End Times Trio – Fracture Time.
This release features Richard Gilman-Opalsky on drums and percussion, with Frank Trompeter on alto, tenor, and soprano saxes, and Mark Schwartz on guitar. They cover the spectrum from noise to freejazz to bop.
Two of guitarist Mark Schwartz’s graphic scores are performed here, prompting the group to create a wild canvas of sounds that mesh together brilliantly. Each individual piece on this disc contains diverse elements of jazz, freejazz, and explosive cacophony.
If you want to hear bop lines organically expanded into freejazz frenzy, and naturally blown into ecstatic noise, buy this CD.
END TIMES TRIO is the only freejazz ensemble based and working in Springfield, the capital city of Illinois. The trio features FRANK TROMPETER on tenor, alto, and soprano saxophones, MARK SCHWARTZ on prepared guitar and bass, and RICHARD GILMAN-OPALSKY on drums and percussion.
END TIMES TRIO plays within and beyond the jazz idiom, often incorporating bop and post-bop lines into pieces that organically expand into explosive freejazz and the outer regions of noise. Improvisation is the primary and overarching principle of the group’s music. However, the trio blurs the line between composition and improvisation, playing graphic scores, film-strip and film guided pieces, and constructing other forms of performance instructions. Occasionally, standard notation and tonal centers are used in the context of a broader collective improvisation. Guitarist Mark Schwartz writes most of the group’s graphic scores. The trio has made two full-length recordings, the “Fracture Time” CD on Fire&Flux Recordings and an LP (forthcoming). In addition to this, the trio hosts “The Springfield Freejazz and Creative Music Forum,” which presents an ongoing series of performances by, and collaborative opportunities for, artists and ensembles involved in improvised and experimental music.
FRANK TROMPETER (saxophones) is a long-time mainstay of the central Illinois jazz scene, playing regularly in a number of jazz ensembles including his own Frank Trompeter Quartet. Trompeter has also played in experimental groups such as Elevator Shoe and The Untoward Quartet, and was the chief organizer of The Innovators New Music Series in Springfield.
MARK SCHWARTZ (guitar and bass) is an improvising musician who has played with Trompeter in The Untoward Quartet and recently in the experimental group, Liquid Sun. Schwartz also plays in Tin Ghost, an alt-folk/roots music project. He often uses objects, metal, toys, and electronics to prepare his guitar and bass, and evokes a range of percussive and horn-like tones.
RICHARD GILMAN-OPALSKY (drums and percussion) is a freejazz musician who relocated to Springfield from NYC to take a position as professor of political philosophy at The University of Illinois. In NYC, Gilman-Opalsky was one half of the saxophone and drums duo, Fire&Flux, which released two full-length albums and one EP. Gilman-Opalsky has performed and recorded with saxophonist Blaise Siwula, Japanese pianist Katsuyuki Itakura, and has split bills with Sabir Mateen, Ras Moshe, and Daniel Carter.
“End Times Trio, is a local instrumental ensemble whose members have termed their music ‘uneasy listening.’ The trio’s music may be difficult for the average listener to understand; the musicians vamp on unusual scales and tempos… It’s supposed to stretch the boundaries of your listening capabilities and challenge your preconceived notions of melody, harmony, and rhythm. Richard Gilman-Opalsky, an acclaimed freejazz percussionist and drummer, moved to Springfield from New York City last year to take a position as assistant professor of political philosophy at the University of Illinois at Springfield. Music gods be blessed, he found Frank Trompeter, local jazz saxophonist, avid free-jazz performer, and, a few years back, main organizer of the Innovators New Music Series, the closest thing to avant-garde jazz music Springfield has heard. With the addition of Mark Schwartz on bass and guitar, the group was ready to play dynamic improvised music that treads a sonic terrain from sparse and melodic to dense, blustery cacophony.” -Tom Irwin, Illinois Times, June 28, 2007
SELECTION OF PHOTOS AT: http://www.flickr.com/photos/vautrain/sets/72157600284984149/