Saturday, February 9, 2019


PERFORMERS: R. Scott Morning - trumpet Neil Welch - tenor saxophone Rich Pellegrin - piano Evan Flory-Barnes - bass Chris Icasiano - drums Mizzou New Music Ensemble (6-7): Erin Spencer, flute Jeremiah Rittel, clarinet Britney Stutz, violin Korin Wahl, viola Rachel Czech, cello José Mart'nez, percussion Taylor Burkhardt, percussion Rich Pellegrin, conductor (6) Stefan Freund, conductor (7) All compositions by Rich Pellegrin

 For his third OA2 recording, composer/pianist Rich Pellegrin presents his decade-old quintet performing five enigmatic compositions - from the raw intensity of "Trial" to the mystical, inscrutable hues of the title cut, "Down" - along with an extended alternate version of "Down," recorded with a contemporary classical ensemble at the University of Missouri - the Mizzou New Music Ensemble. Together, eleven diverse musicians create a radiant texture of interweaving lines, extending the vital, collaborative focus for which the band is already known.