Friday, April 24th, 2015
The Civic Minded 5 and Timucua Arts Foundation present
Rob Mazurek’s São Paulo Underground and Black Cube SP
1042 N Mills Ave
Orlando, FL 32803
9:00 pm concert, limited time free ticket from Park Avenue CDs, $10 advanced tickets, $12 at the door, 18 and over
Cornetist/trumpeter Rob Mazurek is best known for his forward motion fusions of electronics, jazz, and rhythms- both human and synthetic- of the world. Mazurek’s history places him as the driving wheel behind Isotope 217, Chicago Underground variants (reference Forrest Gump- there’s Underground Orchestra, Underground Quartet, Underground Trio and Underground Duo) and São Paolo Underground. Black Cube SP combines the Brazilian musician base of São Paolo Underground with Brazilian rabeca fiddle player Thomas Rohrer. The spiritual, cosmic and physical merge in compositions drawing from influences of Brazilian folk, Pharaoh Sanders, John Coltrane, early 1970’s Miles Davis brews and the history of electronic music applications.
Cornetist Mazurek‘s initial live and recorded forays in Chicago revolved around relatively straight ahead post-bop ensembles, influenced by mentorship from trumpet legend Art Farmer. The arguably related Second City influences of the wide open gestures of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) and the newer post-rock crowd were next to inform his work by the late 1990’s. The Chicago Underground projects brought in Tortoise guitarist Jeff Parker and drummer Chad Taylor. By 1998, Mazurek started making regular guest appearances on recordings from expanding Chicago post-rock/experimental reach: Gastr Del Sol’s Camofleur, Tortoise’s TNT, the eponymous release from Sam Prekop, Stereolab’s Cobra and Phases Group Play Voltage in the Milky Night and Jim O’Rourke’s Eureka.
Further, Mazurek founded a more avant-garde fusion jazz take on Chicago’s burgeoning out-rock ensembles by forming Isotope 217 with Tortoise members Dan Bitney, John Herndon and Jeff Parker. The guest appearances beyond the jazz worlds have continued via recorded spots on albums by The Aluminum Group, Calexico, Godspeed! You Black Emperor, Brokeback, Joan of Arc, Bonnie “Prince” Billy and Yo La Tengo. Though the New Thing Jazz world is arguably a largely separate lane of sonic experiments, he has pursued, performed and recorded with giants Bill Dixon and Pharoah Sanders under the cosmic aegis of his Exploding Star Orchestra.
The projects keep evolving for Rob Mazurek. The genre fusions, compositional hacks and accessible/less accessible nexus continue in 2015. A New York Times review of Black Cube SP during this tour confirms as much. Mazurek performed a popup solo cornet/electronics/3D graphics concert at Timucua white house in 2014. He returns to Orlando with Mauricio Takara,
Guilherme Granado for São Paulo Underground and adds Thomas Rohrer for the Black Cube SP set.
Take part in our town’s expanding instant arts community created at each event by appearing willing – described by composer Anthony Braxton as the “friendly experiencer.” The craft beer and full liquor bar at Will’s Pub replaces the Timucua Arts BYOB and live artist this time. We’ll see you there.