William Parker - Migration of Silence Into and Out of The Tone World

William Parker – Migration of Silence Into and Out of The Tone World

Discover here our full review of the 10 CDs box released by William Parker Migration of Silence Into and Out of The Tone World. To be more precise, it even says The Music Of William Parker: as he acknowledges himself, this is the music of all the musicians who participated in the project, who have dedicated their lives to being “music”.

William Parker
Migration of Silence Into and Out of The Tone World – [Volumes 1–10]
(AUM Fidelity)

First, let’s mention that the box is well designed, should last for many years, keeping the 10 CDs (see pictures hereunder) safe as well as the 2 booklets (lyrics + liner notes). It contains a lot of information about the artists, the sessions, the ideas behinds the songs, etc. that will make your listening even more pleasant.

Now, the music.
It is a monument, a “collection of vocal and instrumental suites all recorded expressly for this set between late 2018 and early 2020, with women’s voices at its core”.

At core since 7 of the 10 albums have voices. William composed all, often plays, but not on all albums. The entire experience is of course very dense (10 hours of music) but not at all demanding or tiring. The 10 albums unfold different music that remarkably stands together and create its own world, of parallel worlds.

Yes, that could one conclusion. You will see hereafter the details, but in a way, the 10 albums are helping us to look at (or listen to maybe) things with new eyes, and to finally realizing it was all the same thing, only the forms were different. It all points at music and the good it does to humanity. And in that music, voice, voice and breath, able not only to produce this music but also to embody humanity.

William is clearly putting arts, and music, and poems in the center of this work. It is beautiful, captivating, and timeless.

Album 1 – Blue Limelight

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The Music of William Parker
Migration of Silence Into and Out of The Tone World
Album 1 – Blue Limelight
Featuring Raina Sokolov-Gonzalez & Ensemble

The music is captivating. William goes into his memories and somehow allows us not only to imaginary travel back within his own recollections but let us mix it with ours. Raina Sokolov-Gonzale’s voice, astonishing, magnifying the poetic beauty of all the tracks, is operating like a charm, catching all our thoughts and dreams to make them vibrate with the songs. The journey is bewitching.

Session date: November 9, 2018
Raina Sokolov-Gonzalez: voice; Mara Rosenbloom: piano; Peter Dennis: bass; Scot Moore: violin; Reina Murooka: violin; Tina Burova: violin; Jim Ferraiuolo: oboe: Kevin Murray, Jim Clouse: drums; Special guest Jason Kao Hwang: violin

Raina Sokolov-Gonzalez
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Album 2 – Child Of Sound

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The Music of William Parker
Migration of Silence Into and Out of The Tone World
Album 2 – Child Of Sound
Featuring Eri Yamamoto

The 2nd album consists of 14 tracks, piano only. And as William is mentioning in the booklet “this music for solo piano is not about the piano it is about the music”. Music, melodies, all beautifully performed by Ery Yamamoto. Strangely, every piece carries at the same time hope but also quite some sorrow. They seem dark but light (as not heavy), sad but somehow open, always elegant; here is a perfect extract: “The Golden Light (hymn)”.

Session date: January 3, 2019
Eri Yamamoto: piano

Eri Yamamoto
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Album 3 – The Majesty Of Jah

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The Music of William Parker
Migration of Silence Into and Out of The Tone World
Album 3 – The Majesty Of Jah
Featuring Ellen Christi, Jalalu-Kalvert Nelson, William Parker

The 3rd album feels much more cerebral, maybe as of the result of the overdubs-superimpositions-editing-assembly work by Ellen Christi on some tracks but also of the force, even more political. It gives an overall heavier feeling, engaged, yet still fascinating as this “Sun Song”:

Session date: Autumn 2010; Mixed 2019.
Ellen Christi: voice & production; William Parker: bass, donso ngoni, percussion, voice on “Freedom”; Special guess Jalalu-Kalvert Nelson: trumpet

Ellen Christi
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Jalalu-Kalvert Nelson
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Album 4 – Cheops

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The Music of William Parker
Migration of Silence Into and Out of The Tone World
Album 4 – Cheops
Featuring Kyoko Kitamura & Ensemble

Cheops is a lot more intense, even if comfortably free. It is in a way, following this strings of feeling the albums put us into, just like we were transported out of ourselves, replaced in another empty place, as a “soft” sidereal void. Looking at humans, us, and it is not always comfortable. Surely one of the very strong album of the box.

Session date: February 27, 2019.
Kyoko Kitamura: voice; Matt Moran: vibes; Ben Stapp: tuba; Kayla Milmine-Abbott: soprano sax; Rachel Housle: drums; William Parker: bass, bass duduk & fujara overtone flute on “If We Play Soft Enough”

Kyoko Kitamura
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Album 5 – Harlem Speaks

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The Music of William Parker
Migration of Silence Into and Out of The Tone World
Album 5 – Harlem Speaks
Featuring Fay Victor, Hamid Drake, William Parker

Album 5 is entirely played by the trio Fay (v), Hamid (d), and William (b). 6 tracks, 64 minutes, dedicated to Harlem, during which time just disappears as Fay’s voice is so incredibly mesmerising of possibilities, creativity, and manage to get so organically intricate with all the trio sonic explorations they lead us to. Splendid.

