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Cosmologic

Sound description

Experimental avant-garde noise.

RIYL

Marcelo Radulovich, Hans Fiellestad, Marcos Fernandes, Donkey

Inception

San Diego , 1999

Current Status

Playing occasionally.

Influences

Ornette Coleman, Eric Dolphy, John Coltrane, George Lewis, Tim Berne, Mark Dresser, Pharaoh Sanders, Albert Ayler, Anthony Braxton, Marty Ehlrich, John Carter, Wadada Leo Smith, Vinny Golia, Eek A Mouse, Toots & the Maytalls, Wilco, Moe!, Frank Zappa, Mike Keneally, George Lewis, Quincy Troupe, Curlew, Henry Kaiser, Happy the Man, Radio Massacre International, Robert Wyatt

Discography

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Cosmologic was founded in 1999. The group initially focused on the music of Ornette Coleman, Eric Dolphy, John Coltrane, and other artists, but quickly moved towards performing original compositions. In the fall of 1999, Cosmologic used a weekly engagement at the Galoka Jazz Scene in La Jolla, California to develop its repertoire and sound.

After half a year of weekly concerts to enthusiastic audiences at Galoka, Cosmologic recorded its first live album there, Staring at the Sun (2000), featuring all original compositions. The CD release concert at the Athenaeum Music and Arts Library in La Jolla featured a guest appearance by renowned trombonist George Lewis.

In 2001, the group's trombonist, Michael Dessen, moved to the East Coast. For the next few years, Cosmologic focused on touring, recording, and festival performances. Their 2002 West Coast tour culminated in a live CD recording at Trummerflora's Rubble on Spruce series at Spruce Street Forum in San Diego. This was released as the group's second album, Syntaxis (2002), to critical acclaim.

In September 2005, Cosmologic released Cosmologic III, their third acclaimed album of all original compositions, featuring special guest appearances by guitarist Al Scholl and a live recording of a performance at the Zeitgeist series (Mat Bevel Institute) in Tucson, Arizona, as well as studio recordings made in Termite Studios in San Marcos, California. Fall 2005 also marked Cosmologic's first tour of the northeastern US and Ontario, including an appearance at the Guelph Jazz Festival.

Cosmologic traverses the broad terrain of creative jazz and improvised music, integrating high-energy playing, intense introspection, rich grooves, open textures, and collective alchemy. Praised by critics in The Wire, Cadence, Coda, Musicworks, and many other publications, the quartet has released three albums of all original material. Their performances weave together an unusually wide range of methods and sounds, prompting Greg Burk (LA Weekly) to write that "Cosmologic embodies every value that hooked me on improvised music."

Since its founding in 1999, the collectively run ensemble has been building an extensive repertoire of original music. Central to the group's sound is their commitment to developing challenging and original compositions. Exploratory improvisation is ever present, but takes place within complex pieces that are composed by an individual member and transformed through extensive group work.

Band members Nathan Hubbard, Jason Robinson, Scott Walton, and Michael Dessen have performed and studied with numerous master composer-improvisers. Their combined credits include performances or recordings with Wadada Leo Smith, Yusef Lateef, George Lewis, Vinny Golia, Anthony Davis, Peter Kowald, Bobby Bradford, Mark Dresser, Susie Ibarra, Nels Cline, Dana Reason, Eugene Chadbourne, Marty Ehrlich, John Carter, and many others.

Bassist and pianist Scott Walton's solo CD release Venice Suite features Gilbert Isbin and Jeff Gauthier, and other recording projects include Harris Eisenstadt's The All Seeing Eye + Octets tribute, the Tracy McMullen Quartet, and a trio with Nathan Hubbard and Erik Griswold.

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