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Earphonious Swamphony

Blob: Earphonious Swamphony (Innova)

Bassist John Lindberg's electric instrumental ensemble BLOB with guitarist Ted Orr, Drummer Havey Sorgen, and guest Ralph Carney in their 5th release of eclectic spontaneous journeys.

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UPC: 726708623722

Label: Innova
Catalog ID: 237
Squidco Product Code: 13498

Format: CD
Condition: Sale (New)
Released: 2010
Country: USA
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded by Ted Orr at Sertso Studio, Woodstock, NY, on June, 2009.


John Lindberg-doublebass, effects devices

Ted Orr-electric guitar, Axon MIDI guitar

Harvey Sorgen-drums

Ralph Carney-clarinets, bass saxophone, tuba, bass trombone, flute

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track listing:

1. Humidity 3:23

2. Leaps and Bulls 4:03

3. Blue Trees 2:32

4. Muck 4:36

5. River Mouth 3:22

6. Robust Bog 1:44

7. Mire 3:22

8. Splash 5:03

9. Trickles 3:24

10. Sweat 6:37

11. Lagoon 3:56

12. Heavy Droplets 2:53

13. Wind Woods 4:46
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Improvised Music
NY Downtown & Jazz/Improv
Electro-Acoustic Improv
Free Improvisation
Quartet Recordings

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"BLOB is an electric instrumental ensemble experience that focuses on recording their spontaneously created journeys which embrace a multiplicity of genres, taking their burgeoning legion of followers to exciting energy and spirit driven spaces with each foray. BLOB is all about the moment, and those moments are eclectic, honest, and heart pounding. It is full-out instrumental playing within a stream of consciousness mindset that speaks to a world in desperate need of this level of immediate expressionism.

John Lindberg has been a seminal figure as a composer/bassist in the world of creative music for well over thirty years, having toured worldwide performing his own work leading a variety of ensembles, with the String Trio of New York, and as featured bassist with the Human Arts Ensemble, Anthony Braxton, Kevin Norton and Wadada Leo Smith. His vast and diverse discography includes solo bass works, multiple small mixed ensembles, string quintets, large chamber ensembles, JazzHopRevolution (his recent collaboration with hip-hop emcee Rahman Jamaal), and beyond. He is a two-time recipient of the NYFA Fellowship.

Ted Orr is a renowned guitar virtuoso and an innovator in the arena of midi guitar performance. He has recorded and/or performed with a wide span of artists including Sly Stone, George Clinton & P-Funk, Karl Berger, and Nana Vasconcelos. Ted maintains a parallel career as an audio engineer; a unique talent that has given BLOB its public voice.

Harvey Sorgen has developed a unique and broad-based drumming vocabulary that has added vitality to the works of artists ranging from Hot Tuna, Dave Douglas, David Torn, Bill Frisell, Greg Allman, and Garth Hudson, amongst many others. He maintains an active presence as an international touring and recording artist in high demand."

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Artist Biographies:

"John Lindberg commenced his full-time professional career at age sixteen, allowing for total immersion into his work as a performer/composer, subsequently being mentored by the late great bassist David Izenzon.

The first public performances of his ensemble compositions began in 1975, and in 1980 he recorded his first album focused on his original music, a collection of works for solo double bass, Comin' & Goin'.

Over the last forty-one years he has traveled the globe performing thousands of concerts of creative music, in thirty-six countries on five continents. He has released myriad albums - over one hundred - that spotlight his original compositions for a variety of jazz ensembles, and feature his singularly identifiable bass playing.

His extended works for chamber ensembles combined with improvising artists have been widely commissioned, including works for The Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, New York Chamber Ensemble, and Neues Kolner Streichquartett. His catalogue contains over one hundred and fifty published works.

He is renowned as an ensemble leader, a collaborator in special duet settings, a solo double bass performer, and as co-founder of the String Trio of New York with Billy Bang and James Emery. He has worked with a plethora of luminary creative artists, including: Albert Mangelsdorff, Ed Thigpen, Eric Watson, Louis Sclavis, Human Arts Ensemble, Frank Lowe, Wadada Leo Smith, Susie Ibarra, Karl Berger, Anthony Braxton, Andrew Cyrille, Dave Douglas, John Carter, Henry Threadgill, Jack DeJohnette, Regina Carter, Jimmy Lyons, Sunny Murray, Roswell Rudd, Mary Redhouse, Pablo Calogero, Joe LaBarbera, Wendell Harrison, and Kevin Norton.

His work as a producer of numerous recordings, and of powerful cross-genre projects - such as JazzHopRevolution and BLOB - is well established, as is his ongoing work as an educator with a distinctly unique message.

Awards and fellowships in support of his work include those from New Music USA, National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, Chamber Music America, ASCAP, Arts International, Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Cary Charitable Trust, New York State Council on the Arts, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Meet The Composer, and a Diploma de Honor from Gobernacion Cordillera, Chile.

Of late, John's disparate extra-musical activities - which include a stint as a community rescue squad ambulance driver, serving as general contractor for a cabin built with carpenter friends in South Dakota, and being engaged as an observational naturalist - have significantly informed his work as a composer and musician.

Released in September, 2016, on Clean Feed Records, are two new albums:John Lindberg BC3, Born in an Urban Ruin and John Lindberg Raptor Trio, Western Edges. Other recent recordings that feature his compositions include the duet with Wadada Leo Smith, Celestial Weather, the duet with cellist Anil Eraslan, Juggling Kukla (released as a limited edition of 300 vinyl LPs), and John Lindberg's TriPolar, [a]live at Roulette, NYC."

-John Lindberg Website (

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