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Playing original music from the pen of Michael Brenneis, this formidable jazz octet colors outside the lines.
With the notable and intentional absence of a chordal instrument, this music makes unusual demands on its performers. Every piece is participatory; the players are called upon to move more air than they might under different circumstances. Every line of harmony is predetermined, but written with a density, or space, or uncertainty that allows it to breathe in an organic way. The contours of this music develop purposefully at the same time that the players enjoy extraordinary freedom. A contradiction? Or an adventure!
Plutonium is Michael Brenneis’ vehicle to explore the branches of twentieth and twenty-first century compositional techniques—from all corners of the musical globe—while maintaining a jazz framework. The players assembled here represent some of the most brilliant musicians that the state of Wisconsin has to offer: players you will recognize from many other distinguished contexts.
Woodwinds: Tony Barba, Matthew Sintchak, Allen Cordingley, Brass: Paul Dietrich, Jamie Kember, David Spies, Bass: John Christensen, Drums: Michael Brenneis