VINNY GOLIA: EVEN TO THIS DAY…: MOVEMENT ONE: INOCULATIONS (PFMCD145)

Jeff Kaiser

VINNY GOLIA
EVEN TO THIS DAY…
MOVEMENT ONE: INOCULATIONS

MUSIC FOR ORCHESTRA AND SOLOISTS

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(Inoculation: to inoculate)

This applies to vaccinating against the coronavirus and to mentally preparing ourselves to be strong against the onset of paranoia, boredom, depression, isolation, apathy, and all of the other symptoms of this disease that we did not anticipate.

Even to this day… comprises three movements. Movement One: Inoculations, which you are listening to now, is for orchestra and 21 improvisers. The complete length of Inoculations is 10 hours and 32 minutes and consists of 12 individual Modules. The second movement, Part Two: Syncretism: for the draw… is for metal band and orchestra and will be released in early 2022. Finally, as yet unnamed, the third movement for symphony orchestra and large ensemble with improvisers will be completed at the end of 2022.

I started writing Even to this day… for my 75th birthday a year before it was to happen at the request of Rent Romus, who was organizing a concert of 75 musicians to perform the piece, unaware that Covid lurked around the corner. The performance never happened. So, I decided to go for what I wanted using real and virtual musicians performing composed music combined with improvisation—which always seems to be the best way to get what I want musically—a blend of serenity, intensity, and stability that shifts like the sands in a desert. And, as I wanted to have many of the West Coast musicians I play with represented in the music, I came up with a plan to have soloists play over a large and continually changing symphonic setting.

Even to this day… includes soloistic journeys, short interludes, transitional forms, and improvisations involving orchestral textures. Performed live, I would have used a combination of conducting techniques I have been refining since the first concert of the Vinny Golia Large Ensemble in 1982. Unfortunately, I could not do this live because of Covid restrictions and instead created an alternate composition system to supplant and expand on those techniques. Our West Coast community of creative musicians is vast and intensely innovative, and from this communal pool, I used improvisers accustomed to performing New Music and freer forms of improvisation. Specific compositions showcase their creative talents, resulting in a myriad of improvisational approaches. For the listener, the modules within each movement can be arranged in any order but are best listened to in their original order as the compositions within each module accent each other.

Movement One: Inoculations is the first part of over a year’s worth of work on Even to this day… The movement is a direct response to Covid, reflecting feelings and thoughts while locked down or “safer at home” for 15+ months now. With so much discord in the world at the moment, the chance for a few of us to collaborate on something positive seemed a great way to fight back, peacefully, against the malaise of fear, uncertainty, isolation, hostility, and depression. So, this orchestral project started in March 2020 is now ready to add the final component, the listener…

12 CD SET WITH FEATURED SOLOISTS:

Steve Adams—Sopranino and Alto Saxophones, Alto and Bass Flutes, and Electronics • Matt Barbier—Euphonium and Trombone • Kyle Bruckmann—Oboe, English Horn, and Electronics • Dan Clucas—Cornet • Clint Dotson—Drums • Tim Feeney—Percussion • Ken Filiano—Bass • Randy Gloss—Hand Drums and Electronic Percussion • Nathan Hubbard—Drums and Percussion • Jeff Kaiser—Trumpet and Electronics • Ellington Peet—Drums • Wayne Peet—Piano, Organ, and Synth • Vicki Ray—Prepared Piano • Sarah Belle Reid—Trumpet and Electronics • Steven Ricks—Trombone and Electronics • William Roper—Bombardondino, Tuba, and Extemporaneous Spoken Word • Derek Stein—Cello • Cassia Streb—Viola • Brian Walsh—Bb, Bass, Contralto, and ContraBass Clarinets • Miller Wrenn—Bass • Vinny Golia—Woodwinds, Gongs, and Singing Bowls

Module 1 — Observation

Module 2 — Belief

Module 3 — Goals-analyzation and clarification

Module 4 — Determination

Module 5 — Identification and Orientation

Module 6 — Skills and Knowledge (qualities and abilities)

Module 7 — Collaborations

Module 8 — The Plan

Module 9 — Visualizations

Module 10 — Persistence

Module 11 — Action and Decision

Module 12 — Needs and Uses

All Compositions and Arrangements by Vinny Golia ©2021 Ninewinds, BMI

Trapezoid by Randy Gloss • Recorded by Wayne Peet and Vinny Golia (with additional remote recording by solo artists) • Recorded from March 2020 to August 2021 • Edited, Mixed, and Mastered by Wayne Peet • Produced by Vinny Golia and Wayne Peet • Disc Artwork by Steuart Liebig • Cover Design and Artwork by Ted Killian • Special thanks to Wayne Peet, Kathy Carbone, Jeff Kaiser, California Institute of the Arts, and all the performers on this project.

A joint release of Ninewinds Records and NWCD450 / PFMCD145

VINNY GOLIA
EVEN TO THIS DAY…
MOVEMENT ONE: INOCULATIONS

MUSIC FOR ORCHESTRA AND SOLOISTS

Module 1

Observation

1. Moai 3 VC — BS • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Contrabass Clarinet

2. CB Flute Real One — Explained1 • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Contrabass Clarinet

3. 2 — 9 Dizzy 2 — A dedication

4. Moai 3 — 5 Middle section • Soloists: Kyle Bruckmann — Eng Hrn; Matt Barbier — Trom

5. From the Ancient Race • Soloists: Vinny Golia — Alto Sax; Dan Clucas — Cornet

6. Project — 1 — Transition • Soloists: Vinny Golia — Baritone Saxophone, Gongs; William Roper — Tuba; Nate Hubbard — Drums

