Memorize the Sky
Memorize the Sky is the name of the collective
trio of reed player Matt Bauder, bass player
Zach Wallace, and percussionist Aaron Siegel. The
three began performing together in Ann Arbor in
the late ’90s and went on to study with Anthony
Braxton at Wesleyan University. While this is the
first official release as a trio (aside from three selfproduced
3” singles) they appeared together on
Bauder’s 2+2 Compositions along with Anthony
Braxton (2/06, p.107). The pieces on this release
are micro-detailed collective explorations.
Harmonics and overtones are floated over quavering
drones and oscillating scrims of sound. The
short pieces flow into each other gradually progressing
from sonic abstractions to lush, free
melodicism. After two pieces of gossamer delicacy,
the improvisations coalesce around the lilting lyricism
of Bauder’s warm, woody bass clarinet,
Siegel’s luminous vibes, and Wallace’s dark
plucked bass. From there, the trio makes its way
through a series of improvisations which evolve into forms of dazzling subtlety and gestural control.
The group displays a tensile tripartite balance,
combining sterling extended technique and a lush
sense of timbre and density to create striations of
textural elegance. Their previous release with
Braxton showed intriguing promise. With this
release, they deliver.
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