Symphonie Improvisé

by Gunnelpumpers

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This completely improvised performance took place on January 2, 2010, at WNUR Studios in Evanston, Illinois, as part of the venerable and long-running Airplay program. This work features two upright basses plus angular, well-placed guitar, and some beautiful hand percussion. The sound of Gunnelpumpers is rooted more in complimentary textural layers than any kind of jazz or creative improv groove. The multiple basses are melodic and hardly the thumping/booming monstrosity you might expect; instead they combine with the world percussion to give this work a rare and great quality: non-traditional yet immediately accessible.


released December 1, 2010

Recorded live January 2, 2010, for the Airplay program at WNUR Studios in Evanston, Illinois
Doug Brush - tabla, dried frog-liver shaker, tambourine, percussion, cajon, gong, "rectoid (wooden)"
Randy Farr - congas, doumbek, cymbal and snare, percussion
Michael Hovnanian - contrabass
Douglas Johnson - Clevinger bass, effects
Dave Miller - electric guitar, effects

Recorded by Mike Corsa
Mastered by Brian Bullard
Released by Spiritflake Music
Special thanks to Jason Steele, Amy Harris, John Bruzan, and Lise Bruzan



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Gunnelpumpers Chicago, Illinois

Pioneers of their instruments and wizards of improvisation, Gunnelpumpers is an instrumental ensemble that creates compelling worlds of sound from simple grooves. This group of accomplished musicians is able to draw forth music that is fresh, unadulterated, and rarely premeditated. Their music is infused with a myriad of styles in ways that sound like nothing else. ... more

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