Tuesday, August 14, 2007

New label Freedonia Music
offers adventurous sounds

Saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist Jay Zelenka has been around the St. Louis music scene for quite a while - long enough to have performed with Luther Thomas and the Human Arts Ensemble back in the 1970s. Over the ensuing three decades, Zelenka has maintained a comparatively low profile, resurfacing occasionally (often in the company of pianist Greg Mills) for a concert or two or a new recording.

Now Zelenka has a way to keep his music before the public on a more consistent basis with the launch of Freedonia Music, described as "a web based outlet for CDs of new music produced by myself and various friends."

Specializing in "free jazz/free improv & creative composition," Freedonia Music has five CDs in its initial offering, including titles credited to Squid Choir Orkestra, Free Jazz Posse, Exiles, Stone/Zelenka/Mills, and Greg Mills solo. You can download sample tracks in .MP3 format by visiting Freedonia's downloads page.

Zelenka says he has "numerous projects in the works for future release," including historic performances and new recordings by Human Arts Ensemble, Exiles and Free Jazz Posse; solo projects by keyboardist Greg Mills and multi-reed player Dave Stone; and some spoken word recordings featuring poet Michael Castro with reed player J.D. Parran, with keyboardist Joe Catalano, and with The Human Arts Ensemble.

1 comment:

paycheck said...

Hey! I did the covers for those CDS with Jay. There's more music on those five CDs than anyone can take in all at once.

If you try nothing else, at least check out Greg Mill's Blue Oktober. The piano offers a sonorous intro to the stylings of Jay and Greg's brand of free exploration,