Making the record Contemporary Chaos Practices was an incredible experience and the fulfillment of a dream I had been having for a long time. It features a cast of 45 musicians, 8 singers and soloists Mary Halvorson, Kris Davis, Nate Wooley and myself. Two conductors alternate. Eric Wubbels conducts the through composed bulk of the music and Taylor Ho Bynum shapes some of the orchestral backgrounds played behind the soloists spontaneously with specified hand signals. Contemporary Chaos Practices was recorded by the legendary recording engineer Ron Saint Germain at Power Station, BerkleeNYC.
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The critic Steve Smith writes in the liner notes: "The present recording, recorded in a studio by an ensemble of first-call freelancers led by two ideally sympathetic conductors, Eric Wubbels and Taylor Ho Bynum, provides eloquent evidence of what Laubrock has achieved. Both of her orchestral pieces – Vogelfrei, with its variegated textures, animated rhythms, swooping vocals, and inexorable momentum; and Contemporary Chaos Practices, where four instantly distinguishable soloists retain their individuality while negotiating a brilliantly rendered aural landscape – serve notice of an estimable composer who has something to say, and knows exactly how to say it."
Cover art: Jonas Schoder, inspired by “Ikoner Og Objekter” by Malene Bach
Liner notes: Steve Smith
Photos: Helmut Berns, moers festival 2017
Video stills: Merve Kayan, Power Station, BerkleeNYC, 2017
Compositions and copyright by Ingrid Laubrock (PRS/MCPS). Recorded December 15 and 16, 2017, by Ron Saint Germain at Power Station, BerkleeNYC. Assisted by Neal Shaw, Gloria Kaba and Josh Taylor. Mixed by Ron Saint Germain at Saint’s Place, Kinnelon, NJ. Mastered April 30, 2018, by Scott Hull at Masterdisk, Peekskill, NY. Cover art and graphic design: Jonas Schoder/Malene Bach. Photos: Helmut Berns. Video stills: Merve Kayan. Liner notes: Steve Smith. Recording produced by Ingrid Laubrock and David Breskin. Intakt Records: Patrik Landolt, Anja Illmaier, Florian Keller
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