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Siddartha by Matthew Steckler

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Album Title: Matty Stecks & Musical Tramps - Long Time Ago Rumble
Label: Ropeadope
Released: 2020
Duration: 01:43:38


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About the Album

With his first double album effort, Matt Steckler has created something eclectic along the following streams: modern jazz, film score, musique concrète and popular song. The cast of talented musicians assembled put their heart and soul into this effort, which began as a live world premiere concert, commissioned by Brandon Chamber Players in January 2019. Together, the ensemble is lovingly called Matty Stecks & Musical Tramps (named after the 1914 Chaplin film which Steckler re-scored for the occasion).  The resultant larger work - Long Time Ago Rumble - is one continuous listen in concept. Generally, it alternates between through-composed material rooted in tradition; and sound collage mixed with collective improvisation. The latter is a research study in lived experience for several of these musicians (“co-investigators”), who ponder the theme “Long Time Ago Rumble” -  then use their own field recordings and journals as generative material to guide improvisation and collage. This binary of approaches itself is one tension, or “rumble,” perhaps worth exploring as one listens. Noteworthy is the album’s eclectic spirit, owing to a diversity in talent and skill of musicians culled from the Manitoba arts scene. In somewhat “Ellingtonian” fashion, pieces were composed to showcase the strengths of these performers – both in the spotlight and in collaboration. Steckler, a native New Yorker but residing currently in this “open-air” province, capitalizes here on the open-mindedness of local artists toward broader definitions of jazz and genre. The result is a long-form work as both singular concept in process and pluralistic journey in performance. The album will be released worldwide on Friday, May 8th 2020.

Track Listing

LTAR I: Invocation; Siddhartha; LTAR II: The Gathering; MB Blues; LTAR III: Good & Evil; Modern Preternatural Rumble; LTAR IV: Pugilism; Heads or Tails; LTAR V: Ritualism; Begging the Beguine; Musical Tramps (2019); LTAR VI: Phases; Wish; LTAR VII: Antiquity (Peace); The Sloth; LTAR VIII: Counter Culture; Feel My Way Forward; Shape of Rumbles to Come; LTAR IX: Isolation; Somersault of the Earth


Keith Price
Cathy Wood
Jeff Presslaff
Lenya Wilks
voice / vocals
Hannah Fearn
voice / vocals
Megan Demarest
voice / vocals

Date featured

August 15, 2020

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