Friday, August 19, 2011

The Intersection: DMP Trio

The Intersection is an ongoing feature on JazzWrap that looks at artists that have blended jazz, world and electronica in new and highly creative ways.

DMP Trio (group) 
Insular Dwarfism (Audio Tong; 2011)
Pawel Dziadur (electronics, wave_attack software)
Slawomir Maler (sax)
Philip Palmer (sax; found sounds)

DMP Trio and their debut Insular Dwarfism are probably one of the most daring albums I've listened to this year. Originating out of the experimental scene in Krakow, Poland, DMP have strived to achieved a balance between distinct patterns and expressionistic thought. 

There are moments where DMP remind me of John Zorn's Painkiller group. It's a very difficult listen but extremely rewarding.  I do think we all need challenging music like DMP to ask ourselves what more can be done with sound. And where can it go?

DMP utilize the unique combination of two saxophonists, electronics and what Pawel Dziadur has termed "wave_attack" software, by which he can manipulate "real time" instrumentation without predetermined construction. In short, an even more advanced thought on improvising. The results are fascinating.

"Sea Serpent Fiesta" opens slowly with a modular soundscape that builds into a double barrel cacophony of saxophones and electronics before gently returning to its quiet origins. "Trepanning For Dummies" continues on the same theme but adds an additional level of crackling white noise that could suggest an influence of artists such as John Cage, John Zorn and Faust. The dueling match between Palmer and Maler is quite beautiful and worth your making the journey through this piece with multiple listens.

DMP really works well as a unit. Dziadur's electronics alongside the full-throttle charge of Palmer and Maler at first brush may sound devastating to the ear. But just as early Archie Shepp or recent David S. Ware, you will find the melody and art laying not too far from the edges. "The Worm And A Dip Pen" is another example of this unified display of electronics and horns. Moving swiftly between high pitch and soaring counterpoint, the trio displays a forward thinking range and calmness within a swirling series of thoughts and patterns.

"UV Mother DP" and "Reason In Question" both see the horn section taking the lead with Dziadur adding subtle and accumulating effects around the sides. There is a point at which on "UV Mother DP" rises and never comes back. You just have to follow the journey upwards.

DMP Trio have created a debut that lifts sound investigation to a new level. The main reason why I've fallen in love with Insular Dwarfism is because of the sheer uniqueness of the instrumentation and the recording process. This is challenging music for challenging thinkers. Enjoy...

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