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Book Two

by Little Worlds

Brooklyn inspired reinterpretations of Bela Bartok's Mikrokosmos
Genre: Avant Garde: Classical Avant-Garde
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Album Notes
Book Two is the second release by Little Worlds, a trio from Brooklyn, NY composed of guitarist, Ryan Mackstaller, trombonist, Rick Parker and drummer, Tim Kuhl. The recording includes 6 selections from 20th century master composer Bela Barkok’s Mikrokosmos. Having worked with renowned musicians such as Tim Berne, Michael Formanek, Gerald Cleaver, Jewel and the Wu-Tang-Clan, the trio draws from their diverse musical experiences in the rock, jazz, avant garde and improvised music scenes in order to offer a dynamic reinterpretations of these classical etudes.

"Little Worlds expands the palette for three instruments plus electronics, recasting Bartók in a distinctly noir-ish experimental vein and drawing on jazz/classical precedents that go back decades." (David Adler, Philadelphia Weekly)

"[Little Worlds] reimagined Bartók’s lessons as a knife-edged songbook. Precision is replaced by swells of electric sound, the maestro’s miniature melodies suddenly unraveling in wiry, jagged lines or drifting into dreamy airspace." (Shaun Brady, Philadelphia City Paper)

"Others have put their own individual spin on the collection, none as radically and bravely as Little Worlds... if [Bartok] was alive today, who knows, maybe he’d be writing for these guys. Or playing with them" (Lucid Culture)

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Little Worlds Members

Guitarist, producer & engineer Ryan Mackstaller lives in Brooklyn, NY. He has performed and recorded with an eclectic range of NYC artists including The Majorleans, Easy Tells, Sigismondi & The Lost Hours, Kenneth Harris (The Films), Julie Kathryn, Tam Lin, Christian Gibbs (Lucinda Black Bear), Elliot Bergman (Nomo / Wilde Belle), and Anita Maj (UK).He also is an active improviser and noise-maker, having collaborated with artists including Gerald Cleaver, Mat Maneri, Tony Malaby, Craig Taborn, Michael Formanek, Matt Wilson, Andrew Bishop, Dan Bennett, Jon Irabagon, James Ilgenfritz, Jeff Walton, Rick Parker, and Tim Kuhl. Ryan co-leads the trio Little Worlds, which explores the Mikrokosmos pieces of Hungarian composer Bela Bartok, just released it's second EP. Ryan also works as a producer and engineer out his home studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

"Sleek and Modernistic" (David Adler, Philly Weekly) aptly describes the music of trombonist/composer Rick Parker. He has released 2 CD's with his quintet, the Rick Parker Collective: New York Gravity on Fresh Sound New Talent Records and Finding Space on WJF Records, with the latter being named by All About Jazz editor Michael Ricci as a "Top Pick CD for 2006." An adventurous composer and bandleader, Parker is a 2 time winner of the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award and co-leads several ensembles including 9 Volt, a trio with guitarist Eyal Maoz which recently released their first CD with guest Tim Berne. Parker also works as a sideman with bands lead by Frank Lacy, Charli Persip, Tim Kuhl, Todd Clouser and Bryan Beninghove and for the past year has been touring Europe and Mexico with Ravish Momin’s Tarana.

Percussionist and composer Tim Kuhl moved from Baltimore, MD to New York City in 2003. His unique style and respect have made Kuhl an integral part of the Brooklyn music landscape and a transformative part of outfits that span many musical genres beyond jazz, including avant-garde, rock, country, and songwriter. They have also taken him around the U.S. and to many other countries. Kuhl’s extensive technical ability—and what is always a creative, dynamic approach to the kit—never prevent him from searching for the heart of the matter. As he says, “If the emotion is there, you can do plenty with one note.” This attention to detail and supreme ability to listen, to recognize a feeling in one quiet sound, help explain his interests and evolution as a composer. Kuhl has four releases as a leader Ghost (2008) King (2009) Doomsayer (2011) & St. Helena (2012)


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