7. The Real One

8. Brass — As played on the Nagra • Soloists: Vinny Golia — Sopranino Saxophone; Dan Clucas — Trumpet

9. Escape from the lab, Professor Deemer doesnít make it • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Gongs

10. Hand me Lieutenant Liu’s notebook of justice… • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Ram’s Horn, Eb Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone

11. Toolboxes and tradeoffs — For Pete Edwards • Soloist: Vinny Golia — C Flute

12. No horn Intro,…, just kidding • Soloist: Dan Clucas — Trp

13. So many forms, the low frequencies • Soloists: Wayne Peet — E Piano; Ellington Peet — Drums

14. For Art, the hole puncher • Soloists: Vinny Golia — Contrabass Clarinet, Gong; Brian Walsh — Bass Clarinet; Tim Feeney — Perc

Module 2

Belief

15. The Rams Horn Moai, a gift from Peru • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Ram’s Horn, Tenor Sax, G and F Mezzo — Soprano Sax, Bells

16. Not Pelham, (the Throwback!). • Soloists: Wayne Peet — Synth; Ellington Peet — Drums

17. It’s a jumble out there! • Soloist: Tim Feeney — Perc

18. letters to Francis • Soloists: Vinny Golia — Soprano Saxophone; Miller Wrenn — Bass

19. The complete Hermann • Soloists: Sarah Reid — Trp and FX; Tim Feeney — Perc

20. The first time I heard that • Soloists: Vinny Golia — Xiao; Tim Feeney — Perc

21. Encomium • Soloists: Vinny Golia — Singing Bowls; Brian Walsh — Bass Clarinet; Randy Gloss — Bendir Drum

22. 2 — 7 — 3 — sracps — 2

23. 1 — 18 strgs whole — No Mayo • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Tenor Saxophone, Contrabass Clarinet

24. 2 — 7 — 3 — sracps — The Original

Module 3

Goals — Analyzation and Clarification

25. For John… • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Tenor Saxophone

26. Low Toaani • Soloist: Wayne Peet — Organ and FX

27. Locus — 2 • Soloist: Brian Walsh — Clarinet

28. Xiphoid • Soloists: Steve Adams — Sopranino Saxophone, William Roper — Bombardondino (Travel Tuba)

29. Yet another, New Vamp Tune

30. Message from Time • Soloists: Sarah Reid — Trp and FX; Derek Stein — Cello

31. The battle of Tibet — Circa 1943 • Soloist: William Roper — Bombardondino (Travel Tuba)

32. From the Ancient Race; Symbolism • Soloists: Vinny Golia — Bb Clarinet; Clint Dodson — Drums

33. Warp and Woof (on the road to Georgia) • Soloists: Jeff Kaiser — Trp; William Roper — Vocal

34. The Attic of the Unknown Foe, for Mr. Martin • Soloist: VG — Eb Clarinet, Ab Clar, Contrabass Clar, Basset Horn, Gongs and Bowls

35. Low Toaani — Part Two • Soloist: Sarah Reid — Trp and FX

Module 4

Determination

36. Easy to Sneak Up On

37. Doctor Savaard explains his theory eloquently, but no ones listens

38. Dizzy — a second dedication because he deserves it!

39. nmae later, (not a typo…) • Soloist: Jeff Kaiser — Trp and FX

40. Kyle! • Soloist — Kyle Bruckmann — English Horn

41. Intro Drake — 1 — 2 • Soloists: Vinny Golia — Bass Clarinet; Randy Gloss — Tabla

42. Who is Gladys Glover? — Bass; Nate Hubbard — Drums

43. Not Hardly… • Soloist: Jeff Kaiser — Trp

44. 1 — 14 Solo Section 2 • Soloists: — Vinny Golia — Bass Saxophone; Nate Hubbard — Drums

45. In France you sit on long items shaped like canoes — for Barre • Soloist: Dan Clucas — Cornet

46. For Vicki • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Contraalto Clarinet; Vicki Ray — Piano

47. Trapazoid • Soloist: Randy Gloss — Frame Drum

48. Mr. Fletcher now heads towards Mexico to find his first move,…or else, it ís up to him • Soloist: Ken Filiano — Bass

49. 1 — 9 31120 not exactly Vlatkovich, (title wise…) • Soloist: Steven Ricks — Trom

50. 1 — 5 bridhge to solos • Soloists: Vinny Golia — G — Piccolo; Tim Feeney — Perc

Module 5

Identification and Orientation

51. Shadow

52. Vicki 2 • Soloist: Vicki Ray — single track of prepared piano with E — Bow

53. By which they lead • Soloists: Miller Wrenn — Bass; Tim Feeney — Perc

54. About three more days, give or take a day or two

55. Ken • Soloist: Ken Filiano — Bass

56. The return of Tyler Bob! (I know that guy!)

57. “Hey Cosmo, How you Doin’…doin’ ok…” — for Fumo

58. Your devotion to etiquette is admirable but your methods leave much to be desired

59. The Wilhelm Scream (not alligator shoes I hope!) • Soloists: Vinny Golia — Baritone Saxophone; Randy Gloss — Daf

60. He’s the only one that’s happy!

61. In Between The Winds • Soloist: Brian Walsh — Clarinet

62. Indeterminate growth • Soloist: Tim Feeney — Perc

63. Dixie Cups and Strings • Soloists: Derek Stein — Cello; Miller Wrenn — Bass

64. The Solution • Soloist: Steve Adams — Electronics

Module 6

Skills and Knowledge (qualities and abilities)

