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Snark Horse

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Snark Horse
Snark Horse


'Snark Horse' is a book of 70 highly-detailed one-bar compositions by pianist / composer Matt Mitchell and percussionist / composer Kate Gentile designed to incite inventive, multi-directional improvisation. Presented in a 6-CD box set with a beautiful 12-page booklet.

Snark Horse is also the name of a revolving cast of musicians - including Mitchell and Gentile - who have performed this music in various combinations since 2013. Mitchell's prior release, 'Phalanx Ambassadors', was called by Popmatters "a high watermark for the new jazz...a breathtaking jawdropper from one of the best pianists and composers now working." Gentile's 2017 debut release, 'Mannequins', was described by The New York Times as "full of stuttering rhythms and teetering intervallic jumps; an array of textures - sometimes chiming, sometimes abraded - disorient you even as they deepen your listening."

For this recording, Mitchell and Gentile convened eight other eccentric musicians - all of whom have taken part in Snark Horse performances over the years - in varying combinations. Despite the small nuggets of musical information, their approach is still jazz-oriented: the musicians first play, and then improvise on the tunes. The one-bar compositions can be looped, connected, made into vamps, transposed, inverted, alternated, played together to create other-worldly counterpoint, basically in infinite permutations. Ultimately, Mitchell and Gentile's intention behind 'Snark Horse' is to make a highly improvisational and expansive environment using compressed versions of the kinds of material they use in their longer pieces. The compositions help foster a unique, highly imaginative universe for the musicians to show off their individual takes on this truly idiosyncratic music.

Their energy is captured in over 270 minutes of music, interwoven with 60 additional minutes of electronic material composed and performed by Mitchell in response to the group recordings. The entire daunting project presents the musicians' resourceful creativity to full effect.


  1. Name
  2. flock adulation
  3. compartments | 's partial
  4. hem(atoadaso)da
  5. a pouting grimace | greasy puzzle
  6. forn
  7. pheromone quiz
  8. deep recess
  9. fertile pinwheels
  10. key tettle | FLARDLE
  11. igh | dogmacile
  12. trapezoids | matching tickles
  13. all tall ghosts
  14. nudgelet
  15. thumbly
  16. asymptotic rest area
  17. underblobb sys
  18. feral pineals
  19. torpid blather | fuck your capitalization style | pendulum wobbles
  20. teeming molten holdings
  21. thing-fact | theoretical muscle
  22. adrenal halos | dog mma((t)t)gic
  23. alphabotanical
  24. bogs and silence
  25. fickle laughing
  26. for teens | spinal thought | peripheral drome
  27. infractal sentences
  28. glubz | spelling bad on purpose
  29. garlic plastics
  30. f tessellations | chimeric numbers
  31. tooth helmet
  32. Torn
  33. feebleau
  34. fruit velvet
  35. mind goggle | end of something
  36. regular falutin'
  37. supple bicepsual | is jingles | utter balbis
  38. phoofaux | rejected names | high popes
  39. startling and diaphanous | the gnostic and the spastic
  40. B
  41. strikes me as wanting to make me barf | clump 3
  42. mad homonyms | phex
  43. plungeon
  44. ought gobs | T
  45. breach zone
  46. elegiac foldouts | gluey clamor
  47. mighnutes
  48. glue cubes| inkblot terrain | clock levitation | cat secrets | bludgement
  49. catjinx
  50. fettleau | a spree...canopy
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