Rob Mazurek came back with star studded Exploding Star Orchestra LP “Dimensional Stardust”
Rob Mazurek came back with star-studded Exploding Star Orchestra LP "Dimensional Stardust" and shared a new song from that album “A Wrinkle in Time Sets Concentric Circles Reeling”. Following the 2018 JazzFest Berlin debut of new Exploding Star Orchestra (ESO) music, Mazurek returned to Chicago, where International Anthem took the opportunity to capture his new ESO compositions with a cast of collaborators from their collective constellation of artists. Over a handful of studio dates between August 2019 and March 2020, Mazurek arranged the pieces for eleven musicians — Nicole Mitchell, Jeff Parker, Jaimie Branch, Joel Ross, Mikel Patrick Avery, Tomeka Reid, Chad Taylor, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, Macie Stewart, Angelica Sanchez, and John Herndon. He also commissioned his long-time lyrical collaborator Damon Locks to draft original texts for each song; Locks also recorded vocal tracks. After three months of rigorous post-production, editing, and assembly work, Mazurek completed "Dimensional Stardust".
Watch below a video to Rob Mazurek and Exploding Star Orchestra new song “A Wrinkle in Time Sets Concentric Circles Reeling”, the first single from his forthcoming album “Dimensional Stardust”:
Mazurek has made an indelible impact on creative music over the past thirty years since emerging from the musical nexus of the 1990s Chicago scene. He has written more than 400 compositions, is featured on more than seventy recordings from various labels, and has led or co-led many ensembles including Exploding Star Orchestra (his flagship large ensemble), Chicago Underground, Isotope 217, and more.
"The song A Wrinkle in Time Sets Concentric Circles Reeling, is a tone poem in three parts concerning possibilities. There are so many different sides to a thing… a kaleidoscope of possibility exists in each moment in each breath in each movement. The first part of the piece is the winding up, intricate layering, the study of time, of angles, of color, of space. The second part is the breakthrough, the realization that each moment is a possibility for cathartic action through universal love wave correspondence, the sound of feeling, the sound of healing, the sound of joy. The third part continues this idea as if in a dream…what is real, what is imagined…perhaps we can break through the galaxial ceiling of what we think we know and treat each other, this planet, this universe with the respect and dignity it so deserves", Rob Mazurek explained.
Listen below to Rob Mazurek and Exploding Star Orchestra new song “A Wrinkle in Time Sets Concentric Circles Reeling”, the first single from his forthcoming album “Dimensional Stardust”:
Mazurek on piccolo trumpet / electronic renderings / modular synthesizer,
Damon Locks on vocals / electronics / texts,
Nicole Mitchell on flute,
Macie Stewart on violin,
Tomeka Reid on cellos,
Joel Ross on vibraphone,
Jeff Parker on guitar,
Jaimie Branch on trumpet,
Angelica Sanchez on acoustic and electric piano,
Ingebrigt Håker Flaten on bass,
Chad Taylor on drums/percussion,
Mikel Patrick Avery on drums/percussion,
John Herndon on drum machines.
1. Sun Core Tet (Parable 99) 2. A Wrinkle In Time Sets Concentric Circles Reeling 3. Galaxy 1000 4. The Careening Prism Within (Parable 43) 5. Abstract Dark Energy (Parable 9) 6. Parable of Inclusion 7. Dimensional Stardust (Parable 33) 8. Minerals Bionic Stereo 9. Parable 3000 (We All Come From Somewhere Else) 10. Autumn Pleiades
Other wicked songs and projects worth checking this week:
Ben Wendel - Burning Bright
Joel Remmel Trio, Jukka Eskola - Õunamahlategu
Horace Tapscott, Michael Session - Lately's Solo
Neil Swainson Quintet, Joe Henderson, Woody Shaw - Labyrinth