Borghi | Teager at Muskegon’s The Block on Saturday 02.21.15

This Saturday, I’ll be performing what I believe to be my first hometown show as a leader. I’ve played a number of fun (and occasionally featured) gigs in Muskegon over the years, but none of those have included my name in the top billing. This weekend, however, the Borghi | Teager ambient juggernaut will land in and sound throughout Michigan’s City by the Lake. The weather should hold for the evening, so please come out if you’re in the area. And don’t just take my word for it – we’re #1 is this weekend’s Top 5 Things To Do in the Muskegon Chronicle.

We’re performing at The Block, a wonderful, intimate venue opened by the West Michigan Symphony a couple years ago that offers up-close performances in myriad styles. Matt and I have long thought that our music is more akin to a listening space such as a concert hall as opposed to a rock club (even though we’re happy to play the latter!). Generally, for this type of music in that type of an environment, it’s been Philadelphia’s The Gathering or bust for us, and so we’re excited to have such a great opportunity close to home.

From the official press release:

Performance duo Borghi and Teager bring “jambient” music to a February performance at The Block in downtown Muskegon.

Matt Borghi (guitars, effects) and Michael Teager (saxophones, flute) are a recording and live performance duo focusing on improvised ambient, or “jambient,” music. The duo combines guitars, winds and electronics to make each performance a unique experience. The program starts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21. Doors and cash bar open at 6:30 p.m.

Matt Borghi is a sound artist, music composer, writer, but he claims that above all he’s a musical improviser, using his guitar in traditional and non-traditional means. His recordings have been featured on NPR, BBC and CBC.

Michael Teager is a Muskegon native and versatile musician, performing frequently throughout the Midwest in a variety of styles. He also serves on the faculties of Spring Arbor University and Michigan State University’s Office of Study Abroad, teaching each summer in Bregenz, Austria.

Saturday evening’s concert is titled “Soundscape. Improvised. Jazz.” When asked what audiences might expect form a Borghi and Teager concert, Michael Teager, who also regularly plays saxophone with the West Michigan Symphony, explained that the concert would be “a unique, contemplative evening of sound. Our music is too active to be considered traditionally ambient, it’s melodic and heavily improvised but doesn’t swing, and there are formal structures that constantly evolve.” Teager continued, “There’s something for everyone. We’ve also put together some visuals to make it a more immersive, sensuous experience.”

Overall, musicians Borghi and Teager are focused on the spontaneity of live performance and on taking the listener on a journey into sound.

Tickets for Borghi and Teager’s concert “Soundscape. Improvised. Jazz.” are $20 and available at the West Michigan Symphony ticket office: 231.726.3231 ext. 223; online at https://itkt.choicecrm.net/templates/WMSO/; or in person at 360 W. Western Ave. in Muskegon. For more information, visit www.westmichigansymphony.org/the-block.

Info:
When: Saturday 02.21 @ 7:30 PM (doors & cash bar at 6:30)
Where: The Block; Muskegon, MI
Tickets: $20, available here

Borghi | Teager on ‘Ambient Music to Heal’ compilation – available 05.17.14

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I’m pleased to announce that Matt and I will be included on a wonderful new album from Dave Luxton‘s ambient label Wayfarer Records. Ambient Music to Heal: An Album for Our Wounded Warriors is a compilation album featuring a wonderful lineup that we’re pleased to be a part of, also including: Boreal Taiga, Jonn SerrieByron Metcalf, Steve Roach, Dave Luxton, Jon JenkinsVic Hennegan, Robert Rich, and Jon Jenkins. Our contribution, “Cosmic Impression,” is an original piece created and recorded specifically for this release.

Aside from all of the great music, this release has a special aim and is for a noble cause. Dave Luxton is also clinical psychologist and veteran, and these particular works are meant to “provide a relaxing, therapeutic ambient music for service members and veterans suffering from [physical, mental, emotional] health-related” disorders. All profits of this release will be donated to the Wounded Warriors Project.

Anyone can listen to and enjoy this album, of course. The album will be released physically and digitally on May 17. Check back with the Wayfarer Records and Borghi | Teager websites for specific links on where to purchase the album on the release date.

Borghi & Teager on this week’s ‘Hearts of Space’!

This is another big week for Matt Borghi & yours truly, as we’re featured on this week’s transmission of Hearts of Space. The episode, titled “SAXOPHONIC,” focuses on the use of saxophone in ambient music. We’re truly humbled for a few reasons:

1. Our music has been included in the HOS roster. Between that, Echoes, and Star’s End, we’ve achieved the holy trinity of ambient music programs in the last 6 months, and we’re very thrilled! Who knew we’d be here after releasing Convocation a little over a year ago…
2. We’re the only artists with multiple tracks on “SAXOPHONIC.” That was definitely unexpected.
3. We’re in truly GREAT company for this episode, including ECM heavyweights John Surman and the one and only Jan Garbarek. Considering Matt’s and my special affection for ECM, that’s a feather in our cap. I never thought I’d see my name next to Garbarek’s on a playlist…

For full station listings, go here. The program is syndicated to over 200 NPR stations throughout the US.