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Since releasing their widely acclaimed debut CD manifest deNsity (MJR028) in 2009, Seattle’s Moraine has quickly built a reputation as one of the most electrifying and original instrumental rock bands anywhere -- winning over listeners across the globe with its unique amalgam of art rock, forward-thinking jazz, world music, and more.The band ups the ante with its highly-anticipated new release, Metamorphic Rock: Live at NEARfest. Captured in peak form at NEARfest 2010, Moraine wowed listeners with their inventive compositions, formidable musicianship, and tightly meshed interplay. Documenting a major advance in the group’s evolution from its chamber-rock origins toward a more forceful and dynamic sound, Metamorphic Rock consists largely of new and previously-unreleased material, augmented by a number of radically retooled tunes from manifest deNsity.Having been compared to King Crimson, the Mahavishnu Orchestra, and Terje Rypdal, the group has forged its own distinct sonic identity. Whether engaging in jazz-inflected improvisation, executing intricate ensemble passages, or dishing out crushing, twisted riffs, the band displays a warmth and lyricism often lacking in avant-rock.
Metamorphic Rock amply demonstrates that Moraine, like its geological namesake, is truly a force of nature.
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    A. Bagua
    B. Kan Hai De Re Zi
    C. Views from Chicheng Precipice
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DENNIS REA: electric guitar
ALICIA DeJOIE: electric violin
JAMES DeJOIE: saxophone, flute, effects
Recorded live at North East Art Rock Festival (NEARfest) 2010, Bethlehem, PA, June 20, 2010.
Front-of-house engineer: Phil Leibowicz. Live recording engineer: Brett Kull, Area 602 Studios.
Mixed by Steve Fisk at Steve F Studio in Seattle, WA, July-August 2011.
Mastered by Barry Corliss at Master Works, Seattle.
Produced by Moraine and Steve Fisk.
Executive Producer: Leonardo Pavkovic
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"Two years after the release of their debut album, Manifest Density, Seattle-based quintet Moraine enjoy an impressive reputation as one of the most eclectic outfits on the modern progressive rock scene, purveyors of music that, while constantly dynamic and challenging, is never devoid of atmosphere and melody.

"... Moraine are quite unlike conventional prog bands in being much less prone to reproduce their compositions verbatim when on stage, and thrive on freedom of improvisation. This diversity results in a headily eclectic direction, blending rock with jazz, funk, blues, world music and avant-garde ...

"... highly recommended to all open-minded prog fans. Another contender for my personal Top 10 of 2011 – hoping for a third album some time in 2012."

- Rafaella Berry, ProgMistress / Fire of Unknown Origin

"... simply takes your breath away ... a rarefied pleasure indeed."

"... of such a seriously magical content I just can’t put it down. This band is filling mega stadiums in a parallel universe where Simon Cowell is on trial for crimes against art.

"Metamorphic Rock is a timeless slab of an album ..."

- Roger T., Prog-Sphere

"Moraine here slices through a number of revered antecedents (Kraan, Univers Zero, Mike Keneally, King Crimson, Jasun Martz, Magma, etc.) while crafting a version of the ever-evolving neoclassical niche progressive musics occupy in a way that has to be making Mssrs. Vander, Fripp, Denis, and the entire esteemed company grin in serene gratification amid Metamorphic Rock's artfully pleasing jangled paces."

- Mark S. Tucker, FAME

"This is one of the more interesting releases I have heard in some time and the band has quite a unique sound.

"... he recording sounds great too. At times I almost forgot I was listening to a concert CD.

"If you are searching for something a little more challenging Metamorphic Rock just might do the trick. Recommended for fans of eclectic music everywhere."

- Jon Neudorf, Sea of Tranquility

"Metamorphic Rock is filled to the brim with sounds that are truly different and metamorphic by definition. Each track brings a little something different with this eclectic group of talented musicians and instruments. But, at no point does the sound change so much to make the album sound like a random mix of songs.

