Music For Doing
Among the more interesting titles that appeared in the first month of the new year, this week we focus on the new album of drummer Mark Guiliana "Music For Doing", released on January 28 on Colorfield Records.
We will not hide that Guiliana is one of the musicians we have followed over the years and we have listened to live in various projects. Versatile and multi-layered, he can be heard both at the head of his own band Beat Music and in the recordings of Dhafer Youssef or St. Vincent. His participation in David Bowie's swan song "Blackstar" remains an undisputed triumph.
Apart from being an exceptional drummer and mentor, Guiliana is one of the prominent innovators who play the music of the new age. His search led him to his latest album, recorded during the pandemic. All eight "songs", as the tunes in the album are called, are a kind of phase or state that the listener goes through. Aimed inward and carrying an introversion. Both of the videos for the songs we are going to listen to today were shot by Guiliana himself and again show this dominant inner view and exploration of the inner self.
On the other hand, Mark Guiliana again surprises us and offers improvisational music with surprising twists, lots of rhythm and percussion along with electronic instruments. The recording also features saxophonist David Binney and Daphne Chen on the violin.
Song for Getting Lost
As usual, the album can be found on digital platforms. And we celebrate "Music For Doing" as one of the albums we will listen to often in the future.