PRE-ORDER: William Parker – Migration of Silence Into and Out of The Tone World [Volumes 1–10]

PRE-ORDER: William Parker – Migration of Silence Into and Out of The Tone World [Volumes 1–10]

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PRE-ORDERS ON NOW  Release date is January 29, 2021
Pre-Orders will begin shipping on or around January 15

[CENTERING 1020–1029] - 10-CD Box Set = 10 All New Albums, created November 2018–February 2020, expressly for this Box Set
/// Strictly Limited Deluxe First Edition [ 991 total ] = Custom-made box & sleeves w/ two extensive booklets: 36pg full-color Main & 24pg Lyrics
/// Signed Edition / AUM-exclusive [ 51 of 991 total ] = Signed by William Parker in silver ink (inside of box), hand-numbered by AUM.


10 Albums – 91 total tracks – 594 minutes (10 hours) of all new music

Composed, Arranged & Produced by William Parker

MUSICIANS
William Parker: compositions, bass & additional instruments
Featuring an international, inter-generational array of singers & musicians some 30-strong, drawn from both long-standing colleagues and a new generation of devoted artists [ more details below ]

That William Parker is a bassist, composer and bandleader of extraordinary spirit and imaginative drive is common knowledge among any with an interest in the progressive jazz scene of the past 25 years or more. What’s become increasingly apparent, though, is Parker’s stature as a visionary of sound and song – an artist of melody and poetry who works beyond category, to use the Ellingtonian phrase. The latest multi-disc boxed set from Centering Records/AUM Fidelity devoted to Parker’s expansive creativity underscores his virtually peerless achievement in recent years.

Migration of Silence Into and Out of the Tone World (Volumes 1–10) is a 10-album collection of vocal and instrumental suites all recorded expressly for this set between late 2018 and early 2020, with women’s voices at its core (both on voice & other instruments). This is music as empathetic as it is intrepid, as philosophical as it is visceral, as resolutely modernist as it is attuned to tradition. Parker’s art not only draws from the deepest well of African-American culture; it breathes in inspiration from across the globe, with sounds drawn from Africa, Asia and Indonesia as well as Europe and the Americas; there is free improvisation and re-imagined sonic collage; there are album-length explorations of solo piano and solo voice, along with string ensembles and ancient wind instruments. There are dedications to jazz heroes, Native Americans and Mexican migrants, plus tributes to the great African-American culture of Harlem and the mix of passion and compassion Parker found in vintage Italian cinema. Migration of Silence Into and Out of The Tone World conjures a vast world of music and feeling, and its creation is a feat that ranks with that of the most ambitious talents in any genre.


Album/Disc 1 - Blue Limelight
featuring Raina Sokolov-Gonzalez: voice -&- Ensemble
[ Mara Rosenbloom: piano / Peter Dennis: bass / Scot Moore: violin
Reina Murooka: violin / Tina Burova: violin / Jim Ferraiuolo: oboe
Kevin Murray: drums / Jim Clouse: drums
Special guest, Jason Kao Hwang: violin ]

1. Listen - 01:26
2. Cosmic Funk - 04:24
3. I'd Rather Be - 03:51
4. A Great Day to be Dead - 06:09
5. Jenny's Interlude - 02:28
6. Blue Limelight - 06:17
7. Bennie's Tune - 07:53
8. Recall - 01:20
9. Kachina Song - 03:18
10. All I Ever Want - 02:20
11. Where the Angels Live - 02:27
12. Old Tears - 05:19


Album/Disc 2 - Child of Sound
featuring Eri Yamamoto: piano

1. Malachi's Mode - 04:59
2. Malcolm's Smile - 04:00
3. This Sweet Land - 03:50
4. The Golden Light (Hymn) - 03:52
5. Mexico - 04:43
6. Broken Promises - 04:55
7. Child of Sound - 05:15
8. Sky Falling - 04:53
9. Adobe House - 04:27
10. Rez Sunset - 00:36
11. Trail of Tears I - 01:23
12. Trail of Tears II - 04:46
13. Rez Sunrise - 05:53
14. Ascending Earth - 05:04


Album/Disc 3 - The Majesty of Jah
featuring Ellen Christie: voice, sampling, collage, production
with Jalalu-Kalvert Nelson: trumpet & William Parker: bass,
donso ngoni, percussion, voice on "Freedom"

1. Baldwin - 08:16
2. The Majesty of Jah - 08:21
3. Freedom - 08:56
4. Sun Song - 06:49
5. Numbers - 06:29
6. Letter To A Resurrected Slave Owner - 04:52


