Iron Year – 2018

October 26 2018 – Slow and Steady Records

Album Release Concert – November 30, 2018
@ The Owl Music Parlor
Brooklyn, NY

USA Tour – April 2019

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(SAN FRANCISCO, CA) — Slow & Steady Records announces the release of Richard Sears’ fifth album, Iron Year. Richard Sears, Roman Filiu, Dayna Stephens, Bryan Carrott, Martin Nevin, Craig WeinribSears expands on the compositional palette from his previous album, Altadena, with new material written after moving to New York City in 2015, realized primarily for sextet. Iron Year draws inspiration from the Hart Crane poem To Brooklyn Bridge – a mediation of human labor and aspiration parlaying a spiritual achievement.

“The achievement is seen in this fantastic bridge, and the way its splendor endures the harshness of weather, the hopelessness of night, and the cyclical mundanities of being a New Yorker,” says Sears. “That heavenliness is, in the case of the bridge, ‘vaulting the sea,’ cutting the night’s lamplight by its ‘rip-tooth,’ ‘forsaking our eyes’ in its grand assembly. At the risk of being strident, these words encourage us to aspire to something beyond ourselves, and thus ‘lend a myth to God’.”

Iron Year features saxophonists Roman Filiu and Dayna Stephens (both friends and mentors of Sears), vibraphonist Bryan Carrott (who Sears met through playing with the Muhal Richard Abrams Orchestra in 2016), bassist Martin Nevin (a longtime collaborator), drummer Craig Weinrib (Henry Threadgill, Ravi Coltrane, and David Virelles) and Richard Sears on piano.

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O harp and altar, of the fury fused,
(How could mere toil align thy choiring strings!)
Terrific threshold of the prophet’s pledge,
Prayer of pariah, and the lover’s cry,
 
Again the traffic lights that skim thy swift
Unfractioned idiom, immaculate sigh of stars,
Beading thy path—condense eternity:
And we have seen night lifted in thine arms.
 
Under thy shadow by the piers I waited
Only in darkness is thy shadow clear.
The City’s fiery parcels all undone,
Already snow submerges an iron year …
 
O Sleepless as the river under thee,
Vaulting the sea, the prairies’ dreaming sod,
Unto us lowliest sometime sweep, descend
And of the curveship lend a myth to God.

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Excerpt from “To Brooklyn Bridge”
by Hart Crane, 1933

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Media and Publicity: Stephen Buono