Just Released on NoFrillsMusic.com
Encuentro - Mérida Swings (in 7 parts)
Blaise Siwula clarinet/alto sax
Armando Martin acoustic & electric guitar
Edgar Caamal drums/percussion
Alvar Canto Torres electric guitar
available on cdbaby
Released- “Call Red Dragon”
from Stone Arabia:
Robyn Siwula violin and viola Mike Irwin
Ishenko bass Brian Adler drums. Guest alto saxophonist Blaise Siwula NoFrillsMusic.com nfm-003 ®NoFrillsMusic.Com ©stonearabianyc Stone Arabia is a Village in the Mohawk
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"New York Encuentro"
New York Encuentro was recorded after several tours
with Katsuyuki Itakura and Blaise Siwula in Japan and the USA.
Originally formed as “Big Hearts” they found a kindred spirit
in Richard Gilman-Opalsky a drummer who also has several
degrees in political philosophy.
Pianist Katsuyuki Itakura (b. 42) or “Kats” (as he’s
more commonly known) has been playing jazz piano in Japan
since his teens.
He met saxophonist Blaise Siwula at the C.O.M.A. series in NYC
in 2004 and a partnership was born
which produced the “Big Hearts” cd release on Cadence Jazz
Records in 2006.
“New York Encuentro” steps ahead and covers a new spectrum of
jazz music from the smoky ballad to full force free jazz
and a few references to Eric Satie by Kats. Richard’s drums
are a constant reminder that improvised music should maintain
a concise direction.
The title – New York Encuentro was Richard’s inspiration.
Encuentros were the meetings, or "encounters" the Mexican
Zapatistas organized in Chiapas after their rebellion in 1994.
People from outside Mexico came together for the encounters
for a unique moment to exchange ideas and try to build
something together, then they dispersed. The Zapatistas also
sometimes called these meetings "Intergalacticas", since they
were all in one space but exceeded the boundaries of that
Blaise Siwula "Live in
recorded Dec. 9th
& 17th, 2008 at The Jazz Rumours (Cross Kings) and
FlimFlam (Ryans) Solo Tenor Sax and Solo Clarinet including
with Alan Wilkinson on Bari Sax.
available at Metropolis
the Shop along
with - Fulgornatus, Projection:Zero,
York Moments & Brooklyn Moments and CDBaby
These shows book ended a quick tour in
Portugal (Lisbon & Porto)
I arrived in London on Dec 9th did the first show. On Dec.
10th Barbara and I flew to Lisbon.
Then we returned to London on Dec. 17th did the second show
and flew home on the 18th.We did get to see the Rothko –
at the Tate never the less.
These tracks were all spontaneously composed pieces before a
warm audience of local musicians and enthusiasts.
This cd is the first release for NoFrillsMusic.com and I
hope more to follow soon.
a site dedicated
to improvised music presenting mp3s cds
and concert information. Although the main focus will be on
there will be info regarding collaborations from around the
world in yet another
attempt to expand the network of creative artists.
Check out Blaise Siwula for more information. also C.O.M.A.,
free music * free
mind * free world , Metropolis
the Free Jazz Shop ,
Dom Minasi & re:konstruKt
Records, ABC NO-Rio , Cappuccinonet.com
& Ge-Suk Yeo
Myspace: Big Hearts Erie Nites Projection:Zero Fulgornatus & Awkward Bill