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Jacob Sacks, Eivind Opsvik, Paul Motian, Mat Maneri Live at Cornelia Street Cafe, NYC

Published: 2010-05-27
Eivind Opsvik Friday June 11th and Saturday June 12th

Cornelia Street Cafe
29 Cornelia Street
9:00PM & 10:30PM

TWO MILES A DAY
Jacob Sacks, piano;
Eivind Opsvik, bass;
Mat Manieri, viola, violin;
Paul Motian, drums

Back in 2005 Jacob Sacks and Eivind Opsvik wrote five songs each and invited Paul Motian and Mat Maneri with them to record 'Two Miles A Day'. Now five years later, these two concerts will be the live debut of this band (with Paul Motian)

Wire (UK) wrote: “Putting viola player Mat Maneri with veteran drummer Paul Motian was a stroke of genius. They share an obsession for pernickety, ornate gesturing and their concept of time transforms pulse into endlessly malleable modules. The foresight to bring the two men together came from New York - based pianist Jacob Sacks and bass player Eivind Opsvik, and the resulting album is a joint release by two labels - an enterprising way for labels to cover costs in the future perhaps? The disc opens with “Ha!", a good-natured composition from which Maneri's microtonal viola locates unexpectedly weighty insides. “Simple Song" has the flow of a nursery rhyme and Maneri, again, flips the tune on to its dark side; a joyful solo from Opsvik restores its intrinsic optimism. Sacks is an impressive pianist - he relishes tossing glassy clusters against the flow, but the harmonic pattern he reciterates on “Evening Kites" reveals his homely and genteel side. An enjoyable record, an important one even"

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