Operazone: The Redesign

Operazone: The Redesign

by Operazone


Opera buffs will find many of their favorite themes here, deconstructed and recast to fit an ambient groove or cool symphonic jazz format. Album conceptualist Alan Douglas and producer/bass-meister Bill Laswell are just a couple of the diverse talents who lend their hands to this futuristic overhaul. Vibraphonist and world-jazz pioneer Karl Berger plays keyboards and fashions the string and horn arrangements, joined by such jazzmen as Graham Haynes (cornet, flugelhorn) and Byard Lancaster (tenor sax). The album opens with "Una Furtiva Lagrima" from Donizetti's "L'Elisir d'Amore," backed by the patter of a tabla beat; Haynes's horn carries a lonely, empathetic melodic improvisation here, while the Material Strings swirl all around him. The latter provide an inky emotional undercurrent to the "Love Theme" from Verdi's La Traviata as the horns seem to reach out for each other through the dark. The strings also carry the famous tenor aria "Nessun Dorma" from Verdi's Turandot, with a coolly impatient, feathery drum riff keeping the energy edgy as Lancaster's saxophone further ponders the dilemma. The volatile, windy overture from La Forza del Destino sets you on the edge of your seat as Haynes explores its minor key moods at length. Boasting themes so familiar and transformations so unique, Operazone is, at the very least, intriguing and beautiful in its own decadent way.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/13/2009
Label: Douglas Records
UPC: 3660341123188
catalogNumber: 2

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Operazone   Primary Artist
Karl Berger   Keyboards
Mark Helias   Acoustic Bass
Byard Lancaster   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Graham Haynes   Cornet,Flugelhorn,Soloist
Vincent Chancey   French Horn
Becky Friend   Flute,Alto Flute
Garo Yellin   Cello
Krystof Witek   Violin
Hector Falcon   Violin
Ralph Farris   Violin,Viola
Denise Stillwell   Violin,Viola
Mark Taylor   French Horn
Mark Taylor   French Horn
Karl Berger   Keyboards
Material Strings   Performing Ensemble
Diva Goodfriend-Koven   Flute

Technical Credits

Karl Berger   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Bill Laswell   Producer,Construction
Michael Dorf   Executive Producer
Alan Douglas   Producer,Concept
Robert Musso   Engineer
Bill Murphy   Contributor
Russell Mills   Artwork
John Brown Quintet/Ray Codrington   Material

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