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Two Forms of Multitudes: Conducted Improvisations

by Moe! Staiano's MOE!KESTRA!

A leader in monster ensembles & percussionist for Sleepy Time Guerrilla Museum, Moe. Staiano is a unique bay area percussionist/composer who on this CD leads a mass amount of stellar SF Bay Area musicians playing in huge clusters in a dissonant array...
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1. Conducted Improvisation Piece No. 5 -
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2. Conducted Improvisation Piece No. 5 -
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3. Conducted Improvisation Piece No. 5 -
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4. Conducted Improvisation Piece No. 5 -
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5. Conducted Improvisation Piece No. 5 -
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6. Conducted Improvisation Piece No. 5 -
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7. Conducted Improvisation Piece No. 4 -
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8. Conducted Improvisation Piece No. 4 -
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9. Conducted Improvisation Piece No. 4 -
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10. Conducted Improvisation Piece No. 4 -
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11. Conducted Improvisation Piece No. 4 -
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Long overdue groundbreaking experimental big band CD from Bay Area's leading and exciting composer/performer Moe! Staiano, also percussionist for Sleepy Time Guerrilla Museum, featuring two of his large scale conducted improvisations performed by his dedicated creative orchestra MOE!KESTRA! This album is a tri-release of Dephine Knormal Musik/Pax Recordings/Edgetone Records.

Notes from Moe! Staiano:
Two forms of multitudes. A mass amount of musicians playing in huge clusters in a dissonant array, forming a wall of musical noise. I have always enjoyed working with a large orchestra using multitudes of the same instrument. I love a large sound or many players playing all at once in a massive frenzy. These shows were conducted improvisations, which evolved with my own style of cueing musicians; using hand cues, on the spot written notation, etc. Sometimes I include a set of prepared written notations. For the pieces presented here, I used a few notations and preparations that were identical for both shows. It was very interesting how different the results came out varying between the two, in spite of using the same notations. Presenting the very same idea twice in two separate performances, with two almost completely different performing orchestras and having it come out differently altogether. It's always a surprise after doing a piece once and having a certain expectation for a performance the second time around, and then having the outcome be extremely different. In improvisation you take chances, not knowing what flaws, mistakes, or unexpected surprises may take place and the results can be either satisfying or a big mesh of noise (as is the case many times). Improvisation is about chance, taking risk and the mystery of what the outcome will be, unknowing of what the unexpected turns out. It's about breaking down your expectations and being open to what is in the moment. These are two examples of those heated results. --Moe! Staiano April 2003 This album is a tri-release of: Dephine Knormal Musik/Pax Recordings/Edgetone Records

Musicians for Piece No. 5:
Soprano saxophone: Phillip Greenlief
Alto saxophone: Michael Zelner
Tenor saxophone: Alan Anzalone, Henry Kuntz, Michael Cooke
Clarinet: Jason Ditzian
Trumpet: Tom Djll, Freddi Price, Matt Volla
Trombone: Jennifer Baker
Violin: Jeff Hobbs, Joan Ling-Zwissler
Viola: Cheryl E. Leonard, Jorge Boehringer
Contrabass: Bobby Todd
Electric guitar: Matt Lebofsky, Alwyn Quebido
Electric bass: Peter Conheim
Theremin: Robert Silverman
Drums: Tyler Cox
Electronic drum pad: Thomas Scandura
Percussion, all-sorts: Michael Guarino, Suki O'Kane, Ali Tabatabai,
Peter Valsamis, Phil Williams,
William Winant
Conductor, percussion: Moe! Staiano

Recorded live at the Oakland Metro, Oakland, CA, 21st November, 2002. Recorded by Michael Zelner/ZOKA.

