For those of you who, like us, missed the last night show featuring MetaQuorum and many other great Progressive Music projects, here is the MIxCloud link – check it out!
Parallax is a poly-rhythmic and poly-metric track, one of the most complex on our album Witchcraft Jazz, and combines a range of composition and production techniques spiced with improvisation. In this video Dmitry Ermakov briefly demonstrates some of these techniques with excerpts from the track.
All About Jazz and Blues has published an interview with Dmitry Ermakov today. The Story of the Day at the same site is Miles Davis – so we are chuffed by this coincidence 🙂 Miles says: “We’re not going to play the blues anymore. Let the white folks play the blues. They got ’em, so they can keep ’em.” Well, thanks, Miles – we’ll keep it up :))) Follow the link to read the interview. Listen to MetaQuorum to keep cool and, also, drink loads of liquid to stay hydrated in this heatwave 😉
Follow the link below to read the interview:
In the last couple of weeks MetaQuorum was getting some good reviews in various music magz.
For example, Andrew Howlie of The Pop Break gave Witchcraft Jazz 10 out of 10!
“After listening all the way through, I can’t wait to start again. It’s a dynamite record full of refreshing sounds, melodies, and textures. If you’re into outside-the-box instrumental music with a heavy dose of futuristic improvisation and a mind-melting sound, Witchcraft Jazz is for you.” Full review @ https://thepopbreak.com/2018/04/10/review/
And André de Boer wrote in Dutch Progressive Rock Page – DPRP.net:
“This Witchcraft Jazz album of MetaQuorum is an hour of amazingly crafted tunes in ever changing positive cheer up moods and very addictive. If you think this is not your music, I recommend to listen anyway right now. And if you like #snarkypuppy then I recommend you to listen too! This album is a real must in the jazz rock genre. Highly recommended.” Score 8.5 out of 10. Issue 2018-029 Published: Sunday 6 May 2018 @ http://www.dprp.net/reviews/2018-029
Also, we recently made friends with Warren, owner of Newcastle-upon-Tyne‘s great Hoochie Coochie Dance Club dedicated to soul, funk, jazz & disco. Looking forward to gigging there one day, meantime you can enjoy some Witchcraft Jazz with your evening cocktails when you visit the bar 😉
Since it is #InternationalJazzDay we send our #jazzy greetings to everyone who is into any Jazz of any kind! And it seems a good occasion to look back into the history and mechanics of how our latest album Wicthcraft Jazz came about. So let’s start with the title track Witchcraft Jazz The original score which became the foundation for this track was written by Dmitry Ermakov back in 1989 after the “Room 118” jazz funk fusion project he ran with Victor Mikheyev disintegrated due to the turbulent changes and harsh economic realities in the Soviet Union during perestroika. Everything turned upside down and the project (which included some of the best Saint Petersburg, Russia #jazz/ #funk/ #progrock/ #avantegarde #musicians such as #trumpeter Vyacheslav Guyvoronsky, #drummer Roman Dubinnikov etc.) fell apart due to pressures of survival. Dmitry found himself living in a delapidated attic appartment right in the centre of St. Petersburg right as the famous Art-centre “Pushkinskaya 10” ( Арт-центр “Пушкинская-10” ) was being started up by his father’s friend Valery Astrashkin, his childhood friend Tatiana Astashkina and his own father Edward Ermakov). The building had many flats which were slowly being converted into art workshops for various painters and sculptors and Dmitry got a huge five room flat on top for a kind of studio.
He had to sell his Steinway (as there was no way it could be brought up the stairs leading to the attic) but money from the sale got him a good upright piano and a Korg synth. The future looked very bleak for #jazzfunk and #improvisedmusic in Russia then but Dmitry used his time at “Pushkinskaya 10” to write down some ideas (Room 118 project collapsed before they could realise them). At that time Dmitry listened to a great variety of #jazzrockfusion, #funkjazz and #progressiverock, in particular Jazz from Hell by Frank Zappa and electric Miles Davis, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Weather Report, U.K., King Crimson, Peter Gabriel etc. as well as more avante-garde stuff like Art Ensemble of Chicago and Art Of Noise etc. and… of course, his beloved #baroque composers! So these were the influences flying around the first draft of what was to become Witchcraft Jazz almost 3 decades later! Dmitry wrote this score and several others (some of which also found their way into other tracks in Wicthcraft Jazz album and our first album, Midnight Sun). Lack of money, available musicians, instruments and equipment in post-Soviet Russia meant this off-the-wall music couldn’t be recorded, so Witchcraft Jazz and the rest of the scores were bundled together and put into a folder that travelled with Dmitry for 20 plus years and silently visited UK, Italy, France etc. until they sprang to life when The Spatial Kode, precursor to MetaQuorum project, was born in 2012 as a result of Dmitry and Victor reconnecting by chance thanks to late night internet browsing. So that is a sort of pre-history During the preparation and recording of Witchcraft Jazz the score was revised and new musical and technical elements introduced. As for the result, judge for yourselves!
Yay! The Hermes delivery lady braved the snow and brought us…. the new Witchcraft Jazz gatefold 4-digipak CDs!
