Apophenia is trumpeter/composer Miguel Gorodi’s debut release of original compositions written for his nonet featuring leading British musicians Gareth Lockrane (flutes), Michael Chillingworth (alto sax / clarinet), George Crowley (tenor sax / bass clarinet), Kieran McLeod (trombone), Ray Hearne (tuba), Ralph Wyld (vibraphone), Conor Chaplin (double bass) and Dave Hamblett (drums).
Gorodi is inspired by jazz musicians such as Steve Coleman, Steve Lehman, Tyshawn Sorey, Thelonious Monk and Wayne Shorter, as well as the classical composers Louis Andriessen, Gérard Grisey, Per Nørgård and Stravinsky. He uses these musical influences to communicate existential themes of meaning making, the absurd, angst and free will. “I have become fascinated by how apophenia, a process of meaning making, fits into the existentialist idea that life has no objective meaning, purpose or intrinsic value, and that we must create our own,” explains Gorodi. “I believe engaging with art is a means to practice meaning making and is therefore helpful in fostering a fulfilling life.”
Gorodi’s music balances texture, colour, form and interweaving rhythmic structures to create evocative sound worlds for these exceptional improvisers to explore within. Two pieces stand out among the nine original compositions and are set to be released ahead of the album – ‘La Nausée’ and ‘Time Sigmund’. The former is inspired by Jean-Paul Sartre’s novel of the same name. “This piece grew out of a very simple idea that is manipulated over and over, resulting in the kind disorientation Sartre’s protagonist experiences when he suffers attacks of ‘nausea’,” explains Gorodi. “I interpreted these as maddening panic attacks brought on by depressing ruminations of meaningless.” The overall structure (micro and macro) of ‘Time Sigmund’ is informed by Per Norgard’s ‘infinity series’ – a never-ending, self-perpetuating sequence of numbers that creates a fractal pattern, which balances familiarity with novelty. Gorodi again draws parallels with Jean-Paul Sartre’s work l’Âge de Raison (The Age of Reason) in his efforts to communicate the anxiety and regret one may feel if life is not lived to the full.
UK CONCERT DATES
17 June – NQ Jazz at the Whisky Jar, Manchester
18 June – Parr Jazz, Liverpool
3 October – Sound Cellar, Poole
10 October – Future Inns, Bristol
12 October – Jazz at HEART, Leeds
15 October – Hauser & Wirth Recital Hall, Bruton
2 November – The Verdict, Brighton