Lisa Mezzacappa’s Panoramic Song cycle
New World Records
Glorious Ravage is a panoramic free jazz song cycle by San Francisco Bay Area bassist and composer Lisa Mezzacappa, that features a large ensemble of stellar California improvisers performing with films created by Bay Area moving image artists Janis Crystal Lipzin, Kathleen Quillian, Alfonso Alvarez and Konrad Steiner. The program takes as its inspiration the adventures and writings of lady explorers of the 19th century who trekked to the wildest parts of the earth, to escape, to discover, and to lose themselves.
Glorious Ravage premiered in fall 2015, in Northern and Southern California – at REDCAT as part of the Angel City Jazz Festival in Los Angeles, CA, at UC Irvine and in San Francisco at Brava Theater Center. It makes its East Coast premiere at Roulette in Brooklyn this October 12.
2. Make No Plans
3. Heat and Hurry
5. Great Green Gloom
7. For The Dusky Mourner
9. Shut Out The Sun
10. City of Wonders
**New Music Box – 2017 end-of-year Staff Picks
Lisa Mezzacappa’s album Glorious Ravage, featuring the stunning vocals of Fay Victor and an ensemble of incredibly talented musicians and improvisers, took me on a far off journey through the lens of largely forgotten female explorers. Mezzacappa transforms the words of these female explorers into song and also developed visuals for the live performance. Although I wasn’t fortunate enough to see the live performance, the music itself is completely captivating. I still feel I need at least a few more good listens through the whole album to really get my ears and mind around the music, but this makes the work all the more rewarding. I particularly enjoyed Shut Out the Sun. If you’re looking for a taste of this inspiring work, it will be well worth your time.
– New Music Box
Glorious Ravage (newly released on New World Records) makes music out of the experience’s of early 20th century female explorers, and is realized in part through video from Konrad Steiner, Alfonso Alvarez, Kathleen Quillan, and Janis Crystal Lipzin. The ensemble includes stellar performers like pianist Myra Melford and trumpeter Darren Johnston, and Fay Victor, one of the leading lights of the new black avant-garde, will be vocalizing.
– Brooklyn Rail
Complete details on project including line-up, associated films, resources and more
Complete press break down here: