Jorge Sosa | Dave Lisik

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Dave Lisik (trumpet)
Jorge Sosa (electronics)

Enceladus is a new electro-acoustic work by New York-based contemporary classical composer, Jorge Sosa. The work is structured around the trumpet playing of jazz musician and composer, Dave Lisik. Consequently, a rich jazz flavour colours the entire work, which is at times reminiscent of late period Weather Report and Miles Davis, but as imagined by someone from, well, from Enceladus!

The album was inspired by the extraordinary natural phenomena occuring in Saturn’s orbit. One of Saturn’s moons, Enceladus was studied and photographed by NASA’s Cassini mission. The research found that frozen dust particles present in the moon’s surface were propelled to space by volcanic activity. These particles are then trapped by Saturn’s gravitational pull and become part of the composition of Saturn’s rings. The implications are fascinating - that the activity of a relatively small entity (itself trapped within the gravitational pull of a larger and vastly more dominant central presence) has the potential to dramatically alter the fundamental character of its larger, more powerful host.

This masterful, beautifully produced work is wholly contemporary and uncompromisingly forward-looking. Like all of Dave Lisik and Jorge Sosa's albums, Enceladus will reward the active, fully engaged listener. At times the music is reminiscent of late period Weather Report and/or Miles Davis, but as it might be interpreted by someone from, well, from one of Saturn’s moons!

"Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things... The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have." - Steve Jobs


RAT-D034 (December, 2011)
This recording was made possible with financial assistance from the New Zealand School of Music, Wellington, New Zealand

Produced by Dave Lisik (
Recorded by Dr. David Lisik at the New Zealand School of Music, Wellington (
Edited and mixed by Dr. Jorge Sosa in New York City (
Mastered by Steve Garden at the Garden Shed, Auckland, New Zealand
Design by UnkleFranc

  Jorge Sosa & Dave Lisik

     1.  Enceladus I: Through the Eyes of Cassini (2:59)
     2.  Enceladus II: Feeding the Rings of Saturn (3:59)
     3.  Enceladus III: Cosmic Dust (2:29)
     4.  Enceladus IV: The Ice Volcano (2:00)
     5.  Enceladus V: The Ice Planet  (2:38)
     6.  Refraction V (8:50)

  Total (51:42)

Music composed by Jorge Sosa (Copyright © 2011, Jorge Sosa, ASCAP) and Dave Lisik (Copyright © 2011, Galloping Cow Music, ASCAP) with improvisations by Dave Lisik

Jorge Sosa would like to thank, Sarah Taylor, Sylvia Ortega, Jorge Sosa Pedroza, Diego Sosa, John and Linley Taylor and the whole Sosa and Ortega Family. This work is dedicated to Jorge’s grandfather Jesus Sosa in celebration of his ninetieth birthday.

Dave Lisik would like to thank Rattle Records: Steve Garden and John Psathas; Victoria University of Wellington: Neil Quigley; The New Zealand School of Music: Elizabeth Hudson, Greer Garden, Martin Riseley, Inge van Rij and the NZSM faculty and staff; Amy Rempel; Dave Monette; Jack Cooper, Jim Richens, Bob Washut, Chris Merz, Randy Grabowski, Dennis Gowen, Ron Paley, Gary Pollard, Mark Waldera, Mark Snyder: Sound Wizard; Michael Ondaatje, and Lorne and Susan Lisik.