desert encrypts

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Marfa Book Co. and Hotel Saint George co-present Desert Encrypts, a series of performances organized by multidisciplinary  artist,  musician,  composer  and improviser, Rob Mazurek (Chicago Underground Duo, Black Cube SP, Exploding Star Orchestra). You can buy tickets here.

Mazurek,  brings  three  of  the  world's finest  creative musicians  to  Marfa,  TX  from  August  10-12,  2018  for  a  series  of  solo  and quartet performances, including the  premiere of his  two-part  suite Desert Encrypts:  Volume  1.  

Friday, August  10,  2018 @  Crowley  Theater

Solo  Performance  by  Flaten  +  Quartet Premiere of Desert  Encrypts:  Volume  1  (Part  1) 

Doors  7:30 pm  |  Show  8 pm  |  $10  | Nate  Cross of Austin-based  record label  Astral  Spirits spins  vinyl  poolside  at  Bar  Nadar  following performances

Saturday,  August  11, 2018  @  Crowley  Theater

Solo  Performance  by  Davis  +  Quartet  Premiere  of Desert  Encrypts:  Volume  1 (Part  2)

Doors  7:30 pm  |  Show  8 pm  |  $10  | Nate  Cross of Austin-based  record label  Astral  Spirits spins  vinyl  poolside  at  Bar  Nadar  following performances

Sunday,  August  12,  2018  @  Crowley  Theater

Solo  Performance  by  Taylor  
Doors  7:00 pm  | Show  7:30 pm  |  Free

Coming  from Chicago,  Philadelphia,  Canada  via  New  York,  and  Norway  via  Austin,  this  new  quartet  includes:  Kris Davis (piano),  Ingebrigt  Håker  Flaten  (bass),  Chad  Taylor (drums),  and  Rob  Mazurek  (compositions,  piccolo  trumpet  and electronics).  This  world-class  quartet  will  premiere  Desert  Encrypts:  Volume  1  during  two  performances  at  Crowley Theater  on  August  10  and  August  11,  2018.  The  quartet  will  be  preceded  by  a  solo  performance  by Flaten,  on  Friday,  and  Davis,  on  Saturday. Following the premiere of Desert  Encrypts:  Volume  1 on  Friday  and Saturday,  Nate  Cross  of  the  Austin-based  record  label,  Astral  Spirits,  will  spin  vinyl  poolside  at  Hotel  Saint  George's  Bar  Nadar.  A  solo  performance  by  Taylor  will  close  the  weekend  at  the Crowley Theater on  August  12,  2018.  All performances will  be  recorded  live  for  future  release.  

Desert Encrypts:  Volume  1,  is  a  two-part  suite  based  on  observations  from  the  desert  in  and  around  Marfa,  TX.  It also explores  Mazurek’s  ongoing  fascination  with  social,  psychological,  and  physiological  structures,  both  terrestrial and extra-terrestrial.  The  composition  includes  written  music  and  graphic  scores  for  improvisation.  The  original  graphic scores  will  be  on  display  at  Marfa  Book  Company  at  the  Hotel  Saint  George.

PERFORMERS

Rob Mazurek  has  been  reshaping  modern  music's  cutting  edge  for  the  past  three  decades.  He  is  co-leader  (with Chad Taylor)  of  the  Chicago  Underground  collective,  and  director  of  Exploding  Star  Orchestra.  His  compositions utilize traditional,  graphic  and  electro-acoustic  techniques  and  strategies,  which  have  consistently  pushed  the  limits of modern music.  A  recent  All  About  Jazz  review  remarks  “Rob  Mazurek  has  spent  years  exploring  less  tangible  parts of the universe,  seldom  seen—or  heard—by  others.  In  the  process  he  has  laid  claim  to  a  space  of  his  own.”  

Kris  Davis  was named  2017  Rising  Star  Pianist  and  2018  Rising  Star  Jazz  Artist  in  Downbeat.  She  has  been described by  Jason Moran  in  Art  Forum  as  “an  honorary  descendant  of  Cecil  Taylor.”  Her  latest  recording,  Octopus, on  her  own Pyroclastic  label,  pairs  her  with  Craig  Taborn  and  is  an  astonishing  testimony  to  her  fierce  individuality and  lyrical sensitivity.   

Ingebrigt  Håker  Flatten  is  a  muscular  player  whose  tone  and  attack  on  the  bass  run  the  gamut  from  Paul Chambers to  Buschi  Niebergall.  Flaten's  sense  of  both  openness  and  control  serves  ensembles  as  diverse  as  The Thing,  Free Fall, Atomic,  Scorch  Trio,  and  the  Kornstad/Håker  Flaten  Duo.  His  group,  Young  Mothers,  recently garnered praise  for  their new  release,  Morose,  from  Glide  Magazine:  “the  band  reels  back  and  forth  from  moments  of complete  musical  chaos to  sonic  beauty.”      

Chad  Taylor  has  been  redefining  the  way  drums  can  be  approached  for  over  twenty  years.  The  Wire  remarks that Taylor’s  “deftness,  imagination  and  formidable  technical  skill  make  his  playing  a  joy  to  listen  to.”  All  About  Jazz describes  his  latest  solo  recording,  Myths  and  Morals,  as  “a  lively  dialogue  with  the  vibrant  sounds  of  the  world. The music  acknowledges  the  masters  that  have  been  here  before  while  searching  for  new  sounds  in  a  language  that is both  personal  and  universal.”