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'Textures and Pulsations'
Ictus Records, 2012
"an unusual, intriguing and edgy program"
- O's Place Jazz Magazine
"The ambitious duo has taken to the road less traveled, with remarkable results... Gluck and Ortiz may have inadvertently struck a chord of solidarity with a much wider musical demographic. For in doing so, they have succinctly made a case for standing in accord with the universal theme of striving for excellence."
- Michael McDowell, Blitz Magazine
"...one of the most successful melds of pianistic imagination and live electronic vivacity that I've had the pleasure to hear. It manages to unify elements of jazz, rhythmic pulse and advanced spontaneous composition in ways that are wholly original. Maestros Gluck and Ortiz find each niche without fail and develop it with ear-enriching, musically satisfying intelligence. You must hear this one!"
- Greg Applegate Edwards
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Bob Gluck, piano and Moog synthesizerAruan Ortiz, piano and electronics
Video from a show in Albany (NY) March 7, 2013: Opening & Conclusion
From a show at Cornelia Street Cafe (NYC) February 15, 2015
Opening video and three mp3s
Audio from the CD release concert at ShapeShifter Lab, Brooklyn, Feb. 7, 2013.
Brief video clips from a 2011 concert: OneTwoThreeFourFive
Listen and purchase: iTunesReverbnationCD at Ictus
Review excerptsAmazon mp3s
Booking by TMO Entertainment (908-868-1322)
"... full of richness and adventure that any listener worth their salt will find very intriguing. I give it a most highly recommended, with an "EQ" (energy quotient) of 4.97."
- Dick Metcalf/Rotcod Zzaj (Improvijazzation Nation)
"Two talented pianists who have made their mark in different areas of the Jazz sphere come together for a duo recording of two pianos and some electronics. It works exceedingly well. Both inventive in their own ways, compositionally and performing, which makes for some intrigue, as well as the risk of stepping over the toes of one another (they don't). An album that'll appeal to the avant-garde crowd, the piano enthusiast, and some modern classical fans. Different, for sure." - Dave Sumner's Jazz Picks (eMusic)
"...a tremolo duet with the power and interactivity of a boogie-woogie piano team... With such fine playing, he [Aruan Ortiz, with this and his recording Banned in London] may soon be the subject of his composition 'The Maestro'."
- Ken Waxman (New York City Jazz Record)
"Keep an eye this year on Aruan Ortiz, a Cuban-born New York pianist who's become a mark of quality on gigs and records ... most recently there has been "Textures and Pulsations" (Ictus), a collaboration with Bob Gluck, a pianist and electronic musician of similarly diverse interests, partly improvised electroacoustic duets and partly two grand pianos virtuosically locking together on short, argumentative themes."
- Ben Ratliff (New York Times)
Aruan Ortiz is a critically acclaimed Cuban pianist, award-winning composer, producer and educator. Named "the latest Cuban wunderkind to arrive in the United States" by BET Jazz, this classically trained violist and pianist from Santiago de Cuba, Aruan portrays his music as an architectural structure of sounds, incorporating contemporary classical music, Afro-Cuban rhythms, and improvisation as primary material for his compositions. Ortiz’s work is influenced equally by contemporary classical composers such as Schoenberg, Ravel, and Bartok, and by traditional Afro-Cuban music and jazz greats Bud Powell, Art Tatum, and Thelonious Monk. He has received commissions from Musica de Camara Orchestra, Oyu Oro Folkloric Dance Company in New York City, YOUME & Milena Zullo Ballet in Rome, as well as the present commission for the Albany University-Community Symphony Orchestra.
Ortiz's jazz career took off as a sideman in Barcelona and Paris, and later in the U.S. with Wallace Roney, Antoine Roney, Terri Lyne Carrington, Greg Osby, Cindy Blackman, Esperanza Spalding, Gary Thomas, Wayne Krantz, Rasheed Ali, Stefon Harris, and others. His work as a composer includes chamber music, music for contemporary dance, and other settings. Aruan has six recordings, all well received by critics. "Alameda" (Fresh Sound, 2010), "Orbiting" (Fresh Sound 2012), and "Banned in London" (Whirlwind Recordings 2012) have all been listed among the top jazz CDs of the year in numerous jazz magazines and blogs. "Orbiting" and "Santiarican Blues Suite" (Sunnyside Records, 2012) were each rated 4 1/2 stars by Downbeat magazine. The latter was lauded as "one of the most significant works of music" by Latin Jazz Network Magazine, and "a contemporary classical masterwork" by JazzTimes.
Ortiz has received a number of awards such as Latin Jazz Corner's Arranger of the Year 2011 for his contribution on the album, "El Cumbanchero” (Jazzheads 2011) by flutist Mark Weinstein; Best Jazz Interpretation, Festival de Jazz in Vic, Spain (2000); and Semifinalist, Jas Hennessy Piano Solo Competition, Montreux, Switzerland (2001).
Bob Gluck is a pianist, composer, writer, and Associate Professor of Music at the University at Albany. He has released three recordings of music for jazz trio and three of electronic music. Karl Ackerman (All About Jazz) wrote about his work: "As a composer and player, Gluck ranks with the likes of Andrew Hill and Cecil Taylor." The New York Times' Allan Kozinn called him "an accomplished jazz pianist… [displaying] virtuosic fluidity." Jazz Review found in his 2011 trio recording, "Returning" "an intensity and sensitivity that is spellbinding." Gluck's quartet with Eddie Allen, trumpet; Christopher Dean Sullivan, bass; Tani Tabbal, drums has been performing repertoire of Herbie Hancock's Mwandishi band.
Gluck studied music at the Julliard, Manhattan and Crane schools of music, the University at Albany, and at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Interactive Electronic Arts program (iEar). His recent book, "You'll Know When You Get There: Herbie Hancock and the Mwandishi Band" (University of Chicago Press, 2012) has been included as a "Best of 2012" in Spin magazine and the New York City Jazz Record. Guitarist Pat Metheny writes: "With his exhaustive research and detailed interviews, Bob Gluck brings the nature and workings of this amazing and influential ensemble to life." The [London] Times Literary Supplement observes: "Gluck gives a keen sense of Hancock's wide-ranging curiosity and eager assimilation of influences, embracing diverse African and Asian musics, the Klangfarbenmelodie of the European avant-garde... and contemporary directions in funk and pop... a vast amount of information."