Brazilian tenor saxophonist Ivo Perelman (1961), who relocated to New York in 1989,
initially paid tribute to his roots (folk songs, composer Heitor Villa-Lobos)
employing the free-jazz devices first experimented by Albert Ayler.
His maturation as a (emotional and almost mystic) composer started with the drumless trio of Cama de Terra (july 1996),
featuring bassist William Parker and pianist Matthew Shipp,
and the trio of Sad Life (june 1996), featuring Parker and Rashid Ali on
Seeds, Visions and Counterpoint (september 1996), in another trio, achieved a synthesis of Perelman the improviser and Perelman the composer through the 20-minute Seeds, Visions and Counterpoint and the 26-minute Cantilena, his wildest musical excursions yet (but also the first fully-realized expression of his spirituality) .
Equally dissonant and intense was Sound Hiearchy (october 1996),
for a quartet with pianist Marilyn Crispell, bassist William Parker and drummer Gerry Hemingway.
Perelman's horizons further expanded via a collaboration with a
string quartet, the eight-movement The Alexander Suite (may 1998),
that was, if possible, even more jarring and chaotic than his trios and quartets, to the point that "free" sounded like an understatement, and via the
seven-movement suite The Seven Energies of the Universe (april 1998) for
a bass-less trio.
Density rather than dissonance stood out on the colossal expressionist Suite for Helen F (march 2002) for a double trio, basically a 107-minute total immersion in the inner nightmare of a devastated psyche.
Subsequent recordings included:
Slaves Of Job (october 1996) for a trio,
Revelation (october 1996) for a guitar-based quartet,
Black On White (march 2001) for a trio,
The Ventriloquist (june 2001),
Introspection (july 2005) for a violin-based quartet,
Soul Calling (recorded in 2006), with Rosie Hertlein on violin and voice, Dominic Duval on bass, Newman Taylor Baker on drums;
New Beginnings (december 2007), a suite in three parts;
Nowhere To Hide (february 2008), including the 15-minute Timeless and the 23-minute Amisade;
Mind Games (november 2008), including the 28-minute G. S. Farewell;
Mind Games (november 2008) and The Stream of Life (november 2008),
that document sessions with Ivo Perelman and drummer Brian Willson;
Soulstorm (april 2009) with cellist Daniel Levin and double bassist Torbjorn Zetterberg, including the 24-minute Plaza Maua;
The Apple In The Dark (february 2010), a collaboration between Ivo Perelman and Gerry Hemingway;
Near To The Wild Heart (march 2009), devoted to the
eight-movement suite Utwory performed by
a trio with bassist Dominic Duval and violinist Rosie Hertlein.
A quartet with pianist Matthew Shipp, bassist Joe Morris and drummer Gerald Cleaver improvised The Hour Of The Star.
Without Shipp, the trio then recorded
Family Ties (2012).
The trio with Shipp and Cleaver instead recorded
The Foreign Legion (2012).
The Passion According To G.H. featured
the Sirius Quartet.
The Clairvoyant (june 2012) features a trio with Matthew Shipp and Whit Dickey.
features another trio with Joe Morris and Gerald Cleaver.
The Gift (july 2012) features yet another trio with Matthew Shipp and Michael Bisio.
Two quartets led by
saxophonist Ivo Perelman and
pianist Matthew Shipp
recorded the 45-minute piece of
Serendipity (recorded in 2011).
with bassist William Parker and drummer Gerald Cleaver,
The Edge (recorded in 2012),
Michael Bisio and drummer Whit Dickey.
Collaborations between Ivo Perelman and Matthew Shipp yielded
the duets of The Art of the Duet (recorded in 2012),
Enigma (may 2013), that also features the drummers Whit Dickey and Gerald Cleaver,
the film soundtrack A Violent Dose of Anything (may 2013), that features violinist Mat Maneri.
Ivo Perelman formed the trio of One (april 2013) with bassist Joe Morris and the Hungarian drummer Balazs Pandi.
