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Monas (Fisher / DeBlase / Millions): Freedom [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD] (Astral Spirits)

With connections from both the free jazz and improvising rock scene, including Borbetomagus, Many Arms, Caribou, Anthony Braxton, William Parker, Zevious, &c, the trio of Colin Fisher (saxophone, guitar), Johnny DeBlase (electric bass) and Kid Millions (drums) debut their Monas project of intense, electronically spiked, free form improvisation.

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Label: Astral Spirits
Catalog ID: AS041
Squidco Product Code: 23956

Condition: New
Released: 2017
Country: USA
Packaging: Cassette


Colin Fisher-saxophone, guitar

Johnny DeBlase-electric bass

Kid Millions-drums

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Artist Biographies:

"Multi-instrumentalist, composer, Colin Fisher is an active voice in the Improvised and Creative Music Community in North America.

His group I HAVE EATEN THE CITY is an improvising trio featuring cellist/keyboardist/laptop artist Nick Storring and percussionist Brandon Valdivia. They currently have 4 independently released CD's, were invited to play the Suoni Per Il Popolo Festival last year to rave reviews, they played the prestigious Open Ears Festival with musician Francois Houle in April 2007, which is an international new music/creative music event. They have been touring Ontario and Quebec extensively for the last 2 yrs.

Another group of his Sing that Yell that Spell has released 2 CD's, one independently and another through the Toronto based label Escapegoat Records.

Other recent projects include a duo, with improvising guitarist Michael Keith, called Sandbox who have a monthly concert series at the Toronto Tranzac Club, A duo with flautist Rob Piilonen named Whisper, an improv quartet called ALLO CAVEMAN that features Justin Haynes, Alex Lukashevsky and Jean Martin, plays tenor sax in Nilan Perera's HolyBlueGhost, is a member of the AIMToronto Orchestra who recently performed at the guelph jazz festival playing the music of Anthony Braxton with Mr. Braxton conducting and playing with the orchestra, is a member of the Woodchoppers Association, plays guitar in Isla Craig's band and also with Anna Linda Sidall, and has also performed with singer/songwriter John Tielli, Neil Haverty, and others.

Colin has appeared and collaborated with: Anthony Braxton, Jah Youssouf, Rhys Chattam, William Parker, Dominic Duval, Sabir Mateen, Neil Haverty, Joe Mcphee, Maury Coles, David Daniels, Chris Kelsey, Paul Hession, Mark Hundevad, Jean Martin, Metal Kites, Christine Duncan, Nifty, Eric Chenaux, Evan Shaw, Michael Morse, Jason Hammer, Nick Fraser, Joe Sorbara, Glen Hall, Ronda Rindone, The Constantines,

A Toronto performance (opening for renowned bassist, Trevor Dunn and pedal harpist Shelley Burgon while on tour with them across Ontario/Quebec) of some of Colin's compositions, featuring Nick Fraser, Evan Shaw and Jason Hammer is to be released on DVD in the future on the local label Burn down the Capital.

3 duo records planned for future release - a 40min composition of Colin's for guitar and drums featuring Brandon Valdivia and a fully improvised CD of drums, saxophone/guitar duets with Toronto improvisor Joe Sorbara. Colin also received a Canada Council recording grant in 2007 that was used to create a duo recording with Jean Martin called The little man on the boat which was recently released on Barnyard Records."

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"Johnny DeBlase is a bassist and composer from New York City. He splits much of his musical time pushing the boundaries of avant-rock and free jazz as a member of the guitar trios Many Arms and Zevious. He also leads his own quartet and composes an eclectic mix of chamber and electronic music. Johnny has toured the US and Canada extensively and has released albums on Tzadik, Cuneiform Records, Engine-ESP, Majmua Music, and Abandon Ship Records."

-Johnny DeBlase Website (

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"Kid Millions is a musician, composer and writer best known as the drummer and founder of Brooklyn's experimental rock behemoth Oneida. For the last twenty years, Millions has been at the forefront of the NYC experimental music community collaborating with artists as varied as Laurie Anderson, Yo La Tengo, Boredoms, So Percussion and William Basinski."

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track listing:


Visible Spirit 19:31


Invisible Nature 18:17
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"The debut release from Monas! Monas is Colin Fisher (saxophone, guitar), Johnny DeBlase (electric bass) and Kid Millions (drums). "Freedom" features two side-long improvisations - one with Fisher on guitar and the other with Fisher on saxophone, both equally ecstatic.

Happy to have Kid Millions back on Astral Spirits (following up 2015's duo with Jim Sauter, "Bloom") as his playing just gets better and better every time I hear him. Johnny DeBlase is a NY-based bassist and composer that plays in the groups Many Arms, Zevious, Needle Driver, Sabbath Assembly and more. Colin Fisher is an incredible Toronto-based multi-instrumentalist that has played with a who's who of both improv and rock worlds including Anthony Braxton, William Parker, Dominic Duval, Sabir Mateen, Many Arms, Neil Hagerty, Joe Mcphee, Paul Hession, Eric Chenaux, The Constantines, Caribou, Born Ruffians and more!

Freedom is a one-off recording from this power trio and let's hope it's not the last. "Visible Spirit" finds Fisher on guitar starting off adding drones and feedback in layers, building up patiently before going full bore into shredding that's somewhere between Sonny Sharrock, Mick Barr and Robert Fripp. However, Fisher's guitar playing is not just shredding for the sake of shredding, there is a harmonic logic to it all that comes across horn-like at times, somewhat eschewing traditional guitar technique, sometimes not.

DeBlase and Millions keep things in perpetual motion while maintaining a balance of sound that comes across as an updated version of Last Exit. And truly, let's not kid ourselves "Visible Spirt" is a full on power-trio meets free improv. It's heavy, powerful and intense, much like Last Exit. "Invisible Nature" repeats the power trio formula except with Fisher on saxophone. While you'd think it might be less intense than side A, that is a very debatable fact. Hearing Fisher back to back on Guitar and Saxophone shows the overall logic in his playing (no matter what instrument). Upon repeated listens the instruments carry less weight than the intensity and playing of these three musicians themselves."-Astral Spirits

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Improvised Music
Free Improvisation
Rock and Related
Improvised Rock
NY Downtown & Metropolitan Jazz/Improv
Trio Recordings
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