A few months ago, saxophonist-composer Tim Berne and guitarist-producer David Torn were on the road with their band Sun of Goldfinger when coronavirus restrictions went into effect.
They briefly soldiered on, playing a scheduled show at Firehouse 12 — for a livestream audience, to an otherwise empty room — and then returned to their respective homes. At which point they faced the same question as everybody else at the time: what am I supposed to do now?
For Berne, the answer came right away. “I always had this fear that I would become complacent at some point,” he muses, “and all of a sudden, I got this urge — like, this panic to do stuff.”