Pi Artists Henry Threadgill, Jen Shyu and Dan Weiss praised for their expansive compositions
Henry Threadgill’s Dirt… And More Dirt was included in NPR’s list of 40 Favorite Albums of 2018 thus far. Nate Chinen says, “The album, containing two new suites for the hilariously named ensemble 14 or 15 Kestra: Agg, pulsates with Threadgillian energies.” Henry and Zooid will be in Brazil this August. – NPR
Dan Weiss’s Starebaby project continues to collect praise as a highly original, heavy-metal-derived album. There’s important emphasis for Weiss, according to Jon Solomon at WestWord, on the word “derived,” as “Starebaby isn’t a metal record – far from it – but there are definitely sections where you hear the influence.” It’s varied components certainly come through to listeners, “it’s an unheard blend of heavy metal, electronic inspirations, Twin Peaks eerie moods, and a dash of jazz. The outcome is an unparalleled dark symphony filled with both mercurial meters and ethereal passages” – Jazz Trail
Weiss’s versatility is regularly noticed, and each of the group’s acclaimed musicians brings an impressive resume to the recording, all sharing a love of heavy-metal music.
“In addition to Weiss’s expansive, mind-opening compositions, which more from hard-hitting and visceral to heady and atmospheric, part of the appeal for jazz festivals, clubs, and fans is that Weiss has enlisted some of the biggest names in creative music-making for his group” – Ottawa Citizen
Song of Silver Geese, Jen Shyu’s masterfully crafted 2017 album, stands as an eclectic combination of many styles and traditions — most recently noted in a Band Camp article for its utilization of various microtonal instrumental techniques.
“Song of Silver Geese is a complex work, expansive and almost dirge-like in places yet aggressive and confrontational in others. It is a showcase for Shyu’s vast timbral palette” – BandCamp
To kick off May, Pi artists Henry Threadgill and Dan Weiss have both received great press for their new/upcoming releases.
“These two new releases are excellent, another step along a path that gets more refined the further Threadgill follows it” – The Big City on Threadgill’s Dirt… and More Dirt and Double Up, Plays Double Up Plus
“It pounds, it punched, it sounds dangerous, and it’s a hell of a lot of fun” – Free Jazz Blog on Weiss’ Starebaby
“Starebaby is for anyone with wide-open ears and a taste for extremes” – Culture Sonar on Starebaby
Starebaby is available here on CD, Vinyl, and for Digital Download. Releasing in two weeks, you can pre-order Dirt… and More Dirt and Double Up, Plays Double Up Plus on CD or Digital Download. We hope you enjoy.