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The Dymaxion Quartet



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There’s something of an informal cult around the architect, engineer and futurist Buckminster Fuller. In the 1930s Fuller hired an ad-man to follow him around 24/7 and write down the words he used most often. Turns out these were “dynamic” “maximum” and “tension”. Thus the term Dymaxion was born. Soon to follow was the Dymaxion House, the Dymaxion Car, the Dymaxion Map, the Dymaxion Chronofile, and now… the Dymaxion Quartet.

Composer and drummer Gabriel Gloege is a fan of Mr. Fuller (or Bucky as he was affectionately known) and started The Dymaxion Quartet to see if he could make music out of Bucky’s ideas. “Dymaxion is about getting the maximum possible performance from each unit of input,” he says. “I’m trying to do that with this music… create the widest musical spectrum I can with a minimum of materials”.

The result? Sonic architecture with poetic flair.

A student of legendary composer Bob Brookmeyer, Gabriel cut his teeth writing for big band, a much broader palate of musical colors. So the Dymaxion Quartet’s spartan instrumentation of drums, bass, trumpet, and tenor is a compositional challenge he embraces. You can hear it in the carefully crafted counterpoint, the dramatic textural changes, and the kaleidoscope of harmonies that make a piano or guitar seem redundant.

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