is a place where lives are led; in the world where the fine balance between
intellectual brainwork meets undaunted emotional release, artists find themselves
in the free world in which they have created. The balance of this world is the
balance within themselves, their minds building and shaping in accordance with
their souls unveiling a luminous landscape of energy and expression.
Color and Talea manifest these ideas
in their purest form. In the pursuance of their art they interconnect forms
and sounds through dynamic musicianship and intrinsic chemistry; wiring energetic
drumbeats and lyrical bass lines with shape-shifting, phosphorescent saxophone
melodies traveling across worlds of structural, improvisational, rhythmic, and
The trio began to find their place and gave birth to Color and Talea in the
winter of 2002. Led by tracheotic transformer alto saxophonist Anthony Buonpane
(pronounced Boo-own-pah-nae) along with the beats of the heavy heavy Adam
Sturtevant and the bona fide bottom of bassist Benjamin Das, the
trio has spent a lot of time in the shed and the studio over the past few months,
decisively sketching their paths in accordance with the release of their self-made
debut record, Gallery of the Muse. In celebration, the band will
be holding their record release party at New York Citys Knitting
Factory on October 24th with a little help from Boston drum n bass
soul selector DJ Seishi and Buttah.
Evidence of their growing relationship, Color and Talea has become a tighter
band, unselfish and unafraid to take chances. At times the band has concentrated
on a single composition for hours at a time approaching their interrelating
ideas from as many different angles as possible, fashioning each piece to fit
in their grand puzzle picture. Setting the metronome at absurdly slow levels
in further exploration of sound and reason, Buonpane, Das and Sturtevant hold
strongly the belief that "practicing nearly anything slowly and diligently
has proven itself to be one of the most enhancing practices to our overall playing
a live setting the band excels both in showmanship and performance. With each
song, the trio touches on a new sensation, cooking in all tastes. Their record
of cerebral prose, Gallery of the Muse, is their cookbook. Blurring the
dividing lines of jazz-infused groove, free transcendental sonics and the synergies
of the electronic world, Color and Talea is intelligent and elegant in their
creation of sound. Anthony Bounpanes aggressive, effect-driven style often
reaches explosive levels, but is just as emotionally charged in serenity. Complimentary
perfection is found in the ease-fueled, literal writing of bassist Benjamin
Das, who, when things really begin to open up, is the backbone of each movement.
The work of drummer Adam Sturtevant is a house of thunder and precision, laying
a dynamically sound foundation underneath the laid plans of Das nimble
bass lines and providing an open path for Buonpane to tear into if he pleases.
When given the room, Sturtevant wraps himself into a beat-making frenzy with
the possibilities of him invoking an avalanche if he found himself close enough
to a peak.
In recent months the trio has been enticing audiences of new listeners in Boston,
New Jersey and New York, building a solid, appreciative fan base. The record
release for Gallery of the Muse, to be on Thursday, October 24th
in the Old Office Space within New York Citys Knitting Factory,
is sure to encompass all things lucid and inventive, reflections of the bands
passions for musical expressionism. Dont sleep.
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