MAZUR/NEURINGER: DIACHRONIC PATHS

Relative Pitch Records RPR 1046 | Released April 8, 2016

Keir Neuringer - alto saxophone
Rafal Mazur - acoustic bass guitar

Diachronic Paths documents a highlight in the evolution of the 17-year collaboration between bassist Rafal Mazur and saxophonist Keir Neuringer. Subtitled “Transformation Discourses,” the disc showcases nearly 80 minutes of melodic invention, complementary and contrasting lines, extended phrasing, and idiosyncratic technique. Mazur and Neuringer, based respectively in Krakow and Philadelphia, first met in 1999, at a jam session in a cellar club in Krakow’s Old City. Now, they reunite once a year to perform, record, and participate in improvised music meetings in Central Europe. For the six tracks on this disc, as always, they eschew plans and schemes, committing themselves to total engagement with the compositional moment. Though the results speak for themselves, the Xun Yue epigraph inside the CD jacket speaks to the philosophy behind this recording: "What is contingent cannot be predicted; what is ever-changing cannot be foreseen.”

Composed in the moment on November 13, 2013 in Krakow, Poland
Recorded and mixed by Rafal Drewniany. Design by Keir Neuringer. Executive producers Kevin Reilly & Mike Panico.

"...an inexhaustible supply of ideas" (4 stars) - Mike Corroto, All About Jazz

"...playful, fierce, and inventive" John Morrison, Jazz Right Now


KEIR NEURINGER: CEREMONIES OUT OF THE AIR

New Atlantis Records NA-LP-002 | Released April 22, 2014

Keir Neuringer - alto saxophone. Recorded & mixed by Eugene Lew. Mastered by Kato Hideki. Art by Erin Rice. Design by Erin Rice & Keir Neuringer
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PRESS

"…with Neuringer's music...mortal purpose is a given.
"What makes "Okay We Can Go Now", the record's side-long first track, strike home is a combination of stamina, resolve, and resourcefulness.
"The elongated pitches twist and pull like a slow motion Evan Parker solo, and it's the evident need to linger before moving to the next tonal adjustment that draws you in."
-Bill Meyer, Wire Magazine

"…never a dull moment throughout its length, Ceremonies Out of the Air sets a high water mark in the often-overlooked oeuvre of solo sax."
-Mike Borella, Avant Music News

"d'altronde non è un cliché, in casi come questo, parlare di una forma di meditazione, risalendo all'insegnamento di Coltrane e ai suoi seminali "canti liberi" – l'Amore Supremo che conduce all'Ascensione."
-Michele Palozzo, Ondarock

"I don’t think I’ve been this entranced by a solo saxophone album in a while."
-Lars Gotrich, Total Vibration

"Neuringer taps into hitherto unexplored sonic territory throughout—eeking multiphonics, muttering soft and inaudible sounds, and sometimes exploding with emotive force and sustaining notes with a definite vigor. I was hooked immediately."
-Sam Weinberg, Search and Restore

"…deeply spiritual and personal, a herculean effort of circular breathing and expression […] Neuringer's playing [shows] tremendous range, emotion, sensitivity, and intellect.  Recommended."
-Stefan Wood, Free Jazz

"Ceremonies Out of the Air is at once tenacious improvisation and heightened engagement."
-Decoder Magazine

"…practiced and expert instantaneous composition at its finest."
-Quartertonality


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