Friday, May 25, 2018

Alex Cassanyes Big Band Project - The Garden of Eden (TEMPS RECORD 2018)

The Garden of Eden is the first work of the ALEX CASSANYES BIG BAND PROJECT, a traditional Big Band band, but with contemporary flair. The album wants to record all the work done during the last year, starting from Alex Cassanyes’ compositions between 2013 and 2016. The music starts from the life experiences, emotions, and from a strong influence of arts, trying to capture different aesthetic realities. The Big Band’s ensemble is at the same time a perfect vehicle for any sound environment, from a landscape with calm fragrance to a bombardment of visceral emotions. 

The disc is made of 4 original compositions led by the suite The Garden of Eden, influenced by Hemingway’s literature. Each movement is based on a particular note (A, F and G) where each note appears as the main axis in the melodies, harmonies and textures. The longed-for garden is based on the metaphor of that paradisiacal place where the composer discovers himself doing what he loves most in life: writing music.

The other compositions are: A dimanche après-midi à l'île de la Grande Jatte, based on the homonymous painting by the painter Georges Seurat; Vaekst, where the musical cell acquires a malformation and Drugstore, a small fantasy of freedom against chronic fatigue, so prevalent in today's society.

1. Un dimanche après-midi à l'île de la Grande Jatte 07:03
2. The Garden of Eden I - Suite 13:21
3. The Garden of Eden II - Suite 09:53
4. The Garden of Eden III - Suite 11:26
5. Vaekst 08:57
6. Drugstore 06:45

Album recorded at Auditori Municipal de Vilafranca del Penedès (Barcelona) by Marc Palet and Dani Mayor.
Edited & Mixed by Marc Palet
Photos & Design by Pep López