Mick Rossi’s Anti-Matter – Live At Barbes

 Mick Rossi’s Anti-Matter – Live at Barbes

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‘Perverse, gnarly, and self-challenging.’ – All About Jazz
Anti-Matter is six extremely accomplished musicians who sound as if they’ve barely had a music lesson. Composed by Mick Rossi (Philip Glass / Paul Simon), the group is a mix between a twisted funk ensemble and new-music surf band. Featuring Billy Drewes (Bill Frisell), Ron Horton (Andrew Hill), Alan Ferber (Charlie Hunter), Michael Sarin (Myra Melford), Michael Bates (Chris Speed) and Mick Rossi.

Performing diverse and progressive work rooted in the NY Downtown scene at venues including the Knitting Factory, The Stone, MoMA and most recently as curator and artist-in-residence at Spectrum NYC (Outliers Series), Rossi is celebrated as “an exemplar of the cross-fertilization between jazz and classical music worlds” and “one of the most lucid, original and creative minds of the New York scene” (All About Jazz). He is simultaneously a longtime member of the Philip Glass Ensemble as well as the Paul Simon band as pianist and percussionist, showcasing not only technical proficiency but capable of divergent idiomatic disciplines. He has appeared on eleven recordings with Philip Glass, and eight with Paul Simon (including “Koyaanisqatsi Live with the NY Philharmonic,” “Einstein On The Beach” and “Austin City Limits” respectively). Rossi has also conducted for Mr. Glass, including “Book of Longing” (Sydney Opera House) and “Dracula.” Rossi has served as music director and curator of the MATA Festival, music director of the Public Theater’s “The Bacchae” (dir. JoAnne Akalaitis), percussionist with Philip Glass and Laurie Anderson at Carnegie Hall, and conductor and co-orchestrator of Renée Fleming’s “Dark Hope.” Recent feature articles include The Sydney Morning Herald (“A prodigiously gifted musician and composer”) and Keyboard Magazine (“Pyrotechnics with Paul Simon”). Additional releases include “Live At MoMA” (Supertrain Records) and recordings with John King and Peter Hess, respectively. Mick Rossi’s music reveals a commitment to a strong classical foundation and rigorous approach to improvisation. Rossi’s recent accomplishments include his “String Quartet No. 3” at Merkin Hall premiered by JACK QT (“Bartokian and energetic” – NY Times), “OMNI” commissioned and performed by yMusic, “Songs From The Broken Land” “…virtuosic, intense and humorous – a master improviser is at work” – AAJ (OMM), MoMA Live, and his tenth solo album “160” released by Innova (“A masterpiece difficult to label” – AAJ).

Billy Drewes, reeds
Ron Horton, trumpet
Alan Ferber, trombone
Michael Sarin, drums
Michael Bates, bass (studio guest)
Mick Rossi, keyboard

All music composed and produced by Mick Rossi
© ℗ Blue Shift Music, ASCAP
Mastered by Mick Rossi
Recorded live at Barbes (Brooklyn, NY) January 17, 2010
Recorded by Scott Friedlander


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