Today is the official street date for Aerial Age (Allos Documents), the latest release from Chicago-based drummer/composer Tim Daisy’s unusual working trio, Vox Arcana.
Joined by cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm and clarinetist James Falzone, his collaborators in such other renowned ensembles as KLANG and the Vandermark 5, Daisy showcases his own original compositions, which juxtapose the structure of contemporary chamber music with the highly attuned, open-ended improvisation that distinguishes Chicago’s storied jazz scene.
Among Daisy’s diverse inspirations for this project are the New York School of composers (led by John Cage, Morton Feldman, Earle Brown, and Christian Wolff), the pioneers of the minimalist movement (including Terry Riley and La Monte Young), and the early innovators of Chicago’s Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (including violinist/violist Leroy Jenkins and multi-reed player/composer Anthony Braxton).
“Adding to these musical influences,” Daisy explains, “a great deal of inspiration comes from the world of visual art. This includes the kinetic sculptural machines of Swiss artist Jean Tinguely, American Robert Rauschenberg‘s ‘combine’ paintings and his use of non-traditional materials in innovative combinations, and the wall drawings of American Sol Lewitt, whose work straddled the line between minimalism and conceptualism and whose focused use of line and shape correlates with my own sense of rhythm and melody.”
Vox Arcana will celebrate the release of Aerial Age with a hometown CD release show at The Hideout on August 11th followed by a tour of the Southeastern U.S. in October.
10/07 :: Fluorescent Gallery (Knoxville, TN)
10/08 :: Columbia Museum of Art (Columbia, SC)
10/10 :: Watershed Arts Alliance (Somerset, KY)
10/10 :: Gumbo Ya Ya (Lexington, KY)
10/11 :: Thomas More College (Covington, KY)