61 (Brown, Blue, Brown on Blue) [t,p,s]
Orange, Red on Orange [t,p,s]
Yellow, Red on Yellow
Earth and Blue
and Red on Red [t,p,b]
Band (Number 27) [v.t]
Ochre, Red and Red [t,b,s]
Gray, White on Yellow
Black, Orange, Yellow on Yellow
Track titles are from paintings by Mark Rothko
Ariel Shiolet (soprano saxophone), Aurora Josephson (voice), Jen Baker (trombone),
Scott R. Looney (piano), Damon Smith (double bass)
Recorded by Scott R. Looney, 8 January, 2006 at 1510 Studios,
Oakland, CA, USA
Mixed by Scott R. Looney
Cover: five linocuts by Aurora Josephson
This spontaneous, free-improvised session was recorded on a January afternoon
after a leisurely, spontaneous lunch. Nothing was planned or discussed
beforehand. First takes were the last ones, the ones you can find in
this disc. Natural, home-brewed, organic music.
The five musicians- Israeli soprano sax player and Kadima Collective
member Ariel Shibolet and four Bay Area Californians- pianist Scott R.
Rooney, trombone player Jen Baker, bass player Damon Smith and vocalist
Aurora Josephson, found themselves speaking the same language.
A language that suggests a common set of everyday gestures, based on
past experiences and elaborated through an abstract system of personal
sounds, always with an emphatic tone.
A language that stresses wide open minds and ears, constant cooperation
and shared attitudes.
A language of soft and patient moves, of split-second decisions, of gentle
balances and dense flux, of elastic and careful gives and takes, of changing
colors and dynamics, of laughter and serious expressions. A language
that is very intense, but at the same time very fragile.
A global language. It is a language of musical comrades and meeting minds,
always ready to explore new routes. A language that is more than words,
November 2006, Jerusalem, Israel