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Listening Group (feat. Daniel Carter / Patrick Holmes / Jeff Snyder / Stelios Mihas / Federico Ughi) (577)

A live performance at Forward Festival 2016, in Brooklyn, NY, merging chamber music, free improvisation, free and avant jazz and other forms in a an ensemble with Daniel Carter (sax & trumpet), Claire de Brunner (bassoon), Patrick Holmes (clarinet), Nick Lyons (sax), Jeff Snyder (electronics), Stelios Mihas (guitar), Jonah Rosenberg (piano), Zach Swanson (bass), and Federico Ughi (drums).

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Limited edition of 300 LPs

Label: 577
Catalog ID: 5805
Squidco Product Code: 26413

Format: LP
Condition: New
Released: 2018
Country: USA
Packaging: LP
Recorded at the Forward Festival 2016, in Brooklyn, New York on December 11th, 2016.


Daniel Carter-alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, trumpet

Claire de Brunner-bassoon

Patrick Holmes-clarinet

Nick Lyons-alto saxophone

Jeff Snyder-electronics

Stelios Mihas-guitar

Jonah Rosenberg-piano

Zach Swanson-bass

Federico Ughi-drums

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"Daniel Carter (born December 28, 1945, in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania) is an American experimental saxophone, flute, clarinet, and trumpet player active mainly in New York City since the early 1970s.

Carter is a prolific performer and has recorded or performed with William Parker, Federico Ughi, DJ Logic, Thurston Moore, Yo La Tengo, Sun Ra, Cecil Taylor, Sonic Youth, scientist/musician Matthew Putman, Cooper-Moore, Sam Rivers, David S. Ware, Yoko Ono, Living Colour, Medensky Martin and Wood and Jaco Pastorius among others. He is a member of the cooperative free jazz groups TEST and Other Dimensions In Music."

-577 Records (

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"Claire de Brunner first played the bassoon at the age of 14, and was soon awarded a scholarship to study with the principal bassoonist of the NY Philharmonic and to attend the Dalcroze School of Music. She later attended the High School of Music and Art where she earned a scholarship to study at North Carolina School of the Arts. She went on to study with Stephen Maxym at the Manhattan School of Music and played in various orchestras and chamber ensembles before deciding to venture beyond the classical arena.

In the 1980s she answered an ad in the Village Voice, which called for a musician who loved Kafka, Captain Beefheart and Lennie Tristano, having no idea who the latter two were at that time, and shortly thereafter became a founding member of 101 Crustaceans, an integral band of the post-punk era in NYC. She later joined Church of Betty, another seminal band at that time. She played at the major venues of the era including the Knitting Factory, Sidewalk Café, Pyramid, ABC No Rio, Dixon Place, CBGB's and has recorded CDs with both bands.

In the early 90s, having been encouraged to build on her ability to improvise, she studied jazz improvisation with saxophonist Lee Konitz and pianist Connie Crothers. She found herself, in effect, having to learn an entirely new instrument and it was nearly a decade before she began to feel a sense of mastery in the genre.

She has since played with many notable musicians including Ras Moshe, Ed Pastorini, Carol Liebowitz, Francois Grillot, Daniel Carter, Matt Lavelle, Chris Rael, Oren Bloedow, Ratzo Harris, Blaise Siwula, Deep Singh, Adam Caine, Pete Drungle, Tom Zlabinger, Anders Nilsson, Vlada Tomova and Rima Fand, to name a few.

In 2010 she co-produced the CD Macroscopia, which was released on the Metier label and features a quartet comprised of New York free jazz musicians including Daniel Carter.

She continues to play at music venues in NY such as The Firehouse Space, BAMcafe, Ibeam, Barbes, Issue Project Room, Goodbye Blue Monday and has several recording projects in the works.

While her musical development is varied, it reflects the natural outgrowth of the ongoing pursuit and exploration of her deepest passion."

-Claire de Brunner Website (

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"Patrick Holmes. There are few people in the world of New York music and night life whom I adore as much as Patrick Holmes. Originally from Austin, TX he (like me) started on electric bass as a teenager, switching over to the clarinet at age 24. He's been in New York for the past twenty years, working diligently to refine a voice and approach to the clarinet that is uniquely his own. He has studied with Connie Crothers and Sabir Mateen and he has performed with Ryan Sawyer, Daniel Carter, Masami Tomihisa, Axel Dörner and many many more. Whether it's about clarinets, jazz, booze, food, metal or just plain shit, Patrick is one of my favorite people to talk to and I'm really happy that this conversation finally happened for the podcast."

