As a follow-up to our previous appearance on Echoes, Matt Borghi and myself will be featured on today’s episode. Our previous episode featured our Living Room Concert, whereas today’s episode will feature the longform interview conducted by host John Diliberto. Both episodes are in support of Convocation, and they were taped just a day after we recorded Awaken the Electric Air.
John’s knowledgeable, engaged, and thoughtful questions and comments made for a wonderful conversation before, during, and after the taping. We discussed a variety of topics: our project, our individual and collective influences, our individual histories, and general thoughts on music and style. It’s just too bad the mics were off when we dug deeper into Pink Floyd and then covered some Ted Nugent… :)
Check your local listings (here and here) and tune in!
Echoes‘s official announcement here.
Matt Borghi and I are heading out east next month in support of Convocation. We’re very pleased to announce that we’ll be performing as part of The Gatherings Concert Series, sharing the bill with Vic Hennegan and Dave Luxton. We open the show at 8:00 PM on Saturday 10.19.13 at St. Mary’s Hamilton Village, 3916 Locust Walk on University of Pennsylvania’s campus. The show promises to offer much variety, as we’re all at different points in the “ambient” spectrum and all representing different parts of the country: west coast, midwest, and east coast.
Official page with artist information here.
Advance tickets are available at a discount through http://www.ticketweb.com. Proceeds benefit CIMA of PA. For complete details please visit http://www.thegatherings.org.
Following that evening’s performance, all three acts will also perform live on the overnight broadcast of the long-running Star’s End radio show on WXPN. For complete details visit http://www.starsend.org.
You can read a nice review of Convocation by Chuck van Zyl of Star’s End here.
Convocation, an ambient album I recorded with my friend and partner Matt Borghi, is out now. We recorded this in early 2012 and are very proud of what we captured. Aside from some of Matt’s post-production work, all of the source material was recorded in one take over the course of a single evening. Just the two of us, our instruments and gear, and a recording environment provided by Dan Jaquint‘s The Fort.
The goal this particular evening wasn’t necessarily to record an album, but just to capture some musical dialogue. We had recently gone back to exploring our improvisatory ambient work after many months spent focusing on Teag & PK‘s indie catalogue. Our “rehearsing” consisted of a few conversations and a couple emails.
Below is the official announcement from Slo.Bor Media, the label we’re releasing it through. You’ll be able to find Convocation through all the usual places; more info at the bottom.
Convocation is the work of ambient composer Matt Borghi (www.mattborghi.com) and saxophonist Michael Teager (www.michaelteager.com). Recorded as a series of improvisational structures in spring of 2012, this is the first recording that Borghi and Teager have done together after a half-decade of working together.
With Convocation, Borghi brings in spacious guitar textures to create a harmonic fabric for Teager to lay out his saxophone playing with subtlety and nuance. With a background in classical and jazz saxophone, Teager brings a wide palette of influences to the music. Listeners will hear aspects of Jan Garbarek, John Coltrane and Dave Liebman that’s juxtaposed over Borghi’s pastoral guitar sounds that have more of their timbral origins in the work of Claude Debussy or Ralph Vaughan-Williams than they do other contemporary ambient guitarists.
Convocation, as a whole, aims to create a deep and timbrally interesting listening experience while also bringing together an interesting musical pairing and improvisational process. Saxophone and ambient music have never sounded like this, and Borghi & Teager attribute this to their friendship, their approach to the work and their diverse musical interests.
Buy the hardcopy CD here now, or you can visit online retailers such as Amazon, iTunes, or eMusic to name just a few…