memorize the sky

"This is a band that sounds like they’ve been playing together for over a decade, their improvisations modestly and unfussily executed. What’s most enjoyable is not the
distinctiveness of their music, but how natural and straightforward it feels."

- Dusted Magazine

"Creeks" is Memorize the Sky's third full-length record and first studio effort since 2006's "Memorize the Sky" on 482 Music which was hailed as "an allusive, relentlessly surprising disc" (WIRE). "In Former Times" (Clean Feed, 2008) documents the band's performance at the Ulrichsberg Kaleidaphon in the summer of 2007 and was praised as "consistently rewarding, accumulating microscopic evolutions of sound" (signal to noise).

"Creeks" was recorded in Brooklyn, NY during the winter of 2008, and documents the trio continuing to explore their unique blend of textural improvisation and drone-based song forms. This time, the ensemble extends their instrumentation to include electronic manipulation of sounds as well as a farther range of the woodwind and percussion families. These experimentations led to a recording colored by dense percussion textures and ghostly flute ruminations; splintering bells and melodic echo chambers.

Memorize the Sky is a collaboration between reedist Matt Bauder, bassist Zach Wallace and percussionist Aaron Siegel. The three met and began playing music together in Ann Arbor, Michigan during the late 1990’s. Since then, they have performed together as Memorize the Sky, touring around the United States and Europe, crafting their own brand of acoustic improvised music. In addition to their first two full-length recordings, “Memorize the Sky” on 482 Music and “In Former Times” on Clean Feed Records, the band has self-released three 3” cd singles, appeared on various compilations, and are featured on “2 + 2 Compositions” a collaboration with Anthony Braxton, released in 2005 on the 482 Music label.

MTS is informed by the diverse musical experiences of its members, including performances and recordings with rock bands His Name is Alive, Neil Michael Hagerty, Tara Jane O’Neil, Saturday Looks Good to Me, and Low, and avant garde luminaries Anthony Braxton, Jim O’Rourke, Tony Conrad and Alvin Lucier. MTS has also collaborated with the best of the Chicago, New York, and Boston improvised music communities including Fred Lonberg-Holm, Greg Davis, Josh Abrams, Ken Vandermark, Jim Baker, Jeb Bishop, Rob Mazurek, Greg Kelly, Sean Meehan, Phil Minton Jason Roebke and Scott Rosenberg. As a long-lived, deeply collaborative endeavor, MTS holds a special place among Bauder, Wallace and Siegel’s many musical projects.

"Reedist Matt Bauder, bassist Zach Wallace and percussionist Aaron Siegel have honed a handsome improv aesthetic since their collaboration began a decade ago. The trio's crystalline drones and patient, chamberlike interplay offer a subtle alternative to turbulent free jazz."

— Time Out-New York

"[Memorize the Sky (482 Music)] is an allusive, relentlessly surprising disc from a trio who have continued to refune an ensemble identity that's as malleable as it is unique."

— Phillip Clark, The Wire