Weekly Feature

Feature: Music Factory 100

This week we feature the finale of Music Factory. Listen for Angelo D'Angelo's epic entrance about 5 minutes in on the alto saxophone. He single-handedly rouses a contemplative ensemble and ushers them up to the ramparts one last time for an inspiring finish.

Feature: Music Factory 9

This week's feature takes us to the very first afternoon of Music Factory. At this point, a few hours into the event, the patience afforded by the distant time horizon started to make itself felt. A web of periodic rhythm emerged, led by a contingent of string players. Their intense listening allowed our sails to fill, sending us on our four day journey.

Feature: Shaikh, Peterson, and Formanek

This week's feature harkens back to the 4th New Languages Festival in 2008. In an era with many virtuoso saxophonists, Aaron Ali Shaikh is one of the few who dares to sound utterly unique. In this time period he frequently called upon the two legendary veterans heard here, bassist Michael Formanek and the great percussionist Randy Peterson, to accompany him in a trio. The result is a take on the jazz tradition that is rhythmically and tonally elastic, and lyrical in unexpected, improbable ways.

Weekly Feature: Music Factory 99

To kick off our Weekly Feature series, we've chosen one of many remarkable excerpts from last year's 84-hour collective improvisation, Music Factory. This is the second to last segment and it is clear that four days of continuous development have created a special focus and intensity. Unfortunately, the organizers were somewhat overwhelmed by the scope of the event and weren't able to record exactly when each of the performers joined in from moment to moment, but the following musicians are audible in this interval: