7 episodes

OPTION Talks showcases conversations and recordings from Experimental Sound Studio's OPTION concert series. Since 2015, OPTION has explored perspectives on improvisation and composition in a salon format, allowing artists to discuss their practice and ideas, as well as perform.

OPTION Talks is a co-production of Catalytic Sound and Experimental Sound Studio, and is produced by Sam Clapp. The OPTION concert series is curated by Andrew Clinkman, Tim Daisy, and Ken Vandermark.

Episodes are released every two weeks. Hear every episode via the weekly OPTION Talks (Member Edition), available to Catalytic Sound and Experimental Sound Studio members.

OPTION Talks Experimental Sound Studio & Catalytic Sound

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OPTION Talks showcases conversations and recordings from Experimental Sound Studio's OPTION concert series. Since 2015, OPTION has explored perspectives on improvisation and composition in a salon format, allowing artists to discuss their practice and ideas, as well as perform.

OPTION Talks is a co-production of Catalytic Sound and Experimental Sound Studio, and is produced by Sam Clapp. The OPTION concert series is curated by Andrew Clinkman, Tim Daisy, and Ken Vandermark.

Episodes are released every two weeks. Hear every episode via the weekly OPTION Talks (Member Edition), available to Catalytic Sound and Experimental Sound Studio members.

    Episode 13: Sylvie Courvoisier

    Episode 13: Sylvie Courvoisier

    In this November 2015 conversation with Ken Vandermark, Sylvie Courvoisier discusses moving to New York from Switzerland in the late 1990s, the tradeoffs involved in working as a touring musician, and the challenge of finding decent pianos on tour.

    • 27 min
    Episode 11: Kris Davis

    Episode 11: Kris Davis

    In this March 2018 conversation with Ken Vandermark, Kris Davis talks about finding resources for improvisation in the classical tradition, learning by doing "$50 jazz gigs" in New York, and leaving space for other musicians.
    This episode is sponsored by Astral Spirits Records (http://astralspirits.bandcamp.com/ (astralspirits.bandcamp.com)): “The New Wave of Heavy Free Jazz since September 2014.”

    • 32 min
    Episode 9: Nate Wooley

    Episode 9: Nate Wooley

    In this August 2015 conversation with Ken Vandermark, Nate Wooley discusses growing up playing in a big band on the Oregon coast, developing a musical language within technical limitations, aesthetic differences between Chicago and New York music communities, and the challenges of interpreting music by Wynton Marsalis, Anthony Braxton, and Éliane Radigue.
    This episode is sponsored by Astral Spirits Records (http://astralspirits.bandcamp.com/ (astralspirits.bandcamp.com)): “The New Wave of Heavy Free Jazz since September 2014.”

    • 48 min
    Episode 7: Ikue Mori

    Episode 7: Ikue Mori

    In this July 2017 conversation with Ken Vandermark, Ikue Mori discusses the gender divide in the New York music scene of the 1970s, her gradual shift from drum set to drum machines to laptop, and her recent work with video.
    This episode is sponsored by Astral Spirits Records (http://astralspirits.bandcamp.com/ (astralspirits.bandcamp.com)): “The New Wave of Heavy Free Jazz since September 2014.”

    • 28 min
    Episode 5: Susan Alcorn

    Episode 5: Susan Alcorn

    In this July 2018 conversation with Ken Vandermark, Susan Alcorn discusses the unique qualities of the pedal steel guitar, the connections between country and experimental music, and her work with Astor Piazzolla and Pauline Oliveros. This episode is sponsored by Astral Spirits Records (http://astralspirits.bandcamp.com/ (astralspirits.bandcamp.com)): “The New Wave of Heavy Free Jazz since September 2014.”

    • 32 min
    Episode 3: Joe McPhee

    Episode 3: Joe McPhee

    In this November 2015 conversation with Ken Vandermark, Joe McPhee discusses his experiences with John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, and Don Cherry, finding Clifford Thornton’s trombone in a used music store, and the connections between poetry and music. This episode is sponsored by Astral Spirits Records (astralspirits.bandcamp.com): “The New Wave of Heavy Free Jazz since September 2014.”

    • 47 min

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