Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The Brain Trio The Wall KCD 2010

The recently formed Brain Inventory Trio not only bridges two cultures but also brings us a fusion of styles from jazz and folk music to rock, throwing all preconceptions out the window. With American pianist Michael Jefry Stevens and two Finns, saxophonist Esa Pietilä and cellist Juho Laitinen, in the line‐up, the trio's talents span across a multitude of musical genres. The upcoming album was recorded at a concert played in Helsinki in 2010.

Both Michael Jefry Stevens and Esa Pietilä are widely known for their avant‐garde improvisation and visionary take on music. The upcoming album, The Wall, finally brings together the two musicians and their original and distinctive styles of free form jazz. Recorded live, the album's material is fifty percent composed pieces and fifty percent pure collective improvisation.

The unusual instrumentation of piano, cello (both acoustic and electric) and saxophones opens possibilities for new musical expression. The absence of a rhythm section leaves more room for free expression, with

Sound scapes -  (from Wikipedia).
A soundscape is a sound or combination of sounds that forms or arises from an immersive environment. The study of sound scape is the subject of acoustic ecology. The idea of sound scape refers to both the natural acoustic environment, consisting of natural sounds, including animal vocalizations and, for instance, the sounds of weather and other natural elements; and environmental sounds created by humans, through musical composition, sound design, and other ordinary human activities including conversation, work, and sounds of mechanical origin resulting from use of industrial technology. The disruption of these acoustic environments results in noise pollution.
The term "sound scape" can also refer to an audio recording or performance of sounds that create the sensation of experiencing a particular acoustic environment, or compositions created using the found sounds of an acoustic environment, either exclusively or in conjunction with musical performances.[1][2].

In short real musicians playing real music without the need of programming or overdubs of any kind. The Brain Inventory Trio is an experimentation in sound scape's and the melodic road less traveled. Musical visionaries charting a new course for a new age of sound. Pianist Michael Stevens possesses a McCoy Tyner like multi-faceted sound that finds a happy place between the orchestral and the avant-garde.
Stevens' multi‐faceted style and piano sound merging with the effects of the electric cello to create a massive, almost orchestral sound world. While Stevens serves as an anchor for this most impressive of trios it is their diversity that allows the ensemble to shift dynamics on the fly finding a special place that is neither traditional jazz nor free form but something in the middle. A musical happy place of harmonic wonder and vision. 

Saxophonist Pietila is a musical visionary having much like Stevens, given master classes all over the globe and with resounding success.

Cellist Juho Laitinen is a most versatile artists performing as an instrumentalist, curator, teacher, and writer. A teacher at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Laitinen brings the unspoken but highly regarded sub genre of chamber jazz center stage as these three improvisational standouts attempt to cut a broad path in the field of improvisational music while working as a jazz collective. The somewhat "collective" sound is that of jazz, folk, improvised, classical, rock, electric and computer. An aesthetic vision to fuse multi-cultural elements of sonic language into a healing energy of sorts. The addition of the cello is a stroke of genius and the trio seemingly takes flight from this point forward. A spiritual healing energy for the planet as conceived by three visionaries of uncompromising power and lyrical distinction.

TRACKS: IMPROVISATION NO. 1; Improvisation #2; Choral; Crow; Puu; Mosaic; Improvisation - Solo Piano; The Wall. 

PERSONNEL: ESA PIETILLA: SAXOPHONES (FINLAND); MICHAEL JEFRY STEVENS (usa); Juho Laitinen (Cello).(Finland).