+ Helen Sherrah-Davies, Utar Artun, Jake Sherman, Yazhi Guo u.a.
The seven movements that comprise FLAM! show the connections
between exotic bird calls and J Dilla's famous »flam beats« while also
referencing the colours of Messiaen's music, Gagaku, the ancient court
music of Japan, and other Pan-Asian ingredients. The three extra tracks
that com-prise BLAM! Feature special guest Rudresh Mahanthappa on alto
Fiuczynski is joined on both portions of his latest release by
former Microjam Institute students Utar Artun on microtonal keyboard,
Yazhi Guo on suona (Chinese oboe) and percussion, Helen Sherrah-
Davies on violin, Jack Sherman on microtonal keyboard, Justin Schornstein
on bass and Alex Bailey on drums. On the opening »Loon-y Tunes«, he
employed the calls of the Common Loon and the Carolina Chickadee,
then transposed the calls note-for-note onto fretless guitar, violin and
microtonal keyboard. Pan-Asian aspects come into play in Fiuczynski's
Indianflavored slide guitar solo on this first track. The call of the Northern
Nightingale is used on »Flam« while »Q&A Solitaire«, a stunning showcase
for violinist Sherrah-Davies, employs the call of the Blackfaced Solitaire.
»Oiseaux JDillique« incorporates JDilla's flam beats, Pan-Asian mo-tifs and
the call of the Nightingale while »Gagaku Chord Candy«, which contains
elements of free jazz, has Fuze emulating an ancient Gagaku orchestra on
his fretless guitar while utilizing some of Messiaen's chords.
And the final
piece of FLAM!, »Waldstimmen« (»Forest Voices«) reprises all the bird
calls together for a fitting conclusion. The three additional tracks feature
fire-breathing saxophonist Mahanthappa on »Uira Happy Jam«, which is
entirely based on the song of that sonorous Brazilian bird, the spare
»Organ Wren«, and the intense closer »Loon-ly Solitaire«, which has Fuze
screaming with distortion-laced delight on his fret-less guitar.