'Tambora,' is the second album from Washington DC-based 'free rock' drums/guitar duo Matta Gawa.
Matta Gawa's strength and cohesion as a duo belies their unconventional and experimental approach to music-making. Guitarist Ed Ricart uses a vast array of stompboxes to process, loop, and sculpt sound on the fly, while drummer Sam Lohman freely punctuates the music with his energetic work on the kit- adding heft, color, and texture. The dynamic, sprawling music on 'Tambora' stands as a fine demonstration of Matta Gawa's unique brand of spontaneous composition/improvisation.
Uncompromising burners like the title track, 'Ephemerides' and 'Position' sit comfortably between sparse, textural pieces (like 'Vesta' and 'Sky'). The music was tracked by Jason LaFarge (Swans, Akron/Family, Devendra Banhart, Khanate) in his Seizure's Palace studios. New York City's Daniel Albrigo contributed outstanding artwork for the front cover.
'Tambora' documents the most recent stage in the lives of these two busy musicians. Sam Lohman was an original member of the great early New York Hardcore band Sheer Terror, and co-founded the Japan Overseas import record label. Recent projects include collaborations with Steve Mackay (of the Stooges) and the Acid Mothers Temple soul collective. Ed Ricart has worked with members of avant rockers Fugazi, Tortoise, and Bardo Pond, as well as free jazzers Marshall Allen (of the Sun Ra Arkestra), Steve Swell, Jason Ajemian, William Hooker, Calvin Weston, Roy Campbell, Peter Brotzmann, and more.
Matta Gawa have toured the East Coast and Midwest extensively, including a two week stretch with legendary drummer William Hooker, and a six week North American tour in the fall of 2010. Their first album, 'Ba,' was released via Engine Studios (home to great records from Fred Anderson, Many Arms, Kidd Jordan, Warren Smith, and many more). Of 'Ba,' writer Clifford Allen noted "this is a deep, unruly recording devoid of New Weird-hipness, capturing the dangerous fragmentation of noise and psychedelic vibrations with a young, hungry energy and both musicians are individuals to keep an eye on."
released August 9, 2011
Samuel T. Lohman: Drums
Edward J. Ricart: Guitar
Recorded by: Jason LaFarge @ Seizures Palace
Mixed & Mastered by: Nate Pauzenga
Cover Art by: Daniel Albrigo
Layout by: Intangible Arts
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Contemporary, yet steeped in an understanding and love of the genre, Kirchner's compositions are first rate, the covers judiciously selected, and the playing throughout is absolutely first rate. Hard to pick anyone out, but the bass clarinet is just sublime.
Stellar performances and terrific compositions. This is seriously good jazz, deeply spiritual in many ways, but with a confident, energised spring in its step.
Sure to be one of the standout jazz releases of 2018. Michael Mueller
This album is a change, not a degradation. The composition style on this only somewhat follows the usual GBY!BE formula. It is more subtle this time, with good effect. This is famously panned by such critics as Anthony Fantano for this reason only. Of course, listen first before you buy. But listen to it for itself and without preconceptions. Then it makes sense. All that having been said, the material is even more impactful live. Go see a live show first is my advice. paulrichardbishop
This basically feels like traditional Middle Eastern music except amped up and distorted. The performances are insanely tight, and I'd really like to highlight the drumming on here - it's absolutely incredible. The drummer adapts tradition and aggression into something that not only manages to keep up with the guitar/bouzouki but pushes the envelope in its own right. Smekermann