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Carsick: Carsick (Drip Audio)

Carsick (JP Carter and Dave Sikula of Inhabitants) in a set of quirky and beautiful improvisations that mix melodic jazz nuance with unusual sonic environments.

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product information:

UPC: 778224201427

Label: Drip Audio
Catalog ID: MAX0601.1
Squidco Product Code: 8911

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2006
Country: Anaphoria Island
Packaging: Jewel Tray


JP Carter-cornet

Dave Sikula-guitar

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track listing:

1. Old Yellow

2. Ch-Chime

3. Fringe Bananas

4. An Hour Back

5. High Over Sand

6. Contrariety

7. Arrival

8. Hall Rats

9. Rise To Downpour

Related Categories of Interest:

Improvised Music
Electro-Acoustic Improv
October 2007
Free Improvisation
Melodic and Lyrical Jazz
Duo Recordings

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"Carsick, a new duo based out of Vancouver, involves JP Carter and Dave Sikula of the critically acclaimed post-rock jazz quartet Inhabitants. The Calgary Sun calls their music "...dense & a jazz revolution waiting to happen.". Carsick was made with only a Cornet (type of trumpet), a guitar and a floor full of pedals. It was recorded live by award-winning producer/musician Jesse Zubot at the Jack Shadbolt Centre in Burnaby, BC.

The music of Carsick ranges from beautiful jazz-tinged melodies to improvisational bursts to epic, noise-inspired soundscapes. The duo reaches some truly amazing sonic peaks with just two instruments at their disposal. Their work could please fans of ambient stalwarts Brian Eno, Jon Hassell, & Daniel Lanois just as easily as it could fans of Miles Davis, Tortoise or Sigur Ros.

JP Carter and Dave Sikula have worked with artists as diverse as Dave Douglas, Bill Laswell, Wayne Horvitz, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Peggy Lee, Brad Turner and many others. At the 2005 Vancouver Int'l Jazz festival their band, Inhabitants, won the CBC's Galaxie Rising Star Award."-Drip Audio

Artist Biographies:

"JP Carter is a multiple Juno award-winning musician from Vancouver, Canada. Carter's singular approach to the trumpet and versatility as an improvisor and composer make him a vital contributor to the Vancouver music community. JP incorporates a variety of techniques into his trumpet playing, utilizing and experimenting with acoustic (traditional, extended) and electronic (effected, amplified) methods to create a wide spectrum of sound. Currently a member of several Vancouver-based groups, including Destroyer, Dan Mangan, Fond of Tigers, the Tony Wilson 6tet, Handmade Blade (with Peggy Lee & Aram Bajakian), Gordon Grdina's Haram, Michael Blake's Variety Hour, and the various New Orchestra Workshop ensembles. JP's main projects as a composer/performer continue to be Inhabitants, Aeroplane Trio, and Carsick. These three long-standing original projects have all released albums on Vancouver's Drip Audio label []. Most recently, JP has been working on a solo amplified trumpet project. He will be releasing a self-produced document of this solo work in 2017 entitled "Toy & Tool".

Awards & Achievements: Juno Award Winner (2012, Dan Mangan, Alternative Album of the Year); Juno Award Winner (2011, Fond of Tigers, Instrumental Album of the Year); Juno Award Nominee (2016, Destroyer, Alternative Album of the Year); Juno Award Nominee (2012, Destroyer, Alternative Album of the Year); Juno Award Nominee (2009, Inhabitants, Instrumental Album of the Year); Polaris Prize Short List (2011, Destroyer, "Kaputt"); Galaxie Rising Star Award (2005, Inhabitants, Vancouver Int'l Jazz Festival)


JP studied Jazz Performance with Kevin Dean and Andre White at McGill University in Montreal from 1993-96, and Jazz Trumpet with Alan Matheson at Vancouver Community College in 1992/93. As a teenager, JP studied privately for a brief time in 1990/91 with Vancouver-based trumpeter Bill Clark, while studying under David Proznick in the award-winning jazz program at Semiahmoo Secondary in Surrey, BC."

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