Listen and buy here: https://metaquorum.bandcamp.com/album/witchcraft-jazz
or contact us via FB if you’d like us to post you a copy.
Here at last, our second album Witchcraft Jazz is now out!
We all put a lot of work into it, and we’re all very excited about it being out there now, starting its own independent life in the big wild world.
As well core musicians Dmitry Ermakov and Koos van der Velde, the line-up for this album includes: bass player Victor Mikheyev (who also co-wrote three tracks with Dmitry Ermakov: The Bartender, Swagger and Seven Dwarfs Rock); his son George Mikheyev on cello; Andrew Guerin on trumpet; Carol Ermakova – vocals.
WITCHCRAFT JAZZ was recorded in several studios and venues in the UK, Russia and Bulgaria, produced and mixed by Dmitry Ermakov and Koos van der Velde, and mastered by Christopher Longwood at SugarHill Recording Studios, TX, USA.
In terms of style, this album flows organically from MetaQuorum’s previous compositions, further developing the concept of Meld music, a fusion of Prog,Funk, Jazz, Rock, Swing, Electronica and more. Compositions such as the title track Witchcraft Jazz, Parallax, Limping Mathematician and Autumn Groove further explore the technique of Structural Fusion. The coda – Goldfinch Charm – is an exquisite blend of Electronica with Jazz Fusion and Blues, while the opening track – Crimson Dreams – includes a lyric poem written and read by Dmitry Ermakov.
The new album has got a warm welcome so far, both here in UK and abroad. NARC Magazine ran a feature on our Meld music today:
You can read it here: http://narcmagazine.com/interview-metaquorum/
And Jazz.ru published a press release in English and an in-depth review (Russian only, sorry folks): http://jazzquad.ru/index.pl?act=PRODUCT&id=4876
Tomorrow WITCHCRAFT JAZZ has its very own radio launch with Denis Champagne at Prog Core Radio
Tune in at 22:00 GMT to hear all 12 tracks @ http://progcoreradio.com/
If you have other plans for Friday night, head straight over to our Bandcamp page where you can listen, and download the album, or buy a CD @ https://metaquorum.bandcamp.com/album/witchcraft-jazz
For those of you who get your music through Spotify, please follow ur Artist Page where you’ll find our whole catalogue, including Witchcraft Jazz, of course:
Drop us a line and tell us what you think.
Have a great weekend!
Our second album – WITCHCRAFT JAZZ – is now available for PRE-ORDER @ https://goo.gl/KdmgC6 Check it out!
LIMITED EDITION DOUBLE LP VINYL+FREE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD
Offer ends 22 Feb 2018 so be quick 😉
Format : 2 x LP 12″ (140g) 33 RPM
Outer Sleeve & Label: Colour
Print finish: Gloss varnish
Genres : Prog Rock, Fusion, Jazz-Funk
Country : United Kingdom
Includes: Digital Download on DIGITAL RELEASE Date: 22/02/2018
WITCHCRAFT JAZZ – a 12 track double LP from ground-breaking international music project MetaQuorum, an upbeat ride through prog, rock, funk, fusion, electronica, acid jazz and more.
Creatively composed, with original scores, grooves and riffs infused with spontaneous improvisation and funk jams, fused into a seamless meld polished with state-of-the-art production techniques, and skilfully mastered at SugarHill Studios, Houston, to bring you an album full of cool swing, hot funk and spicy rhythm.
Witchcraft Jazz – a breath of fresh air for 2018!
“Their debut album [Midnight Sun, 2015] is a splendid amalgamation of styles, featuring cosmic jazz rushes, cocktail hour riffs and psyched synths. It’s not afraid to get its funk on either and if you can imagine Herbie Hancock getting ready for a big night out – browsing through his wardrobe, wanting to look sharp – then this is what he’s playing to put him in the mood.”
The Crack, April 2015 issue: goo.gl/Z5MNbo
Digital Release Date: 22/02/2018
А1. Crimson Dreams 5:13
Genre: Prog/Electronic Rock
А2. Jonathan vingston 3:46
Genre: Prog/Reggae Fusion/Experimental
А3. Socket Swing 3:22
Genre: Swing/Funk Jazz/Acid Jazz
А4. The Bartender 5:06
Genre: Cool / Funk-Jazz / Prog
B1. Swagger 6:19
Genre: Funk-Jazz / Prog
B2. Seven Dwarfs Rock 4:25
Genre: Prog / Funk-Jazz
B3. Witchcraft Jazz 6:11
Genre: Prog / Funk-Jazz /Modal Jazz
C1. Limping Mathematician 4:27
Genre: Prog / Funk-Jazz /Acid Jazz
C2. Parallax 9:52
Genre: Prog / Jazz-Fusion / Electronic Rock
D1. Chicken & Egg 3:45
Genre: Prog-Rock / Jazz Fusion
D2. Autumn Groove 4:04
Genre: Prog / Funk-Jazz / Electronic
D3. Goldfinch Charm 3:59
Genre: Prog / Soul-Jazz / Electronic
Album CAT. № MQN013
Album UPC: 5056052738496