Pays Homage to Third Stream Innovator/Mentor Bill Smith,
While Offering It’s Own Take on Swinging Big Band Music
The Ängsudden Song Cycle
Was Inspired By The Poetry and Paintings of MukHa
Both Albums To Be Released October 8, 2013
Whether swinging in the straightahead tradition, improvising on the furthest edge of the avant-garde, or navigating the rigorous turns of a contemporary classical composition, woodwind player and composer Mike McGinnis brings the same deep commitment and personal vision to every musical situation. His wide-ranging imagination comes stunningly to the fore on his two new releases, the first solely under his own name in more than a decade.
Both CDs feature extended compositions showcasing McGinnis’ skills as both composer and improviser. Road*Trip (RKM Music) comprises two concertos for his clarinet and a nine-piece ensemble; and The Ängsudden Song Cycle (482 Music) is an evocative tone poem depicting a sonic landscape that bridges a Swedish archipelago and the woods of McGinnis’ native Maine. The stylistic influences range from Benny Goodman-style ballroom swing to Steve Lacy-esque iconoclasm, shifting effortlessly from ebullient jazz modernism to stark European experimentalism.
That open-minded and determinedly individual approach has led to Michael McGinnis performing and recording with great artists in a wide array of styles and genres. As a clarinetist and saxophonist, he has worked with jazz innovators like Anthony Braxton, Alice and Ravi Coltrane, Steve Coleman, and Lonnie Plaxico; Parliament Funkadelic keyboardist Bernie Worrell; indie rock mainstays Yo La Tengo; the Afro-Baroque bandStew & The Negro Problem, authors of the Tony-winning musicalPassing Strange; as soloist for the Tony-winning Broadway hit Fela!; and as a member of the eclectic, tongue-in-cheek pop tribute band Loser’s Lounge. His debut CD, Tangents, was released by Ravi Coltrane’s RKM Music label in 2000, and he co-leads the bands The Four Bags and DDYGG.