The pianist Aaron Parks will release his new album Arborescence on October 15th with ECM records. Parks, will be performing in Baltimore on October 17, at Andie Musik. On October 18 and 20 he will be playing in New York's Jazz Gallery and at the Quebec Festival du Jazz respectively.
Arborescence stems from the concept that growth of creativity is unplanned. Like a root of a tree that eventually branches out towards its nutrients, or water, the artist did the same with the pieces in his album. He sat down at the studio and improvised without any "'predetermination," letting his imagination reach out to places unknown. The album delivers a balanced mixture of tenderness and darkness. The imagery of the tree in all its components is suggested in the music. There is a freshness, and yet a heaviness in the sounds that make this artist's work sweet to the ear. The harmony, and melody in his compositions are clean and light.
The Californian born and Seattle raised artist was hailed in Japan with his band. Their album, Alive in Japan is unlike Arborescence. In Arborescence the joviality and bubbly sounds of Alive in Japan are absent. Instead the melody enters and slowly grows in you to meditative state whereas in Alive in Japan, the music energizes.