A sudden noise that wakes you in the night. A shadowy movement glimpsed down a darkened alley. The sensation that there might be someone in the room with you. Waiting. Conjured into life by Tamara Saulwick’s riveting solo performance and Peter Knight’s visceral score.
“Al got up from the drum kit and began reading from a book of poetry which he then set fire to. He kept reading until it had to be extinguished… I was struck by the poetry as well as the flames…”
2012 Bell Awards announced
“The idea of ‘first chapters’ – short little narrative gestures that leave you hanging for more – ties in nicely with my recent resolution to write shorter pieces. With this in mind I was able to create ten short unrelated pieces corresponding to each of what I call the ‘narrative chapters’.”
… the hum, buzz, & electric crackle coalesce at times into the sounds of the everyday
“…this album features dual talents, in this case those of Peter Knight and Dung Nguyen, both members of Way Out West…”
“This would have to be one of the most unique recordings that I have encountered in recent times – a listening experience that once heard cannot be forgotten.” Read this review by Gerry Koster of The Wide Alley, a new CD from ten-piece ensemble including five Chinese musicians and local names Erik Griswold, Vanessa Tomlinson, Robert Davidson, Peter Knight and Adrian Sherriff…
“A true departure from ‘traditional jazz’ and the result is not only fresh and instantly likable, but has the potential to become a modern classic.”