65. Try This One On

66. nmae again, later • Soloists: Ken Filiano — Bass and FX

67. Time Change

68. The Octopus boy, (good work Rachel)

69. Trpt Partial

70. It must fall out of my formation circle

71. The Octopus boy; retake • Soloist: Wayne Peet — Organ

72. All is lost, All is lost! • Soloists: Wayne Peet — Synth; Steve Adams — Alto Sax; Nate Hubbard — Drums

73. And it’s also the name of a man who operates hotels

74. Mead and various secrets from the island • Soloists: Steve Adams — Bass Flute; Randy Gloss — Frame Drum and Metal Perc

75. The Internet is always open • Soloist: Derek Stein — Cello

76. And, Have A Nice Day, (Or Else!) • Soloist: Dan Clucas — Trp

77. It’s Douner Stieglitz camera lenses!

78. An Arc of Electricity • Soloist: Jeff Kaiser — Trp and FX

79. From the Ancient Race; Electrodes • Soloists: Wayne Peet — Piano; Clint Dodson — Drums

80. Lonely wind • Soloists: Cassia Streb — Viola; Derek Stein — Cello

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Module 7

Collaborations

81. For Robin

82. History does not linger long in our century; reprise

83. Vicki project 5 • Soloists: Vinny Golia — Basset Horn; Vicki Ray — Prepared Piano

84. Never Freed • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Bass Clarinet, Soprillo Sax

85. Transition #1 • Soloist: Steven Ricks — Trom

86. Sketch • Soloists: Miller Wrenn — Bass; Clint Dodson — Drums

87. The Stretchy, Walky, Thingy • Soloists: Vinny Golia — Bari Sax; Ken Filiano — Bass; Ellington Peet — Drums

88. The Great American Biotic Interchange • Soloists: Vinny Golia — A Clarinet; Wayne Peet — Prepared Piano

89. Aver • Soloist: Clint Dodson — Drums

90. The original five! • Soloists: Vinny Golia — Bass Saxophone; Wayne Peet — Synth

91. Unit! • Soloists: Matt Barbier — Trom; Miller Wrenn — Bass

92. Robin 2 and For Richard Nunns Medley • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Gongs, Bowls, Shells

93. Villions • Soloists: Miller Wrenn — Bass (section parts); Ken Filiano — Bass and FX

94. Cassia • Soloist: Cassia Streb — Viola

Module 8

The Plan

95. Moai 3 addition

96. To the skin together

97. Flight 575 • Soloist : Steve Adams — Electronics, Alto Sax; Miller Wrenn — Bass; Clint Dodson — Drums

98. Transition #2 • Soloist: Steven Ricks — Trom

99. A to B, Pull the chutes, where’s my champagne? • Soloist: Jeff Kaiser — Trp

100. Pharoah at the chord change • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Tenor Saxophone

101. Harmonics…!!!!!?????

102. What’s your name? • Soloist: William Roper — Bombardondino (Travel Tuba) and Vocal

103. Studebakers, Toasters, and Crop-dusters • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Bass Sax; Nate Hubbard — Drums

104. The 18th form • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Bass Flute; Wayne Peet — Piano Keys; Vicki Ray — Piano Insides

105. Do you have an opinion..? • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Bari Sax

106. Toanni — Insert • Soloists: William Roper — Tuba; Nate Hubbard — Drums

107. The Filiano Way, an Introduction to Mr. Ken… • Soloist: Ken Filiano — Bass and FX

108. The Island of One Thousand Names

Module 9

Visualizations

109. …These 3 together • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Native American Flute

110. Public Swimming Pool • Soloist: Dan Clucas — Cornet

111. Moai 3 — 13

112. Dr. Karmackís tasty treats… • Soloista: Vinny Golia — Alto Saxophone; Vicki Ray — Prepared Piano

113. Transition #3 • Soloist: Steven Ricks — Trom and FX

114. Will Warren Chesnick go to the prom alone…I think not!

115. The Thayer Effect, we like what it does • Soloists: Vinny Golia — Gongs; Miller Wrenn — Bass

116. Whiteside speaking • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Gongs, Tubax (contrabass saxophone)

117. All the Ghosts we can have

118. Bowed Interlude — for Mark Dresser • Soloists: Vinny Golia — Gongs, Contra Alto Clarinet; Matt Barbier — Trom

119. Moai 3 — 5 • Soloist: Matt Barbier — Euphonium

120. 1 — 13 — w harp

121. The lipkenstein process • Soloist: Ken Filiano — Bass and FX

Module 10

Persistence

122. Events that have happened are happening again, as we speak • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Tenor Saxophone, Indonesian Flute, Gongs; Wayne Peet — Piano

123. Big Finnish for Rent and Heiki

124. Double duos • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Soprillo Sax, Bass Clarinet

125. Strange Man, but still, a good plan. • Soloist: Wayne Peet — Piano

126. Bedtime • Soloists: Vinny Golia — Bamboo Flute, Sopranino Sax; Clint Dodson — Drums

127. And I remember…everything • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Gongs

128. Moai 3 — 1

129. A gift for Mike • Soloist: Ken Filiano — Bass

130. How’d it get burned!!, How’d it get burned!!, How’d it get burned!!, How’d it get burned!!

131. Project 1 • Soloists: Vinny Golia — Bari Sax, Gongs; William Roper — Tuba; Nate Hubbard — Drums

132. Persistance for William • Soloists: Vinny Golia — Shakuhachi; Cassia Streb — Viola; Tim Feeney — Perc

133. The Intro • Soloist: Ken Filiano — Bass and FX

134. Vicki 6 • Soloists: Vinny Golia — Contrabass Clarinet; Vicki Ray — Prepared Piano

135. A Philosophy of the Bass — for Bert

Module 11

Action and Decision

136. Moai 3 — 4 Medley • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Conch, Sopranino Saxophone

137. But it was all just a dream… • Soloists: Vinny Golia — A Clarinet; Cassia Streb — Viola

138. From the Ancient Race II

139. Moai 3 — 2 Textures

140. “Your friend is intelligent, he will know better, than to follow me”

