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Rogue States  gen 11


Gordon Beeferman - piano
Jeff Arnal - percussion

Track Listing

1. Split Screen (5:49)
2. To Draw Us Near (5:55)
3. Limb From Limb (4:15)
4. Oh It’s You (1:14)
5. Pirouette on a Pin (1:25)
6. Three-Wheeled Ride (4:46)
7. Sanctum (3:27)
8. Auuk (9:59)
9. Whirler-Wanderer (3:12)
10. In White Haze (1:29)
11. Terra Infirma (5:55)
12. Rift and Resonance (3:50)
13. Enemy Static (3:43)

Recorded April 22 and June 9, 2005 at Wombat Studios, Brooklyn, NY
Mixed and mastered at Newsonic, Brooklyn, by Seth Misterka
Cover art: Leah Beeferman

Jeff Arnal (percussion) and Gordon Beeferman (piano) synthesize avant-garde jazz/improv and contemporary classical traditions of the 20th century into a unique “energized ritual of free expression…music with muscle and appeal” (Cadence Magazine). Since forming their duo in 2000, Arnal and Beeferman have become an integral part of the creative music scene in New York and beyond. Their duo has performed at the Knitting Factory, Music at the Anthology, Improvised and Otherwise (Brooklyn), San Francisco Alternative Music Festival, Philadelphia Fringe Festival, the Tremont Theater and Zeitgeist Gallery (Boston/Cambridge), and other venues for experimental and improvised music. Their first recording Bodies of Water (2001) was praised for its "near-perfect synchronicity... these two have talent to burn" (All Music Guide). In addition to working as a duet, they have collaborated with many other musicians and dancers, including choreographer Estelle Woodward (in the dance/music ensemble Loophole) and saxophonist Seth Misterka (as Rara Avis).

Selected Press

"A collection of concise yet substantial duo improvisations that demonstrate substantial power and an impressive range of expression." Time Out New York

Press about "Bodies of Water"(duet recording) and "Rara Avis" (with Seth Misterka):

• "Near-perfect synchronicity... these two have talent to burn." Steven Loewy, All Music Guide

• "Inventive improvisation." Alan Kozinn, New York Times

• "One of the best improv trio dates I've heard in recent memory." Bruce Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery, NYC

• "This New York City-based jazz/improvising trio emerges as a cohesive unit, meshing superior technical ability with extreme imaginative powers." Glenn Astarita, Jazz Review

• "First rate improv from a couple of youngsters charting their own course with a depth of dynamics and feeling..." Jay Collins, Cadence Magazine

Artist Bios

GORDON BEEFERMAN is a composer and pianist whose work spans opera, orchestral and chamber music, improvisation, and collaborations with dance and other arts. His music has been commissioned and/or performed by the New York City Opera orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Albany Symphony, Quartet New Generation recorder collective, eighth blackbird, Momenta Quartet, the California EAR Unit, American Brass Quintet, and others. The New York Times hailed his chamber opera "The Rat Land" as "complex and daringly modern...gritty, fidgety and intriguing." A "fully liberated pianist" (Cadence Magazine), Beeferman has performed extensively in New York as well as across the US and Canada; highlights include appearances at Roulette, ISSUE Project Room, the Vision Festival, MATA Festival, Hallwalls (Buffalo, NY), and the Music Gallery (Toronto). His collaborations with choreographers have been produced at the Joyce SoHo, Danspace Project at St. Mark's Church, The Chocolate Factory, and Abrons Arts Center. Beeferman has received commissions from the Fromm Foundation, the BMI Foundation, and Concert Artists Guild, three BMI Student Composer Awards, a Tanglewood fellowship, and residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo and the Copland House. His recordings are available on Generate, Genuin, and Summit Records.

"Percussionist JEFF ARNAL's balletic sense of time and imaginative deployment of colour have combined into a highly original concept." (The Wire) Arnal performs and collaborates with a wide range of musicians and choreographers in the U.S. and Europe. Recent performances include: Ausland (Berlin), deSingel (Antwerp), German Nordwestradio (Bremen), Hallwalls (Buffalo NY), Music at the Anthology (NYC) & Music Gallery (Toronto). He has received grants and fellowships from ASCAP, Brooklyn Arts Council, Meet the Composer and Art Omi International. His music can be heard on a number of independent record labels, including Transit (Clean Feed 2009 & 2005), Dog Day with Aaron Dugan (C3R 2007), Rogue States with Gordon Beeferman (Generate 2006), MEJA with Michael Evans (C3R 2006) and with Dietrich Eichmann (Broken Research 2007 & Leo 2004). Arnal holds a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies: Music Composition and Filmmaking from the University of Maryland and an MFA in Music from Bennington College.