-5049 Records (

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"Alto Saxophonist Nick Lyons has been called "one of the most important and original alto saxophonists on the improvisation scene" (Manhattan Users Guide, 2015) and "a young jazzer to watch" (Time Out-NY). His collaborations, based around spontaneously improvised music, have included performing with guitarist Adam Caine, pianists Connie Crothers and Carol Liebowitz. Lyons leads various trios which have included drummers Roger Mancuso and John Wagner and bassists Adam Lane, Hilliard Greene, and Ratzo Harris. Of his 2009 solo performance at The Stone (a pick in Time Out-NY), Mark Weber commented on "his ability to go inside himself and find meaningful lyric inventions, curling out line upon line," adding that the concert was "magnificent."

In 2015 Nick was a featured guest on WKCR's "Out to Lunch," performed in Berlin at clubs A-Trane and B-Flat and appeared on Cheryl Richards's CD "If Not For You" on New Artists Records.

He has been a regular performer in concert series presented by Arts for Art, the NYC fixture which produces the annual Vision Festival.

He has recently performed in groups led by tenor saxophonist Jimmy Halperin (who cited Lyons as one of his favorite young musicians in New York City,, Connie Crothers (The Stone), pianist Harvey Diamond (Boston area), and Aaron Johnson (Dizzy's Club); and he has led groups with pianist Kazzrie Jaxen and bassist Ken Filiano, and pianist Virg Dzurinko, trumpeter Ryan Messina, and drummer Federico Ughi.

Originally from New York City and raised in Northern New Jersey, he has now lived in Brooklyn since 2005.

He was associated with Connie Crothers from 2005-2016 as a student and musical collaborator. They performed

He received a Bachelor's of Music from Oberlin Conservatory where he performed under the direction of Donald Byrd, Marcus Belgrave, Frank Foster, George Lewis, Wendell Logan, and where his teachers included Donald Walden, Gary Bartz, Paul Cohen (saxophone) and Peter Dominguez (double bass)."

-Nick Lyons Website (

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"Jeff Snyder (b.1978) is a composer, improviser and instrument-designer living in Princeton, New Jersey, and active in the New York City area.

As founder and lead designer of Snyderphonics, Jeff designs and builds unusual electronic musical instruments. His creations include the Manta, which is played by over 150 musicians around the world; the JD-1 Keyboard/Sequencer, which was commissioned as a specialty controller for Buchla synthesizers; and the custom analog modular synthesizer on which he regularly performs.

Jeff is a member of experimental electronic duo exclusiveOr, avant jazz group The Federico Ughi Quartet , improvisatory noise trio The Mizries, and laptop ensemble Sideband. He fronts the band Owen Lake and the Tragic Loves as his electro-country alter-ego, Owen Lake. He also composes alternate-reality Early Music for an ensemble of his invented instruments.

In 2009, Jeff co-founded an experimental music record label, Carrier Records , which continues to release strange and exciting experimental music. In 2011, he received a doctorate with distinction in Music Composition from Columbia University. He currently is the Director of Electronic Music at Princeton University, and the Director of PLOrk , the Princeton Laptop Orchestra."

-Jeff Snyder Website (

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"Inspired by the infinite sonic possibilities of the guitar, Stelios' activities range from contemporary music to classical guitar to collaborating with a wide range of groups. Equally committed to the nylon as well as the electric guitar he combines elements of both worlds in his sound. He has played everywhere from dive bars & sticky basements to concert halls and stadiums.

Based in NYC he is currently working a.o. with Chamber Music (an acoustic duo with bassist Zach Swanson), Leo Genovese's cross genre large ensemble 'the Legal Aliens', the improvising music collective 'Listening Group', in a duo guitar setting with composer Marcelo Toledo and his own projects, the 'Unanimity' 5tet feat. Daniel Carter, as well as his electric guitar trio.

Stelios is also an active music educator. After being a faculty member of the South Shore Conservatory in Boston he has joined the team at Ezra Guitar. Since 2014 he is running his own distinguished music studio at Prospect Park, Brooklyn.

After completing studies on Musicology and Classical Guitar in his native Athens, Greece, he moved to Boston to study Contemporary Guitar at Berklee College of Music with jazz greats such as Mick Goodrick, Ed Tomassi, Hal Crook & Dave Santoro."

