Snark Horse is a book of 70 highly-detailed one-bar compositions by pianist/composer Matt Mitchell and drummer/composer Kate Gentile - presented across six discs that are housed in beautiful packaging designed by Gentile - that are intended to incite inventive, multi-directional improvisation. It is also the name of a revolving cast of musicians who have performed this music in various combinations since 2013. The project began as a result of an experiment for Mitchell and Gentile to each write a single bar a day, a change from composing the sort of longer, micro-detailed pieces that they are both known for. Despite their brevity, each piece is a dense nugget of musical information, filled with quirky rhythms and layers of counterpoint for the musicians to unpack extemporaneously. The performance approach is jazz-oriented in that the improvisation is based on the written material, albeit the collective nature of the playing requires each musician to remain highly-attuned to the constantly shifting landscape. The one-bar compositions can be looped, played in sequence, made into vamps, transposed, inverted, alternated, and explored in basically infinite permutations. Rather than following a prescribed form, the musicians are empowered to use the full extent of their spontaneous imagination and creativity to guide things as they see fit, but to do it in a way that is respectful to the collective space. The environment helps foster a unique, highly imaginative universe for the musicians to show off their individual takes on this truly idiosyncratic music. The dauntingly ambitious project presents the musicians' collective resourceful creativity to truly valiant effect.
Snark Horse is a book of 70 highly-detailed one-bar compositions by pianist/composer Matt Mitchell and drummer/composer Kate Gentile - presented across six discs that are housed in beautiful packaging designed by Gentile - that are intended to incite inventive, multi-directional improvisation. It is also the name of a revolving cast of musicians who have performed this music in various combinations since 2013. The project began as a result of an experiment for Mitchell and Gentile to each write a single bar a day, a change from composing the sort of longer, micro-detailed pieces that they are both known for. Despite their brevity, each piece is a dense nugget of musical information, filled with quirky rhythms and layers of counterpoint for the musicians to unpack extemporaneously. The performance approach is jazz-oriented in that the improvisation is based on the written material, albeit the collective nature of the playing requires each musician to remain highly-attuned to the constantly shifting landscape. The one-bar compositions can be looped, played in sequence, made into vamps, transposed, inverted, alternated, and explored in basically infinite permutations. Rather than following a prescribed form, the musicians are empowered to use the full extent of their spontaneous imagination and creativity to guide things as they see fit, but to do it in a way that is respectful to the collective space. The environment helps foster a unique, highly imaginative universe for the musicians to show off their individual takes on this truly idiosyncratic music. The dauntingly ambitious project presents the musicians' collective resourceful creativity to truly valiant effect.
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Snark Horse (Box)
Artist: Matt Mitchell / Gentile,Kate
Format: CD
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DISC: 1

1. Flock Adulation
2. Compartments - 's Partial
3. Hem (Atoadaso)Da)
4. A Pouting Grimace - Greasy Puzzle
5. Forn
6. Pheromone Quiz
7. Deep Recess
8. Fertile Pinwheels
9. Key Tettle - Flardle
10. Igh - Dogmacile
11. (Fraughtleau) Trapezoids - Matching Tickles
12. All Tall Ghosts
13. Nudgelet
14. Thumbly
15. Asymptotic Rest Area
16. Underblobb Sys
17. Feral Pineals
18. Torpid Blather - Fuck Your Capitalization Style - Pendulum Wobbles
19. Teeming Molten Holdings
20. (Minute Egress)
21. Thing-Fact - Theoretical Muscle
22. Adrenal Halos - Dog Mma((T)T)Gic
23. Alphabotanical
24. Bogs and Silence
25. Fickle Laughing
26. For Teens - Spinal Thought - Peripheral Drome
27. Infractal Sentences
28. Glubz - Spelling Bad on Purpose
29. (Semi-Simulacral) Garlic Plastics
30. F Tessellations - Chimeric Numbers
31. Tooth Helmet
32. TORN
33. Feebleau
34. Fruit Velvet
35. Mind Goggle - End of Something
36. Regular Falutin'
37. Supple Bicepsual - Is Jingles - Utter Balbis
38. (Subfusc Quiddities) Phoofaux - Rejected Names - High Popes
39. Startling and Diaphanous - the Gnostic and the Spastic
40. B
41. Strikes Me As Wanting to Make Me Barf - Clump 3
42. Mad Homonyms - Phex
43. Plungeon
44. Ought Gobs - T
45. (Panoply) Breach Zone
46. Elegiac Foldouts - Gluey Clamor
47. Mighnutes
48. Glue Cubes - Inkblot Terrain - Clock Levitation - Cat Secrets - Bludgement
49. Catjinx
50. Fettleau - a Spree... Canopy"

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Snark Horse is a book of 70 highly-detailed one-bar compositions by pianist/composer Matt Mitchell and drummer/composer Kate Gentile - presented across six discs that are housed in beautiful packaging designed by Gentile - that are intended to incite inventive, multi-directional improvisation. It is also the name of a revolving cast of musicians who have performed this music in various combinations since 2013. The project began as a result of an experiment for Mitchell and Gentile to each write a single bar a day, a change from composing the sort of longer, micro-detailed pieces that they are both known for. Despite their brevity, each piece is a dense nugget of musical information, filled with quirky rhythms and layers of counterpoint for the musicians to unpack extemporaneously. The performance approach is jazz-oriented in that the improvisation is based on the written material, albeit the collective nature of the playing requires each musician to remain highly-attuned to the constantly shifting landscape. The one-bar compositions can be looped, played in sequence, made into vamps, transposed, inverted, alternated, and explored in basically infinite permutations. Rather than following a prescribed form, the musicians are empowered to use the full extent of their spontaneous imagination and creativity to guide things as they see fit, but to do it in a way that is respectful to the collective space. The environment helps foster a unique, highly imaginative universe for the musicians to show off their individual takes on this truly idiosyncratic music. The dauntingly ambitious project presents the musicians' collective resourceful creativity to truly valiant effect.