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    Listen: Rob Mazurek Releases "Parable 3000" From Upcoming Album, "Dimensional Stardust"

    Marfa, TX-based multidisciplinary artist/musician Rob Mazurek, whose new Exploding Star Orchestra album, Dimensional Stardust, is due November 20 on International Anthem / Nonesuch Records, has released a new album track, "Parable 3000 (We All Come From Somewhere Else)." A visualizer for the song, featuring video by Mathieu Constans, can be seen below. Videos for three previously released tracks fro the album, “Galaxy 1000," “The Careening Prism Within (Parable 43)," "A Wrinkle in Time Sets Concentric Circles Reeling,” directed by Mikel Patrick Avery, are also available.

    Mazurek says of the new track: “Polyphonic Fire Chant ... Healing Earth Breathing Apparatus ... Signal Cone Clashing Triad Elixir ... ‘Parable 3000’ belts its way through time and space with Nicole Mitchell’s flutes lighting the way with angular, mystic intervallic darting, churning triple drums from Taylor-Herndon-Avery. We are all Dimensional Stardust, We All Come from Somewhere Else.”

    Rob Mazurek has made an indelible impact on creative music over the past thirty years, since emerging from the musical nexus of the 1990s Chicago scene. He has written more than 400 compositions, is featured on more than seventy recordings from various labels, and has led or co-led many ensembles, including Exploding Star Orchestra (his flagship large ensemble), Chicago Underground, Isotope 217, and more.

    Dimensional Stardust features twelve musicians—Damon Locks, Nicole Mitchell, Jeff Parker, Jaimie Branch, Joel Ross, Mikel Patrick Avery, Tomeka Reid, Chad Taylor, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, Macie Stewart, Angelica Sanchez, and John Herndon—rigorously arranged and conducted by Mazurek.

    The album recalls an array of Mazurek’s symphonic­ influences—from Béla Bartók to Morton Feldman to Gil Evans to Sun Ra to Pedro Santos to Bill Dixon to The Art Ensemble of Chicago. Opting to focus on tight ensemble orchestration over passages of open improvisation, on Dimensional Stardust Mazurek distills a maximal orchestra of explosive improvisers into a beautifully restrained, graceful group exercise in melodic minimalism.

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Listen: Rob Mazurek Releases "Parable 3000" From Upcoming Album, "Dimensional Stardust"

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Rob Mazurek, whose new Exploding Star Orchestra album, Dimensional Stardust, is due November 20 on International Anthem / Nonesuch Records, has released a new album track, "Parable 3000 (We All Come From Somewhere Else)." A visualizer for the song, featuring video by Mathieu Constans, can be seen here.

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Marfa, TX-based multidisciplinary artist/musician Rob Mazurek, whose new Exploding Star Orchestra album, Dimensional Stardust, is due November 20 on International Anthem / Nonesuch Records, has released a new album track, "Parable 3000 (We All Come From Somewhere Else)." A visualizer for the song, featuring video by Mathieu Constans, can be seen below. Videos for three previously released tracks fro the album, “Galaxy 1000," “The Careening Prism Within (Parable 43)," "A Wrinkle in Time Sets Concentric Circles Reeling,” directed by Mikel Patrick Avery, are also available.

Mazurek says of the new track: “Polyphonic Fire Chant ... Healing Earth Breathing Apparatus ... Signal Cone Clashing Triad Elixir ... ‘Parable 3000’ belts its way through time and space with Nicole Mitchell’s flutes lighting the way with angular, mystic intervallic darting, churning triple drums from Taylor-Herndon-Avery. We are all Dimensional Stardust, We All Come from Somewhere Else.”

Rob Mazurek has made an indelible impact on creative music over the past thirty years, since emerging from the musical nexus of the 1990s Chicago scene. He has written more than 400 compositions, is featured on more than seventy recordings from various labels, and has led or co-led many ensembles, including Exploding Star Orchestra (his flagship large ensemble), Chicago Underground, Isotope 217, and more.

Dimensional Stardust features twelve musicians—Damon Locks, Nicole Mitchell, Jeff Parker, Jaimie Branch, Joel Ross, Mikel Patrick Avery, Tomeka Reid, Chad Taylor, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, Macie Stewart, Angelica Sanchez, and John Herndon—rigorously arranged and conducted by Mazurek.

The album recalls an array of Mazurek’s symphonic­ influences—from Béla Bartók to Morton Feldman to Gil Evans to Sun Ra to Pedro Santos to Bill Dixon to The Art Ensemble of Chicago. Opting to focus on tight ensemble orchestration over passages of open improvisation, on Dimensional Stardust Mazurek distills a maximal orchestra of explosive improvisers into a beautifully restrained, graceful group exercise in melodic minimalism.

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