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
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
Moor Mother Goddess/Keir Neuringer - Aux Performance Space, Philadelphia 11/21/2015