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Rankin-Parker/Pearce: Odd Hits [CASSETTE with DOWNLOAD CODE] (Astral Spirits)

An exhilarating and unusual set of duos for drum and cello from Daniel Pierce and Teddy Rankin-Parker, the latter known for Nicole Mitchell's Black Earth Ensemble, ICE, and work with Primus; together they deliver intense and captivating polyrhythms and unexpected string sonics.

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Label: Astral Spirits
Catalog ID: AS033
Squidco Product Code: 22546

Condition: New
Released: 2016
Country: USA
Packaging: Cassette
Recorded at Tiny Telephone Studios in San Francisco, California, by Jacob Winik.


Teddy Rankin-Parker-cello

Daniel Pierce-drums

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track listing:


01. Dervish

02. Fast Clip

03. Weddell

04. Motorik


01. Low Battery

02. Drum Taps

03. Results
Related Categories of Interest:

Improvised Music
Free Improvisation
West Coast/Pacific US Jazz
Duo Recordings
New in Improvised Music

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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"We are incredibly excited to present the debut release "Odd Hits" from the duo Rankin-Parker/Pearce. You may remember Teddy Rankin-Parker and Daniel Pearce as half of the quartet Broken Trap Ensemble whose 2014 Astral Spirits release "Upes" was an exciting foray into free improv. "Odd Hits" finds Rankin-Parker/Pearce doing more with less as this cello/drums duet explores both song based form and more abstract sound worlds sitting comfortably next to each other. Think Arthur Russell meets Neu! meets free improv. "Fast Clip" builds an intense polyrhythmic groove out of Pearce's syncopated drums and Rankin-Parker's use of extended technique on the cello. "Motorik" is just that, locking into a steady internal pulse, while "Low Battery" sounds as if they are lost at sea floating uneasily, cello and drums creating sounds that wouldn't be out of place on a electronic record."-Astral Spirits

Artist Biographies:

"Teddy Rankin-Parker is an American cellist specializing in improvisation and avant-garde music. Based in Oakland, CA, he performs extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe, wearing the hats of composer and performance artist, and appearing in a variety of contexts including chamber orchestras, free improvised settings, performance art and electro-acoustic music. Teddy is the touring cellist for bands Primus and Iron & Wine, and has performed, toured, and recorded with dozens of artists, including Glen Hansard, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Eighth Blackbird, Ensemble N_JP, Chicago Sinfonietta, and Nicole Mitchell's Black Earth Ensemble. For his current solo project, "Some Other Fields," he commissioned, recorded, and performed new works for unaccompanied cello by Jim O'Rourke, Glenn Kotche, Richard Reed Parry, Gene Coleman, and Michael Beharie. "Some Other Fields" will be released in 2017."

-Teddy Rankin-Parker Website (

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