Works from their debut album as well as new compositions from their forthcoming follow-up release
Pianist Denman Maroney, bassist James Ilgenfritz, saxophonist Angelika Niescier, and percussionist Andrew Drury make up this unorthodox quartet that blends complex time fields with unusual textures and melodies. All four members contribute compositions, balanced with extended improvisations that might at any moment turn from melodious to ethereal. For their Fall 2013 tour MiND GAMeS will play material from their debut and from their forthcoming follow-up release.
“Jazz from the inside out” –NYC Jazz Record
MiND GAMeS is comprised of pianist Denman Maroney, bassist James Ilgenfritz, saxophonist Angelika Niescier and percussionist Andrew Drury. The quartet’s self-titled debut release on OutNow records was praised for its “impressive, thoughtful compositions and imaginative improvisations” (All About Jazz).
The Denman Maroney Quintet will perform Maroney’s extended work Udentity, which was created with support from Chamber Music America’s New Works: Creation and Presentation Program, funded through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
Ned Rothenberg – Reeds
Dave Ballou – Trumpet
Denman Maroney – Hyperpiano
Reuben Radding – Bass
Michael Sarin – Drums
Denman Maroney is known for his “hyperpiano” style, which involves playing the keys with one hand and the strings with the other using copper bars, brass bowls and other objects, and his system of temporal harmony, which he uses to compose and improvise in multiple tempos. Recordings include: Music for Words, Perhaps (Innova) with Theo Bleckmann, Shelley Hirsch, Sheila Schonbrun, Herb Robertson, Arthur Kell, and David Simons; Mark Dresser and Denman Maroney “Live in Concert” (Kadima Collective) ; Udentity (Clean Feed) with Ned Rothenberg, Dave Ballou, Reuben Radding, and Michael Sarin; Distich (Nuscope) with Mat Maneri; Time Changes (Cryptogramophone) with Alexandra Montano, Mark Dresser, and Michael Sarin ; Fluxations (New World) with Ned Rothenberg, Dave Ballou, Mark Dresser and Kevin Norton; Duologues (Victo) with Mark Dresser; Tools of the Trade (CIMP) with Ned Rothenberg; Billabong (Potlatch) with Hans Tammen; Fire Song (Erstwhile) with Earl Howard; Sonogram (Innova) with Gamelan Son of Lion; Leroy Jenkins’ Driftwood: The Art of Improvisation (Mutable Music) with Leroy Jenkins, Min Xiao-Fen and Rich O’Donnell; Aquifer (Cryptogramophone) with Mark Dresser and Matthias Ziegler; The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Knitting Factory) with Mark Dresser and Dave Douglas; Force Green (Soul Note) with Mark Dresser, Theo Bleckmann, Dave Douglas and Phil Haynes; and Tambastics (Music & Arts) with Robert Dick, Mark Dresser and Gerry Hemingway. Maroney’s music has been funded by: Arts Council of Rockland, Chamber Music America, Music Omi, National Endowment for the Arts, Yale Summer School of Music & Art , New York State Council on the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, Jerome Robbins Foundation, ASCAP, and Meet the Composer. http://www.denmanmaroney.com.
Denman Maroney will give a solo piano concert of improvisations in his trademark "hyperpiano" style: playing the keys with one hand and the strings with the other, using bows and slides of metal, plastic and rubber. He also employs a system of temporal harmony based on the undertone series to compose and improvise in several tempos at once. His music is inspired by natural sounds and the music of Cage, Coleman, Cowell, Ellington, Ives, Joplin, Messiaen, Monk, Nancarrow and Stockhausen, among others.
"Pianists have been tinkering with the guts of their instruments for nearly a century now, but it's altogether likely that no one has explored the art of prepared piano as diligently or creatively as 'hyperpianist' Denman Maroney." TimeOut NY, Aug. 2006.
Composer and hyperpianist Denman Maroney presents works of the seventies, eighties, nineties and aughties (including some world and New York premieres) with his brand new group consisting of himself (hyperpiano), Ned Rothenberg (reeds), Reuben Radding (bass), and Michael Sarin (drums). Maroney's music is inspired by the sound of crickets and power tools (among other things) and by the music of John Cage, Ornette Coleman, Henry Cowell, Charles Ives, Olivier Messiaen, Thelonius Monk, Conlon Nancarrow and Karlheinz Stockhausen, among others. Maroney has made nineteen commercial recordings with everyone from Leroy Jenkins to Mark Dresser to Ned Rothenberg. He has received grants from: the NEA, ASCAP, New York State Council on the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, the Jerome Robbins Foundation, and Meet the Composer on several occasions. Cadence Magazine describes him as one of the most unique pianists to emerge in the '90s... Utilizing an extreme prepared piano technique and a unique rhythmic sensibility, both instrumentally and compositionally, he has become one of the most intriguing composer/performers around." Check out: www.pipeline.com/~denman
Denman Maroney, piano and Mark Dresser, contrabass in compositions from their forthcoming cryptogramophone CD, Time Changes with Michael Sarin, percussion and Alexandra Monrano, violin. Pulse fields! Bitones! Even chord changes! and other oddities.
Composer and "hyperpianist" Denman Maroney and vocalist Theo Bleckmann will play Maroney's settings of nine poems by W.B. Yeats. Maroney will play selections from his 1998 solo CD, Hyperpiano. Maroney, Bleckmann and "endangered guitarist" Hans Tammen will also play free improvisations.
Real-time pieces for piano, sampling keyboard, voice, Hawaiian slide guitar, ko-kyu, zheng, kaen, jawharps, percussion, and homemade instruments, by the fabulously tactile pianist Maroney, with Shelley Hirsch and David Simons.