Andrew Bishop is a composer and improviser in highly diversified musical idioms. As a composer he has received over 20 commissions from professional organizations and universities, numerous residencies, and recognition and awards from ASCAP, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Andrew W. Melon Foundation, and a nomination from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He leads a variety of his own ensembles and his two recordings as a leaderTime and Imaginary Time and the Hank Williams Project (both on Envoi Recordings) received high praise from the New York Times, Downbeat, and All About Jazz, among others. He has performed with Karl Berger, Sandip Burman, Kenny Burrell, Eugene Chadbourne, Ray Charles, Gerald Cleaver, Drew Gress, Jerry Hahn, Chris Lightcap, Mat Maneri, Tony Malaby, Hank Roberts, Jacob Sacks, Craig Taborn, Clark Terry, Matt Wilson, and John Zorn among others.
Jeremy Edwards is a drummer/percussionist, recording engineer, composer and educator working in a variety of musical genres. He received a bachelors degree in music technology and percussion and a masters degree in improvisation from the University of Michigan. Jeremy has actively toured the United States and Canada performing original music and continues to perform locally with rock, jazz and experimental music groups. Jeremy is a Lecturer in Music Technology at the University of Michigan.
A new record coming out later this year "Dark Matter", based on the Big Bang, is recorded by Naked Dance (Stephen Rush, Jeremy Edwards, Andrew Bishop) that was created as part of Jeweled Net of the Vast Invisible, a University of Michigan MCubed Project. The project was an interdisciplinary collaboration between Greg Tarle (Department of Physics) Steve Rush (School of Music, Theatre and Dance), Jim Cogswell (Stamps School of Art and Design), Brian Nord (Fermilab) along with graduate students Jason Eaton (Computer Science) and Simon Alexander-Adams (Music, Theater, and Dance).
"Jeweled Net of the Vast Invisible is a visualization of the distribution of dark matter in the universe, based on data from a massive billion-particle computer simulation. As we travel through this space we see structures - halos, voids and filaments, which owe their existence to minute quantum fluctuations when the universe was first launched. These structures, amplified by inflation, propagated by sound and intensified by gravity, formed the invisible net that captured the matter that made up the first stars, galaxies and galaxy clusters, the "jewels" that we see as we look out on the universe today."
So-called "chamber jazz", perhaps coming out of the Third-Stream 1960's movement, is an often-overlooked corner of the new music world. The music of Jimmy Guiffre, especially, provides the impetus for this new project coming out of Michigan (USA) Naked Dance! Combining clarinets (soprano and bass), piano and drums, with a flavoring of children's toys courtesy of pianist Stephen Rush, the ensemble brings a classical sensibility to the world of Free Jazz. In fact, two of the members have doctorates in music composition from prestigious universities.
The music oscillates from the extremely accessible ("Far Away and It's OK is a sheer exercise in the purity of b-minor) to spiky and difficult tunes like "Trancet" and "On the Verge" (both inspired by Cecil Taylor and Ornette Coleman with whom Rush has interviewed and collaborated). Bishop has studied with Guiffre and Rush with Gunther Schuller both Third Stream founders and pioneers. Their legacy continues with "Naked Dance!".
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Stephen Rush is a Full Professor at the University of Michigan, where he has worked with students from music, dance, art, and engineering, teaching Creative Process and directing the Digital Music Ensemble - for the last 25 years. With DME he has premiered works by Philip Glass, La Monte Young and John Cage, as well as recording with Pauline Oliveros and "Blue Gene" Tyranny.
Rush has had premieres in five continents, many publications, and a book on Jazz theology called "Better Get It In Your Soul". He has written 5 operas, 100's of work for Dance, chamber and electronic works, concertos, and two symphonies, performed by the Detroit Symphony and the Warsaw National Symphony.
There are over 25 CDs of Rush's classical and jazz compositions released worldwide, and he has performed with Roscoe Mitchell, Henry Grimes, Steve Swell, Eugene Chadbourne, his band "Yuganaut", and the late Peter Kowald. He also tours and records with his "techno band", Listening Music from the Age of the Crystal Moon Cone with Chris Peck and Jon Moniaci.
(visit rushedwards.com for more info and media)