Photo: Angela Suarez

Pianist and composer John Carroll Kirby is releasing his first ensemble album Septet June 25th via Stones Throw, and here is a new selection from it. For “Sensing Not Seeing” Kirby explains, “I imagined running through a forest in the dark.  The drums have a frantic energy and the melody is ominous. In the middle section where there would traditionally be an improvised solo, the rhythm section backs a silent instrumentalist, as if wandering through the dark with nothing to guide them.
For the album’s release day Kirby will be playing his first show of the year at Lodge Room in LA. Expect to hear music from Septet and past releases in this very welcome return to live music on June 25th. More info HERE.“Sensing Not Seeing” follows the single “Rainmaker”, which was accompanied by an incredible Womack & Womack-inspired video starring several musicians from the Septet ensemble, along with special guests Mac DeMarco, Eddie Chacon, Cola Boyy and comedian Kerwin Frost.
In September 2019, Kirby brought the seven-piece together to perform at LA’s Blue Whale. The energy of the performance became the impetus for Septet, an album recorded with Deantoni Parks (drums), Tracy Wannomae (woodwinds), JP Maramba (bass), Nick Mancini (mallets), Logan Horne (woodwinds), and David Leach (percussion). The ensemble laid the album down live in just a few days at 64 Sound Studios in Los Angeles and the result is natural and spontaneous. It’s a record inspired by the city’s nature and Kirby’s interest in animism, and how these intersect with the modern urban environment.
Septet tracklisting:
1. Rainmaker
2. P64 By My Side
3. Sensing Not Seeing
4. Swallow Tail
5. Weep
6. Jubilee Horns
7.The Quest of Chico Hamilton
8. Nucleo (Boy From the Prebiotic Birth)

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