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Free improvisation from the Austin-based SSBT of Chris Cogburn (drums, percussion, electronics), Steve Jansen (electronics, tapes, guitar, saxophone), and Parham Daghighi (guitar, saxophone, vocals), a unique electro-acoustic blend of frantic and ecstatic playing.

SSBT (Chris Cogburn, Steve Jansen & Parham Daghighi)
247 Main [CASSETTE with download code]

SSBT (Chris Cogburn, Steve Jansen & Parham Daghighi): 247 Main [CASSETTE with download code] (Astral Spirits)

Label: Astral Spirits    
Released in: USA    

"The third tape release from Austin-based group SSBT. "247 Main" was recorded on tour in the pacific northwest in 2014. SSBT is a free improvisation trio of Chris Cogburn (percussion, No Idea Festival founder), Steve Jansen (guitar, saxophone, tape manipulation, worked with Frank Rosaly Christina Carter, Ingebrigt Haker-Flaten, James Fella and more) and Parham Daghighi (an Iranian-American artist who focues on electric guitar, alto saxophone and vocal/text work rooted in the Persian language).

Each side of the tape presents different sides to SSBT's personality, from the inital free jazz ecstasy of "Pockets" to the minimal, electro-acoustic explorations of "Cool Problems" and many other places in between. Throughout the 40 minutes of the tape sounds emanate from all corners that defy strict definitions. Instruments and sounds meld into one another without knowledge of their exact origins. A growing empathy has become quite apparent (especially on 247 Main) among these three has only grown stronger through touring and playing together over the past few years.

SSBT has roots from noise to free jazz to electronic music and beyond but they are fast on their way to creating their own unique sound world that defies categorization."-Astral Spirits

Parham Daghighi

Houston-born Parham Daghighi is an Iranian-American artist active in the fields of improvised and explorative music and performance since 2010. As an improviser/instrumentalist, Parham's foci include electric guitar, alto saxophone, and vocal/text work rooted in the Persian language. In addition to frequent collaborative performances with other Texas-based improvisers, Parham is currently involved in a number of long-running projects including Austin-based electro-acoustic trio SSBT - with which he has played concerts throughout the US, Canada and Mexico City.

Chris Cogburn:

Chris Cogburn is a perercusionist and curator living between Austin, Texas and Mexico City. His artistic practice and curatorial interests are rooted in the collaborative context of improvisation.

Cogburn's approach to the drum gives focus to the instrument's sonic potential as a site and container for resonance. Current practices concentrate on the threshold between acoustic and electronic sounds, their differing tibral qualities and their sites of resonance (speaker/drum).

Current music projects include: Arena Ladridos, with saxophonist Bhob Rainey and electronic musician Bonnie Jones; Libración, a duo with Mexico City double bassist Juan García; and the frenetic noise group SSBT with Steve Jansen and Parham Daghighi.

Beginning in the summer of 2003, Cogburn has organized an annual festival of improvised music - the No Idea Festival - showcasing a handful of Texas' premiere creative musicians in collaboration with improvisors from around the US, Europe, Japan, Mexico, Canada and the world. No Idea events have been held in Austin, San Antonio, Houston, Marfa, Fort Worth, Dallas, New Orleans, Mexico City and Mérida, Yucatán.

Steve Jansen:

Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, Steve Jansen is a Texas-based experimentalist whose musical pursuits focus on tape manipulation, alto saxophone, and electric guitar. Jansen has traveled extensively throughout Africa, Latin America, Europe, and across the States to unearth sound, and these recordings play a significant role in his unique sonic constructions.

Jansen has performed with improvisors from around the world, including Ingebrigt Haker Flaten, Tim Daisy, James Fella, Damon Smith, Sandy Ewen, and Whoopi Pupi. He has also shared the stage with musical luminaries Frank Rosaly, Dave Rempis, Rob Mazurek, Henry Kaiser, Retox, Christina Carter, Richard Ramirez, and The Home of Easy Credit.

He's currently a member of depression-wave punk group War Boner, which recently completed an extended tour with Vancouver punk band Lié. He's also one third of SSBT, an Austin improv group that toured with sound artist John Wiese (Sissy Spacek) in April 2014. The group, featuring Chris Cogburn and Parham Daghighi, is releasing a cassette on Astral Spirits/Monofonus Press and touring with Australian double bassist/composer Mike Majkowski in April 2015."

Numbered edition of 150, includes a download card.

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Numbered edition of 150, includes a download card.

Label: Astral Spirits
Catalog ID: AS013
Squidco Product Code: 20594

Condition: New
Released: 2015
Country: USA
Packaging: Cassette
Side A recorded live in concert at Cymaspace, Portland, OR on August 9, 2014.

Side B recorded live in concert at Hollow Earth Radio, Seattle, WA on August 7, 2014. Recorded while on tour in the US Northwest and Canada in August 2014.


Chris Cogburn-drums, percussion, electronics

Steve Jansen-electronics, tapes, guitar, saxophone

Parham Daghighi-guitar, saxophone, vocals

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Track Listing:


1. Pockets


2. Cool Problems