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RedGreenBlue (Paul Giallorenzo / Charlie Kirchen / Ryan Packard / Ben LaMar Gay): The End and The Be (Astral Spirits)

After a 4-week residency in 2018 at The Burlington in Chicago, the quartet of Paul Giallorenzo (keys & electronics), Charlie Kirchen (bass), Ryan Packard (drums, electronics) and Ben LaMar Gay (cornet & electronics) workshopped their exploratory approach to free electric improv for 6 months before recording this mesmerizing version live at Chicago's Hungry Brain.

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Label: Astral Spirits
Catalog ID: AS190LP
Squidco Product Code: 31985

Format: LP
Condition: New
Released: 2022
Country: USA
Packaging: LP
Recorded at the Hungry Brain, in Chicago, Illinois, on July 1st, 2018,by David Zuchowski.


Paul Giallorenzo-synthesizer, pump organ, electronics

Charlie Kirchen-bass

Ryan Packard-drums, electronics

Ben Lamar Gay-cornet, electronics

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"Orginally from Long Island NY, Paul Giallorenzo is a Chicago-based improviser, composer, and producer using piano, synthesizer, keyboards, and electronics in a wide variety of groups and contexts, ranging from jazz and improvised music to electro-acoustic / noise to sound and video performance. Performing throughout the midwest, eastern US, Canada, Europe, Brazil. Has appeared at the Chicago Jazz Festival, WNUR Chicago Sounds Jazzfest, Glad Cloud Festival of Ambient Music at the Whistler, and a 2008 artist residency in Luzern, Switzerland.

Presenter, organizer, co-founder of the music venue/art gallery Elastic, producing hundreds of creative music concerts and events in Chicago since 2001."

-Paul Giallorenzo Website (

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"Charlie Kirchen is a scholar, composer, improviser, and bassist based in NYC and Chicago. His scholarly work is centered on the history and theory of improvised/creative music, the processes by which certain musical idioms become valuable, the relationship between music's logical and sensuous aspects, and the Midwest. His creative work is focused on exploring a visceral free-improvised expression within the context of logically rigorous formal, melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic frameworks. He maintain an active touring and recording schedule with groups such as the Charlie Kirchen Quartet, Sfyria Trio, the Few, and Rooms."

-Columbia University (

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"ryan packard is:

a percussionist
sound artist
based in chicago, il.

Recent projects and collaborations explore the sonification of lived experiences through their accompanying objects and interpersonal relationships. A curiosity towards listening environments, physical space, and psychoacoustics drive the work as it seeks to promote a heightened state of consciousness even in the most understated spaces and moments.

he's been featured at places like:

mca chicago
high concept labs
Galeria Labirynt
experimental sound studio
constellation chicago
elastic arts
random walks festival, the music of xenakis
b-sides festival
montréal nouvelles musiques

he has a masters of music from McGill University
bachelor of music from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music"

-Ryan Packard Website (

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"Ben Lamar is a prolific composer, vocalist, trumpeter, producer, and music educator. Lamar began his musical journey with the initial influence of his father's diverse vinyl collection and his family's unique music listening rituals. He has been creating music professionally for over 20 years now - performing, recording, producing for, and studying with a number of vital figures in the world of music, including Jazz, Blues, Hip-Hop and Electronic." (

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track listing:


1. The Beginning 21:29 SIDE B

1. The End (feat. Ben LaMar Gay) 22:56
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"The debut LP from RedGreenBlue posits a mesmeric, minimalist extension of Chicago's groove-based improvised music tradition. Over the course of two introverted, side-long pieces, the band patiently crafts hypnotic-yet still dynamic-sonic spaces using languid pulsations, careful shifts in colour, and occasional bursts of virtuosic urgency. It's music that hovers between worlds, unfurling a foundation of almost-ambient weightlessness that's inflected with audible spontaneity and given breadth through rhythm. The expansive result intimates connections to the most atmospheric corners of Miles Davis' electric catalogue, hints at Terry Riley's trance-inducing drones, makes oblique references to dub, and even nods in the direction of Town and Country's DIY chamber music. Yet, all the while it inhabits its very own aesthetic space-a gravity-defying blend of the ethereal and the earthbound that draws the ear in slowly and subliminally.

The quartet of Paul Giallorenzo (synthesizer, pump organ, electronics), Charlie Kirchen (bass), Ryan Packard (drums, electronics) and Ben LaMar Gay (cornet and electronics) first assembled in spring 2017 for a four-week residency at the Burlington, a beloved a hub for exploratory music in Chicago's Logan Square. The End and the Beginning was conceived and workshopped in the first half of the following year and was later recorded live at the Hungry Brain, another notable Chicago venue in July 2018. With half of its membership leaving Chicago-not to mention the active performance schedule that each member keeps-the group has since started operating more as a rotating collective than a fixed ensemble."-Astral Spirits

"The Astral Spirits label has been on quite a tear the last couple of years, both in quantity and quality, as well as across all the physical media formats. From the insanity of Crazy Doberman to the righteous shredding of Ava Mendoza to the otherworldliness of Rob Frye, the label is pumping out heaps of adventurous sounds across many modes, from a plethora of musicians with diverse origins. The common theme is the stretching and breaking of boundaries. The artists of Astral Spirits are dissolving idioms and blurring genres as they craft the sounds chosen for release on this open-minded imprint.

Case in point: The End and the Beginning, the debut album from the RedGreenBlue trio, who are joined on this effort by multi-instrumentalist Ben LaMar Gay. Each performer has a respectable pedigree from within Chicago's renowned music scene, which encourages exploration, so it's not surprising that magical things happen when they combine their talents. As a group, the artists weave hypnotic elements into a smoldering array of embers, releasing pleasant wafts of sound that are limned with flecks of intensity. Paul Giallorenzo's keyboards provide a lush mist and the ghostly outlines of shapes within the fog. Charlie Kirchen's bass revels in short, sharp ostinatos that act as the propellant alongside the singular percussive style of Ryan Packard. A subtle electronic filigree adds a fourth dimension to an already robust sound.

Each side of this LP cooks yet does so in a unique way. "The Beginning" is like a pot put to boil. First, the steam appears, and slowly small bubbles form. The vesicles get larger, becoming streams that rise to the surface. Suddenly there's a roiling mass that froths with intensity. "The End," on the other hand, kicks off with a high heat sear before it's left to roast at a lower temperature. Ben LaMar Gay's cornet provides the flash, egging the trio into a high-energy mode before things even out into a warm, pulsating glow. Both trajectories are exhilarating. Whether the anticipation brought on by the slow burn or the beatific afterglow from a burst of energy, The End and the Beginning brings on many pleasant emotional states. RedGreenBlue don't offer instant gratification, nor do they bring about delayed gratification; they've invented a third mode of enjoyment: sustained gratification."-Bryon Hayes, Foxy Digitalis

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