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“Everything is out of proportion with Rob Mazurek's music; it is larger than nature, it has no other choice but to be so, to tell the truth”

Rob Mazurek: direction, cornet (CD 1), electronics (CD 2), compositions
Roscoe Mitchell: alto & soprano saxophones
Nicole Mitchell: flutes & voice
Matana Roberts: alto saxophone
Matt Bauder: tenor saxophone
Steve Swell: trombone
Jason Adasiewicz: vibraphone & tubular bells
Kevin Drumm: electronics
Matthew Lux: bass guitar
Mauricio Takara: cavaquino & percussions
Guilherme Granado: samplers & marimba
John Herndon: drums
Mike Reed: drums
Chad Taylor: drums
Damon Locks: voice

Lo and Volcanic (3:31)
Europa (7:18 ) Play Ganymede and the Ice Parade (5:25)
Callisto the Bear (8:29)
Himalia a Metaphor for Joe Frazier (5:15)
Almathea is Red (8:14)
Elara Beneath the Underground (6:43)
Pasiphae Gives Birth to the Minotaur (4:24)

Cryogenics After the Land of Spirals (17:55)
Pondering the Hidden Light (3:24)
Stalking the Spectrum of Inevitable (17:04)
Last Breath on the Forgotten Planet (1:07)
Ascension Dream Phoenix (8:48)

All compositions by Rob Mazurek

Exploding Star Orchestra (CD-1) recorded live on May 9th 2009 by Egidio Conde at SESC Vila Marina, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Additional recording by Greg Norman on January 11th 2011 in Chicago, USA
Mixing (CD-1): Helder Velasquez Smith
Mastering (CD-1 & 2): Jean-Pierre Bouquet, L’Autre Studio, Vaires-sur-Marne, France
Lithographs: Rob Mazurek
Liner notes: Alexandre Pierrepont
Photographs: Paulo Borgia
Cover design: Max Schoendorff
Cover realisation: David Bourguignon
Producer: Michel Dorbon

Matter or antimatter, everything is out of proportion with Rob Mazurek's music; it is larger than nature, it has no other choice but to be so, to tell the truth. Must everything really be colossal and euphoric? The answer is yes: everything must be colossal, and euphoric….
…Wasn't the Exploding Star Orchestra created in 2005 in order to gather shattered pieces of a single celestial and musical body, Chicago, its satellites here present, the inhabitants of multi-layered formations successively assembled by Rob Mazurek, the inhabitants of the Chicago Underground, of Isotope 217, of Mandarin Movie, of Sound Is Quintet, of Starlicker, of the Pulsar Quartet, of the Skull Sessions? To gather them again on May 8th and 9th 2009 at São Paulo's Vila Mariana, on the satellite and with the inhabitants of the São Paulo Underground, and with a distant inhabitant of the Art Ensemble of Chicago, a grandmaster of gravitational fields.
Alexandre Pierrepont, excerpt from the liner notes