"This unique group of combined instruments is showcased quite well ...

"If you like a literal mixed bag of sound, appreciate jazz fusion or progressive rock done very well in a live setting, then you will love Metamorphic Rock."

- Ashley Arseneau, Muzik Reviews

"This Seattle-based progressive-rock outfit offers a refreshing perspective on a multifaceted genre, where cherished stylizations from the past are merged with a futuristic outlook ... Moraine's energetic attack and deterministic focus parlays into a vibrant live setting ...

"Moraine is a band that doesn't look back, which is a sensibility that translates into a hard-hitting but fluid set. By incorporating grace and power into its arsenal, the ensemble's buoyancy is lightly dappled with jazz and classical elements.

"Moraine carries the torch for a newly envisioned era of progressive-rock. Hence, the artists unite the best of many musical worlds into a group-centric characterization that bears a clearly defined mark of authenticity."

- Glenn Astarita, Jazz Review

"An adrenalin-charged performance allows the listener to breathe exactly when it's needed, that's why it's so exciting. A sensation in the making."

***** (5 Stars)

- DME Music Site


Moraine: Moraine is an omnivorous Seattle-based instrumental quintet led by guitarist Dennis Rea, whose past collaborators include Jeff Greinke (LAND), K. Leimer (Savant), Earthstar, Stackpole, Hector Zazou, Han Bennink, Stuart Dempster, Chinese rock megastar Cui Jian, Klaus Schulze, Amy Denio, Wally Shoup, and Bill Horist, as well as members of King Crimson, R.E.M., Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Ministry, the Sun Ra Arkestra, and many of the most important figures in contemporary Chinese music. The group began as a collaboration between Rea and cellist Ruth Davidson and eventually coalesced into the simpatico lineup heard on Manifest Density, featuring violinist Alicia Allen, drummer Jay Jaskot, and bassist/baliset player Kevin Millard. Moraine’s expansive original repertoire spans avant-rock, modern jazz, deconstructed Chinese traditional music, and the unclassifiable. In a typical Moraine performance, haunting melodies cohabit with crushing riffs, lush textures, propulsive swing, and explosive improvisation to create a galvanizing listening experience.

Dennis Rea: Dennis Rea's adventurous guitar playing blends modern jazz, creative rock, experimental music, and world musical traditions into an approach that is uniquely his own, embracing haunting lyricism, enigmatic textures, agile improvisation, and the raw dynamism of rock. He has performed on three continents at such venues as the WOMAD Festival, Beijing International Jazz Festival, Sichuan-China International TV Festival, Bumbershoot Arts Festival, Columbia Gorge Amphitheater, and Earshot Jazz Festival. Over the years Dennis has led or been a key contributor to numerous innovative groups, including Moraine, Land, Stackpole, Axolotl, Savant, Earthstar, Identity Crisis, Iron Kim Style, and Ting Bu Dong. He has performed or recorded with such prominent creative musicians as European free jazz legend Han Bennink, Chinese rock megastar Cui Jian, acclaimed French composer Hector Zazou, German electronic music pioneer Klaus Schulze, trombone virtuoso Stuart Dempster, and jazz mainstay John Clayton, as well as members of King Crimson, R.E.M., Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Ministry, and the Sun Ra Arkestra. He has collaborated with many of the most important figures in contemporary Chinese music and was one of the first Western musicians to record an album for the state-owned China Record Company. His activities have included film, theater, radio, and modern dance, and he has appeared on more than two-dozen recordings to date. He was a finalist for Best Guitarist in the 2005 Seattle Weekly Music Awards, and won a Golden Ear Award for Best Northwest Outside Jazz Group in 2000 as leader of the improvising quartet Stackpole. He is also an accomplished author whose most recent work is the book Live at the Forbidden City: Musical Encounters in China and Taiwan, a portrait of the emerging Chinese rock and jazz scenes and a chronicle of his musical adventures in the Far East.

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