Source: Edgetone Records.
The New Neighbors
Guinea Pig is the brainchild of multi-instrumentalist Tony Passarell. In 1995 the group was specifically formed for performance presented at the former Dark Circle Lounge Series which had been curated by percussionist Gino Robair. After a few years had passed Romus found the live recording from that performance which became their first album release ‘Out of Town’ in 2004. Almost two decades later The ‘New Neighbors’ manifest in the tradition of the DIY spirit the band was originally formed to explore. This long awaited second release features music culminated from a live performance at Rent Romus’ curated SIMM series at the San Francisco’s Local 6 Union Hall.
Timothy Orr – drums/percussion
Rent Romus – alto, soprano, c-melody saxophones, bells
Robert Kuhlmann – electric bass
Tony Passarell – tenor saxophone, coronet, percussion/bells
Eight Durations is the second album released by M-KAT Ensemble, a San Francisco Bay Area improvising quartet. The group takes its inspiration from Sun Ra, world music, dark-ambient drone, and avant-rock. This band builds its real-time compositions into structures that resemble the termite towers of Namibia or chemical clocks on the far side of the Moon.
Kersti Abrams – saxes and flutes
Thomas Harrison Jr. – bass guitar
Andrew Joron – theremin
Mark Pino – drums
E. Doctor Smith, Edo Castro Woodhouse, Michele Walther
Following his 2008 live performance in San Francisco with Edo Castro Woodhouse and inspired by the works of Tracy Silverman and Roy “Futureman” Wooten, E. Doctor Smith always wanted to record an album with an electric violinist. He happily turned to his Echelon bandmate, the fabulous Michele Walther. Both her soloing and looping abilities seemed a perfect fit for this project with Edo. This project features E. Doctor Smith’s unique blend of jazz fusion, improvisation, and looping.
E. Doctor Smith – Zendrum EXP, Boss RC-300, Alesis DM Dock, Behringer FCB1010, ZDS Shifter, iPad, loops and samples
Edo Castro Woodhouse – 7 string Stinger, Modern Bee basses, 7 string Ananconda Ultra Jazz bass, 9 string Jerzy Drozd Sequel MIDI bass, Boss RC-300, MXR effects pedals, Strymon Big Sky and Time Machine, Roland FV-50 volume pedal, Boss Giga Delay DD20, Boss Harmonist, Ebow
Michele Walther – NS Design NXT-4 electric violin, Digitech Whammy DT, Boss RC-300, Electro-Harmonix ring thing, Electro-Harmonix octave pedal (micro POG) Boss AW-3 dynamic wah, Boss DD-3 digital delay