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Label: Utech Records
Catalog ID: 047
Squidco Product Code: 6669
Packaging: Individually numbered cardboard sleeve
Recorded at Improvised & Otherwise Festival, Brooklyn, NY, 5/7/06 by Seth Misterka (track 1), Experimental Intermedia: A Festival With No Fancy Name, NY, NY, 3/13/05 (track 2)
Jaime Fennelly-oscillators, bass drum, electronics
Shawn Edward Hansen-EMS synth, the brothers zoto
Chris Heenan-contrabass clarinet
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• Show Bio for Chris Forsyth
"Guitarist Chris Forsyth's hypnotic instrumentals assimilate art-rock textures with vernacular American influences culled from a lauded career as a composer, improviser, and inveterate collaborator. Long active in the international improv/experimental underground, he's released a series of acclaimed records as a solo artist that demonstrate a resolute engagement in making corporeal/cerebral music that transcends such subterranean realms, reaching instead for a bleeding-edge physicality and lyricism that he deems "cosmic Americana." The fascinating tension manifest in Forsyth's playing between often long-form, rarefied abstraction and percolating rhythms and rock/roots structures animates notable recent works such as his 2011 LP Paranoid Cat on Family Vineyard and Early Astral, a 2012 duo LP with Koen Holtkamp (Mountains) on Blackest Rainbow.
His 2012 Kenzo Deluxe LP/CD on Northern Spy, which features "The First Ten Minutes of Cocksucker Blues," a stunning conceptual soundtrack piece for Robert Frank's banned Rolling Stones documentary film, has been described as "resonant [and] incisive... a cosmic abstraction of the American guitar tradition, reducing blues, rock, folk and improvisation into their spare, hypnotic base elements." Aptly, Forsyth credits a Keith Richards interview in a 1988 issue of Guitar World with introducing his teenage self to the banjo-derived open G tuning, which Forsyth now employs almost exclusively. The Wire has praised him as "an erudite and farsighted guitar stylist, mapping a path that's hip and scholarly in equal measure." Uncut calls him "an emergent master."
Forsyth has toured throughout Europe and the U.S., sharing stages with such like-minded travellers as fellow PoB artist Steve Gunn, Bill Orcutt, Rhys Chatham, Sic Alps, Grouper, Loren Connors, Mind Over Mirrors, PG Six, and Träd Gräs och Stenar, and, from 2002 to 2011, as a member of Peeesseye. He studied with guitarist Richard Lloyd of Television and has also collaborated with diverse artists including Meg Baird, Tetuzi Akiyama, Nate Wooley, and choreographers Miguel Gutierrez and RoseAnne Spradlin. Forsyth was awarded a 2011 Pew Fellowship in the Arts and resides in Philadelphia."-Paradise of Bachelors (http://www.paradiseofbachelors.com/chris-forsyth/)
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• Show Bio for Chris Heenan
"Chris Heenan (Washington D.C., 1969) lives in Berlin is an active composer/performer and organizer of experimental music. He performs on alto saxophone, contrabass clarinet and analog synthesizer in contexts ranging from solo to large groups and in various ongoing projects.
He uses these instruments to investigate new musical forms, noise, and improvisation both in his solo work and in collaboration with composers and performers such as musicians, dancers, and visual artists. Heenan has developed a formidable solo voice on his wind instruments, particularly with the contrabass clarinet where he uses extended techniques, often incorporating multiphonics with surprising results, to reveal the subtleties inherent to the instrument.
He performs regularly in the U.S. and Europe, featured on such festivals as Stuttgarter Saxofonfestival, Projektgruppe Neue Musik Festival, Bremen; Improvised and Otherwise, Brooklyn, NY; Experimental Intermedia, New York; and at venues such as Artist Space, New York; Sendesaal Radio Bremen, The Renaissance Society, Chicago, IL and The Santa Monica Museum of Art. He is the recipient of grants from American Composers Forum, Arts International and The Durfee Foundation. Heenan received his MFA from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College in 2004 and from 2004 to 2006 was a fellow-in-residence at Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany.
Some of his main collaborators and projects include Flamingo, Nordzucker, Trigger, PIVOT (with Liz Allbee), Michael Vorfeld, Sven Åke Johansson, Alessandro Bosetti, Ute Wassermann, Birgit Ulher, and Splitter Orchester.
Heenan has been active as a curator of musical events and concerts since 2001. In 2004 he founded REIFY, a record label specializing in documenting experimental and improvised music, in addition to co-founding line space line (2002-2005), a new and improvised music series in Los Angeles that produced over 120 concerts and two yearly festivals. In 2007 he was invited to curate a concert at The J Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles: An Evening of Works by Ichiyanagi, Kosugi, Ono and Shiomi as part of the exhibition (Rajikaru!): Experimentations in Japanese Art, 1950-1975."-Chris Heenan Website (http://www.certainsundays.org/chris-heenan/)
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