Two Men Walking (Leo, 2014),
the second collaboration with violist Mat Maneri;
The Other Edge (january 2014), another collaboration with Whit Dickey and Michael Bisio but also including pianist Matthew Shipp;
Book Of Sound (october 2013).
with Shipp and bassist William Parker;
Reverie (2014) and
The Hitchhiker (july 2015)
with pianist Karl Berger;
Tenorhood (march 2014) with Whit Dickey;
the double-disc Callas (march 2015) with Shipp;
Counterpoint (march 2015) with Joe Morris (guitar) and Mat Maneri (viola);
Butterfly Whispers (july 2015), the second album with Shipp and drummer Whit Dickey;
Villa Lobos Suite,
(may 2015) with violists Mat Maneri and Tanya Kalmanovitch,
Complementary Colors (april 2015) with Shipp.
Breaking Point (july 2015) documents another quartet, this time with Mat Maneri (viola), Joe Morris (bass) and Gerald Cleaver (drums).
Blue (march 2016) documents a sax/guitar duo with Joe Morris;
Corpo (february 2016) documents a duo with pianist Matthew Shipp;
Soul (february 2016) documents a quartet with Matthew Shipp, Michel Bisio (bass) and Whit Dickey (drums).
The six volumes The Art of the Improv Trio collects improvisations with different lineups, some including guitarist Joe Morris, pianist Karl Berger, violinist Mat Maneri, pianist Matthew Shipp, and bassist William Parker.
The seven-disc set The Art Of Perelman-Shipp features Ivo Perelman (tenor sax) and Matthew Shipp (piano) accompanied by: William Parker (bass) on Vol. 1: Titan (recorded in october 2016); Bobby Kapps (drums) on Vol. 2: Tarvos (october 2016); again Parker and Whit Dickey ( drums) on Vol. 3: Pandora (october 2016); Michael Bisio (bass) on Vol. 4: Hyperion (august 2015); again Bisio and Dickey on Vol. 5: Rhea (august 2016); the two alone on Vol. 6: Saturn (november 2016); Andrew Cyrille (drums) on Vol. 7: Dione (november 2016).
One of the most prolific artists of the 2010s, in 2017 Perelman released the double-disc Live In Brussels (may 2017), a live duet with pianist Matthew Shipp, Live In Baltimore (june 2017) with Shipp and drummer Jeff Cosgrove, Heptagon (may 2017) with Shipp, bassist William Parker and drummer Bobby Kapp, Scalene (june 2017) with Shipp and drummer Joe Hertenstein, Philosopher's Stone (june 2017) with Shipp and trumpeter Nate Wooley, Octagon (june 2017) with Wooley, bassist Brandon Lopez and drummer Gerald Cleaver.
The triple-disc box-set Oneness (september 2017) documents a collaboration between Ivo Perelman and Matthew Shipp.
Strings 1 (march 2018) and Strings 2 (august 2018) were performed by Ivo Perelman and Mat Maneri, the first one with violinists Mark Feldman and Jason Hwang, and the second one with Hank Roberts and Ned Rothenberg.
Strings 3 (february 2018) was a trio with Maneri and trumpetist Nate Wooley. String 4 (july 2018) was a quartet that added pianist Matthew Shipp.
Spiritual Players (june 2018) documents duets with Jason Stein on bass clarinet, and the double-disc Kindred Spirits (june 2018) documents duets with
another bass clarinetist, Rudi Mahall.
The 4-cd box-set Efflorescence (may 2018) documents duets between saxophonist Ivo Perelman and pianist Matthew Shipp.
Ivo Perelman's Ineffable Joy (april 2018) featured pianist Matthew Shipp, bassist William Parker and drummer Bobby Kapp.
Live in Nuremberg (june 2019) documents duets between Ivo Perelman and Matthew Shipp.
Deep Resonance (april 2018) contains four "resonances" recorded with the Arcado string trio (Mark Feldman, Hank Roberts, Mark Dresser).
The live Strings & Voices Project
live performances with several musicians, including Brazilian celloist Marcio Mattos, vocalists Phil Minton and Jean-Michel Van Schouwburg, guitarist Pascal Marzan, violist and composer Benedict Taylor, veteran violinist Philipp Wachsmann, and double bassist David Leahy.
Amalgam (Mahakala, 2020) was a collaboration with pianist Matthew Shipp.
