There is beauty in ugliness,
hope in despair,
closeness in loneliness — always.
This album demonstrates this (among other things).
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silent g is Julia Lougheed, Phoenix-based clarinetist and exploratory sound artist. silent g performs on both soprano and bass clarinet, often pairing the soulful tones of her reed instruments with electronic sounds to showcase just how vast of a soundscape one can create with this single instrument. Most of the music performed by silent g is created by living artists, and much of her music contains improvisational elements, with large sections generated on the spot. Through sharing sounds created by artists living through current times, silent g hopes to use her platform as a performer to draw attention to modern concerns and complex social issues and – presenting this work without comment and raising questions for listeners to work out later. Drawing from a wide range of stylistic influences from the realms of both classical and popular music, silent g’s work has been most aptly described as “what would happen if Laurie Anderson and Yoko Ono had a baby, and that baby took clarinet lessons.
“Among Other Things” is the culmination of creative partnerships Julia Lougheed has forged throughout the past five years. Most of these tracks were written and recorded during the early parts of the COVID-19 pandemic, when no one was vaccinated, and we had to depend on partnerships like these to keep connecting, keep creating, stay strong, stay sane, survive . . .
Meant as a musical expression of community, intense
emotions, and playful cleverness, “Among Other Things”
features a wide variety of musical styles, showcasing the
breadth and full capacity of avant-garde clarinet music.
1. Od-ieu by Kim Farris-Manning
Two Flights for Solo Clarinet by Bill Clay
2. Two Flights for Solo Clarinet: i. Transonic
3. Two Flights for Solo Clarinet: i. Trembling Ornithopter
Seven Spirits by Francisco Javier de Alba
4. Seven Spirits: i. Whiskey
5. Seven Spirits: ii. Vodka
6. Seven Spirits: iii. Tequila
7. Seven Spirits: iv. Rum
8. Seven Spirits: v. Gin
9. Seven Spirits: vi. Brandy
10. Seven Spirits: vii. Schnapps
11. 8 Months by Jessi Harvey
12. R…v…rs…m oooiiiiii by Gabo Champagne
Recorded at Tempest Recording
Mastered at Vault Mastering Studios.
Released on Tonsehen Records 2023
Album artwork by Andrew Manning
Album design by Shelley Goldstein