The Stowe-Pembleton Project


The Stowe-Pembleton Project CDs Hommage An Klaus Kinski and Confusion Bleue are out. This is improv jazz with heavy doses of post-fusion (Nobu Stowe) and sampled chaos (Lee). They're available from Soul Note/Black Saint as compact disc and as MP3 downloads. Hoorah! You can also buy them online from Amazon, Emusic, iTunes and other fine stores.

The third record was recorded in late January 2008, and is currently being mixed. The working title, and the guiding spirit for the mix is The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath, a novella by H. P. Lovecraft. The album really feels like soundscapes of places to me. As I've mixed it recently, it has taken on the sounds of the different landscapes encountered in The Dream-quest. So, I have mixed it very specifically to conjure up sounds of the places described by Lovecraft. It was recorded for a Japanese label, but I've been so slogged mixing it that Gods alone know who will end up releasing it. Because it's probably too out for Soul Note, it won't officially appear as a SPP record. The band name it will likely be released under is Ovarian Dystopia Quintet.

The fourth record was recorded in late January 2009, and is also being mixed. Achille Succi , the saxophonist who joined us, suggested calling the album Jelly Fish Tree, so that's the working title. The current thought is that the album could be out in 2011.

Cuts from Hommage and Confusion can be found at the group's MySpace page.


SPP had the good fortune to go into a studio in DC in late January 2009, and record with Achille Succi, Alan Munshower, and Daniel Barbiero. Everyone felt really good after the session. And Rie-chan, who has documented all of our recording sessions, said it was her favorite of them all. So, we're very excited.

Here are the first rough mixes:

Fist Vasectomy (Track 2 mix 10)

Witch i tai to 2 (track 8 mix 13)

Stowe-Pembleton Project on Jelly Fish Tree is:

Nobu Stowe was born in Maebashi, Gumma, Japan. He started taking piano lessons at age 3 and composition at age 6. He moved to the US to study Music (composition) and Psychology at the University of California, at Berkeley. During this period, after discovering the music of Keith Jarrett, he started to play/compose more improvisation-oriented music. Then, he moved to Chicago to pursue graduate studies at the University of Chicago.
After receiving a Ph.D. in Psychology, he moved to Baltimore to work as a drug researcher for the NIH. Since this relocation, Nobu has lead the post-fusion unit TRIO RICOCHET and, in less than a year since the trio's public debut, has already appeared at some of the top jazz-oriented venues in the East Coast including Blue Note N.Y. (NYC), The 55 Bar (NYC), The Knitting Factory (NYC), Kavehaz (NYC), Bohemian Caverns (DC), Twins Jazz (DC) and An die Musik (Baltimore).
Besides TRIO RICOCHET, Nobu leads and co-leads various projects exploring and blending 'total-improvisation' (a la Jarrett) and 'free-improvisation'. These include solo works and duos with Lee Pembleton, Alan Munshower, Vytis Nivinskas, and Honyo Ohte.
Nobu has recently started a group with Perry Robinson in collaboration with the renowned Italian composer-percussionist Andrea Centazzo and the Pakistani tabla master Badal Roy. His fist recordings will soon be available from Konnex Records (Germany), Soul Note (Italy) and ICTUS Records (USA/Italy).

Lee doesn't go in much for writing bios. But feel free to poke around here in The Museum of Viral Memory.


ACHILLE SUCCI - Alto Sax, Bass Clarinet
Achille Succi Saxophonist, bass clarinetist born in Modena on 1971. Mainly self-taught, he attended Siena Jazz and D.Liebman's Masterclasses.
Together with Fabrizio Puglisi and Alberto Capelli he founded the “Atman” group, with whom he performed with famous guests such as Louis Sclavis, Ab Baars and Ernst Rejiseger. Beside his own Ensemble and duo with bass player Salvatore Maiore, Achille Succi takes also part in many musical projects, among those the “Othello Suite” of Uri Caine, “Circulez!” of Louis Sclavis, “Belcanto” of Ettore Fioravanti, “Gramelot ensamble” of Simone Guiducci, “Urban Raga” of Paolino Dalla Porta, “Nexus” di T.Tononi e D.Cavallanti, “Dolmen orchestra” of Nicola Pisani, “P.Centauri Orchestra” of Giorgio Gaslini and the “Eleven” of Franco D'Andrea; he also took part in many CD and concerts in Europe and in the world with various groups and musicians, italians and foreigns.
As winner of the “Pépinières Europeénnes pour jeunes artistes” he had been guested by the Copenhagen rhythmic conservatory, where he began a collaboration with the danish composer Pierre Dorge and his “New Jungle Orchestra”, who brought him touring in Scandinavia, Brasil and Australia.
As bandleader Achille Succi released two cds, Shiva’s dance” and “Terra”, he also take part of a duo project with bass player Salvatore Maiore, with whom released “Pequenas flores do inferno”. All of those works got many positive critics from all national newspaper and Jazz magazines.
He is teaching saxophone and clarinet at the civic school of Nonantola (Modena), and held jazz improvisation workshops and masterclasses at the Roccella Jonica Jazz Festival, “Tonelli” musical institute(Carpi), in Tollo (Pescara), Corropoli (Teramo), Lecco and Ferrara. Since 2001 he is among the teachers of the famous SienaJazz summer workshops and since 2006 he is teaching improvisation techniques on clarinet at the Conservatory of Ferrara.

Drummer Alan Munshower, recognized for both his light touch and imaginative playing, has become one of the busiest freelance drummers in the Baltimore/DC region. Born in Hartford, Connecticut in 1979, Alan began pursuing drums at the age of 10 and moved to Baltimore in 1998 to study music on scholarship at Goucher College. Since earning his B.A. in music, Alan has performed at a variety of festivals including Jazz a Vienne (France), Canadian Music Week, and the All Good Festival, and at venues such as The Blue Note New York, the 55 Bar, the Knitting Factory, and Twins Jazz. His duet with pianist Nobu Stowe has a recently released album on the Soul Note / Black Saint label, featuring tabla master, Badal Roy. As a sideman, Alan can be seen regularly with Eva Castillo, Satabdi Express, MacGregor Burns Band, and Sac Au Lait.
Alan maintains a small private studio of percussion students in addition to teaching at studios in Annapolis, Maryland and Ellicott City, Maryland. He leads a regular Jazz Jam at Charlotte’s in the Federal Hill neighborhood of Baltimore.

A native of New Haven, CT, Daniel Barbiero has been involved in creative improvised music in the Baltimore-Washington area for several years as a performer, composer, and sometime bandleader. He has worked in a variety of contexts, including modal and post-bop jazz, free improvisation, and world fusion drawing on the Indian classical and Middle Eastern musical traditions; he also backed Blue Note recording artist Greg Osby on a recent DC date. In addition, he has arranged and performed contemporary composed music, including playing in the premier of composer Robert Carl's "Changing My Spots". His solo music has been used as a setting for dance and movement. In addition, he undertook formal study of classical solo bass.

No reviews, as the record's not only unreleased but unmixed. However, I'll post some pics soon.. There are some at flickr. All these photos were taken by Rie-chan.

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