Camae Ayewa - words Keir Neuringer - alto saxophone Aquiles Navarro - trumpet Luke Stewart - bass Tcheser Holmes - drums
"I was myself, trapped, lost in a melody, a thousand notes on fire, and I wondered if I was jazz, 'cause I must be." -Camae Ayewa a/k/a Moor Mother
Irreversible Entanglements is a liberation-oriented, collaborative free jazz project comprised of members from Philadelphia, New York City, and Washington, D.C. The group formed after a Musicians Against Police Brutality event in NYC (organized by Amirtha Kidambi and Peter Evans) to raise funds for the family of Akai Gurley, a young black father who was slain in 2014 in the stairwell of his home by Peter Liang of the NYPD. For the group’s first recording, five artists who had never performed together in this format entered Brooklyn’s Seizure’s Palace studio in August of 2015, improvising and performing each other’s compositional ideas as accompaniaments, elaborations, and sonifications of Ayewa’s searing poetry of Black trauma, survival, and power. The music on the recording draws inspiration from the New York Art Quartet, Ornette Coleman’s Science Fiction, and Ayewa’s deep involvement in Afrofuturism. This is music full of energy, anger, and determination, steeped in tradition but without convention, speaking to the present and insisting on the future.
Keir Neuringer - alto saxophone. Recorded & mixed by Eugene Lew. Mastered by Kato Hideki. Art by Erin Rice. Design by Erin Rice & Keir Neuringer Purchase here
"…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
Simone Weissenfels, piano Keir Neuringer, saxophone Willi Kellers, drums
“splendid, accomplished music . . . an absolute highlight sending endless vibrations” -Victor Stütz in The Attic reviewing the SW Trio at Konfrontationen 2016
From the first burst of sound of this trio’s inaugural performance in Freiberg in November, 2015, the affinities were apparent. Weissenfels, Kellers, and Neuringer share deep roots in the jazz and improvised music traditions, conjuring up lineages of ebullience, energy, and subtle sonorism, spurring each other on and revelling in the journey. Originally planned as a one-off performance, their concert demonstrated to audience, organizers, and musicians alike that Weissenfels & her comrades are a new voice in the scene and they were invited to Konfrontationen 2016 in Nickelsdorf.
The trio's beginnings go back to 1991, when Leipzig-based pianist, composer, and educator Simone Weissenfels and drummer Willi Kellers, of Berlin, performed together in a large improvisation ensemble at the International Jazz Festival ‘Leipziger Jazztage’. Weissenfels remained in touch with the ever-touring Kellers through his long tenure with Peter Brotzmann, as well as his work as a leader and in other groups. But it was not until nearly 25 years later that they finally performed together again, this time with Philadelphia-based saxophonist Keir Neuringer. Weissenfels first met Neuringer onstage in late 2012, when he was a guest of the collaborative project Netzwerk Improvisation Leipzig. The two have continued to perform together in Neuringer’s US groups, exploring a complementary musical friendship that finds its latest expression with the Simone Weissenfels Trio.
DROMEDARIES is a Philadelphia/NYC-based trio comprised of Keir Neuringer (saxophone), Shayna Dulberger (bass), and Julius Masri (percussion), who first played together in this format in 2014. The three musicians share an approach to improvisation that is grounded in technical virtuosity, instrumental physicality, and a rigorous approach to form. Stated differently: they climb deep into their instruments and play hard to reward listeners for their time. All three have performed with and been mentored by elders of the jazz avant garde. Each performs solo and leads their own projects, and each has long-standing collaborations across a range of genres. Their first album release, recorded in early 2015 by Eugene Lew in Philadelphia, is in preparation.
Moor Mother Goddess/Keir Neuringer - Aux Performance Space, Philadelphia 11/21/2015