Eric Hofbauer Jazz Guitarist / Composer / Educator

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LEVEL drops (6/21/11) & The IRB vs. The Stanley Cup

Happy LEVEL day! I am excited to announce that the Infrared Band’s second CD is officially out today. It is available at all online retailers ( etc) and digital stores (i-tunes etc) worldwide. Here is the first paragraph from my line notes, explaining the thematic concept behind the new work, “The music on LEVEL, explores the human condition using sound to tell stories. Historian and writer Joseph Campbell believed the new myths of the 21st century would be written in music. LEVEL embraces that idea, and offers nine mythology-themed pieces about duality in the universe and in life—two sides trying to find balance.”

Musically the songs range widely in style and approach. There is a mix of vocabularies (duality at work) between more traditional sounds (swing/bebop vocab) and ‘post-traditional’ (post-bop, free, texture, noise, improv vocabs). Some songs have a steady pulse, form and changes, some go in and out of pulse, change tempo, have no harmonic or formal structure (or mix elements, like in Murder For A Jar of Red Rum, see and hear below),

and some are collective improvisations. Yet there is a line of connectivity between all the pieces and fans of all kinds of jazz and improvisation can follow the stories through the changing sonic and timbral areas. I am happy to share this very personal music with the world. I hope you enjoy it.

The Infrared Band (myself on guitar, Kelly Roberge on sax, Sean Farias on bass, and Miki Matsuki on drums) played our Boston CD release show at Johnny D’s on Wed. June 15th. It happened to also be game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals which the Boston Bruins won (in part, I insist, due to our music as the soundtrack to their game). I am a big sports fan, a huge Celtics fan specifically, so I was not surprised when there were more people there to see the game than to listen to music, nor was I surprised when the sound guy told us we had 10 minutes left and as we played the head out of the last tune they were lowering the big screen behind us so people could catch the 3rd period in the music room. Yet all of those distractions did not bother the band one bit and we played one of our better shows in recent months, especially considering we played the complete LEVEL album in order (something we had never done before).

For our second set we added the IRB Brass (the brilliant and creative team of Jerry Sabatini on trumpet and Joel Yennior on trombone) to play 4 brand new sextet arrangements of Myth Understanding (our first IRB release) compositions. That was great fun and the band played its ass off. Below is a clip of The Faction, another of the new tunes off of LEVEL. Enjoy.


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