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Vicente H. Atria

Orlando Furioso (LP)

Label: Aguirre Records

Format: LP

Genre: Jazz

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"Orlando Furioso is a haunting, one-of-a-kind statement, from an important new voice in improvised music." - Steve Lehman
Tip! With the opening phrase of “En Tornasol,” an unseen barrier melts away to reveal an alien landscape. Early European composers felt that their work reflected in its structure the divine nature of the material world. Via tuning, form, and contrapuntal alchemy, these musicians sought to illuminate and edify the complex and perfect order of existence. The music recorded here also reflects the contours of an ordered world, but it is no place any of us has ever visited. By assembling far-flung building blocks from the detritus of a 21st-century musical vocabulary, Orlando Furioso brings the listener into a bizarre new cosmos. The result is deeply expressive music that speaks not with the voice of a narrator or memoirist, but with that of a cartographer. 

Like a science-fiction Dante, the listener is taken on a tour of many diverse and colorful provinces of an alien world. Though each composition references its own set of real-world musical locales (from the Andes to Indonesia to Italy to New Orleans), they are bound by stylistic consistency into a coherent, continuous geography. Permeating this world is an uncompromising commitment to microtonal harmony, rhythmic intensity, and an ability to deploy the esoteric (Nicola Vicentino's notorious 31-tone temperament) and the head-smackingly obvious (a surprise djent breakdown) with equal conviction. Though Vicente's compositions are steering the ship, serious recognition is due to all the players on the record for their ability to meet these demands. 

Our omnivorous musical diets offer real abundance. They enrich our craft by providing access to limitless approaches from which to choose - more masters to study, traditions to absorb, and techniques to hone than is possible in multiple lifetimes. They can also inflict heavy and often contradictory burdens of influence. When every corner of the map has been charted, it becomes difficult to find a new direction in which to travel. One solution I hope to see more often is the one pursued on this record: breaking down distinct musical worlds into component parts and reassembling them into a language. When completed with precision and with no stone left unturned, the seams between the pieces vanish and the listener is deposited somewhere beautiful and strange, left to assign their sensations meanings of their own. - Mat Muntz
Vicente Hansen Atria is a Chilean composer and drummer based in New York. His music riffs on a wide range of idioms, from renaissance dances to Korean sanjo, creating lucid, futuristic sonic worlds. He has written for groups such as the Sun Ra Arkestra, JACK Quartet, Wet Ink Ensemble, Yarn/Wire, TAK Ensemble, International Contemporary Ensemble, Bozzini Quartet, Science Ficta, and Daedalus Quartet. He is a recipient of an ASCAP Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award (2022), an ACF Create award (2021), The Shed Open Call commission (2019), two Chilean Ministry of Culture Fondo de la Música funds (2022 & 2020), and a finalist for the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award (2016).

He holds a DMA from Columbia University, where he has studied with Fred Lerdahl, Georg Haas, George Lewis, and Zosha Di Castri. Vicente is currently leading experimental chamber folk septet Orlando Furioso, as well as performing with collaborative trio Family Plan, improvising electronic music with Buen Clima as Tronador, and designing instruments with Mat Muntz for The Vex Collection, an alt-historical ensemble.

Cat. number: ZORN94
Year: 2022
David Acevedo - Trumpet
Andrew Boudreau - Keyboards
Daniel Hass - Cello
David Leon - Woodwinds
Alec Goldfarb - Guitar
Vicente H. Atria - Drums, Compositions
Simón Willson - Double Bass
Niña Tormenta - Vocals (track 1)

All tracks composed by Vicente Hansen Atria (Vicente Hansen Music, ASCAP)
Text for “En Tornasol” by Violeta Parra, used with permission
Produced by Vicente H. Atria and Phillip Golub
Recorded by Michael Pérez Cisneros at Big Orange Sheep on October 14th and 15th, 2020
Mixed by Vicente H. Atria
Mastered by Eivind Opsvik at Greenwood Underground
Aguirre Records ZORN94
Original artwork by Martín Bruce
Design and Layout by Amanda Hansen

This recording is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).

Proyecto financiado por el Fondo de la Música, convocatoria 2020.