141. Bad Dentist • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Basset Horn

142. Someplace called…not Furiya • Soloists: Vinny Golia — Conch, Shakuhachi; Clint Dodson — Drums

143. Isochronus

144. Travk 5 • Soloist: Vicki Ray — Prepared Piano

145. Moai 3 — 10 • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Tenor Saxophone, Globular Flute

146. Elegy for Don LaFontaine • Soloist: Brian Walsh — Bass Clarinet

147. LE Spring 2020 — 7 — B section

Module 12

Needs and Uses

148. Goliath • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Sopranino Saxophone

149. The Rolisican government questions Fukoda’s support, in the cave of Neon (Perhaps it’s the radiation?) • Soloist: Tim Feeney — Perc

150. LE Spring 2020 — 7

151. An Unforeseen Side Effect

152. Gombus! • Soloist: Sarah Reid — Trp and FX

153. Intro Drake 1 and 2 • Soloists: Vinny Golia — Bass Clarinet; Randy Gloss — Tabla

154. Waterflute Piece (Susan makes glorious instruments!) • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Alto Flute, Waterflute and Globular Flutes

155. LE Spring 2020 — 6 — redone • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Alto Clarinet, Gongs

156. All that Shimmers… • Soloist: Randy Gloss — Tamb

157. Dedicated to Bobby, John, and Horace • Soloists: Vinny Golia — Basset Hrn; Derek Stein — Cello

158. Return of the Goliath • Soloist: Wayne Peet — Pipe Organ

Photo by Chuck Koton

Vinny Golia: Music for Woodwinds, Strings, Piano, and Percussion (PFMCD110)

Jeff Kaiser

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Vinny Golia
Music for Woodwinds, Strings, Piano, and Percussion

Sara Cubarsi—Violin
Rachel Iba—Violin, Voice on Not as long as some others
Patrick Behnke—Viola
Tal Kaz—Cello
Ken Filiano—Contrabass
Cathlene Pineda—Piano
Vinny Golia—Gongs, Himalayan Singing Bowls, Barra Cymbals, Kyzee, Gyaling, Sheng, Hulusi, Indonesian Mouthharp, C and G Piccolos, C and Alto Flutes, Sopranino, Bb and G Soprano Saxophones, Bass, Contra Alto and Contrabass Clarinets, Bassett Horn, Birbyne

1. Not as long as some others 06:42
2. The Subject was Roses 04:55
3. “they look like monkeys, yes!” (the zeegoes…) 05:53
4. The Blackboards of Eric von Hotlz (dragonfly VTO) 06:53
5. Don’t make a mess in my brand new Edgar suit! 03:48
6. Fish is Fish but thats another matter 05:24
7. Next, a dish with a Tomato 08:12
8. Mr. Pisaro, are all your papers in order? (and his lovely wife too…) 10:49
9. Mr Dialogue says; (I have a strange and uncomfortable feeling about this place) 04:32
10. Something about a Carnival? 10:59

All compositions and arrangements by Vinny Golia
Ⓟ and © 2017 Ninewinds, BMI

Recorded by John Baffa, 12 March 2017, Brotheryn Studio, Ojai California
Additional Tracking at TV Tray Studios, Ventura, California
Mixing and Mastering by John Baffa and Vinny Golia, April 2017
Photos by Vinny Golia
Layout and Design by Ted Killian

A joint release of
pfMENTUM/Ninewinds
PFMCD110/NWCD341
www.pfmentum.com

Jim Connolly and The Gove County String Quartet with Anna Abbey: It’s Only Gravity That Makes Wearing A Crown Painful (PFMCD061)

Jeff Kaiser

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Jim Connolly and The Gove County String Quartet with Anna Abbey

Laura Hackstein: Violin
Sally Barr: Violin, Five-String Violin on Channel Crossing
Nick Coventry: Viola
Jim Connolly: Double Bass, Melodica
Anna Abbey: Toy Piano, Piano

1. It’s Only Gravity That Makes Wearing A Crown Painful 3:58
2. Tealight No. 6 1:52
3. Why Won’t You Be My Neighbor? 3:25
4. Tealight No. 1 1:51
5. Tealight No. 8 2:00
6. Bewitched By The Baby In A Clamshell 3:53
7. Tealight No. 9 1:16
8. Tealight No. 3 1:54
9. Dimestore 5:49
10. Tealight No. 11 1:02
11. Channel Crossing 4:23
12. Tealight No. 5 0:56
13. Bobo Is Hungry 5:57
14. Tealight No. 2 0:53
15. Tealight No. 10 1:49
16. There Are Some Things That Even A 500 Year Old Tree Has Not Seen 6:13
17. Tealight No. 4 0:35
18. Tealight No. 12 1:38
19. The Watts Towers 5:16
20. Tealight No. 7 1:43

All music ©2010 James Connolly Music, ASCAP except
Why Won’t You Be My Neighbor? ©2010 WB Music Corp. OBO Vernon Music Corporation

Tealights No. 5 and No. 10 by Jim Connolly with Jaco Connolly
Tealight No. 6 by Jim Connolly with Anna Abbey

The cover is Wooden Drummer, by Yevgenia Nayberg • Nayberg.org
Recorded by Jim Connolly, January 3-6 and May 10, 2010, Deane Chapel, Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA
Mastered by Robinson Eikenberry, July 2010, Santa Barbara, CA
Graphics by Ted Killian

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PFMCD061

David Borgo / Paul Pellegrin: Kronomorphic (PFMCD059)

