Bonnie Barnett is an improviser of unusual clarity. A cornerstone of the Los Angeles New Music scene, and the composer of the TUNNEL HUMs, Barnett has mightily contributed to the worlds of contemporary classical music and improvisation and is one of Los Angelesâ€™ hidden treasures. Barnettâ€™s impressive array of vocal extensions creates a personal world of sonic texture that is unrivaled. Barnettâ€™s new CD finds her using texts, tone, and timbre in a stunning display of virtuosity that sends the listener towards worlds of subterranean as well as ethereal delights.
Vinny Golia–Los Angeles CA.–4/22/2011
Recorded (7/10) and mixed (9/10-2/11) by Scott Fraser at Architecture, Los Angeles
Mastered (2/11) by Wayne Peet at Newzone Studio, Los Angeles
*2. Matisse – text: Gertrude Steinâ€™s portrait of the artist Henri Matisse. Permission granted by the Estate of Gertrude Stein, through its Literary Executor, Mr. Stanford Gann, Jr. of Levin & Gann, P.A.
â€ 5. Nothingness – text: â€śThe Origin of Negationâ€ť, excerpt from Jean-Paul Sartreâ€™s Essay On Nothingness, courtesy of Philosophical Library, Inc.
Painting on cover: â€śIn Principioâ€ť, acrylic on wood panels, by Peter Veblen Van Fleet, 2010.
Photos of the musicians: Â© Steve De Groodt 2011. All rights reserved.
Design: Ted Killian
Â© Bonnie Barnett 2011. All rights reserved.
All music FMZ Music Co. (BMI)
BONNIE BARNETT, vocalist, composer and improviser, resides in Los Angeles. She appears on two DICE compilations and has three releases on Nine Winds, including the 2006 â€śTrio For Twoâ€ť, a duo with bassist Ken Filiano. She has been exploring the texts of Gertrude Stein, Jean-Paul Sartre and others, and also delights in improvising faux text.
RICHARD WOOD, alto sax, flute and bass clarinet, resides in Los Angeles. Founding member of The And Now Ensemble, he continues to amaze southern California audiences with his intense, yet zany, performances. He has a new CD, â€śNot Far From Hereâ€ť, for quintet and septet, which will be released this year on pfMentum.
HAL ONSERUD, bass, currently resides in Santa Barbara. A long-time player on the New York scene, his improvising collaborators include Cecil Taylor, William Parker, Bill Dixon, Vinny Golia, Jackson Krall and many others.
GARTH POWELL, percussionist extraordinaire, resides in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has releases out on Rastascan, Roadcone, Nine Winds, Evander, Beak Doctor and Leo, and has recorded with, among others, Jaap Blonk, John Butcher, Nels Cline, Peter Kowald, Bert Turetsky, Saadet Turkos and the London Improvisors Orchestra.
1. Badinage 4:00
2. Matisse* 8:24
(verbatim text: Gertrude Stein)
3. In Between Dreams 5:21
4. Primordial 8:18
5. Nothingnessâ€ 10:27
(verbatim text: Jean-Paul Sartre)
6. Set In Stone 4:14
7. Shambala 8:01
TOTAL TIME: 49:15
Bonnie Barnett, vocals
Richard Wood, alto sax, flute, bass clarinet
Hal Onserud, bass
Garth Powell, percussion
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