Genre: Ambient / Jazz / Lounge
Location ROCHESTER, New York, US
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Last Login: 2/22/2011
Member Since 2/20/2007
Record Label Earring Records
Type of Label Indie
Bio.. ......MARGARET EXPLOSION.. .... .."One of the most original and unusual bands in Rochester; a five-piece ensemble exploring all sorts of musical dimensions linked to free jazz, Third World melodies, exotic instrumentation and a spacey, enveloping sort of music. the Explosion plays with a single-minded purpose and organic oneness that's most impressive." – Jack Garner - D&C .."The Margaret Explosion's music is infinite, eternally elegant, and mystical. Their esoteric wonder paints pictures in my head nonstop." - Frank DeBlase - Rochester City Newspaper .. ......Read More Margaret Explosion Reviews.. ....
Influences..Sun Ra, Ornette Coleman, Eric Dolphy, Miles Davis, Art Ensemble of Chicago, Duke Ellington, Peggy Lee, Archie Shepp, Joe Henderson, Don Cherry, Ed Blackwell, Terje Rydal, Tin Hat Trio, Moondog, Thelonious Monk, Respect Sextet, John and Alice Coltrane, Billy Bang, Captain Beefheart, MX-80 Sound, Tim Buckley, Last Poets, Leonard Cohen, George Jones, Son House, Lightning Hopkins, James Brown, Bootsy Collins, Joni Mitchell, Personal Effects, Invisible Idiot, Pete LaBonne, Flower City Five, Nod, Dreamland Faces, Beach Boys, Beatles and the Stones. ..
Sounds Like..Frank DeBlase from Rochester NY City Newspaper says: .."The Margaret Explosion's music is infinite, eternally elegant, and mystical. It is a musical journey with no end --- or beginning, for that matter. The Margaret Explosion is slow-motion psychedelia that conjures images and colors. It will awaken things in your head. You will see. .. ..The lyric-free lilt the music offers is a more complex and interesting narrative than found in most songs with words; like thoughts in larval from, before they get fleshed out with consonants and vowels. And in this case the narrative belongs to the listener --- as well the band --- for there is no map, no compass, no divining rod. When artists jam, someone typically holds the baton; there is a framework. The Margaret Explosion doesn't have one. It's the blues without the bones. "We call what we do simultaneous, spontaneous composition rather than jamming," Martin says. "And it's a huge difference." .. ..The key to The Margaret Explosion's exploratory freedom is the fact that its members hang on the one; there are virtually no chord changes. Yet they keep it interesting somehow. The narcotic push and pull of Dodd's drums with Ken Frank's casual camel-in-a-caravan bass walk combine with Martin's lush wash of six-stringed layers that suggest a big, big sky. Fournier's soprano sax undulates like smoke. This is where melody merges with atmosphere. "Fortunately Peggi's in the band," Martin says. "Otherwise it would sound pretty boring." And when Martin solos, extant melodies sometime bubble to the surface. It's like faces in the sky; you stare at clouds long enough you're bound to see someone you know. .. .."If I sorta hear it in there, I'll play with it a little bit," Martin says. "It's kind of a staple of jazz; to quote a melody and move past it. It's very subtle never over the top." Despite the sonic expeditions and excursions to anywhere, The Margaret Explosion does have a vague idea of what the music requires and how they can keep it fresh. "There is certainly a pattern to what we do," Fournier says. "I'm sure a lot of people think everything we do sounds the same. We do try to make some variations." .. ..Variations not withstanding, the core Margaret Explosion sound is eerie and dreamy and picturesque. You can thank the minor keys for that. "It's a very happy minor," Martin says. ..
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