Arts & Sciences is a
genre-bending quartet rooted in the jazz and improvising traditions but
borrowing extensively from pop song writing and old field recordings. The group
features a unique instrumentation of alto and tenor saxophones, monophonic synths,
vintage organs and drums as well as a variety of hand percussion and singing.
Compositionally, the group takes it's cues from a wide range of past masters,
including Sun Ra, Tim Berne's Bloodcount and Oakland-based experimental pop
geniuses, The Curtains. The music fluctuates between through-composed vignettes
and lengthier suite-like pieces that seamlessly weave together written material
and improvisation. Texture and timbre are as important as melody and harmony
and within one song, the group may move from a free jazz cacophony to an
undulating polyrhythmic groove. Musical borders are crossed in an attempt to
bring listeners into a aural wonderland where lyricism and dissonance not only
co-exist but buoy each other.
"We live in fact fragments electronic and post-chamber pills, adherence to a basically advanced jazz lexicon, rough hours and hours more conducive to informal, and more, until the final epiphany, a sense of celebration vaguely neurotic-demented."
All About Jazz