Exploring human relationships and self perception through the use of physical objects and their potential sounds, San Antonio drummer Claire Rousay, who has worked with Jacob Wick, Ken Vandermark, Brandon Lopez, &c. recorded these six solo drum performances in the studio, developing each in a way that shows her strong technical skills and narrative voice on the drums.
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Label: Astral Spirits
Catalog ID: AS089
Squidco Product Code: 27913
Recorded at Matador Studios in San Antonio, Texas, in December 2017, by Tommy Munter.
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"Claire Rousay is a performer and musician based in San Antonio, Texas. Her work explores queerness, human relationships, and self perception through the use of physical objects and their potential sounds.
Rousay has recently performed with Alex Cunningham, Brandon Lopez, Carol Genetti, Ingebrigt Haker-Flaten, Jacob Wick, Ken Vandermark, Lisa Cameron, Lori Goldston, Michael Foster, Sarah Hughes, Tom Carter, and others.
She has toured extensively across North America, booking 220 dates in 2017 alone. In 2018 she participated in the Sonic Transmissions Festival and NMASS Festival as well as performed at venues such as the Tobin Center for Performing Arts, Casa del Popolo, and Issue Project Room. Her work also received support from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. 2019 has rousay participating in various residencies and concert series performances at places such as Experimental Sound Studio, Elastic Arts, RhizomeDC, and Beaubourg (NOLA)."-Claire Rousay Website (https://clairerousay.com/about)
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1. Good Set 5:45
2. You Were Definitely Not Invited 6:08
3. Shaving The Face Until It Is Bleeding 5:07
1. Cows in The Field 4:31
2. Tribute To The Spot and Paul's World Renowned Hospitality 3:59
3. When Gods Became Friends 9:45
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"I first heard percussionist Dane Rousay [aka Claire Rousay] in duo with guitarist Parham Daghighi when they opened for Kuzu in Austin, Texas this past August; Rousay's playing was the highlight of the bill for me - no small feat when Damon is present - and I was particularly impressed that they were local. In an effort to share my enthusiasm for this exciting, rising improviser, here's (part of) Dane Rousay's year in review with an interview interspersed.
Rousay started releasing recordings in 2017, including the solo percussion albums blip (self-released) and Anatomize (Kendra Steiner Editions), and their schedule has only picked up steam in 2018. Beyond the five albums reviewed below, Rousay also released the percussion solo an inevitable solution (to) (Kendra Steiner Editions), the Siri-sampling solo of Siri (Hard Fun Records), and collaborations with avant-pop collagist More Eaze on split (Hard Fun Records) and Tom Carter's new psych-rock group on their debut Morning Scales the Mountain with Dane Rousay (self-released) in 2018. I recommend trying out these albums too, but I did not include them because they were either from 2017, not the genres this site caters to, or simply too difficult to find (the CDr label Kendra Steiner Editions is recently defunct). It was a year of development for the percussionist, and I hoped to at least somewhat reflect that by reviewing the albums in chronological order of recording."-Keith Prosk, The Free Jazz Collective
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