Album/Disc 4 - Cheops
featuring Kyoko Kitamura: voice  -&-  Ensemble
[ Matt Moran: vibes / Ben Stapp: tuba / Kayla Milmine-Abbott: soprano sax
/ Rachel Housle: drums / William Parker: bass, bass duduk
& fujara overtone flute on “If We Play Soft Enough” ]

1. Entire Universe - 13:36
2. Cheops - 13:51
3. The Map Is Precise - 08:03
4. If We Play Soft Enough - 22:17
5. Harriott - 12:51


Album/Disc 5 - Harlem Speaks
featuring Fay Victor: voice / Hamid Drake: drums, frame drum
/ William Parker: bass, guembri, balafon, gralla

1. Dancing at the Savoy - 04:45
2. Don't Sell My Soul - 11:53
3. Harlem Dances - 11:37
4. Harlem Speaks - 07:17
5. Paintings in the Sky - 0:23
6. Shutters as Windows - 18:17


Album/Disc 6 - Mexico
featuring Jean Carla Rodea: voice  -&-  Universal Tonality Ensemble
[ Brahim Fribgane: oud / Jackson Krall: tenor drum / Ariel Bart: harmonica
/ Ohad Kapuya: bass / Illay Sabag: piano / Kevin Murray: drums & percussion
/ Rachel Housle: drums & percussion / special guests Jim Clouse: tenor sax
/ Matt Lavelle: trumpet / Matt Lambiase: trumpet / William Parker: Serbian
flute & gralla on “Tilted Mirror”; kamele ngoni on “The Bleeding Tree” ]

1. Tilted Mirror - 27:12
2. Mexico - 17:11
3. The Bleeding Tree - 11:54
4. It Is for You - 09:55


AlbumDisc 7 - Afternoon Poem

featuring Lisa Sokolov: voice

1. Song to Lift Sadness (Morning) - 02:19
2. The Sky is Always Beautiful - 03:23
3. Morning Bird - 03:36
4. Rocket Man - 02:20
5. Essence Calling Out - 05:40
6. Afternoon Poem - 01:41
7. First Vision - 00:24
8. Green and Brown - 02:20
9. I Believe - 00:56
10. I Will Die for You - 03:05
11. Song for Patricia - 01:25
12. My Cup - 02:22
13. Silent Whispers - 03:27
14. It Would Never Be Long Enough - 03:07
15. Song to Lift Sadness (Evening) - 02:20
+
16. Cloud And Sea Fading As Rain Falls - 7:31


Album/Disc 8 - Lights In The Rain (The Italian Directors Suite)

featuring Andrea Wolper: voice  -&-  Ensemble
[ Illay Sabag: piano / Ariel Bart: harmonica / Jim Ferraiuolo: oboe / Rachel Housle:
drums / Peter Dennis: bass / Ohad Kapuya: bass / William Parker: cornet ]

1. Visconti - 10:25
2. Fellini - 10:44
3. Pasolini - 06:07
4. Leone - 04:50
5. De Sica - 08:35
6. Rossellini - 09:05
7. Gospel - 05:12
8. Milano - 02:27
9. Lights in the Rain - 02:41
10. Antonioni - 06:03


Album/Disc 9 - The Fastest Train

featuring William Parker / Coen Aalberts /  Klaas Hekman

1. The Elders at the Edge of the World part 1 - 04:07
2. Cultivation - 05:10
3. Deep Spirit - 02:18
4. Family Voice - 05:06
5. Listen to the Sky - 05:13
6. Sacred Prayers - 05:09
7. Host for the Anointed - 02:21
8. Bamboo Village - 04:41
9. Blessed - 04:57
10. The Flute Reaches Out - 04:00
11. The World's Fastest Train - 03:44
12. Joyous and Delightful - 06:47
13. The Elders at the Edge of the World part 2 - 07:44


Album/Disc 10 - Manzanar
featuring Universal Tonality String Quartet +
[ Melanie Dyer: viola / Jason Kao Hwang: violin / Gwen Laster: violin / Dara Bloom: cello
with William Parker: khaen, Navajo flute, fujara overtone flute on “Khaen” ]

1.  Charcoal Paragraphs - 15:18
2. Khaen - 20:22
3. Lakota Song - 07:00
4. Manzanar - 08:48
+
5. On Being Native - 21:15
[ featuring Jason Kao Hwang: violin / Jean Cook: violin
 / Nicole Federici: viola / Alexander Waterman: cello
 with Daniel Carter: alto saxophone ]


Composed, Arranged & Produced by William Parker
for Centering Records, © Centering Music (BMI)

Recorded, Mixed & Mastered by Jim Clouse
at Park West Studios, Brooklyn
November 2018 – February 2020
(except as noted in booklet)

All text [liner notes & lyrics] written by William Parker
(except as noted in booklet)

Artwork throughout this work by Jo Wood-Brown
Box Set production & design by Steven Joerg