Source: SLM Ensemble Album Release Concert

Thursday, October 8, 2015. 8:00 pm

Jen Shyu, voice
Robert Dick, flute
Julie Ferrara, oboe
Rebekah Heller, bassoon
Jane Ira Bloom, soprano saxophone
Oliver Lake, alto saxophone
Ned Rothenberg, bass clarinet, shakuhachi
James Zollar, trumpet
Ray Anderson, trombone
Dave Taylor, bass trombone
George Ziadeh, oud, voice
Miya Masaoka, koto
Ursel Schlicht, piano
Gerry Hemingway, drumset
Mark Dresser, bass, composer
Sarah Weaver, conductor, composer


“Spectral Syn” by Mark Dresser and Sarah Weaver
“Cycles of Awakening” by Sarah Weaver
“SubTeleToning” by Mark Dresser
“Multidimensional Tunings” by Sarah Weaver

The SLM Ensemble will perform music from Source, the new album release on the Liminal Music label. Featuring experimental works written for an ensemble of renowned and diverse musicians, Source awakens networks of interconnection and synthesis. The pieces integrate influences of contemporary music, jazz, improvised music, ritual, world music, and individual languages. Source creates a multidimensional nexus of realization. The performance contains the two pieces from the Source recording: “Spectral Syn” and “Cycles of Awakening”. “Spectral Syn” was premiered at Roulette in 2008. “Cycles of Awakening” is a premiere. The pieces combine composition and improvisation.

The SLM Ensemble is a New York City based experimental music large ensemble created by co-artistic directors bassist/composer Mark Dresser and conductor/composer Sarah Weaver. The SLM Ensemble performs and records works for large ensemble, film/multimedia, and the telematic medium via the internet by Dresser, Weaver, and at times collaborating composers. The modular roster is composed of diverse pioneering musicians of our time. The name SLM is an acronym “Source Liminal Music” as well as a tri-consonantal root of words from several languages that mean “peace”.

The SLM Ensemble was formed in 2014 from years of New York and international projects since 2007, Dresser and Weaver’s online collaborations, and longer term collaborations among the musicians, including concerts at The Stone, Roulette, Iridium Jazz Club, BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center, Austrian Cultural Forum, New York University, United Nations Headquarters in New York, and telematic concerts with Abu Dhabi, Banff, Beijing, Belfast, Jerusalem, Nairobi, San Diego, South Korea, Stanford, Stony Brook, and Switzerland. The SLM Ensemble continues this work at the forefront of experimental music, expressing synthesis of the innovative improvisation languages of the musicians, the diverse intersections within the ensemble, and forging new realizations for interconnection. The SLM Ensemble is managed by Liminal Music Inc. www.slmensemble.org


Source: SLM Ensemble Album Release Concert is made possible, in part, with support from Liminal Music Inc.