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1032K: The Law of Vibration

1032K: The Law of Vibration
Photograph by Liz Ligon

You’re hardly likely to find a group of musicians – no matter how large or small – that better embodies their name, which is 1032K. Nor will you likely find a more appropriate title than Law of Vibration for an album of music by the trio, which is augmented by the legendary trombonist Roswell Rudd, who – sadly – recently succumbed to cancer. The trio certainly lives up to its name (and the strategically created positioning statement placed discreetly on the back of the CD package. “When matter ends, only energy remains” it proclaims for those who might not get the significance of it all, which is the temperature (rated in Kelvin) at which matter ceases to exist; hence the name 1032K.

For almost a quarter of an hour the listener is treated to what happens when the musicians light up and create the enormous and exuberant heat on their instruments – Ku-umba Frank Lacy from expelling superheated air from the lungs through the moaning and growling trombone and flumpet (a hybrid brass horn instrument pitch of B♭ that shares the construction and timbre qualities of a trumpet and flugelhorn), augmenting both with thundering percussion colours when called for, Kevin Ray, who takes the rumbling gravitas of his pizzicato harmonic technique to another, proverbial quantum theoretical level and Andrew Drury who suggests likewise with a wall of sound in the realm of the drums.

The music created as a result of this vivid interaction of instruments slides in vibrating layers of sound – musical strata, so to speak – whose shifting relationships evoke the massive forces that shape the very raison d’être of the ensemble itself. Sometimes the strata stack up immensely – as they so especially when Roswell Rudd brings his unique human smears created on the trombone to join in the musical vortex on “Yankee No-How”; at other moments, the (strata) thin to the diaphanous textures as in Mr Lacy’s remarkable piece “All the While… Forgiveness”. Always, however, there is the sense of returning to the same extreme point of blue-hot energy. After all of this one only to discover that the view has changed (perhaps only just) in the interim. Consider the transcendent feeling and emotions that ensue between that work and the performance of John Coltrane’s “Living Space”.

On top of all of this seismic music, the musicians of 1032K create a virtuoso chamber superstructure whose riotous details suggest the teeming surface life of the humanity of earth in all its protean variety.

Track list – 1: 1000 Years of Peace; 2: RB; 3: Yankee No-How; 4: I’ll Be Right Here Waiting; 5: All the While… Forgiveness; 6: Living Space

Personnel – Ku-umba Frank Lacy: trombone, flumpet and percussion; Kevin Ray: contrabass; Andrew Drury: drums; Roswell Rudd: trombone (3)

Released – 2018
Label – 1032K Productions
Runtime – 42:39

Based in Canada, Raul da Gama is a Canadian poet, musician and accomplished critic whose profound analysis is reinforced by his deep understanding of music, technically as well as historically. Raul studied music at Trinity College of Music, London and has read the classics, lived and worked in three continents and believes that there is a common thread running through every culture on earth. It is this unifying aspect of humanity that occupies his thoughts each day as he continues to write poetry and critique music. His last book was The Unfinished Score: The Complete Works of Charles Mingus, a book that relocated the life and works of the great American composer and bassist, Charles Mingus, to the landscape of poetry. He is currently at work on a poem of some length.


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