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Cameron, Lisa / Tom Carter / Ingebrigt Haker-Flaten: Tau Ceti [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD] (Astral Spirits)

Genre-bending free improvisation from the trio of Tom Carter, percussionist Lisa Cameron, and bassist Ingebrigt Håker-Flaten (The Thing), dividing their time between acoustic and electric improvisation as the trio build up from track to track, evolving openly spacious free environments to driving and burning power, finally leaving the listener on "Traveling Spaceways".
 

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Label: Astral Spirits
Catalog ID: AS134_CAS
Squidco Product Code: 29228

Format: CASSETTE
Condition: New
Released: 2020
Country: USA
Packaging: Cassette
Recorded at Halversonics, in Austin, Texas, in 2019, by Rob Halvorsen.


Personnel:

Lisa Cameron-percussion

Tom Carter-guitar

Ingebrigt Haker Flaten-double bass

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Artist Biographies:

"Lisa Cameron is an Austin, Texas drummer. She was originally born as Dave Cameron, hence the Alias. She is also known as Venison Whirled. She is know for her work with groups Sacrum, Sky City, Squat Thrust, & ST 37."

-Discogs (https://www.discogs.com/artist/1032009-Lisa-Cameron)
8/5/2020

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"Tom Carter's solo electric guitar work sculpts a rich landscape of immensely-stacked grit and beauty, weaving interlocking strands of melody into towering long-form (and often high-volume) drones.

Born barely south of the Mason-Dixon line, and just in time for the Summer of Love, Tom Carter led a decidedly non-hippy existence being shuffled around various farm and mining towns in Maryland and Ohio by his newspaperman father, before finally making his way to Texas in 1985, just in time to watch all the good hardcore bands die. Already obsessed with American pre-punk and British post-punk, Carter dove into the lysergicly spiked musical waters of Texas with both feet, augmenting his guitar skills with unreliable instruments, cranky analog electronics, and disintegrating practice amps. Over the ensuing decades, he refined his evolving ideas of complete tonal immersion (and the quest for the perfect fuzz tone) into a layered sonic toolkit of rough beauty. He now lives in New York City.

Although best known for his work with iconoclasts Charalambides, which he co-founded with Christina Carter in 1991, Carter has recently focused on his eponymous duo with No Neck Blues Band co-founder Pat Murano; Sarin Smoke, his duo with Pete Swanson; and his solo performances and recordings, which have increasingly featured visual components - including collaborations with filmmakers Martha Colburn and Margarida Garcia.

Carter is well-known for collaborations with other musicians. Major projects include free-rock improvisers Eleven Twenty-Nine (Carter, Marc Orleans, and Michael Evans), Spiderwebs (with Houston improviser Sandy Ewen), Badgerlore (with Rob Fisk, Ben Chasny, Liz Harris, and Peter Swanson), and various collaborative ensembles with Bay Area sound artist Robert Horton. Other fellow travelers have included Marcia Bassett, Christian Kiefer, Paul Flaherty, Tetuzi Akiyama, Shawn David McMillen, Thurston Moore, Dredd Foole, Loren Connors, Pip Proud, Inca Ore, Jandek, Bardo Pond, Starving Weirdos, Ensemble Economique, Steve Gunn, Robert Millis, and Matt Valentine, among many others.

Carter has released dozens of recordings in every available format for many different labels, including kranky, Digitalis, Eclipse, Important, Root Strata, and 3-Lobed. His most recent solo release is available on his own Wholly Other imprint, which he has operated since 1995."

-Kranky (http://www.kranky.net/artists/cartert.html)
8/5/2020

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"Ingebrigt Håker Flaten (b. 1971, Oppdal) - studied Jazz at the Music Consevatory in Trondheim, Norway (1992-1995) under the tutelage of bassplayer Odd Magne Gridseth.

When one listens to the great bassists in modern jazz history, a striking thing (though it may not be immediately arrived at) is that greatness is reached through open-mindedness and diversity. William Parker, Malachi Favors Maghostut, Peter Kowald, Wilbur Ware, Bertram Turetsky, Buell Neidlinger - all of these bass players have embraced a lifestyle of playing all sorts of music and the breadth of each musicians' technique is a testament to those experiences. Norwegian bassist and composer Ingebrigt Håker Flaten is also a musician whose experience is both geographical and aesthetic. While the fertile Scandinavian new jazz scene offered a vast amount of opportunities to work in different bands with musicians whose concepts are as individual as the grains in a reed, Flaten has found home and on-the-bandstand education in places as far flung as Chicago and his current residence Austin, Texas.

