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Dykstra, Jordan / Brian McOmber

Blow the Man Down (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Dykstra, Jordan / Brian McOmber: Blow the Man Down (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Editions Verde)

A powerful set of succint compositions, themes and sea shanties for the soundtrack for Danielle Krudy and Bridget Savage Cole's film Blow the Man Down , scored through the collaboration of composers Jordan Dykstra, who also performs on viola, piano, prepared piano, vibraphone & percussion, and Brian Mcomber, who also performs on keyboards and percussion.

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UPC: 195999100937

Label: Editions Verde
Catalog ID: EV009
Squidco Product Code: 33620

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2020
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardboard Sleeve, Sealed
Recorded in Connecticut, and New York, by Jordan Dykstra and Brian Mcomber.


Jordan Dykstra-viola, piano, prepared piano, vibraphone, percussion

Brian McOmber-keyboard, synthesizer, percussion

Malcolm Parson-cello

Michael Pestel-flute

Thollem McDonas-prepared piano

David Coffin-performer

Jacek Sulanowski-performer

Daniel Lanier-performer

Thomas J. Goux-performer

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Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"The memorable score to Danielle Krudy and Bridget Savage Cole's debut film Blow the Man Down (Amazon Studios, 2020) is now available. Co-composed by Jordan Dykstra and Brian McOmber, the score features four traditional sea shanties sung by David Coffin (with the title track sung on-screen). The Baffler kindly wrote "just hearing the music makes the film worth seeing" but BTMD has already created a buzz landing on many lists for the Best Films of 2020.-Editions Verde"

Artist Biographies

"Jordan Dykstra (b. 1985, Sioux City, Iowa) is a Brooklyn-based violist and composer exploring the performer-composer-listener relationship through the incorporation of conceptual, graphic, and text-based elements. In 2007 he moved to Portland, OR and became involved in the experimental music scene in the Pacific NW. Aside from performing and recording with individuals and bands - including Dirty Projectors, A Winged Victory for the Sullen with Hildur Guðnadóttir, Atlas Sound, and Valet - he worked at Marriage Records and Publishing House. In 2014 he received a Career Opportunity Grant from the Oregon Arts Commission to apprentice with Daníel Bjarnason, composer and conductor of the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra, in Reykjavík, Iceland. He received his BFA in 2016 under Michael Pisaro, Ulrich Krieger, and Wolfgang von Schweinitz at the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles. In 2018 he received his MA in Experimental Composition from Wesleyan University in Connecticut where - under the mentorship of Alvin Lucier and astrophysicist Seth Redfield - his thesis explored connections between microtonality and the cosmic distance ladder. In 2019 he received a Cultural Grant from the Netherlands-America Foundation to compose "The Arrow of Time" and premiere the work with Reinier van Houdt in Amsterdam. In 2020 The Arrow of Time was listed as one of the best Modern Composition albums by The Wire and included in The Best Contemporary Classical Albums of 2020 by Bandcamp. As a media composer he has numerous credits including the films Blow the Man Down, Hail Satan?, It Comes At Night, and the 2019 Emmy winner for Outstanding Investigative Documentary Documenting Hate. His compositions for film have been heard at Cannes, Sundance, TriBeCa, TIFF, and the IFFR. His performance highlights include MOCA (CA), Harpa (Iceland), Musikfestval Bern (Switzerland), Ftarri (Tokyo), CHAFF (Brussels), Echo Bücher (Berlin), Syros Institute (Greece), Yale Union (OR), Big Ears Festival (TN), and the RISD Museum (RI). Recordings of his music (solo and collaborative) have been issued by New World Records, Domino, Milan, Marriage, Mexican Summer, K, Gilgongo, and Dykstra's own cottage industry label Editions Verde."

-Jordan Dykstra Website (

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"As a musician, Brian McOmber has collaborated with Björk, David Byrne, Doudou N'Diaye Rose, Deer Tick, Kurt Ballou (Converge), Marijuana Deathsquads, Mira Calix, Paul Wiancko (Kronos Quartet), Solange, The Roots, Yeasayer and St. Vincent. After studying evolutionary morphology and percussion with AC Burke and Pheeroan akLaff at Wesleyan University, Brian joined the Grammy-nominated indie rock band, Dirty Projectors, and played on many of the group's most critically acclaimed albums. McOmber has performed for audiences across six continents at venues such as The Barbican Centre, Bonnaroo, Coachella, Disney Hall, Fuji Rock, Glastonbury, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and David Letterman, Lincoln Center, Lollapalooza, Madison Square Garden, Primavera Sound and Radio City Music Hall.

As a film and TV composer, Brian has contributed original music to Emmy, Oscar, Peabody and Independent Spirit Award-winning narrative and documentary releases from A24, Amazon Studios, Fox Searchlight, HBO, Jigsaw Productions, Magnolia, MRC, Netflix, NEON, Frontline PBS, Showtime and T-Street Productions. He has composed and performed on dozens of original soundtracks including those for Trey Edward Shults' hybrid horror films KRISHA and IT COMES AT NIGHT, Penny Lane's bizarro documentaries HAIL SATAN? and NUTS!, Danielle Krudy and Bridgette Salvage Cole's dark comedy BLOW THE MAN DOWN, Rick Rowley's investigative documentaries 16 SHOTS and DOCUMENTING HATE, Anurag Kashyap's dark thriller UGLY, and Chloe Domont's erotic thriller FAIR PLAY.

