Sandy Ewen & Chase Gardner | Transfusion

Sandy Ewen & Chase Gardner | Transfusion

October 21, 2018
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Sandy Ewen / Chase Gardner | Transfusion

Transfusion (MFCD B) is from Texas musicians Sandy Ewen (now in Brooklyn, NY) and Chase Gardner (Denton, TX). Six tracks that are variations on the same high levels of energy the pair brings into their work, resulting in songlike compositions born out of improvisation. It is beautifully sequenced material, one of the real “albums” of this year. Expertly recorded by Justin Lemons, these are episodic biopsies of guitars and pickups with impressive, raw acoustic detail.
Some sort of metallic liquid with unknown properties is transfused into the blood. It makes its way with a cold and questionable feeling throughout. Eventually it adjusts with the elements of its new abode and sets in. Outer layers are shed and bonds are tightly formed and shaped. Now amusing feats can be achieved with shiny metal covered on the inside.
Sandy Ewen is an experimental guitarist, artist and architect who has recently relocated to NYC from Houston, TX. She has performed extensively in 2018, including at the Sant’anna Arresi Jazz Festival, Experimental Sound Studio Option Series and the High Zero Festival. Sandy spent much of 2017 performing solo sets and in collaboration with Steve Jansen (tapes and electronics) and Maria Chavez (turntables) around Europe. Her other current projects include the trio Etched in the Eye, a duo with Tom Carter called Spiderwebs, the trio Garden medium, and ongoing collaborations with percussionist Weasel Walter and bassist Damon Smith. In years past, Ewen has performed alongside Roscoe Mitchell, Keith Rowe, Lydia Lunch and many others, and has performed and recorded with Jaap Blonk, Henry Kaiser and more. In 2014 she performed at San Francisco’s 13th Annual Outsound New Music Summit, and she has made several appearances at Austin’s annual No Idea Festival. Ewen’s approach to playing is centered around found objects and extended guitar techniques.
Chase Gardner is an artist with a focus on exploring the abstract elements of art in order to express his personality and ideas, introduce other perceptions, and create a representation of that which is intangible. As a musician, he is a multi-instrumentalist involved in a variety of different projects such as his experimental music duo with Adriana Valls, Cut Shutters, and is also an active collaborator with many other musicians in North Texas through performing in improvised music ensembles. Recently he has released several albums, toured throughout the United States, collaborated with artists from other countries, and has exhibited a visual art series for pieces created in Microsoft Paint.

Sandy Ewen – guitar & objects
Chase Gardner – guitar & divided pickup

Recorded by Justin Lemons on December 30th, 2017, Denton, TX
Mixed by Chase Gardner and Justin Lemons
Mastered by A.F. Jones at Laminal Audio
Art & design by Sandy Ewen

© 2018 Marginal Frequency

release date: 23 Oct 2018

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