The Stowe-Pembleton Project

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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.

 

 

I'm super excited about this album, The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath. The title comes from a novella by H.P. Lovecraft, one of my favorite authors.

I've been mixing this record on and off for a year and a half. It never came together for me or Nobu. It was always my favorite SPP recording. But making the tracks function as a whole, and within a a coherent aural context was always a struggle. I didn't want to overdub or play around too much, as Nobu suggested we do. For me, part of the strength of the record is how stunning the contrasts and conflicts in the music are when you realize these are live recordings in a one room studio, where every instrument is apparent in every other instrument's mic (except mine, I use a direct box.) I think the sections where three of us are reaching out into space towards pure ecstatic chaos, while the fourth is burrowing deep into introspection are among the best things I have ever recorded. The contrast is stunningly beautiful to my ear, and is part of what I drive for in playing with other musicians. I adore when conflicting sounds blend to become a whole greater than their parts.

And that is what happens in this current mix. It has taken awhile, but without too much cutting (recording live in a one room studio limits our ability to cut anyway) or overdubbing (I added electronics to two tracks) the album suddenly flew together once I realized it was a series of soundscapes. And once I knew the series of landscapes was from Lovecraft's Dreamlands.

So, here it is, Ovarian Dystopia Quintet's The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath: (WAV)

The Sunset City--Boston--Descent

The Enchanted Woods

Ulthar--The Moon--Ngranek

The Vale of Pnath

Koth--Thran--Celephais

Inquanok

The Plateau of Leng

Sarkomand

The Nameless Rock

Kadath--Space--Infinity's Center

So, here it is, Ovarian Dystopia Quintet's The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath: (MP3)

The Sunset City--Boston--Descent

The Enchanted Woods

Ulthar--The Moon--Ngranek

The Vale of Pnath

Koth--Thran--Celephais

Inquanok

The Plateau of Leng

Sarkomand

The Nameless Rock

Kadath--Space--Infinity's Center

Stowe-Pembleton Project on Ovarian Dystopia Quintet's The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadathis:

NOBU STOWE - Piano
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 PEMBLETON - Sound
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TAHA BELAL - Field Recordings
Taha was born in Cairo, Egypt.  He met Lee Pembleton at the California College of the Arts where they are both studying.  A day before Taha was to leave for Cairo for a couple weeks him and Lee met at a bar. The sound of Cairo was brought up and Lee asked if Taha would be willing to make some recordings.  Taha expressed his interest and delight and had attempted to do so before but with disappointing results.  Lee generously offered to loan his recording equipment to Taha for the trip.  Taha proceeded to make recordings in various situations including car rides, the television, a wedding and walking around downtown.

JASON BIVINS - Electric Guitar
Jason Bivins is from Washington, D.C. After playing in “rock” bands throughout high school and at Oberlin College (usually some amalgam of post-punk, metal, and prog), he went to graduate school at Indiana University, where he became active in free improvisation beginning in 1993. After playing in large ensembles, power trios, electroacoustic duos, and in solo performance, he formed the Jason Bivins Trio (which, though never properly recorded, was a long-standing unit featuring his own tunes) and, in 1999, Unstable Ensemble (which continues to exist and has recorded four albums). After moving to North Carolina in 2000 (where he teaches Religious Studies at North Carolina State University), Bivins began a long-standing association with percussionist Ian Davis, with whom he performs in a duo, in large ensembles (the defunct Micro-East Collective and the eNtet, units which performed with musicians like Dennis Gonzalez, Frank Gratkowski, and Chris Cutler, among others), and in the long-standing groups UE and the Impermanence Trio (with Richmond-based
reeds player Jimmy Ghaphery). He continues to tour semi-regularly – playing in venues as far-flung as skate parks, pastures, and art galleries – and to perform and record with his regular ensembles and others.

ROSS BONADONNA - Alto Sax, Baritone Sax, Guitar, Nord, Percussion
Ross Bonadonna was born in Brooklyn NY, he started playing guitar at the age of seven, and studied privately with various teachers almost continuously until the age of 32, while playing in numerous band and doing commercial music for a living, at that time he opened Wombat Recording Co. where he has engineered and produced many projects. He currently plays with Eric Mingus, Ethan Winogrand, Paula Carino, and quite a few other bands and projects in the studio and on the road.


No reviews, as the record's unreleased. However, below are some pix from the session. There are more at flickr. All these photos were taken by my friend Ri-cian.

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