Following their 2019 debut CD Routes, Paths, Courses (Pfmentum), The Present Quartet offers this new album featuring three guest vocalists, each a pillar of Los Angeles underground improvised music. Traveling in words and sounds from the Hollywood Hills to Afghanistan and from Darmstadt to the Cotton Club, The Present Quartet and Voices documents these captivating performers.
For this second album, the Quartet gathered on July 25, 2021 at Architecture Studio, the home base of Kronos Quartet sound engineer Scott Fraser, along with three eminent guests. Bonnie Barnett studied with Kenneth Gaburo and Pauline Oliveros and since has organized public participatory hums in the tradition of Oliveros’ tuning meditations. She regularly performs with free jazz musicians in LA and New York, working with both texts and extended vocal techniques. Along with Charles Sharp and Kid Methuselah, she hosts Trilogy on 88.9 KXLU, LA’s radio home for experimental music. She brought a Gary Snyder poem and her own writing to the session. Will Salmon organizes the Open Gate new music series and multidisciplinary performance troupe. He brought flutes and a harmonica, as well as his voice. Despite decades of regular performances in LA, this is his first recording as a vocalist. Vetza is the face and voice of internationally celebrated noise pioneers the Los Angeles Free Music Society (LAFMS) but is rarely heard outside of that loud and dense context. She also played cello and interpreted several original texts.
Ellen Burr - piccolo, C, alto, and bass flutes
Anne LeBaron - harp, prepared harp, call bells
Jeff Schwartz - bass
Charles Sharp - Bb and bass clarinets, bass flute, kawala, accordion, whistles, game calls
with: Bonnie Barnett - voice (1, 2, 6, 13)
Will Salmon - voice, C flute, piccolo, harmonica, cow toy (3, 9, 10, 12)
Vetza - voice, cello (4, 5, 7, 8, 11)
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