Jeff Kaiser

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David Borgo and Paul Pellegrin
Kronomorfic
Micro Temporal Infundibula

David Borgo: tenor, soprano and sopranino saxophones
Bill Barrett: chromatic harmonica
Paul “Junior” Garrison: electric guitar
Nathan Hubbard: vibraphone and marimba
Danny Weller: double bass
Paul Pellegrin: drum set and hand percussion

1. Deprong Mori 6:38
2. Tehuantepec 4:27
3. Perambulate 8:26
4. Dendochrone Currents 8:01
5. Gnomon 8:03
6. Repolarization 6:22
7. Jeannot’s Knife 6:11
8. Autopoiesis 5:56
9. Ossuary 6:30

Special guests:Jeff Kaiser – trumpet and live electronics on Jeannot’s Knife
Evan Adams – oboe on Gnomon
Perambulate composed by David Borgo© 2010 by David Borgo Music, ASCAP
All other songs composed by Paul Pellegrin© 2010 by Paul Pellegrin Music, ASCAP
All songs arranged by David BorgoProduced by David Borgo and Paul Pellegrin
Recorded by Joe Kucera at UC San Diego, Studio A
Mixed by Joe Kucera and David Borgo
Mastered by Jeff Kaiser
Special thanks to Mike Saul and Shawn Fleming
Dedicated to Veronica, Elian and Lola Pellegrinand to Sylvia, Diego and Joaquin Borgo
www.kronomorfic.com

Liner Notes:

“Any detailed description of this phenomenon would baffle the layman, but any comprehensible explanation would insult an expert.” —Kurt Vonnegut

We live our lives in time, but we experience our life across time, as a dynamic and complex overlay of temporal narratives that shape meaning. Folklore, history and culture all saturate space with time, and our personal evolving time-place nexus helps us to make sense of the multiple contexts we embody and experience.
One of music’s most laudable qualities may be its ability to bring us fully into the present, but it does this via its own complex layering of sound, space and time. “Infundibula” comes from the Latin word for funnel, and it is used to describe, among other things, a variety of funnel-like structures in the lungs, heart, kidneys, ovaries and brain. Kurt Vonnegut adopted the term in his novel The Sirens of Titan to describe a kind of wormhole through time and space “where all the different kinds of truths fit together.”

Kronomorfic is a collaborative effort to explore layers of musical time that coexist and interweave in ever more complex interrelationships. The compositions are mostly structured using hybrid rhythmic phrases in polymetric time (e.g., 5/3/4, 6/7/9, 8/12/15). These hybrid phrases provide the clave (or “key”) from which the melodic counterpoint, rhythmic modulation and improvisations emerge. For us, Micro Temporal Infundibula are intermediary time strata within these claves that allow disparate and seemingly conflicting rhythms to communicate with one another.

Deprong Mori was named for a species of bat in Venezuela (the “piercing devil”) believed to be able to penetrate solid objects. Technically the song alternates sections with meters of 10, 9 and 13 beats, but these shifts can be heard as different perceptual facets of a sonic prism formed by a single interlocking ostinato. Tehuantepec, the Isthmus that represents the shortest distance between the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Ocean, may evoke the marimba melodies from that region, but here they take on an entirely new character in a 10-beat meter. The loping drum and bass patterns of Perambulate create a 3-against-4 feel that underlies the tune’s polychordal harmony and outward-bound solos. Dendochrone Currents, an elliptical reference to the science of tree ring dating, starts with a meditative guitar intro and then establishes a polymeter of 12/15/8 (with the marimba, horns, and bass respectively) before launching into solos over a 6-against-9 feel (with an implied stratum of 4). Gnomon, named for the part of the sundial that casts a shadow, starts with a collective free improvisation that leads into alternating sections of 12 and 9 beats. The soloing is over a heated Balkan-inspired feel that alternates 2-3-2-2-2-3-2-3-2-3 with 2-3-2-2-3-3-3.

Repolarization combines a vibes part in 7, a horn melody in 6, and a bass line in 9. The “polarity” of the title refers to the way in which the horns and vibes synchronize only at the beginning of their phrases in the A sections and only at the end of their phrases in the B sections. Jeannot’s Knife, a French parable about a knife whose blade and handle has been replaced 15 times, raises the question of whether an object which has had all its component parts replaced remains fundamentally the same object. The reference here is both to the way in which the composition unfolded—with an initial rhythmic structure generating a melody that, in turn, implied a different rhythmic structure—and to how the horns and vibes create their melodic phrases anew each time by selecting pitches from a pre-given hexachord. Rhythmically, the vibes and horns phrase in 7-against-5 (heard in the hi-hat), while the bowed bass plays a repeating 7-beat phrase across the meter of 5. The hand drumming cycles with two iterationsof the bass line and can be counted 3-3-3-5. The trumpet-with-live-electronics solo by special guest Jeff Kaiser seems to push the paradox of the title even further, as the notion of “component parts” gives way to a feeling of hybridity and distributed agency.

