Title - 'MZM'
Artist - Miya Masaoka, Zeena Parkins & Myra Melford
For those not in the know, the new trio of Myra Melford, Zeena Parkins, and Miya Masaoka (aka MZM) recently released a rather luscious new self-titled album (out now via Infrequent Seams Records).
Each made an indelible mark in the last three or four decades of experimental music, and their improvisations blend together all of the various histories that evolved from their disparate activities.
From sound-art to noise rock to modern jazz, each are known both for their extensive output as leaders and their work with a who's who of adventurous music: Bjork, Nels Cline, Steve Coleman, Dave Douglas, Mark Dresser, Fred Frith, Joseph Jarman, George Lewis, Pauline Oliveros, Yoko Ono, Tin Hat, Christian Wolff, and many others.
1. 'Red Spider'
7. 'Southern Owl'
This album features ten improvised pieces from these aforementioned three, showcasing their most innovative instrumentational stylings, blending harp, piano, and koto with electronic sounds.
Opening with the skittish 'Red Spider' this experimental album of the highest quality then moves seamlessly into the deeper 'Bug,' the more spacial 'Saturn,' and then the harsher notes and chords of 'Eight-Burst.'
Then comes 'Retina' which is backed by the tautness of 'Taurus,' which in turn is followed by the metalistic hopscotch 'Southern Owl.' The album then rounds out with the ethereal 'Spiral,' the scratchy 'Ant,' and then comes to a close on the spiritually solvent 'Rosette.'
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