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Jason Robinson

The music of American reedist and composer Jason Robinson focuses on the relationship between improvisation, experimentalism and cultural identity. His current performance interests include the intersection of improvisation and composition, new electroacoustic processing and interaction enabled through software-based technologies, multisite networked performance and the relationship between popular music and experimentalism. He performs regularly as a soloist (acoustically and with electronics), with groups he co-leads (Cosmologic and the Cross Border Trio), as a leader of varying ensembles performing his original music and in a variety of collaborative contexts.

Fall 2010 marks a watershed in Robinson’s output as a leader. He releases three concurrent albums showcasing an enormous breadth of his creative work. These releases include The Two Faces of Janus (Cuneiform), featuring a New York-based ensemble that includes Drew Gress, Liberty Ellman, George Schuller, Marty Ehrlich and Rudresh Mahanthappa; Cerulean Landscape (Clean Feed), featuring the long time collaboration of Robinson and acclaimed pianist and composer Anthony Davis; and Cerberus Reigning (Accretions), the much anticipated second installment of the “Cerberus” trilogy, featuring Robinson’s remarkable solo electroacoustic music.

Robinson has performed at festivals and prominent venues in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Europe. He has performed or recorded with Peter Kowald, George Lewis, Anthony Davis, Marty Ehrlich, Eugene Chadbourne, Earl Howard, Emily Hay, Jeff Kaiser, Toots and the Maytals, Groundation, Elijah Emanuel and the Revelations, Bertram Turetzky, Mark Dresser, John Russell, Roger Turner, Gerry Hemingway, Kei Akagi, Mel Graves, Liberty Ellman, Babatunde Olatunji, Mel Martin, Marco Eneidi, Lisle Ellis, Raphe Malik, Mike Wofford, J.D. Parran, Dana Reason, David Borgo, Nathan Hubbard, Michael Dessen, Contemporary Jazz Orchestra (at Pearl's, San Francisco), the La Jolla Symphony, SONOR (UCSD), and the San Francisco Mime Troupe, among others. Robinson has published articles and reviews in Ethnomusicology, Critical Studies in Improvisation/ Études critiques en improvisation and Jazz Perspectives. He is an Assistant Professor of Music at Amherst College and holds a Ph.D. in Music from the University of California, San Diego.

Discography



Jason Robinson: Cerberus Reigning
CAT. #: ALP051
The second in a trilogy of Jason Robinson's conceptual solo saxophone releases, Cerberus Reigning offers a richly evocative collection of electroacoustic pieces that tell a story about an other-worldly three-belled saxophone of sorts.



Various Artists: 25
CAT. #: ALP050
Celebrating 25 Years of Sonic Explorations.

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Trummerflora: Rubble 2
CAT. #: A/C-202
Twelve new tracks from Trummerflora, the experimental music collective, offer a taste of the diverse musical landscape these artists inhabit.



Trummerflora: Rubble 1
CAT. #: A/C-201
A compilation featuring works by various members and ensembles of the Trummerflora Collective.



Jason Robinson: Tandem
CAT. #: ALP025
A conceptual "duo" cd that blurs the genre boundaries of jazz, electronic, ambient and experimental. Robinson is paired with an all-star cast, including Peter Kowald, George Lewis, Anthony Davis, Marcelo Radulovich, Hans Fjellestad, Nathan Hubbard and Stephanie Johnson.



The Trummerflora Collective: No Stars Please
CAT. #: ALP022
A collection of live concert recordings featuring a capricious roster of performers, including Marcos Fernandes, Hans Fjellestad, Damon Holzborn, Nathan Hubbard, Robert Montoya, Marcelo Radulovich and Jason Robinson, with guest appearances by George Lewis, Lê Quan Ninh, Mike Keneally and Ellen Weller.


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"A capaciously creative improviser."
-Andrew Gilbert, Los Angeles Times

"...a potent improviser who occasionally steps into the Albert Ayler zone...thoughtful writing and bold instincts."
- Bill Milkowski, JazzTimes

"Wildly spontaneous..."
- Don Heckman, Los Angeles Times

"stimulating"
- Andy Hamilton, The Wire

"Robinson's special gift is an emotional intensity that keeps things at the boiling point."
- Jazz Now Magazine

"Robinson plays his tenor with singes of fire."
- Cadence Magazine

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