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Pacific Light and Water​/​Wu Xing - Cycle of Destruction

by Wadada Leo Smith / Barry Schrader

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Jazz legend and trumpet wizard Wadada Leo Smith and electronic music master Barry Schrader team up to create a one-of-a-kind duo.

One of the best albums of 2020 : Avant Music News; The Free Jazz Collective

During the 20 minutes of \”Pacific Light And Water\/Wu Xing - Cycle Of Destruction\" Wadada Leo Smith shows off his ability to seamlessly transition from a descriptive register to a raging one, inflaming an electronic base that seems to want to describe an odyssey into the future. Barry Schrader builds multidimensional worlds: an expanding universe that uses the grammar of electro-acoustics to define the boundaries of a moving reality, boundaries that Smith's trumpet seems to easily cross every time he encounters one.
- Roberto Mandolini
— Ondarock

Perhaps the most distinguishing factor of the track is its use of space. This would not be a surprise to anyone familiar with Smith’s style, but Schrader adeptly provides a quiet – almost ambient – background. Tones hum and buzz, while gentle percussive elements arise from time to time. Over this Smith provides what is most likely a structured improvisation, with long-held notes in various registers as well as rapid runs. His playing is often textural and discordant, reflecting the dual architectures of nature and philosophy on which the recording is based.
- Mike Borella
— Avant Music News

We should expect eclecticism: it is the surface of our time. A better doorway might be to notice that several of the pieces explored common themes, while differing widely in style and execution. For instance, one of those themes was structural counterpoint, the merging of two separate entities into one. A very literal and tour de force example was”Pacific Light and Water/Wu Xing-Cycle of Destruction” by Barry Schrader and Wadada Leo Smith. This piece literally merged two separate works into a new composition. Schrader’s is an electronic composition that deftly changes texture as it progresses through the Chinese five elements; Smiths is an intricate trumpet improvisation that follows a colored map of waters off the Pacific coast that chart the penetration of light frequencies. Both the electronic work and the free-jazz trumpet solo were complete compositions. How fascinating that they integrated so smoothly, forming a third work when played simultaneously. As with contrapuntal lines, we listeners noticed moments of parallel, contrary, and oblique motion between the two structures. - Russell Steinberg


released January 15, 2020

Wadada Leo Smith, trumpet
Barry Schrader, electronics
Photo of Wadada Leo Smith by Jori Grönroos
Miriam Kolar, recording engineer
(p) Ex Machina Publications (ASCAP)


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Barry Schrader Los Angeles, California

Schrader's compositions for electronics, dance, film, video, mixed media, live/electro-acoustic music combinations, and real- time computer performance have been presented throughout the world. In 2014, he was given the SEAMUS Lifetime Achievement Award. He was a member of the Composition Faculty of the CalArts School of Music from 1971 to 2016. His web site is <barryschrader.com>. ... more

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