Posts Tagged ‘Golden State’

Multi Kulti (PL) reviews Golden State

Review (in Polish) here

Golden State reviewed in Citizen Jazz (France)

Full review (in French) here

Stone Residency Poster

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Golden State AAJ review from Music Unlimited 28 Fest

“The second set—by Brooklyn-based drummer-composer Harris Eisenstadt’s Golden State Quartet, in its European incarnation with partner and bassoon player Sara Schoenbeck, clarinetist Michael Moore and double bassist Pascal Niggenkemper—presented Eisenstadt’s ambitious musical vision. His wise compositions suggest intricate, haunting textures that blur distinction between the composed elements and highly personal, improvised interpretations. Eisenstadt’s assured, non-hierarchical leadership emphasized a delicate balance between subtle, economical polyrhythmic pulse and loose skeletal forms. Exploration of the acoustic instruments’ timbral range and generous freedom enabled each musician to expand on their own unique language.”

Eyal Hareuveni’s All About Jazz review of the full festival here

NY Times Golden State Ibeam preview

“A venturesome drummer and composer, Mr. Eisenstadt likes to walk the line between free-form exploration and meticulous composition. He leads this texture-rich new ensemble — with the clarinetist Chris Speed, the bassoonist Sara Schoenbeck and the bassist Pascal Niggenkemper — in advance of a European tour, playing music from a forthcoming album.”

Link here

Time Out NY Golden State Ibeam preview

“… a band led by Harris Eisenstadt, a drummer-composer who’s always hatching fresh, compelling projects. Here, he presents his lithe chamber-jazz quartet, Golden State.”

Link here

Fall 2014 Golden State and Canada Day NY & Europe concert posters

Golden State review in Whole Note

 ”Every bit as surprising as you might expect.” – Stuart Broomer

Scroll to bottom of link for full review.

Canada Day and Golden State Bands pages updated

 Click on the Bands link at the top by the trees.

Vancouver Sun reviews Golden State at Jazz Fest: “not a law firm but a drummer-bandleader…”

“You hear the term “chamber jazz” often, but it best describes what the quartet Golden State performed at The Ironworks on Saturday. Harris Eisenstadt, not a law firm but a drummer-bandleader, had the quartet (drums, bass, clarinet, bassoon) engaging in grooves, disengaging for some free play, then re-engaging. Fresh, pleasant sounds emerged from the stage. If that ain’t chamber jazz, I don’t know what is.”

Link to full review here

Golden State North America Tour Press

“Pure magic… a rare compositional talent.”   – All About Jazz… re: Ottawa Jazz Fest performance… full  review here.

Georgia Straight (Vancouver) preview here. 

La Scena Musicale Golden State Review

“Drummer Harris Eisenstadt presents here a piano-less quartet with an unlikely combina- tion of flute (Nicole Mitchell) and bassoon (Sarah Schoenbeck, Eisenstadt’s partner), with Mark Dresser on double bass. A Toronto native who has lived in the United States for some time, Eisenstadt has released several discs for the Vancouver label Songlines, This latest offering of his is very much a chamber jazz ensemble working on delicate textures and a fair amount of composed material, but is open to individual or collective improvisations. Seven tracks are presented on this disc lasting not quite 50 minutes, a reasonable run time that makes us want to listen to the music again. This quartet is coming our way in June, minus the flute player, kept home for family reasons. Subbing for her will be Michael Moore on clarinet, an expat now living in Holland, and a fine choice for a replacement, too.” (June 20, 9:00 p.m., Café Résonance) – La Scena Musicale (Montreal)

Golden state Jazz Colours (Italy) review

from the June 2014 issue of Jazz Colours (IT):

Nuovo, luminoso capitolo della saga musicale di Harris Eisenstadt: batterista, compositore e bandleader di sicuro talento, mente musicale tra le più fervide ed originali dell’ultimo decennio. La presente incisione, quindicesima a suo nome, e la scelta dei musicisti fanno seguito ad una residenza, nel 2012, presso la CalArts (Istituto Californiano per le Arti). Qui Eisenstadt e la moglie Sara Schoenbeck, hanno avuto modo di suonare con Dresser e Mitchell. La scelta dei musicisti è stata in qualche modo consequenziale e oculatissima nonché del tutto congruente con le idee musicali del leader. Spicca qui, sopra tutti e tutto, il magistero tecnico e musicale di Mark Dresser: il timbro scuro e il drive poderoso del suo contrabbasso, insieme alla scrittura, obliqua, attenta e raffinatissima di Eisenstadt, dànno l’impulso e indicano la direzione musicale con una autorevolezza e forza rare. La musica di “Golden State” è così costruita sulla contrapposizione tra il duo contrabbasso-batteria, energetico e dinamico, e la lieve, stravinskijana scrittura per il flauto e il fagotto variamente armonizzati. Nella scelta timbrica forse un personale omaggio alla tradizione della West Coast, ma le analogie — superficiali — finiscono qui perché la scrittura di Eisenstadt è “modernamente” scissa nella contrapposizione tra due tradizioni musicali solo in apparenza distanti. Eisenstadt stupisce, più che altrove, per facilità e felicità compositiva. Nell’iniziale What Is a Straw Horse, Anyways? Dresser e Eisenstadt, in grande evidenza, forniscono una pulsazione ritmica di grande energia, con ritmi sempre spezzati più vicini ad atmosfere rock, a cui si contrappongono frammenti melodici esposti dai fiati, variamente armonizzati o all’unisono, che conducono ad un tema di stravinskijana memoria. Ma il ritmo può poi dissolversi e può rimanere lo svolazzare di flauto e fagotto raggiunti dall’archetto di Dresser. Dogmatic in Any Case è un esempio dell’abilità e ricchezza compositiva di Eisenstadt: dopo la brevissima esposizione di un primo tema in cadenza libera, il contrabbasso, poderoso e mobilissimo, rimane solo e diventa l’elemento attorno cui si muovono, circospetti, i due fiati; è ancora il contrabbasso a muovere la musica facendo fiorire un nuovo, originalissimo, tema; poi gli assoli dei fiati e l’interludio batteristico, ogni volta con una falsa chiusa da cui germogliano nuovi temi, prima della ricapitolazione. I musicisti qui impegnati, eccetto il leader, hanno frequentato Braxton, ma il riferimento al maestro chicagoano è di metodo, e sta nel rigore e nella ricerca di un personale pensiero musicale. Braxton non dà ai suoi allievi indicazioni stilistiche e tecniche puntuali, forse proprio per ciò da quegli insegnamenti continuano a nascere nuove, originali musiche._An.Ga.

