Manifestations

by Axioms

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    ----YouTube - Full Performance video-----
    https://youtu.be/1GIZ7ZhEtV0
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    ----YouTube - Jane's Music Videos---------
    Jane and Albey swung by and showed me 4 amazing videos Jane prepared from the Axioms - Manifestation session in December...
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    She used the footage from my 4 camera YouTube video blended together with all sorts of other dynamic imagery to create 4 separate pieces, each with a particular poem selected from the full improvisation.... PEK, Feb 2019
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    I Caught You Dreaming:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PGYDmzSFws&t=210s
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    Flux: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPo3hF1k9Iw&t=19s
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    Art of Poetry
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdtjZIIuYc8&t=14s
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    Anthrax and Bombs
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MaNOJifv-2o&t=14s
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    Boston's Evil Clown collective led by reedist/multi-instrumentalist David Peck introduces a new ensemble, Axioms, a quartet with Peck, Jane, Alby onBass, and Joel Simches, in a mammoth work of mysterious intent and rich sonorities, orchestrated with reeds, brass, daxophones, percussion, bells and chimes, electric bass, keys, spoken word, and real-time signal processing.
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    Review by Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery
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    AXIOMS With PEK / JANE / ALBEY ONBASS - Manifestations (Evil Clown 9203; USA) Featuring Jane on spoken word, PEK on alto & bass saxes, clarinets, daxophone, gongs, bells, etc and Albey Onbass on electric upright bass. Recorded at Evil Clown Headquarters on December 13, 2018. Head honcho for Leap of Faith, Dave PEK, leads a half dozen or so offshoot projects like Metal Chaos, Turbulence or String Theory. The latest offshoot is called Axioms which is a mere trio with none of the regular members aside from PEK, and which features the spoken words of Jane (no last name) and Albey Onbass on bass. Could this be Albey Balgochian and his partner Jane ZenBeatz, both of whom worked with Cecil Taylor? The music here has a mysterious, eerie, drifting vibe with a subtle, selective amount of reverb added like seasoning. PEK takes his time on each instrument, while Albey adds another layer, spinning a web and Jane also takes her time, quietly adding her poetry in soft spurts.
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    ----------Liner Notes by PEK
    Albey onBass recently arrived on the Boston improvisation scene with Jane SpokenWord after a lengthy stay in New Orleans and New York. They often perform together as a duet. Albey has been active at Evil Clown playing with 4 of the ensembles just in the 5 months since July this year. We were discussing doing a duet session at Evil Clown Headquarters and it occurred to us to do it with Jane...
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    This is a brand new Evil Clown Ensemble which I have decided to call Axioms, which to me is an apt name for a band which features words - something that most Evil Clown sessions do not.
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    There are two definitions:
    1) a statement or proposition that is regarded as being established, accepted, or self-evidently true
    2) a statement or proposition on which an abstractly defined structure is based (mathematics)
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    These two meanings bridge the distance between discussion of truths and abstract musical structures.
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    IMHO this is a profound opening set – Jane’s spoken word delivery is brilliant, and it makes me wonder why we do not see more poetry in modern improvisation. It seems like an obvious way to engage audience with the words which are by their nature more concrete than the abstractions presented by purely instrumental improvisations. Jane has a large body of poems that she has fully memorized, allowing her the flexibility and rapid decision making which is the main stay of pure improvisation. She uses the words from the poems along with poetic articulation as her improvised expression.
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    In just a short period Albey has done a bunch of Evil Clown sets – tearing it up on each one - but this is the first performance where the ensemble was small enough that we had so much direct interaction. Over the years I have observed that when improvising musicians play in larger ensembles (developing common language and core unity in the larger setting) that often extraordinary things happen when that core is exposed in smaller ensembles. This is often visible in core trio Leap of Faith sets which do occur, although much less often than the LOF core trio driving a larger unit. In both the sections of the piece where we supported Jane’s spoken word and where we opened up in interludes between the spoken elements, I felt we communicated at a deep level that I find astonishing considering the short period of our performances to date. This is what happens when deeply seasoned improvisers create a new ongoing relationship.
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    Along with the natural form provided by the poetry, Manifestations benefits from the interaction of a large number of instrument changes by myself, producing a steady progression through a wide variety of sonorities.
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    The YouTube video contains about an extra minute at the beginning with Albey playing the heavy metal instruments in the kitchen... He took Joel and myself by surprise, and those sounds did not make the master tape...
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    PEK 16 December 2018
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Evil Clown 9203
Evil Clown Headquarters - Waltham MA
13 December 2018

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released December 16, 2018

- Jane Spokenword
- PEK - alto & bass saxophones, clarinet & contralto clarinet, bass tromboon, AKai EWI5000, [d]ronin, daxophone, gongs, tank & brontosaurus bells, Tibetan bowls, crotales, cymbells, orchestral chimes
- Albey onBass - electric upright bass, gongs
- Joel Simches - live to 2 track recording, real time signal processing

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Axioms Boston, Massachusetts

Axioms is a trio featuring improvisations by Albey onBass, Jane SpokenWord and PEK on horns and Ableton electronic mixes prepared from prepared samples taken from the Evil Clown Catalog. The interaction of these elements produce a steady progression through a wide variety of sonorities (from very thin to very dense) tied together with the improvised spoken word. ... more

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