The Le Boeuf Brothers will be appearing at: Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola on April 3 and The 55 Bar on April 7!
This group has an impressively self-assured new album, House Without a Door" which reaches for the gleaming cosmopolitanism of our present era." - The New York Times
A rich brand of modern jazz, with performances and compositions that display an impressive level of sophistication. Textured harmonies and shifting time signatures are handled with aplomb." - The San Francisco Chronicle
Talented musicians and award-winning composers who are part of a new breed of young artists, like trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, pianist John Escreet and bassist Esperanza Spalding, who channel their influences, environments, and resources into works that reflect their own identities . . . the entire album has a maturity that is rare in players who are barely into their early twenties" - AllAboutJazz.com
A remix is an alternate version of a recording made by rebalancing, recombining or altering individual tracks. The art of remixing is most common in technology-oriented genres such as electronic music, but can certainly be applied to any recorded music, although it seems quite rare in jazz/improvised music. However, there is actually a fertile, underground scene comprised of jazz musicians who are closet DJs. Amongst them are identical twins, the Le Boeuf Brothers, saxophonist/composer Remy and pianist/composer Pascal, whose latest project fuses their New York jazz background with a fresh blend of electronica, trip-hop and drum 'n' bass to create the remix collaboration project, Le Boeuf Brothers Remixed (available April 30 on Nineteen-Eight Records); an intelligent, entertaining, voguish new work, based on their recent album, In Praise of Shadows (Nineteen-Eight Records).
Remy and I have always been interested in electronic production based music. Something about growing up in the 90s has given us a special connection to Bjork, Radiohead, Aphex Twin or anything with programmed drums and scratched vinyl. Though we moved to NY in 2004 to play jazz, you might think otherwise if you looked through our iPods," explained Pascal.
The brothers feel that electronic music is a natural progression and a logical next step in their creative lives. I noticed that the electronic music community seemed to grow out of the digital recording era through 'remix' collaborations. Although electronic production is generally a solitary process, electronic artists have managed to develop a community by revamping and building upon each others' ideas via remixing, mash-ups (mashing two songs together), re-works (re-composition using the same process as remixing), etc. I see this as similar to the way in which jazz musicians recorded jazz versions of show tunes - so electronic producers are developing remixed versions of today's standards. Many within the jazz community share this passion for electronic music and are 'closet DJ's'. Le Boeuf Brothers Remixed is about bringing to light the growing underground community of electronic musicians associated with the jazz community and the huge potential for remix collaborations," said Pascal.
More about the Le Boeuf Brothers: The Le Boeuf Brothers are best known for their innovative compositional projects, which span as broadly stylistically as they do collaboratively. Over the course of their careers, they have collaborated with artists as diverse as Ambrose Akinmusire, Linda Oh, Nir Felder and the Myth String Quartet in genres ranging from jazz to contemporary classical to electronica.
In addition to being the youngest person ever to receive the ASCAP/IAJE Commission in honor of Quincy Jones in 2004, Pascal has garnered several Independent Music Awards for Best Jazz Album & Best Jazz Song in 2006 and Best Dance/Electronica Song in 2012. In 2011, Remy received a New Jazz Works grant from Chamber Music America to write a piece for the Le Boeuf Brothers and the Myth String Quartet based on a the short story A Dream" by Franz Kafka. Additionally, the brothers received an Astral Grant from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts in 2008, and were awarded 1st place in the International Songwriting Competition in 2010.
The Le Boeuf Brothers have also toured internationally and performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival, Umbria Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, and Jazz @ Lincoln Center.
On their prior album In Praise of Shadows the Le Boeuf Brothers expand upon the jazz tradition by continuing to sculpt their compositions after the initial recording process, using modern production techniques, sampling, and layered arranging/recording methods. The album also takes the enhanced CD" concept to the next level, allowing listeners to manipulate the tracks on their computers and make their own remixes. This new direction lays the foundation for the next decade of jazz innovation, and for the Le Boeuf Brothers new album, Le Boeuf Brothers Remixed.
Also available on Nineteen-Eight Records on May 28, 2013, Pascal Le Boeuf's Pascal's Triangle, featuring Linda Oh and Justin Brown.