(May 6, 2010)
On August 3rd, Allos Documents will release Aerial Age, the second recording by the Chicago-based trio, Vox Arcana. Led by prolific drummer/composer Tim Daisy, this unusual two-year old working band features cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm and clarinetist James Falzone, Daisy’s collaborators in such other prominent ensembles as KLANG and the Vandermark 5. Aerial Age documents a series of new Daisy compositions that juxtapose the structure of contemporary chamber music with the highly attuned, open-ended improvisation that distinguishes Chicago’s storied jazz scene.
“Much of the inspiration for this music comes from three different schools of experimental music that forged new paths in the sonic arts during the mid-to-late 20th century,” writes Daisy in the liner notes. “These include the New York school of composers (led by John Cage, Morton Feldman, Earle Brown, and Christian Wolff), the pioneers of the minimalist movement (including Terry Riley and La Monte Young), and the early innovators of Chicago’s Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (including violinist/violist Leroy Jenkins and multi-reed player/composer Anthony Braxton).”
“Adding to these musical influences,” he continues, “a great deal of inspiration comes from the world of visual art. This includes the kinetic sculptural machines of Swiss artist Jean Tinguely, American Robert Rauschenberg’s ‘combine’ paintings and his use of non traditional materials in innovative combinations, and the wall drawings of American Sol Lewitt, whose work straddled the line between minimalism and conceptualism and whose focused use of line and shape correlates with my own sense of rhythm and melody.”
“Commingling abstract expressionism with minimalism, open improvisation with thorny contemporary composition—it’s all in a day’s work for a musician as sensitive and catholic as Tim Daisy,” writes the Columbia Free Times‘ Logan K. Young. Known primarily for his drumming in more than a dozen active ensembles, Daisy founded Vox Arcana in the spring of 2008 as an outlet for his own original compositions. Since then, the group has self-released a limited edition debut and performed at venues around Chicago, including last year’s Umbrella Music Festival, as well as on tour dates across the Southeastern U.S.