 

 

Vancouver Jazz Fest feature

In advance of several performances at the 2014 Vancouver Jazz Festival, artistic director and longtime friend Ken Pickering wrote a feature here.

Canada Council touring grant recipient for summer 2014 festivals

 

 

 

 

 

Delighted to announce I’ve been awarded a Canada Council touring grant to support Golden State’s Canadian and American Jazz festivals tour June 19 – July 1. Please see tour page for details.

Golden State reviewed in Blowup Magazine (Italy)

Golden State reviewed at “Entre les lignes entre les mots”

Link to review in French here.

Golden State reviewed in Italian at Scrivere di Jazz

Link to review here.

Golden State on CKUT’s best of 2013 list

List here.

Golden State and The Destructive Element on jazzrightnow.com best of 2013

Best records list here.

Best live creative music list here.

 

Golden State and The Destructive Element on NPR best of 2013 lists

Thanks to the following critics for including my 2013 releases on their NPR top 10 lists:

The Destructive Element
Alain Drouot #2
George Grella #8
Hank Shteamer #9

Golden State
Howard Mandel #4
Michael Nastos #9 

Lists here.

Golden State & Slow and Steady on Improvised Blog best of 2013 list

List here

Golden State Point of Departure review

“… his newest and most unusual endeavor… a salient example of his affinity for writing improvisation-based pieces designed to be performed by orchestral instruments… borders on the clairvoyant… a singularly captivating effort.”

Full review here

Golden State Jazz Inside review

“An inventive drummer who sounds unlike anyone else, Harris Eisenstadt is probably most significant as a composer who has been involved with some of the most stimulating music of the past decade… Golden State is fascinating and continually surprising music.”

Scroll through pdf to p.51

Golden State reviewed in The Province (Vancouver)

“Marvellous.”

Review here.

Golden State reviewed at Dusty Groove

“A unique sense of timing and spacing.”

Full review here.

Golden State reviewed at Step Tempest

“Irresistible… this is music that breathes… one feels refreshed by this sonic experience.”

Full review here.

Golden State AAJ Italy review

Link here (in Italian).

Golden State NYC Jazz Record Review

“Eisenstadt’s sophisticated themes ignore hierarchal roles to showcase unexpected instrumental blends, matching the rigor of so-called classical music with the freedom of improvisation. Consider “Dogmatic in Any Case”; as the rhythm… By letting the soloists and compositions be the primary focus, Eisenstadt suggests that his music has the potential to be as transformative as other nonidiomatic composers like Anthony Braxton.”

 

 

 

Golden State jazzrightnow.com review

“His most daring and exploratory work to date.”

Review here.

Golden State Emusic review

“A prolific yet distinctive stylist who operates in myriad ensembles with a consistently high level of quality control.”

Full review here.

Golden State – Emusic Jazz Picks of the Week

“A terrifically intriguing collaboration.”

Link here

Golden State New Music box review

“An engaging (and fun!) musical statement.”

Full review here.

Golden State AAJ review

“Eisenstadt’s prolific compositional prowess continues to yield significant rewards.”

Full review here.

Golden State NY Times Preview

Harris Eisenstadt’s Golden State (Thursday) A venturesome drummer and composer, Mr. Eisenstadt likes to walk the line between free-form exploration and meticulous composition, and this texture-rich new ensemble — with the flutist Nicole Mitchell, the bassoonist Sara Schoenbeck and the bassist Mark Dresser — should suit that purpose handily. (Mr. Dresser will perform an improvised solo set at 7:30 p.m..) At 8:15 p.m., Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow Street, West Village, (212) 242-4770; facebook.com/sounditoutnyc/events; $15, $10 for students. (Chinen)

Golden State Time Out NY Preview

“A drummer-composer who’s always hatching fresh, compelling projects, Harris Eisenstadt follows up a recent disc by his September Trio with a set from a new chamber-jazz outfit, Golden State—with flutist Nicole Mitchell, bassoonist Sara Schoenbeck and bassist Mark Dresser—heard on a forthcoming Songlines album.” 

El Intruso Golden State concert review

“Golden State provides a lesson in musical interpretation with authority, grace, and elegance.” – Sergio Piccirili, Elintruso.com

Full review in Spanish here.

Metaljazz review of Golden State gig in LA

“this band stood out as a new supergroup in its field.” – Greg Burk

Full review here.

Golden StateMetaljazz preview

“This is kind of a big wow.” – Greg Burk

Full preview here