Musicians for Piece No. 4:
Saxophone: Alan Anzalone, Michael Zelner (+Clarinet), Rent Romus, Colin Stetson
Clarinet: Richard E. Barber, Matt Ingalls
Recorder: Tom Bickley
Flute: Erica Fallin
Violin: Jeff Hobbs
Viola: Cheryl E. Leonard
Cello: Merlin Coleman, Bob Marsh
Electric guitar: Michael de la Cuesta,
Eli Good, Sue Hutchinson, Alwyn Quebido, Rick Rees
Electric acoustic guitar: Ernesto Diaz-Infante
Electric bass: Tom Corboline, Jonathan Segel
Theremin: Robert Silverman
Piano: Scott Looney
Drums: Tyler Cox, Mat Kolenmainen, Thomas Scandura, Chris Sipe
Percussion, all sorts: Tim Bolling, Michael Guarino, Suki O'Kane, Garth Powell
Voice: Jesse Quattro
Conductor: Moe! Staiano
+ Hand claps from most members of the orchestra

Recorded live for radio broadcast on KFJC, 89.7 FM from the
Appreciation Hall at Foothill College, Los Altos Hills, CA, 13th April, 2002. Live recording by Jeff Wilson for KFJC.

Moe! Staiano Biography:
A leader in monster ensemble formations and percussionist for Sleepy Time Guerrilla Museum, Moe! Staiano is a unique percussionist who usually uses found objects, but has moved to doing drumming on found objects on his trap set (i.e. prepared percussion). Moe!, has experimented through the years with solo percussion using pipes, food pans, pressure caps, sheet metals, nick-nacks & other stuff that has been found, given or stolen (some from Pizza Hut including a nifty Spatula that he bows). His shows can usually expect a big mess in one fashion or another with implements of mixers & vibrators spewed throughout the set. He's been a good boy cleaning up after him, however.He has collaborated with many musicians including Ron Anderson (the Molecules, RonRuins, PAK), Morgan Guberman, Tom Nunn, David Slusser, Karen Stackpole, Ches Smith, Dennis Fritts, Caroline Kraabel & John Edwards (Shock Exchange), Gino Robair and has performed with all these plus Henry Kaiser, Mark Growden's Electric Pinata, Amy Denio and have had guest apperances with Species Being, O24c, Job and a Portland (now broken up) band Add-X. He still bugs Mono Pause about wanting to be a member of their band as Moe! claims that they're the best band he's ever seen.



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Francois Couture, All Music Guide

sculpt shapes in masses of sounds
Taking a cue from Lawrence "Butch" Morris, Moe! Staiano (he actually writes his first name with an exclamation point) conducts two 40-minute pieces on this album. Recorded on separate occasions, and with different troops, the two pieces share the same sets of prepared written notations and hand cues, but the results are quite different. Staiano approaches large ensemble "conduction" as both a way to sculpt shapes in masses of sounds, and as a way to stage melodic and rhythmical fragments. The two ensembles consist of musicians from the Bay Area. On "Piece No. 5", there is a hefty brass section, a mismatched string section (no cellos, but both double bass and electric bass), theremin, one drum set, and seven percussionists (including William Winant). For "Piece No. 4," the brass section shrinks considerably, a flute is added, the strings section is developed (now including cellos and five guitarists), piano, four drummers, four percussionists, and a singer. Well, Jesse Quattro is both a singer and screamer, active in the death metal group Saint Of Killers, and in the experimental/improv collective The Abstractions, together with guitarist Ernesto Diaz-Infante, cellist Bob Marsh, and sax player Rent Romus, all present for this session. At times the music sounds thoroughly prepared, at others it becomes very chaotic, but Staiano keeps things under control, and the music has a gripping drive that compensates for the lack of detail in sound quality (recording a 30-piece orchestra with little to no budget presents certain risks). Highlights are found in Part Three of "Piece No. 5," where a percussive locomotive propels a melody jumping around from instrument to instrument, while sustained brass clusters are being shaped, and in Part Four of "Piece No. 4," where Robert Silverman's theremin gets an unexpected feature spot backed by droning guitars.

Aquarius Records

they're rollercoaster rides of sonic experimentation that leave many a listener
Woohooo! here's another release from the mad percussion wizard of Sleepytime Gorilla Museum (and formerly Idiot Flesh)... it's Moe! Staiano (yes, that exclamation point belongs there). This cd features the debut recordings of his highly skilled, high stamina'd Moe!kestra. Two Forms Of Multitudes is yet another display of Staiano's always impressive, expansive and trippy improvs. Played out on an eclectic mish mash of both conventional and found-object instruments, they're rollercoaster rides of sonic experimentation that leave many a listener reelin'.