ROB MAZUREK & EXPLODING STAR ORCHESTRA
Ri-immaginations Porgy and Bess
- Rob Mazurek (cornet, elettronic), Daman Locks (voice, electronic), Nicole Mitchell (flutes), Tomeka Reid (cello), Pasquale Mirra (vibrafono), Jason Stein (clarinet), Josh Abrams (bass), Lisa Alverado (gong, harmonium), Mikael Patrick Avery (drums, percussion), Angelica Sanchez (piano), Hamid Drake (drums)
As a composer, Mazurek has written over 300 original compositions over the past 30 years, and has released 70+ recordings on various labels including Astral Spirits, International Anthem, Aesthetics, Corbett vs Dempsey, Cuneiform, CleanFeed, Delmark, El Paraiso, Family Vineyard, Harmonipan, Mego, Northern Spy, Rogue Art, Submarine, Thrill Jockey, and his own label Infinity Dogs. Beyond his ensemble efforts, Mazurek’s solo endeavors reflect his interest in musique concrete, sound installation and electronic sound manipulation, with releases on Astral Spirits, Cleanfeed, Bottrop-Boy, Delmark, Mego and Moikai that document his compositions utilizing Modular Synthesizers, computer programming, electronic effects and keyboards.
Mazurek has also been awarded a number of commissions and awards. In 2019 Mazurek was commissioned with Julien Desprez to compose new music for a project called (T)ropic which will premiere at the Sons de Hiver Festival in France. In 2018 he was commissioned to compose a new work “Galactic Parables Volume 2” for Exploding Star International for the Berlin Jazz Festival. In 2017 he was commissioned to compose a new work for Area Sismica’s Forli Open Music Program and presented “Forli Scores” featuring Pasquale Mirra, Danilo Gallo, Cristiano Calcagnile and Fabrizio Puglisi. In 2016 he was commissioned to compose a new work “Land of Spirals” for the Novara Festival in Italy and also received the key to the city after the performance. In 2016, he received a grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts for an experimental film titled “The Farnsworth Scores” in collaboration with filmmaker Lee Anne Schmitt, which was shot at Mies van der Rohe’s iconic Farnsworth House. In 2015 he was awarded a grant from the Robert D. Bielecki Foundation, In 2013 Mazurek was awarded the Helen Coburn Meier & Tim Meier Foundation Grant. Also In 2013, he was commissioned to compose “Galactic Parables Volume 1” by the Sant’Anna Arresi Jazz Festival in Sant’Anna Arresi, Sardinia, Italy. In 2011, he was commissioned to compose “Violent Orchid Suite” by the Jazz & Wine Festival in Cormons, Italy, and “Transgressions Suite”, by the Sant’Anna Arresi Jazz Festival. In 2010, he received the Commissioning Music/USA grant from Meet the Composer for a multi-media work developed in collaboration with video artist/choreographer Marianne Kim. In 2005 he was awarded the prestigious artist residency at Abbeye Royale de Fontevraud in France. Mazurek has been prominently featured in scores of interviews and features including cover features twice in the Wire’s “Adventures in Modern Music” issues 201 and 354.
Mazurek’s visual work has garnered much attention with international solo, and group exhibitions/installations and artist residencies. He has shown his works at locations throughout the United States, South America and Europe, including the Rothko Chapel in Houston, Texas, where his paintings hang on the office walls, Marfa Book Company (Marfa, Texas), Audible Gallery at Experimental Sound Studio (Chicago), URDLA Centre Estampe et Livre (Villeurbanne, France) where his solo show “Constellation Scores” was featured as part of the 2017 Lyon Bienalle focus series, Novas Frequencies (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), Galleria Coletivo (São Paulo, Brazil), Abbey Royal de Fontevraud (Fontevraud-l’Abbaye, Anjou, France), Heaven Gallery (Chicago), Le Grande Fabrique (Dieppe, France) and Carrie Secrist Gallery (Chicago). A book released by Harmonipan Editions “Marfa Loops Shouts and Hollers” was released in 2018 concerning his exhibition of the same name in Marfa Texas, with essays by John Corbett, Tiago Mesquita and Tim Johnson.
Rob Mazurek – cornet, elettronic
Daman Locks – voice, electronic
Nicole Mitchell – flutes
Tomeka Reid – cello
Pasquale Mirra – vibraphone
Jason Stein – clarinet
Josh Abrams – bass
Lisa Alverado – gong, harmonium
Mikael Patrick Avery – drums, percussions
Angelica Sanchez – piano
Hamid Drake – drums