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Tools Of The Abstract

by The Danny Fisher-Lochhead Large Ensemble

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All compositions originally by Danny Fisher-Lochhead, with changes, re-arrangements, spontaneous composition, and group improvisation by the group and its constituents.

Many people are responsible for the music recorded here and the images that now accompany it, and I'm grateful for all of their various contributions. Some of these people are (in no particular order); Evan Hughes, Kyle Wilson, Katherine Perkins, Mike Kutchman, Brian Markham, Ben Cohen, Brandon Evans, Joe Hartnett, Ryan McLennan, Steve Berson, Danny Lubin-Laden, and Ross Gallagher.

While a great confluence of events, people, ideas, musics, and feelings no doubt influenced the genesis of this piece, I feel it necessary to acknowledge a few overt musical techniques borrowed and/or directly influenced by other composers. Some of the sonorities came directly from casual explorations in the musical language of Olivier Messiaen; a rhythmical device used in Part Two I learned from the music of Guillermo Klein; also in Part Two is a simple phasing technique related to those in Steve Reich's early pieces.


released May 6, 2014

Danny Fisher-Lochhead, alto and soprano saxophone
Joe Hartnett, alto saxophone
Ben Cohen, tenor saxophone
Kyle Wilson, tenor saxophone
Danny Lubin-Laden, trombone and tuba
Ross Gallagher, bass
Evan Hughes, drums

with guest,
Brian Markham, electronics and voice
(Part Three only)

Recorded and mixed by Mike Kutchman at KUTCH-1 Studios
Mastered by Steve Berson at Total Sonic Media

Cover art by Ryan Mclennan, Open (2013)
Design by Brandon Evans

Retroactively released on Fishkill Records on 11/17/2015


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Danny Fisher-Lochhead Bar Harbor, Maine

The music found here is from a number of different projects that I've lead in the past few years. The results are dissimilar in some ways although some inevitable threads of consistency can be drawn between them. I plan on continuing to release music on this site from whichever source it happens to come, whichever formulation speaks the most convincingly. ... more

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