Brian was named as one of Filmmaker's "25 New Faces of Independent Film" and The Hollywood Reporter went on to describe him as, "one of the best composers working in film today". His most recent score for writer-actor-director Alden Ehrenreich is produced by Francis Ford Coppola and will have its premiere at the 2023 Tribeca Film Festival."

-Brian McOmber Website (

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"Malcolm Parson is best known for his work as a member of both Turtle Island Quartet and Carolina Chocolate Drops. As a composer, he ​had his first break in 2019 by collaborating with Brian McOmber on the soundtrack to Little Woods (dir. Nia Dacosta). Since then, his film work has continued with projects such as Good Ol Girl, Ballet After Dark, Laying Flowers.:.Setting Fires, The Sentence of Michael Thompson, If I Go Will They Miss Me, Love Lizzo and currently The Secrets Of Hillsong. As a cellist, he has performed on several featured films including Palmer, A Man Named Scott, Kingdom of Silence, Mudbound, and Blow The Man Down. Recently he was the string arranger for Spencer Zahn and Dawn Richard's"Pigments"and "Pele" by Luedji Luna feat. Mereba.

In concert, he has performed with Somi, Kelsey Lue, The Eagles, Dianna Agron, Terence Blanchard, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Yebba, PJ Morton, BJ The Chicago Kid, Victory Boyd, Paquito D'Rivera, and Cyrus Chestnut to name a few. He has appeared on The David Letterman Show with Rhiannon Giddens, 2018 MTV VMA's with Shawn Mendes, and The Jimmy Fallon Show with Niall Horan, The Roots, and Salaam Remi. Recently, as a member of Turtle Island Quartet, Parson became Grammy nominated for 2021 Best Instrumental Jazz Album for their work on Terence Blanchard's album, "Absence" featuring E-Collective and Turtle Island Quartet.

Born in New Orleans, he moved to Atlanta at the age of 11 and began studying cello privately through Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's "Talent Development Program. He later earned his B.M in Contemporary Writing and Production from Berklee College of Music."

-Malcolm Parson Website (

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"Artist and musician Michael Pestel has built multi-media installations and performed on flutes, clarinet, piano, diverse hybrid and invented instruments, such as the Birdmachine and Birdrawingtable. Pestel has also constructed architectural and virtual spaces which explore bird sound and questions about bird extinction."

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"Thollem is a pianist, keyboardist, organist, composer, improviser, singer-songwriter, activist, author and teacher. He's spent his life skirting and erasing the edges of boundaries musically, culturally, geographically. His work is ever changing, evolving and responding to the times and his experiences, both as a soloist and in collaboration with hundreds of artists across idioms and disciplines. Though Thollem's widely known as an acoustic piano player, he's also the lead vocalist for the Italian agit-punk band Tsigoti and has recently branched out significantly into the world of electronics through a multitude of projects.

Thollem was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, studying the standard classical piano repertoire, composing and improvising since he was a young child and absorbing the myriad of sounds of his culturally diverse upbringing. After dedicating his 20s and 30s to grassroots political activism, he's refocused his attention these last 15 years on a breadth of musics that incorporate his myriad experiences and curiosities. In this last decade alone, he has played well over 1,000 concerts throughout N. America and Europe as a soloist and in collaboration with hundreds of musicians, dancers, and filmmakers. As leader or co-leader, he has released over 50 albums in that span on 22 different vanguard labels to international critical acclaim. "Thollem is an astounding pianist who understands the huge scope of the instrument" (Terry Riley) and who continues to delve into the furthest reaches and sub-genres of Post-Classical, Free Jazz, Noise, Punk, dance and film. A brief cross section of his many recent collaborators include William Parker, Pauline Oliveros, Stefano Scodanibbio, Nels Cline, Mike Watt, Rob Mazurek, Martha Colburn and ACVilla. He is the founding director of Estamos Ensemble, a Mexican-American cross border ensemble for musical exchange as well as the lead singer of the Italian agit-punk band Tsigoti. Presently Thollem is developing an audio/visual experience about America through an 8 month, 48 state odyssey with his partner the videographer ACVilla. He's also a published author about art, politics and his travels in The Anthology of Essays On Deep Listening, Full Moon Magazine (Prague) and First American Art Magazine."

-Thollem McDonas Website (

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Track Listing:

1. Blow the Man Down (Traditional) [feat. David Coffin] 1:09

2. Blow the Man Down (Maine Theme) 2:19

3. Drink Up 0:41

4. A Bag of Cash 1:29

5. Pay Me What You Stole 1:26

6. Dirty Job 0:27

7. Blood Red Roses (Traditional) [feat. David Coffin] 1:07

8. I Lost Control 2:11

9. Fucking Cole Slaw 0:46

10. Parlour Talk 1:03

11. Gorsky (2) 1:31

12. Ship in Distress (Traditional)[feat. David Coffin] 2:57

13. Submerged 2:12

14. Enid's Moment 0:14

15. A Hole in the Head 2:01

16. Drinking Up 1:12

17. Cole Slaw 1:09

18. To Oceanview 1:30

19. Easter Cove 1:36

20. The Maze 2:45

21. Blood Red Roses (Traditional) (Alternate Take) [feat. David Coffin] 1:00

22. Gorsky (1) 1:00

23. Live a Little 1:26

24. The Judgement 0:39

25. Floater 0:49

26. On Second Thought 1:12

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