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Chicago-based composer, improviser and multi-media artist Rob Mazurek has drawn inspiration from a multitude of audio and visual styles and sources over the past three decades. Augmenting his cornet playing with computer programming, electronics and an assortment of keyboards, Mazurek's broad electro-acoustic palette defies simple categorization. Having relocated back to Chicago after an extended stay in São Paulo, Brazil, Mazurek currently leads and composes for a wide variety of ongoing ensembles, including the Chicago Underground Duo, Exploding Star Orchestra and São Paulo Underground – and, most recently, Pharoah & The Underground (featuring Pharoah Sanders). Additionally, Mazurek has exhibited his paintings and video works internationally.
His most recent release is Spiral Mercury, the debut of Pharoah & The Underground (Clean Feed). Mazurek’s newest ensemble, Black Cube SP, will be touring as a quartet (São Paulo Underground + Thomas Rohrer) in the US in the Spring of 2015 and Europe in the Fall of 2015, to promote his next album, Return the Tides, to be released on Cuneiform in October. Alternate Moon Cycles, a trio session with Matthew Lux on electric bass and Mikel Patrick Avery on pump organ, will be released on International Anthem by the end of the year, while Some Jellyfish Live Forever, a duo with guitarist Jeff Parker for Rogue Art and Galactic Parables, a new Exploding Star Orchestra record for Cuneiform, are slated to be released early next year.
For more information about Rob Mazurek, consult: www.robmazurek.com
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