response from the musicians, as well as a visceral response from the listeners.
A secondary goal is to introduce a different concept of how tonal magnetism (which includes tonal gravity, voice-leading, tonal progression, etc.) is achieved through musical composition. By using the analogy of biological neural networks, spontaneous melodies traveling along tonal pathways can function in ways that reveal novel tonal qualia, perhaps experienced differently by the musician and the listener.
Structurally, this suite will be developed on ideas that reflect the processes, functions and rhythms of the human body. My intention is to model individual elements of the musical composition on the physiological movements within the nervous, respiratory, cardiovascular, lymphatic, endocrine, and exocrine systems of the human body. Many of these systems are cyclical, involving the circulation of fluids, gases, and electrochemical signals throughout the body, by using various methods of rhythmic contraction and relaxation. The overall musical structure of the composition will be held together based on the musculoskeletal system, hence the title Synovial Joints Suite.
The concept for orchestrating this suite was inspired by listening to natural sounds recorded in the Amazon Rainforest. I call this concept camouflage orchestration (i.e., disruptive coloration), an idea that distributes instrumental sounds so that they are perceived as being heard in foreground, middleground, and background relationships. This differs from traditional methods of orchestration through the use of rhythm to achieve this orchestration effect, so that it is camouflaged, slowly revealing itself on an unconscious level.
I composed the majority of this suite during a two-month sabbatical from performing. The instrumentation includes my ensemble, Steve Coleman and Five Elements, with guests who normally perform in new music ensembles, and percussionists from Cuba and Brazil. My goal is to record this music in a professional recording studio, and to document the entire process in writing and on video over a 5 month period of time, with the results being presented to the public.
Start and End Dates
10/02/2014 — 03/31/2015
Brooklyn, New York