Autopoiesis, or “self-creation,” refers to any system that regenerates itself, acting as both producer and product. It offers an intriguing metaphor for the way in which the rhythms of these complex claves often seem to generate one another. Two claves are used in this tune: 3/4/5/ and 3/5/7. The bass plays in 5 throughout, while the horn melody modulates between3 and 7, and the vibes between 4 and 3. Ossuary was inspired (even haunted) by a visit to the ossuary in Kutna Hora, Czech Republic, a chapel with chandeliers, candelabra, chalices and a coat of arms all made from human bones. The tune starts with a clave of 6/8/5 (in the drums, vibes and bass respectively) that alternates with a 9-against-6 feel when the horns enter, before giving way to a contrasting section in a 9/8/6/ clave (in the bass, horns, and vibes respectively). The improvised solos happen over the “big 9” in the bass, then the melody returns and slowly recedes as the drums, bowed bass, vibes and electric guitar all come to rest.

pfMENTUM CD059

PFMCD095

Steuart Liebig / The Mentones: Angel City Dust (PFMCD057)

Jeff Kaiser

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The Mentones

Tony Atherton: alto saxophone
Joseph Berardi: drumset, percussion
Bill Barrett: chromatic harmonica
Steuart Liebig: contrabassguitars

this is an uprising. intonations that the physical world is meaningless tonight and there is no other. liebig with the sound of pianos in his head walks the city creating a logic not to be distinguished from lunacy. his stanzas hang like hives in some fauvist hell where berardi flaps the fire’s bellow, the wind that stokes, the actual bite; where barrett’s flitterings sparkle like eyesight falling to earth, scribbling a primitive astronomy amongst atherton’s groaning expletives, reed as beast of light.

this is an uprising. a kind of elegy found in space, more than an imitation for the ear. it’s in the hues not chosen or chosen quickly in an elemental freedom, flying as insects of fire into a cavern of sound where all have converged upon a common image, illimitable spheres, the law of causation suspended. liebig, brown as bread dreaming of birds. barrett, shrill as glass that will not melt in the heat. berardi, bottles clanking, water fluttering. atherton, a diviner of foam. this is a tour of shifting scenes, voices in the clouds, lion in the lute, articulate fangs, salvation through barbarous chanting. the discord ferments as liebig, a damned universal clock existing in multiple time zones, wields his groove, totemic, a hammock, monolithic. berardi, unrelenting saboteur toppling boats. and listen to that, barrett’s ululation in the city of a burning cloud, where atherton deals in the sweet vertical.

this is an uprising. of metaphysical wailers, crazed rhapsodical sound poets in the hot blast clatter of invention, where liebig, the steward, the sober man still dancing, calls ravens down from the sky.

– scot ray, montana, 3.09

fingeroo – – 1:02
wool – – 5:27
all gone – – 4:10
empty – – 2:48
locustland – – 3:52
fire & ice – – 4:21
lonelyheart – – 7:13
slow burn fever – – 5:30
kingfish – – 4:03
out, down and over – – 5:30
headlock – – 3:12
peach tree – – 2:53
topped off – – 5:32

gear thanks: fodera basses,thomastik-infeld strings,
nordstrand pickups, mike cooper,
rick turner and raven labs; seydel harmonicas, ben bouman and pat missin; paiste cymbals

photos/montages/layout
by steuart liebig
band photos by wayne peet
recorded at newzone studio, 10–11 january 2009, by wayne peet,
assisted by ellington peet; mixed at newzone studio,
by wayne peet and steuart liebig, mar vista, california, 2009

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Steuart Liebig / Tee-Tot Quartet: Always Outnumbered (PFMCD053)

Jeff Kaiser

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Steuart Liebig/Tee-Tot Quartet

Joseph Berardi: drumset, percussion
Dan Clucas: cornet
Scot Ray: dobro
Steuart Liebig: contrabassguitar

Tracks

07-04-00 4:58
serenade 5:06
wrong how long 4:00
stutterstep 4:26
fearless 7:49
clean, shaved and sober 3:52
bobtail 1:54
cooked and chopped 3:15
chucktown 4:17
mercy kitchen 7:26
sunshine candy 4:24
barrelfoot grind 4:26
lonewolf 4:28

© 2008 steuart liebig/
sisong music (ascap)
www.stigsite.com

artwork and layout by Steuart Liebig
cover photos by Scot Ray
band photos by Tee-Tot Quartet
recorded by Wayne Peet, assisted by Aaron Druckman, at Newzone Studio, Los Angeles, 19–20 May 2007
mixed by Wayne Peet and Steuart Liebig, July–August 2007
Steuart Liebig uses Fodera basses and Fodera roundwound strings, the Raven Labs PMB-1 and pickups by Rick Turner
Joe Berardi uses Paiste cymbals and attack drums heads
big thanks to Tee-Tot, Wayne Peet, Jeff Kaiser, and Leslie Rosdol, Anya Liebig and Aron Liebig

Always Outnumbered

. . . is an unholy transfiguration of the jazz and blues canon—a perverted translation of the sacred 78s of Chicago jazz and blues circa 1920–1950 into a more sinister modern dialect. On the opening track, 07-04-00, you can hear some noxious sonic concoction brewing, an aural hormetic designed to make you stronger if you can survive the cocktail.

Tee-Tot are expatriate pioneers that flew a few light-years past Europe and landed in a neighboring multiverse with fewer happy endings. These four veterans of the Los Angeles new music scene bring something completely different to each tune, different from the last tune and different from anything you normally hear on their respective instruments.

Joe Berardi is a medium for myriad gods of groove. He’s a maniacal Baby Dodds wielding his contraption for the dark side on Sunshine Candy, an angry Fred Below demonstrating primal scream therapy through the art of the shuffle on Chucktown and on Serenade he’s a fallen military snare player tapping ‘help me die’ in Morse code in vain.

Steuart Liebig constructs wide melodic avenues through the hostile landscapes of convoluted tunes like Wrong How Long. As heard on Cooked and Chopped he uses compelling melodies to drive the band from beneath instead of walking the well-worn footpaths of predictable chord progressions. He reinvents the bass role as an interactive melodic instrument in contrast to the bebop obsession of “chasing a melodic rat around a harmonic maze.” He’s also comfortable playing little or nothing at all for large patches, as on Fearless, an oblique tribute to Mingus—a “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat” for a lost and dispirited Lester Young.

