I spent this Sunday recording a new project with Jarvis Earnshaw on sitar and tape delays and Daniel Carter on woodwinds and brass. We had the pleasure of playing in this very dungeon-esque studio. Stay tuned for more information on the release in the future, very gratifying to play with these guys and explore a rather interesting instrumentation.
Speaking of the incredible Daniel Carter, the Listening Group’s album is officially out now on 577 Records. There is a limited number of vinyl copies available, and an unlimited number available digitally. The Listening Group is Federico Ughi, Jonah Rosenberg, Stelios Mihas, Jeff Snyder, Nick Lyons, Patrick Holmes, Claire De Brunner, Daniel Carter and myself.
Here are some words from Daniel on the project:
“In some ways 20th and 21st century chamber music, free improvisation / free jazz / avant-garde jazz (for want of better terms), and other musical genres, perhaps even unconsciously perceived, multiversal, both inner and outer, musical influences, might be thought of as models or precedents for the Listening Group, but one would have to ask each person in the group what she or he thinks might have inspired the Listening Group into being born. Each of us has her/his musical view, philosophy, way of playing, personality, and thus, makes her/his unique contribution to the overall alloy/alchemy/sound of the Listening Group, but we all most probably would agree that the Listening Group is majorly about listening, playing in such a way that each and every player can be clearly heard by each and every other player, notwithstanding the fact that some instruments in the ensemble are capable of playing much louder than others. The Listening Group mind, heart, body, soul, spirit, character, is brought into being by the mind, heart, body, soul, spirit, character, of each of its players. ” – Daniel Carter