An ensemble dedicated to exploring the scope and scale of experimental improvised music, Earth Tongues approaches each performance as a chance to build new, challenging work that take silence and ambient sound into full account. Consisting of Carlo Costa on percussion, Joe Moffett on trumpet, and Dan Peck on tuba, the trio creates immersive pieces that weave through a Venn diagram of music, noise, and quiet.
“Ohio, Earth Tongues’ second release on Neither/Nor Records, is their most ambitious work to date. A long-form piece that stretches the very fabric of improvised music to the limit, Ohio envelopes the listener with intensely quiet textures, glacial build-ups and surprising, thunderous moments of noise. It is a double-album inspired by the sonic extremes found in the natural and industrial worlds, and an ode to the inescapably human desire to come to terms with those worlds.”-Peter Margasak/Bandcamp
Unseen Rain is an experimental ensemble from Philadelphia. Delving into the sound worlds of places beyond human reach, the music evokes the echolocation of ocean floors, the bustling of anthills, and the cosmic reverberations of extra-terrestrial life. Comprised of strings, vibraphone and modified drum kit, The group’s instrumentation lends itself to an intimate, quieter aesthetic that embraces space and slow-building forms. Unseen Rain was formed by violinist June Bender in 2017. Recent projects include film scoring for the documentary Queer Genius (directed by Catherine Pancake), and the upcoming fall release of their debut album, Out Beyond. The group’s name pays homage to the Sufi mystic Rumi, whose poems inspired Bender to write some of her first compositional sketches.
June Bender violin/composition Alban Bailly cello/electronics Ashley Tini vibraphone Matt Stein double bass Mike Szekely percussion