Big Heart Machine

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“Perhaps you’ve heard about a new big-band resurgence in New York. Near the center of that wave is this 18-piece ensemble led by a Midwestern-born multireedist and composer named Brian Krock.” (Nate Chinen, WBGO) “The suspenseful, layered music can sound like migration in motion or a wisp of twisting smoke.
And if you’re looking for musical-historical references, there are plenty — from progressive metal to Carnatic music to late-20th-century Western classical.” (Giovanni Russonello, New York Times)
The Brooklyn-based behemoth band Big Heart Machine is the brainchild of composer and multi-instrumentalist Brian Krock. Their self-titled debut album from 2018- which captured the band after years of regular gigs and marathon rehearsals- caused a stir in the international jazz community, catapulting the band to many year-end lists. After their performance in the 2019 Winter Jazz Fest, Big Heart Machine were singled out as “an innovative big band deserving notice" in the Atlantic.
May 15, 2020 marks the release of their follow-up, entitled Live at the Jazz Gallery. Recorded in the highest possible fidelity, this album captures a different side of Big Heart Machine. The album features three new original compositions by Krock, as well as his arrangement of György Ligeti’s fourth piano etude “Fanfares,” and an arrangement of a piece by the gifted songwriter Molly McAdoo.

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