Kate Gentile - compositions, drums & percussion
Matt Mitchell - compositions, piano, modular synthesizer, Prophet-6, MicroFreak & electronics
Kim Cass - acoustic & electroacoustic bass
Ben Gerstein - trombone
Jon Irabagon - tenor, mezzo-soprano, sopranino, soprillo, & mezzo-soprano saxophones & alto clarinet
Davy Lazar - trumpet, piccolo trumpet & cornet
Mat Maneri - viola
Ava Mendoza - guitar
Matt Nelson - tenor & alto saxophones
Brandon Seabrook - guitar & tenor banjo
Snark Horse is a book of highly-detailed one-bar compositions by pianist/composer Matt Mitchell and drummer/composer Kate Gentile -– audaciously presented across six discs – that are designed to incite inventive, multi-directional improvisation. It is also the name of a revolving cast of musicians – including Mitchell and Gentile – who have performed this music in various combinations since 2013. Both Mitchell and Gentile’s work are characterized by their exacting nature. Mitchell's prior release, Phalanx Ambassadors, was called by Popmatters "a high watermark for the new jazz... a breathtaking jawdropper from one of the best pianists and composers now working." Gentile's 2017 debut release, Mannequins, was described by The New York Times as "full of stuttering rhythms and teetering intervallic jumps; an array of textures — sometimes chiming, sometimes abraded — disorient you even as they deepen your listening."
Mitchell is a Pi Recordings stalwart, having released four prior albums as a leader and appear on eight others as a sideman. He is a member of many acclaimed ensembles, including Tim Berne’s Snakeoil, Dan Weiss’s Starebaby, Miles Okazaki's Trickster, Ches Smith’s We All Break, Kate Gentile’s Find Letter X, Anna Webber’s Simple Trio, Jonathan Finlayson’s Sicilian Defense, John Hollenbeck’s Large Ensemble, Linda Oh's Aventurine, Jon Irabagon’s Outright!, Caroline Davis's Alula, and the Dave King Trio. Mitchell has also performed with Steve Coleman, Dave Douglas, Rudresh Mahanthappa, John Zorn, Mario Pavone’s Blue Dialect Trio, Quinsin Nachoff’s Flux, Darius Jones, Michael Attias, Chris Lightcap, Donny McCaslin, Ohad Talmor, JD Allen, Rez Abbasi, and many others.
In addition to leading her own groups and co-leading Snark Horse, Gentile collaborates with guitarist Dustin Carlson and saxophonist Nathaniel Morgan....... więcej