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Rent Romus' Life's Blood Ensemble

Life's Blood Ensemble, Berkeley CA (left to right Mark Clifford, Rent Romus, Max Judelson, Heikki Koskinen, Timothy Orr, Joshua Marshall) photo by Peter B Kaars


Rent Romus' Life's Blood Ensemble pays tribute as well as bring to light, reinvents, deconstructs, and delves into the deep realms of their collective vision. Their repetoire features original composition and contemporary local and international composers while exploring the influences and inspirations of jazz and improvisation. Life's Blood debut trio recording released in 1999 featured Danish drummer Stefan Pasborg and bassist Jonas Westergaard while Romus was on tour in Northern Europe. Since then he has presented the group ranging from trio to large fifteen peice ensemble featuring some of the best musicians the San Francisco region has to offer presenting a broad range of original performance suites. The group has featured multi-reedist Vinny Golia, world traveler and inventor Cheryl Leonard and Finnish jazz icon Heikki "Mike" Koskinen.

Press Quotes:
"Offers a chaotic rhythmic structure and focused wailing that is grounded..." - Mike Borella, Avant Music News
"They explore the subtle borders of style and element within jazz and improvisation." "Fresh innovative jazz...The expression is emotional but eloquent, smooth yet cerebral." - KFJC FM 89.7 Los Altos Hills
"Romus and the Life’s Blood Ensemble play jazz for the new age." - Jack Goodstein, Blogcritics
"...sinewy grooves...A Love Supreme's stratosphere..." - Tom Hull, jazz critic
"Life's Blood Ensemble dives headlong into a disparate array of compositions, opening and closing with very different works inspired by epic tales..." - Jazz journalist Andrew Gilbert
"Indeed, Romus and associates have reached a milestone with this top-notch outing that defies strict categorizations when considering bridges between free improvisation and modern progressive jazz. It's a seamless incorporation of the best of many worlds." - Glenn Astarita, All About Jazz

Roster:
Rent Romus•alto saxophone Timothy Orrdrums/percussion Safa Shokraidouble bass
Max Judelsondouble bass Heikki "Mike" Koskinen•e-trumpet/recorder Joshua Marshall•tenor saxophone Mark Cliffordvibraphone

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Life's Blood Septet at Gold Lion Arts Sacramento, photo by Kenny Mann
Life's Blood Septet performing "Rising Colossus Suite" @ Gold Lion Arts Sacramento, CA photo by Kenny Mann

Life's Blood Ensmble at SF Music Day 2018 photo by Scott-Chernis
Life's Blood Ensmble at SF Music Day 2018 photo by Scott Chernis