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Dunston, Nick: Spider Season (Out Of Your Head Records)

A new trio from NY bassist & composer Nick Dunston, featuring Kalia Vandever on trombone & effects, and Do Yeon Kim on gayageum (a traditional Korean plucked zither), a uniquely orchestrated band performing Dunston's original (and humorously titled) compositions, on some of which each performer uses effects to create sonic environments; a creatively inventive configuration.

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UPC: 198003886162

Label: Out Of Your Head Records
Catalog ID: OOYH016
Squidco Product Code: 33378

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2023
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at The Creamery, in Brooklyn, New York, on October 31st, 2021, by Quinn McCartney.


Nick Dunston-bass, effects, compositions

Kalia Vandever-trombone, effects

DoYeon Kim-gayageum, voice

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Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"Spider Season is Nick Dunston's follow-up to the critically acclaimed Atlantic Extraction, which was released in November 2019. On AE, Jim Macnie of JazzTimes said "Long story short: Dunston has made the debut of 2019, and it's likely that its beauty will resonate for much longer than that." Atlantic Extraction was also included in the best debuts of 2019 in NPR Jazz Critics Poll. While Spider Season is an entirely new band, featuring Kalia Vandever on trombone/fx, and DoYeon Kim on gayageum, fans of Atlantic Extraction will find much to admire, and note both a compositional and improvisational style that is becoming uniquely Dunston's own. The repertoire of original music on Spider Season ranges from jaggedly tenacious acoustic constellations, to brooding sound baths that meditate on the subtly electronic sides of the trio. Open improvisation plays a crucial role in Spider Season's practice, and the compositions provide lift and shape to the trio's pre-existing audacity to explore and invent. Dunston continuously self-reflects on the group's collective improvisations, and out of them creates entirely new song structures to work with, confirming that improvisation itself is inseparable from his compositional approach. Spider Season is renowned in the U.S. and abroad, and most recently was featured and received enthusiastic reviews at Bang On A Can's "Long Play" Festival in NYC in May 2022."

Excerpts from liner notes by Wendy Eisenberg:

"In some cases, the bigness of the sound is in implication. Songs like "Rewind Fee" and "Vicious Daily Fashion" plant the imagination of a drum in my mind, so strong is the groove. In other cases, the bigness of the trio is their kinship - dig DoYeon's gayageum solo, so sensitive, deep into "Thousand-Year-Old Vampire", a small time-lapsed growing root observed by Kalia's loving entrance. Ultimately, the trio is big because it is patient. By patient, I mean expansive, as if in these structures, the time of this music could go on forever. Nick plays (and composes) patiently. His impeccable breathing bass on Pollinator, echoing like waves or like a rower on the waves. The pleading pulse of Dystopian Christmas. Genrelessness music. Width."

Artist Biographies

"Nick Dunston is a Brooklyn-based composer, bassist, and scholar. An "indispensable player on the New York avant-garde" (New York Times), his performances have also spanned a variety of venues and festivals across North America and Europe. He's performed, toured, and recorded professionally with bands led by artists such as Tyshawn Sorey, Vijay Iyer, Marc Ribot, Ches Smith, Imani Uzuri, Ingrid Laubrock, Anthony Coleman, Roman Filiu, Jonathan Finlayson, Amirtha Kidambi, Moor Mother, Dave Douglas, Matt Wilson, Tomas Fujiwara, Allison Miller, Jeff Lederer, Jeff "Tain" Watts, and Darius Jones. He's spent extensive time studying with bassists Linda May Han Oh, Ben Street, Harish Raghavan, as well as with composer Missy Mazzoli.

As a composer, Dunston has written for a wide range of artists of multiple genres and disciplines. He's written for entities such as the New York Public Library of Performing Arts, the Joffrey Ballet School, The Witches, violist Joanna Mattrey, and the ESMAE Jazz and Chamber Orchestras. In 2019 he was awarded the Van Lier Fellowship by Roulette Intermedium, which supported the world premieres of The Floor is Lava! (upright bass quintet), and La Operación (double saxophone trio + soprano voice), referred to as "a work so dramatic and large that is both a response to socio-historical truth as well as a reflection on his own identity..." (I Care If You Listen). As a writer, he's made monthly contributions to Hot House Jazz Magazine from 2016-2019."

-Nick Dunston Website (

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"Kalia Vandever is an American trombonist and composer living in Brooklyn, NY. Her approach to the trombone is distinctive and defined by her sonorous tone and lyrical improvisational voice. She leans into the challenges of the instrument and allows patience and melody guide her process.

In her compositional practice, Kalia draws from her love of songs and improvisation, creating a landscape of sounds that resonate in the body and hold the listener. She released her debut ensemble album, "In Bloom" in 2019 which has been described as "the rise of an exciting voice for the music" (Seton Hawkins, Hot House Jazz Magazine). Her sophomore album, Regrowth released in May, 2022 on New Amsterdam Records and "confirms her strengths as a composer and bandleader with a distinctly contemporary point of view." (Nate Chinen, WBGO Jazz) Her debut solo album,We Fell In Turn featuring her works for trombone, voice and electronics will be released on AKP Records in March, 2023.

In addition to her work as a bandleader, Kalia is active in the collective, tilt. The Brooklyn-based group brings together the voices of performer-composers Isabel Crespo Pardo (voice), Kalia Vandever (trombone/voice), and Carmen Q Rothwell (acoustic bass/voice). The warmth of their songs is an intimate reflection of each individual, heard and seen by the collective. tilt will be touring the West Coast in February 2023 in anticipation of their first album.

Kalia received her Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies at the Juilliard School in 2017. She has toured and performed internationally with her quartet, performing at festivals such as the Winter Jazz Festival and BRIC Jazz Festival. She is also known for her work as a side-woman, performing with jazz artists including Joel Ross, Immanuel Wilkins, Fay Victor, to name a few. She has also performed with popular artists including Harry Styles, Lizzo, Japanese Breakfast, Moses Sumney, Jennifer Hudson, and Demi Lovato. She has appeared on Saturday Night Live twice, as well as Samantha Bee's Full Frontal. [...]"

-Kalia Vandever Website (

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Do Yeon Kim is a Korean composer and gayageym player. Kim incorporates traditional Korean music into her composition and promotes music performed on the gayageum. She was born in Seoul, Korea and currently lives in Boston, Massachusetts. She studied Contemporary Improvisation at New England Conservatory. She is a member of Jayu Quartet.

-Squidco 9/27/2023

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Track Listing:

1. Dystopian Christmas 3:20

2. Rewind Fee 2:47

3. Thousand-Year-Old Vampire 10:24

4. Ficus Elastica 4:38

5. Pre-Nasal Tension 3:42

6. Vicious Daily Fashion 5:33

7. Der Dunst 3:05

8. Spider Season 2:30

9. Inhale/Exhale 3:15

10. Pollinator 2:14

11. Venera 3 3:32

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