Friday, May 25, 2018

John McCowen - 4 Chairs in Three Dimensions (ASTRAL SPIRITS June 7, 2018)

Following hot on the heels of clarinetist John McCowen's absolutely stellar album "Solo Contra" (International Anthem) we are proud to present another release of solo work "4 Chairs in 3 Dimensions." McCowen has spent a lot of time in various scenes, from playing in bands such as Tweak Bird and Wei Zhongle to studying and playing clarinet with Roscoe Mitchell, Fred Frith & Ned Rothenberg among others. The 4 pieces on this album deal with various extended drone-like aspects of playing the clarinet, here entirely acoustic, in shorter song-like versions. Or as McCowen himself states, "embracing long-form drones, difference tones, and beating harmonics as a means to extrude the dimensionality within - treating the clarinet as an acoustic synthesizer".

1. White Trash
2. Fu-e
3. Birds of Jamaica
4. 4 Chairs in 3 Dimensions

John McCowen - Clarinet, Contrabass Clarinet

Recorded/Mixed January 2017 by Adam Hirsch @ Tiny Telephone Studios, SF

Mastered by David Allen
Music Composed by John McCowen
All Tracks Performed Live