A muscular player whose tone and attack run the gamut from Paul Chambers to Buschi Niebergall, his sense of both openness and control serves ensembles as diverse as The Thing, Free Fall, Atomic, Scorch Trio and the Kornstad/Håker Flaten Duo. In addition to his own Chicago Sextet and Austin-centric Young Mothers, Flaten has also recorded and performed with Frode Gjerstad, Dave Rempis, Bobby Bradford, the AALY Trio, Ken Vandermark, Stephen Gauci, Tony Malaby, Daniel Levin, Dennis Gonzalez and numerous others. Flaten studied at the Conservatory in Trondheim (1992-1995), turning professional shortly afterward, yet his hunger to play in new situations with new musicians - schooled or amateur, frequently recorded or just starting out - puts him in a rare class, that of a truly broad-minded artist. That mettle has served him well, living and developing the music under his own steam and drawing from influences as diverse as Derek Bailey, George Russell, Chris McGregor, filmmakers Ingmar Bergman, contemporary pop melody and gritty punk music as well as everyday sights and sounds.

There is a calmness and self-assuredness that imbues all great artists, in that the diversity of their work comes with very little ego. Flaten's artistry is often in collective, leaderless ensembles and in fact, following a decade of professional musicianship it wasn't until 2004 that his leader-debut was released - Quintet (Jazzland, followed in 2008 by The Year of the Boar, and a Sextet recording is upcoming). This latter fact is partly due to the necessity of a copacetic situation - in an interview in 2010 with the Austinist he noted that "I use people where I'm located. It's inspiring to have your own band to write for, but you have to make sure that people feel free and not limited by the music; the compositions should lead the way to a player's open mind, and that is a challenge." Certainly not every bandleader/composer thinks this way.

In 2011, he formed another ensemble, The Young Mothers, which includes drummers Stefan Gonzalez (Dallas) and Frank Rosaly (Chicago), trumpeter/poet/rapper Jawaad Taylor (New York), saxophonist Jason Jackson (Houston), and Jonathan Horne (Austin) on guitar. It's a group of varying levels and influences and as it grows organically, will be another excellent lens through which to view Flaten's aesthetic, philosophy, and musicianship. The next few years see him in a position where established ensembles can steep and spread their influence, while experimenting with and nurturing a wide range of new relationships."

-Ingebrigt Haker Flaten Website (http://www.ingebrigtflaten.com/about-me/)
8/5/2020

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track listing:


SIDE A



1. Chronosphere 04:49

2. SETI 12:19

3. We Are Not Alone 14:24

SIDE B



1. Daath (the Abyss) 15:09

2. Traveling Spaceways 10:54
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"The young Astral Spirits label continues to punch above its weight with yet another outstanding release. Comprised of veteran bassist Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, percussionist Lisa Cameron, and guitarist Tom Carter, this group questions any assumptions that one might have about the traditional power trio.

Tau Ceti is split roughly into two halves - the first is acoustic and the second electric. The former consists of the first three tracks, which feature Håker Flaten's jagged and wandering bass lines, Carter extracting rolling themes from an undistorted electric guitar, and Cameron using extended techniques to provide patternless knocking and rattling with heavy emphasis on cymbal-work and non-kit objects. These improvisations are free, and manage to be simultaneously spacious and dense. There is a certain headiness and quiet confidence even in the group's slower interludes, for example, the mid-section of SETI. The only repeating motifs are short melodies offered on bass or guitar.

The electric section begins in the last few minutes of We Are Not Alone, with Carter gradually introducing distortion and a more aggressive stance. For the first time, he employs a solo - a psychedelically-tinged one at that. Daath (The Abyss) goes full bore in this direction, with an overdriven guitar lead and Håker Flaten switching to electric bass. Cameron defaults to a more rock-oriented approach. The overall result is that of a creatively-performed jam session - still improvised, but exhibiting more coloring-within-the-lines than before. Traveling Spaceways continues the journey with retro fusion stylings updated with the post-rock overtones of Carter's note twisting and Håker Flaten's wall-like bass presence."-Mike, Avant Music News


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