Matt Mitchell’s vision is a model of wonky brilliance. The magnitude of his personal and artistic ambition has been stated clearly enough on previous Pi productions and through many other wildly unique associations, but recordings like this remind us that he’s always brewing something fresh.
Leading a quintet through hyper-specific hinterlands, Mitchell revels in the act of creation. There’s a jostling camaraderie at play early on, as the eponymous ensemble navigates the first three slanted scenes—the knotty “stretch goal” and miniatures “taut pry” and “zoom romp”—with warped precision. Sophisticated, intense, and filled with information-dense thickets, the music has gravity that’s hard to escape.