The Purity Of Desire (january 2020) documents a trio
with Gordon Grdina (oud) and Hamin Honari (tombak, daf, percussion).
Dust Of Light/ Ears Drawings Sounds
(february 2020) was a collaboration with Pascal Marzan (ten-string microtonal acoustic guitar).
Shamanism (april 2018) documents a trio with Joe Morris (electric guitar) and Matthew Shipp (piano).
Ivo Perelman's Trio, with Matthew Shipp on piano and Whit Dickey on drums,
recorded its third album: Garden Of Jewels (june 2020).
Polarity (february 2020) marked the first collaboration between Ivo Perelman (tenor sax) and Nate Wooley (trumpet),
continued on Polarity 2 (january 2023)
The box-set Procedural Language documents Ivo Perelman (tenor sax) and Matthew Shipp (piano) in both live and studio performances (respectively, january 2019 and 2019).
Special Edition Box was a collaboration with pianist Matthew Shipp: the 51-minute Procedural Language (january 2019) and a live improvisation (july 2019).
To celebrate his 60th birthday,
the nine-disc boxset Brass & Ivory Tales (Listen Foundation, 2021)
collected 60 studio duets with famous pianists: Dave Burrell (paired with the saxophonist on CD1 (january 2020); Marilyn Crispell on CD2 (march 2014); Aruan Ortiz on CD3 (december 2017); Aaron Parks on CD4 (march 2020); Sylvie Courvoisier on CD5 (march 2018); Agusti Fernandez on CD6 (july 2017); Craig Taborn on CD7 (june 2021); Angelica Sanchez on CD8 (june 2021); Vijay Iyer on CD9 (may 2021).
The Ivo Perelman Quartet, with Christopher Parker on piano, William Parker on contrabass & shakuhachi, and Chad Anderson on drums
recorded four improvisations on the double-disc Magic Dust (august 2021),
notably The Way Of The Magician and the Magic Dust, both 38-minute long.
The (D)IVO Saxophone Quartet with Ivo Perelman (tenor), Tony Malaby (soprano), Tim Berne (alto) and James Carter (baritone) debuted with (D)IVO Saxophone Quartet (january 2022).
Alien Skin (recorded in 2021) documents the sextet of Perelman (tenor sax), Zoh Amba (tenor sax & flute), Chad Fowler (stritch & saxello), Matthew Shipp (piano), William Parker (contrabass) and Steve Hirsh (drums).
It contains Occupation Day 2 (19:00),
In Pairs (11:29) and
Sentient Sentiment (19:29).
Ivo Perelman (here on tenor sax) and Matthew Shipp (here on piano) collaborated again on Fruition (june 2021).
The 12-disc box-set
Reed Rapture In Brooklyn (Mahakala, 2022)
documents more than 100 duets recorded over six months in 2021 with twelve reedists: David Murray, Joe Lovano, James Carter, Tim Berne, Roscoe Mitchell, Joe McPhee, Vinny Golia, Jon Irabagon, Ken Vandermark, Colin Stetson and Lotte Anker.
One with Tim Berne lasts 22 minutes, and one with Roscoe Mitchell lasts 40 minutes.
Molten Gold (october 2022) contains four free improvisations with trombonist Ray Anderson, double bassist Joe Morris and drummer Reggie Nicholson.
Artificial Intelligence (2023)
documents duets with Elliott Sharp on eight-string guitar and electronics.
Trichotomy (2023) documents a trio with veterans
Dave Burrel ( piano) and Bobby Kapp (drums).
Live In Carrboro (november 2022) features
Matthew Shipp (piano) and drummer Jeff Cosgrove.
Prophecy (january 2022) documents two lengthy improvisations by a trio with Cuban pianist Aruan Ortiz and cellist Lester St Louis.
The Whisperers (february 2022) contains duets with James Emery (guitar).
The double-disc Seven Skies Orchestra (november 2022) gathered
an all-star sextet:
saxophonist Ivo Perelman,
trumpeter Nate Wooley,
viola player Mat Maneri,
celloist Fred Lonberg-Holm,
bassist Joe Morris
vibraphonist Matt Moran.
collects six duets with vibraphonist Matt Moran.