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Skronktet West, The: EL (Spool)

Reedist Scott Rosenberg's Skronktet quintet with Morgan Guberman (bass), Matt Ingalls (clarinets), Gino Robair (percussion) & John Shiurba (guitar) in a release of seamless improv that transitions between various styles.

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product information:

UPC: 759237093025

Label: Spool
Catalog ID: SPA401
Squidco Product Code: 15055

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2003
Country: Canada
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded on April 14th, 2001 at Boomtown in Sausalito, CA by Dave Greenberg.


Morgan Guberman-contrabass

Matt Ingalls-clarinets

Gino Robair-percussion

Scott Rosenberg-reeds

John Shiurba-guitar

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track listing:

1. Tddk 5:15

2. Shrrr 9:39

3. Toad In The Hole 1:22

4. Sdppd + Prruer 13:56

5. Thray 6:27

6. Ritmos A 4:19

7. Ellhg + Sttm (Krind) 9:21

Related Categories of Interest:

Improvised Music
West Coast/Pacific US Jazz
Free Improvisation
Quintet Recordings

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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"Rosenberg's compositions are as thorny and challenging as their titles ("Shrrr", "Sdppd", "Sttm"...) - his scores leave much room for improvisation, but also present fiendish problems of ensemble coordination, which are brilliantly handled by the Skronktet West. It's nothing less than a supergroup of sorts - in addition to Rosenberg's saxophones and contrabass clarinet, the quintet includes clarinet virtuoso Matt Ingalls, guitarist John Shiurba, bassist Morgan Guberman, and, driving the machine along with consummate finesse, Gino Robair on percussion. If you leave your brain outside and expect yet another helping of run of the mill improv fizzes and wheezes, you're not going to get much out of this album; if however, you care to listen - with an emphasis on care - you'll find it one of the richest and most satisfying releases of the year." Dan Warburton, Paris Transatlantic Magazine

Artist Biographies:

"John Shiurba is a composer and guitarist whose musical pursuits include improvisation, art-rock, modern composition and noise. Shiurba has recorded and toured the U.S. and Europe as a member of the bands Eskimo, The Molecules and Spezza Rotto, as a member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Anthony Braxton's ensemble and the SFSound Group, and as an improvisor.

Shiurba has conducted the premieres of his compositions at ODC in 2005 ("Moon Cycle" for SFSound) at New Langton Arts in 2002 ("Triplicate") and at SFAlt in 2002 ("5x5 1.4" for SFSound). Shiurba was invited to play at the Seattle Improvised Music Festival in 1998, at the High Zero Festival in Baltimore in 1999, at the SFAlt Festival in 2004 and at the Olympia Experimental Music Festival in 2002 and 2004, and at the Push International Performing Arts Festival in Vancouver in 2007.

As a guitarist Shiurba has developed a unique and personalized approach to the guitar. Through the use of extended techniques and unusual preparations, he expands the traditional sound range of the instrument, producing stunning, often unrecognizable results. Cadence Magazine calls Shiurba a 'wildly creative guitarist... anti-jazz, anti-everything else, yet utterly compelling.'"

-John Shiurba Website (

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