Press Release – The Gravity of Love CD
CIA Seven Deadly Sins Ensemble:
Upcoming September 25th release of The Gravity of Love CD
On September 25th, 2012 Playscape Recordings will release veteran pianist/composer Peter Madsen’s Gravity Of Love (PSR#121911), a studio recording of his seven-part original work, The Dante Suite, featuring his working band, the Seven Sins Ensemble. This unusual octet, which includes two violins, viola, cello, trumpet, bass and drums in addition to various electronics and its leader’s piano, is a subset of Madsen’s Collective of Improvising Artists (CIA), an active cooperative of diverse, Austria-based groups he founded in 2007.
Using Dante’s Inferno as a guide, Madsen’s suite features eclectic musical interpretations of the Seven Deadly Sins organized according to the author’s three classifications. “For Dante,” he writes in the liner notes, “one’s purpose in life was to honor and love God. He thought that each of the Seven Sins gave weight to one’s soul and dragged him further away from this love of God and further into the depths of hell and away from the heavenly realm. But for Dante, each sin corresponded to a moral scheme of love perverted. He subdivided these perversions into three groups corresponding to excessive love (Jealousy, Hubris and Rage), deficient love (Indifference) and malicious love (Over Indulgence, Excessive Desire and Avarice).”
Known to the initiated as “a consistently excellent yet persistently under-recognized creative music artist” (Owen McNally, Hartford Courant), Madsen has released three previous Playscape Recordings releases under his own name (Sphere Essence: Another Side Of Monk, Prevue Of Tomorrow and The Litchfield Suite) in addition to appearing on 14 others under the leadership of such longtime labelmates as Michael Musillami and Mario Pavone. Overall, Madsen’s career spans more than 30 years and includes a long list of prominent collaborators featuring everyone from Stan Getz, Benny Golson and Stanley Turrentine to Thomas Chapin, Kenny Garrett and Joe Lovano to Pee Wee Ellis, Maceo Parker and Fred Wesley.
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