Ingrid Laubrock’s credentials as an ambitious, skillful composer of intricate yet visceral works for small ensembles is well established – not least on the evidence of her excellent, much-admired Intakt recordings. Whether writing for conventionally constituted assemblages like her quintet Anti-House, or for a more unusual complement, like the mix of tuba, koto, electronics, and more that she convened two years ago for Serpentines, Laubrock has demonstrated a formidable capacity for writing music of intricacy, integrity, and broad appeal.
The critic Steve Smith writes in the liner notes: "The present recording, recorded in a studio by an ensemble of first-call freelancers led by two ideally sympathetic conductors, Eric Wubbels and Taylor Ho Bynum, provides eloquent evidence of what Laubrock has achieved. Both of her orchestral pieces – Vogelfrei, with its variegated textures, animated rhythms, swooping vocals, and inexorable momentum; and Contemporary Chaos Practices, where four instantly distinguishable soloists (Mary Halvorson, Davis, Wooley, and Laubrock herself) retain their individuality while negotiating a brilliantly rendered aural landscape – serve notice of an estimable composer who has something to say, and knows exactly how to say it."
released November 16, 2018
Mary Halvorson: Guitar
Kris Davis: Piano
Nate Wooley: Trumpet
Ingrid Laubrock: Saxophone
Conductor 1: Eric Wubbels
Conductor 2: Taylor Ho Bynum
Bass: Greg Chudzik, Pat Swoboda; Bassoon: Nanci Belmont, Dana Jessen; Cello: Talia Dicker, Maria Hadge, Katinka Kleijn; Clarinet, Bass Clarinet: Joshua Rubin, Katie Schoepflin; Contrabass Clarinet, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet: Bohdan Hilash; Flutes, Piccolo: Michel Gentile; Flute, Piccolo, Bass Flute: Zach Sheets; French Horn: Elizabeth Fleming, John Gattis; Oboe: Christa Robinson; Oboe, English Horn: Katie Scheele; Percussion: Tim Feeney, Clara Warnaar; Trombone: Jacob Garchik, Mike Lormand; Trumpet, Piccolo Trumpet: Gareth Flowers; Tuba: Dan Peck; Viola: Dominic DeStefano, Hannah Levinson, Miranda Sielaff; Violin: Sam Bardfeld, Maya Bennardo, Jean Cook, Erica Dicker, Mark Feldman (Vogelfrei only), Sarah Goldfeather (Contemporary Chaos Practices only), Megan Gould, Elena Moon Park, Mazz Swift; Vocalists: Roland Burks, Tomas Cruz, Chris DiMeglio, Walker J Jackson, Amirtha Kidambi, Kyoko Kitamura, Emilie Lesbros, Kamala Sankaram; Amplified Contrabass Clarinet: Josh Sinton (Vogelfrei only)
Compositions and copyright by Ingrid Laubrock (PRS/MCPS).
Recorded December 15 and 16, 2017, by Ron Saint Germain at
Power Station, Berklee NYC. Assisted by Neal Shaw, Gloria Kaba
and Josh Taylor. Mixed by Ron Saint Germain at Saint’s Place, Kinnelon, NJ. Mastered April 30, 2018, by Scott Hull at Masterdisk,
Peekskill, NY. Cover art and graphic design: Jonas Schoder/Malene
Bach. Photos: Helmut Berns. Video stills: Merve Kayan. Liner notes:
Steve Smith. Recording produced by Ingrid Laubrock and David
Breskin. Intakt Records, Patrik Landolt, Anja Illmaier, Florian Keller,
P. O. Box 468, 8024 Zürich, Switzerland.
Originally from Germany, Ingrid Laubrock is a saxophonist/ composer based in Brooklyn since 2009. Laubrock is interested in exploring the borders between musical realms and creating multi-layered, dense and often evocative sound worlds.
supported by 25 fans who also own “Contemporary Chaos Practices - Two Works For Orchestra With Soloists (24bit 96khz)”
Total mastery of patience, time, and drama create a constantly engaging journey that never gets tiresome or same-y: in fact the harder you listen the better it gets! Somehow Sorey et al. find a way to combine the deep listening and spontaneous interaction of the best jazz with the sense of every tone and sound being worth a universe of listening, which could be equally from Cage and Feldman or the accompaniment to an ancient ritual.
The recording/engineering is absolutely perfect as well. Giles