Slant Ensemble

Slant Ensemble (Austin)
5:00 pm Sunday, 7/16/17

Alan Retamozo (guitar) + Richard Mikel (bass) + Daniel Dufour (drums) + Matt Armbruster (cello) + Blake Turner (viola) + Gil Del Bosque (saxophones) + Christabel Lin (violin) 

Motion Series – Alan Retamozo

Using standard jazz and classical chamber groups (quartet and string trio) Motion Series explores the merging of fully notated forms, lead sheet realization, and both “inside” and “free” improvisation. It features various soloists throughout as well as ensemble interplay and improvisational elements in small groups.

Parts of Motion Series explore the triple diminished compositional approach – a twelve-tone process for composition/improvisation created by Yusef Lateef and further explored by contemporary composer/percussionist Adam Rudolph. This work is also influenced by Retamozo’s interest in the way rhythm and melody can create a temporary sense of momentum, shape, and respiration and how these can represent cycles of decay and renewal.

Collectively, the players have performance credits including the Austin Opera, Austin Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Adam Rudolph & GO Organic Orchestra, Tetractys, Austin New Music Co-op, Randy Brecker, Andre Hayward, and Maria Schneider.

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