Matthew Golombisky's Tomorrow Music Orchestra "Gustav 29 Hanna Concerto" (ee: 16-o49) is an 11+ minute concerto featuring mixed chamber orchestra featuring soloist/improviser cellist, Helen Gillet (Belgium/New Orleans) inspired by hurricanes Katrina, Gustav & Hanna composed and conducted by Golombisky.
Digital-Only Release: January 22nd 2016 (which included a live performance: Constellation, Chicago)
released January 22, 2016
Story: The Gustav 29 Hanna Concerto combines the experiences of Helen Gillet and Golombisky’s encounter with Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans (where they met and lived). Though this piece was composed and recorded three years later, it came together during a time when much of the southern USA and Caribbean was being battered by Hurricanes Gustav and Hanna in summer 2008. Golombisky wanted to embody both his struggle leaving his home in NOLA and starting over in Chicago, while Gillet was more persistent, and moved back to NOLA and continuing to dominate the creative music scene that took such a hit after Katrina. The music, its movements and the video trailer (directed and filmed by Golombisky) are a reflection of how water and just the right amount of change in nature can be beautiful and/or extremely dangerous and vulgar.
On a whole, Matthew Golombisky’s Tomorrow Music Orchestra is an outlet for exploring the many colors that come with having a large mixed ensemble with some of the most renown musicians in the Chicago area in the classical, jazz and rock worlds and later, as Golombisky traveled and lived in upstate New York, the Bay Area, California and now Buenos Aires, Argentina, he collected an even more diverse collection of collaborators as well as influences.
Though equally known for his acoustic and electric bass work in the New Orleans, Chicago, upstate New York, Bay Area and Buenos Aires creative music scenes (ie. Zing!, Pedway, Quin Kirchner, Lucky 7s, Animal Pants, Quintopus, Cuentos, etc), his undergraduate studies are a reflection. But in graduate school, a larger picture was a hand where he studied "classical" composition at the University of New Orleans (and then finishing at Northwestern after Katrina). TMO combines several of Golombisky's important influences, such as twentieth-century classical, art music, free jazz, odd-metered grooves, noise clouds, political statements, and general rocking out. The result: beautiful melodic passages that run alongside freak-out moments and are followed by flashes of collective improvisation, all happening in the blink of an eye. The musicians are a mixed bag in the best sense and with them, Golombisky is able to "paint" highly involved works normally reserved for symphony orchestras or big bands, but in this example, both on one stage.
“In his thoughtfully crafted written passages, Golombisky employs this large palette with unusual care, mixing the colors sparingly and with a painterly attention to shadow and light, but individual voices carry through even during full-group improvisations.” - Neil Tesser (Chicago Reader)
Golombisky tied several elements of enduring hurricanes together into one single piece that represents beauty, chaos, confusion, and what’s left thereafter such destruction to piece back together in this “improvised concerto”. The piece was also first performed live on-air for Chicago's WNUR 89.3FM Airplay show on Golombisky’s 29th birthday, hence the name Gustav 29 Hanna Concerto.
Helen Gillet - cello & featured soloist (Mat Maneri, Hamid Drake, Nicole Mitchell, Ken Vandermark, Michael Ray, Paul Lytton, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, Smokey Robinson, John Popper, Members of Morphine with Jeremy Lyons, Wayne Horvitz, Allison Miller, Marco Benevento, Johnny Vidacovich, Michael Zerang, Mars Williams, Mike Dillon, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey)
Matthew Golombisky - composer/conductor (Via Tania, Zing!, Pedway, Lucky 7s)
Quin Kirchner - drums & melodica (Wild Belle, NOMO)
James Davis - trumpet & flugelhorn (Beveled, Heyday Sextet, Zing!)
Caroline Davis - alto saxophone (her quartet, Maitri, Fatbook, Von Freeman, Zing!)
Pablo Chin - clarinet (Ensemble Recherche, ICE, Anubis Quartet, MAVerick Ensemble, Dal Niente)
Douglas Johnson - contrabass (Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Gunnelpumpers)
Lilianna Wosko - cello (Illinois Philharmonic, Lira Ensemble, Dolce String Quartet)
Thad Franklin - trumpet
Katie Wiegman - vibraphone (Algernon)
Natalie Szabo - clarinet
Jennifer Swanson - flute
Hanna Mathey - viola
“...the result is quite the aural and visual amusement, simultaneously artistic and intriguing. One minute they’re pumping out a big-band sound before a completely natural-sounding Afrobeat seamlessly shakes its way into the ensemble. A playful yet serious blending of genres makes TMO an un-intimidating way to expose oneself to classical and traditional jazz blended with elements of rock. A word of caution: just sit back and enjoy it — because if you spend too much time trying to identify all the sounds, you’ll just end up lost in the richness of it all.” – Jen Fischer (ChicagoInnerview)
"...tracks twist and churn in unpredictable ways, giving each beat its own particular, peculiar and persuasive personality." Nooga
"...many aural colors and soundscapes, exhilarating and unique." Ghettoblaster
Concerning the recent Via Tania and the Tomorrow Music Orchestra release:
"...a cross between the baroque indie rock of Owen Pallett with the jazzy feel of Norah Jones... it is smokin’ and beautiful, and the whole wide world deserves to hear music that is this fragile and moving." Invisible Ink
"...orchestral musicians who provide her compositions with both a substantial amount of sonic heft and a retro sensibility that she seems to enjoy tweaking in a good-natured, Bjork-like way." Entertainment Weekly
"...individual tracks functioning more like movements in a sizeable art piece... the album balances on the edge of the heavy and ethereal... an emotionally resonant work of understated beauty." Exclaim
"...full of lush string arrangements, instantly drawing comparisons to Björk’s florid chamber-pop... lovingly crafted by many talented hands, full of clever figures and arty arrangements..." 4zzzFM
"...a sound that feels both grand in scale... ambient string arrangements make for a beautiful, bluesy tune." Culture Collide
"...precocious strings, sensual bass lines, glorious horns, and a bit of 'magical twinkle' sounds up your alley consider this release a must own." Everything Is Chemical
"The Tomorrow Music Orchestra’s organic sound and wide variety of classic instruments... compliment her beautiful, breathy voice to create a soft, delicate, and dreamlike sound..." Sound Colour Vibration
"...tear-jerking chamber folk..." WRUV
"The album mixes pop songs with chamber orchestra, allowing for many aural colors and soundscapes, exhilarating and unique." Neufutur
Recorded and mixed by Brian Bullard at SPANK! Studio, Chicago, IL
Additional mixing by Matthew Golombisky
Mastered by Peter Andreadis at All City Mastering, Chicago, IL
Album art photography by Matthew Golombisky
Layout/Design by Magdalena Fumagalli
Video trailer filming and editing by Matthew Golombisky on location in Quila Quina, San Martin de los Andes, Patagonia, Argentina.
ears&eyes Records: www.earsandeyesrecords.com
Live performance opening the first ever Strobe Sessions, Chicago: youtu.be/Rpb7usP7EAo
Behind the scenes recording for Via Tania’s latest release with Charles Rumback: youtu.be/xx57ddMNL1g
Via Tania’s music video for “I See You Tiger”: youtu.be/uW9eU1w_l0c