-Stelios Mihas Website (

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"Jonah Rosenberg is a Brooklyn, NY based pianist, composer and sound designer striving to construct intuitive music. He has performed throughout the US and Canada and performs regularly in New York City

His recent chamber works include a multi-media chamber opera "Ode To Jackeen" based on text by Kenneth Patchen which was championed by Ensemble Sans Maitre at the Firehouse Space and FiveMyles gallery, "FOAMINGS" for violin, viola and bass flute composed for andPlay + Martha Cargo as part of their "written for" commission series, and settings of poems by Emily Skillings performance by Charlotte Mundy/Jordan Dodson duo for a NYC residency.

In late 2015 he co-created a collaborative sound, video and performance installation along with violist Joanna Mattrey and video artist Brooke Herr entitled "Connections" based on a piece by Karlheinz Stockhausen which was realized at MoMa Ps1 Printshop as part of the ALL GOLD residency.

He has collaborated with dancers and choreographers, providing scores for Sarah AO Rosner and the AOMC at HERE arts center for AOMC's dance performance 'barrish', Koryn Wicks' TRIPD at the Conservatoire Dramatique of Montreal, and AnA Collaborations at the Gibney Dance: Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center.

Jonah has presented chamber music as part of Vicky Chow's 'Contagious Sounds' series at both the Gershwin Hotel and Cornelia Street Cafe, featuring "Welts" for the Heavy Hands Doublebass Quartet and "Ode To Jackeen" for Ensemble Sans Maître.

Work in multimedia theater has included sound scores, and original compositions for playwright/puppeteer/visual artist Claire Moodey for the interdisciplinary works Spectral Findings and at Dixon Place, the Bushwick Starr and Theater for the New City.

Jonah's piece "ARRAYS" for alto flute and electronics was performed by Martha Cargo at Abrons Arts Center as part of the Electroacoustic Music Festival in 2014."

-Jonah Rosenberg Website (

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"Zachary Swanson began studying the double bass at the age of 6 in his home state of Massachusetts. Using gut strings and a personalized technique, Zachary has developed a conception of the double bass that is able to heighten the integrity of various musical environments. From adventurous improvised music to jazz standards to accompanying singer-songwriters in a folk setting, he is at ease in a variety of styles. Zachary can be found playing and teaching in the New York City area and currently resides in Brooklyn, NY, where he has made his home since 2012.

Zachary holds a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Bass Performance from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University. His goal as an educator is to give a well rounded background, allowing the student to develop a personal sound while gaining a thorough understanding of music fundamentals. Lessons will also cover traditional concepts of bass technique, and use established methodology (and reference recordings!) for development in addition to personalized lesson plans and excercises. For double bass Zachary teaches German bow, though regularly uses a Dragonetti baroque bow in performance.

A double bass is available for use at his home studio during lessons, a bass amp for electric, and an 88-key keyboard. Please reach out with any questions, thank you!

Education: Bachelor of Music, Jazz Bass Performance Sep 2006 - May 2010 Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University"

-Take Lessons 2/12/2019

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"Federico Ughi is a drummer and composer based in New York. Federico Ughi's music infuses the New York avant-garde sound with a sense of melody inspired by the Italian classical and folk traditions of his childhood in Rome. Ornette Coleman has been a major influence for Federico as well as a mentor.

Born in Rome, Italy Federico relocated to London at age 21 to play music, from there moving to New York in 2000 again to play music. He has been based in Brooklyn, NY ever since.

He has performed or recorded with Daniel Carter, William Parker, The Cinematic Orchestra, Blue Foundation among others. Federico Ughi has performed throughout Italy, the UK, France, Holland, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Slovenia, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, Poland, Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia, Russia, Lithuania, China, Mexico, Canada and the US."

-577 Records (

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track listing:


1. Unconsciously Perceived 9:57

2. Being Born 9:51


1. To the Overall 9:26

2. Clearly Heard 3:56
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"In some ways 20th and 21st century chamber music, free improvisation / free jazz / avant-garde jazz (for want of better terms), and other musical genres, perhaps even unconsciously perceived, multiversal, both inner and outer, musical influences, might be thought of as models or precedents for the Listening Group, but one would have to ask each person in the group what she or he thinks might have inspired the Listening Group into being born.

Each of us has her/his musical view, philosophy, way of playing, personality, and thus, makes her/his unique contribution to the overall alloy/alchemy/sound of the Listening Group, but we all most probably would agree that the Listening Group is majorly about listening, playing in such a way that each and every player can be clearly heard by each and every other player, notwithstanding the fact that some instruments in the ensemble are capable of playing much louder than others. The Listening Group mind, heart, body, soul, spirit, character, is brought into being by the mind, heart, body, soul, spirit, character, of each of its players."-Daniel Carter

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