After a run of three records (yeah NO, Deviantics, and Emit) on the Canadian label Songlines, they have joined with Squealer for their new record Swell Henry, out now. Born in Seattle, Chris Speed began playing music at age five on the piano, adding the clarinet and orchestra rehearsals at age eleven, and started concentrating on jazz, improvisation and the tenor sax in high school. In 1987 he moved to Boston where he studied at the New England Conservatory and co-formed the band Human Feel. A resident of Brooklyn since 1992, Chris made his initial contribution to New York City music as a member of Tim Berne's Bloodcount, and has since contributed extensively to the downtown music world. Besides Yeah NO, Chris plays in Pachora, a Balkan Rom influenced band with four recordings (Astereotypical, Ast, Unn and Pachora), and also in Trio Iffy, along with keyboardist Jamie Saft (who also appears on Swell Henry) and drummer Ben Perowsky. Trumpeter Cuong Vu was born in Vietnam to musical parents and emigrated to Seattle at age six.
He is a graduate of the New England Conservatory where he studied with master improviser Joe Maneri. He co-led Saft/Vu (Ragged Jack, Avant), and has been touring and recording frequently with his trio (featuring Stomu Takeshi) and most recently with guitarist Pat Metheny. Born in Reykjavik, electric bassist Skuli Sverrisson graduated from Berklee College and has appeared on over 30 records with Icelandic artists, including his group Pax Vobis, and Mo Boma. Aside from his ongoing collaborations with Laurie Anderson and Pachora, he also has two new recordings, Napoli 23 (Smekkleysa) and Eftir Pogn ("mi jazz). His solo record Sermonie (Extreme), features tape compositions "taking audio snapshots of the interior architecture of sound," joining electronics and extended techniques for the electric bass. Percussionist Jim Black grew up in Seattle, moved to Boston in 1985 to attend Berklee, and has lived in Brooklyn since 1991.
A founding member of Pachora and Human Feel, he also has toured and recorded with Tim Berne's Bloodcount, Dave Douglas's Tiny Bell Trio, Ellery Eskelin, Uri Caine's Mahler and Bach Projects, and his own band Alas No Axis. The latest cd Habyor will be out in June on Winter & Winter Recordings. Born in Aroostook County, Maine, recent addition Ted Reichman is best known as accordion player for Anthony Braxton, Marc Ribot and Paul Simon. Ted was also the founder of the new music series at Tonic, NYC. He recently finished his first album of original music for Tzadik records (playing guitar, electronics, keyboards, percussion and zither in addition to accordion) and composed and performed the soundtrack for the upcoming film "Rick." (from Slought.org) Read more on Last.fm.
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