The Art of Improvised Music

Jon Irabagon
Joe Fiedler
Todd Neufeld

Nuscope recordings’ new release, titled In Formation Network with saxophonist Jon Irabagon, trombonist Joe Fiedler, and guitarist Todd Neufeld, was released on Friday, November 17. According to Art Lange, “They are a trio of sensitivity, wit, and more than a splash of vinegar, and the music they have created here brings something not only surprising, but substantial, to the art of ensemble improvisation.”

This disc, which was recorded in April 2017 in Mount Vernon, New York at the wonderful Oktaven Audio studio, consists of nine varied compositions with a unifying trio sound and identity. The liner notes are from the Chicago-based journalist Art Lange and the cover photo is by none other than the great alto saxophonist Tim Berne.

The origins of nuscope recordings began in 1998 to document daring, life-affirming improvised music with roots in jazz, free jazz, free improvisation, and modern avant-garde classical composition. The musicians who perform this music have the ability to stimulate, mystify, and move; they also have the gift to shatter preconceived perceptions of music and sound.

With sound artists such as Evan Parker, Georg Graewe, and others, nuscope recordings hopes to bring about fresh perspectives of improvised and related music. Although the music on the nuscope recordings label will vary—one thing remains consistent. That is, all of these musicians present their music, regardless of label, with added artistic value.

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