Ivo Perelman


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Brazilian tenor saxophonist Ivo Perelman (1961), who relocated to New York in 1989, initially paid tribute to his roots (folk songs, composer Heitor Villa-Lobos) employing the free-jazz devices first experimented by Albert Ayler. His maturation as a (emotional and almost mystic) composer started with the drumless trio of Cama de Terra (july 1996), featuring bassist William Parker and pianist Matthew Shipp, and the trio of Sad Life (june 1996), featuring Parker and Rashid Ali on drums. Seeds, Visions and Counterpoint (september 1996), in another trio, achieved a synthesis of Perelman the improviser and Perelman the composer through the 20-minute Seeds, Visions and Counterpoint and the 26-minute Cantilena, his wildest musical excursions yet (but also the first fully-realized expression of his spirituality) . Equally dissonant and intense was Sound Hiearchy (october 1996), for a quartet with pianist Marilyn Crispell, bassist William Parker and drummer Gerry Hemingway. Perelman's horizons further expanded via a collaboration with a string quartet, the eight-movement The Alexander Suite (may 1998), that was, if possible, even more jarring and chaotic than his trios and quartets, to the point that "free" sounded like an understatement, and via the seven-movement suite The Seven Energies of the Universe (april 1998) for a bass-less trio. Density rather than dissonance stood out on the colossal expressionist Suite for Helen F (march 2002) for a double trio, basically a 107-minute total immersion in the inner nightmare of a devastated psyche.

Subsequent recordings included: Slaves Of Job (october 1996) for a trio, Revelation (october 1996) for a guitar-based quartet, Black On White (march 2001) for a trio, The Ventriloquist (june 2001), Introspection (july 2005) for a violin-based quartet, etc.

Other recordings: Soul Calling (recorded in 2006), with Rosie Hertlein on violin and voice, Dominic Duval on bass, Newman Taylor Baker on drums; New Beginnings (december 2007), a suite in three parts; Nowhere To Hide (february 2008), including the 15-minute Timeless and the 23-minute Amisade; Mind Games (november 2008), including the 28-minute G. S. Farewell; Mind Games (november 2008) and The Stream of Life (november 2008), that document sessions with Ivo Perelman and drummer Brian Willson; Soulstorm (april 2009) with cellist Daniel Levin and double bassist Torbjorn Zetterberg, including the 24-minute Plaza Maua; The Apple In The Dark (february 2010), a collaboration between Ivo Perelman and Gerry Hemingway; Near To The Wild Heart (march 2009), devoted to the eight-movement suite Utwory performed by a trio with bassist Dominic Duval and violinist Rosie Hertlein.

A quartet with pianist Matthew Shipp, bassist Joe Morris and drummer Gerald Cleaver improvised The Hour Of The Star. Without Shipp, the trio then recorded Family Ties (2012). The trio with Shipp and Cleaver instead recorded The Foreign Legion (2012).

The Passion According To G.H. featured the Sirius Quartet.

The Clairvoyant (june 2012) features a trio with Matthew Shipp and Whit Dickey. Living Jelly (december 2011) features another trio with Joe Morris and Gerald Cleaver. The Gift (july 2012) features yet another trio with Matthew Shipp and Michael Bisio.

Two quartets led by saxophonist Ivo Perelman and pianist Matthew Shipp recorded the 45-minute piece of Serendipity (recorded in 2011). with bassist William Parker and drummer Gerald Cleaver, and The Edge (recorded in 2012), with bassist Michael Bisio and drummer Whit Dickey.

Collaborations between Ivo Perelman and Matthew Shipp yielded the duets of The Art of the Duet (recorded in 2012), Enigma (may 2013), that also features the drummers Whit Dickey and Gerald Cleaver, and the film soundtrack A Violent Dose of Anything (may 2013), that features violinist Mat Maneri.

Ivo Perelman formed the trio of One (april 2013) with bassist Joe Morris and the Hungarian drummer Balazs Pandi.

Collaborations multiplied: Two Men Walking (Leo, 2014), the second collaboration with violist Mat Maneri; The Other Edge (january 2014), another collaboration with Whit Dickey and Michael Bisio but also including pianist Matthew Shipp; Book Of Sound (october 2013). with Shipp and bassist William Parker; Reverie (2014) and The Hitchhiker (july 2015) with pianist Karl Berger; Tenorhood (march 2014) with Whit Dickey; the double-disc Callas (march 2015) with Shipp; Counterpoint (march 2015) with Joe Morris (guitar) and Mat Maneri (viola); Butterfly Whispers (july 2015) with Shipp and drummer Whit Dickey; Villa Lobos Suite, (may 2015) with violists Mat Maneri and Tanya Kalmanovitch, Complementary Colors (april 2015) with Shipp.

Breaking Point (july 2015) documents another quartet, this time with Mat Maneri (viola), Joe Morris (bass) and Gerald Cleaver (drums).

Blue (march 2016) documents a sax/guitar duo with Joe Morris; Corpo (february 2016) documents a duo with pianist Matthew Shipp; Soul (february 2016) documents a quartet with Matthew Shipp, Michel Bisio (bass) and Whit Dickey (drums).

The six volumes The Art of the Improv Trio collects improvisations with different lineups, some including guitarist Joe Morris, pianist Karl Berger, violinist Mat Maneri, pianist Matthew Shipp, and bassist William Parker.

The seven-disc set The Art Of Perelman-Shipp features Ivo Perelman (tenor sax) and Matthew Shipp (piano) accompanied by: William Parker (bass) on Vol. 1: Titan (recorded in october 2016); Bobby Kapps (drums) on Vol. 2: Tarvos (october 2016); again Parker and Whit Dickey ( drums) on Vol. 3: Pandora (october 2016); Michael Bisio (bass) on Vol. 4: Hyperion (august 2015); again Bisio and Dickey on Vol. 5: Rhea (august 2016); the two alone on Vol. 6: Saturn (november 2016); Andrew Cyrille (drums) on Vol. 7: Dione (november 2016).

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