Session date: March 5, 2019.
Fay Victor: voice; Hamid Drake: drums, frame drum; William Parker: bass, guembri, balafon, gralla

Fay Victor
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Album 6 – Mexico

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The Music of William Parker
Migration of Silence Into and Out of The Tone World
Album 6 – Mexico
Featuring Jean Carla Rodea & Ensemble

A serious number of freedom fighters as Williams names the international lineup of musicians gathered here. The concept of freedom fighters – explained in the liner notes – is related to all musicians in the world, and artists, and anybody in the pursuit of beautiful inclusive creation. The fight is taking more free forms in this 6th album, yet, it remains in the line of the previous ones, certainly thanks to Jean Carla’s beautiful voice and inspiration.

Session date: January 15, 2019.
Jean Carla Rodea: voice; Brahim Fribgane: oud; Jackson Krall: tenor drum; Ariel Bart: harmonica; Ohad Kapuya: bass; Illay Sabag: piano; Kevin Murray: drums & percussion; Rachel Housle: drums & percussion; Special guest: Jim Clouse: tenor sax; Matt Lavelle: trumpet; Matt Lambiase: trumpet

Jean Carla Rodea
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Album 7 – Afternoon Poem

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The Music of William Parker
Migration of Silence Into and Out of The Tone World
Album 7 – Afternoon Poem
Featuring Lisa Sokolov

William says it all about this 7th album in two sentences:
Afternoon Poem is music written for solo voice. I cannot think of any vocalist who has a greater connection to the healing powers of sound than Lisa”.

Session date: June 24, 2019.
Lisa Sokolov: voice (on bonus track: Yuko Fujiyama: piano)

Lisa Sokolov
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Album 8 – Lights in the Rain (The Italian Directors Suite)

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The Music of William Parker
Migration of Silence Into and Out of The Tone World
Album 8 – Lights in the Rain (The Italian Directors Suite)
Featuring Andrea Wolper & Ensemble

The Italian Directors Suite is dedicated to 7 Italian filmmakers that touched William’s life. The freedom fighters of Mexico are now supporting the astonishing Andrea Wolper. The music definitely makes the mind travel to Europe, Italy, and for the few Italian cineasts we are familiar with, the tracks feel spot on and really suggestive.

Session date: September 16, 2019.
Andrea Wolper: voice; Illay Sabag: piano; Ariel Bart: harmonica; Jim Ferraiuolo: oboe; Rachel Housle: drums; Peter Dennis: bass; Ohad Kapuya; bass;William Parker: cornet

Andrea Wolper
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Album 9 – The Fastest Train

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The Music of William Parker
Migration of Silence Into and Out of The Tone World
Album 9 – The Fastest Train
Featuring William Parker, Coen Aalberts, Klaas Hekman

No voice, only pure organic music (see the played instruments lists hereunder!). So The Fastest Train title is of course questionable. It makes sense only by reading the poems or statements on which each track comes with. For track 11, “The World’s Fastest Train”, the associate poem starts as:

The World's Fastest Train
does not move
It stands still like a mountain
[...]

We won’t spoil the rest of it, but that’s the idea. Those notes allow us to start listening to the music with a thread if needed. But as all tracks did not get their statements printed, we are anyway quickly on our own. We can let us go in this music that strangely feels so far in time but so deeply part of us. Highly meditative.

Recorded on May 14, 2019
William Parker: keringot. hochiku, shakuhachi in D & A, stereophonic bamboo flute, Ojibway overtone bass flute, pocket trumpet, malakan flute, Chinese shakuhachi; Coen Aalberts: conch shell, winti flute from New Guinea, cricket sounds, bird sounds, bamboo brushes, whistles, drum set; Klaas Hekman: dogon flute, shakuhachi, bass Indian flute, piccolo, and C flute

Coen Aalberts
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Klaas Hekman
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Album 10 – Manzanar

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The Music of William Parker
Migration of Silence Into and Out of The Tone World
Album 10 – Manzanar
Featuring Universal Tonality String Quartet

No voice (again) but a string quartet, sounding classic, obviously, but always in line with William’s Tone World. One track is about “a dissection of strings paintings, as if fingers were brushes and strings were paint”, another “the trees of Vermont”. This last album is yet another world unfolding for us, but still part of the same universe, and in its way, as captivating as the others.

Session date: February 13, 2019.
Melanie Dyer: viola; Jason Kao Hwang: violin; Gwen Laster: violin; Dara Bloom: cello; William Parker: khaen, Navajo flute, fujara overtone flute on “Khaen” | On “Being Native” Jason Kao Hwang: violin; Jean Cook: violin; Nicole Federici: viola; Alexander Waterman: cello; Daniel Carter: alto saxophone

William Parker – Migration of Silence Into and Out of The Tone World – Info

William Parker: compositions, bass & additional instruments | Featuring: an international, inter-generational array of singers & musicians, drawn from both long-standing colleagues and a new generation of devoted artists.
Released the 2021.01.29

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