Harmony of the Anomaly
Exegesis is the belief that symbols, scientific thought, astronomical ideas, numerical ratios and conceptual art and architecture can be expressed in sound. Indeed, many of the compositions on this disc were conceived using these influences and ideas. This group has created it's own style of electronic jazz, making use of live samplers and interactive music software in quite complex compositions. Exegesis has alway strived to bridge the gap between modern music technology and improvisation and the music on this CD is a nice reflection of this. The group's core members are Nick Demopoulos on guitar, Danton Boller on bass and Tomas Fujiwara on drums. On 'The Harmony of the Anomaly,' several musicians make guest appearances including vocalist Gretchen Parlato on two tracks, drummers Greg Gonzalez, Robert Perkins, Mark Guiliana and Mark Ferber. Exegesis is led by guitarist Nick Demopoulos, who composed most of the music on this 'The Harmony of the Anomaly.' He is best known as a guitarist by working with Jazz master Chico Hamilton, following in the footsteps of guitar greats Jim Hall, Gabor Szabo, and Larry Coryell among others. He got his start working with the acid jazz group, Solsonics in Los Angeles in the early 90's and the funky jazz influence of that project is apparent in Exegesis. Also, while attempting to find a way to better perform interactive computer music, Nick created his own instrument called the 'Smomid,' a string modeling midi device. ?Bassist Danton Boller contributed several compositions to this CD including the track 'Chroma,' which features several tracks of beautiful arco acoustic bass in the intro, and the other worldly track 'Odd,' where Boller can also be found playing keyboard. Although not very well known Danton Boller has played with many of the biggest and most exciting names in jazz, including four years as a member of Roy Hargrove's quintet, and a regular member in drummer Ari Hoenig's group. Other names Danton has worked with include Billy Higgins, Wallace Roney, Mulgrew Miller, the Jazz Mandolin Project, Duffy Jackson, Anthony Wilson, Kurt Elling, Joshua Redman, Mark Shim, Mark Turner, Greg Tardy, Joe Labarbara, Alex Acuna, Kei Akagi, Sunship Theus, Roy McCurdy, and Lawrence Marabel. He has received many awards including The Shelly Manne New talent Award in 1997 and won first place in the Charles Dolo Coker Jazz Scholarship in 1994. ?Although many drummers make guest appearances on 'The Harmony of the Anomaly,' including Marc Guiliana and Greg Gonzalez, Tomas Fujiwara is the regular drummer in Exegesis. His energy is a much valued asset, as can be seen on tracks like Tempunaughts, and Aion, and his sensitivity and dynamics are also a key factor on tracks like Catastrope/Revelation, part 2 where he overdubs two tracks of mallets. Tomas has been leading his own group, The Hookup, and has toured the USA, Canada, Mexico, Korea and Japan for 3 years as a cast member of the Off-Broadway hit STOMP. A partial list of his performance and recording credits include Anthony Braxton, Roy Campbell, Daniel Carter, Joe Chambers, Ravi Coltrane, ?Smith Dobson, Norah Jones, Steve Lehman, Mike Longo, Junior Mance, Tarus Mateen, Makanda Ken McIntyre, and William Parker. Exegesis has performed throughout the United States, Europe and the Middle East. In February/March 2008, Exegesis participated in the 'American Music Abroad' program sponsored by Jazz at Lincoln Center and the U.S. Department of State. This program enabled Exegesis to perform in Bahrain, Yemen, Oman, United Arab Emirates and Kuwait. Exegesis has also performed at the Montruex Jazz Festival, The House of Blues, Dizzy's Club in New York, The Knitting Factory, and The National Geographic Auditorium in Washington D.C. Exegesis' trip to the Middle East had a great impact on the group and inspired guitarist Demopoulos to purchase an Oud in Yemen. Although the influence of Middle Eastern music, scales, and microtonality might not be obvious, the sense of foreign or exotic melodies and sounds can be felt.