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‘When We Were Brand New' is the second album from Spencer Zahn. This full-length release is a moment of resolve and a response to his debut album, 'People of the Dawn'. With the bass as the centerpiece of his music, 'When Were We Brand New' is intimate and thoughtful, leaving space which invites a closer listen. Continuing his collaboration with producer, Dave Harrington, the two further explore the sound world from Zahn’s first release and create something completely new.
Jonah Parzen-Johnson makes music that challenges listeners with experimental electronic textures and embraces them with warm approachable melodies. His solo performances are a deeply intimate experience, as he endeavors to share who he is, how he see’s our world, and the temporary moments of community that we can all embrace together. In his hands baritone saxophone and hardware electronics become a vehicle for “de facto folk songs,” (Bandcamp Daily) as if he is, “constructing a whole musical town from specific, character-driven notes”.
Since 2015, Jonah has toured over 40 thousand miles, by himself. He has performed on 4 continents, and in 9 countries. Everywhere from Jazz festivals to DIY noise clubs, living rooms to Contemporary Art museums. In July 2017, he released his third full length solo album, “I Try To Remember Where I Come From”. The release has been described as, “haunted by abstraction but guided by a compassionate pulse,” (New York Times), as it, “vividly channels free-jazz with elements of improvisation and composition, combining to create a sustained meditative mood, transporting listeners to another world.” (Downbeat Magazine). In June 2019 he followed up the release with his first live recording, “Helsinki 8.12.18”, an exciting preview of the music to come on his upcoming album LP, “Imagine Giving Up”, out January 2020 on We Jazz Records. Jonah is a long-time Brooklyn resident, but his circular breathing, multi-phonics and inclusively experimental style owe a debt to Chicago, the city where he was raised. His devotion to an almost vocal approach places him in new territory for the instrument. Paired with a one-of-a-kind compositional style that utilizes analog synths, and hardware samplers & sequencers, Jonah continues to find himself ready to share his own unique musical world.
Lisa Hoppe's Third Reality
There is nothing better than things whose existence is unsure: dark matter, time travel, the yeti and multiple realities. Lisa Hoppe’s Third Reality creates the wondrous soundtrack to a universe of unlikely events, using explorational chamber music to unfold a powerful, vibrant space between contemporary jazz and free improvisation. The trio celebrates music of soothing obscurity that wanders from mystical soundscapes to dazzling guitar riffs to twelve-tone counterpoint. Some of the topics they touch are: the sweet surrender of mankind when machines take over the world, the pope’s procrastination habits, the phantasies of an Egyptian dentist, the challenge of reaching your mum on the phone when in outer space and the premonition of eternity while riding a cross-country bus.
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