MP3 Benjamin Stapp - Ecstasis
A precise and organic blend of written music, open ended improvisation and modern jazz.
9 MP3 Songs in this album (51:58) !
Related styles: JAZZ: Progressive Jazz, JAZZ: Contemporary Jazz
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Features Tony Malaby on Tenor and Soprano Saxophones, Satoshi Takeishi on Percussion, and Benjamin Stapp on tuba; all original music by the tubist. These composition seek to combine elements of written music, specified harmonic improvisations(changes) and open forms in a seemless and organic way. The musicians were selected because their harmonic and rhythmic language correspond intimately with the compositions.
Satoshi''s taiko like percussion kit creates a deep and rich atmosphere. With the addition of tuba for the bass role, a surreal rhythmic soundscape is created. Tony''s harmonically complex and lyrically concise sensibilities carry this group into yet another realm. The end result: ECSTASIS.
Ben Stapp began his musical career at the age of 15 playing at the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee Festival for three consecutive years. After touring with the Sacramento Youth Symphony in Italy, Venice, Germany, and Switzerland and placing in the All State Bands of California he went on to study with Tommy Johnson (voice of the Jaws'' theme and many others) at UCLA. There he played in the top ensembles and was awarded a fellowship to play principal tuba in the Henri Manci Orchestra. In LA he played and/or recorded with the Dakah Hip Hop Orchestra, Sal Cracchiolo and Bruce Fowler(trombonist for Frank Zappa). Before flying off to England where he would study with tuba legend Roger Bobo, Ben was selected to play at the International Tuba and Euphonium competition for Jazz in Hungary where he was a finalist. In England he played with the top ensembles and recorded as principal tubist with the RNCM Wind Ensemble for their CD release "Experiments on a March" (Chandos). He also played 2nd Tuba with RNCM wind ensemble and James Gourlay on "Tuba Tribute to Fletch." Ben then moved to Portugal where his talent was quickly discovered and he played in numerous euro/international festivals: Festival do Sodeste, Gulbenkian August Music Festival, Festival of New Music in Krems and the Barcelos Music Festival. He then played and recorded with Franz Hautzinger, Aneel Soomary, Alfred Gaal, Ritsche Koch, Mazen Kerbaj, Axel Dörner, Karl Ludwig Hübsch, Ralf Meinz on "Gomberg II Profile"; Mark Sanders, Alipio Neto, Alex Maguire; and was a special guest on "The Perfume Come Before the Flower"(Clean Feed), featuring Ken Filiano, Michael T.A. Thompson, Alipio Neto, and Herb Robertson. Radio Europa caught site of his explosive success and featured him with a 45 minute interview (in Portuguese) where he talked about his music and his life in Portugal. The interview also advertised his upcoming concerts at the Hot Clube and CCB with his new trio featuring Paulo Curado and Jorge Queijo. He has now recorded and released his trio with Tony Malaby and Satoshi Takeishi (Uqbar Records).