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Wednesday March 20, 2019

From Houstonia Magazine

Making Space for A New Kind of Jazz Quartet
By: Hannah Che

If you thought Mark Guiliana’s new group, Space Heroes, had something to do with astronauts, think again. “I get asked about the name a lot – it just refers to the space within the music,” Guiliana explains. “In a jazz quartet the piano by definition occupies quite a bit of space, and I wanted to explore what would happen and where the music would go if we removed that particular voice.”

His ensemble instead features a frontline of two horns-saxophonists Jason Rigby and Mike Lewis-with Chris Morrissey on double bass, and they’ll be making their Houston debut this Saturday as part of the Da Camera jazz series.

[…] Space Heroes is his newest project, blending electronica-inspired grooves with open-ended improvisation. In some ways, it’s an exploration of the sonic possibilities between his two current creative outlets: the Jazz Quartet, an acoustic group made up of saxophone, piano, double bass, and drums, and Beat Music, an electronic experiment that’s spawned multiple recording sessions and live performances, a sound world of window-rattling grooves, electronic sampling, and deep, spacey dubs. “Those were the two pillars, quite far apart from each other, and I was curious to find something that could straddle both of those energies,” he says.

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