Dan Clucas channels a deranged Cootie Williams, commands a gaggle of nuclear geese and employs various subsonic pitches possibly responsible for climate change. He employs all manner of ornamentation and virtual pedals from a very ill-mannered velar growl to a vibrato that would have made Clara Rockmore nervous. On Clean, Shaved and Sober, he celebrates the decline of a late-stage Bix Beiderbecke suffering from years of poor-grade Prohibition-era alcohol.

Scot Ray possesses a wide arsenal of portamento that would make any carnatic pandit blush. A seemingly infinite variety of sounds come out of his dobro’s resonator, from distressed ermine lamentations to the wailing of the damned. Considering today’s totalitarian atmosphere, Scot’s frenetic picking, rubbery phrasing and anxiety-provoking note choices on Stutterstep alone should earn him a place on a government list. Somewhere in hell an unfortunate freshman soul attempts to decipher his solo on Barrelfoot Grind.

Contemporary jazz and blues music lies wasting in a gurney of predictable mimicry, its circulation gone sluggish, its pulse nearly arrested as it grows more necrotic by the year. Tee-Tot debrides the bed sores of the sedentary modern roots scene.

Steuart has more than a few bands. They are all distinct from one another, draw from disparate sources and are all degenerate—in the best sense of the word. The dozen or so albums from these groups have explored everything from Muddy Waters to Anton Webern. There’s never a shortage of great melodies or superb improvisation, and this disc is no exception.

–Bill Barrett, Los Ageles, January 2008

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Antony DiGennaro: A Lonesome Fog (PFMCD051)

Jeff Kaiser

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1. Winston Niles Rumfoord 3:38
2. Insomnia I 1:23
3. A Foot Unsocked 4:22
4. Dunes 2:37
5. Sleep I 2:46
6. The Boatman Calls 2:41
7. Insomnia II 0:55
8. Sleep II 8:22
9. Hoist By One’s Own Petard 4:04
10. The Day of the Lobster 4:02
11. Insomnia III 2:39
12. The Giant 10:04

The music contained herein is merely a brief snapshot, expressing my state of mind at the moment of its conception and execution. It is also an homage to the beautiful and often overlooked natural landscapes that this country has to offer.
This music is all solo guitar, free of overdubs, electronic devices (except for microphones, amplifiers and guitar pickups) and post-processing, save for the mastering process.

Special thanks to members of tinhorn justice, plotz!, mossman, the dog of tears, sandra powers, wenchung lu, bob clendenen, wayne peet, steuart liebig, michael jon fink, vinny golia, barry schrader, susie allen, ulrich krieger, arthur jarvinen, doug maher, tom monaghan, owen cunningham, bryden and tessa digennaro, and the rest of my friends, teachers and family

Extreme special thanks to jeff kaiser, kyle ross and to my parents

Recorded/engineered by kyle ross at relec multimedia studios, val verde, ca
Produced/mixed by antony digennaro
Mastered by wayne peet at newzone studios, los angeles, ca
Graphic design by sandra powers with assistance by steuart liebig
Photography by antony digennaro

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Jim Connolly and The Gove County String Quartet (PFMCD044)

Jeff Kaiser

[playlist ids="454"]
Sally Barr: Violin
Laura Hackstein: Violin
Kirsten Monke: Viola
Jim Connolly: Contrabass

1 – Even Dust Sparkles on the Moon – 4:11
2 – Pinocchio – 4:25
3 – Forgetting the Names of Trees in the Polish Woods – 5:13
4 – On Rue Clark – 4:22
5 – Patience Makes the Ocean Blue – 6:30
6 – Noodling for Flatheads – 2:51
7 – Hymn for John – 5:42
8 – Peter and Amy – 3:02
9 – Crows would steal the Stars if they could fly that high – 5:34
10 – Time Rides the Ferris Wheel – 3:46
11 – Once, For the Last Time – 4:00

All Music © 2007 James Connolly Music (ASCAP)
except “Across the Universe” as Lennon / McCartney
© ATV (Northern Songs Catalog) / EMI Blackwood Music

Recorded at Trinity Episcopal Church in Santa Barbara, CA
Recorded, Mixed, and Mastered by Jeff Kaiser
Cover Painting “Circus” By Yevgenia Nayberg
Graphic Assistance Provided By Ted Killian

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Steuart Liebig / The Mentones: Nowhere Calling (PFMCD039)

Jeff Kaiser

[playlist ids="445,443"]
The Mentones
Tony Atherton: alto saxophone
Bill Barrett: chromatic harmonica
Joseph Berardi: drumset, percussion
Steuart Liebig: contrabassguitars

chatterbox – – 4:17
double-blade axe – – 3:58
coal – – 4:41
back seat, white cadillac – – 7:08
hardcase – – 2:30
iodine cream – – 4:10
manchild hustle – – 3:16
way high lonesome – – 4:55
the single-double two-step – – 1:58
rocking chair – – 6:29
angel city dust – – 3:47
daisy man – – 2:00
rooster rocket – -1:53

© 2006, steuart liebig/sisong music (ascap)

photos/montages by steuart liebig;
band photos by amparo fernandez;
inside photo from david witham video, processed by joseph berardi;
layout by steuart liebig
recorded at newzone studio, by wayne peet; mixed at newzone studio, by wayne peet and steuart liebig, mar vista, california, 2006

gear thanks: fodera basses, thomastik-infeld strings, rick turner and raven labs; pat missin; paiste cymbals and attack drums heads

