All compositions by Steven Lugerner. Recorded on 11th September 2011 by Jacob Bergson at The Bunker Studio in Brooklyn, New York. Mixed and mastered by Jacob Bergson. Design by Oskaras Anosovas. Produced by Steven Lugerner, Jacob Bergson and Danas Mikailionis. Co-producer – Valerij Anosov
Tracklist Side A: 1. Us and Our Fathers 2. When a Long Blast is Sounded 3. Drove Out Before Us 4. Be Strong and Resolute 5. Before Our Very Eyes
Tracklist Side B: 1. Through Whose Midst We Passed 2. For We Have Heard 3. Up From The Land 4. All Those Kings 5. Our Children in Time
Tracklist CD: 1. Us and our fathers 2. When a long blast is sounded 3. Drove out before us 4. Be strong and resolute 5. Before our very eyes 6. Through whose midst we passed 7. For we have heard 8. Up from the land 9. All those kings 10. Our children in time
Multi-instrumentalist // Composer, maintains an active bi-costal schedule between San Francisco & New York City.
As a band leader, Lugerner has released multiple albums to critical acclaim – Narratives (2010) These Are The Words (2010) & Live at The Bunker (2012). His compositions have been described as “a textured, nearly seamless blend of composition and improvisation” by Francis Davis of The Village Voice – while the New York Times calls him “an impeccably trained multi-reedist, with an emphasis on ‘multi’ — he plays clarinet, bass clarinet, oboe, English horn and flutes, along with saxophones…”
While in New York City, Lugerner has fostered contacts, study and collaboration with such artists as: Grammy nominated pianist Fred Hersch; percussionist Matt Wilson, trumpeter Ralph Alessi; pianist Jason Moran; saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom; composer Jamie Baum & percussionist/composer John Hollenbeck. In San Francisco, Lugerner maintains active ties with pianist Myra Melford, trumpeter Darren Johnston & the rest of the Bay Area creative music scene.
Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Steven Lugerner is the product of a multicultural, artistically nurturing family. In his youth, Lugerner performed on clarinet, oboe & saxophone with college orchestras & professional pit orchestras while simultaneously organizing and performing local jazz performances. In 2006, Lugerner moved to New York City to attend The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music where he graduated with honors four years later. Since relocating to Brooklyn, NY in 2010, Lugerner has maintained an active schedule recording & performing throughout the country with ensembles under his own name as well as being a touring member of experimental-pop group In One Wind, jazz-trio-collective CHIVES & post-core quartet killerBOB.
Last summer I previewed a concert
by an excellent New York jazz trio called Chives, led by the reedist Steven Lugerner, an ambitious composer, arranger, and conceptualist who seems to be overflowing with ideas. That impression is only reinforced by his strong new album, For We Have Heard (due May 14 on No Business/Primary), his second session with pianist Myra Melford, trumpeter Darren Johnston, and drummer Matt Wilson. Lugerner used texts from the Book of Joshua in the Torah to title each piece, and he further composed the music by usinggematria, a traditional rabbinical system of assigning numbers to particular words or phrases. In the album’s press materials he writes, “I devised a couple of ways of turning those numbers into music. For instance, if I had a series of five or six numbers, I could stack them in terms of harmony and build chords out of that. Or I could use those numbers in a time signature or meter of music. The numbers could be reflected in the melody or the duration of a note.” But don’t let that dissuade you from checking the actual music out, because this is no theoretical trip—the sounds stand easily on their own, as you can tell from today’s 12 O’Clock Track, “When a Long Blast Is Sounded.” – Peter Margasak – The Chicago Reader
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