Brian Adler is touring in support of his highly praised new CD “Fourth Dimension” on the Chant Records label. Raul D’Gama Rose writes in All About Jazz: “There is visceral excitement in this music…Adler’s characteristic rhythmic stride ignites the whole work.” The CD will be available on the evening of the concert.
“Fourth Dimension” is percussionist/composer Brian Shankar Adler’s seventh record as a leader, and offers listeners an album jam-packed with arrestingly beautifully compositions rooted in Adler’s own spiritual upbringing in an Ashram.
Joined by some of New York’s top improvisers: Matt Moran, vibes, Jonathan Goldberger, guitar, Rob Jost, bass, and Santiago Leibson, piano, the group weaves through peaceful and radioactive terrain with ease and style.
In “Fourth Dimension,” Adler invokes an inner world and musical language where surreal landscapes and symmetrical structures are created using textless mantras, disintegrating drones, mind-bending polyrhythms, and encrypted messages.
When: Friday, December 6, 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Where: Meloon Chapel at Woodfords Church
Tickets: $5 students, $10 seniors, $15 advanced, $20 at the door
Call for info or to reserve: (207) 828-1310
Adler says of his early childhood memories: “I remember we would spend one month each year in silence. It was quite profound, because we started hearing the world in another way.” He continues: “After looking into the mind’s eye and becoming comfortable with what is brewing from within, the outside world appeared to be a reflection of that source.”
The sum of his experiences meld fearlessly into the subject matter that is Fourth Dimension. Here, Adler maps out new pathways, techniques and concepts, using the ensemble as a musical laboratory, exemplifying the search for balance. Sound/silence, stability/instability, form/freedom, human/machine are just some of the ways that Adler and the group toys with the push and pull of polar forces. In doing so, the music exposes, exploits, and raises questions about the infinite dance of this gravitational search. The album asks the listeners: “what resides in the subconscious and is it a mirror of the outside world?”
More about Brian
Brian Shankar Adler is a multidisciplinary percussionist and composer based in Brooklyn, NY. With an expansive understanding of time, a colorful sonic palette and a mastery of groove that few others possess, Adler explores the unchartered terrain beyond: jazz, world music, rock, experimental and new music forms. Adler has recorded on over thirty albums and has worked with: Bash the Trash, Bomba de Tiempo, Bombay Rickey, Chelsea Clinton, Moppa Elliott, Sheila Jordan, Guillermo Klein, Michael Leonhart, Frank London, Kate McGarry, Kamala Sankaram and Elizabeth Swados. He has been featured on WNYC’s “New Sounds,” Jason Bivin’s book “Spirits Rejoice,” has presented music at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Roulette, Rubin Museum, Smalls, Walt Disney Hall and Kennedy Center. He currently leads several projects including his quintet and Human Time Machine, an improvising percussion ensemble.