"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
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
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."
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