Unique, dreamy New York minimalism on ambient bedrock
JAB, or John Also Bennett, is a composer, flautist and synthesist based in Brooklyn. He is 1/3 of FORMA (Spectrum Spools, Kranky), has the duo CV & JAB with his partner Christina Vantzou, and is the founding member of Seabat. He comes to present his new first full-length solo release in the AB Salon, ‘Erg Helbe’, which will be released on March 7 via Shelter Press.
JAB recorded the album during the free time between his various collaborative projects. He used a mix of electronic and acoustic instruments for the recordings on the album, including modified Aphex Twin DX7-presets, Eurorack-oscillators ‘tuned according to intuitive structures using intervals of 30 hz’ and a number of flutes, including a Chinese ‘Dizi’ flute borrowed from his father – the well-known avant-garde poet and mail-artist John M. Bennett (a contemporary of New York underground poets Richard Kostelanetz and Steve Dalachinsky). Through this unique blend, JAB creates an album that goes beyond the conventional. Partly New York minimalism, part ambient, part classic electronic, but authentic JAB.
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