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Gregg Bendian

Gregg Bendian
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Gregg Bendian is a jazz percussionist and composer, primarily a vibraphonist. He was born on July 13, 1963 in Englewood, New Jersey. Bendian studied under Noel DaCosta. He has played and recorded with Nels Cline, Pat Metheny, Derek Bailey, Peter Brötzmann, Steve Hunt, Gary Lucas and Cecil Taylor amongst others. Records under his own name and that of his group Interzone incorporate elements of fusion and free jazz.
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http://www.greggbendian.com
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Releases on file (6)
Gregg Bendian — Research (Tiny Useful Secrets) Gregg Bendian — Research (Tiny Useful Secrets)
(Aggregate Music AGCD005, 2008, CD)
The Mahavishnu Project — Return to the Emerald Beyond The Mahavishnu Project — Return to the Emerald Beyond
(Cuneiform Rune 242/243, 2007, 2CD)
Richard Leo Johnson and Gregg Bendian — Who Knew Charlie Shoe? Richard Leo Johnson and Gregg Bendian — Who Knew Charlie Shoe?
(Cuneiform Rune 258, 2007, CD)
The Mahavishnu Project — Phase 2 The Mahavishnu Project — Phase 2
(Aggregate AGCD003, 2004, 2CD)
Gregg Bendian - Jeff Gauthier - Steuart Liebig - G.E. Stinson — Bone Structure Gregg Bendian - Jeff Gauthier - Steuart Liebig - G.E. Stinson — Bone Structure
(Cryptogramophone CG 114, 2003, CD)
The Mahavishnu Project — Live Bootleg The Mahavishnu Project — Live Bootleg
(Aggregate AGCD002, 2002, CD)

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Premier of New Echo Us Video

From the press release:

To Wake a Dream in Moving Water takes from Echo Us' past and spins it into a whole new direction, one closer to traditional acoustic Celtic music than ever before.

To Wake a Dream in Moving Water was composed and recorded during the first few months of 2017. Although Celtic influenced and comprised of a number of re-workings of Irish folk tunes and Breton aires, the album is still in large part new and original Echo Us music that fits right in the Echo Us ‘canon’. “Wake” is a natural progression from “A Priori Memoriae”, which was released to critical acclaim in Europe in 2014.

To Wake a Dream in Moving Water is Echo Us’ ‘Celtic’ album that was planned for a long time but never executed because of the work on the trilogy that came before it. The album title is a typical ‘Echo Us’ play on words which one can find their own meaning.

“It is also both evocative of the Oregon rain, which I am told is not too unlike the rain in Ireland.”(Matthews)

To Wake a Dream in Moving Water is also a comment on conception- which was unintentional when the lyric was written. Matthews surprised himself a few months after writing it, realizing that the song was actually about the nitty gritty, biological workings of what happens when a child is conceived. The folk song it derives from musically describes a courting ritual, one that even today we can all relate to in our own way.

“Come With Me Over the Mountain" in acapella was the musical inspiration for the song, and came into my consciousness after the lyrics were written a few months prior. “ (Matthews)

As with all Echo Us recordings, a number of seeming coincidences resulted in connections being drawn where prior there were none. Another experience of similar capacity was found in oboe samples from A Priori Memoriae that echoed the traditional “May Morning Dew’, also reworked for guitar on the new album.



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