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Dollshot "Lalande" out Now
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Press for Cluster Swerve
****, Downbeat Magazine
"From track to track there is a consistent sense of rumination, where every intervallic brushstroke feels like the work of a painter meticulously applying and manipulating his medium to the canvas. But that movement comes within a matrix of lines sculpted by his ensemble, which achieves a sublime level of interaction." – Peter Margasak
****, All About Jazz
“ . . . a slanted spin on Americana . . . No doubt, Kaplan's provocative compositional pen and the musicians' telepathic communications only add to the intriguing storylines and multifarious frameworks exercised throughout. – Glenn Astaria
****, Free Jazz Blog
As Kaplan picked up the pace, his dark tone filled in the remaining space between his taut microtonal phrases. Moving in a blur of melody and motion, he pushed the sound further and further . . . a Kinetic swirling of sound” – Paul Acquaro
"Forest Through Forest" for Orchestra.
"They Eat Trees" for string quartet. Performed by the JACK Quartet, May 2016.
"Hierophant" composed for Milton Babbitt's Centenary. Live recording at Taplin Auditorium, Princeton, NJ. September 2016.
Rosie K (voice); Noah K (saxophone); Dov Manski (piano/synth); Kim Cass (bass)
"Mechanizmo" sonata for marimba and piano.
Steven White (marimba); Michael James Smith (piano). Performed July 2016.
A list of works is here.
"2724" performed by Ensemble Mise-En; Moon Young Ha, Conductor.
Noah K (saxophone) + So Percussion
“Kaplan is an uncanny combination of the cerebral and the impassioned, exploring precise microtones amid lines of turbulent and elemental power.”
— Stuart Broomer, The New York City Jazz Record
“He romances the sound of his saxophone like no other player.”
— Raul D’Gama Rose, All About Jazz
“High-points were . . . Kaplan’s operatic microtonalism.”
— Tom Greenland, The New York City Jazz Record
“Noah Kaplan Quartet ‘Descendants’ is a tour de force of naked, off the hook, formidable free jazz. Those who are in tune with this music, and understand the talent, imaginative horse power and commitment required to play it, will never get enough of this CD.”
– C.J. Bond, Jazz Music
“Such is Kaplan’s devout love of his craft . . . his playing is notable for its stylistic reach. Kaplan explores history through supple illusion rather than explicit evocation.”
— The Wire
“Quite the auspicious debut . . . one that is quite impossible not to be entranced by.”
— Mark Corroto, All About Jazz
“A stellar young tenor saxophonist . . . excellent.”
— Thom Jurek, Image Journal
“Kaplan keeps things imbued with a strange and intoxicating weightlessness”
— Derek Taylor’s Best of 2011, Dusted Magazine
“A marker at the edge of western tonality”
— Cormac Larkin, The Irish Times
Noah K is a composer and saxophonist from Topanga, CA who blends the dark energy of free jazz with Romantic lyricism in new realms of tonality. His music has been performed by the New Jersey Symphony, Orchestra 2001, JACK quartet, PRISM quartet, So Percussion, and the American Modern Ensemble, among others. He co-leads the indie pop band Dollshot and is currently collaborating with screenwriter Hampton Fancher (Blade Runner, Blade Runner 2049) on Salvation, an opera trilogy. As an improviser, Noah has performed and/or recorded with Joe Morris, Anthony Coleman, David Tronzo, Peter Erskine, Alan Pasqua, Rinde Eckert, Mat Maneri and Joe Maneri, among others. The Noah Kaplan Quartet has recorded two albums for HatHut Records, Descendants (2011) and Cluster Swerve (2017).
Noah is currently a Naumburg and Mark Nelson doctoral fellow at Princeton University. He graduated from the New England Conservatory in 2006 with a B.M. with Honors in Jazz Performance, and received an M.F.A. in Music Composition from Princeton in 2015. He was recipient of a Tanglewood Composition Fellowship in 2016. In 2017, his work Forest Through Forest was premiered by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra through the Edward T. Cone Institute.
In addition to composing and improvising, Noah co-directs Underwolf Records. He recently edited an English edition of Ivan Wyschnegradsky’s Manual of Quarter-Tone Harmony, which was published by Underwolf Editions in 2018. He lives in Brooklyn.
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