volume 1: this is not the answer
volume 1: this is not the answer
- RT @eldifusor: This says it all. #Ferguson t.co/4rsTTypWEJ"
- website updates - new personnel page! t.co/Ml47hZAsLZ - we go profesh.
- Oh man- STRAIGHT to our head. Thanks so much! “@wallysue1014: @AwakeningOrch just purchased your music and I'm thinking you are brilliant”
- “Music from the past, present and future on full display” on @AwakeningOrch’s debut album: t.co/SWuaQlrnVs
- Great review from Jazz Weekly: "Music from the past, present & future..." t.co/x3LbE23qXO @innovadotmu
|Awakening Orchestra, Vol. 1: This Is Not the AnsweriTunes Artist's PageiTunes Album Page|
|1.||Prelude & Fanfare, "The Prophet"||05:13||$0.99|
|2.||Myxomatosis, "Judge, Jury and Executioner" (Arr. K. Saulnier)||06:43||$0.99|
|3.||The Words, They Fail to Come (After S. Barber's Violin Concerto, Op. 14)||12:15||$-1|
|4.||Alone Together (Arr. K. Saulnier)||10:07||$-1|
|6.||You Still Believe in Me (Arr. K. Saulnier)||07:07||$0.99|
|7.||6 Piano Pieces, Op. 118: No. 2, Intermezzo in A Major (Arr. K. Saulnier)||06:23||$0.99|
|8.||This Is Not the Answer: I. Overture and Evolution||09:44||$0.99|
|9.||This Is Not the Answer: II. Empty Promises||07:34||$0.99|
|10.||This Is Not the Answer: III. This Is Not the Answer||04:17||$0.99|
|11.||This Is Not the Answer: IV. The Hypocrite and the Hope||13:32||$-1|
|12.||Murderer (Arr. K. Saulnier)||09:00||$0.99|
|13.||Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo (Arr. S. Fruiterman & K. Saulnier)||04:27||$0.99|
Although it’s right there in the name, it’s not entirely clear whether composer/leader Kyle Saulnier’s Awakening Orchestra is in fact an orchestra, a big band or something entirely and wildly different. Encompassing broad swaths of musical style in both original and recontextualized and re-imagined compositions, the Awakening Orchestra delves deep into traditions from classical to jazz to indie rock on their debut album, volume I: this is not the answer.
Interspersing original work - like the intricate, four-part, title-track symphony - with often radical interpretations of work by Samuel Barber, Radiohead, Johannes Brahms and Low, volume I: this is not the answer crafts a powerful mix of written and improvised material. Throughout, individual expressions of virtuosity blend seamlessly with Kyle Saulnier’s ever-shifting orchestral textures, and the Awakening Orchestra’s eight years of performing experience come through in the nuanced yet strongly-defined ensemble concept that threads through the record.
ALL ABOUT JAZZ
“[A]s rare an achievement as Carla Bley's historic Escalator Over The Hill (ECM, 1971). The latter work—more jazz-operetta in orientation and prescribed in its thematic flow—nevertheless shares many similar elements and the Awakening Orchestra has created no less of a monumental event. … The title track is a four-part suite and nothing short of a masterpiece. Saulnier's challenging score embraces the diverse families of instruments that make up the Awakening Orchestra. Each of the four movements has a unique personality, drama and subtle beauty that that approaches an altered musical realm without overreaching. … [The] versatility within This Is Not the Answer is exceptional and while the individual pieces can sound episodic at first listen they later gel in a holistic way. … This Is Not the Answer is tour-de-force and one of the best albums of the year.” [FULL ARTICLE]
“[The] insightful Saulnier is constantly pushing the idea that [The Awakening Orchestra] is really just a huge great music band that is not solely intended for only one genre audience. … Everyone improvises and almost cries as you are in the henhouse, but the composers exceptional flexibility with complex arrangement brings water to the right mill. … [A] complete masterpiece … [T]ruly one of the best albums of 2014.” [FULL ARTICLE - Original in Croatian]