Notes and Editorial Reviews
There is no musical group today that compares to the Brooklyn based Slow Six. Since the beginning, their compositional detail, instrumental prowess, and live computer-music instruments separated them from other electro-acoustic troupes. Their openly emotive, culturally accessible music spoke to an audience far wider than the high-art New Music scene. Yet both industries have called the band's sound their own: Time Out New York declared their debut LP one of the Top 10 classical recordings of 2004 and ASCAP featured them in their 2005 Thru The Walls Showcase. The same record was Stylus Magazine's album of the week in August 04 and has received countless praise from international pop music publications and radio spots. John Diliberto of PRI's
Echoes Radio Program declared "Arvo Pärt meets King Crimson". Lush video landscapes and frequent collaborations with friends Anemone Dance Theater further pull Slow Six from any specific music scene. Yet their spell-binding sound the New York Times described as "flecked with white-heat urgency" remains completely immersive and unmistakable.
This latest release "Nor'easter" presents their most ambitious musical vision to date. Their amplified violins, viola, 'cello, electric guitars, fender rhodes, piano, and software instruments now combine for a new language of experimental instrumental storytelling, remaining physically immersive and emotionally charged. Each work presents its own evocative landscape, guiding listeners through inescapably personal and spellbinding electrified sonic adventures. The intimacy of strings and piano combine with rock and roll's electric guitars and fender rhodes within a storm of interactive computer textures to defy cultural pigeonholing. This is a new sound free of "cross-over" conceit—simply the sound of a new native musical space, a new generation of distinctly American music.
A product of the indie-rock's DIY aesthetic, Slow Six was assembled by word of mouth, outside of any music schoolmachine, writing and rehearsing in bandleader Christopher Tignor's self-built Greenpoint storefront loft. After putting on their own shows of this through-composed music and video at NYC's finest rock clubs and performance venues, the NYC Slow Six audience has grown formidable, cutting across culture boundaries, lifting up this new voice rising from their own ranks.
Works on This Recording
Echolalic transitions by Christopher Tignor
Period: 20th Century
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