2nd of April 2020
Lisa Mezzacappa Six – Cosmicomics
released February 1, 2020
Queen Bee Records
Aaron Bennett, tenor saxophone / John Finkbeiner, guitar / Mark Clifford, vibraphone / Tim Perkis, electronics / Lisa Mezzacappa, acoustic bass / Jordan Glenn, drums
This set of music is what happened when I let Italo Calvino and his Cosmicomics stories fully inhabit my mind for a year. I found his fictional universe an ideal place to hang out in as a composer—it’s a space of boundless imagination, infinite generative possibility, fierce intellectual curiosity, and just the right amount of irreverence and weirdness to rescue it from being cute. He reminds me over and over again of the wonder and playfulness of the creative act, and I tried to transfer some of the intoxicating energy of his prose to my music, and to how the musicians in the band interact. Calvino’s stories about the cosmos, the origins of the universe, and the evolution of humans and creatures geek out about Big Ideas, but they also freak out when those Smaller Human Impulses—our neuroses, desires, silliness, pettiness—get the better of us. His words are delicious and his imagery sets all your neurons firing at once.
Mister Water Wet –Bought The Farm
released June 27, 2019
West Mineral Ltd
The Jibaro philosophy and way-of-___ing, life from land, music from hand, tension and release, hard work and nothing to show.
“The music is calling the shots to me & I just listen.” – John McLaughlin
Music for spiritual rituals: can I reach Pedro Albizu Campos?
Music for the bosque – music made by hand from trash and dust, ground relics and artefacts connect the past present and future.
The Rhythm may not include drums, but it should reference the ocean and the mountains – spoken in storms.
The pile may not add value to its individual layers, but there was never time to second guess this attempt at cobble-and-collage.
No Kopyright Infringement intended under fair use of a mortar and pestle.
Buy the farm and bury yourself in mud.