Kui Dong, Larry Polansky, Christian Wolff
Trio is a group of three composers and friends, in Hanover, New Hampshire. We began playing in private about 15 years ago, with little or no intention of performing. Eventually, we were asked to do some concerts and residencies, but our original and more or less unarticulated reasons for playing (to enjoy playing music creatively together) are still the main idea. Over the years we have made archival recordings of many of our short improvisation sessions, but this is the first recording we have made with the intent to release it. We are thankful to Bonnie Wright and Henceforth records for offering such a commodious home to our playing.
Elliott Sharp, guitars, saxophones, bass, synthesizers, clarinets, percussion, drum and sample programming) Liner Notes: The Binibon was a cafe and 24-hour hangout on 2nd Avenue at 5th Street in the East Village, a nexus for artists, musicians, neighborhood characters and …
Toca Loca: Simon Docking, piano Aiyun Huang, percussion Gregory Oh, piano, conductor Guest Performers Track 3 Max Christie, clarinet Mary-Katherine Finch, cello Gabriel Radford, french horn Stephen Tam, flute Track 4 Fernando Rocha, percussion Track names and times Half-Remembered City …
The Dither Quartet
Dither, a New York based electric guitar quartet, is dedicated to an eclectic mix of experimental repertoire which spans composed music, improvisation, and electronic manipulation. Formed in 2007, the quartet has performed in the United States and abroad, presenting new commissions, original compositions, multimedia works, and large guitar ensemble pieces. With sounds ranging from clean pop textures to heavily processed noise, from tight rhythmic unity to cacophonous sound mass; all of Dither's music wholeheartedly embraces the beautiful, engulfing, and often gloriously loud sound of electric guitars.
Mike Olson, composer and musician with 18 other musicians This is a relatively large scale six-movement piece which I began working on in 2004 and finished in 2009. I named the piece "Incidental" because it reminds me very much of …
These duets by The Skein - vocalist Jessica Constable and electro-multiinstrumentalist Andrea Parkins - possess a unified sense of form and feeling. Though fully improvised, it is easy to think of these pieces as composed songs: they are at times quite melodic, exemplifying coherent extemporaneous form. And no matter how unpredictable the sonic content, implicit in all of these pieces is the presence of the human cry: the blues.
Lisle Ellis's homage to Jean-Michel Basquiat translates the work of a visual artist into a musical palette and Ellis does it with great imagination, integrity, and beauty.
Carla Kihlstedt & Satoko Fujii
In the liner notes Larry Ochs (ROVA Sax Quartet) says "Carla Kihlstedt and Satoko Fujii show us exactly how improvisation can be the strongest tool in the composer's tool box." He's right. Listen.
This brilliant percussionist covers a wide range of music: solo on snare drum, glockenspiel and poetry, his compositions performed by talented and creative ensembles, and a solo guitar track. No holding Aguilar back; he pays no attention to genres, thank heavens
Lisle Ellis, Marco Eneidi & Peter Valsam
These recordings were made when the trio was on a US tour last year (2004). How they could keep their amazing musical energy while on-the-road is a feat in itself.