About this project
Thanks for visiting the Inzinzac Kickstarter page! We are a trio consisting of: Alban Bailly (guitar), Dan Scofield (saxophones), and Eli Litwin (drums), performing Alban's original compositions. We are trying to raise $3000 to fund a cultural exchange with some French musicians as well as our first studio recording.
Alban grew up in France and we are now booking a tour of his native land along with our friends FiliaMotsa ( http://www.myspace.com/filiamo ). Inzinzac and FiliaMotsa will play Europe in early June and then the Eastern U.S. in September. The album will be a recording of nine tunes that we have been tirelessly rehearsing. Our music is exciting to hear but tedious to master because of its complexity. The compositions employ intricate melodic themes that give way to engaging group improvisation. There are odd time signatures and syncopated, driving beats--reminiscent of the rhythms and energy in eastern European music.
Please watch the video above to see us in action as we rehearse and explain why we need your help. You can also visit http://www.inzinzac.com to hear some more of our music.
Here is some in-depth biographical information about the members of Inzinzac:
ALBAN BAILLY (guitar) is a mulit-faceted instrumentalist who studied composition, jazz and improvisation in France. He performed regularly in Europe before moving to the US in 2005. Alban began his musical path by playing rock in his youth. He moved onto studying Jazz, which opened him to free improvisation in the late nineties. In 2001 he studied Arabic music and oud in Marrakech, Morocco. Alban then moved to Nancy, France, and became an active performer, playing solo and together with performers in Europe. Currently a resident of Philadelphia, he continues to be in demand and has performed extensively on the east coast. He has been fortunate to play with many musicians in various settings (Ron Anderson, Carol Genetti, Fred Lomberg Holm, Alvin Curran, Tony Buck, Jack Wright, Alex Waterman, Martin Tetrault and many others). Alban has been a part of the improvised music scene both in Europe and US performing bowed acoustic guitar and toured the in US and Canada with Jack Wright, Mark Sarich and Heddy Boubaker among others. He is the guitarist for the contemporary tango group Oscuro Quintet, for which he’s also composed several pieces. Alban is also a member of the dance company Da•Da•Dance for which he composes electro-acoustic music and performs regularly.
DAN SCOFIELD (saxophone) graduated from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia with a bachelor’s degree in jazz performance. He has studied with Mike Pedicin, Dave Liebman and Sonny Simmons. Dan has been performing on the east coast for the past decade and has embarked on numerous cross-country tours. He has collaborated or recorded with Odean Pope, Peter Brotzman, Marty Ehrlich, Tim Berne, Scorch Trio, Dirty Projectors, Make a Rising, Modest Mouse, Dr. Dog, Man Man and RJD2, among others. He is a former member of Sonic Liberation Front and has been performing with Bobby Zankel’s Warrior of the Wonderful Sound for the past 6 years. Since 2003 he has co-led the group SHOT x SHOT and taught music lessons at Philadelphia-area high schools. Dan recently co-directed the short documentary “Just a Guy Who Knows: a Film About Sonny Simmons, and he has various other film projects in the works.
ELI LITWIN (drums) was born in 1983 in Morristown, NJ. He began playing drums at the age of 9 and started his first rock band at age 11. Through high school he continued to play in a variety of rock bands as well as the high school jazz, concert and marching bands. Eli chose to attend the Esther Boyer College of Music at Temple University where he studied drum set with Erik Johnson. Since graduating with his Bachelors of Music in Jazz Performance, Eli has remained in Philadelphia to pursue music on both the performing and teaching ends. Though his area of expertise began largely in metal, Eli has gained significant experience playing in jazz, rock & avant-garde idioms as well.
Links to recordings of all the projects mentioned can be found at www.myspace.com/elilitwin.
Eli keeps busy with many groups of varying styles. Knife the Glitter, the instrumental progressive metal band he has been with since 2003, has toured the country a number of times and shared the stage with such notable acts as The Dillinger Escape Plan, Between the Buried and Me, Dysrhythmia and Genghis Tron. Normal Love, formed in 2006, joins modern composition with rock instrumentation and metal intensity. They have released a full length and 7” ep on High Two Recordings and toured North America every summer since their inception, performing alongside the likes of Zs, Mick Barr, Extra Life, Daughters, Chinese Stars, Cheer-Accident, Weasel Walter, James Plotkin, Time of Orchids and Stinking Lizavetta. Eli’s most recent creation is a studio project called Intensus that combines extreme metal and free improvisation. All instruments were performed by Eli, while a number of guests contribute vocals. This project will see an official release some time in 2010. In addition to a few other bands in earlier stages of development, Eli composes a variety of music on the computer, ranging from ambient and experimental electronic music to “crazy metal MIDI’s.”
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