Kristo Rodzevski | The Rabbit and the Fallen Sycamore

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The Rabbit and the Fallen Sycamore

by Kristo Rodzevski

The album boasts a melding of seemingly disparate influences, all living together sweetly - Eastern European folk, free jazz, punk and song-form narrative. Heard, too, is Kristo's affinity for the music of Tom Waits, Burt Bacharach and Jim O'Rourke.
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1. Polyester Suit
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2. Bucharest, 1913
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3. Your Name
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4. Madadayo
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5. Octopus
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6. Meet Me Online
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7. Out of Key
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8. Wire
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9. Varanasi
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10. The Rabbit and the Fallen Sycamore
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The Rabbit and the Fallen Sycamore, is the third album in a trilogy by singer-songwriter Kristo Rodzevski and his group of jazz progressives. Mixed by the celebrated producer Bill Laswell, "The Rabbit..." represents the fulfillment of a musically adventurous idea: Assemble seven world-class improvisers in a studio, establish an environment for pure music-making, and capture all on tape. Such is the essence - and beauty - of "The Rabbit..."

By partnering with core collaborators Mary Halvorson (guitar), Tomas Fujiwara (drums) and Michael Blanco (bass), then inviting contributions from Kris Davis (piano), Ingrid Laubrock (saxophone) and Brian Drye (trombone), Kristo fermented an intoxicating brew. The bubbling inventions are spontaneous performances without overdubs. Once the group selected the best material, Laswell was called in to shape all. In a great sense, Laswell's touch (and ears) provide the sonic and musical template for the album. He is well known as a lover of musical hybrids and cross-pollinations and his legendary work with Herbie Hancock, Iggy Pop, John Zorn and Motörhead, among others, attests to his wide-angle views.

"The Rabbit..." boasts a melding of seemingly disparate influences, all living together sweetly - Eastern European folk, free jazz, punk and song-form narrative. Heard, too, is Kristo's affinity for the music of Tom Waits, Burt Bacharach and Jim O'Rourke. Critic Chris Brazier calls it "collision music." Thematically, the album continues themes established in Kristo's earlier efforts, Batania (2015) and Bitter Almonds (2017). While those trilogy installments examined the deep feelings for his Macedonian grandmother and mother, "The Rabbit..." explores a transition - the fading significance of his past to his life in the USA.

Kristo's songs resonate in that gray area between nostalgia and expectation. There is passion here, tapping the most human of emotions, desire and suffering. The cover design by Ikue Mori (DNA) provides a visual analog to this provocative music.

Lyrics and Music by Kristo Rodzevski (BMI)
Recorded February 27th & 28th, 2017 at The Bunker, Brooklyn, NY
Engineered by Aaron Nevezie and James Dellatacoma
Mixed by Bill Laswell at Orange Music Sound Studio, West Orange, NJ
Mastered by Michael Fossenkemper at Turtle Tone Studios, New York, NY
Produced by Kristo Rodzevski and Tomas Fujiwara
Album Cover by Ikue Mori

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