“the nine days after easter” is the 9th album in my "10 albums in 10 years" project. It's also my first solo album, in that I play all of the instruments on it - saxophones, piano and drums. It is the next adventure into oximetric, or multi-pulsed, improvised music. Ensemble music in which each musician plays their improvised (or composed) part within their own unique pulse.
Four years ago my friend Greg Dixon recorded me playing three hours of freely improvised piano solos in his studio. They were recorded on the night before we recorded the album "A Moment In Time". I didn’t know at that time what I would do with the tracks, but I knew that somehow they would become an album in the future.
Earlier this year, in my home studio, I spent the nine days after easter editing the piano improvisations into nine different forms. A few weeks later I recorded myself improvising along with the piano tracks on the drums. But I wasn’t listening to the piano while I was playing the drums - I just knew how long each track went for and then I just recorded myself playing freely improvised drums for that amount of time. After a little bit more editing these two parts together I then started recording the saxophone over the top. I chose to sometimes play pretty melodies along with the chords, or double a piano melody, and then sometimes I chose melodies that didn’t fit with the chords at all. Sometimes the saxophone melodies sort of fit the rhythms of the drums or the piano and sometimes they don’t. When I was recording the saxophone I just tried to play completely in the moment and as freely as I could. I hope you like what came out…
For 20yrs, since the creation of FREE FOR ALL and the release of my OXIMETRIC album, I have been thinking a lot about music that is not held together rhythmically or harmonically, but sonically. Freely improvised music that is played by an ensemble in the same sonic space and held together by intention, mood, dynamics, energy and timbre. Each member of the group plays with their own rhythmic pulse and harmony.
On this album the ensemble is just me…
released July 26, 2019
Spike Mason :: soprano, alto, and tenor saxophones, piano and drums
Piano recorded :: Aug 3rd 2016 @ Apeck Studio by Greg Dixon www.aphekstudio.com.au/aphekstudio.html
Drums recorded :: June 2019 @ Spiral Studio, Launceston, Tasmania
Saxophones recorded :: July 2019 @ Spiral Studio, Launceston, Tasmania
Mixed and Mastered by Spike Mason @ Spiral Studio, Launceston, Tasmania