Sam Newsome / Álvaro Domene / Mike Caratti – ‘Live at Singularity Music Series I’
Iluso Records presents the debut release of a new series of live concert recordings from the Singularity Music Series held monthly in Kingston, NY.
This performance, held on a snowy night on 12 January 2019, features soprano saxophonist Sam Newsome, seven string guitarist Álvaro Domene and drummer/percussionist Mike Caratti.
Newsome began the concert with a stunning prepared solo soprano piece incorporating wind chimes, balloons and hand percussion. Circular breathing and real time wide-panning techniques propelled his deeply moving and intense performance. He was joined by Domene and Caratti whose trio performance bubbled with energy and enthusiasm. From bluesy grooves to screeching altissimo scrapes and cacophonous but controlled chaos, the trio displayed their wide range of musical backgrounds while remaining cohesively rooted in the jazz and free improvisation traditions.
“Newsome expands the sound of a single soprano into a one-man band.” – Mark Corroto, All About Jazz
Sam Newsome is a soprano saxophone specialist. Since making the soprano his main instrument almost 20 years ago, he has established himself as one of the more important soprano players of his generation. In addition to being selected as a 2016 NYFA Fellow, Newsome has been nominated by the Jazz Journalist Association (JJA) as “Soprano Saxophonist of Year,” several years in a row, and has consistently placed in the top 10 in the Downbeat Critics Poll in the “Soprano Saxophone” category. Newsome is also a frequent collaborator with many creative musicians on the New York jazz scene: Pepperland (with pianist Ethan Iverson and choreographer Mark Morris), drummer Francisco Mora Catlett and AfroHORN, Andrew Cyrille/Sam Newsome Duo, Fay Victor and SoundNoise Funk, Angelica Sanchez, Jean-Michel Pilc, and Meg Okura and her Pan Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble.
“Álvaro Domene, total facemelt music, just what I needed today.” – Nate Chinen (The New York Times)
Álvaro Domene is a Madrid-born, New York based guitarist and composer operating at the convergence of various styles of contemporary creative music. His sound and compositions are influenced by the avant-garde jazz and modern classical traditions, as well as heavy musics. He has recently worked with Joe McPhee, Karl Berger, Elliott Sharp, Henry Kaiser, Briggan Krauss, Michaël Attias, Jim Black, Ben Goldberg, Michael Bisio, Colin Marston, Mike Pride, Ches Smith, Scott Amendola, and Fred Lonberg-Holm. Álvaro’s latest and first solo record, “The Compass”, was a “Recommended New Release” on The New York City Jazz Record, and Avant Music News featured it on their “Best Albums of 2018” list.
“Caratti works in a thoughtful, solicitous manner. Just when you think he is going to zig, he zags.” – Mark Corroto, All About Jazz
Caratti is a musician of boundless energy and ever-exciting creative impulse. His compositional approach crosses the worlds of contemporary classical music, avant-garde jazz and noise metal, drawing equal inspiration from Scelsi and Slayer. Caratti leads the acclaimed bands dMu, whose album Synaptic Self (2016) made the Avant Music News Best Albums of 2016 list and Death Drag, whose album Shifted (2018) was recognised as the best avant-garde jazz album of 2018 by Heavy Blog Is Heavy. Caratti is a prolific contributor to the Australian improvised music scene, he has performed throughout the world and worked with Steve Beresford, Elliott Sharp, Alex Ward, Josh Sinton, Rachel Musson, Colin Marston, Lucas ‘Granpa’ Abela and many others.
Live at Singularity Music Series I
Sam Newsome: prepared soprano saxophone
Álvaro Domene: seven string electric guitar and electronics
Mike Caratti: drums and percussion
All music composed by Sam Newsome (Some New Music BMI), Álvaro Domene (Dometone Music BMI), and Mike Caratti, except Track 1 and 5, by Newsome.
Recorded live in concert (12 January 2019), mixed, and mastered by Dane Johnson.