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Rob Mazurek And The Exploding Star Orchestra - Dimensional Stardust Vinyl LP - direct audio

Rob Mazurek And The Exploding Star Orchestra - Dimensional Stardust Vinyl LP

Nonesuch Records

  • $ 2498

Rob Mazurek And The Exploding Star Orchestra Dimensional Stardust Vinyl LP

Marfa, Texas-based multidisciplinary artist Rob Mazurek delivers the new album Dimensional Stardust with the Exploding Star Orchestra. Over a handful of studio dates between August 2019 and March 2020, Mazurek arranged his 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 lyrics collaborator Damon Locks to draft original texts for each of the songs; Locks also recorded vocal tracks. After three months of rigorous post-production, editing, and assembly work, Mazurek completed Dimensional Stardust.

Dimensional Stardust recalls an array of Mazurek's symphonic­ influences – from Béla Bartók to Morton Feldman to Gil Evans to Sun Ra to Pedro Santos to Bill Dixon to The Art Ensemble of Chicago. Opting to focus on tight ensemble orchestration over passages of open improvisation, Mazurek distills an orchestra of explosive improvisers into a beautifully restrained, graceful group exercise in melodic minimalism. 

The song "A Wrinkle in Time Sets Concentric Circles Reeling," Mazurek explains, 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 And The Exploding Star Orchestra Dimensional Stardust Track Listing:

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

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