Country : United States Label : Centering Genres and styles : Jazz / Spoken Word / West African Traditional Year : 2020

Trencadis [ a selection from Migration of Silence Into and Out of The Tone World ]

· by Michel Rondeau

At 68 years old, band leader and double bassist William Parker shows no sign of curtailing his creative activities, and continues to seek out the meaning of music and its mystery. Now he’s offering a preview of a cycle entitled Migration of Silence Into and Out of the Tone World – I’ll leave you to meditate on the use of prepositions – which will be no less than ten CDs, and will be released at the end of the summer. 

We don’t know if each of the selected pieces is the best of its respective disc, but the quality coefficient is high. Starting with the one built from interview excerpts of author James Baldwin, accompanied by Ellen Christi’s electronic ambiences, Jalalu-Kalvert Nelson’s trumpet and Parker’s double bass and percussion. Loud. Immediately following is a piece with frugal instrumentation – female voice (Fay Victor), frame drum (Hamid Drake), and guembri (a North African skin string instrument also called hajouj) c/o W. Parker – but which has the merit of taking us into a vibrant, primitive, unadorned universe.

The choice of instruments is often the magic formula that gives access to such new realms. This is the case on “Leoni”, featuring Ariel Bart’s harmonica, Jim Ferraiuolo’s oboe, Parker’s muted trumpet and Andrea Wolper’s voice, supported by a classical jazz rhythm section. The same is true of “It Is For You”, which, although taken from an album called Mexico City, is based around an oud – an instrument that has nothing to do with Mexico – and ends with the leitmotif “Never give up”; we’re surely in William Parker’s house now. The same goes for “Lakota Song”, from the album Manzanar. Manzanar is sacred Native American land in California that served as an internment camp for Japanese-Americans from March 1942 to November 1946. This piece features the Universal Tonality String Quartet, one of whose violinists is Jason Kao Hwang. The piece ends with a superb piece for flute and percussion, with an earthy fragility, as soothing as it makes one think about the order of things in this world. 

Latest 360 Content

PAN M 360 at Nuits d’Afrique | A Look Back at Rutshelle Guillaume’s Closing Triumph

PAN M 360 at Nuits d’Afrique | A Look Back at Rutshelle Guillaume’s Closing Triumph

Domas Žeromskas – Meditations on Providence and Perseverance, Vol.1

Domas Žeromskas – Meditations on Providence and Perseverance, Vol.1

Catharine Cary – AIR CAKE and other summery occupations

Catharine Cary – AIR CAKE and other summery occupations

Festival de Lanaudière 2024 | Tribute to Mémoire et Racines against a backdrop of trad/classical reunion

Festival de Lanaudière 2024 | Tribute to Mémoire et Racines against a backdrop of trad/classical reunion

PAN M 360 at Nuits d’Afrique – Les Aunties, from Ndjamena to Montreal

PAN M 360 at Nuits d’Afrique – Les Aunties, from Ndjamena to Montreal

Festival de Lanaudière 2024 | OSM/Levanon : game saved in the second half

Festival de Lanaudière 2024 | OSM/Levanon : game saved in the second half

PAN M 360 at Nuits d’Afrique 2024 | Ibibio Sound Machine, indeed a machine!

PAN M 360 at Nuits d’Afrique 2024 | Ibibio Sound Machine, indeed a machine!

PAN M 360 at Nuits d’Afrique | Club Sagacité at the Festival, San Farafina explains

PAN M 360 at Nuits d’Afrique | Club Sagacité at the Festival, San Farafina explains

Piknic Elektronic | Jordan Gardner, from TO to MTL “for the artistry”

Piknic Elektronic | Jordan Gardner, from TO to MTL “for the artistry”

Domaine Forget 2024 | American Landscape at the Domaine, Nicholas Walker tells us about it

Domaine Forget 2024 | American Landscape at the Domaine, Nicholas Walker tells us about it

PAN M 360 at Nuits d’Afrique | Fredy Massamba, a Congolese (from Montreal) on 3 Continents

PAN M 360 at Nuits d’Afrique | Fredy Massamba, a Congolese (from Montreal) on 3 Continents

PAN M 360 at Nuits d’Afrique 2024 | Andy Rubal’s fiery salsa

PAN M 360 at Nuits d’Afrique 2024 | Andy Rubal’s fiery salsa

PAN M 360 at Nuits d’Afrique 2024| Jimmy Belah Trio: beautiful afro-folk, sometimes lacking panache

PAN M 360 at Nuits d’Afrique 2024| Jimmy Belah Trio: beautiful afro-folk, sometimes lacking panache

PAN M 360 at Nuits d’Afrique 2024 – Athenea, A Woman of Many Roots

PAN M 360 at Nuits d’Afrique 2024 – Athenea, A Woman of Many Roots

PAN M 360 at Nuits d’Afrique 2024 – Omar Mbaye: Take-off for Dakar!

PAN M 360 at Nuits d’Afrique 2024 – Omar Mbaye: Take-off for Dakar!

Festival de Lanaudière 2024 | Yoav Levanon, prodigy in recital or with orchestra

Festival de Lanaudière 2024 | Yoav Levanon, prodigy in recital or with orchestra

Nuits d’Afrique 2024 | A Chat With Ibibio Sound Machine  Frontwoman Eno Williams

Nuits d’Afrique 2024 | A Chat With Ibibio Sound Machine Frontwoman Eno Williams

Colin Fisher – Suns of the Heart

Colin Fisher – Suns of the Heart

PAN M 360 at Nuits d’Afrique – Afrovibes Opens the Ball

PAN M 360 at Nuits d’Afrique – Afrovibes Opens the Ball

EP Quintet – Le convoi des oies

EP Quintet – Le convoi des oies

PAN M 360 at Nuits d’Afrique – Pahua : A Latina Tornado

PAN M 360 at Nuits d’Afrique – Pahua : A Latina Tornado

Valérie Ekoumè on tour in Canada : mutual love and jubilant rhythms

Valérie Ekoumè on tour in Canada : mutual love and jubilant rhythms

PAN M 360 at Nuits d’Afrique 2024: Rumba de Bodas, Italian coffee roasting

PAN M 360 at Nuits d’Afrique 2024: Rumba de Bodas, Italian coffee roasting

Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra – Harbour

Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra – Harbour

Subscribe to our newsletter