Liner Notes by Nels Cline:
The Mentones. The name conjures up some preconceptions: a sort of retro outfit, maybe a blues/rock or R&B thing. Dudes. Maybe Texan dudes. Or Oklahomans. The kind of band dudes get rowdy to, or maybe even couples shake their tailfeathers to. Interestingly, although the name is derived from bandleader/composer/bassist Steuart Liebig’s street name in Los Angeles County, there are shards of truth in these preconceptions. But they certainly don’t tell the tale. The Mentones—and yes, they ARE all men— actually do play a kind of blues boogie, though their brand of this is calculatedly skewed in a kind of Bartokian way. This is an all-instrumental thing, so already we’re talking some kind of FUSION band, right? The kind men might dig, since the rumbling roots of the band’s concept are blues, boogie, and some kind of out jazz freakout. HOWEVER: I have watched women groove mightily to The Mentones! I’ve heard them applaud their taut, economical solo workouts! And it’s not because these guys are working the image thing, OK? Not a hipster hat, no sharkskin, no stage presence is in evidence (sorry, cats)! What, then, IS this SoCal combo all about? Why are these hepcats and hepkittens in major DIGULATION MODE?? *** If one follows the prolific and mercurial output of CONTRABASS guitarist Steuart Liebig, one quickly gets dazzled—if not fully bogged down—in the myriad projects he has formed and for which he composes. I have truly lost count of how many bands Steuart is doing concurrently— it’s well over five—and each one operates within tight conceptual parameters. The Mentones is Herr Liebig’s rockingest combo, and it is specifically created to simultaneously refer to and mangle elements of blues, R&B, and, to my mind, surf and the old “instrumental hits” idea, particularly as it played out in the mid-60s. I am also repeatedly reminded of the early quartet music of Ornette Coleman, not stylistically, but in the tight and focused ensemble statements. There are no 5-minute solo forays here. Each piece is highly compressed, and some are over before you even know they’ve started. There appear to be other tightly controlled parameters. For example, it all seems to be about meaty vamps and unison or octave melodies between alto saxophone and harmonica. It’s a thing! I know this because I’ve known Steuart for 30 years! It’s how he thinks and works. His writing for octets, chamber trios, is rife with neo-modernist harmonies. But not in The Mentones. I cherish a fantasy (apologies in advance to Oliver Reed): Lee Marvin, looking for a out-of-the-limelight spot to have a drink or five, stops into a Salvadoran joint like Culver City’s Club Tropical. On the dance floor, The Mentones are at it, pounding out the mighty Liebig salvo, “Hardcase.” Marvin walks right up to the band, his towering, manly frame blocking the view of many of the reverent denizens. As they WHOMP! the song’s abrupt conclusion Marvin, a few Patron Silvers into his evening asks, to no band member in particular, “What are you guys supposed to be, some kind of LOCRIAN BLUES BAND?!” Too bad Lee’s joined his ancestors, but man, he’d be right! With melodies derived from obscure modes (Steuart is positively besotted with flatted fifths) or completely chromatic, the CHUG and CHURN of the bass and drums ram the solar plexus while the peculiar (and totally singular) melodies dance like satyrs in the cerebellum. *** A few words about the men of The Mentones: On alto saxophone is Tony Atherton. Sure, he sounds like he’s sucked up plenty of the toxic stench in Naked City, or perhaps worshipped at the feet of Big Satan. But the maniacal frothing of his playing is totally ROCK ’N ROLL. If he was around in the late 50s, he’d have been the kid in high school who hung out with all the older nighthawks, jamming into the wee hours—or at least as long as the benzedrine in his inhaler lasted. His imposingly tall frame and gentle demeanor barely mask what is obvious: he is a TOTALLY GONE CAT. After negotiating the written material to a tee, he then uncorks the reedy gusher of his horn/psyche. Bill Barrett plays the harmonica. Simply stated, he is one of the most cogent and arresting soloists ON ANY INSTRUMENT playing today. I kid you not. Listen to this shit! He goes from classic blues harp to fucking campfire memories to ghostly shakuhachi rushes without ever losing the moan and shriek of the blues. His playing is consistently haunted. It haunts the music like a spectre, imbuing each moment it inhabits with what David Briggs called “The Spook.” Drummer Joe Berardi has credits longer than the ‘thank yous’ on a Mariah Carey record. I’ve seen him in so many situations spreading his excellence around that it’s dizzying. Do some homework on this man. In The Mentones, Joe really GETS DOWN. Whether playing prepared drums, a tin can, or just laying it down normal-style, this is a BURNER for Joe (and beautifully recorded, I might add). There remains one question: how can a man so consistently well dressed SHRED like that? As for the fearless leader himself, Steuart Liebig here eschews his effects pedal dazzle for a virtuosic though never out-of- the-pocket piledrive through the lexicon of bass and guitar. You see, Steuart bought one of those 6-string basses right when they came out. These things were the fulfillment of a dream, much in the way the MiniMoog was the fulfillment of a dream for Jan Hammer. If only these select individuals were the only ones to bring these instruments to light! Anyway, now Steuart has 3 or 4 of these monster basses. One fretless, one fretted/flatwound, one fretless, one fretted/roundwound, all customized, stickered, slathered with the foam of the mad scientist he is. He plays slide, digs deep into involuntary bowel movement frequencies, and skitters around in the guitar’s range like a musician version of the Manster. AND OH YES, he writes all these neo-Peter Gunn, Locrian, Willie Dixon jams. When The Mentones perform, Steuart name checks his bandmates about 23 times—per set! But I hope that you, the holder of this fine CD, can take a minute to let the names of these men seep into your over-stimulated brain. *** By the way, this disc really starts to ramp up around track 9 (programmers take note!), so all you kids put on your crash helmets and don’t miss the exciting conclusion of Nowhere Calling! Cowabunga!
Nels Cline—Glendale, CA, April 1, 2006

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