These recordings document a first-meeting of a quartet of improvisers during the pandemic in Spring of 2021. The grouping is assembled from individuals with divergent approaches that feed a wide tonal palette blending and morphing into kinetic mass of sound.
Norman W. Long’s practice involves walking, listening, improvising, performing, recording and composing to create environments and situations in which he and the audience are engaged in dialogues about memory space, value, silence and the invisible. Norman finds inspiration in the Creative Music and electric imaginations of The Art Ensemble of Chicago, Sun Ra, Pauline Oliveros, Phuture, Herbie Hancock’s Mwandishi, Hildegard Westercamp and King Tubby.
Wills Mckenna is a saxophonist, flutist, and multi-instrumentalist based in Chicago, IL. He has played in a wide range of projects, from jazz to improvised music to pop oriented groups. He is a member of the Wills McKenna Quintet, Je’raf, Bison Bison, and Gramps The Vamp, amongst others.
Ishmael Ali is a first generation Filipino-Arab-American cellist, guitarist, improviser, and electronic artist based out of Chicago and New York. His work focuses on exploring sound and communication through improvised and experimental music.
Bill Harris is a percussionist, composer, improviser, and audio engineer from Pittsburgh currently based in Chicago. He also operates and produces for Amalgam, a Chicago-based collective. Bill has been active in Chicago’s music communities since 2011, working at the intersection of free improvisation, jazz, noise, rock, and country.